First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1922

The Order of the Arrow became an official program experiment of the BSA.  We have attempted here to begin to list those later "first troops," that in some cases may have been reorganization of earlier attempts to have Scouting in their community. We just don't know all the facts, but have attempted to "Do Our Best" to tell the story of those first troops in Texas communities.  Membership at the end of the year was 534,415.
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Calvert Dallas Morning News, January 8, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Calvert, Robertson County, Texas, Jan. 7. - A company of Boy Scouts was organized in Calvert with the Rev. Wilson of the Methodist Church, South, as master.  Quite a good deal of enthusiasm is being shown by the boys and parents."
Andley Fort Worth Star-Telegram, February 17, 1922.  "Andley Progressive Mothers Club of Andley will have charge of work Saturday in the Handley cemetery.  The club will serve refreshments at noon to the workers.

"Andley Boy Scouts and the .... boys of the Methodist Church have pledged aid in beautifying the cemetery."

Rockdale Dallas Morning News, February 24, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Rockdale, Texas. Feb. 22. - Boy Scout Movement Inaugurated At Rockdale. The Boy Scout movement recently inaugurated in Rockdale by the Rev. N. H. Melbert, scoutmaster, was sponsored by the meeting of the Chamber of Commerce here, and a council of three from the membership was appointed to co-operate with the scouts.  Two patrols have now been organized, and the scoutmaster is laying plans with the consent of the parents to carry the scouts to a suitable place, probably Glen Rose, for the summer encampment."
Alpine Troop 1 was organized in March, 1922, in Alpine, Texas.  This was the first troop organized in Alpine. In March of nineteen hundred and twenty-two, Troop One received its first charter as a Boy Scout Troop of America. After the Troop had been organized for about six months, Sul Ross gave them permission to use the boys' gymnasium for a meeting room. Here the boys began to learn the first ideas of first aid, especially the bandage work. After meetings, the boys were allowed to play on the mats, and use the boxing gloves and other gymnasium equipment.  Later, in  February 1924, Troop 1 became Troop 41 when the county joined the El Paso Scout Council. Information was taken from a book titled "A History of Alpine Boy Scout Troop 41," concept by Charles E. Wade. For more details go to:
http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/troop_alpine.html
Desdemona Fort Worth Star-Telegram, May 31, 1922.  "Scouts Going into Camp.  Desdemona, May 31. - Camp Leon, Boy Scouts of America, will be opened by Desdemona Troop No. 1, Boy Scouts, Saturday, June 3.  The Scouts will be in camp eight days.  The camp is on the Leon River, four miles form Desdemona."
Ferris Fort Worth Star-Telegram, March 14, 1922.  "Ferris Boy Scouts Have Reorganized.  Ferris, Texas, March 14. - The Boy Scouts here have been reorganized.  For several months the organization has been in lethargic state.  Prof. S. D. Hattan is the scoutmaster and Holly Wilcher assistant.  The membership already has reached the limit set by the rules of the order.  A progressive program is slated."
Sweetwater Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Sweetwater, Texas, Aug. 16. - Preparations are being made here for the entertainment of approximately 400 Boy Scouts at the Scout barbecue and picnic at the City Lake Aug. 24.
"Scout organizations in the surrounding counties have been invited and replies from Roby, Snyder, Roscoe, Colorado, Blackwell and Hamlin indicate that approximately 150 will be present form those towns.  The Sweetwater Luncheon Club is promoting the project."
Blackwell Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Sweetwater, Texas, Aug. 16. - Preparations are being made here for the entertainment of approximately 400 Boy Scouts at the Scout barbecue and picnic at the City Lake Aug. 24.
"Scout organizations in the surrounding counties have been invited and replies from Roby, Snyder, Roscoe, Colorado, Blackwell and Hamlin indicate that approximately 150 will be present form those towns.  The Sweetwater Luncheon Club is promoting the project."
Hamlin Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Sweetwater, Texas, Aug. 16. - Preparations are being made here for the entertainment of approximately 400 Boy Scouts at the Scout barbecue and picnic at the City Lake Aug. 24.
"Scout organizations in the surrounding counties have been invited and replies from Roby, Snyder, Roscoe, Colorado, Blackwell and Hamlin indicate that approximately 150 will be present form those towns.  The Sweetwater Luncheon Club is promoting the project."
Roby Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Sweetwater, Texas, Aug. 16. - Preparations are being made here for the entertainment of approximately 400 Boy Scouts at the Scout barbecue and picnic at the City Lake Aug. 24.
"Scout organizations in the surrounding counties have been invited and replies from Roby, Snyder, Roscoe, Colorado, Blackwell and Hamlin indicate that approximately 150 will be present form those towns.  The Sweetwater Luncheon Club is promoting the project."
Roscoe Dallas Morning News, August 17, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Sweetwater, Texas, Aug. 16. - Preparations are being made here for the entertainment of approximately 400 Boy Scouts at the Scout barbecue and picnic at the City Lake Aug. 24.
"Scout organizations in the surrounding counties have been invited and replies from Roby, Snyder, Roscoe, Colorado, Blackwell and Hamlin indicate that approximately 150 will be present form those towns.  The Sweetwater Luncheon Club is promoting the project."
Gatesville Dallas Morning News, October 11, 1922.  "Special to The News.  Gatesville, Texas. Oct. 10. - The public-spirited citizens of Gatesville have raised funds and are erecting a band stand on the courthouse lawn at a cost of approximately $600.  Gatesville now has two bands, one of young men and one composed of Boy Scouts."
Forney Dallas Morning News, November 12, 1922. "Special to The News. Forney, Kaufman County, Nov. 11. - Celebration Held By Crowd At Forney.  In celebration of Armistice Day between 1,500 and 2,000 people form Forney and the surrounding area gathered on the public square here today to watch the parade ... Behind this came the Girl Scouts, the Boy Scouts and several dozen  beautifully decorated cars."
Rockdale Fort Worth Star-Telegram, December 2, 1922.  "Two Boy Scouts Save Life Of Wounded Boy. Special to The Star-Telegram.  Rockdale, Dec. 2 - Boy Scout promptness and skill Thanksgiving Day probably saved the life of 12-year-old Wells Allen, son of Night Officer Sid Allen.
"Young Allen accidentally shot himself in the calf of the leg with a shotgun and wa n danger of bleeding to death when two of the Rockdale Boy Scouts gave first aid.  J. P. Sparks Jr. packed Wells on his back for more than a mile, assisted b his companion scout Kirky Ray Simmons."
Lubbock History of Region Nine, by Minor Huffman, page 98.  "In 1922 a second class council was organized in Lubbock.  Through the leadership of Kennedy N. Clapp, the city of Lubbock had some strong troops but the need for a council became more evident." For more details go to: http://www.westtexasscoutinghistory.net/council_spc.html
Last updated:  May 7, 2009

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