First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1918

Scouts rendered nationwide service in the influenza epidemic.  The first service club sponsorship of troops was inaugurated by Rotary International.  National standards were established for Boy Scout camps.  By the end of 1918 there were 418,984 Scouts and Scouters.
Marble Falls A troop existed in Marble Falls in 1918.  They collected peach pits for use in World War I.   Information from "Making a Difference Every Day, Ninety Five Years of Central Texas Scouting, 1912-2007, 2007, researcher and author: Te Starr.
Rice Earnest E. Tennon served as Assistant Scoutmaster of Cisco Troop 1 that was organized in 1921.  He had been a Lone Scout for nine years and had been a Scout in Troop 1 of Rice, Texas in 1918 and Alma, Texas, in 1919.  Information from "Ninety Years of Service, A History of Comanche Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1910-1999," 1999, page 7, by Frank T. Hilton.
Kingsville Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 31, 1918.  "Kingsville, Texas, March 30 - Kingsville is planning a big patriotic celebration on Saturday, April 6.  Hon. R. E. L. Knight of Dallas will be the speaker of the occasion.  The Red Corss, Boy Scouts, schools, societies an dother organizations will take part in the big parade.  The meetin gwill be in Milloer's Park.  Inviations ahve been sent to adjoining counties."
Plainview Dallas Morning News, November 7, 1918.  "The distinction of ranking fourteenth in the United States in the sale of war savings stamps by troops is held by Boy scout Troop No. 1 of Plainview.  It was announced yesterday by Louis Lipsitz, State director of war savings.  The Plainview scouts were certified by the Boy Scouts of America among the fifteen troops in the country making the highest sales records....The troop has thirty-eight members and they have won sixty achievement buttons, aces, and palms for their war savings work."
Georgetown Fort Worth Star-Telegram, November 25, 1918.  "Georgetown, Nov. 25 - A meeting was called here this afternoon for ther purpose of organizing the boys of Georgetown into a Boy Scout unit.  The meeting was presided over by Dr. C. A. Nichols and the movement is backed by the pastors of the city, business men, the Young Men's Business League and the Y.M.C.A. Secretary Taylor of S.A.T.C. at Southwestern University, will devote some time to assisting in the organization."
Port Arthur History of Region Nine, by Minor Huffman, page 95. "The Port Arthur Rotary Club organized the Port Arthur Council in 1918 and the Port Arthur School District supplied the salary and office space for its first executive, Harold A. Taylor." 
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