Scout Leaders -- Scouters

In addition to the Big 3 of Bill Welsch, Uncle Al Moser and Tom Costigan, Troop 273 was fortunate to have many dads, moms and other adult leaders who gave their time in support of the program. Some were officially members of the Troop Committee: others were adult leaders who just helped out when needed.  I will mention some of those that I remember from 1964 through 1971, when I was an active Boy Scout. Some of these dads were also merit badge counselors.  In no particular order, we had Mr Jim Grace (who was also the Cubmaster for several years), Mr Bill Sullivan, Mr Joe Sullivan, Mr Brunoni, Mr Eastman, Mr Conry, Mr Hawkins and many others. These dads often came with us for campouts and for all or part of summer camp. All of us Scouts owe a big debt of gratitude to their volunteerism and to the time and effort they devoted to us boys and Scouting.

I am adding a special thank you to Mr Bill Sullivan who originated the idea of Ja-Di-Gon-Sa, our troop's honor society. Not only did Bill start Ja-Di-Gon-Sa but he ran the program at summer camp for many years. In fact, it is his signature on my membership card from 1966. Also, a special thank you to his sisters who cross-stitched the earlier versions of the Ja-Di-Gon-Sa neckerchiefs. See Bill's recollections in the "Memories" section and learn more about Ja-Di-Gon-Sa at that page on this website.

Updated Sep 25 2015: Listed below are those adult Scout Leaders (Scouters) who made the Troop program so successful. All of us Boy Scouts were very fortunate to have so many caring, supportive, patient and loving adult leaders for so many years in our Troop. We are eternally grateful to you!

I have also added a page about Uncle Al Moser and Bill Welsch that reproduce testaments from the 50th Anniversary Program from 1992.
The page may be found here

Author's Note:

Adults are not the only key components to Scout leadership. Even more important, and the idea behind Boy Scouts in the first place, is to have older boys or young men lead younger boys. The success of a Troop is often based upon the quality of boy leadership. And once again, Troop 273 had some of the best junior leaders that I have ever seen. Even as a 6th Grader, barely 12 years old, I could see that this group was something special. You could sense that our junior leader corps really cared about their young charges. They were patient, they didn’t make fun of anyone, they didn’t harass or haze younger scouts and they tried to train and educate young scouts.  In time I also became a junior leader, serving as Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, and all the while I tried to emulate the outstanding leadership style of those junior leaders who came before me.

Back in 6th Grade, I knew that I wanted to attend the US Military Academy at West Point. I knew this when I joined Scouts. I also knew that the mission of West Point was to develop leaders for the Army and the Nation. West Point was called the “ultimate leadership laboratory.” Nothing helped me more to prepare for West Point small unit leadership, and then to serve as a Platoon Leader at the start of a 20 year Army career, than the leaders that inspired me in Troop 273, especially the junior leaders. When I was tasked to be a Squad Leader and Platoon Leader at West Point, I found this task to be much easier, given my own leadership experiences from Boy Scouts. As a result, I enjoyed success as a leader throughout West Point and my Army career.