Our first troop meeting of the new Scouting year will be Wednesday, September 5, 7 to 8:30PM at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church. We will be handing out the new troop roster and going over the new, exciting troop calendar that your Patrol Leader's Council has planned for the 2007-08 Scouting year.
In addition, Mr. Oppel will be collecting your annual troop dues of $25 per scout and $40 for two scouts in the same family.
We will also discuss plans for the upcoming Ed Strang Day on the Derby Green, to be held on September 15. Press release : DERBY - Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 resumes its weekly Wednesday night meetings beginning September 5 at 7PM. Founded in 1914 and still meeting in the hall of the Derby 2nd Congregational Church, Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby is among the oldest continuously operating troops in the United States. With currently more than 60 members and 20 registered leaders from throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley, the troop continues to offer opportunities for European travel, monthly backpacking, camping and hiking as well as training in leadership, teamwork and citizenship. Boys at least 11 years old interested in joining are invited to visit the troop meeting.
Troop 3 has been recognized for its community service by being named the Valley United Way's 2007 Youth Organization of the Year. In 2007, the scouts have provided more than 2,000 hours of service to the community through its many Eagle Scout projects and annual Scouting for Food drive, packages for those serving in the military and Good Friday cleanup day.
Youth members of the troop's Patrol Leader's Council have recently completed the program planning for the the 2007-08 Scout calendar year. Patrol leaders include: Derby and Ansonia Patrols: Tyler Stankye, Robert Mahan and Tim Stankye, Shelton Patrols: Mac Thompson and Michael Neuendorf, and Adarsh Salian for the Seymour/Oxford Patrol. Under the direction of Senior Patrol Leader Adam Cleri and Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders Matthew Frovarp, Christopher Wentz and James Blaskewicz, the junior leaders have planned monthly camping events at Ed Strang Scout Reservation, ski weekend at Killington, Vermont and Mohawk Mountain, as well as backpacking trips on the Appalachian Trail in Connecticut and Massachussetts. Additional highlights for the year include a 4 day cycling/camping trip to Block Island, Rhode Island and a week long tall ship summer sailing adventure in the Florida Keys.
Along with Cub Scout Pack 3 and Venture Crew 33, the troop will host an event on the Derby Green to introduce the adventures of scouting to the public. The free event, to be held on Saturday, September 15 from 10AM to 2PM is titled "Ed Strang Day on the Derby, Green". The event is held by the scouts annually in honor of the late Scouting pioneer and recent Derby Hall of Fame inductee Edmund D. Strang, who was the driving force behind Scouting in the Valley for 70 years. Events at the September 15 event include a rope bridge walk, obstacle course, CPR demonstration, crafts, games, model campsite, fire safety and dutch oven cooking. Slide shows of the scouts at summer camp and their recent 16 day trip through the United Kingdom and Ireland will also be shown.
Troop 3, Pack 3 and Venture Crew 33 will offer free Scouting registration at Ed Strang Day for any boys interested in joining any of the three Scout units. A parent or guardian must be present to complete the Scouting application. For more information contact Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, 732-0343.