Scout Troop 33

Me as a Boy Scout in Pawhuska

I was a member of Boy Scout Troop 33 in Pawhuska, Oklahoma when I was a boy. The Pawhuska troop is one of three which claim to be the oldest in the U. S. The others are in Burnside, Kentucky and in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania. The Pawhuska Web site says that "Pawhuska's troop had the honor of being Troop No. 1 in the Boys Scouts of America, and has the certificate on exhibit in the Historical Museum in the Scout Room. ... Troop No. 33 is a continuance of the original first Boy Scout troop in America." The troop is part of the Osage Hills District, Cherokee Area Council. Here is a link to the page about the Pawhuska troop on the Osage County Historical Society Web site. Included are images of the statue of a Boy Scout dressed in an English-style uniform of the early 1900s, the historical marker concerning the troop, and a photo of the original members and Scoutmaster, Rev. John F. Mitchell.

My troop met in the Methodist Church in Pawhuska. The Scoutmaster was Mr. Nichols; he was a good Scoutmaster, and made scouting fun for us. I enjoyed being a Scout, especially going on camping trips to Camp McClintock near Osage Hills State Park and Camp Cherokee near Grand Lake. I worked my way up to First Class rank. When my son William was old enough, I wanted him to be a Scout, too. He also enjoys going to camps, and has fun with the other boys in the troop meetings.

Here are some links to other sites concerning early-day scouting in Oklahoma and the U. S.:

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This file was last updated on 1/25/2007.

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