Take a look at the Troop 273 Archives for old handouts, maps, and Boy Scout literature. If you have some archival material, please email it to me and I will include in this site. Thanks!
I NEED YOUR HELP: Please send me your stories, photos and other scanned images and I will include in this website. I would also like to fill out the Troop History and Troop Contact list, so please email me at with your information. Thanks for your help!


Troop 273 Richmond Hill NY Home

Welcome to Troop 273 Richmond Hill NY home page. This web site is dedicated to the Scout Leaders, Scouts, families and friends that comprised this great Boy Scout Troop for many years. Although Troop 273 no longer exists in Greater New York Council, our fond memories live on. We will continue to add more stories, photos and scans as we receive them. Thanks!

Updated Summer 2018: If there are other past members out there who want to be added to out T273 roster, please let me know.


Mr. Bill Sullivan, one of our Scout Leaders back in the 60's and 70's when I was a Boy Scout, was kind enough to send me a lengthy history of Scouting activities from the time he was a Scout through his Scout Leader days. He also sent me some scans that I have added to the archives. Again, my eternal thanks to his sisters who cross-stitched the early Ja-Di-Gon-Sa neckerchiefs. I still have my hand-made version and cherish it to this day. So thanks to the Bill Sullivan family for your devotion, time and effort given to us young Boy Scouts from Troop 273. And thanks Bill for sending your historical info. I hope you don't mind that I am publishing your memories verbatim!

I also heard from a few others who sent very kind words about my website. I have added them to our troop roster. Please see the "Memories" page of this website for their recollections and keep those emails coming! I also added 4 photos from an informal dinner some of us had in New York last year. I have gone back and edited some of the stories based upon emails and conversations as well. And please take a look at the guestbook comments: please leave comments of your own!

I am still in desperate need your photos and stories, so please send them to me or I will drive to you, if local, to scan! Thanks!

I have an Old Richmond Hill page and an SBJL page on my family website:
http://www.gerardhopkins.com  here

Check out this Richmond Hill Historical Society Web Site here:

Here are 3 great Facebook Groups:

Troop 273 Richmond Hill NY  here
SBJL - You Know You Loved It  here
Grew Up in Richmond Hill NY  here

Author's Note:

I (Gerry Hopkins) was a Cub Scout from Sep 1961 until Oct 1964 when I crossed over to Boy Scouts. I then became a member of Troop 273, Richmond Hill, Queens Council, New York and remained a Scout through 1971, when I entered West Point. I then became an Assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 273 while at West Point, and remained with the troop until 1975, when I graduated West Point, joined the Army, and saw the world. However, I would remain an adult scout leader for many years for other Packs and Troops during my Army career.

Troop 273 was affiliated with SBJL parish, so most of our membership came from the parish. It was the golden age of Scouting, when there were large enrollments of scouts nationwide. This was still during the time when it was cool to be a Boy Scout. And anyone who remembers Troop 273 scouting, will always remember Bill Welsch, our long-time scoutmaster. Besides my father, no other adult male role model guided me more during my youth than Bill Welsch. And I will always be grateful to the selfless devotion and love that he gave to me, to the other scouts and to the scouting program. I am forever in his debt.