Re: BSA: Troop number uniqueness?
Woltz, Al LTC (woltza@SHAFTER-EMH3.ARMY.MIL)
Tue, 29 Nov 1994 14:31:00 PST
Troop numbers are only unique within a given council, and there are even
exceptions to that "rule." Some time back, troop numbers were assigned to
"communities." As an example, I'm in the Aloha Council, and we cover NEARLY
all of the Pacific except for the island of Maui (Maui Council) and Japan,
Korea, etc. (Far East Council). The Aloha Council has three Troop 1's, one
on the island of Oahu, one in Guam, and another on the Island of Hawaii.
The Maui Council also has a Troop 1, and should the two councils ever
merge, troop 1 in Maui will remain troop 1. Sometimes councils will
reserve numbers for older units within a given community that have gone
belly-up in hopes that when and if the community can regenerate interest in
the program they will reassign the "new" unit the "old" number. Also some
councils will reserve a block of numbers (i.e., 600-series) for a particular
program (high adventure exploring). Furthermore, there doesn't appear to be
any rhyme or reason as to the assignment of unit numbers. One of the troops
I'm associated with is troop #677. We were chartered in June 1977. I'm
sure that may other troop (#304) was not chartered in March 1904.
LTC Al Woltz | Cub Master, Cub Scout Pack 677, LDS
email@example.com | Committee Member, Boy Scout Troop 677, LDS
Ft Shafter, Hawaii | Assistant Scoutmaster, Boy Scout Troop 304
808-833-6599 | Roundtable Staff, Aloha Council
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