Barre, Vermont: First Boy Scout Troop in America

Heroic granite statue of a manly-looking Boy Scout sitting on a stump, with a younger Scout slung across his shoulders. Unveiled Nov. 2018. The "First" claim is contested by many other troops, though only a few have monuments.

Address:
56 Depot Square, Barre, VT
Directions:
The monument is at the intersection of Depot Square and Metro Way, on the left when traveling west on Depot Square. Located just north of the former railroad depot.
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First Boy Scout Troop in America

Granite statue, unveiled in November 2018, commemorates the First Boy Scout Troop in America. Barre's "Scout Club" began in 1909, before the Boy Scouts of America incorporated on February 8, 2010. They were the very first troop to join the BSA in July, 1910. Their sister organization, the Camp Fire Girls, was formed in Thetford, Vermont, also in 1910. Vermont became the hub for scouting in North America.

[Stephen Restelli, 12/13/2019]

A rival troop in Oklahoma also claims to be the first, and definitely had the first First Troop statue. Burnside, Kentucky may have had the first First Troop town welcome billboard. There are many other first troop claimants that emerged from the tumultuous introduction of Scouting to the United States. Oct. 2021: Photo added.


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