TROOP 51 HISTORY & ALUMNI

HISTORICAL DOCUMENTS

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Eagle News Online – Fayetteville Troop 51 gets opportunity to view rare Boy Scouts memorabilia.pdf

Eagle Bulletin coverage of a fantastic alumni reunion including the historic Porter Collection.

Stephen Porter Article 1914.pdf

From the Syracuse Herald’s Boy Scout Page, July 12, 1914.

Stephen Porter Collection March 2016.pdf

Could this Fayetteville Troop 1 (Troop 51) Scout have been the FIRST Scout in BSA history to earn all the Merit Badges available to him?

Invention MB - Found At Last.pdf

Research article on Inventing Merit Badge - Stephen Porter is just 1 of 10 Scouts to have earned it during its short history.

T51 Otisco Haunted House Story.pdf

From the Syracuse Herald’s Boy Scout Page, July 12, 1914.

Syracuse Herald 1914.pdf

The full page of Scouting articles from the Syracuse Herald, June 12, 1914.

Chapters 1-2 1912-1928.pdf

Troop history from our first years.

MEMORIAL DAY SERVICE FOR TROOP 51.pdf

Scouting Stories by Bob Leachtenauer.pdf (T51 Eagle Scout 1948-1953)

Fayetteville NY Bulletin 1959 - 1960 - 0788.pdf

Fayetteville NY Bulletin 1967 - 0462.pdf

Fayetteville NY Bulletin 1975 - 0146.pdf

Village Of Fayetteville - Village History 1929.pdf

Kemper Matt & Todd Luchsinger 1990 Eagle Bulletin - Eagle Scouts.pdf

WELCOME! Troop 51 has a rich history and has produced some of the finest leaders in the greater Fayetteville community in the past century and then some. Scouting in the Fayetteville area pre-dates the Boy Scouts of America, based on England’s “Scouting for Boys.” Records indicate Scouting started in 1909 in Fayetteville. The Boy Scouts of America was established on February 8, 1910.


Officially established in 1912, Fayetteville Troop 1 would become Troop 51 sometime between 1916 and 1920 with the start of Onondaga Council, BSA. We are the oldest Scout unit in what now is Longhouse Council, Boy Scouts of America.


One of our earliest Scouts, Stephen Porter, earned 56 of the 57 Merit Badges available in 1914 and appears to have went on to earn the 57th - Invention - which may have been officially discontinued prior to his earning the badge. If he did “officially” earn it he is likely to have been the first Scout in BSA history to earn every Merit Badge available at the time. Porter took photographs of Troop 1 outings in Otisco in 1914, perhaps the earliest known photos of Scouting in the Council service area. They are found in our 5T1 Archives photo album. Download Stephen Porter’s story for yourself (top left). Porter is the 105th Eagle Scout in BSA history out of over 2,000,000 total Eagles.


We hold a special place in our history for Senior Patrol Leader Leon Crouch, taken too early at age 17 in 1923. His story is detailed below on this page as is the “Crouch Cup” in his honor.


Troop 51 has produced many men who achieved great things including legendary Scouting fame such as John Messerly, Scoutmaster and Scouter for nearly 30 years with Troop 51. Troop 51 is home to many multi-generational Scouting families and nearly 170 Eagle Scouts. More than a few of our Scouts have gone on to give the ultimate sacrifice in defense of the nation serving our military.


We love to hear from our alumni and encourage them to send us anecdotes of 5T1 trips and events, Troop based humor, photographs and memorabilia. Please include names and dates when you can!


Alumni are invited to the annual Alumni Dessert Party in December. Many alumni have been generous in giving back to current 5T1 Scouts with donations for Troop gear and events. Please email the WEBMASTER if you wish to be included on the email list for alumni news, events and projects or to send photos and memories involving 5T1.

Click Here 5T1_Historical_Photo_Archives/5T1_Historical_Photo_Archives.html

For Troop 51 historical photos

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DONATIONS SHOULD BE DIRECTED TO THE 5T1 TREASURER AND SHOULD BE DESIGNATED FOR THE PROJECT FOR WHICH IT IS MEANT, LISTED AS “GENERAL” FOR NON-DIRECTED AND “CAMPERSHIP” FOR THOSE INTENDED TO SEND BOYS TO CAMP OR LEADERSHIP TRAINING:


To arrange for donations please contact:

Brian Lutz, Troop 51/Longhouse Council Treasurer

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THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!


DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND DONORS WILL RECEIVE RECOGNITION AND A RECEIPT.

Troop 51 maintains the gravesite (left) of former Senior Patrol Leader Leon Crouch who passed away in 1923 at the age of 17. The Crouch Cup, seen above on the grave, has been rediscovered and will again be the coveted prize of the patrol with the highest proficiency. Crouch is buried in Fayetteville Cemetery along with his parents. Troop 51 Scouts care for all three grave stones and hold a grave side service each Memorial Day immediately after the parade.

Ranks from the Stephen H. Porter Collection, circa 1914.

Porter, a Scout with Troop 1 of Fayetteville, was the 105th Eagle Scout in BSA history. More than two million young men have followed in his footsteps since.

Exciting Research Discoveries of

Troop 1/Troop 51 History!

Contact Our Troop Historian

“5T1” as our unit is historically known has a very rich history. To contact the Troop 51 Historian Nathaniel A., including to arrange for viewing or donation of 5T1 history, photos and items, please click on the patch to the right.

Troop 51 had an outstanding Alumni Holiday Party complete with the historic Stephen Porter collection of 1914, numerous displays of Troop 51 history, alumni dessert reception, alumni video interviews and visits from over 20 alumni, 3 museum staffers and several VIPs. Alumni from New York, Alabama, Virginia and New Hampshire attended (below).