Troop 1 has proudly served Austin since 1911
Troop 1’s charter organization and home base is First Presbyterian Church – 8001 Mesa Drive, Austin, Texas, 78731. We are a small scout-led organization with a balanced approach to adventure and advancement. Our scouts come to us from a variety of backgrounds, schools and neighborhoods throughout Northwest Austin. This diversity is one of our strengths and greatest assets, bringing scouts together outside of their normal school social networks. We encourage activities that teach the scouting fundamentals of leadership, self-reliance and team work.
While the COVID-19 risk level remains high, we meet every Tuesday evening (weather permitting) from 6-7pm in the First Presbyterian parking lot near Nelson Hall. Masks and social distancing required. Come check us out, or feel free to contact us with questions!
A rich and valuable legacy
Just over a year after Boy Scouts of America was incorporated in Washington, Lyman J. Bailey organized Troop 1 in March, 1911, on the east side in what is known as the Tenth Ward. “With only a British handbook on scouting to guide him, the Austin civic leader aroused interest great enough to cause boys to walk from all parts of the city to attend meetings.” The troop began with 40 boys and met every Friday night at the Young Men’s Christian Society hall at 1100 Willow, one block from Ward Memorial (Methodist) Church where Bailey served as Sunday School Superintendent. (Building used by El Buen Pastor Presbyterian Church today). P. M. Vardell was the scoutmaster and Bailey served as scout commissioner until his death in 1935, continuing to start troops throughout the Austin vicinity and organizing the Capitol Area Council. Scoutmaster Training was offered every Saturday in H Hall at the University of Texas beginning May 10, 1913.
By the mid-1940’s, Troop #1 was sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church where it remains today as part of the Youth Ministry program. On March 11, 2001, Troop #1 and First Presbyterian Church celebrated 90 years of Austin’s commitment to scouting. Unlike many troops who experienced disruption in sponsorship during war time, Troop #1 hold the distinction of being the oldest continuously sponsored troop in Austin in the oldest Boy Scout Council in Texas. Happy Birthday!
Written by Liz Shelby
Troop #1 Committee Chair
In 2020, Scout from Troop 1 continue to grow into adults of character and competency working the program of scouting
Troop One has earned Scouting’s Journey to Excellence Awards
and the Honraday Unit Award.