If you have not noticed by now, Troop 9 has a long history and is one of the older Boy Scout troops in the nation. Back in 50's a scout created the "troop logo" that reflects some our history. The Logo should be rendered with the official troop colors in Lincoln Green and an Old Gold background.
CLICK HERE for a print quality image.
In 1910 F.O. Belzer organized Boy Scout Troop 9 at Irvington M.E. Church (now Irvington United Methodist Church). According to a book published at the 25th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America,
The following are a few of the many early Troops which might be mentioned and which preceded their local Council organization. ...F. O. Belzer of Indianapolis in 1910 with Troop 9 of the Irvington M. E. Sunday School... and so the roster of early Scoutmasters might be expanded to cover the entire country. *After such success with Troop 9, "Chief" Belzer went on to start the Central Indiana Council (now Crossroads of America Council) in 1914-1915. He also helped organize one of the one of the early scout camps, Chank-tun-un-gi (now Camp Belzer). CLICK HERE to see many of these details contained in a 1947 obituary for "Chief Belzer".
CLICK HERE to see that complete list of Troop 9 Scoutmasters.
In the late 1970's the troop struggled with as few at 12 registered boys, but with the support of the church, and dedicated adult leadership it has survived and now even flourished.
The troop was started in 1910, but Troop 9 was officially chartered in March of 1911. We have been continuously chartered since our first charter was issued.
Troop 9 has been around a long time and we are proud of our history, but as you can see this page is short because while history is interesting, it is the young boys that grow up into men, that defines what Troop 9 is about.
* Book Source:
pages 249-250, Murry, William D.
The History of the Boy Scouts of America,
New York, NY, publisher: Boy Scouts of America, 1937
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