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,
||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,
|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.
||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.
||(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.
|September 1915 - July 1917
||Mr. Raymond Frost||
||Mr. Charles F. Davis 1||
|March 1, 19273 - ?
||Mr. Raymond Frost 1||
||Mr. Ernest Meyer 1||
||Raymond S. Divoll||
|1937-1941 (at least)2
||Wesley A. Proctor||
||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
||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.
||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 8/24/20