A Brief History of Troop 72

On April 23, 1991, three adult leaders, several fifth-grade boys and their parents met organize a scout troop.  By the end of that evening Troop 72 was formed, with five adults and just six scouts.  Our first troop meeting was two nights later, and one more boy joined at that time. 

All seven scouts attended our first camping trip seven weeks later, at Pine Coulee Farm.  That trip was just the first of many over the years, earning the troop a reputation as a tough, all-season camping troop, and our scouts equal fame as "real campers."  Over the last nearly 22 years the troop has averaged 25 nights of scout camping each year, or about two nights each month...spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Troop 72 attends summer camp each year at Tomahawk Scout Reservation, and each winter the troop takes a four-day high adventure trek to the BWCA wilderness in northern Minnesota, where scouts pull their gear in long sleds to a remote lake and sleep in tents or snow shelters they build themselves.  We have also taken five high adventure backpacking treks to Philmont Scout Ranch, in New Mexico, where scouts spend 11 days backpacking in the rugged Sangre de Christo range of the Rocky Mountains.

Our troop membership has grown from those original six scouts and five adults to a current active membership of 36 scouts, a 15 person troop committee, and a 15-man Scoutmaster corps.  Troop 72 has earned the Quality Unit/Journey to Excellence Award each year by meeting the tests established to recognize top scouting units.

The troop's advancement record has been far above average.  Since our first Eagle Scout in 1994, Troop 72 has averaged one new Eagle Scout every four months for over 18 consecutive years. We now have over 80 Eagle Scouts and during every Eagle Court of Honor another name is raised and placed on the Eagle banner to be shown after every Eagle Court of Honor thereafter.  This stands as a testament to the quality and character of our scouts.

We give every scout in our troop time to grow and develop in character, citizenship, fitness, and leadership.  They will gain new friends and enjoy great adventures that will in turn be something they can come to be proud of and remember for the rest of their life.

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