Troop 1948: The Second Oldest Service Troop in Michigan

FREE Camping and Service Event

The Monroe County Fair has a long history and association with the Boy Scouts of America. Each year since its inception in 1948, the Monroe County Fair Service Troop has served the Fair Board and the local community alike through its dedication to keeping the grounds clean and enjoyable for fairgoers. The Troop accomplishes this by performing duties and tasks that assist the Fair Board in presenting “Michigan’s Finest Fair!”

The mission of the Fair Troop is trifold: to serve the community by helping to provide a clean environment for fairgoers, to be the public face of Scouting for the week–modeling helpfulness, cheerful service, and, of course, cleanliness, and to allow Scout participants the opportunity to learn life skills and to practice what they promise when they recite the Scout Oath and Law.

In addition to cleaning and service duties, Scouts have sufficient time to explore the Fair and take part in many other activities, from free shows and demonstrations, to amusement rides, to gaming and social time, to Scoutcraft and Merit Badge work. The members of Troop 1948 typically range in age and experience from the younger Second Class Scouts to the older, more experienced, Venturers and Eagle Scouts. Scouts may also have the opportunity to earn BSA’s Historic Trails award by volunteering at the 1870s Eby log home that is on the fairgrounds.

The mission of this historic Troop could not continue without the support of the Scouts and Scouters of Running Waters and surrounding Districts. The Fair Week Service event will be held July 29th-August 5th, 2018 at the Monroe County Fairgrounds in Monroe, MI and is open to male and female youth participants who have attained a minimum one year experience in the Scouting Program. Adult participants must hold the appropriate trainings for the leadership position they seek with Troop 1948.

Find us online at under the “About” tab,, or on YouTube by searching “Monroe County Fair Service Troop 1948.”

For additional information, or to request an application, please contact:

Robert Gessner, Assistant Scoutmaster, 734-242-6741,

Lisa Gessner, Committee Chair, 734-242-6741,

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