Boy Scouts Troop 10 is the oldest continuously-sponsored troop in the United States, sponsored by St. James’ Episcopal Church. Matt Rauchberg is the current Scoutmaster of the Troop. Troop 10 shares meeting space in the basement of the Parish Office building with Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts and this Sunday we welcome the Scouts and their families who are here to celebrate Scout Sunday at the Family Service (9:30am).
In its long history, Troop 10 has had thousands of Scouts, including more than 300 Eagle Scouts. Many Troop 10 Scouts have gone on to become prominent civic leaders, including heads of major banks and other corporate institutions.
Do you know where the name “Hampton Hall” (2nd floor of the Parish Office building) came from? It is named after the longest-tenured Scoutmaster, the beloved Jack “Hampy” Hampton, who served as Scoutmaster from 1926–1951. A number of Hampy’s Scouts served in World War II, and he corresponded with them while they were fighting overseas. Troop 10 is proud of its historical memorabilia, including photographs and film, patrol diaries, flags, and Hampy’s “War Book,” that contains letters from former Troop 10 Scouts who served in WWII.
Thank you Diane Gilmore
Also today we honor St. James’ parishioner Diane Gilmore, who after 35 years of service to the Boy Scouts, is stepping down from her official role as Cubmaster for Pack 10. With the Cub Scouts, Diane organized many service projects at St. James’ including a major cleanup of the yard at the rear of the parking lot, and planting flowers to spruce up the church courtyard for Easter.
The biggest event for Diane is planning the Pinewood Derby (pictured), where the Cub Scouts each make a model race car for the annual competition. Diane will continue to support the Scouts program as a volunteer and she also plans to continue to be a member at St. James’.
A reception is planned to honor Diane and her contributions to the Scouts after the Family service. All are welcome.