On Flag Day, June 14, 2016, members of Huntington’s Boy Scout Troop 12 and Scoutmaster Leer Leary presented to the Huntington Historical Society a BSA Troop Flag from Troop 1. When the present day Troop 12 was established before World War I, it was designated as Troop 1. After the War, the troop was inactive. When the troop reapplied to BSA in 1923 they were designated as Troop 12. Troop 1 was known to hike from Huntington into Oyster Bay to visit Colonel, and President, Theodore Roosevelt at Sagamore Hill.
Leer Leary told the history of the Troop and the boys presented Robert “Toby” Kissam, President of the Historical Society’s Board of Trustees with the flag pictured. It is the newest item in the Huntington Historical Society’s collection and will be included in a new exhibit opening at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Building later this summer. The exhibit, entitled Before Suburbia, Huntington’s “Guilded” Age, will focus on civic minded Huntingtonians and the organizations they were involved in, between 1890 and the 1940.
Following the presentation of the flag, Mr. Kissam presented two photographs from the Huntington Historical Society collection of Troop 1 on one of their hikes to Oyster Bay to visit President Roosevelt. Mr. Kissam corroborated the legend of Troop 12 as the original Troop 1.
Troop 12 meets on Wednesday evenings at the United Methodist Church on West Neck Road in Huntington. Troop 12 is a boy-run Troop, under the watchful eye of trained adults. The boys elect new leaders on a periodic basis and learn leadership by doing. The boys in the Troop choose their program for the year which includes camping, hiking, canoeing, biking and skiing at a variety of places on and off Long Island. They learn to pack and dress for all types of weather conditions. Other annual activities include running a Hot Dog Stand at the church fair and cooking and serving at their annual Pancake Breakfast.