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Keith Monroe

in Loving Memory - Keith Monroe was Scoutmaster of Troop 2 for the first 42 years of its existence.

We mourn the passing of Keith Monroe (88) on September 9, 2003, but remember the impact he has had on so many. The discipline he developed in his boys, and his unwillingness to accept less than the best, led to success at National and International Jamborees for Troop 2. It also led to the development of countless scores of men over the last 56 years.

In his capacity as the official historian of the BSA at one time, and as a writer and active participant at the national level, Keith has had an impact on scouts everywhere in the United States. He wrote many merit badge pamphlets, including an acclaimed series on the Citizenship merit badges (since rewritten by others) and Canoeing merit badge. He was a regular contributor to Boys' Life and Scouting magazines. He wrote the semiautobiographical "Be Prepared" under a pseudonym in the early 1950's, which exposed the joys and trials of being a scout leader. More recently he wrote a history of the BSA, which at this time may or may not ever be released.

Keith's involvement in the development of scouting at all levels, and Troop 2 in particular, will continue well beyond the end of his time. We thank you, Keith Monroe.

  • Tax-deductible donations to the Keith Monroe Scholarship Fund at Troop 2 will be appreciated. Contact Peter Cohen, Parent Committee Chair.

  • Send us your fond memories or remembrances of Keith Monroe.

Articles by Keith Monroe

For those of you who don't already know, Keith Monroe, founder and Scoutmaster of Troop 2 for 40 years, was a prolific writer. During his career, he was a speech writer for Presidents, and one of his novels was made into a very popular movie of its day.

Shortly before his death, Keith gave Troop 2 the rights to all of his articles that have appeared in Scouting and Boy's Life magazines.


A few are posted bolow, and more will be added as time allows. Enjoy!

"So You Are On A Committee", May 1975
"This Troop Invents Trouble", Mar/April 1996
"Our First National Meeting", May/June 1996
"The Legacy of Troop 1135", September 1998
"The Saints Keep Marching On", October 1993
"Comeback of the Canoe", Jan/Feb 1997
"Sharing Cultures in Thailand", October 2001
"A Scout's Devotion", September 2002


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