|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.|
Troop 5 - The very first boy scout troop in Houston. Also known as “The Bob White Troop.” This was Nelson Duller’s troop with scoutmaster David M. Diller. At first was not affiliated with any sponsoring organization and met each week at the Baptist Temple.
troop for many early years, Troop 5 won the first
relay race in 1916. H.S.
Robinson was the next scoutmaster,
followed by W. B. Neal and E.J. Stidston.
Troop 6 - The second
boy scout troop in Houston. Fist
organized in 1911 by Professor F.M.
Black, in Woodland Heights. Met at the
Second Presbyterian Church and later at the Travis
School, the Houston Avenue
Methodist Church, and the Second Presbyterian Church.
Information was obtained from Jack Linn's SHAC History titled "In the Beginning: The First Scout Troops in Houston."
|Big Springs - Troop 1||Received
charter September 30, 1911, sponsored by Big Spring
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.|
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
more information go
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
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.
more information go
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."|
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
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."
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
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:
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.
|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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