220 was officially chartered in the Kansas City Council on 1 September 1937, though certificates weren't officially issued until 4 November 1937. Most members have been traced in previous troops together going back to a few years, with some of the earliest members going back to 1924. Reports in the local newspaper state that in the first few meetings, there were as many as 13 scouts.
The first Scoutmaster for 220 was Alfred Osborne, along with his two assistants: Rev. E. J. Christian and Everette Lee McKisson.
The first Committee consisted of: I. C. McLain (Chairman), C.R. Acuff, E.W. Cooper, E.C. Falk, and Ben Turoff.
Our first sponsor was the Triangle Club. They stood for cooperation – to serve god , service to the community and service to neighbors. It also was for helping each other and for the advancement of the business educational and social welfare of the community.
This group was a big supporter of scouting, having pledged their full support to H. Roe Bartle after a visit in September of 1937.
The troop met at City Hall and the Lion's Club for the first few years, until 1942.
1942, the Lion's Club took over the sponsorship for 220, and the meeting location was moved to the local Methodist Church. 220 met here until 1949. Pack 3-220 was formed during this time period on 3 June 1943 with 25 cubs, being officially chartered on 1 July 1943.
In 1949, the troop and local population grew to a point that a second unit was necessary. The Lee's Summit United Methodist Church and the Lee's Summit Christian Church were designated as the two sponsors for these units. The Methodist church received the Cub Pack, which would be renumbered to 264 to go alongside their new troop, 264. Lee's Summit Christian Church received Troop 220, which created a new Cub Pack to go with it.
From 1949 to the present day, 220 has been with the Lee's Summit Christian Church. 2019 is the 70th anniversary of LSCC sponsoring 220.
A New Chapter
In 2017, the Boy Scouts of America announced that the program was to be opened to girls in the near future. 220 has had girls participating in scouting for a few years prior in the Venture Crew attending High Adventures, as well as sisters attending den meetings with their brothers. Some of the high adventures they have participated in included Philmont (summer and winter) and Okpik.
Pack 220 became one of the first early sponsors to open their program for girls to participate with their brothers or friends, with the first female den consisting of five girls.
With the introduction of Scouts BSA in February 2019, 220 formed a new unit with 13 scouts. In the beginning, 13 scouts formed the troop, and 82 years later we started a new unit with 13 scouts once again.
Planning and formation began long before the release of Scouts BSA, with the Scoutmaster, an Assistant, and a full committee having been established and functioning two months prior. Much like in our beginnings, they essentially functioned before the official charters were issued.
1. Heart of America Council, 2018.
2. "Scout Troop Gets Official Credentials", Lee's Summit Journal, (Lee's Summit, Missouri, November 4, 1937).
3. "Attending University of Scouting", Lee's Summit Journal, (Lee's Summit, Missouri, October 28, 1937).
4. "Scout Troop Gets Official Credentials", 1937.
6. "Scout Executive Addresses Club", Lee's Summit Journal, (Lee's Summit, Missouri, September 16, 1937).
7. "Scouting Program is Advancing", Lee's Summit Journal, (Lee's Summit, Missouri, June 3, 1943).