The long, continuing journey of Boy Scout Troop 4 |

The long, continuing journey of Boy Scout Troop 4

The Union StaffThe title given to this photo reads, "The Wreck of the Hesperus." The caption reads, "The boy with the burning back is Jack Curnow. A warning to the sluggard!"
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Below and right are photographs from Boy Scout Troop 4’s “Capitola Journal.” The troop’s first scoutmaster, Dr. W. G. “Doc” Thomas, led 21 Scouts “stout and true” on an adventure to the Pacific at Capitola Aug. 1 through 9, 1925. “Doc” was assisted by one other adult, Mr. Paul L. Williams.

Scout Jack Curts, a charter member of the troop, recorded the event in his handwritten journal, along with photos. The journal has been passed down from the first scoutmaster to his great-grandson, Glenn Vaughn, of Grass Valley. Glenn loaned out Jack’s original journal so that the troop’s history could be shared.

Troop 4 is Nevada County’s first and oldest Scout troop. Meetings are held each Monday at 7 p.m. year-round in the Grass Valley Scout Lodge in Memorial Park, 415 Memorial lane. All boys age 11-18 are invited to attend. You can get more information about Troop 4 on its Web site at

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