Boy Scouts Portland, Texas
"Boy Scout Portland Troop 20, Serving Portland, TX 
Scouts for 75 years"
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In picture; left to right: John, Elizabeth, Suzanne, Tom, Mabel, Leah, Frederick, Edwin, Timothy, Jacquelyn, Rebecca and William DeMouche
History of Troop 20
Troop 20 is one of the oldest troops in Texas, having a continuous chartering period starting in April of 1936.  The troop was active before then, but the records no longer exist.  Troop 20 is sponsored by St. Christopher's by the Sea Episcopal Church as a community service to provide an organized program to assist all young men in the Portland area to prepare for adult life.  Troop 20 is very active in Portland providing Eagle Scout projects for the community as well as community service to the area.  Each month they have provide an outdoor activities for the boys like camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, shot gun shooting and much more.


Scouting History:

Robert Stephenson Smyth Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell
Lieutenant general, British Army; 
Known as Lord Baden-Powell, B-P

As a youth, Robert Baden-Powell greatly enjoyed the outdoors, learning about nature and how to live in the wilderness. After returning as a military hero from service in Africa, Baden-Powell discovered that English boys were reading the manual on stalking and survival in the wilderness he had written for British soldiers. Gathering ideas from Ernest Thompson Seton, Daniel Carter Beard, and others, he rewrote the manual as a nonmilitary nature skills book and called it Scouting for Boys. To test his ideas, Baden-Powell brought together 22 boys to camp at Brownsea Island, off the coast of England.

This historic campout was a success and resulted in the advent of Scouting. Thus, the imagination and inspiration of Baden-Powell, later proclaimed Chief Scout of the World, brought Scouting to youth the world over.
A Scout is Trustworthy...
Baden Powell
 Boy Scout Founder
Memorial Dedication Ceremony 1956
Harry DeMouche Memorial Troop 20 
The memorial still stands today!
​William "Green Bar Bill" Hillcourt
Scout Master to the World
William Hillcourt
Scout Master to the World 
Known as "Green Bar Bill"

William Hillcourt also popularly known within the Scouting movement as "Green Bar Bill" and "Scoutmaster to the World", was an influential leader in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) organization for much of the 20th century, acclaimed as "the foremost influence on development of the Boy Scouting program." Hillcourt was a prolific writer and teacher in the areas of woodcraft, troop and patrol structure, and training; his written works include three editions of the BSA's widely circulated official Boy Scout Handbook, with over 12.6 million copies printed, other Scouting-related books and numerous magazine articles. Hillcourt developed and promoted the American adaptation of the Wood Badge program, the premier adult leader training program of Scouting.

Hillcourt was Danish, but moved to the United States as a young adult. From his start in Danish Scouting in 1910 until his death in 1992, he was continuously active in Scouting. He traveled all over the world teaching and training both Scouts and Scouters, earning many of Scouting's highest honors. His legacy and influence can still be seen today in the BSA program and in Scouting training manuals and methods for both youth and adults.

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Meeting Schedule:

Come check us out!
Mondays 7:00 PM
Scout Hut
416 Elm - Corner of 4th & Elm
Contact:

416 Elm 
portlandtroop20@gmail.com
361-643-1767