to Troop 7
More than a century of Scouting in Grapevine!
It has been more than 100 years since Mayor Benjamin
Richard Wall traveled to New York and returned with the Boy Scouts of America Charter #7 for Grapevine in 1913.
Texas Independence Hills
movement was founded by Robert S.S.
Baden-Powell in England in 1908.
In 1909, Chicago publisher
William D. Boyce lost his way in
a dense London fog. A boy came to
his aid and, after guiding the man,
refused a tip, explaining that as a
Scout he would not take a tip for
doing a Good
This gesture by an unknown Scout
inspired a meeting with Robert
Baden-Powell. As a result,
William Boyce incorporated the Boy
Scouts of America on February 8, 1910,
which was chartered by the United
States Congress in 1916.
Boy Scouts of America was incorporated to
provide a program for community
organizations that offers effective
character building, citizenship and
personal fitness training for youth.
Specifically, the BSA endeavors to develop
American citizens who are physically,
mentally, and morally fit; have a high
degree of self-reliance as evidenced in
such qualities as initiative, courage, and
resourcefulness: have personal values
based on religious concepts; have the
desire and skills to help others;
understand the principle of the American
social, economic, and governmental
systems; are knowledgeable about and take
pride in their American heritage and
understand our nation's role in the world;
have a keen respect for the basic rights
of all people; are prepared to participate
in and give leadership to American
three specific objectives, commonly
referred to as the "Aims of Scouting.''
They are character development,
citizenship training and personal
Norton, is the Troop 7 Scoutmaster starting in 2014.
Born in Fort Worth and raised in North Richland Hills, he has
a degree in Applied Science and his career is in Software and
Computers. When not working, Bill is an active member in his
church, a soccer coach, referee and board member. Bill
resides with his wife Tina and son Will in Grapevine.
When son Will was as in first grade, Will started as a
Tiger Cub; Bill has been involved in Scouting ever since.
Scoutmaster Bill Norton says:
"I truly believe in Scouting. I
have watched as young Scouts have grown into fine young men.
Scouts learn Leadership by having fun camping, hiking,
interacting with peers and adults, all while learning life
skills. The Leadership Training in Scouts is
unparalleled and I am excited to be an active part of it."
From Lord Baden Powell's last message
real way to happiness is by giving out happiness to other
people. Try and leave this world a little better than
you found it and when your turn comes to die, you can die
happy in feeling that at any rate you have not wasted your
time but have done your best. 'Be Prepared' in this way
, to live happy and to die happy - stick to your Scout Promise
always - even after you have ceased to be a boy - and God help
you to do it."