While it can neither be confirmed or disproved, it is widely believed that BSA Troop 1 also known as the Raven Patrol was formed in 1910, with some accounts going back to December 1909 by Francis J. Romanes. Romanes was a history and Greek instructor at St. John’s Military School at the time.
When St. John’s Military School announced it’s closure in February 2019, the St. John’s Military School Historical Museum Board of Directors included chartering Troop 1 as a goal in it’s mission. Through this process we also are pleased to announce the inauguration of BSA Troop 1G. Troop 1G is the first Boy Scouts of America troop for girls to serve the Salina community.
During last weekends move-out of the museum, Kyle Smith, BSA Executive Leader for the Coronado Council which serves the Salina Area, along with Troop 1 Leader Allen Holle, Troop 1 Asst. Leader Tyler Higdon, and Troop 1G Leader Marti Higdon gave a brief presentation and responded to questions posed by those in attendance at lunch.
Both the St. John’s Military School Board of Directors and the leaders present all showed their enthusiasm and appreciation for the carrying on of such a distinguished organization and being able to guide Troop 1G successfully forward, together, to serve entire families without bias in the Salina Community.
Troops 1 and 1G will plan to hold their first meetings in March, 2020.