In June 1925, just fifteen years later, the East Mississippi Council of the Boy Scouts of America was founded, with its initial headquarters in West point, Mississippi. (in 1929, the council would change its name to the Pushmataha Area Council, and eventually move its offices to Columbus, Mississippi).
June 21, 1925 was Father's Day. It was fifteen years to the day of the first official meeting of the Boy Scouts of America, it was also the date that a group of Starkville area boys met at the City Hall in Columbus, Mississippi to charter a new Boy Scout troop.
The group marched from City Hall to the Princess Theater where they received their official BSA charter from the National Executive of the Boy Scouts of America, the Honorable Bolton Smith. Troop 14 was born.
June 21, 2015 is also Father's Day. It is also the 90th anniversary of the founding of Troop 14 and the 105th anniversary of that first BSA meeting in New York. There have been many remarkable changes in the world and the world of Scouting during those years. Troop 14 is now the oldest continuously chartered troop in the Pushmataha Area Council. It has been chartered by the Starkville Rotary Club since 1928, which is the oldest chartering organization relationship in the council. It has also met at the First Presbyterian Church on University Drive in Starkville since at least the late 1930's and just one week ago, presented the rank of Eagle Scout to Sterling Buckner, who is the 250th scout to have earned that rank with the troop.
So, while many families are spending this June 21st honoring their fathers, we also take a moment to thank the Starkville Rotary Club,the First Presbyterian Church of Starkville, and all of the scouts and scoutmasters who have given so much to Troop 14 and the scouting movement in the entire Pushmataha Area Council over the last ninety years.