Our History

History doesn’t change, but this page does! As new items are discovered from our past- and interesting current events occur, we’ll add them to this page, to help tell the story of Troop 96 and it’s long and colorful history! If you have some historical information, please contact scottcea@gmail.com. Thank you!


January 1907 Lt.General Robert Baden-Powell founds the first Boy Scouts in the UK in 1908, following the success of his magazine series, “Aids to Scouting” and his book “Scouting for Boys”, which is the 4th best-selling book in history.


1909William D. Boyce

Chicago publisher W. D. Boyce was visiting London, where he encountered a boy who came to be known as the Unknown Scout. Boyce was lost on a foggy street when an unknown Scout came to his aid, guiding him to his destination. The scout refused Boyce’s tip, explaining that he was a Boy Scout and was merely doing his ‘daily good turn’. Soon thereafter, Boyce met with General Baden-Powell, who was Chief Scout at the time.

Upon after his return to the U.S., Boyce incorporated the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. Edgar M. Robinson and Lee F. Hanmer convinced Boyce to turn the program over to the YMCA for development in April 1910. Robinson enlisted Seton, Beard, Charles Eastman and other prominent leaders in the early youth movements. In January 1911, Robinson turned the movement over to James E. West who became the first Chief Scout Executive and Scouting began to expand in the U.S.


Late 1920s- Troop 96 is chartered at Grosse Pointe Memorial Church.

1941- T96 Eagle Scout and U.S. Navy Ensign Ben Marsh killed in action on Sunday, December 7th at Pearl Harbor whole serving aboard USS Arizona.

September 1943- Navy commissions destroyer escort USS Marsh, named after Ensign Marsh.
1941-1945 (The War Years) Troop 96 is active in scrap material drives to support the war effort.

1950s- Troop grows in members, begins active camping program.


1953- First Ben Marsh Memorial Award is presented to Scout William C. Herrich.

1960s- Troop 96 continues to grow as boys seek outdoor experiences and ways to develop useful, independent skills.

1990s- Throughout the decade, Troop 96 membership increases. Scoutmasters (including Alan Johnson, Rob Schoenherr and Dan Wilk) initiate our high adventures tradition, including our first Philmont trek.


2000- Annual high adventure trips take off with white water rafting, cave spelunking, canoeing and Philmont treks. The Troop sends its first Scouts to attend NAYLE at Philmont in 2010. NAYLE supports the Troop commitment to develop leadership skills.


2000- Troop 96 Scout Scott Allen awarded the Boy Scouts of America Medal of Honor for Meritorious Action for Life Saving. Scott helped save the life of a fellow Scout, who went into shock from a peanut allergy. Since Scott also had allergies, he had an Epi-pen with him. Scott gave it to medics, who administered it to the Scout en route to the hospital. Doctors reported that without the Epi-Pen, the stricken Scout might not have survived.

Sept. 15, 2003- Star Scout Scott Allen, 14 years old, died at his home, surrounded by family and friends, after putting up a brave and heroic fight against leukemia.   An avid Boy Scout, Scott started in the first grade as a Cub Scout in Pack No. 74 , then was a Boy Scout in Troop 96. As a Boy Scout. Scott achieved Star status and was very close to becoming a Life Scout.

2004- The first Scott Allen Award is presented to Sean Carroll.

August 4, 2009- The Detroit Area Council and the Clinton Valley Council merge into a new council serving Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne Counties. The new Council officially started on October 1, 2009. On November 10, 2009, the new name “Great Lakes Council” was selected after a month long contest.


January 16, 2010- The Boy Scouts of America celebrate their 100 year anniverary!


August 14, 2012- The 18 Michigan Councils are combined into the new Michigan Crossroads Council


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