About TOSA

TOSA founding, 2010

Troop One Stow Alumni, INC was formed in 2010 by leaders and former Scouts of Troop 1 Stow, MA. Originally founded in 1912 and chartered to the Stow Civic Club, Troop 1 was chartered to the Stow Lions Club in the mid-1990’s following the Civic Club’s dissolution. While the Lions Club was generous with their time and attention, it became clear to the troop leadership that the resources required to meet the needs of the Scouts were not available. At the same time, a group of former troop members–all Eagle Scouts–banded together to form a social club they called “Man Scouts”. The idea behind the organization was to continue their Scouting adventures even after aging out of the BSA program.

It was natural to conclude that the Man Scouts should formalize their association and help out their beloved Scout troop. So the friends formed a 501c3 corporation and set about dedicating their new organization to the betterment of Troop 1 Stow. TOSA became the Chartering organization for the troop, and our members now spend most of their free time in service to our Scouting units, which now include Cub Scout Pack 39, Assabet Valley Venture Crew 1923, Troop 1 Stow (Girls), and of course Troop 1 Stow (Boys).

Troop One Stow Alumni, Incorporated (TOSA) is organized  exclusively as a charitable, civic, and educational organization comprised of current or former members of Troop 1 Stow, MA. Our purpose is to promote Scouting in Stow by serving as the chartering organization for Troop 1 Stow (B), Troop 1 Stow (G), Cub Scout Pack 39, and Assabet Valley Venture Crew 1923,  and by volunteering time, experience, and knowledge to our Scouting members.  Among our objectives are:

  • Represent our Scouting units in all legal matters
  • Assure the safety of our Scouting members
  • Educate and train Scouting members and leaders according to the guidelines and policies of Scouting BSA
  • Provide financial support for Scouting activities
  • Support Scouting units in accordance with its own policies and guidelines as well as those of the BSA.
  • Focus on Scouting as part of its overall program for youth and families.
  • Provide adequate and secure facilities for out units to meet on a regular schedule with time and place reserved
  • Encourage Scouts to participate in outdoor experiences
  • Encourage community service among all of our members
  • To promote self-reliance among all of our members
  • Train out members s in scoutcraft, teach them patriotism, courage, and kindred virtues.