Boy Scout wearing the uniform introduced in 1922

Boy Scout wearing the uniform introduced in 1922.

Although there were Boy Scout troops in Vincennes prior to 1922, it wasn’t until August of that year, a century ago this month, that the scout movement really took off in the city with the formation of Boy Scout Troop No. 1. The Boy Scouts was founded in Great Britain in 1908 and came to the United States in 1910, as the Boy Scouts of America.

Rev. Ernest Roberts, Pastor of the United Brethren Church, began forming the local Boy Scouts and would serve as the first scoutmaster. The troop was sponsored by the Vincennes Kiwanis Club. On Aug. 12, 1922, it was reported that 12 boys had applied for membership. They had to pass tests based on the “Boy Scout Handbook,” and meet certain qualifications before becoming a scout, including a medical exam. This earned them the first Boy Scout rank of Tenderfoot.

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