Mailing Address

Troop 223
C/O First Congregational Church of Twinsburg
9050 Church Street
Twinsburg, Ohio 44087
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History of Boy Scouts In The U.S.A.

By Jordan P. - Presented at the Troop 223 Meeting, December 14, 2004

Scouts came to America when an American lost his way on the streets of London. His name was William D. Boyce. A boy asked him if he needed some help. The boy led him to his destination. When William offered the boy money, the boy rejected it and said "No, thanks sir. I am a Scout. I won’t take anything for helping." William Boyce was so impressed by the boy’s kindness that he met with Lord Robert Baden Powell*. (He was the founder of the Boy Scouts in Great Britain.) He liked what Baden Powell told him, and he knew that boys in the United States would want to be Scouts, too.

On February 9, 1910, Mr. Boyce and a group of businessmen, educators, and political leaders founded the Boy Scouts of America. Scouts celebrate February 8 as the Birthday of the B.S.A.

Just a boy doing a good turn daily changed America.

Robert Baden Powell was a general in the British Army who became famous for his leadership during the Boer War in South Africa between Britain and the Boers. After the war, Baden Powell wanted to use his fame to help boys become better men and to have fun while they were doing that.

In 1907, Baden Powell invited a group of boys to Brownsea Island off the coast of England to attend the world’s first Boy Scout camp. Its success led him to write a book called Scouting for Boys. Thousands of boys read the book and wanted to join the organization. Boy Scouts spread through England and the world.

* Lord Powell’s full name is Lord Robert Stephenson Smythe Baden Powell

Welcome To Troop 223 - Twinsburg, OH

Troop 223 is the local Boy Scout troop located in Twinsburg, Ohio. This troop is chartered locally by the First Congregational Church of Twinsburg, at 9050 Church Street (on the square) in Twinsburg. This year-round program for boys 11 through 17 is designed to achieve the goals of Scouting through a vigorous outdoor program and peer-group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster.

Regular meetings are held every Tuesday night from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM, usually in the basement of the First Congregational Church. During the summer months meetings are held at the pavilion at Glen Chamberlin Park. Mr. Scott Branstetter is our Scoutmaster. Troop 223 camps out every month (yes, even in January and February). We camp in tents, cabins, or Adirondack huts (three-sided cabins). Our goal is to provide an educational program for boys and young adults to build character, to train in the responsibilities of participating in citizenship, and to develop personal fitness.

Boy Scout meetings and campouts are always supervised by a minimum of two adults, but troop members themselves are responsible for planning and running the meetings and campouts. And it’s not all knot-tying and first aid – the boys also learn about leadership, cooking, outdoor safety, biking, canoeing and much more.


Boy Scout Mission Statement

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Vision Statement

The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

Trustworthy - A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

Loyal - A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.

Helpful - Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

Friendly - A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.

Courteous - A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

Kind - A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

Obedient - A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

Cheerful - A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

Thrifty - A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

Brave - A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

Clean - A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

Reverent - A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.