Troop 431 was organized in 1996 by several Christian families from the Washington area. The families were looking for activities for their sons that would allow them to learn, have fun, and grow into good God-fearing men. This troop was to be very unique in that it was originally comprised of all home-schooled boys. These new Scouts were recruited from areas like New Melle, Campbellton, St. Clair, Marthasville, Washington and Labadie.
The first organization
to charter the unit was, in fact, the home school aassociation itself.
Meetings were held at the Emmaus Home in Marthasville. Mr. Dave Arnold
acted as the Committee Chairman and Mr. Paul Richard was appointed as the
first Scoutmaster. In 1998, Mr. Leonard Lenau became the Scoutmaster
and meetings were moved to the Newport Presbyterian Church. Soon
after, meetings were moved to the current location at First Baptist Church
in Washington. In 2001, the First Baptist Church “adopted” the troop,
becoming its official chartering organization.
Scouting is the largest youth organization in the United States with over 6 million members. With its emphasis on values, personal develoment, teamwork, individual achievement, and leadership, scouting offers something that few other programs do.
There is a very high correlation between those that enjoy scouting and those who succeed in their adult lives. While only 25% of all boys in the nation become scouts, former scouts make up 65% of all U.S. Congressmen. 75% of all military academy graduates, and 70% of those listed in “Who’s Who”. While only 83% of the country’s youth will graduate from high school, 98% of boy Scouts will graduate.