• 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
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.
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.