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A History of Scouting and Troop 5 from our 75th Anniversary Script


Dream with us and remember with us, the early days of Troop 5 and the Boy Scouts of America.

This is a story about scouting and about Troop 5, the pioneer troop. You know this troop is one of the oldest in America and one of the few which has been registered every year since scouting began way back in 1910.

It all began back in 1907 in England when General Baden-Powell organized a group of boys to study and practice games and activities to make them physically strong, self reliant and able to take care of themselves anywhere. The idea caught on quite well. Then in 1909 an American Publisher, Wm. D. Boyce was lost in a London fog. A boy approached and asked if he might be of service. He told the boy where he wanted to go and was surprised when the boy saluted him and said "come with me sir." Upon reaching the address, Mr. Boyce reached into his pocket and offered the boy a shilling. He was more than ever surprised when the boy refused it. "No thank you, sir, I am a Scout. Scouts do not accept tips for good turns." Click here for MORE.

Paul C. Spiess was a member of Troop 5 from 1923 to 1927. Click here to read a letter he sent to the troop in 1985.

Troop 5 was chartered by the Boy Scouts of America in September 1910, and has been serving boys in the Denver area for nearly 100 years.