Troop 581 was started in 1985.

Larry Schmidlin was the first Scout Master; his Assistant Scoutmaster was Ken Armitage. They started with seven boys, whose patrol name was the Ivory Staggs. The first meeting was held at the Banks High School.

Summer Camp 2008, Fire Mountain, WA

The Troop has grown since then both in the number of boys and the number of involved adults. Bob Derbyshire was the Scout Master from 2002 to early 2007; he was instrumental in shaping the current direction and focus of the troop. John Kinsky, the next Scout Master, continued the tradition of high-adventure and advancement-related activities that Bob started. Ed Preble started as Scout Master in 2009, and continued the tradition.  Then Joe Steigerwald, and now Matt Jones.

We have several Assistant Scoutmasters, an active Committee, and involved parents to help with all aspects of helping the boys advance in scouting and have a lot of fun doing it.

The troop is committed to making Banks, Vernonia, Buxton and Forest Grove better places to live.

We partner with Cub Scout Pack 581 and Venture Crew 581 for food and clothes drives and community service projects.

Come be a part of our history!


  • Larry Schmidlin 1985-?
  • others (to be filled in)
  • Bob Derbyshire 2002-2007
  • John Kinsky 2007-2009
  • Ed Preble 2009-20014
  • Joe Stiegerwald 2014-2016
  • Matt Jones – 2016 – ?