Boy Scout Troop 289 shows their spirit during a local camporee.


American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289 charters three Scout troops

Clarksville, TN

Scouting has been around The American Legion since 1919, but in the last few years it has been under attack. According to Department of Tennessee Scouting and Eagle Scout Chairman Ernest A. Schmidt, "it has been hard starting new troops and packs." But one of his posts, 289 in Clarksville, "has gone well above and beyond supporting the youth Americanism programs and Scouting by recently starting chartering three Scout troops." Boy Scout Troop 289 is all boys and just recently won the Spirit Stick at the 100th anniversary of Middle Tennessee's Council Boxwell Scout Reservation. This year Post 289's Scout program was advanced more by post Scouting chairman Douglas Kirby by starting two more troops. One is primarily a STEM program troop, and the other is a Scouting BSA troop for all-girls, which gives the post charter over four Scouting units.

What was also a great surprise was when their sister American Legion Auxiliary CSM Gary W. Crisp Unit 289 adopted an all- girls BSA troop also, Troop 21 which is known to be the first girl troop in Cogioba District; the Middle Tennessee Council and the City of Clarksville has already made history with their first girl Eagle Scout

American Legion CSM Gary W. Crisp Post 289 is only four years old, but they are growing and have used their chartered Scouting units already to help in flag Retirement, placing flag on military graves, and community service projects locally.

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