History of the Troop

Founded over 100 years ago, Troop 54 is the oldest continuously chartered troop in the Heart of New England Council (HNE). The Troop was part of the Mohegan Council before the merger that created HNE.

Locations and Chartered Organizations

September 1, 1915 Troop 54 was founded in the First Universalist Church, at 66 Pleasant Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
1955 Troop 54 moved to the new building of the First Universalist Church, at 90 Holden Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
January 1, 2002 Troop 54 moved to Temple Emanuel, at 280 May Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
February 5, 2002 Troop 54 moved to Immaculate Conception Church, at 353 Grove Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
November 1, 2011 Troop 54 moved to Armenian Church of Our Savior, at 87 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
January 17, 2012 Troop 54 moved to Epworth United Methodist Church, at 64 Salisbury Street, Worcester, Massachusetts.
August 2018 Troop 54 became part of the newly formed Heart of New England Council.
February 1, 2019 Program name changed from "Boy Scouts" to "Scouts BSA", so Troop 54 became Scouts BSA Troop 54.
May 2020 (Approximate date) Troop 54 became part of the newly formed Eastern District of the Heart of New England Council. This district was formed by combining the previous Quinsigamond and Massasoit Districts.
June 7, 2021 (Approximate date) Our district was re-named Quinapoxet District.


September 1915 - July 1917 Mr. Raymond Frost
1924 -1927 Mr. Charles F. Davis 1
March 1, 19273 - ? Mr. Raymond Frost 1
19284 -? Mr. Ernest Meyer 1
1932 Raymond S. Divoll
1937-1941 (at least)2 Wesley A. Proctor
1942 Everett W. Brown Jr.
1943 - 1948 Mr. Frederick H. Case Jr.
1950 (at least) William T. Brown
1953-1956 (at least)2 Harold R. Elms
September 1957 - 19781 Mr. Herbert Adams
January 1979 - Mr. Christopher C. Brown
January 1980 - Mr. Dalbert L. Lavigne
April 29, 1982 - August 31, 1991 Mr. Joseph P. Clancy, Jr.
September 1, 1991 - Mr. Herbert Adams
January 1, 1995 Mr. Robert E. Gates
January 1, 1999 - December 31, 2004 Mr. Paul J. Brown Jr.
January 1, 2005 - August 29, 2007 Dr. William J. McCarthy
January 22, 2008 - present Mr. Joshua C. Froimson

Longest-serving Adult Leaders

Herbert Adams Mr. Adams served as Troop 54 Scoutmaster for 26 years, as Chartered Organization Representative for 20 years and as Committee Member for many years. He was a leader in the troop from 1955 until his death on October 4, 2015. During his time with the troop, Mr. Adams took the troop on monthly camping trips, including several trips to the Philmont Scout Ranch.
Donald Harris Mr. Harris served as Troop 54 Committee Chair from January 1, 1978 until his death on April 20, 2015. He had been a leader in the troop since 1977. Mr. Harris published the troop's monthly newstetter, The Torch, for decades. During parts of his term as Committee Chair, he also served as our Friends of Scouting Chair for decades, as troop Treasurer and as Advancement Chair (for some time, all at once).
To say that the dedication of Herbert Adams and Donald Harris to the Troop was critical to its longevity would be an understatement. They ensured the continuation of the troop through many challenges over the years.

Other Adult Leaders in the "20 Plus" Years Club

1 September 1979 issue of The Torch.
2 Transcription of 1937-1960 rosters by David Harris and Donald Harris.
3 Eagle Trail, May 2, 1927 ("Official Publication Worcester Council").
4 "History of Troop 54, Boy Scouts of America, 80th Anniversary Night, Thursday, September 21, 1995" by Donald Harris.

Page updated 7/9/21
J. Froimson

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