Our troop here at St Mary’s was chartered in 1918 with the Rev James Stuart Neill as its first Scoutmaster. At that time it was numbered Troop 4 as the 4th troop chartered in the Manchester Council. Ten years later, in 1928, when the Manchester Council merged with the Charter Oak Council, the troop was renumbered Troop 27. This was done because Christ Church Cathedral already had the number 4 and it was older. St Mary’s has had a Boy Scout Troop for 94 years. Many boys have earned the ranks of tenderfoot, second class, first class, star and life. At each advancement Board of Review a scout needs to demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Law. In this time we have had 101 boys earn the rank of Eagle Scout. This rank is a worldwide recognized achievement. Once an Eagle always an Eagle. It is a title that stays with you for life. In order to become an Eagle, the boy needs to earn 12 required merit badges and 9 elective merit badges. He must hold a position of leadership in the troop and plan develop, implement and give leadership for a service project. All of the required merit badges teach life skills. For example Personal Management teaches a boy to budget and manage his money for a period of at least 90 days. Many adults could benefit from this knowledge. Only 4% of all Scouts attain the Eagle Rank.
The Boy Scouts of America pledge in their oath “to do their best to do their duty to God and Country”. One of the Scout laws is a “Scout is Reverent”. This means that it is each boy’s duty to learn about God from their religious leaders and to follow those teachings everyday. Additionally Scouts have an opportunity to explore their beliefs more fully through their religious award program. Troop 27 has had 10 scouts earn their religious awards during the last few years. In the past, we have had several boys here at St Mary’s earn the Episcopal “God and Country” Award. We have also had 3 adults earn the St George’s Award for outstanding service to youth and church.
Our troop provides service to St Mary’s each year and makes an annual donation to the Church. This year we raked the leaves, cleaned up after the Pancake Supper and helped with set up and clean up for the May Fair.
Troop 27 has done extremely well in District and Council Scouting competitions as represented in the trophies downstairs in Neil Hall. We are very fortunate to have good leaders that provide the boys with a quality program. This program not only includes the advancement program but fun and educational trips. We have gone to Washington, D.C. , Philadelphia, Boston, New York and the Boy Scout National Jamboree at Fort A P Hill in Virginia. Troop members have also done high adventure white water rafting and canoe trips, gone to Philmont in New Mexico, The Florida Sea Base and many National Jamborees. The Boy Scout troop has remained strong and guided boys into men for 94 years.