Special Postmark to Honor First Scout Troop in Vermont

According to Green Mountain Council:

As part of the 100th Anniversary Celebration of Scouting, the United States Post Office in Barre will be using a special postmark on October 29. This postmark will honor the first Boy Scout Troop in Vermont. Troop 1 was started on October 29, 1909.

The United States Post Office in Barre will be set up at the Aldrich Library on October 29th and will cancel all mail brought there with the Specail Anniversary cancellation mark from 10am until 4pm. The remote Post Office will be set up for only one day.

However, postal rules also allow mail to be cancelled after that date using the Special Cancellation, so when Scouts come to Barre for the Veterans Parade on November 7 the Barre Post Office will allow special mail to be dropped off and cancelled with the special cancellation. In order to be cancelled with the special Barre Troop 1 postmark on that day letters will have to go in a special collections box, which will be set up the morning of the parade.

The First Baptist Church will be having an evening service to celebrate the 100th anniversary at the church at 7:00 pm. Afterwards it is proposed that there will be a brief reception in the basement below the church where the Troop 1 boys and William Foster Milne dug out the basement by hand to make a place for Troop 1 to meet.

A specail envelope design has been created to help celebrate this great occasion. If you have questions, please contat Kevin O’Hara at the Council Service Center.

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The on site special cancellation will be done from 1-4pm at the Aldrich Library. A special pictorial envelope has been prepared which will be offered for sale by the Green Mountain Council and includes postage for $3.00.
The City of Barre will also proclaim October 29th “Scout Day in Barre”, and will re dedicate the granite memorial in a ceremony as a tribute to all Scouts.
William Foster Milne emigrated to the United States in 1907 and brought with him the idea of Scouting he had learned in his native Scotland.
The Boy Scout Club in Barre originated earlier than October 29th, 1909.
Although we have not found the original Charter for Troop 1 we do have a letter from Sir Francis Fletcher Vane crediting William Milne as being “the First Scoutmaster in America”.
1909 was a turbulent time in the UK as there was a split between the leadership there forming the British Boy Scouts BBS from the Baden Powell’s BSA.
Since we have this letter it is now known that Scoutmaster Milne’s Troop 1 was associated with the philosophy of British Boy Scout camp.
Perhaps there may be an early 1909 BBS charter for Troop 1 in Barre, Vermont yet to be discovered some day.
When the Boy Scouts of American incorporated in 1910, Troop 1 of Barre, Vermont enrolled with the BSA at that time.
Any records that William Foster Milne had probably returned to Scotland as he died at the age of 34 after contracting the Spanish Influenza, which became meningitis. He is buried at the Banff Cemetary in Aberdeen, Scotland.
It is our hope to someday place a memorial marker by his grave thanking him for his many good deads in his very short life.

By Steve Restelli on October 21st, 2009 at 1:02 pm


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