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Troop 1 is 100 years old!

posted Jan 7, 2016, 11:32 AM by TroopOne Abington
Hi All!!!
Today, January 7th is the 100th Anniversary of Troop #1.  This is a wonderful achievement since very few Troops in the United States have reached or will ever reach this impressive milestone. We should be proud that we are one of the oldest Troops in the United States.  What makes this so impressive is that Troop 1 has never stopped being an active Troop even through World War II and other world events that have occurred since 1916.
This major achievement could not have been reached without the many Scouts that have crossed our doorway over the years and the hundreds of parents who have supported our program and entrusted their sons to the care of our faithful leadership. As you reflect on this achievement, think about some of the following things:
  • How many camping trips has the Troop taken in 100 years?
  • How many days of camping has the Troop experienced in 100 years?
  • How many miles has the Troop hiked?
  • How many times have the Troop recited the Scout Law and Scout Oath?
  • How many times has the Troop said the Pledge of Allegiance?
  • How many hot dogs and hamburgers has the Troop consumed in 100 years?
  • How many gallons of water have the Scouts consumed?
  • How many pounds of spaghetti has been cooked?
  • How many pounds of fire wood has been burnt to cook over and stay warm?
  • How many merit badges have been earned?
  • How many rank advancements have been earned.
  • How many fund raisers have been run?
  • How many smiles have the Scouts and Parents share together?
  • How many friendships have been made?
  • How many memories have been made that will last a life time? 

I personally want to thank all of you for my memories and the laughter and the friendships since being part of Troop #1. This has been a life changing experience for me as well as the other leaders of the Troop, both past and present. I would also like to thank the Members and Staff of Abington Presbyterian Church for their constant support of the Troop over all these years. Without their support, this achievement could not have been reached.  What a wonderful partnership we have with the Church!
Troop #1 has a rich history and heritage that we all should be very proud to be a part of.  As we enter the second century of this journey, I wish for all of our past, present and future Scout families much happiness as we make the difference in the world and in the lives of our sons as they become young men and our future leaders.
Please share this email with the individual scouts that are not included in this email.
Yours In Scouting:
John H. Dean