Some Newspaper Articles
George Washington Council
October 20, 1937 The following is excerpted from an article appearing in the Trenton Times. This indicates that the Trenton units did not join George Washington Council when it was chartered in 1937. I have not been able to determine when they did join the council.
"Formal designation as George Washington Council was given a tri-county organization of Boy Scouts at a dinner meeting last night at the Stacy-Trent. Troops of Mercer, Hunterdon and Warren Counties are affiliated, with Pennington, Hopewell, Kingston, Hightstown, Blawenburg and Princeton representing Mercer. The dinner marked the successful conclusion of a finance drive and consolidation of the troops of the three counties. Trenton's troops, as well as those of Hamilton, Ewing and Lawrence Townships, are not affiliated with the new setup because they are supported by the Community Chest."
note: The following item from the Hopewell Herald is the first reference to Stony Brook District that I have seen in the newspapers. Old timers tell me that there were five districts in George Washington Council when it began in 1937; Hunterdon Arrowhead District, Jenny Jump District, Lenape Trail District, Sanhican District, and Stony Brook District.This clearly establishes that the Stony Brook District existed as late as 1954. I do not know whether the Hunterdon Arrowhead District and Jenny Jump District names were used when George Washington Council began in 1937. Some articles refer to simply Hunterdon County and Warren County.
September 30, 1954: Approximately 1,000 boys of the Stony Brook District are planning their Scouting programs for the coming year. The boy of eight, who joins a Cub Pack will graduate into the Scout Troop when he reaches eleven, and on his fourteenth birthday he will become an explorer.
The district Fall camporee at Bass River touches off the beginning of a new year for Scouts in Allentown, Cranbury, Hightstown, Hopewell, Kingston, Pennington, Princeton, Titusville and Washington Crossings. (There is more to the article.)
October 12, 1967: An article in the Hopewell Valley News mentions Stony Brook District includes Blawenburg, Cranbury, Dutch Neck, Hightstown, Hopewell, Pennington, Princeton, Rocky Hill, Washington Crossings.
Thanks to the efforts of the Hopewell Valley Historical Society, microfilm records of local newspapers are available at the local Mercer County Library.
September 2, 1999