First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1925

The first National Training School for executives opened.  A delegation from Boy Scouts of America visited South America to advance Scouting there.  Membership at the end of 1925 was 756,857.
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Richland Springs Gerald Smith, who was honored in 1993 in Corpus Christi, Texas for 50 years as Scoutmaster of Troop 11 there, tell the story that he wanted to be a Scout so bad in 1925 in Richland Springs that he talked to man after man to "be their Scoutmaster so they could be Scouts."  Finally the minister of the First Christian Church agreed to serve as Scoutmaster.  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.
Fort Davis Johnnie Prude, was selected to be the Scoutmaster of Troop 1 at Fort Davis.  With the Scoutmaster's part settled, the date was set when the Alpine Troop was to go over to Fort Davis and help organize the new Troop. On one fine Saturday afternoon during the latter part of February in 1925, the entire Troop of twenty-five boys loaded into one of Mr. Davidson's trucks and started out for Fort Davis. Mr. Prude and some twenty-five boys met us when we arrived at the courthouse lawn about four o'clock.  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
Marfa The following Saturday, the Alpine troop met the Fort Davis boys in Marfa with Rev. M.A. Buhler of the First Christian Church and some thirty boys. We then went out to Mr. Brite's ranch some fifteen miles from Marfa where the Mafla boys organized a new Scout Troop. After the organization was completed, we spent a very pleasant week-end fishing and swimming. 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
Slaton Dallas Morning News, June 13, 1925.  "Masonic Boys Entertained.  Members of Band Given Luncheon by Scouts at Slaton.  Slaton, Lubbock. Co., Texas, June 12. - Boy Scouts of Slaton entertained the Masonic Home Band boys here at noon Friday with a luncheon.  The members of the grand master's party who are accompanying the band boys and Masonic service workers through the South Plains country were the guests of the Rotary Club."
Graham Dallas Morning News, June 25, 1925.  "Special to The News.  Graham, Young Co., Texas, June 24. - Graham C. of C. Makes Plans.  President Lovett and other officers and members of the local chamber, assisted by Boy Scouts of the town, served cake and ice cream to the large crowd."
Orange Dallas Morning News, June 25, 1925. "News Building Visitors.  Visitors to The News' plant yesterday: ...and the following Boy Scouts of Orange, who, as a special reward for honors they have won, are being given a trip over the State and visit scout camps and gain ideas in further improving the Orange scout camp:  Ben Grayson, Milton Davis, John Robinson, Graham Bruce, Tom Webb, John Thomas Adams and M. K. Davis, scout executive, who is in charge of the boys on the trip."
Duncanville Dallas Morning News, June 26, 1925.  "Special to The News. Duncanville, Dallas Co., Texas, June 25. - Two person were injured slightly here Thursday afternoon when fire, which for a time menaced the town, destroyed two residences...A Boy Scout whose name was not learned, sustained severe bruises when he fell from the two-story home of A. E. Eahelman, which he was assisting in protecting from catching fire....A group of Boy Scouts aided in fighting the blaze prior to the arrival of the fire department, joining in the forming of a bucket brigade and aiding in moving household goods.  Occupants of the Cupp residence were absent when the fire occurred."
Trinity Dallas Morning News, June 27, 1925.  "Special to The News.  Lovelady, Houston Co., Texas, June 26. - The Trinity Trade Trippers, about seventy-five in number, invaded Lovelady.  They made the trip in automobiles and were accompanied by a fourteen-piece band furnished by the Boy Scouts of Trinity.  After a thirty-minute handshaking they left for Holly, seven miles east of here."
Hico Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1925.  "Special to The News.  Waco, Texas, Aug. 1. - With a score of 352 points American round Francis Boyer of Waco won the State championship in the Boy Scout archery contest held Saturday afternoon in Cameron Park, Waco.  This is the highest score made since the Boy scouts were organized here...Among the places represented in the contest here Saturday were the following: Waco, Sherman, Corsicana, Hico, Denison, Lorena and Mart.  The next State archery contest will be held n Sherman in November, it having been decided to hold the contests every three months."
Lorena Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1925.  "Special to The News.  Waco, Texas, Aug. 1. - With a score of 352 points American round Francis Boyer of Waco won the State championship in the Boy Scout archery contest held Saturday afternoon in Cameron Park, Waco.  This is the highest score made since the Boy scouts were organized here...Among the places represented in the contest here Saturday were the following: Waco, Sherman, Corsicana, Hico, Denison, Lorena and Mart.  The next State archery contest will be held n Sherman in November, it having been decided to hold the contests every three months."
Mart Dallas Morning News, August 2, 1925.  "Special to The News.  Waco, Texas, Aug. 1. - With a score of 352 points American round Francis Boyer of Waco won the State championship in the Boy Scout archery contest held Saturday afternoon in Cameron Park, Waco.  This is the highest score made since the Boy scouts were organized here...Among the places represented in the contest here Saturday were the following: Waco, Sherman, Corsicana, Hico, Denison, Lorena and Mart.  The next State archery contest will be held n Sherman in November, it having been decided to hold the contests every three months."
Valley View Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Nocona Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Alvord Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Chico Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Pilot Point Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Aubrey Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Paradise Dallas Morning News, August 18, 1925 - "Special to The News.  Gainesville, Texas, Aug. 18. - Scout Executive Frank L. Kidd left Monday for Lunn's Lake, near Denton to make reparations for second annual encampment of Boy Scouts from Cooke, Denton, Wise and Montague Counties.  The camp will open Wednesday and continues ten days.
"Thirty-five Scouts will attend from here, and boys will be present from Denton, Valley View, Nocona, Bowie, Alvord, Chico, Pilot Point, Aubrey, Denton and Paradise."
Luling Dallas Morning News, September 20, 1925.  "Special to The News. Luling, Texas, Sept. 19. - A court of honor for Luling's Boy scouts conferred the rank of Eagle Scout on Minor W. Pitts Jr., he being the second scout to attain this rank within the last three months.  Joseph Humphrey Jr. was the other.  Joseph also had the distinction of being the first boy since the formation of the Arrowhead Council to advance from Tenderfoot to Eagle Scout."
Last updated: May 12, 2009

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