Scouts prove themselves in an environment that challenges their courage and tests their nerve in a world of rugged outdoor adventure. It will take Leadership, Teamwork, and Character… Are you up for the challenge?
Here are just some of the opportunities you will have when you join Troop 36! (Click on each item to see Troop 36 in action)
|Backpacking across mountain ridges|
|Camping every month|
|And much, much, more!|
We have an extensive outdoor program based on the Boy Scouts’ Outdoor Code. We typically have an outdoor activity occurring every month and attend a week-long summer camp at various scouting camps in the Northeast. And our oldest and most adventurous scouts can attend High Adventure trip to places like Philmont Scout Ranch, Northern Tier High Adventure Base, and Sea Base. Throughout the year, we have weekend outings such as Backpacking, Canoeing, Hiking, Camping, and Biking. Check out our Troop Calendar to see what’s happening now.
Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has had an unmatched record of developing leaders of character. We believe that no other youth program or organization comes close to offering the level of adventure, opportunities for learning, and the character and leadership development as the Boy Scouts of America!
Our goal is to build leaders utilizing the Scout Oath and Scout Law as moral guidelines. Each scout has an opportunity to develop character, citizenship, and physical and mental fitness.
Focusing on an outdoors-oriented environment, the members of Troop 36 are provided with opportunities for leadership development and learning/praqcticing skills in a variety of areas.
Through personal growth, learning, and embracing scouting’s ideals, a scout may advance through the Boy Scout Ranks and may ultimately achieve Scouting’s highest award: Eagle Scout. We are proud of our many scouts that have made it to the rank of Eagle Scout!. The over-riding principals are that the scouts are provided a safe environment to grow and develop and in the process and, of course, HAVE FUN!
What We Do
Our Troop firmly advocates being a “Youth Run” troop. Our scouts develop, plan, and execute the program including all meetings and outings. They are responsible for choosing the meeting topics and delivering the content. They are also responsible for selecting outing types and locations and then working through their planning and execution with adult oversight and mentoring. We follow this approach because we find it provides the best learning experience possible and helps the youth to develop leadership skills while leading their peers. Some of the varied activities that Troop 36 has done: camping, hiking, backpacking, bicycling, canoeing, and rock climbing.
Weekly Troop Meetings
These meetings are the heart of what we do. Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members. During the weekly meetings the boys will learn new skills as they are taught by older scouts. They will also plan outings and enjoy sports and games.
Courts of Honor
A court of honor is a special event that occurs just a few times a year. These gatherings recognize the efforts of all the scouts by awarding them their achievements earned in front of a large audience. These are extraordinary ceremonies designed to honor the hard work of each scout. The entire family along with neighbors and friends are expected to attend and share in the celebration.
Service to others is a core value of Scouting. In Troop 36 we take this to heart. Throughout the year we will schedule several service projects that benefit the community around us. One of our most successful projects that we do every year is Scouting for Food, which gathers large quantities of food that is delivered to Food Pantries in our community. This event allows the Boys Scouts to act as a conduit for the citizens of the local community to connect with those in need.
Scouts also select and organize service projects of their own, as this is often required for the scouts to advance in rank. These service projects not only benefit the community, they also provide excellent opportunities for the scouts to demonstrate leadership.
How We Are Organized
Boy Scouts • Ages 10-17
Boy Scouts is an outstanding program for young men. This is especially true if he is interested in developing high character and excellent leadership capabilities. Boy Scouts is a boy-led and boy-run organization. This means that the majority of the responsibilities for the success of the group is with each scout.
The highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America is Eagle Scout. To earn this rank, a young man must finish a daunting list of requirements then complete a large-scale project that demonstrates a high level of leadership. Because of this, Eagle Scout is still one of the best credentials a young man can put on his college transcripts.
The troop is the entire local Boy Scout unit that implements the scouting program for the chartered organization. A troop is comprised of patrols, which are smaller sets of scouts (normally around 8). Adult leaders, known as Scoutmasters, oversee the boys as they lead the scouting program.
Patrols are the building blocks of a Boy Scout troop. A patrol is a small group of boys who are similar in age, development, and interests. Working together as a team, patrol members share the responsibility for the patrol’s success. They gain confidence by serving in positions of patrol leadership. All patrol members enjoy the friendship, sense of belonging, and achievements of the patrol and of each of its members.