Boy Scout Troop#31 (1st Afro-American Boy Scout troop in Lehigh Co.) - St James AME Zion Church
Negro Boy Scout Troop Invested; First in County Mothers of the Ten Members Take Part in Ceremony With their mothers taking part, the ten members of the recently organized Boy Scout troop No. 31 were invested as tenderfoot scouts in the Lehigh county council at a beautiful ceremony Sunday night during the service in St. James A. M. E. Zion church. Troop 31 is the first and only troop of Negro scouts in the county council. The investiture part of the service was in charge of Ben Roth, East City district commissioner, into which the new scouts have been placed. Chief Executive Henry M. Faucett, who attended the service unexpectedly, presented the charter to the troop and delivered a short talk in which he exhorted the boys to live up to their scout laws and oath faithfully. A group of 12 scouts from Troop 58, Mountainville, took part in the ceremony, outlining the twelve scout laws, which call for a scout to be trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent. The three parts of the scout oath were explained to the boys by Charles Souilliard, scoutmaster of Troop 19, sponsored by Rotary, and Scoutmaster William Moyer and Assistant Scoutmaster William Freed, bnj.li of Troop 58. Badges emblematic of their new trust were pinned upon the boys by their respective mothers. Cards of identification were presented to them by their scoutmaster. Arnold Drayton, and cards were presented to members of the troop committee by John Hol-zinger, assistant commissioner of the East City district. The finale of the ceremony came when H. E. Wright, scout field commissioner, organizer and trainer of the young scouts, turned the troop over officially to Commissioner Roth, and then delivered a parting talk to his charges. He urged them to hold steadfast to their ideals and to uphold the scout oath and laws. The Rev. W. H. Taylor, pastor of the church, conducted the opening and closing part of the service, offered a prayer for divine guidance for the boys, and delivered a splendid address on their responsibilities. The new tenderfoot scouts are Walter Grantham, Charles Hauser, Jesse Jackson, Wesley Farmer. Albert Brown. Harry Purnell, Arthur Simpson, Howard Smith, William Smith and Filmore Stevenson.