First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1911

The first BSA Annual Report, published in 1911, stated that there were 5,072 Scoutmasters and 600 Assistant Scoutmasters who were then serving in their institutions.  James E. West opened the National Council office at 200 Fifth Ave. on January 2, 1911 with seven employees.  The First edition of the Boy Scout Handbook was printed.  There were 61,495 Scouts and Scouters enrolled in the program.
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Big Springs - Troop 1 Received charter September 30, 1911, sponsored by Big Spring Rotary Club.  See this for more detail: http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/troop_bigspring_troop1.html
Information taken from "West-Texas Cubs, Scouts, and Explorers," 1973, by Olan B. Draper.
Rotan According to "West-Texas Cubs, Scouts and Explorers," 1973, by Olan B. Draper, Mr. C. J. Dalton organized a troop in Rotan in 1911.  Mr. Dalton was a school teacher and later became the County Superintendent.
Corpus Christi The first two troops in Corpus Christi were started at about the same time in 1911.  Troop 1 was formed with Captain Thomas Allen as leader. This was a Sea Scout unit and had two thirty foot, two mast cutters that were given them by the U.S. Navy. Troop 2 was formed with Oliver S. Caldwell as leader. It was chartered by the Presbyterian Church.

For more information go to: 
http://www.troop3cctx.com/_mgxroot/page_10760.html

Austin Lyman J. Bailey organized Troop 1 in March, 1911, on the east side in what is known as the Tenth Ward.  "With only a British handbook on scouting to guide him, the Austin civic leader aroused interest great enough to cause boys to walk from all parts of the city to attend meeting."  The troop began with 40 boys and met every Friday night at the Young Men's Christian Society hall at 1100 Willow.  P.M. Vardell was the scoutmaster and Bailey served as scout commissioner until his death in 1935.

For more information go to:
http://www.troop1austin.org/page6/page6.html

Colorado City The Dallas Morning News reported on May 5, 1911, that "A company of Boy Scouts has been organized in Colorado City with Dr. P. C. Coleman, Rev. B. Broome and W. W. Porter as scout commissioners; R. M. Webb, scout master, and Lawrence Azbell, adjutant scout master.

"Three patrols of seven each have been organized, with Willie Doss leader of Division A; John Majors, leader of B, and Leonard Simon, leader of C.  They will take their first hike Saturday on a sharp shooting expedition in the country.

Pecos February 10, 1911, a story appeared in the Dallas Morning News, Special to The News, Pecos, Tex., Feb. 9 - "The Boy Scout movement has reached this city and a branch has been organized here.  R. E. Lee Kite has been elected as scout master, and yesterday the boys went  on a hike.  The delegation was composed of three patrols and took in three different sections of country around Pecos."
San Angelo The first story to appear in the San Angelo Standard regarding Boy scouts appeared on Friday evening, July 28, 1911, on page 1, under the headline "BOY SCOUTS WILL BE ORGANIZED SUNDAY...Sam Crowther, head of Crowther Hardware Company and president of the public school board, is enthusiastic over the movement and has consented to take the head, accepting a place as head of the local advisory board."

On May 3, 1914, page 6, under the banner "ANGELO BOY SCOUT MOVEMENT TO BE REVIVED FOR ENCAMPMENT" said "In 1911 San Angelo boasted a Boy Scout troop of over 100 enthusiastic members and the encampment, a most successful one, through the courtesy of Lee Brothers, was conducted on the latter's ranch, but following this event, which all Scouts will remembers as one of the pleasan'est in years, the movement waned and finally died out."

See for more details: 
http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/troop_sanangelo.html

Beaumont Beaumont Troop 1 was organized Saturday night, September 16, 1911.  The meeting was held in the parlor of Holland Photographic Studio.  The first Scoutmaster was Tom Holland and the first Assistant Scoutmaster was William Holland Campbell.  Later meetings were in the basement of the First Methodist Church. 

Early Troop 1 activities included the first wearing of the scout uniform at the Southeast Texas Fair in October, 1911, a hike to Spindletop Springs in January, 1912 to take a Troop photograph, and a hike from Beaumont to Rollover in the summer of 1912.  It was reported that 55 scouts participated in the Rollover Hike but only 10 walked the entire distance. (About 140 miles) For more information go to:
http://boyslife.org/wayback/#issue=ps4mw1tTuLMC&pg=30

Brownwood The Daily Bulletin, Brownwood, reported on December 9, 1911, that "A meeting was held at the home of Robert Walker on Fisk Avenue on yesterday afternoon for the purpose of organizing a Boy scout club among the younger boy of this city. The organization was perfected by the election of officers for Patrol No. 1, which is composed largely of youngsters on this side of the railroad.  Of this patrol Robert Walker was made leader and Boyer Scrimgeour secretary.  Messrs. Lloyd Tunnell and David Sweet, from across the railroad were present and were delegated to get up a patrol over there.  These youngsters got busy at once and have a company of eight boys who will meet with Patrol No. 1 on next Friday at the home of Lloyd Tunnell on Irma street.  At this meeting officers will be elected for Patrol No. 2."   Scoutmaster was Tommie Thompson.

The third patrol of the first Brownwood Troop was organized about three weeks later, December 23, 1911, with Samuel Humphreys as the leader and Yantis Robnett as secretary.  All three patrols went on their first hike on December 27, 1911 into the country.  There were twenty-four Scouts on the hike, accompanied by their Scoutmaster Tommie Thompson. 

See for more details:
http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/troop_brownwood.html

Granbury Dallas Morning News, March 14, 1911. "Special to The News.  Granbury, Tex.. March 13. - The boy scout band of this city, which has been under operation for some time past, took their initial hike yesterday.  Headed by their scoutmaster the boys set out for a point on the Brazos River about five miles below the city, where they camped for several hours, and spent a goodly part of the evening and night in all manners of scouting."
Corsicana Dallas Morning News, May 25, 1911. "Special to The News. Corsicana, Tex., May 24 - Harold Weiler has organized one patrol of Boy Scouts in Corsicana and will organize three more laterals in a few days.  He will take the boy sout on a scouting trip this week, spending one night in camp."
Clifton Dallas Morning News, May 28, 1911. "Special to The News. Clifton, Tex., May 27 - A boys' scout organization has been completed here and the second cross-country hike will be taken next week.  Two patrols have been mustered in under the direction of J. W. Butler, scout master, and W. S. Stevens, assistant scout master.  The boys will appear in uniform drill on Trades Day, June 12."
Temple Dallas Morning News, October 4, 1911. "Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Oct. 3 - The Temple Boy Scouts under Scoutmaster McKay have interested the Belton boys and as a result they have formed a local company under direction of Prof. Maxwell.  A joint meeting was held in Belton, after which the Temple scouts hiked home, a distance of eight miles.  The Belton scouts will return march to Temple and back."
Belton Dallas Morning News, October 4, 1911. "Special to The News. Belton, Tex., Oct. 3 - The Temple Boy Scouts under Scoutmaster McKay have interested the Belton boys and as a result they have formed a local company under direction of Prof. Maxwell.  A joint meeting was held in Belton, after which the Temple scouts hiked home, a distance of eight miles.  The Belton scouts will return march to Temple and back."
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Last undated:  March 28, 2010

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