Re: First Boy Scout Troop, USA
Alan Houser (troop24@EMF.NET)
Thu, 11 Jul 1996 23:59:31 -0700
Tim Goncharoff <tgonchar@CATS.UCSC.EDU> wrote:
>Trrop 1, in Tulsa, claims to be the oldest continually chartered troop
>west of the Missisippi. Our Troop, 674, in Santa Cruz, CA, has made the
>same claim. We received our charter in 1925 and have been going strong
>ever since. How about it, Tulsa? Any other claimants out there? Does
>anyone keep official records of this? I sense some interesting history
Troop 24 of Berkeley, CA, has been continuously chartered since November,
1920. I know it for a fact because I saw all of the recharter papers in
the council file while researching for our anniversary dinner last fall.
We know we're not the oldest in the west because there are two other
Berkeley troops that are older, Troop 5 and Troop 19. And there is a
troop that joined our council when Silverado Area Council merged with
Mount Diablo Council that is even older (don't remember exactly, but
it was the early teens).
The way it comes out printed on the charter is the number of years of
continuous, on-time charter. Miss one year and you start over. For
all four of these troops, there were no missed years. Sorry, Santa Cruz.
Tulsa, you might want to check with Honolulu Troop 1. Saw their T-shirts
at Philmont in '93 claiming also to be continuously chartered since 1910.
Alan R. Houser ** Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24 ** email@example.com
** WWW page ** http://www.emf.net/~troop24/t24.html **
Scoutmaster, Mt. Diablo Silverado Council Contingent Jamboree Troop #3
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