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Getting to know Boy Scout Troop 17
Scout law: A scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. The Boy Scouts of America have been in Louisville since 1911. One of the oldest continuous running chapters of the organization is Troop 17, chartered at St. Elizabeth of Hungary Church in August 1934. Always a troop of distinction, the Courier Journal writes that Troop 17 prevailed at the annual swim meet at Shelby Park Pool on Jun 27, 1944, when Bill Hayden won the 25-yard breast stroke. Norb Hein won the 50-yard free style, Gene Zipperle won the 25- yard back stroke and Bill Schulte won for diving. The troop made print again on May 2, 1957, marching in Louisville’s second annual Pegasus Derby Parade and bearing a hugh inflatable dragon. On April 8, 1984, a photo in the paper featured Boy Scout Steve Zeller playing drums at Scout-O-Rama at the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center.
Over the years, Troop 17 has prepared and served countless chili dinners, chicken dinners, and spaghetti dinners. They have worked fish frys, shoveled snow, and picked up trash in the neighborhood. Troop 17 has traveled together, camped outdoors and told stories around the fire. There was a time when Troop 17 both cooked and served the annual traditional #1 Citizen Dinner of pork schnitzel, mashed potatoes and sauerkraut. The Scouts still maintain a friendly presence at the the #1 Citizen Dinner today. These time-honored principles of Scouting are still taught at St. Elizabeth of Hungary, 1020 Burnett Avenue. Young men between ages 11 and 18 may join. Troop 17 meets every Thursday at 7:00-8:30 p.m. at St. Elizabeth of Hungary. There is no meeting on the last Thursday of the month. Dues are $25.00 per year. There are also Tiger Cubs and Webelows (ages 5 to 10).
SACC Board Member James Wolf wanted to share some thoughts about the Boy Scouts:
Boy Scout Troop 17 is actively seeking new members to join the troop & we need your help to increase our membership!
We have several fundraisers throughout the year to help keep activity costs reasonable. Camping trips are held throughout the year. Boy Scouts is a wonderful experience to teach young men to be respectable citizens and leaders in our community. Many boys from Troop 17 have achieved the rank of Eagle Scout, which is the highest achievement in Boy Scouting. In addition to helping SACC with the annual #1 Citizen Dinner, we also volunteer with Brightside Community Cleanups and Scouting for Food to help St. Vincent DePaul.
Boys that are interested in joining Troop 17 can contact James Wolf 709-3578, or Bill Spencer 637-8649.