Troop One Kingston - Looking Back 80 Years

2011 Report

 

Application for Charter for New Troop:  Troop No. 1, in Kingston, County of Washington, State of R.I., under Greater Providence Council BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA, National Council, 200 Fifth Avenue, New York, on February 9, 1923, at a meeting of the duly constituted governing body of the 'A Group of Citizens' of Kingston, R.I., formal action was taken authorizing the application hereby made for charter for a troop of Boy Scouts... Troop will meet in Village Church, Saturdays, 9-10 A.M.        [From original 1923 application]

 

Scoutmaster

•          Rev. Egbert William Ashford Jenkinson, age 31, business Clergyman.

 

Troop Committee

1.         M. H. Tyler, Kingston, R.I., occupation Teacher, age 30

2.         F. K. Crandall, Kingston, R.I., occupation Agriculture, age 42

3.         Harry L. Thomas, Kingston, R.I., occupation Buildings Department, R.I. State College, age 46

 

Troop Enrollment:    [first 10 Scouts]

            Name              Post office address                 Age      Scout Rank

 1.        Crandall, Lloyd          Kingston, R.I.              12        Tenderfoot

 2.        Leighton, Kenneth     Kingston, R.I.              15        Tenderfoot

 3.        Matthews, Lewis        Kingston, R.I.              13        Tenderfoot

 4.        Prime, George            Kingston, R.I.              12        Tenderfoot

 5.        Stowell, Alfred           Kingston, R.I.              15        Tenderfoot

 6.        Thomas, Louis           Kingston, R.I.              15        Tenderfoot

 7.        Tyler, Philip               Kingston, R.I.              15        Tenderfoot

 8.        Tyler, John                 Kingston, R.I.              13        Tenderfoot

 9.        Tyler, Marshall          Kingston, R.I.              12        Tenderfoot

10.       Underwood, Clifford Kingston, R.I.              12        Tenderfoot

 

 


MILESTONE IN SCOUTING

 

• 1907 - Lord Robert S. S. Baden-Powell held the first Boy Scout Camp on Brownsea Island, off the coast of England, starting the Scouting movement.

 

• 1910 - The Boy Scouts of America, incorporated February 8.

 

• 1910 - Rhode Island State Scout Committee formed on September 6.

 

• 1911 - Rhode Island Boy Scouts chartered as a State corporation on April 13.

 

• 1911 - 18-year old Scout Joseph Lane of Providence, RI, publishes new magazine called "Boy's Life".

 

• 1912 - Rhode Island based "Boy's Life" purchased by Boy Scouts of America.

 

• 1916 - The Boy Scouts of America chartered by Congress June 15, 1916 [US Code, Title 36, Section 21, Ch. 148, Sec. 1, 39 Stat. 227]

 

• 1916 - Camp Yawgoog begins first summer camp program in Rockville, RI.

 

• 1917 - Rhode Island Boy Scouts merged with Boy Scouts of America as Greater Providence Council.

 

• February 9, 1923 - Troop 1 of Kingston chartered in February with 10 Scouts; 12th oldest in Narragansett Council.       [See Council list on last page]

 

• 1926 - Troop 1 Kingston’s number of registered Scouts reaches 20.

 

• April 26, 1927 - Scout-land conveyed by deed from Arthur N. Peckham to Tavern Hall Club, Inc. as trustee for the Boy Scout troop that meets in Kingston

 

• 1930 – Narragansett Council, BSA #546, formed when the Greater Providence Council merged with 3 other councils of Newport, Pawtucket-Central Falls, and Woonsocket.

 

• 1930 - Millard Fillmore Perry, Jr. becomes Troop 1 Kingston's first Eagle Scout.

 

• 1984 – Troop 1 Kingston awards its 20th Eagle Scout rank

 

• 1996 - Troop 1 splits and Troop 138 West Kingston is formed.

 

• 2003 – Troop 1 Kingston awards its 50th Eagle Scout rank

 

• 2004 - Tavern Hall Club transfers Scoutland title and Scout trusteeship to the South Kingstown Land Trust.

 

• 2011 – Troop 1 Kingston awards its 83rd Eagle Scout rank

 


In the 80 years since, Troop One Kingston                            

            • 45 different Scoutmasters

            • 83 Eagle Scouts

            • Estimated 2,129 Scouts registered

            • Estimated 1, 011 camp outs

            • Estimated 2,424 evening campfires

            • Estimated 120,935 meals cooked outdoors from raw to burnt

 

Average Troop One Enrollment by Decade

            • 1920s           = 13

            • 1930s           = 16

            • 1940s           = 20

            • 1950s           = 21

            • 1960s           = 47

            • 1970s           = 34

            • 1980s           = 40

            • 1990-96       = 52

            • 1997-98       = 36

            • 2000-09       = 42

            • 2010-12       = 46

 

 

 

Oldest Troops in Narragansett Council

Troop 1 Kingston is 12th oldest active troop in Council

 

From:  CERJANEC, THEA

Sent:    Friday, January 22, 1999 11:30 AM

To:                  ERICKSON, ANDREW M

Subject:           Boy Scouts

 

Units with 75 years continuous tenure or more - Narragansett Council #546

1 Providence             87 years 2 months

3 Pawtucket               80 years 10 months

22 Johnston                           80 years 1 month

1 Narragansett                      80 years 1 month

1 Pawtucket               79 years 8 months

15 Pawtucket             79 years 8 months

1 Hope Valley                        78 years 3 months

2 Barrington              77 years 9 months

1 Arnold Mills                        76 years 4 months

2 East Greenwich                  75 years 3 months

1 Arctic                                   75 years 3 months

1 Kingston                              75 years 2 months

 

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History compiled by Neil Ross, past Scoutmaster