As we all get older, it gets harder to remember all the things that the troop has experienced over the years. This page will hopefully grow into a diary of the troop. For now, it’s a collection of remembered events. If you have something that could be added, please feel free to contact us. You can find many pictures in our photo album.
Troop 20 was first chartered as Troop 21 sponsored by the First Church in Hudson, NH.
The Troop’s first Scout Master was Fred Pollard, the Troop Committee Chair was Bill Stetzler. In 1969 the First Church, the original Charter Organization, decided that they no longer wanted to sponsor a scout troop so a new sponsor was sought.
The Lion’s Club of Hudson agreed to become the new sponsor and the troop was offered a number in the hundreds. They wanted to retain their old number but the church wanted to hold the number 21 as they still sponsored the Cub Scout Pack with this same number. Finally Daniel Webster Council offered the troop the number 20 and the rest is history.
The troop still meets once a week at the Lion’s Hall. There are several special accomplishments that Troop 20 can be proud to have in its history. Among these are:
- We have 35 Eagle Scouts (and climbing)
- Our scouts consistently qualify for the National Quality Unit Award
- Troop 20 was featured on the September 2005 cover of Boys’ Life magazine
- 2004 Unit of Honor
- Second Place, Klondike Derby, 2004
- West Point Camporee, 2002 and 1997
- Canada Camporee, 2000
- Best Klondike Derby sled design, 1994
Scoutmaster Hall of Fame
- Jeffrey Bailey, 1994-2006
- Cheryl Vanderbeck, 1993-1994
- Kenneth Juttner, 1991-1993
- Kent Heubner, 1990
- James Goodie, 1988-1989
- Arthur Towers, 1984-1985
- John Drabinowicz, 1984-1985
- Bruce Frederick, 1983
- Albert “Pete” Deschenes, 1980-1982
- Raymond Smith, 1979
- Richard Dolbec, 1976-1979
- Clarence Jones, 1972-1975
- Frederick Pollard, 1969-1971
Where are they now?
Some of the Troop 20 alumni that have wandered off and their current status in the world as best we know it:
- Ron Fontaine (Eagle Scout) – Was recently married and works with the troop from time to time.
- Shaun Whitney (Eagle Scout) – Has retired from the Air Force and is now working in Maryland.
- Darrell Keiley (Eagle Scout) – Is stationed somewhere with the U.S. Army.
- Adam Griggs (Eagle Scout) – Plays football for Bentley College.
- Ryan L’Italien (Eagle Scout) – Attends Plymouth State College.
- Mike Griggs (Eagle Scout) – Plays football for Bentley College.
- Matt Joyce (Eagle Scout) – Attends the University of New Hampshire.
- Ken Quinlan (Eagle Scout) – Goes to school in Boston.
- Brandon Griggs (Eagle Scout) – Attends McIntosh College in Dover, New Hampshire.