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December 15 2011

Press Release: WCHS Requesting Troop 1 Memorabilia for Centennial Exhibit


Troop 1 Camp Out 1957

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Troop 1 Camp Out 1957

Troop during parade 1915, 8th Street Honesdale

Honesdale's Boy Scout Troop 1 is celebrating its 100th anniversary during 2011. The Troop is the oldest, continuously operating Troop in the history of American Boy Scouting. The Wayne County Historical Society is planning a special commemorative exhibition from April 22 through the end of the year and is looking for any type of Troop 1 memorabilia from former scouts, adult leaders, and the community-at-large, including typed or handwritten journals, old Scout Handbooks, merit badge pamphlets, carvings, special medals, badges, patches, neckerchiefs and neckerchief slides, etc. Past documents and photos of all kinds are also being sought. Photos can be of anything involving Troop 1's Troop meetings, parades, first aid meets, local camp outs, summer camping at Goose Pond, Ten Mile River, etc., trips to Boston, Washington, DC, summer expeditions to Philmont National Scout Reservation in New Mexico, Sea Base in Florida, etc. All documents and photos will be copied, enlarged if necessary, and returned to the owner before the exhibit opens. All other memorabilia will be either securely wall or ceiling mounted or displayed in locked display cases.

Troop 1 was chartered on May 24, 1911. It has long been meeting weekly in the Chapel of Honesdale's First Presbyterian Church on 10th Street. The Historical Society is working in conjunction with Scoutmaster Mike Jurkowski and the Troop Committee. Various programs are scheduled throughout this year's celebrations.

If you have any Troop 1 memorabilia to loan for the Historical Society's exhibit, please contact Bob Mermell at 570-253-5988 or jetmer@verizon.net, Dan Miller at 570-253-5405 or dmiller1@ptd.net, or the Wayne County Historical Society at wchs@ptd.net. The exhibit committee also requests the names and contact information of former scouts and leaders who have moved out of the area so they may also be contacted for information and memorabilia.