A century of Boy Scout Troop 1 of Wichita Falls’ duty to God and country, helping others and staying strong will be celebrated during a reunion weekend, June 10-12.
“All Troop 1 alumni are encouraged to update their contact information and participate in this noteworthy event,” said Michael Detrick, event committee chairman. Troop 1 is celebrating 100 consecutive years as a Boy Scouts of America chartered unit. “Alumni can go to www.troop1centennial.com or the Troop 1 Centennial Celebration page on Facebook.”
Troop 1 in Wichita Falls was officially chartered March 16, 1916. Floral Heights United Methodist Church became the troop’s charter sponsor in 1927 and continues to make Scouting part of its ministry.
“Over the past century, Troop 1 has seen 264 young men achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Thousands of youth and adult volunteers have been Troop I Boy Scouts of America registered members,” said Detrick.
Jim Hughes, who was scoutmaster of Troop 1 from 1965 to 1990 was a young man when he joined the troop in 1949; he earned Eagle Scout in 1952. He remains active with Troop 1.
“I had a very positive experience and decided to stay with the program and share it with other Scouts and my family,” said Hughes. “I have three sons and all three made Eagle Scout, got God and Country awards. It was a rewarding experience and something that kept us all together. Now I have two grandsons who are Eagles.”
“Over those 66 years Hughes says he has seen Scouting values and programs delivered through Troop 1 make a positive impact on youth, families and the community,” said Detrick. “And it would not have been possible without FHUMC’s commitment, countless adult volunteers and families who made character building through Scouting a priority in their lives.”