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Passion and Personal Experience Inspire Priceless Memories

By: Shelby Loebker
 

Cincinnati Book Publishing’s newest author works his personal experiences into a history of West Virginia’s Boy Scout Troop 3. Ron Taylor’s new book, Priceless Memories of Troop 3: The adventures, history, and traditions of an iconic 100 year-old Parkersburg, West Virginia Boy Scout Troop, was inspired by a troop reunion, where Taylor realized many of the memories the troop alumni shared would eventually be lost.

Taylor, a retired Procter & Gamble executive, lives in Montgomery, Ohio.  He has maintained connections with his boyhood friends in Parkersburg, West Virginia, and he is planning the centennial celebration in that city for August 2017.  Taylor is currently an assistant Scoutmaster of the troop, and has been a member since 1949. “If anyone was going to write a book to preserve the history of this troop, it was going to be me,” Taylor said, “I’ve been going to summer camp for 64 years!” Priceless Memories Front Cover 4-3-17

Troop 3 is the oldest Boy Scout troop in Parkersburg, and the second oldest in West Virginia. “To have a Boy Scout troop in continuous operation for 100 years is a rare occurrence in the annuals of scouting,” Taylor said. “There’s very little written history of the troop,” Taylor said, citing this obscurity as the most difficult part in his writing process. However, troop alums contributed to Taylor’s research, helping him expand the information already out there. “I had some old newspaper articles for reference...in addition, one alum who died in 1980 had written a brief history of troop’s first 50 years. I was inspired to fill in some of the blanks he inadvertently admitted.”

The Troop’s founding scoutmaster took over 10,000 photographs. Taylor was able to track down and obtain 1,000 of the pictures, each noted with a subject and date, many of which are included in Priceless Memories.

Taylor turned to Cincinnati Book Publishing because he wanted someone local that he could meet with and talk to—someone to “kind of hold his hand” throughout the publishing process.

Taylor is eager for people to read his book and realize not only the history, but the impact of scouting upon character development. “I would like for people who read it to try to understand that scouting provides youth with the opportunity to try new things and develop morals,” Taylor said, “Everything I needed to be successful in life was taught to me in Troop 3.”

Taylor launched his book in Parkersburg on May 18, when a large crowd gathered at the Don B. Lowe Scout House on the grounds of the First Presbyterian Church of Parkersburg to celebrate the publication of the 100-year history of this exceptional youth organization.  Book sales benefit Troop 3 Alumni, Inc., which supports the summer camps and equipment at the wilderness campsite and riverboat marina.  

Priceless Memories is available online at cincybooks.com in the bookstore.

Softcover | 246 pages | with index | ISBN: 978-0-9894271 | $24.95

 

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