In October of 1958, Troop 1 and Troop 102 merged to create Troop 11, using a combination of numbers from the two former troops. The scoutmaster of this new troop was Stewart Kelly who was the scoutmaster of Troop 1. Stewart was then replaced by Jack Segar in 1962. After only four years Jack resigned and Richard Peterson took over the scoutmaster position but his term was shortly lived and Mark Musolf was appointed as scoutmaster by Halley Pope. Mark took the troop to camps such as Camp Clark, Philmont Scout Ranch and his own land Camp Halley Pope. Mark bought the 60 acre land and named it after the longtime scouter, Halley Pope. After 17 years of hard work Mark decided to resign and Michael Bormett took over in 1983. Mike had a long run of 19 years as scoutmaster and while doing so took the troop to Philmont Scout Ranch three times, Florida Sea base two times, one trip to the National Scout Jamboree and around 20 trips to the Boundary Waters. In 2002 due to a career change it became difficult for Mike to do the job as Scoutmaster so he stepped down and Terry Little became Scoutmaster while he became the Troop Committee Chairman. Terry Little started in scouting as a Webelos Den leader, Committee Member and Cub Master of Pack 170 in the early 1900’s. Terry has earned many awards including the Hiawatha Award and the District Award of Merit. While under his leadership the troop has earned the Fleur-De-Lis Honor unit in 2004, 2006 and 2007. If you listen carefully at campouts and during summer camps you can hear the slogan Terry lives and wants everyone to live by “It’s a Great day to be a scout!”
During the start up of the troop, Halley Pope, was the Sponsor Representative between the church and the troop. Although Halley was active in many community and church causes, including many years as a church trustee, head usher, President of United Methodists of Greater Madison, nursing home volunteer, and member of the South Side Coalition, his greatest contribution was to the boys of scouting for 30 years. As scouting coordinator for Troop 11 and Pack 111, “The Pope” saw to it that the scout program became a reality for the hundreds of boys and adults whose lives he touched. For years and years he attended hikes, campouts, canoe trips, training sessions, district meetings and summer camps.
Throughout our 53 years as Troop 11 we have graduated 50 Eagle scouts and have gone on more than 61 Summer Camp and High Adventure trips. While going on all these camping and High Adventure trips, we have been to 76 different camp grounds and cabins all over the USA.
Troop 11 thanks you for your support!