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The Grand Howl


The Scouting movement began in 1907. Lord Baden-Powell held the first Scouting Jamboree in southern Britain.  In 1913, Scouting came to the shores of the United States.  Now, millions have learned the Scout Chant.  It has lovingly been dubbed, the “Grand Howl.” (more…)

A Scout is Reverent

BSABy: Jim Hughes

Nearly every camp out was scheduled to leave the Scout Hut at 1:30 pm on a Saturday.  The departure from wherever we camped was always scheduled on a Sunday at 1:30 pm. (more…)

Order of the ?

An amusing story about a dad and his distaste for a luncheon meat.  In 1971, Allen Lazenby was elected as one of Troop One’s scouts to be tapped out for Order of the Arrow, the honor camper brotherhood.  Each troop could also elect one adult scouter to be tapped out.  On Friday night of summer camp the Tap Out was held and both Allen and his dad, Olie, were tapped out. (more…)

Badge for American Business

bs am busScouting has always been about friendship, serving the community, and “Being Prepared.” Scouts not only learn of the value of God and Country, but have the opportunity to learn many new skills to lead them down a positive road through life. (more…)

State Representative David Farabee

Buried deep in the archives of the Times Record News in Wichita Falls, Texas is a photo from September 4th, Farabee2002, of then State Representative, David Farabee. He is sitting among members of Boy Scout Troop 1 at Floral Heights. It turns out that as a young boy, David Farabee attended the same Boy Scout Troop. It helped make him better prepared for life and his position as a State Representative. (more…)

Join our 100-Year Celebration!

T1-100th-Circle-ARBSA Troop 1 Wichita Falls 100-Year Celebration

Here we are! Boy Scout Troop 1 in Wichita Falls, Texas holding its 100-year celebration only 109 years after the Scouting movement began in Great Britain. “Incredible” is the only way one can describe the speed at which Scouting moved from the east shore of the United States to its firm hold in Wichita Falls, Texas.


The Scouting Career of Mr. Eagle

The Scouting Career of


(Mr. Eagle)

9bf164e88b344a280b5204903a48ae47Mr. Hughes was born on March 24, 1908 in Snyder, Oklahoma. His scouting career began right there in his home town. He became a Tenderfoot Scout in 1930 and later achieved Second Class rank. The family then moved to Pryor, Oklahoma where a troop had not yet been established. (more…)

Values for Life

bsaWhat Scouting is all about

The scouting movement began in Great Britain in 1907 with the teachings of Lord Baden Powell. The teachings began as a method for training army scouts but were quickly adapted to encourage young boys to “be prepared” for life. (more…)

Cub Scout Camp: The Joy of It All

1278686815954447919ck7_boy6-hiScouting hit the shores of the United States more than 100 years ago. One constant event has endured. It’s the great time youth between the ages of six and sixty, or older, have at Cub Scout Camp. (more…)

Citizenship in the Community Badge

BS3Be Prepared. The motto of the Scouting movement is alive and well. Millions of young people are involved learning to Be Prepared to help other individuals and organizations, the community in which they live, and their nation. (more…)

The Night We Tied the Guy Up in the Tent

We all go through events in life we remember. Some of those occurrences may even change our life. I had one of those experiences. I remember it, and it changed my life.

The motto of Cubs and Scouts is, “Be Prepared.” Without realizing, the night we tied the guy up in the tent at a Cub Jamboree prepared me for the rest of my life. (more…)

U.S. Presidents Who Were Scouts

The world of Scouting began in about 1907 and hit the shores of the United States in 1913. Throughout its history, many famous people have been involved with Scouting. None, however, were more famous than the young men who went on to become Presidents of the United States. (more…)

Scouting Badges, Article 1

Badges1Scouting began in Great Britain with the first scout camp held in 1907 by Lord Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell had written a book for boys about scouting and reconnaissance based upon his army experiences in India. He saw the benefits of scouting as a means to build character in young boys. The scouting movement was launched. (more…)

Lord Baden-Powell


Lord Baden-Powell

Millions of kids the world over have the man in the photo above to thank for the wonderful times they had and the lessons they learned to prepare for life’s journey. Lord Baden-Powell, a distinguished English Gentleman was born in 1857. He organized and held the first Scouting Jamboree in 1907. It brought together 22 youth at a camp on Brownsea Island near Dorset, England. (more…)

Footlocker / Foodlocker


By: Jim Hughes

There were three scouts in the Knight family. Mack started in 1964. He continued until 1971, receiving Eagle in 1967. Terry began in 1966 and continued until 1971, receiving Eagle in 1969. Tim made his start in 1967 and continued until 1973, receiving his Eagle in 1969. (more…)


Mr. George W. Allen became Scoutmaster of Troop One on December 1, 1962. Mr. Allen owned “Allen’s Garage” on the corner of Eleventh and Indiana in downtown Wichita Falls. His son was Lynn W. Allen, who began scouting in 1960 in Troop One.

Lynn was Patrol Leader of the Bat Patrol, and he received his Eagle Award on August 19, 1964. (more…)

SUMMER CAMP 1980 by Jim Hughes

The last week of June, 1980, Troop One went to summer camp at Camp Perkins of the Northwest Texas Council, which is located about fourteen miles north of Wichita Falls, Texas.

The troop consisted of forty-seven scouts and five adult leaders. We camped at our usual Thunderbird Roost Campsite under the leadership of Scoutmaster Jim Hughes. (more…)


One of our favorite places to go on a campout was to Fort Belknap. It is located about 50 miles south of Wichita Falls and three miles south of the town of Newcastle in Young County. (more…)

THE SNAKE MAN by Jim Hughes

This true story developed during summer camp at Camp Perkins in 1987. Troop One was camping in our Thunderbird Roost Campsite. One of our favorite leaders was Louie T. Hamlett, who was in his eighties, and camping in the tent with Scoutmaster Hughes. Mr Hamlett was retired as the managing editor of the Times Record News and retired Scoutmaster of Troop 24 sponsored by Fain Presbyterian Church. (more…)


One of the fun activities our Troop played was the Snipe Hunt. This hunt took place on an overnight campout or during summer camp. The preference was during summer camp because there was more time. The hunt was designed by the older scouts to make fun of a first year camper.
The hunt usually began no earlier than 10:00 pm, and hopefully, on a dark night with little or no moonlight. There could be one or more hunters. Each hunter was given a brown paper grocery sack. If there was more than one hunter, the troop would split into groups and determine their own territory. (more…)

Mrs. Kathy – Troop 1

Who Do Go To?

They affectionately call her “Mrs. Kathy”. Her last name has been left out for privacy, but she has become a role model and the “go to” lady for the scouts of Troop 1. It wasn’t always like that for her. (more…)

The Flintlock as told by Dr. William Neale

This story was told by Dr. William Neile of Wichita Falls, Texas who as a young boy of 13 years was a member of Boy Scout Troop 1, Wichita Falls. Troop 1 is getting prepared to celebrate its 100th anniversary. Events like this are just a little part of the reason the Troop has been so successful in attracting young boys for that 100 years. (more…)

The Wake Up Call as told by Jim Hughes

Editors Note:  This story is told by Jim Hughes but was re-written into the first person.

This is a true story because it happened to me.  Picture this. Mid-November 1977, and thirty young kids, 11 years to 14 years out on their first camp out on a cold weekend, 50 miles from Wichita Falls. No parents, small pup tents, maybe an air mattress or two, and thin $20 sleeping bags from the BSA Hub.

Arriving at the camping location Saturday afternoon, it was put up the tents and pack the sleeping gear inside. Play games (more…)

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