Scoutmaster of Troop 204 is Ted M. Vinson. Scoutmaster
Vinson brings many years of experience to Troop 204.
Ted, as he prefers to be called, has been involved in the
Scouting program since he joined Cub Scouts. He grew
up in Troop 7 in Macon, Georgia. Progressing through
the ranks of Boy Scouting, Ted earned the Eagle rank.
He then added five palms to be worn on his Eagle badge.
Ted was elected to the Order of the Arrow as a member of
Troop 7, and then was awarded the Vigil honor, the highest
honor of the organization.
At the age of
eighteen, Ted became an Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 7.
After graduating from Willingham High School, Ted attended
Southern Tech in Marietta, majoring in mechanical and
electrical engineering. It was while attending
Southern Tech that Ted became involved in Troop 144,
sponsored by the Marietta First Baptist Church. Ted
maintained his membership while serving in the Army in
Vietnam. After returning in 1972, he married Donna
April 1, 1974, he took over the position of Scoutmaster of
years, Ted has served both the Cobb District and the Atlanta
Area Council while being a Scoutmaster. He served on
the Wood Badge training staff thirteen times in several
different positions. He earned both the Scouter's Training
Award and the Scouter's Key. In 1979, he was presented
the District Award of Merit by the Cobb District. In
1981, he was presented the Silver Beaver Award by the
Atlanta Area Council. He has also received the James
West award, and Foothills District Lifetime Achievement
Award. Ted has been Camping Chairman for the Cobb District, a
member-at-large of the Cobb District, and a staff member for
many years at the Scouter's Winter Campout. This is an
annual event held since 1969. He served as Scoutmaster
in 1987 and is a member of a patrol of previous Scoutmasters
of the event. In 1985 and again in 1989, Ted is
serving as ASM of an Atlanta Area contingent to the
2010 National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia.
He is currently serving on the Southern Region Camp
Inspection Committee and the Atlanta Area Council Centennial
Ted attended Wood Badge in 1973 and earned his Wood Badge beads
in 1974. He has
staff for 13
Badges courses in various positions including Coach
Counselor (2), Assistant Senior Patrol
Scoutmaster, Quartermaster (5), Troop Guide (2),
Senior Patrol Leader, and was the Course Director for the
Atlanta Area Councilís 2008 Summer Wood Badge Course,
He served as the advisor for the 2009 Summer Course and is
currently the advisor for the 2010 Summer Course.
Ted served as
Scoutmaster of Troop 144 until 1993. During his 20
years as Scoutmaster there, he spent hundreds of days and
nights camping with hundreds of scouts and adults.
From April, 1974 until December of 1992, 35 young men earned
the rank of Eagle Scout under Ted's leadership.
In addition to
being the Scoutmaster of Troop 144 at Marietta First Baptist
Church he began as a church staff member there in 1969 and
then became the Director of Maintenance. In 1989, Ted
joined the staff of Roswell Street Baptist Church as the
Director of Property Management. In 2006, Ted joined
the staff of Burnt Hickory Baptist Church.
Ted and his wife Donna also enjoy family camping,
reading, electronics, crafts, gardening. They have one
daughter, Tammy, who is a 2007 graduate of Georgia State
University and is currently living in San Francisco.
August of 1992, Ted and a group of other adults began to
meet and plan to start a Boy Scout Troop at Roswell Street
Baptist Church. On February, 8, 1993 - Scouting's
anniversary, Troop 204 was again chartered with the National
Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Troop 204 was
sponsored by Roswell Street from the 1945 until 1963,
At Ted's request, the Atlanta Area Council reactivated Troop
204, again at Roswell Street. Since February of 1993,
48 young men have earned the rank of Eagle Scout while in
On January 1, 2014, the Troop moved to a new home at Maple
Avenue United Methodist Church (MAUMC).
believes in the phrase,
" SCOUTING IS OUTING"
Scoutmaster Ted Vinson