Our History in A Nutshell

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Originally founded December 21, 1921 as Troop 2; Troop 102 has been sponsored from its beginning by the First United Methodist Church, then known as the Methodist Episcopal Church of Ventura.Records indicate that Troop 2 was an offshoot of Troop 1 of Ventura, already in existence. The first scoutmaster was Cyril J. Crussey, fondly known as Jay, and his first primary assistant scoutmaster was Samuel S. Sexton. While Jay went on to other scouting functions soon after, Sam stayed with the troop until his death in the early 70's, taking over as scoutmaster in 1923, then retiring to assistant again in 1947 when his son George took over. George had the troop until 1967 when he became a committee member. He too stayed with the troop until his death in the mid 90's, giving 60 years to the Ventura County Council. After 5 scoutmasters in less than 4 years, Marshall Byrd took over in 1971, continuing until the end of 1976 when Larry Wolfe, an Eagle Scout from the troop in the 60's briefly took the reigns. But due to job and family responsibilities, he gave the troop over to Wes Fish in October 1977, and he continues in that position to date. The Sexton family is still represented by by George's sons who are alumni. Another leader who was instrumental in the troop's success from the 20's until his death from a heart attack while at a Camporee, was Charlie Randall who's son Don is an Eagle and Vigil honor member, having been one of the original lodge members of Topa Topa, and 3-Falls staffer.

Over the years, Troop 2/102 has been very involved with the development of the local council scout camps. The members of "2" helped construct the original Camp Gray in Wheeler Gorge, and later 102 scouts and leaders were major participants in the building of the Camp Three Falls in Lockwood Valley, after construction of Highway 33 took out Camp Gray. Sam Sexton served the camps as an NRA instructor, and also had a troop rifle club that regularly shot at his range in the arroyo in back of his house on their ranch Over the years, numerous troop members have served on the camp staffs of both camps, especially in the 20's, 30's, and 40's. While 102 has had only 49 Eagle Scouts to date, it has a tradition of older boy retention, due to a generally good outdoor focus, and the tenure of its leadership. The troop has had 11 Silver Beaver recipients, including three of the first four presented in the council, and has had two adult members serve as council presidents.In 1944 102 also helped to establish the Topa Topa Lodge of the Order of the Arrow, and Don Armistead served as its first secretary. 

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