Edmond's Boy Scout Troop 1 celebrates centennial

Edmond's Boy Scout Troop 1 is a member of the Last Frontier Council and has been chartered every year since 1913.
BY HENRY DOLIVE Published: February 6, 2013
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“We are looking for financial support because it's going to cost quite a bit,” Butts said. Donations are sought for the yard sale, to be held at the church May 4.

In late May and early June, Butts said, troop members will travel to the Boy Scouts' High Adventure Seabase in the Florida Keys. The journey will include a visit to the Bahamas.

The troop's annual summer camp outing in June will be at the Slippery Falls Scout Ranch near Tishomingo.

‘Better young men'

Five Scouts earned Eagle awards during the past year, but Butts said producing Eagle Scouts is not his main goal. Both of his sons attained Eagle, including his youngest, Stephen, a current troop member.

“My goal is to get them all the Scouting skills and teach them along the way,” he said “My goal is to create better young men.”

Matthew Dame, a junior at Deer Creek High School, is an Eagle Scout and said Scouting has benefited him in several ways. He attends Francis Tuttle CareerTech and hopes to become a mechanical engineer.

“I have learned to be a better leader and how to cooperate,” he said. “Cooking, camping, things that will help me in life.”

Garrett Bryant, the current Senior Patrol Leader, is a sophomore at Santa Fe High School and a Star Scout.

“This definitely helps develop leadership. It's a good program and is lots of fun,” he said. “It helps you learn to be independent.”

Troop 1 has been meeting at St. Mary's Episcopal Church since 1994. According to a troop history, the first meetings in 1913 were in the back room of a dental office near 13th Street and Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City. The Scouts also met for a time at the state Capitol.

The troop moved to a Mennonite Church in Edmond in 1967 before joining with St. Mary's.

Troop 1 shares a former school building on the church campus, and Butts said troop members and leaders appreciate St. Mary's support of the troop's activities.

Several historical items are displayed in the meeting room, including a framed Troop 1 flag from when it was governed by the Central Oklahoma Council, which later became the Last Frontier Council.

Members of the leadership committee are hunting for items pertaining to the troop's history to mark the centennial, Butts said.

“Photos, anything,” he said. “We don't have much from before 1969.”



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