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History of Troop 25-Lincoln, Nebraska

Troop 25 really has three origins—the Cornhusker Council numeral ‘25’ dates back to the 1930’s, the lineage of East Lincoln families who make up Troop 29/25 dates back to the 1970’s, and the re-chartered Troop 25 dates back to 1993. Sound intriguing? Please read on. 

Troop 25 and Pack 25 moved to St. Mark’s United Methodist Church on 85th and Pioneer Boulevard on April 1, 2003. Before that, these two units met at First Lutheran Church, 1551 S. 70th. As the Troop grew in size and storage needs increased, Scoutmaster Tom Rolfes and involved parents initiated the re-location to St. Mark’s and Pack 25 agreed to relocate, also.

Troop 25 reactivated a dormant charter at First Lutheran Church on January 1, 1993 and was served by Chartered Liaisons Tom Kaspar (1993-2002) and Gene Brass (2002-03). The original Troop 25 was chartered with First Lutheran Church and met at the previous First Lutheran Church locations from 1930 to as late as 1983. A listing of most of the graduated Eagle Scouts during this time are located on the Cornhusker Council website: http://www.cornhuskercouncil.org/units/ [Search Troop 25].

So where did the current Troop 25 originate? Dating back to the 1970’s and early 1980’s, Cub Scout Pack 29 formed itself at Crestwood Christian Church, 8000 A Street, composed mostly of Pyrtle Elementary School students. At that time, Troop 29 chartered and failed and then stayed dormant. Up through the late 1980’s, most Pack 29 Webelos Scouts wishing to go on to Boy Scouts did so at Christ United Methodist’s (46th & A Street) Troop 2, which was chartered back in 1957, but did not have a Cub Scout Pack.

This relationship continued for many years until about 1993 when Troop 29 was resurrected at Crestwood Christian. The troop grew steadily, having the support of a very active Pack 29. After  an alleged scheduling conflict and orange drink incident, Troop 29 and Pack 29 relocated to First Lutheran Church in August 1995 as Troop 25 and Pack 25, thereby re-activating the original numeral ‘25’.

Troop 25 has steadily grown in size and will soon exceed 40 registered Scouts. Troop 25 mainly serves the Pyrtle Elementary/Lux Middle School/East High attendance areas but has had Scouts join from as far away as Eagle, Waverly, and other Lincoln neighborhoods. The expanded physical facilities at St. Mark’s United Methodist Church have been a godsend and the Troop looks forward to chartering the first-ever Venture Crew 25 for young men and young women, ages 14-20.

Troop 25 has gone through a rapid period of equipment acquisition. Using a series of $3,000 front-funded purchases through the generosity of parent loans, the Troop has been able to acquire a 13’ trailer (1999), 17 Eureka Timberline Outfitter tents (2002), a 10’x20’ heavy-duty Hercules dining fly (2001), and 4 new patrol boxes (2002). In 2005-07, the Troop plans to start acquiring new and pre-owned canoes and related equipment.

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Troop Committee Chairs:

Jan 1993-Aug 1993  Bob Losee
1993-1997  Ron Schrock, Sr.
1997-2001 Marty Versaw
2001-2004 Don Lee
2004-present Dan Snow

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Scoutmasters:

1993-95 Richard Magner
1995-96 Dave White
1996-97 Doug Dygas
1997-2001 Bob Losee
2001-present Tom Rolfes

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Summer Camps Past, Present & Future

1993 Cornhusker (Dubois, Nebraska)
1994  
1995 Laramie Peak (Laramie, Wyoming)
1996 Cornhusker
1997 Medicine Mountain (Custer, South Dakota)
1998 Cornhusker
1999 Cedars (North Bend, Nebraska) and Medicine Mountain
2000 Ben Delatour (Red Feather Lakes, Colorado)
2001 Lewis & Clark (Tabor, South Dakota)
2002 Medicine Mountain
2003 Cedars
2004 Ben Delatour

2005

Lewis & Clark

2006

Alexander (Lake George, Colorado)

2007

Medicine Mountain

2008

Buffalo Bill (Wapiti, Wyoming)

2009

Ben Delatour

Troop 25 High Adventure Trips:

1994 Packard (Colorado)
1998 Northern Tier (Minnesota/Canada)
1999 Philmont (New Mexico)
2003 Northern Tier
2004 Elkhorn (Colorado)
2004 Double-H Ranch (New Mexico)
2008 Philmont & Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (Minnesota)

High Adventure Trips:

2009 Elkhorn & Table Rock Lake (Missouri) Scuba Certification
2010 Sea Base (Florida)

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