Activities
Troop 17
Charter History:

       Applied for Charter on August 4, 1914

       Approved on August 18, 1914 as Troop 1 of Elmhurst

       Converted to Troop 17 as part of a Queens borough wide reorganization. October 1930 is the first Charter application with Troop 17
(Council records indicate internal designation as Troop 17 as early as 1927)

       We are the last remaining Boy Scout Troop in Elmhurst, there were twelve troops actively serving the community's youths once        



Meeting Places:

         1914-1983 - The Elmhurst Methodist Episcopal Church at 8 Medina  Place, now know as 48-27 91Street

         1984 - Present - The Elmhurst Baptist Church at 87-37 Whitney Avenue, Except for the two year renovation period after the November
                               
1995 fire. The Troop temporarily used the Knights of Columbus's hall during that time.


Scoutmasters:

        1914-1921 – George Winfield Schwagerl –39 year old Letter Carrier – Previous two years had run Church organized “Boys’ Brigade”
I lost one of my dear boys last Aug 31 – 13 age 14 years. Since that time I have made up my mind to help boys along the right path of life.
-from his Scoutmaster application of 1914

        1922-1924 - Otto H. Langham - 26 year old - Resigned due to increased school workload                        

        1924-1925 - Rufus B. Buford – 26 year old -

        1925-1926 – Robert Smith –

        1927-1934 - Fred E. Weichert – 32 year old – Credit Manager –

        1935-1935 – Guy Harold Peters Jr. – 22 year old -

        1936-1936 – Peter A. Lanese – 45 year old -

        1937-1937 – Jarold Chandler – 31 year old –

        1938-1938 – Warren Schwagerl – 23 year old - Nephew of George Winfield – Resigned due to Navy commitment

        1939-1940 - James J. Jeffery – 24 year old - Grew up in Troop – Resigned due to Navy commitment

        1941-1944 – Fred E. Hahn – 25 year old - Welder at Navy yard – Resigned when work schedule changed to night shift

        1945-1946 – Wilbur U. Apgar – 42 year old -

        1947-1947 – Raymund Zinckgraf – 48 year old – Auditor for Con Edison  

        1948-1950 – Lawrence Joseph Crockett III – 22 year old - Professor of Botany at CCNY

        1951-1953 - Leon Epple – 27 year old - Resigned when he moved to Sunken Meadow

        1954-Present – Ralph De Falco – 26 year old - Explorer Advisor 1949-1954 - Member of the Troop since October 17, 1940
Excerpts from Scoutmasters’ Annual Reports:
(Sporadic entries, and form changes result in inconsistent reports)

1916 Report –
6 members camped last summer.
Good Turns: distributed bouquet of flowers to sick in hospital and their homes; First aid subscriptions at preparedness parade; Bought $75
worth of instruments.

1917 Report -
4 boys camped one week with tents and equipment at Stoney Brook, L.I.; "dandy place for a camp".
Good Turns:  J. Nelson earned a war service emblem for selling Liberty Bonds; Every other Monday scouts work at the preper station for the
Red Cross; Had a war troop garden donated $5 to local Red Cross. Helped to distribute circular for expenses for draft day; Acted as
messengers for church for Rally Day.

1918 Report -
Overnight hike to Great Neck, 8 dog tents for 14 scouts; 15 scouts spent vacation at camp Matinecock, half the expense was borne by troop.
Good Turns
: Took part in Liberty Loan drives; Last drive 10 scouts earned Liberty Loan medals; War saving stamp drive 1 scout earned
achievement button. Gave fruit and flowers to various sick scouts and church members; Help Red Cross in various activities.

1921 Report -
25 boys spent an average 14 days in scout training camp, average daily cost $ 0.85.
Good Turns: Red Cross, Poster distributing; Salvation Army work; All stores supplied with money boxes.

1922 Report -
8 boys spent an average 14 days in scout camp, average daily cost $ 1.00.
Good Turns: Cleaned up vacant lots.

1923 Report -
2 boys spent an average 10 days in scout camp, average daily cost $ 1.00.
Good Turns: Distributed church envelopes; Helped at church bazaar and social festivities.

1927 Report -
Troop badly disorganized – rebuilding at present.

1929 Report -
2 boys spent an average 30 days in scout camp; 1 boy spent an average 14 days in scout camp;
Good Turns: Distributed church posters, envelopes and Christmas baskets, etc.