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Researching old Scout Masters

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I was trying to reconstruct our list of Scoutmasters for our Troop (to at least put on a list or something) and was asking around the old goats like me of my unit. One of them asked if I had asked Council. Do they keep track of those things?

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At a minimum, their name appears on the charter renewal paperwork.  I guess it depends on the council's records retention practices as to how long this information would be out there. 

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Our Pack recently celebrated our 75th Anniversary, so I went through a similar exercise.  There are basically two methods to track down previous Cubmasters/Scoutmasters:

  1. Each leader undoubtedly remembers their predecessor, so you can start with the current leader and work your way back.  It's time consuming but easy enough to do.
  2. Your Council should have a file on your unit, and this information should be there.  The challenge is that today we have fewer Councils than we had many years ago, and during mergers sometimes historical records have been lost (or more likely filed in a box in a basement somewhere, never to be found again).

I'll warn you, if you ask the Council at this time of year you might be asked to wait.  When I contacted our Council, I was basically told that the months around recruitment and again around rechartering are too busy for them to pull these records,  For our Council the recharter year starts on Jan 1, so basically Sept-Jan are too busy (last year recharter pushed into March-April due to a requirement for all leaders to have current YPT).

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You might also ask your CO. They get a copy of every adult member application, and may have a file of them in their archives.

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