Los Angeles Boy Scout Troop 10 recalls early days of the unit

| April 3, 2014 | 0 Comments
HONORED FOR his 25 years as scoutmaster was Jack Hampton, right, shown with Griff Matchke and Rev. Ray Miller.

HONORED FOR his 25 years as scoutmaster was Jack Hampton, right, shown with Griff Matchke and Rev. Ray Miller.

Boy Scout Troop 10 scouts and troop leaders will recall milestones in the history of the group at its 100-year anniversary celebration on Sat., May 3 at 4 p.m. at St. James’ Parish Hall, 3903 Wilshire Blvd.

There have been more than 20 troop scoutmasters, and the longest serving was Jack “Hampy” Hampton from 1926 to 1951.

In 1949, the Boy Scouts honored Hampton for his years of service to Troop 10 with a Silver Jubilee Banquet, attended by 400 people, at the First Baptist Church of Los Angeles. He received a 25-year Veteran Service Badge and a scroll. Dignitaries such as Fletcher Bowron, mayor of Los Angeles, and Earl Warren, governor of California, wrote to “Hampy” to express their appreciation. Gov. Warren said, “as a parent who has been associated with Scout work for many years, I consider it a remarkable tribute to your ability that of the 1,000 boys who have enrolled in your troop, 145 have become Eagle Scouts.”

Today, Troop 10 remains a vibrant organization committed to building character, teaching young men about the outdoors, and getting them involved in serving their community, said James Chalfant, troop spokesman.

Led by Scoutmaster Thomas Fenady, the troop has more than 60 active Scouts who attend meetings, go on campouts and hikes, attend weeklong summer camps and provide community service such as Memorial Day flag-planting on veterans’ graves and cleanup at the Taste of Larchmont.

The troop attributes its longevity to the support it has received from St. James’ Church, which it greatly appreciates, and its ability to adapt to and meet the changing needs and interests of its scouts, Chalfant added.

All former scouts, adult leaders and parents are encouraged to attend the celebration. If you wish to be added to the “evite” list, send your email address to: bsatroop10centennial@gmail.com.


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