Troop History

Troop 72 established at St. Peter’s in 1920

According to a Washington Post article, published on January 2nd, 1921; Troop 72 was established at St. Peter’s.  The article reference St. Peter’s as an “R.E.” church, this may have been a typo and should have been R.C.  One interesting note is that the first scoutmaster was a woman.

“Announcement of New Troops.  New Troops recently organized include the following: … Troop 72, St. Peter’s R.E. Church, Mrs. Herbert F. Ludlam, scoutmaster”


References to Troop 72

The next Washington Post article, from Feburary 6, 1921 shows that Troop 72 was actively developing their program.  Was the troop treasurer a youth position back then?

“Troop 72, St. Peter’s Church, last week gave a scout play in the presence of parents and friends of the parish that was very well received.  Between acts Scoutmaster Ludlum presented a scout ax to the troop treasurer, Everett Phares, as a prize for his having won in a troop inspection contest conducted by field executives Plant and Bell.”


Another article from 1925 does not add much detail about the troop, but it does tie the family name of Ludlam to a Roman Catholic St. Peters Church.

“Scout troops from the Catholic Parishes of Washington held an exciting rally … Troop 72, St. Peter’s, John R. Ludlam, scoutmaster”


In 1934, the Washington Post published an article about a Bingo Party being planned.  This article makes no reference to scouting, but it does tie together a number of names that prove that Troop 72 was from St. Peter’s Church on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.  Both Ludlam family members that are previously mentioned as being scoutmasters are listed along with the pastor of St. Peter’s, Mgr. Eugene Connelly. From the history of St. Peter’s we know that Mgr. Eugene Connelly was the pastor from 1922 until at least 1940.

“Mrs. Herbert F. Ludlam is chairman of a committee of parishioners of St. Peter’s Church … The Right Rev. Mgr. Eugene J. Connelly, pastor of St. Peter’s Church … John R. Ludlam”


Troop 72 … Troop 380

What happened to troop 72 and where did troop 380 come from? We are still looking for the answer to that question.  There are two likely scenarios

Troop Re-numbered ?

Was the troop re-numbered in an effort by the local council office to remove duplicate troop numbers?  Other councils have done this, but we don’t have any specifics on the National Capitol Area Council having done this.

Temporary loss of charter

Was there a time where the troop was unable to recharter in a timely fashion and they were forced to start a new charter with the Boy Scouts.  Could the church fire in 1940 have been the cause of a delay in getting the recharter paperwork in?  If there were duplicate troop numbers we might have been forced to use a new troop number in this process.