The History of Pack and Troop 2103
Pack and Troop 2103 were born from two different directions by two different groups. It was an amazing journey during which God?s hand can be seen at every turn.
First, the Troop. Troop 103 has been around for many years, chartered to First Christian Church. In 1993, the Troop had grown to a size that was hard to manage. Scoutmaster John Linn was discussing the problem with one of his leaders and suggested that the Troop split. He told that leader that his own church could use a Scouting program and suggested he contact them at Trinity and see if they would be interested. If they were, he suggested that the families currently at Troop 103 that attended Trinity could move to the new Troop and start up along with some of the other families from Troop 103. The leader asked who would be the Scoutmaster? Well, John just smiled and told Schuyler ?you.? And with that, Schuyler Wiersum found himself with a new Troop and a new job. Joining the crew was Paul Ladwig who was an Asst. Scoutmaster, then later Troop Committee Chair and remains today as an Asst. Scoutmaster. We came together in Fellowship Hall with a table, some chairs, and a white board and began to plan what would be the most successful Scouting program in Lompoc. But wait, isn?t there a Cub Scout program in here?
Paul Ladwig gathered up all his courage and approached Lenny Harris after church to ask about starting a Pack. The courage was not needed as Lenny thought it was a great idea and asked what they needed from the church to get started. Paul, his wife Ann, and sons Chris and Eric were joined by Don Gunn (our first Committee Chair) and son BJ, Dave and Marsha Tapert and sons, John and James, all from Pack 62. They started out on faith and Pack 2103 was born. Other Packs have come and gone, but Pack 2103 is still here and doing great.
Now we had a Pack and Troop, but what unit number do we use? Paul suggested 693 as we chartered in June of 1993. But Schuyler won out. He said that we would not have started without the encouragement and help of Troop 103. So, we ended up as 2103 to honor their help. A ceremony was held at First Christian Church to celebrate the start of 2103. John Linn put the first Troop neckerchief on Schuyler and the second on Paul. Paul retains his and it is a cherished memento.
Many adults and boys have been through our doors since. In August of 2009 changes at Trinity sent us looking for a new home. First Southern Baptist Church took us in and made us feel at home for the next four years. Then changes to BSA policy caused us to move again and in Sept. 2013, we moved to our current home at North Ave. Baptist Church.
Other units have come and gone. But our Scouts are still there. Still strong. Still making sure that a Scout is Reverent. Still making sure they follow the Scout Oath and Law. And that the boys that God leads to us have the best leaders and program possible to make them the best husbands