Pawhuska Boy Scout Troop 33 has the honor of being the first Boy Scout Troop in America and the only troop to be formed under a British Charter in 1909, one year before the Boy Scouts of America was established. Because of this distinction, Troop 33 was invited to perform the opening flag ceremony for the United States Postmaster’s Southern Officers Conference. The event was held at the Post Oaks Lodge Club in Sand Springs on July 25.
Scoutmaster Joey Stone said, “I was contacted by Louie Hatler of the U.S. Postmaster’s. We gladly accepted this honor of representing Pawhuska’s first troop. I visited with Barbara Pease of the Osage County Historical Society about taking some patches to the conference. Each patch represents different aspects of scouting as it relates to Pawhuska and Osage County.”
“This information was well received since many of the postmasters in attendance were former scouts and Eagle Scouts from eleven states. “They came from as far away as Florida all the way to Texas,” continued stone.
“When I passed out the patches, I explained the history of our first troop and that our Historical Society Museum had a special display honoring Troop 1 which was renamed Troop 33 when we joined the Cherokee Council of Boy Scouts. I also shared that the Museum hosted a mini-jamboree in 2009 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of America’s first troop. Over 300 scouts from across the United States attended.”
Stone talked about the uniqueness of two bronze statues that are on the Museum grounds. The first is a statue of a 1909 Boy Scout that stands sentry to the Museum’s entry. This was created by the late Bill Sowell of Taos, New Mexico, formerly of Pawhuska. The second bronze was created by the late Jim Hamilton in 2006 as a tribute to all Boy Scouts, past, present and future. Titled “What It’s All About,” this larger-than-life piece depicts a scoutmaster and two scouts by a campfire and is located just south of the Museum.