HISTORICAL STUFF: Troop was originally formed in the mid 60’s and was chartered to the Eleanor Roosevelt home and school association. Its first Scoutmaster was Lou Mohr who is still active in Bucks County scouting circles. The Troop then became inactive around the later 70’s. In February 1993 and with the help of the aforementioned Mr. Lou Mohr, the troop was rechartered to the Eleanor Roosevelt PTO. Leadership and youth members came from 3 local Cub packs (including Pack 46 from Eleanor Roosevelt School) and Troop 3 in Morrisville. There were 26 boys listed on our initial roster in 1993.
GROWING PAINS: As usual when starting a new troop from scratch, equipment and the funds to acquire it was always a prime issue. Although we located in Doylestown $400 from the previous Troop(a pleasant surprise) it was not nearly enough. A great deal of equipment was donated but what really got the Troop on its feet was a bond issue of $3000 which was fully funded by the families who were members of the Troop at that time. This bond was completly paid back in 1 year’s time though the fundraising efforts of our Scouts. Our leadership will be forever grateful for the support of those Scouts and their families. This fundraising also reinforced our belief in the participatory type Fundraising which we continue to this day where a Scout earns credits to his Scout fund ( which can be used towards Scout-related expenses like summer camp or gear) through his fundraising efforts. At this writing it takes almost $5000/yr in fundraising efforts through carwashes, green sales and hoagie sales to maintain our programs.
TRADITION: Troop colors are dark green and yellow. Troop mascot is the Phoenix whose rising from the ashes represents the rebirth of the Troop. If you look at the troop patch you’ll note the pine trees, tents and campfire. These were retained from the patch of the original troop which had an outline of the state of Pennsylvania around these elements. The state outline was removed and the Phoenix was added. You may also note in the lower right hand corner of the older patches a gold number 1. This signifies the first issue of the patch(250) and no more will be produced. We are also fortunate that we have reacquired the original Troop flag which was found in a flea market. This flag will be used for ceremonial purposes only. Thanks to Mr. Mohr and his contacts in scouting again. Some more recent traditions include our book of honor which indicates rank advancement and long term camping neckerchief slide and beads.
TROOP PHILOSOPHY: Strong outdoor program which includes camping every month except December Troop run by Scouts and coached by leadership Participatory fundraising where Scouts receive credits for their efforts Emphasis on Scout skill fundamentals and adherence to all BSA policies Full uniforming of all Scouts