ONE HUNDRED YEARS YOUNG AND STILL GOING!
BSA TROOP 2
First Congregational United Church of Christ in Billings, Montana charted Boy Scout Troop 2 in April 1916. The Troop is still meeting today and has had over nine hundred scouts as members in the past 100 years.
The troops commitment to the community and the church began in its early days when a lumberyard a block away from the church caught fire and burning embers were blowing onto the roof of the church parsonage.To save the building,they put scouts on the roof with wet burlap bags to beat out the embers.The troop continues that tradition today with projects like Toys for Tots, Scouting for Food and the Martin Luther King dinner that we have been part of for the last 6 years.
In 1917 the Troop was presented a silk American Flag and engraved staff by President Woodrow Wilson for selling the most bonds in the second Liberty Bond Drive in the state of Montana. In 1957 an Eagle Scout from Troop 2 was selected to fly to New England and Norway with the U.S. Airforce as part of a of sixteen Eagles to attend Jamboree in these countries on the “First Explorer Airlift to Europe”. In 1958 and 1961 an Eagle from Troop 2 was selected with twelve other scouts to make the “Report to the Nation”. Each had a trip to Washington DC and met President Eisenhower and toured both Washington DC and New York City.
We had our first Eagle Scout in 1925 but our local council wasn’t organized until 1928. Since that time Troop 2 has had seventy eight scout earn the rank of Eagle. We have nine Wood badge graduates, ten District Awards of Merit,three Silver beaver, and one recipient of the Silver Antelope award. Annually the Troop sends scouts to National Youth Leadership Training, as well as adults to Wood Badge Training
Fundraising is done primarily through fall popcorn and wreath sales.Strong sales have allowed the Troop to provide partial scholarships to youth and adult leaders for training, as well as for financial assistance for summer camps. The Troop has over the years acquired a substantial amount of equipment which the Troop uses on outings for example camping ,caving, biking, rafting and backpacking just to name a few. Troop 2 also goes to summer camp every summer, attending an in council camp one year and an out of state camp the next. We have been to K-M Scout Ranch MT, Melita Island Mt, Medicine Mountain SD, Camp Many Point Minn, Camp Buffalo Bill Wyo, Camp Bradley Id and many more. In the spring of 2003, 18 scouts and 6 adults hiked fifty miles, retracing the step Lewis and Clark took 200 years ago along the Missouri River. That same year five scouts and four adults hiked the China Wall in the Bob Marshall Wilderness of No Return and survived to tell about it. Members of Troop 2 have attended the last three National Jamborees, sending seven scouts in 2001, eleven scouts in 2005 and two scouts in 2010.
Troop 2 is still going strong today with a active base of scouts and a strong base of adult leadership. We meet every Monday night 7:00 pm at the First Congregational United Church of Christ, the Patrol Leader Council meets once a month, as does the Troop Committee.
We are organizing efforts to locate as many members, past and present, of Troop 2 in preparations for our 100th year Anniversary in 2016. We’re looking to having a wonderful celebration at that time as well as in 50 years when the time capsule is opened again. If you were a part of Troop 2 or know someone who was we would like to hear from you.