First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1916

The Boy Scouts of America received a Federal charter fro Congress, which gave them special protection to the name, insignia, and limits membership to American citizens.  The Act of Congress, June 3, 1916, authorized a Scout uniform similar to Army, Navy, or Marine uniform.  Boy Scouts of America adopted a constitution and by-laws.  Membership at the end of the year was 245,183.
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Cleburne Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 13, 1916. "Cleburne, Texas, Feb. 12. - A company of Boy Scouts was organized last night.  T. W. Lain is the captain.  Twenty-four boys took the prescribed oath.  Three patrol leaders and their assistants were elected; First patrol leader, Robert St. Germain; Gordon Blakeney, assistant; second patrol leaders, Jim Vickers; assistant, Harry Flood; third patrol leader, Milton Roberson; assistant, Raymond Dalton."
Hillsboro Dallas Morning News, February 23, 1916. "Special to The News.  Hillsboro, Texas, Feb. 22 - Before a good-sized crowd this afternoon on the square thirty Boy Scouts, commanded by E. L. Chase and Professor Leonard Power, participated in a flag ceremony and drill. The troop flag was formally presented by Major W. E. Jackson, following an address to the boys by Judge Horton B. Porter.  Music was furnished by the Third Infantry Band."
Waco Dallas Morning News, March 25, 1916. "State Brevities.  Special to The News. Waco, Texas, March 24. - Nat H. Hayes, scout commissioner for the local Boy Scouts' organizations, will go to New York next week to take a course in scouting at the national headquarters.  he will also take a course arranged for scoutmasters at Columbia University.  Mr. Hayes' expenses will be borne by individual member so the local Boy Scouts council."
Staples Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 30, 1916. "In the aquatic contests scheduled for the Presbyterian encampment (at San Marcos) there will be many Boy Scouts under personal direction of Scout Master Lyman J. Bailey, who is in charge of the Austin Scouts.  San Antonio will also have a strong Boy scout delegation, and Martindale, under Scout Master Robert Harper, will be present in force, as will also troops fro Staples, Fentress, Kyle, New Braunfels and Seguin.  Rev. H. L. Paisley, in charge of the meet, announces everything ready."
Kyle Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 30, 1916. "In the aquatic contests scheduled for the Presbyterian encampment (at San Marcos) there will be many Boy Scouts under personal direction of Scout Master Lyman J. Bailey, who is in charge of the Austin Scouts.  San Antonio will also have a strong Boy scout delegation, and Martindale, under Scout Master Robert Harper, will be present in force, as will also troops fro Staples, Fentress, Kyle, New Braunfels and Seguin.  Rev. H. L. Paisley, in charge of the meet, announces everything ready."
New Braunfels Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 30, 1916. "In the aquatic contests scheduled for the Presbyterian encampment (at San Marcos) there will be many Boy Scouts under personal direction of Scout Master Lyman J. Bailey, who is in charge of the Austin Scouts.  San Antonio will also have a strong Boy Scout delegation, and Martindale, under Scout Master Robert Harper, will be present in force, as will also troops fro Staples, Fentress, Kyle, New Braunfels and Seguin.  Rev. H. L. Paisley, in charge of the meet, announces everything ready."
Seguin Fort Worth Star-Telegram, July 30, 1916. "In the aquatic contests scheduled for the Presbyterian encampment (at San Marcos) there will be many Boy Scouts under personal direction of Scout Master Lyman J. Bailey, who is in charge of the Austin Scouts.  San Antonio will also have a strong Boy Scout delegation, and Martindale, under Scout Master Robert Harper, will be present in force, as will also troops fro Staples, Fentress, Kyle, New Braunfels and Seguin.  Rev. H. L. Paisley, in charge of the meet, announces everything ready."
San Marcos "A relay race was conducted by the Austin scouts on July 28, 1916, from Austin to San Marcos to deliver a letter from Mayor Wooldridge to Mayor Davis.  Sixty-two boys ran in half mile increments to finish the relaying three minutes less than four hours.  Upon arrival in San Marcos, Mayor Davis and Scoutmaster Paisley met them and invited the scouts to some aquatic contests underway by scouts from San Marcos and Fentress."  Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, page 33, researcher and author: Te Starr.
Santa Anna The Brownwood Daily Bulletin, September 24, 1916.  "Invitations will be issued to the troops of Brady, Santa Anna and Comanche to be here (for the Free Fall Fair Boy Scout Campout), but more than likely, it is stated, the Brady aggregation is the only one which will be able to come over in a body."
Brady
Brady troop taken in 1916
A story in The Brady Standard, May 28, 1916, told about fifteen Scouts who went on an over-night hike under the leadership of Scoutmaster Clarence Snider.  Then again on June 6, 1916, the paper relates that fifteen members of the troop had left Brady the day before for the Llano River, where they were to spend several days in camp.  Scoutmaster Snider, a rancher and banker, was in charge of the group.
Ozona A Boy Scout troop was organized in Ozona sometime in 1916. Members of the troop were Homer Adams, Allan Bosworth, Charles Davidson, Jr., Richard Flowers, Early McBell, Arthur Phillips, Hillery Phillips and Sherman Taylor.  The Scoutmaster was A. J. Carson who was the local Baptist minister.
Panjandrum, A History of Concho Valley Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1911-2001, 2001, page 11, by Frank T. Hilton
Giddings "J. Harriss Williams, a Life Scout of Troop Three, Austin, will spend the summer of 1916 back where he started scouting in his old home of Giddings."  Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, page 32, researcher and author: Te Starr.
Fentress A troop was organized in Fentress sometime prior to 1916 but the only record we have is for 1916.  Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, researcher and author: Te Starr.
LaGrange A troop was organized in LaGrange in 1916 with John A. Logan as Scoutmaster.  Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, researcher and author: Te Starr.
Yoakum A troop was organized in Yoakum with John A . Logan serving as Scoutmaster, as he also did for the troop in LaGrange.    Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, researcher and author: Te Starr.
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Last updated:  May 2, 2009

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