Boy Scouts

  • Apr 18, 2013
  • Richard C. Lasselle

Picture: Boy Scout Troop 24 at summer camp in 2002. Troop 24 continues its 30-year tradition of camping once a month and has now added monthly backpacking trips as well.

Growing Up In Wilton - Part 2

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Originally Published: 4/18/2013

Wilton Boy Scout Troop 1, formed in 1929 by the new Saratoga County Boy Scout Council, was sponsored by the Wilton Methodist Church. As troops were re-numbered, Troop 1 became Troop 14 and continued until 1946. Among the early members was Charles Van Rensselaer.

In 1954, the Wilton Grange started the current Troop 24. Dorothy Pepper (photo, bottom left) was a driving force in forming the troop, while Gene Worth and Larry Pratt provided continuing leadership. The Grange established Pack 24 soon after starting the troop.

May 16, 1955 - Dorothy Pepper, our Den Leader,  took the Cub Scouts to the International Paper Company in Corinth for a tour.  I’m the little guy on the far left.

Our Cub Scout meetings were held at Mr. & Mrs. Pepper’s house, the then picturesque turkey farm on Rt. 9.

TODAY Cub Scout Pack 24 and Boy Scout Troop 24 are still going strong, meeting at Dorothy Nolan School. Wilton youth also participate in an Explorer Post sponsored by the Wilton Fire Company as well as in packs and troops in Saratoga Springs, South Glens Falls, and Schuylerville.

This summer, five Scouts and one leader from Troop 24 will be attending the National BSA Jamboree at the new Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

This is the second of several columns by Dick Lasselle about various aspects of life in Wilton. Dick grew up on Putnam Lane in Wilton, just off Jones road, and now lives on property that was part of the Putnam farm originally owned by his great-grandparents. Dick’s sister, Linda Baker, and his mom, Doris Lasselle, are contributing toward the development of these articles.