The Early Years
Troop #3 of Conshohocken, sponsored by St. Marks Lutheran Church was originally chartered on March 9, 1928.
Meetings were held in the old boiler room or in the Sunday School Room depending on availability. Some times we could use the Social Room for games and other activities.
From the beginning the Troop took advantage of all District and Council activities. Troop #3 always excelled in camping, using the facilities at Delmont both winter and summer.
Troop #3 was instrumental in establishing the present type of camporee. That is, the natural patrol method wherein every boy in the Troop is involved.
Rarely did the Troop not secure an "A" rating at camporees and on several occasion they were on top and were privileged to represent the Council at Regional meets.
Starting as a Troop during the great depression gave us the opportunity to perform many good deeds of the 1930'3 - collecting food for the needy and cutting firewood for those without fuel. The Troop had a representative at the 1937 Jamboree in Washington, D.C. This was the first National Jamboree.
World War II found the Troop collecting papers, metal, rubber, etc. to help the war effort.
At scouting fairs and demonstrations, the Troop was always called upon for such skills as model campsites, survival demonstrations, etc. These were always conceived and set up by the boys supervised by the junior leaders.
Winter camping at Delmont was always a highlight.
The leaders and junior leaders were also conscious of the never ending need for training and several of the young men became good trainers of other volunteer leaders, not only in the Troop but also in the District and Council. Our young men worked on the Senior Staff at both Delmont and Philmont.
This leadership training has continued until the present day as many of our present leaders hold top training awards.
After twenty years as Scoutmaster, Harry Smith relinquished the position and formed an Explorer Post. Both Troop and Post functioned well. Many former Scouts became leaders in the Post.
THE 1950'S AND EARLY 60'S
The frantic 50's followed. In 1950, the Troop was represented at the National Jamboree in Southern California. During the 1950's, eight men served as Scoutmasters: Fred Webster, Edward Nagele, Leonard Taylor, John Vernon, Richard Landis, Don Haynes and Ebert Strouse.
It was during the fifties that Philadelphia and Valley Forge Councils acquired Resica Falls. Members of the Post and Troop spent many weekends clearing Big Spring Base Camp. Eventually, Valley Forge Council acquired full title to the Reservation.
In 1957, the National Jamboree was held at Valley Forge State Park. Jimmy Kilgallon was elected by the Troop to represent Troop 140 at the Jamboree. The year 1958 was our 30th as a chartered Troop. Membership began to increase. And the program expanded to meet the needs of a growing Troop.
During the early 60's, Valley Forge Council purchased Philadelphia Council's share of Resica Falls. The Troop began attending the reservation for summer camp on a regular basis. Winter camping at Delmont remained popular as an effort was made to camp at least 7 to 9 times a year.
In 1964, E. Wayne Shaw began his tenure as Scoutmaster. He would hold that post for over 14 year, longer than anyone except Harry Smith.
THE SHAW YEARS
In 1964, the Troop visited and toured the National Jamboree being held at Valley Forge State Park. That was the last Jamboree to be held there. In 1973, scouts and leaders attended the National Jamboree East at Moraine State Park near Pittsburgh. Several Troop 140 members served on the staff and others worked as counselors.
Although other activities: sports, school, liberal attitudes, etc. made it difficult to maintain, Troop membership has been fantastic. At times, boys have had to be turned away and sent to other Troops.
With a changed program from National, the movement tended to drift away from the outdoor camping concept. Troop 140 always maintained an adventuresome outdoor camping program.
During the late 60's and well into the 70's the Troop either camped or had other activities one weekend per month and conducted a long-term summer camping experience. We attended summer camp at Resica Falls for two years in succession and then every three years we took a "special" camping trip. Scouters have originated some of the District events: Klondike Derby, Freeze Out, etc.
We have been on a variety of weekend camping trips: Washington Crossing, Valley Forge State Park, Washington, D.C., State Parks, and local camping areas. The Troop has camped in New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Maine, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, D.C.
Special trips were made to the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Cape Hatteras. On these trips we camped at various military bases and visited the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland; Williamsburg, Virginia; The Lost Colony, North Carolina. One summer the Troop went to Acadia National Park in Maine where we watched the sun pop up over the horizon.
National consistently recognized us, as an Honor Camping Unit during each of the years Wayne Shaw was Scoutmaster.
Some of the most rewarding experiences have been the Olympia-Scope excursions over the years where thousands of Canadian and American Scouts have had the opportunity to travel to the other's country for joint Camporees. The exchange Camporees are conducted every four years. Many fine friendships have been established.
During 1968, Troop 140 began hiking the Appalachian Trial covering over 300 miles. They have hiked from New Jersey to Maryland. On separate years two different groups earned the 50-Miler Award on the Trial.
In years past, members of the Troop have cut hiking trials at Resica Falls. The Troop assisted in making nature trails at Cedar Park Grove in Whitemarsh Township. During 1972, Washington Fire Company #1 celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Troop 140 participated by leading each section of the parade. They sold peanuts, Cracker Jack and sodas in the rain!
PROJECT SOAR (SAVE OUR AMERICAN RESOURCES)
It was amazing to see the debris Troop 140 cleaned out of the Wissahickon Creek. What a wasteful society! Everyone should SOAR!
Troop 140 collected newspapers as part of its commitments to recycle. The money helped sustain Troop activities.
Our scouts and leaders were always willing to assist in various projects - collecting for the Red Cross, Goodwill, March of Dimes, etc. Some members assisted in organizing a Troop in another church.
The Troop has been privileged to experience our Nation's Bicentennial. Troop 140 attended various celebrations and hiked historical trails. Even before the Bicentennial, scouting made available a Heritage Award. Many of our boys participated and received the Heritage Patch.
Many members are active in the leadership of the Order of Arrow. Two were selected Chapter Chiefs and have been honored by receiving Vigil Membership in the Order. Others have served as elected and appointed officers and committee heads. Several of the Troop's members originated the "OA" Indian Dance Team.
Our scouts attended Leadership Training Classes and have developed into outstanding leaders. In the past and present they have been called upon to work on training courses for the District and Council.
In recent years, most of the adult leadership has received advanced training in scouting.
Advancement has always been an important phase of scouting. Scouts have taken advantage of the Troop training program to start them on the Eagle Trail. It takes a lot of grit to become an Eagle and we are proud of our Eagles!
Troop 140 is proud of its attendance and participation records, evidenced by coveted ribbons and certificates. We have participated and supported all District and Council Camporees, Jamborees, Scout Shows and Pilgrimages. Our adult leaders and boy leaders assist in these events. We are often asked to conduct exhibitions, etc.
Troop 140 received the Presidential Award for the years 1973 to 1978. In the 1977 and 1978 Sustaining Membership Fund Drive, the Troop received 100% participation. In 1976 and 1977, the Troop was awarded the Century Plaque and in 1978 we received a blue ribbon and a Patron Club Plaque.
In the late 50's, a Cub Pack was formed and it became the most active Pack in the area. Fine dedicated leadership was there!
In 1952, Council made some changes in Districts. The original Central District was changed to Lafayette. Sine the Troop's inception it was known as George Washington Troop #3 of Conshohocken. Then in 1958 we had another change. This time the Troops were renumbered and we became Troop #140 of Conshohocken. Several years passed and District names were changed again. We were now in Tammany District. In 1968, we merged with Wissahickon District to become the Baden-Powell District, fourth largest in Valley Forge Council.
Following our 50th Anniversary Banquet in April of 1978, Wayne Shaw, the Scoutmaster who had lead the unit since 1964 informed the Troop Committee that he intended to retire effective the end of the year. In November of that year, Assistant Scoutmaster Peter Moore was selected by the Troop Committee to replace Wayne Shaw as the 11th Scoutmaster in the history of the Troop. Moore took office effective January 1, 1979. He would serve in that capacity for over 16 years second only to Harry Smith’s 20 year tenure.
THE ORDER OF THE ARROW
The Order of the Arrow is a select brotherhood within American Scouting to which many of our members have belonged. Founded in 1915 at Treasure Island Scout Reservation in Philadelphia Council, the Order grew to be nationwide. By the 1970's, there were over 500 O/A Lodges in the county, each serving a specific Council. Valley Forge Council was home to Delmont Lodge 43.
Under Wayne Shaw’s guidance, Troop 140's participation in the O/A expanded significantly. Their fellow scouts must select member of the Order and election is based on merit and dedication to scouting ideals. Only the best campers achieve entrance into the Order of the Arrow. Although strictly boy run, the O/A requires dedicated leaders to see that its designated tasks are accomplished and Wayne Shaw and his assistants - in addition to their Troop functions - were always ready to facilitate the boys’ participation in O/A functions.
THE MOORE YEARS
The Scouting program went through some significant changes in the late 70's and early 80's. The most notable was a new Boy Scout Handbook. William Hillcourt, also known as "Green Bar Bill", rewrote the handbook in 1979. This was a complete revision of the prior handbook which was in use throughout the 1970's and which was commonly acknowledged by experienced Scouters to be nothing short of a disaster. The edition penned by Green Bar Bill, on the other hand, was a welcomed change and reflected a shift on the part of National Council back to the basic fundamental tenants of Scouting. Throughout the 1980's while the Scouting movement attempted to integrate itself into the changing American social structure it also reemphasized these basic concepts, the ones that represented the foundation of the movement for the previous seventy years.
It was noted previously that the expansion of school and extracurricular activities made it difficult to maintain Troop membership in the decade between 1970 and 1980. This trend continued into the 1980's. In addition, the overall decline in the birth rate, which had begun in the late 60’s and early 70’s, reached its peak in the early 80's. There were too few boys for too many activities and Troop membership declined as a result. Where the norm in the 1960's was a Boy Scout Troop, which approximated 25-30 in number, the average Troop size during the decade of the 80's was approximately 15 boys. Troop 140 managed to consistently surpass that number and in terms of active participating Scouts, we ranged from 23 boys to 35. In addition to having fewer boys available for participation in the program, it should also be noted that by 1983, St. Mark's Lutheran Church was the only institution in the Borough of Conshohocken to sponsor a Boy Scout Troop. At one time there were seven troops in the borough; 140 is the only one remaining. The Troop consistently remained one of the largest units in the Baden-Powell District.
Throughout the 1980's, a number of campsites and locations continued to be favored by the Troop. Along with Delmont and Resica Falls we camped at the following Scout reservations: Treasure Island, Hawk Mountain, Horseshoe, Ockanickon, and Edward Mack. Other non-Scout camp locations were: Pine Grove, French Creek, Green Hill, Gettysburg, Fort Washington, Washington's Crossing, Camp Tweedale and Washington, D.C. In addition, we resumed hiking the Appalachian Trail and on more than one occasion canoed down the Brandywine River.
Our annual program generally included at least seven weekend camping trips in addition to the long-term camp experience during the summer. Also, the Troop consistently participated in District/Council events including the annual Pilgrimage in February, the District Klondike Derby in January, the First-Aid Rally in December and the Camporees and Olympia Scope usually held in May.
Initiated during the term of Scoutmaster Shaw, the Olympia Scope Canadian Scout exchange continued to be some of the most rewarding and exciting experiences for the Troop. Although the overall numbers declined from the 70's, the enthusiasm for this program did not wane. The exchanges continued with camping experiences in 1980 and 1981, 1984 and 1985 and then a shortened cycle with exchanges taking place in 1987 and again in 1988 to mark the 20th Anniversary of this unique program. With the exception of 1985 and 1989, summer camps were spent at Valley Forge Council's primary Scout reservation in the Poconos, Resica Falls. This camp is one of the most beautiful and expansive Scout reservations on the East Coast with in excess of 4,000 acres for the boys to enjoy. Normally, the Troop will attend Resica Falls during the fourth week or session, which is the last week in July. Summer camp is where the boys have their highest potential for advancement and where they earn the vast majority of their merit badges. Consistently, the Troop has taken in excess of 75% of its registered members to camp. This, too, is far in excess of the national average. During the decade, the Troop took an average of 21 boys each year to camp and during that decade they earned a total of 383 completed merit badges at Resica Falls. As has always been the case, some are more diligent than others but this weeklong experience has always been enjoyable and rewarding both for the boys and the leaders who attended.
In 1989, the Troop took a special summer camp trip to the Yorktown Aircraft Carrier in Charleston, South Carolina. Committee Chairman Nick Georgeff put a great deal of effort and energy into orchestrating this trip which also took in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, Cape Hatteras and a stopover in Washington, D.C. on the way home. This trip represented the latest chapter in the Troop's continuing efforts to expand the program and provide unique camping experiences to its members.
In 1985, the Troop realized one of its long standing goals, attendance at a National Jamboree. Planning was commenced in late 1983 and in July of 1985, an additional 11 from other Baden-Powell units to create Jamboree Contingent Troop #392 joined 21 boys from the Troop. It was one of seven Troops from the Valley Forge Council Contingent to attend the Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia. [Jamboree Troops are limited in size and number with no more than 32 boys and 4 leaders.] In addition to the 21 boys, Jamboree Troop 392's four leaders included three from 140: Scoutmaster Moore was the Scoutmaster of the Troop, Assistant Scoutmaster Everett Bins was the First Assistant Scoutmaster and Gerald Moore was the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster. [The Second Assistant Scoutmaster was Jack Farley from Troop 153 in Center Square.] For those who organized and attended the ‘85 National Jamboree was a lot of hard work. More importantly, it was one of the most enjoyable experiences ever and an unquestioned highlight of the Scouting careers of all of the contingent Troop's members.
The decade of the 1980's brought 17 new Eagle Scouts to the Troop's ranks. These boys are listed with their predecessors in the honor role of Eagle Scouts in the beginning of this history. All things considered, it was a most successful ten years for the Eagle.
The leadership that this Troop has been fortunate enough to enjoy in the past continued through the 1980's. Our Scouters are consistently in the forefront of District and/or Council activities in addition to their labors on behalf of the Troop. Many of our adult leaders have been Woodbadge trained and 14 Troop 140 leaders have been awarded the Order of Merit. Six Troop leaders have received the coveted Silver Beaver, one of Scouting's highest honors for adult leadership. During this period, Paul Himes, Wayne Wright, Scott Sibley, Zig Mikelsons, Bill Gebhardt, Ev Binns, Burt Kiphaut and Eb Strouse served as Assistant Scoutmasters.
In addition to continuing Scout related activities such as the Pilgrimage, Klondike Derby, the Mall Expos, Camporees, Scope/Olympia, the First Aid Rallies and the like, the Troop also contributed its talents and efforts to the Heart Fund and Cancer Society. During the 1980's, the Troop made annual collections for these charities within the Borough of Conshohocken. Also, in 1988 the National Council instituted a food collection program and the Troop has participated in this program each year since then.
On February 8, 1987, the Troop had the opportunity to do something very unique in the Scouting experience. We had the pleasure of honoring 65 years of dedicated Scouting service by our founder, Harry C. Smith. Following the church service, a reception was held for Mr. Smith in the Scout meeting room. Many old friends attended to honor the man who started it all in 1928. Mr. Smith continued to be an active and vigorous member of our Troop committee until his death on May 5, 1989. To all who knew and were associated with him, Harry Smith was an exemplary individual. We were fortunate indeed to have this man as our founder and mentor for so many years. He continues to be greatly missed.
The 1990's began the Troop’s 8th decade. It was to be an event filled 10 years from the 100th Anniversary of St. Marks Church in 1990, to the dissolution of Valley Forge Council in 1996 and our 70th Anniversary in 1998.
On February 11, 1990 at a coordinated celebration on Scout Sunday, Troop 140 paid tribute to the 100th Anniversary of our sponsor, St. Marks Lutheran Church. Many present and former scouts and leaders were in attendance as were members of the St. Marks Congregation. Certainly, this was a milestone for St. Marks and the members of our Troop were proud to be a part of its history and its celebration.
During the 1990's, the Troop continued its active camping program, which usually involved 8 monthly weekend trips along with a weeklong summer camp. Gettysburg continued as a favorite annual site as did Camp Horseshoe, Hawk Mountain, Treasure Island and French Creek.
During the summer, the Troop continued to attend Resica Falls Scout Reservation but the 90's brought exceptions. In 1994, we went to Hawk Mountain Reservation and in 1995, to Camp Horseshoe. In 1993, the Troop went to Acadia National Park in Maine and in ‘97, we went to Virginia where we stayed at Chicahominy Scout Reservation and visited Jamestown, Yorktown and Williamsburg and, naturally, Bush Gardens.
For the first 68 years of its existence, Troop 140 was chartered through the Valley Forge Council, BSA. In 1996, that changed permanently as Valley Forge and Philadelphia Councils merged to form the present Cradle of Liberty Council. This was not an easy union and for many, particularly from Valley Forge, it was not popular especially since it resulted in the dissolution of Delmont Lodge 43 of the Order of the Arrow. Philadelphia Council had the oldest OA Lodge in the nation, Unami Lodge 1, and a decision had to be made as to which Lodge and which number would be retained. Because of its history, Unami Lodge 1 was the obvious choice but for many scouters and scouts from Valley Forge who were inducted into the Order of the Arrow, Delmont 43 was home and it was our lodge. It was painful to let it go.
Since 1996, the Cradle of Liberty Council has been reorganized somewhat with district realignments and it operates 2 service centers, one in the city and the Firestone Center in Valley Forge. Baden Powell District, home to 140, remains an integral part of this now 7-year-old council.
The National Scout Program continued to be updated during the 1990's to keep pace with our changing society. For example, Pigeon Raising Merit Badge flew the coop and Handicapped Awareness became part of the merit badge program. We also received a new handbook and our Eagle Scout Advancement procedure was revamped and revised to place more emphasis on the Eagle and his accomplishment.
The Troop Program also changed with the times as we tried to become more varied in our activities during the Troop meetings, in camp and otherwise. However, just as before, the Troop never lost sight of the fundamentals of the Scouting program as we continued to emphasize scout skills such as fire building, orienteering, pioneering, first aid and camping.
Troop membership remained steady during the 90's even as the National Organization saw decreases in the numbers of boy scouts and troops. 140 continued to be one of the strongest units in both the district and the council. Throughout the decade, we ranged from 25-35 boys and our Scoutmaster staff and Troop committee was one of the largest, most active and best trained. It was during this decade that our close association with St. Marks Cub Pack really paid dividends. The Cub Scouts continued to draw large numbers of boys and beginning in the late 1980's, the Troop began a program involving the Webelos who were soon to be of "cross over" age to go into boy scouting. We saw these cubs as our future, a sort of "ready made" member group and we invited them to attend certain Scout activities as our guests such as the Klondike Derby, Olympia/Scope and District Camporees. The cubs were able to get a feel for our program, which enhanced their interest in becoming members of the troop. Meanwhile, the Troop placed greater emphasis on supplying Den Chiefs to the Pack so that a direct, on-going relationship was maintained between the two units. Our Den Chiefs became very effective ambassadors to the Cub Pack.
We also devised an elaborate "cross over" ceremony to welcome new members to the Troop from the Pack each April. Overall, this partnership between the Troop and the Pack has been very successful, as it has provided a very accessible bridge from the cubs of Pack 140 to the boy scouts of Troop 140.
From 1990 to the end of 1999, 14 boys received the Eagle Scout awarded from our Troop. This brought our Eagle Scout total at that time to 53 boys.
Peter Moore’s tenure as Scoutmaster continued into the 1990's. A cadre of capable assistants such as Paul Himes, Bill Gebhardt, Ev Binns, Burt Kiphaut, Craig Hunter, Rob Decker, Eric Binns, Scott Sibley and Ebert Strouse ably assisted him. In addition, the Troop has always enjoyed tremendous support from its Troop Committee, many of whom also attend our activities and camping trips.
Troop 140 has been most fortunate with respect to its leadership. The fact is that a Scoutmaster cannot possibly run a scout troop as successful as this one has been without strong adult scouter support and assistance especially from his Scoutmaster staff and Troop Committee.
Another very unique feature about Troop 140 is that, since its initial chartering in 1928, its leadership has been "home grown" coming either from the St. Marks congregation or the troop itself. From Harry Smith to Wayne Shaw, most of the Scoutmasters were members of St. Marks and Peter Moore was a product of the troop having joined as an 11 year old in 1964. The same could be said for many of Moore’s assistants including Himes, Gebhardt and Dietzel.
In 1995 this talent for growing our own leadership would once again produce the next Scoutmaster. Earlier that year, Moore was asked by the Council to assume the position as Baden Powell District Commissioner. Having then served as 140's Scoutmaster for over 16 years, Moore was seeking a new challenge so he accepted the Council position effective January 1, 1996. His decision was made easier by Paul Himes’ willingness to accept the Scoutmaster position. Like Moore, Himes had begun his scouting career at 140 as a boy.
One final and sad note before we leave the 1990's. On December 30, 1998, one of the finest scouters this Council, District and Troop have ever known passed away. Ev Binns had been active in boy scouting for over 45 years and with our Troop since 1983. Prior to that he had been Scoutmaster of Troop 216, District Commissioner, District Committee member and just about everything else. When he and Burt Kiphaut joined the Troop staff, they brought a wealth of experience that enriched this troop immeasurably. He was always there when needed and his counsel was invaluable. His loss was very deeply felt.
THE HIMES YEARS
Paul Himes’ tenure, as the 12th Scoutmaster in the Troop’s history, effectively began in September of 1995. Himes had previously served as Assistant Scoutmaster since 1984 and was a member of the Troop as a boy. He earned his Eagle Scout award under the stewardship of Wayne Shaw in January of 1978.
Himes picked up right where Peter Moore had left off and Troop 140 finished the 90’s without missing a beat. That included leading the Troop on a summer camp excursion to Williamsburg, Virginia in 1997, no small feat for a unit leader with only one year of Scout mastering under his belt.
PROGRAM AND CAMPING
Paul Himes continued the very active program and camping schedule, which had become the hallmark of the Troop. After the summer camp trip to Virginia in 1997, the Troop went to Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation for summer camp in 1998. In between were the monthly weekend camping trips to the likes of French Creek, Gettysburg, Washington’s Crossing and Camp Horseshoe, just to name a few.
The Monday night meetings continued to emphasize scout skills and advancement but Himes also expanded the "craft" concept as he had the boys working on wood and leather craft, fishing, fly tying, rocketry and other hands-on projects. In addition, the Troop often went swimming on Monday nights during the summer. We also participated in community events such as Conshohocken Sesquicentennial Celebration and Fireman’s Parades.
THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY
Long range, the Troop had always planned celebrating its 75th Anniversary. However, the Troop Committee felt that the 70th Anniversary was also no small feat so that milestone was celebrated with a smaller gathering of Troop members, past and present, on Sunday, September 27, 1998. A number of our Eagle scouts were able to attend the celebration, which was held in the churchyard on a beautiful, sunny afternoon. Many scouters who had dedicated years of service to the Troop were recognized.
The Troop continues to thrive because it continues to enjoy qualified leadership. Our Scoutmaster staff continues to be one of the best trained and has well over 200 years of collective Scouting experience. A Troop committee backs it up with at least that much, if not more, time in Scouting. In fact, this Troop staff and committee can count five former Scoutmasters among its ranks. It doesn’t stop there as the Troop constantly attracts very competent adults (usually fathers) who are willing to assist with the program. This makes the job of Scoutmastering much easier.
THE 21ST CENTURY
While so far just three years old, the Troop’s ninth decade has been typically active. In addition to maintaining our weekly meeting schedule on Monday nights, the Troop continues to be involved in Council and District events and to camp at least 7-8 weekends each year. In May of 2000, Troop members traveled to Canada to again participate in Scope/Olympia and later that summer went to a new place for summer camp - No-Be-Bo-Sco Scout Reservation in Northern New Jersey.
It was also in 2000 that Paul Himes instituted our annual trip to the Reading Phillies on a summer Monday night, something we have now done each year since then. This excursion typically involves 50 Troop members and their families.
The program highlight of 2001 was our summer trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee and the Great Smoky Mountains. While there we hiked in the Great Smokies, visited Dollywood, attended a minor league baseball game and, in special deference to the 12th point of the Scout Law, went to church twice on Sunday. Notably, we also consumed dozens of Krispy Kreme donuts.
Since the beginning of 2000, we have added 13 Eagle scouts to our ranks bringing our total Eagle scout tally over the past 75 years to 65. We have also gone high tech as we now have our own website, www.geocities.com/scout_troop140.
Just this year, Troop members hosted the Canadian Scouts and Scouters in the most recent Olympia Scope event held again at Camp Kweebec. That event was followed by the summer camp trip to Goshen Scout Reservation in Virginia when the older boys participated in a weeklong high adventure program.
One final note. Our 75 years of service to scouting and to the youth of Conshohocken and the surrounding area would never have been possible without St. Marks Lutheran Church. All Boy Scout troops require a sponsor; they cannot exist on their own. Troop 140 has been very fortunate in having generations of the good people of St. Marks Church welcome us into their church. More than that, we have been a part of their community.
The Reverend Guy McCarney encouraged Harry Smith to form the troop back in 1928 and he personally served with the Troop on the committee. He also went with Mr. Smith on numerous camping trips during the early years.
Reverend Ray H. Hartman followed Ref. McCarney into St. Marks and into our Troop. He originated the "moonlight" hike at Council Lodge at Camp Delmont.
After Rev. Hartman, Reverend J. Donald Rea came to St. Marks. He likewise was enthusiastic and supportive of our program and one of his sons is counted among the 140 Eagles.
Pastors Charles Romanowski and Warren Egabo, respectively, followed Rev. Rea and we could always counts on their assistance when needed. The Troop now looks forward to working with St. Marks’ new Pastor, Reverend Richard Olsen.
Over the past 75 years, thousands of boys and leaders have come through the doors of St. Marks Church to enjoy the benefits of the Scouting program. Without St. Marks, there never could have been a Troop 140. We, the Troop members, past and present, are eternally grateful to the church we call our home.
To call this history a "work in progress" is an understatement. A significant portion of it was prepared 25 years ago for our 50th Anniversary Celebration in 1978. It was then revised and updated for the 100th Anniversary of St. Marks church in 1990. Now our history has been brought current- to a point. With 75 years of experiences from which to draw, it is inevitable that some activity, some event or some one was overlooked. To be sure, that was not intentional. Rather, we have attempted to present an overall view of what the Troop has done and accomplished since Harry Smith signed that New Troop Charter Application on January 27, 1928. We hope we have succeeded.