First Scout Troops in Texas

Organized in 1929

The Third World Jamboree, held at Birkenhead, England, where 1,300 Scouts and Scouters represented the Boy Scouts of America, was attended by 50,000 Scouts representing 73 different lands.  Membership at the end of 1925 was 756,857 and at the end of 1929 was 833,897.
Lisbon Dallas Morning News, February 24, 1929.  "Organization Activities. The Richard J. Oglesby Women's Relief Corps will meet in business session Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Y. W. C. A.  Presentation of an American flag to the Boy Scouts of Lisbon will take place at 3:30 p.m."
Dallas Morning News, February 26, 1929.  "Special to The News.  Rusk, Cherokee Co., Texas, Feb. 24. - Camp Kiwanis, built by the Kiwanis Club of Rusk for the Boy scouts, has two screened sleeping porches, kitchens and mess hall with large fireplaces.  It is adjacent to a lake supplied by spring.  V. R. Roach is scoutmaster of the Rusk troup."
Perryton Dallas Morning News, March 12, 1929.  "Under Texas Skies.  Boy Scouts are in charge of the selling of Chinese elms at Perryton, Ochiltree County, in a campaign being staged to have at least 200 more trees put out."
Albany Dallas Morning News, April 27, 1929.  "Special to The News.  Three Boy Scout Troops Formed at Albany Feast.  Albany, Texas, April 26. - One of the most inspiring and impressive banquets ever staged in Albany came to a climax Thursday night when three full Boy Scout troops were formed and various other detail work was completed at the Lions' Club -chamber of commerce father and son banquet.
"Other important steps toward adult leadership and interest has been revived and the outlook for scouting in albany is bright.  Albany has three eagle scouts and these boys shared a place on the program."
Gonzales Dallas Morning News, May 26, 1929.  "Special to The News.  Barbecue for Scouts. Gonzales, Texas. May 25. - On Wednesday Col. Joe L. Du Bose will entertain with a barbecue Boy Scouts of Gonzales and DeWitt Counties at his ranch.  White Oaks.  Members of the Boy Scout committee of the local chamber of commerce will accompany the boys from Gonzales."
Farmers Branch Dallas Morning News, July 10, 1929.  "Fifth Period Groups Take Over Scout Camp.  Establishing a new attendance record for Camp Wisdom, 183 Boy Scouts, constituting the fifth period group, arrived for a week's outing at the camp Monday.
The fifth period delegation is composed of scouts from Dallas, Cleburne, Hillsboro, Kaufman, Athens, Ennis, Trinidad, Farmers Branch and Forney."
Caldwell Dallas Morning News, October 19, 1929.  "Special to The News.  Caldwell, Texas, Oct. 18. - A. F. Sawyer, Boy Scout executive for the Southern Pacific Lines, was in Caldwell this week to assist in the reorganization of the local scout troop.  A special meeting was held in the scout hall at which time Mr. Sawyer spoke to twenty boys, Scoutmaster B. L. Addison, S. H. Smyre, his assistant, and the troop committee, composed of H. D. Cherry, J. L. Giddings, W. E. Hassler and W. C. Mills.  Several new games were played, the boys attended prayer meeting at the Methodist Church and then Mr. Sawyer took them to an ice cream parlor."
Rocksprings Rocksprings record, November 6, 1929.  "Boy Scout Troop No. 10 is soon to have its third annual charter from the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America.
Okra Application for Charter for New Troop, Troop 13, Okra, Texas, November 18, 1929, Thurman Covey, Scoutmaster
Cherokee Application for Charter for New Troop, Troop 26, Cherokee, San Saba County, February 26, 1929, Thomas Rutherford Damron, Principal of High School, Scoutmaster, Group of Citizens, 
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