Troop 37 History 1961 - 1966

Troop 37 has continued its activity and service to boys of Hyde Park since the remainder of this history was compiled and written in 1961o Ernie Rack completed nearly seven years as Scoutmaster when he resigned at the end of March 1964. Bob Holtzman replaced Ernie and is currently carrying on this responsible job capably and well.

The Troop has grown rather steadily in size and now numbers thirty boys Its advancement record has been truly remarkable over the last ten years with at least eight boys achieving the rank of Eagle - David Andros, Brian Gahran (65), Jim Moseley (64) , Tom Moseley(62), Emmett Murphy, Ernie Rack (62) Jim Rack (64), and Wayne Remond (59). In addition a great many other boys have moved far along the Scouting Trail by attaining Second Class, First Class, Star or Life Rank.

The camping record of the Troop has always been outstanding and accurate records kept over the past five years show an average of nine or ten a year These have included trips to Cooperstown, Devils Tombstone, Woodland Valley, Camp Rotary (Rensselear County), West Point as well as Camp Nooteeming. There have also been cooperative camp-outs with Troop 101 of Schultzville at the latters camp site. The number of boys from the troop participating in these camp-outs has also increased with the average being around 60%.

The Troop carries on a very extensive program of other scouting activities These include weekly meetings (September thru June), monthly swims at the Poughkeepsie YMCA, 3-4 Courts of Honor each year, a yearly Xmas party, a yearly Supper or Dinner as well as other events. A number of boys made the trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico during the summer of 1963 and Ernie Rack took another group last summer (1965).

The greatest change in the Troop has taken place in Adult Male cooperation and participation. Without this vital ingredient a troop just stumbles along fighting for existence. Ernie Rack and Tiny Luhmann literally held the troop together during the period 1958-60, with little or no help and few boys This is a far cry from the present Troop with a Scoutmaster, an Assistant Scoutmaster, ten Committeemen and thirty Scouts.

The Troop and those who have been associated with it can truly be proud of its achievements and of the fine experiences and excellent training it has made available to the youth of Hyde Park.

The source for the initial information for this History page came from a compilation by Robert E. Moseley in 1966. This compilation existed as a paper copy until 2000 when it was transcribed into a Web page.

Last Updated On 9/2/1999
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