SCOUTS OF AMERICA
CLARA COUNTY COUNCIL
OTO DISTRICT ~1940-2009
QUICKSILVER DISTRICT 2009~
Christ the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
"In 1965 Troop 260 was meeting at Kirk Elementary School on
Foxworthy Avenue. I bridged up from Pack 260 that also met at the same
school. Pack 267, which started in 1963, also met at Kirk School
and several of our first Eagle Scouts came from that pack as well. Mr.
Martinez was the Scoutmaster of Troop 260 at that time and I was told
that though the Troop was about 25 years old they had yet to
produce an Eagle Scout. Old records show one Eagle Scout award being
presented in the early 1930's to a Scout in Troop 60 which is thought
to be the original number for the Troop, but we cannot find records
that show that progression. There were about 30-35 Scouts in the Troop at
the time of my Den joining the Troop and several of the older Scouts
were Life Scouts. Interestingly enough none of those made Eagle but
several from our Den and subsequent Dens did finally bring the honor
of an Eagle to the Troop.
Instrumental to that accomplishment was one
particular Scoutmaster by the name of George Kinkel. Mr. Kinkel was a
Marine and an Eagle Scout and his example, not just to the boys but
the parents as well, was extraordinary. His leadership shaped so much
of the Troop and what it had become that his influence still is felt
today. Mr. Kinkel led from the front, did not hesitate to get his
knees dirty and had a smile that cut through hardest hikes.
Gary Eck was our 1st Eagle Scout shortly
followed by Gary McCauley, both very good friends and schoolmates of
mine. I was the 5th Eagle in the Troop. Mr. Kinkel awarded
my rank to me that day. Over the next nearly 4 decades Scores
more would follow in Gary's original footsteps with the Troop
averaging about 2 Eagles a year. Not bad...Mr. Kinkel would be
packs are gone and largely forgotten; Kirk is now a community center.
The Troop moved to current location when the school closed.
have continued with the Troop through my adulthood into my middle
years. My daughter, Dena,
now grown and with kids her own, went on many Troop 260 and Post 260
outings before she could walk. Dena went on her first 50 when she was
8 years of age. Her sons will be Cub age in a few years. Her two brothers,
Nick & Chris, are in the Troop now and I find myself
again reflecting on so many of the lessons learned from Mr. Kinkel so
many years ago as I watch them on their own Trail of the Eagle now. They
are growing into fine young men. Scouts has a way of doing that.
parents and leaders have contributed so very much to the Troop over
the years. Some I remember only by their last names from when I was a
Scout myself. Instrumental leaders of the past like Mr. Donahart, Mr.
Gund, Wally Eck, Glen Hills, Mr. McCauley, Mr. Bailey, Glen
Fitzsimmons, Mel Sommer, Dean Wilder, Glen Williams, Dr. Michael Cahn and Brad
Jensen along with so many leaders, parents and committee members that all
shaped and contributed to the continuing success of Troop 260.
And many thanks to you Mr. Kinkel!!!“
Nic Matulich, ASM
Troop 50 Miler patch
Troop 50 year
Troop 60 year