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History for Racine Scouts Racine, WI
Active Junior Corps (Open Class) founded in 1927 Did you march Racine Scouts?
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Other names: Racine Explorer Scouts
homepage: http://www.racinescouts.com
Wikipedia Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Racine_Scouts_Drum_and_Bugle_Corps
The Racine Scouts, formed in 1927, is a junior marching and maneuvering corps based in Racine, Wisconsin.

For their first few months of existence, before funds could be raised through newspaper recycling, the drum line was forced to practice on the sandbox of their sponsor, the Atonement Lutheran Church.

Until at least 1936, the corps bore the unwieldy name of The Boy Scouts of Troop 15 of the Church of Atonement. Also known as the Racine Explorer Scouts, they have been sponsored by their parents’ organization, the Racine County Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and the VFW Post 1391.

True to their Scout origins, the corps required every member to be at least a First Class scout until the late 1950s. The corps was undefeated in competition for six years, from 1935 until 1940.

The corps’ colors are blue and white, with metal helmets and a red crest.

In 1950 they were officially designated the “Champions of Scouting” at the National Jamboree, which was significant at the time since may drum corps had some tie to scouting. In 1953 they played at the opening of Disneyland in Anaheim, Ca.

In 1959 the Scouts undertook a power tour, making 32 performances through Minnesota, Michigan, and Wisconsin in just five days.

In 1964 they switched from the traditional explorer scout uniforms to the new red, white and blue uniforms with chrome helmets (the “chrome domes”).

In 1969 the corps was opened to females.

The Racine Scouts claims the distinction of being the oldest continuously operating junior drum corps in the United States. They gained Drum Corps Midwest membership in 1998 and celebrated their 75th anniversary in 2002. In DCI competition since 1982, the corps' highest finish was 15th in Division III in 2001. In 2003, the 34-member Scouts was 27th in Division II/III Prelims, a position they improved in 2004 to 16th, with a program called 'Funk n' Chrome.'

[Encyclopedia of Drum and Bugle Corps, 1966; rec.arts.marching.drumcorps 7/14/1998,7/28/2000; DCW, 11/2002, p.3; DCW, 10/02, p.3; DCW, 6/28/02, p.17; Dave Strickler; A History of Drum & Bugle Corps, 2002; dcjenn@comcast.net April 2006]

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