A BRIEF HISTORY OF TROOP 9
On March 13, 1926, the Pond Plain Improvement Association of South
Weymouth completed the original charter for Troop 9 of the Boy Scouts
of America. The original committee members of John Tigg, George Whitwood
and Don Dodge enlisted David Greene to serve as Troop 9's inaugural
While the exact number of original boys in Troop 9 is unknown, and
membership lists are not available for many years, records that are
available indicate that Troop 9's yearly membership averaged 20 scouts,
with a high being 64 scouts in the 1950's and a low of 12 in the 1990's.
Current membership stands at 26 scouts.
Available records indicate that there are at least 500 alumni of Troop
9, of which the records indicate that at least 40 attained the rank
of Eagle Scout, the highest award of the Boy Scouts of America. Of the
remainder, a great majority attained the ranks of Life and Star Scouts,
the second and third highest awards in Boy Scouts. Official membership
lists are not available prior to 1980, but records of the Pond Plain
Improvement Association provided additional, but not complete, lists
of names and awards for the years prior to 1980.
While an accurate timeline and history of Troop 9 is being compiled,
the records located and reviewed to date indicate that Troop 9 has a
distinguished and proud history of accomplishments and service, including:
· During World War II, scouts and leaders of Troop 9 worked
with the local air raid wardens scanning the skies for enemy planes
and ready to assist with spreading the alarm, if necessary. Troop 9
scouts were designated as official messengers, and as such, were issued
photo identification cards by the War Department. Troop 9 also assisted
with the collection of scrap metal, rubber and paper to aid in the war
effort. During patriotic rallies and parades in Boston and throughout
Eastern Massachusetts, a contingent of Troop 9 scouts and leaders were
usually present to represent the town of Weymouth.
· Troop 9 scouts were, and still are, regular participants in
town patriotic observances, including the Veterans' Day Parade and the
decorating of veterans' graves with American Flags for Memorial Day.
Recently, Troop 9, volunteered to maintain a town green and memorial
in South Weymouth.
· For many years, scouts of Troop 9 maintained the grounds and
building of the Pond Plain Improvement Association, a vital meeting
hall and organization for the residents of South Weymouth. Over the
course of years, Troop 9 has repaired the front porch, front stairs,
side stairs, flagpole, numerous doors and windows, as well as painted
the interior and exterior, cut the
lawn, raked the grounds and trimmed the trees. Scouts from Troop 9 were,
and are, regularly counted on to spread the word on different events
that Pond Plain hosted, as well as to assist in the set-up for these
events and the cleaning after.
· Troop 9 has been a fixture in its South Weymouth neighborhood,
regularly putting on Scout demonstrations for younger children. Scouts
from Troop 9 would put together window displays for neighborhood businesses
on a wide variety of topics, including: first aid, crime prevention,
citizenship, handiwork, knot tying, physical fitness, wildlife and conservation.
· For years in the 1930's through the 1960's, Troop 9 was the
dominant of all the Weymouth Boy Scout troops. Troop 9 would regularly
host leadership and program courses for other troops and leaders. At
camporees and athletic competitions for Weymouth troops at the old Weymouth
Fairgrounds in the 1930's, 40's and 50's, Troop 9 would regularly place
at the top of many of the events, and then represent the town of Weymouth
at district and state camporees in those events. Troop 9 continues to
represent the town of Weymouth in various state, council and district
events, including consecutive championships in the last two Great Ponds
· Troop 9 leaders have been tapped on numerous occasions by
local troops and councils to chair camporees and leadership courses.
In 1936, Troop 9 Scoutmaster, Mr. William G. Park was the first Old
Colony Council recipient of the highest adult award at the time (believed
to be the Silver Beaver Award), to recognize his accomplishments, dedication
and services to the Boy Scouts of America. Mr. Park joined Troop 9 in
1928, and for the next 50+ years, at least one generation of the Park
family was involved in Troop 9.
· In 1994, Troop 9 ventured to West Point to participate in
the Annual West Point Camporee, and despite record setting rainfall,
had a group of scouts complete all of the events. For the last six years,
Troop 9 has attended the annual camporee at Norwich University in Vermont,
where it has competed successfully in the events, prevailing over scout
troops from throughout the Northeast and Canada.
· Troop 9's camping activities have always been an integral
part of Troop 9's scouting program. For at least 70 of the Troop 9's
75 years, a contingent of Troop 9 scouts have attended summer camp at
Camp Squanto, Camp Child or another scout camp. Throughout its 75 years,
scouts from Troop 9 have camped in all of the states in the Northeastern
United States, climbed the White Mountains of New Hampshire and rafted
the wild rivers in Massachusetts and Maine. In the 1930's and 40's,
when transportation was not available, Troop 9 was a regular site hiking
to its destination, whether it was in Weymouth, Plymouth, Boston or
· Eagle Scouts from Troop 9 have performed their service projects
at or for many organizations in Weymouth, including, but not limited
to: Weymouth Youth and Family Services, Saint Francis Xavier Parish,
Sacred Heart Parish and School, Great Esker Park, Pond Meadow Park,
Word of Grace Church, Stella Tirrel Park, Weymouth South Intermediate
School, various public places, cemeteries and VFW Posts around town,
as well as on the Boston Harbor Islands and at the Wildlife Sanctuary
Throughout the years, the South Weymouth community has actively supported
Troop 9 by saving its newspapers for the scouts to collect in the 1930's
through 1960's, to buying candy, wreaths or plants in the 80's and 90's,
to donating their bottles and cans over the last few years. With the
assistance of the community, Troop 9 is proud of the fact that a scout
has never been denied an opportunity to attend summer camp or a campout
because he could not afford to.