17 interesting, poignant or clever reasons behind pack, troop and crew numbers
August 28, 2019Bryan WendellCub Scouts, Fun, Scouts BSA, Sea Scouting, Venturing40
In the BSA’s early days, councils assigned numbers to new troops numerically. The first troop in a council was Troop 1, the second was Troop 2 and so on.
Today, Cub Scout packs, Scouts BSA troops, Sea Scout ships and Venturing crews get to pick their own one- to four-digit number.
The only rule, in most councils, is that two units from the same program and in the same district can’t have the same unit number. So you won’t see two Troop 57s in the Thunderbird District, for example.
The exception is linked troops, where a Scouts BSA troop for girls and a Scouts BSA troop for boys share a chartered organization and troop committee. Linked troops have the same troop number but are actually separate troops.
Over the years, we’ve heard from a number of packs, troops, crews and ships with the fascinating story behind their unit number. I’ve collected 17 such stories below and would encourage you to share the reason behind your unit number in the comments section at the end of the post.
Let’s get to the numbers.
1. Some historical humorScouts BSA Troop 927’s founding chartered organization was the Los Angeles Police Department. At the time, 927 was the radio code for “investigate unknown trouble.”
2. A nod to a university Sea Scout Ship 1876 of College Station, Texas, is chartered to A&M United Methodist Church. Its number was selected to recognize Texas A&M University. The university opened in 1876.
3. Some wordplay Venturing Crew 820 of Minnesota is a scuba-focused crew.
Its founders wanted the crew’s number to be H2O, but you can’t use letters in a unit number. So they picked 8, for the eighth letter of the alphabet, and a 0 to represent the O. Thus, 820 was born.
4. A high school throwback Scouts BSA Troop 1632, according to troop legend, selected its number to match the locker combination of one of its members.
5. A world geography lesson Boy Scout Troop 38 (which is no longer in operation) of the BSA’s Far East Council was formed in South Korea by a volunteer who was stationed there with his family. The number is in reference to the 38th parallel, which was the pre-Korean War boundary between North Korea and South Korea.
6. A Scouting history lesson Scouts BSA Troop 28 of Missouri is named after the anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.
The BSA was founded on Feb. 8, or 2/8.
7. A U.S. history lesson Scouts BSA Troop 1920, an all-girl troop from Montgomery Village, Md., is named after a significant moment for women’s rights in this country.
The Scouts selected 1920 because that’s the year the 19th Amendment was ratified, granting women the right to vote.
8. A favorite passage from the Bible Scouts BSA Troop 4031 of Lexington, Tenn., is named after a verse in the Bible: Isiah 40:31. The Scouts in the troop recite this verse at the end of every meeting.
That passage reads: “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” “Wings as eagles”? How fitting.
9. One of the 613 commandments given in the Torah Scouts BSA Troop 611 of Brooklyn, N.Y., is named after the 611th commandment in the Torah.
The commandment encourages people of the Jewish faith to “walk in His ways,” which sounds a lot like the Scout Law.
10. A reminder that all Scouts can use Scouts BSA Troop 247 of Concord, Ala., selected its number as a persistent reminder that Scouts should live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They should act like Scouts 24/7.
11. The month and year of the unit’s founding Scouts BSA Troop 498 of Orlando, Fla., like many BSA units, was named after the month and year it was formed.
The troop began operations in April 1998, or 4/98.
12. A bit of amateur radio lingo Venturing Crew 73 of Gwinnett County, Ga., is a ham radio-focused crew. So the Venturers chose Crew 73 because “73” in ham radio lingo means “best regards.”
13. The numbers on a keypad Scouts BSA Troop 577 of Clifton, Va., is named after its chartered organization: the Little Rocky Run Homeowners Association.
The nickname for the neighborhood is LRR, so just guess how you’d dial “LRR” on a phone number pad.
Yep, it’s 577.
Here’s another example: Scouts BSA Troop 4673 of Atlanta was formed to serve under-represented families in the Korean American community.
On a phone keypad, that number spells out H-O-P-E, which is “what they have a lot of for their next generation of kids,” commenter Shawn says.
14. The answer to the most important question ever Venturing Crew 42 of the Transatlantic Council selected the “answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything.”
According to the 1979 science fiction novel The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, that answer is 42.
15. The uniting of Scouts from two other units Scouts BSA Troop 1221 of Amarillo, Texas, was formed when Scouts from Pack 12 and Pack 21 moved from Cub Scouts into Scouts BSA. So it only made sense to combine the two pack numbers into a single number that honored both units.
16. A chartered organization Scouts BSA Troop 1187 of Rapid City, S.D., like a number of units across the country, honors its chartered organization by sharing its number.
The troop is chartered to Elks Lodge 1187. Both Troop 1187 and Lodge 1187 celebrated their 50th birthday last year.
17. The last three numbers of a ZIP code Scouts Troop 422 of Montgomery County, Pa., was named after the last three digits of its ZIP code.
The troop’s ZIP code is 19422.
What’s the best way to pick a number? There’s no single answer.
The best pack, troop or crew number is one that’s memorable and has some type of significance to your unit.
Commenter Phu Tran says that “when I was a BSA professional staffer, I used to suggest new units to use numbers that are associated with their chartered organizations. If not, they should pick a number that reminds them of the time their unit was formed. That way, they could remember their anniversary.”
So a unit formed on Aug. 1, 2019, could be Troop 81, troop 819 or even troop 8119.
The M577 Armored Personnel Carrier (APC) is a troop transport used by the United States Colonial Marine Corps in movie Aliens. The M577 evolved from the Marine 70 battlefield deployment strategy, which proposed a requirement for a low-cost lightweight APC capable of being transported into combat aboard the UD-4L Cheyenne Dropship. Troop 507 is a Boy Led Troop that has been chartered since 1980. Troop 507 is chartered through Angus Acres Church in Sand Springs, OK. Troop 507’s mission is to provide opportunities for young men to have a fun, challenging, supportive and exciting Scouting experience. Achieving the Mission.
Who We Are
Troop 507 is a Boy Led Troop that has been chartered since 1980. Troop 507 is chartered through Angus Acres Church in Sand Springs, OK. Troop 507’s mission is to provide opportunities for young men to have a fun, challenging, supportive and exciting Scouting experience.
Achieving the Mission
Active, enthusiastic scouts supported by involved and supportive parents in an outdoor based boy run program that holds the scouts interest. We encourage the scouts to advance in rank so they have the skills to enjoy the opportunities presented, but not at the expense of fun.
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The Patrol Method
This is the heart and soul of Troop 507. The patrol method gives Scouts an experience in group living and participating citizenship. It places a certain amount of responsibility on young shoulders and teaches boys how to accept it.
The patrol method allows Scouts to act in small groups where they can easily relate to each other. These small groups determine Troop activities through their elected representatives.
Troop 577 Clifton
After boys cross over to Scouts BSA, the emphasis changes from an adult run program to a boy led, adult supervised program. This transition is often harder on the adult leaders and parents than for the Scouts.
The adult leaders and parents are there to guide the boys and help them develop a sense of independence and leadership skills. A good rule of thumb is to never do what a boy can do for himself. If he can’t do it, then teach him so he can do it next time.
- Camping – Monthly camping for the troop
- Summer Camp – each year Troop 507 goes to a week long summer camp
- High Adventure – activities for scouts 14yrs and older and Star rank
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Troop 507 – Eagle Scout Recipient Honor Listing
Troop 507 is very proud of our heritage with the Boy Scouts of America program and the highest quality of Eagle Scouts that have been recognized through our program. The following is a listing of our esteemed Eagle Scout Recipient Honor Listing:
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TROOP 507 EAGLE SCOUTS – HONOR LISTING
JIMMY D. FRETZ, JR. JUNE 1983
DAMON B. MAPLES JULY 1985
STEVE BABAZ NOVEMBER 1985
MARTY L. JENNINGS SEPTEMBER 1986
HENRY B. THOMPSON SEPTEMBER 1986
TRAVIS R. ROGERS DECEMBER 1986
PHILIP M. JOHNSON MARCH 1987
HOWARD L. McLAUGHLIN, JR. OCTOBER 1987
ERIC A. BETTINGER DECEMBER 1987
PRESTON R. SKINNER DECEMBER 1987
CHRISTOPER N. TAYLOR MAY 1988
LOYD D. FISHER, JR. JUNE 1988
TOBY D. NICHOLES FEBRUARY 1989
JASON W. THOMPSON FEBRUARY 1989
DAVID RODGERS DECEMBER 1989
COLIN K. McINNES JANUARY 1990
ROGER BISE JULY 1991
CRAIG MULKEY NOVEMBER 1991
ROSS PINKSTAFF MARCH 1992
ADAM SKINNER APRIL 1993
CHAD BARTO AUGUST 1993
ROBERT RAY AUGUST 1993
R.J. BUTEFISH JULY 1994
MICHAEL RHOADES AUGUST 1994
PRESTON STEPHENS APRIL 1996
BEAU BIFFLE AUGUST 1996
JAMES MOSS OCTOBER 1996
KYLE MANAHAN DECEMBER 1996
WILLIAM “BUCKY” RAY FEBRUARY 1997
CHRISTOPHER SMITH FEBRUARY 1997
JOE DAN BAKERFEBRUARY 1997
MATTHEW SEAYMARCH 1997
JUSTIN “J.W.” TIMMERMAN SEPTEMBER 1997
CLARK MANAHANNOVEMBER 1998
JEFF KUBIAKJANUARY 1999
ADAM MOSS MAY 1999
JOHNNY WOODMAY 1999
JOHNATHAN HOKEAPRIL 2000
WILLIAM A. SMITHFEBRUARY 2001
KELSEY MORRIS MARCH 2002
MATT BELLAPRIL 2002
JERRAD BROWN JULY 2002
MATTHEW ROM JULY 2003
CHARLIE BURKETTSEPTEMBER 2003
E. WAYNE KRUMSIEKNOVEMBER 2003
DAVID WALDSCHMIDTAUGUST 2004
ALEX KVACHNOVEMBER 2004
JONATHAN MOSS NOVEMBER 2004
BRIAN D. FOUGHTFEBRUARY 2005
JOSH DELOZIER APRIL 2005
TODD G. FOOSHEENOVEMBER 2005
CHRISTOPHER SMITHOCTOBER 2006
GEOFFREY HAMMJUNE 2007
CHRISTOPHER FLOYDNOVEMBER 2007
J. MARK ALLEMFEBRUARY 2008
MICHAEL HARENOVEMBER 2008
DEREK DRAPPMARCH 2009
ARIC G. FISHERAPRIL 2009
LEE FAIRLESSAPRIL 2009
JUSTEN DUNCAN JUNE 2010
RYAN SMITH JUNE 2010
TYLER MARTIN MARCH 2011
FRANK D. WHITLOCK, JR. FEBRUARY 2012
BOB A. STERNKE FEBRUARY 2012
NATHANIEL LAWRENCE JULY 2012
BLAKE A. THORNBURG AUGUST 2012
JUSTIN K. FLOYD OCTOBER 2012
MATTHEW MORRISON NOVEMBER 2012
CHRIS HOPSON JUNE 2013
TRISTAN LEWIS JUNE 2013
AUSTIN BROWNFIELD OCTOBER 2013
JACK SMEJKAL DECEMBER 2014
RONAN TRINIDAD RIFE JUNE 2015
GLENN HAYNES DECEMBER 2015
CHRIS LIERLY JANUARY 2016
JETT HUFFAKER APRIL 2016
JACOB RAMPY SEPTEMBER 2016
CHRISTIAN BARNARDFEBRUARY 2017
KODY BROWNFIELDMARCH 2017
TYLER MORRISONNOVEMBER 2017