Scout Troop 159
Troop meeting info
Meeting date: every Thursday night
Meeting time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Meeting location: Scout Room at the church
Jason Hodges, Scoutmaster
Ray Thuma, Committee Chairman
Don Heelein, Charter Org. Rep.
Troop 159 holds two distinctions as a Boy Scout Troop: the oldest active unit and the longest continuously chartered unit in the United States. Troop 159 has been chartered by the First United Methodist Church of Woodstock, Illinois officially since 1916(*)
Troop 159 conducts weekly troop meetings and monthly outings/campouts where the outdoor activities range from such things as biking, canoeing, hiking, caving, climbing, and fishing. The Troop also attends Summer Camp annually and participates in local service projects/community events. Troop 159 strives to teach our youth life skills, citizenship and becoming responsible young adults through the principles of the scouting program.
(*) The First United Methodist Church of Woodstock caught fire in 1923 and burned to the ground losing all records. The local BSA district also had a fire in its early years, destroying original troop records. The earliest charter paperwork on record is from 1916 and this is what the local Scouts BSA Council recognizes as Troop 159’s original charter date. Through research and newspaper articles Troop 159 (known as Troop 1 in those days) was initially chartered in 1911 when Boy Scouting first came to America. In the early days of scouting there were many ‘free-lance’ and our troop was actually started in the church around 1907. Troop 159 Woodstock has been continuously active under the sponsorship of the First United Methodist Church of Woodstock for over 100 years – and still going strong!