Dear Scouting friends,
Troop 2 in Billings is 100 years old – WOW!
You probably know that the BSA was founded in 1910. Not long after, in 1916, the Billings First Congregational United Church of Christ organized and chartered Troop 2. Little did the founders know that their troop would be alive and going strong 100 years later.
While not the first Scout troop to be formed in Montana, Troop 2 is the first Montana Scouting unit to achieve 100 years of continuous operation – a remarkable feat!
Plans for a meaningful celebration started over a year ago as the troop leadership put together a dynamic committee led by Amy Sullivan to organize and promote the event.
The party was held at Oscar’s Park, just southwest of Billings, on August 13th. It was both fun and memorable. More than 100 folks attended, including past and present Scouts, leaders, parents and friends. I, too, was fortunate enough to attend.
There were displays of troop memorabilia with pictures, awards, and newspaper articles reflecting highlights of the troop’s rich history. It started with a social time followed by a delicious BBQ, and of course, a beautiful birthday cake.
The program for the evening featured flag ceremonies, skits and songs led by current Scouts, and a fascinating history of the troop by current Scoutmaster Dennie Stephenson. In addition, there was an Eagle Scout Award presentation to Ryan Hare, and reciting of the Eagle Oath by all Eagle Scouts in attendance.
There were favorite memories by troop alumni and reflections from prior Scoutmasters and the two most senior alumni in attendance. The reflections of those two gentlemen were especially stirring. They spoke of how Troop 2 impacted their lives – preparation for military service and careers, the powerful positive influence of their Scoutmaster, the development of their spiritual faith, and the embracing of the Scout Oath and Law for daily living.
I found Troop 2’s anniversary celebration inspiring. The feeling of Scout spirit and fellowship was undeniable. Consider the influence of a century of Scouting – nearly a thousand Scouts and their families directly impacted for the better.
A special salute to all the leaders of the troop, past and present – especially the Scoutmasters – for countless hours of dedicated service, and to the First Congregational Church of Christ, for their century of support!
Congratulations Troop 2, our oldest continuously operating Scout unit in Montana Council on reaching this landmark achievement. Well done – Scout on!
Yours in Scouting,