December 13 2011

Press Release: Flag Ceremony to Open Exhibit

Troop 1 scouts marching on 8th St., 1915

As Honesdale's Troop 1 celebrates its 100th Anniversary, a special flag and bugle ceremony on the steps of the Wayne County Historical Society, 810 Main St., Honesdale, will open the special Troup 1 exhibit that will be featured through the rest of 2011. Today's scouts will march from their meeting room in the Presbyterian Chapel to the Historical Society for the ceremony at 4 pm on Saturday, April 23.

The exhibit includes a re-created campsite; a board containing examples of the many knots scouts learn to tie; three display cases filled with Troop 1 memorabilia; and photos of Troop 1 members, excursions, field programs and much more, covering the century since the Troop received its Charter on May 24, 1911. Troop 1, Honesdale, is the nation's longest continually operating Boy Scout Troop. Edward Garfield Jenkins of Honesdale, a friend of Dan Beard, who started Boy Scouting in the USA in 1910, was the first Scoutmaster and remained in that position until 1918. Nearly all the charter members of Troop 1 served in World War I. Three were killed.

The public is invited to attend the special opening ceremony at 4 pm on Saturday, April 23, at the Wayne County Historical Society, which will be followed by an Open House from 4 to 7 pm, with refreshments and free museum admission.

The WCHS museum and research library will be open 10 am to 4 pm Wednesday through Saturday, and Sundays 12-4 pm (museum only) from April 23 through 2011. For more information, call 570-253-3240, email or check out the Society's website,