Ron Taylor’s book describes history of BSA Troop 3
PARKERSBURG — Cincinnati Book Publishing recently announced the release of Ron Taylor’s new book “Priceless Memories of Troop 3: The Adventures, History, and Traditions of An Iconic 100-Year Old Parkersburg, West Virginia Boy Scout Troop.”
The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a values-based youth training organization, currently reaching 2.3 million youth throughout the United States, author Taylor noted.
Many prominent business and civic leaders attribute their success in life to Scouting. In this book, Taylor recalls his own rewarding experiences as he documents the history of his “exceptional” Scout troop.
Taylor, a Cincinnati resident who grew up in Parkersburg, has been an active member of Troop 3 since 1949. In approaching his subject, Taylor said he was determined to document the extraordinary accomplishments of the organization, which celebrates with its centennial reunion in Parkersburg on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2017.
Troop Three Alumni Inc., consisting of former members, was chartered in 1949 to provide the facilities and resources for the troop’s extensive outdoor program. Thanks to the alumni organization’s strong backing, it has often been said Troop 3 was, and is, one of the best-equipped Boy Scout troops in the United States, Taylor said.
The First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg launched Troop 3 on March 29, 2017, and is one of the longest continuing sponsors of a Boy Scout troop in the United States. Without the church’s loyal sponsorship the troop’s journey would have ended years ago, Taylor said.
Founder and Scoutmaster Don B. Lowe appears in this history as the hero of the Parkersburg Scout movement. During its 100-year history, over 1,100 Boy Scouts and 200 Sea Scouts have been members of Troop 3.
Throughout Taylor’s book there are numerous examples of what the troop’s boys and leaders were able to accomplish through effort, loyalty, and hard work. In Taylor’s words, “when boys join Scouting they are exposed to a unique opportunity to become ‘Prepared For Life,’ and for a lifetime.”
The author recalls, “Throughout my life, despite the supposed odds against me, I discovered that the qualities of hard work, perseverance, and being trustworthy were valued and rewarded. When this happened, my self-respect and confidence soared and my lifelong goals became a reality.”
His advice to parents follows: “If you have a young son, make sure he gets a once-in-a lifetime chance to join the Boy Scouts. As Will Rogers once said, ‘the only problem with the Boy Scouts is, there aren’t enough of them.'”
Taylor’s book is described as a joy-filled story of service, fun and outdoor adventure, which will engage and inspire a wide reading audience. The soft cover book, with 246 pages and over 100 pictures, is locally available at the Oil & Gas Museum in Parkersburg and online at cincybooks.com and Amazon.com. All book sales benefit Troop 3 Alumni Inc. and its Scouting programs.
Taylor has scheduled a book signing at the Don B. Lowe Scout House on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church at 1341 Juliana St. in Parkersburg from 5-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 18.