Troop 17 Celebrates its Centennial
Troop 17, of the St. Anthony Park neighborhood in St. Paul, had its beginnings early in 1916. A group of neighborhood boys decided they wanted to form a Boy Scout troop. They approached James Drew, a professor at the University of Minnesota Farm School who happened to live across the street from the new St. Anthony Park Congregational Church building (now St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ), and asked him to serve as their Scoutmaster. The boys met with the church to ask permission to meet in the building. A troop committee of supportive adults was formed, and they began meeting. Troop 17 has been meeting, camping, hiking, canoeing, biking, serving the community and doing a Good Turn ever since.
Troop 17 is the second oldest continuously chartered troop in Northern Star Council. It the oldest troop in the Council to be continuously chartered with the same partner, and meeting in the same building as when it first began.
The Centennial Celebration will take place on Saturday, Feb. 27, from 4:30-8PM, at St. Anthony Park United Church of Christ, 2129 Commonwealth Ave., St. Paul, MN. The event will begin with a social hour and open house with viewing of memorabilia, troop artifacts and pictures. There will be a buffet dinner at 6PM, followed by a program at 7PM. Chief Scout Executive John Andrews will be speaking. Everyone is welcome, especially former Troop 17 Scouts and families.
For more information and to register for the event, visit our website, troop17.sap.org. You can also like us on Facebook: St. Anthony Park Troop 17, and visit our Facebook group page: St. Anthony Park Troop 17 Centennial Celebration.
For further information, contact Mike Smith, Centennial Celebration Committee: phone 651-398-5552; email: email@example.com.