Kelly Parker (r13867@EMAIL.SPS.MOT.COM)
Mon, 16 Feb 1998 07:42:12 -0700
Over the weekend, I found a book at our local city-wide used book
sale, and I'd like to ask the list if anyone has more information on
it. The title is "Tops in Troop Ten" and it is by James W. English. It
is a collection of stories he wrote about Troop 10 in Phoenix, Arizona
that were published in Boy's Life during the 50's and 60's.
Well, Troop 10 no longer exists, but was based at First
Congregational Church in Phoenix, where I am a member. It describes a
number of local landmarks and old businesses, and tells the adventures
of the "Tailbone Patrol". The boys do all sorts of projects to raise
funds and get publicity for their patrol and troop, with occasional
input from "Doc", their Scoutmaster.
It is quite an eye-opener on the days when boys went anywhere,
camped without adults, and had to make up their own program for summer
camp--including a trek where they catch, prep, and eat their own meals
from the local rabbit, fish, and varmint population. Great description
of how to roast a porcupine!
In checking with some of the church elders, they think "Doc" was Doc
Boynton, who was an active Scouter for many years. There is a lake named
after him by one of our camps, and his descendants are active Scouts--in
my son's troop and my pack!
Anyway, if you have any information on the author, or have seen the
book, please e-mail me. It was a discard from a small library, published
in a number of editions from 1956-1966 by Macmillan.
CM, Pack 43 COR,Troop 110 MC, GSUSA Junior/Brownie Troop 2026
Firebird District Camelback Neighborhood
Grand Canyon Council Cactus-Pine Council
Phoenix, AZ "I used to be an Eagle " W-CS-41
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