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Boy Scout Troop 100

Amy Doeun

Dave Moore and members of Troop 100 at the Audubon Center of the North Woods for the official birding opener at Crosby Farm Park.
Boy Scout Troop 100 raised over $20,000 to purchase a new van to better transport their scouts from all over the metro.
David Moore has been a member of the Boy Scouts since, "About 1945, I became a cub scout, I advanced all the way up to eagle scout in 1953." By 1965 he became a scoutmaster for troop 33. Hmong Times asked Moore what being a lifelong member of the Boy Scouts meant to him, "It meant everything, it kind of shaped my life and made me who I am." He added that if he had to point to one thing about the scouts that really affected him he said, "It was probably camping. I went to camp Ajawah starting in 1945 and went up there every summer. I have been a camp director since 1960, that is the most important part of scouting--Camp Ajawah."

Then in 1981 Moore was teaching at Edison High School in Minneapolis, he remembers, "There were an influx of Hmong kids assigned to Edison High School. They didn't have any background in America, didn't know anything of America. The scout office called me and asked 'would you be willing to meet with the Hmong kids at Edison and tell them about it scouting'." At that time all the students were Hmong and almost all of them were from the neighborhood around Edison.

"Instead of talking to them I reserved a gym and we had a scout meeting. They couldn't speak English so it was kind of hard, but there was one student that interpreted. Then we started meeting once a week in the gym. We were having a scout meeting during school hours. Then we planned an overnight camping trip, summer was coming up. We decided to meet every week during the summer. We found a Salvation Army drop in place, in Minneapolis. Many of them could walk there. The next year we wanted to register as a troop."

To register as a troop they needed a sponsor so Moore approached Westminster Church, his church to start it. "I told them we can't be a regular troop because they don't know English, we will use the scout handbook as a way of learning English. It is not like a regular troop, it is special and we have to do things different." Moore remembers that his church replied that they were already sponsoring a troop-troop 33, "We are already sponsoring a troop and you are their scout master." Moore had become the scoutmaster of troop 33 back in 1965. But the church agreed to sponsor troop 100 also and for many years Moore was the scoutmaster of both troops. "I slowly gave away the responsibility for troop 33. I had a lot of support from parents, but troop 100 needed me."

Now at 80 years old Moore is still passionate about boy scouts and troop 100. They are still predominately Hmong though a number of Karen students have joined. "Almost all of them were born here. They are quite comfortable with English and pop culture. They know that pop culture better than I do. But there is still a need for a Hmong scout troop. They, the scouts, live all over the metro area. Some live on the Eastside of St. Paul, North Minneapolis and now eastern and northern suburbs. Some of them, former members, have had a lot of success. We have a kid in the state legislature, a kid in the St. Paul City Council member, Dai Thao, a doctor and dentist, a graduate of MIT in aerospace science. We have had a lot of success and it seems to keep on going. For a lot of them scouting is their major thing. They get together on their own. It is a real important to their life and their education."

Moore still camps regularly and does fishing and canoeing trips every summer, "But we can't cross the border anymore, now you need a passport. We also go to Utah every spring break and go hiking. It is hard for me because I am 80 but I still do it. And camp Ajawah is still an important part. We go to camp for 4 weeks. It is their camp and they run it."

St. Paul City Council Member Dai Thao said of Mr. Moore, "Dave Moore has done an incredible job leading troop 100 for over 30 years, teaching Hmong refugee boys and now their sons solid leadership and citizenship in America. I wouldn't be who I am today without Dave Moore and Troop 100."

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