History of Troop 3
“…in the spring of 1915 Troop 3 made its appearance,” states Volume One of The Trail, published by Boy Scout Troop 1 of Winchester on October 22, 1917. Troop 1 had been formed in September 1914, according to this publication and Troop 2 followed in December.
An article located in the Shenandoah Area Council files entitled “Scouting in Winchester,” author unknown, apparently confirms this. This article stated, “In the fall of 1914, Troop 2 came into existence, with W. Richard Jolliffe as Scoutmaster, and this was followed by the formation of Troop 3 with Eugene B. Cooper as Scoutmaster.”
The Trail reported that “At a meeting of the council held in the early part of the summer of 1919, the plan was adopted and the local troops united into one troop,…”
The “Scouting in Winchester” article stated that in 1922 the arrangement of the three troops combined into one was abandoned. Troop 1 was reorganized by Eugene Cooper who served as Scoutmaster through 1947. From 1922 until 1928 this was the only troop in Winchester.
On November 1, 1928, an application for charter for a local council of the Boy Scouts of America was signed, the decision having been reached by the local council on September 28, 1928. Application was received in the National Office of the Boy Scouts of America on November 7, 1928. With the formation of the Shenandoah Area Council, additional troops were organized.
In November of 1928, the Methodist Episcopal Church South, Winchester, Virginia applied for a charter for a troop of Boy Scouts to the local council Troop Organization Committee. By November 19, 1928, approval for the charter was granted by the Council of the Boy Scouts of America. 1
Troop 3 has been chartered every year since 1928 by Braddock Street United Methodist Church. Troop 3 continues to prosper because of the unselfish devotion of volunteer leaders to this program.
- Thomas A. Louthan, On My Honor, A History of Boy Scout Troop 3, (Stephens City: Commercial Press, January 1979).