Our Troop was started in the spring of 1998 as an offshoot of Pack 5. As the Cubmaster of Pack 5, I realized that when boys left Cub Scouts many would not go on to Boys Scouts. Before starting Troop 5, my oldest son had graduated from Cub Scouts and went on to a local Boy Scout Troop. I was at this time an Assistant Scoutmaster of this other Troop and still Cub Master. My son became somewhat disenchanted and talked of asking me to start own Troop. My wife Tina and Kim Bailey as well as other parents started to “encourage me to start our own Troop.” We discussed this at length or a least a year and half. Finally after getting commitment from at least ten families we decided to go forward. First we needed a sponsor.After having meetings with the North Kingstown Rotary Club they accepted our new Troop and we were off and running. After starting in April 1998 with those first ten families we quickly grew in membership.
Building to Serve:
Building to Serve is our Troop slogan, which is borrowed from the 1969 National Jamboree where I attended as Scout. By selecting that slogan we hope to create a link and tradition to Scouting’s past. At that Jamboree Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. While on the moon he spoke directly to his fellow Scouts at the Jamboree. That became an important time for the world and Scouting. In 2001 I was fortunate to be selected as a Scoutmaster for one of the Troops from Narragansett Council to attend the National Jamboree in Fort AP Hill Virginia. Over 40,000 Scouts from all over the USA and the World were in attendance. It was there that it got reinforced in my heart that Scouting is the greatest program for Boys… ever.
I hope you will share my Scouting spirit and grow with your son in Scouting because it truly is a way of life. Troop 5 is here for your son, it his, along with the other Scouts to be run by them for them.