Second Boy Scout Troop
Scouting in Pennington Borough
George Washington Council
The second Boy Scout troop in Pennington was active from May 18, 1933 to around 1939. There was an active Girl Scout troop also in Pennington at this time. The newspapers mention a Boy Scout Troop No. 26 in Hopewell, but no mention of other troops in the nearby areas.
Some Newpaper Articles
May 17, 1933: The Pennington Boy scout group will be organized this Thursday evening by Charles Cook at Kunkel Park.
September 20, 1933: A meeting of the Troop Committee of the local Boy Scouts was held Monday evening at the Borough Hall. The committee consists of the following: Russell Boroughs, Raymond Hill, Alfred Britto, C. Earl Teel and Eric Turner. (note: Ray Hill became scoutmaster . . . jos)
September 27, 1933: The Hopewell Boy Scouts, Troop No. 26, will hold their first formal meeting of the season tomorrow evening at 7:30 at the High School annex. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new scoutmaster to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of William Holcombe.
September 12, 1934: A benefit card party, sponsored by mothers and friends of Boy Scout Troop No. 1 will be held Friday at the grammar school auditorium. The committee in charge is: Mrs. F. R. Welant, Mrs. Raymond Woolsey, Mrs. William P. Howe Jr., Mrs. C. Earl Teel, Mrs. Raymond Hill, Raymond Hill, Keene Hepburn and Russell Snook.
November 14, 1934: A meeting of Troop 1 of the local Boy Scouts was held Thursday evening at the Pennington Methodist Church.
March 4, 1936: The local Boy Scouts were guests of the Junior Kleio Club at the Methodist Church and under the leadership of Raymond Hill gave a demonstration of their work.
June 3, 1936: Members of the Washington Crossings Troop 1776 Boy Scout Association entertained their parents and friends, in the auditorium of the school Friday evening with a most interesting program. Scoutmaster M. Van Hise introduced the members of the Scout Committee. (This is part of a long article that lists the members of the Troop. It is nice to see Troop 1776 still active today. . . jos)
October 13, 1937: The local Boy Scout Troop 4 held a meeting recently at Borough Hall, under direction of Assistant Scoutmaster Stetser. Troop members enjoyed a Hare and Hound chase Saturday. (Should this be Troop 41? I think the troop joined George Washington Council in 1937 and either changed its name at the time, or soon after. . . jos)
February 23, 1938: An elaborate program featuring achievement awards in scouting took place at the Court of Honor held by Troop 41, of the local Boy Scouts, in the Presbyterian Church. Eric Turner was chairman of the troop committee in charge of arrangements.
About 26 scouts received awards. A special Eagle award was presented to Scout John Berrien, Jr. Troop leaders are: Raymond T. Hill, scoutmaster; Arthur H. Stetser, assistant scoutmaster; Alfred R. Hill, Jr., assistant scoutmaster. (Here is the first use of Troop 41 in the newspaper. This is part of a longer article. . . jos)
The above excerpts are from the Hopewell Herald.
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