Troop History

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Dave Stillums started this organization as Troop 039. In 1962, it became Troop 339. The first Scoutmasters were Cruse Martin and Cal Murphy.

Although the Troop has always met in the same neighborhood, it has had several different Chartered Organizations and meeting places over the years. In the 1960’s the Troop was chartered by the Sonora Grammar School Neighborhood and met at Sonora School. In October 1970, the Troop became chartered by the Costa Mesa Air National Guard and met at its facility. By the early 1980’s, the Troop had moved again to Maude B. Davis Junior High and had been chartered by the Parents of Troop 339. During the late 1980’s the Troop moved its meeting place to the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant which became the Chartered Organization on June 1, 1998.

At the 1969 Camporee, Troop 339 won the first White Buffalo award ever offered. The Hicadoola cheer was created at the 1969 Camporee when George Pallo Jr. inspired the Troop to victory: “Hicadoola, Hicadoola sis boom bah. Three three nine, rah rah rah.”

During the 1970’s, Troop 339 had grown to fifty-two Scouts, eleven Assistant Scoutmasters and three Junior Assistant Scoutmasters. In August 1973, the largest single contingent from Orange County consisting of thirty-two Troop 339 Scouts and their leaders attended the 1973 National Jamboree West at Farragut State Park in Idaho.

For many years, Troop 339 put in many miles backpacking. The Troop had a tradition of awarding a mountaineer’s hat to Scouts who climbed Mt. Whitney. After a second trip to the summit, a feather was awarded. During the late 80’s and early 90’s, the Troop made many treks to Philmont, New Mexico. In more recent years, the Troop has organized a variety of activities ranging from fishing trips and museum tours to river rafting and rock climbing.

For many years the Troop neckerchief was a light turquoise gingham check with the Hicadoola patch on the back. Prior to the turqoise gingham it was a mustard gingham check. In 1993, the neckerchiefs were changed to light blue with a silk-screened “339” when the gingham was no longer available. In 2006, the neckerchiefs were again updated to denim blue with brown edging and a silk-screened “339”. A Troop T-shirt with the Hicadoola logo was also created at that time.

Troop 339 has been a Quality Unit for many years and is one of the few Troops to qualify for the Founder’s Troop award each year since its origination. As of January 1, 2010, Troop 339 has produced sixty nine Eagle Scouts.

On August 11, 2012 the troop celebrated its 50th Anniversary with over 200 current and former members in attendance. Over 450 boys had participated in the program over the past 50 years and the troop celebrated 72 Eagle Scouts.