Re: First Boy Scout Troop, USA
Merl Whitebook (MAWLAW@AOL.COM)
Wed, 10 Jul 1996 22:45:45 -0400
I had the opportunity today, to travel to Pawhuska, Oklahoma, the home of the
First Boy Scout Troop in America. Its history was fascinating, here is some
of what I learned.
The First Boy Scout Troop organized in America began in Pawhuska Oklahoma in
May 1909. (note the date, not 1910) It was begun by a missionary priest,
Reverend John F. Mitchell, send to the St. Thomas Episcopal Church, by the
Church of England.
Rev. Mitchell, who had been a chaplain for Sir Lord Baden-Powell, in
England, and had worked together in scouting in England. This first troop
was organized under an English Charter, (no American Charter yet existed).
Rev. Mitchell ordered uniforms for the 19 scouts who were the first members
of Troop 1.
Their uniforms did not have Boy Scouts of America or BSA insignia, but
rather ABS, "American Boy Scouts"
The citizens of Pawhuska were taken back to hear the 19 scouts voices
opening each meeting by singing: "Long Live the King" The Scouts of Troop 1
place emphasis upon "doing a good turn daily" which at times was a strain
upon the 1,200 citizens of Pawhuska, along with the finest Drum and Bugle
There are letters and memorabilia found in the Historical Society Museum
Pawhuska, are fascinating to all scouters.
Just thought you might like to know.
Troop 1 Since 1910
P.S. Troop 1, (Tulsa) claims to be the oldest continually chartered troop,
at least west of the Mississippi. The Pawhuska Troop did not remain
continuously chartered and now is identified as Troop 33 of the Cherokee Area
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City