Photo caption: Rising Star Scouts. Troop 3 Scouts (from left) Joe Szewczyk and Aron Zamfino are congratulated by their mothers for advancing to Star Rank at a recent Court of Honor held at Derby 2nd Congregational Church.
A Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby Court of Honor was held recently at the troop’s sponsoring organization, Derby 2nd Congregational Church.
Slide presentations were made by the scouts on their travels as representatives of Troop 3. Eagle Scout Neeraj Madivala and Life Scout Michael Neuendorf spoke on their month-long adventure as exchange scouts to Peterborough, England. A similar presentation was made showing the activities enjoyed by Life Scouts Steven Tracz, John Murray and Brian Welch, who were exchange scouts to Limerick, Ireland.
Crew leaders Michael Tracz, Colby McLiverty and Micheal Shea then presented photos of Troop 3’s recent week-long sailing adventure in the Florida Keys as part of the BSA Florida Sea Base high adventure program. Twenty two scouts and leaders, including Limerick, Ireland exchange scouts James Glasson and Cian Neilan, served as the crew and enjoyed fishing, snorkeling and lobstering aboard 50 foot sail boats. Fifteen scouts from the troop along with Assistant Scoutmaster Jim Butler and Crew Advisor Tom Murray will participate as members of Housatonic Council BSA’s contingent attending the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virgnia. Scoutmaster Randy Ritter announced plans for Troop 3’s 2014 super trip, a 3-week cross country camping adventure, as part of troop’s 100th anniversary celebration activities.
Senior Patrol Leader Matthew Moran directed the opening of the Court of Honor program. Stuart Oja and Zachary Thomas were welcomed as Troop 3’s newest members. Joe Szewczyk and Aron Zamfino were honored for achieving Star Rank. It was also announced that Evan Altamirano has become Troop 3’s 282nd scout to achieve Eagle Scout Rank since the troop was founded in 1914.
Troop Advancement Chairperson Margie Kish coordinated the recognition of the Thirty-five Troop 3 scouts earning merit badges since July: Dean Agamy: Fire Safety, David Ahearn: Communications, Evan Altamirano: Personal Fitness, Anthony Bartholomew: Archery, Leatherwork, Metalwork, Sculpture, Space Exploration, Theater, Wood Carving, James Butler: Canoeing, Lifesaving, Matthew Cafaro: Fire Safety, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Geocaching, Metalwork, Wood Carving, Ryan Cafaro: Archery, Fish and Wildlife Management, Geocaching, Nature, James Chopak: Architecture, Camping, Collections, Cooking, Energy, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Geocaching, Indian Lore, Kayaking, Mammal Study, Sculpture, Shotgun Shooting, Soil and Water Conservation, Space Exploration, Theater, Wilderness Survival, Wood Carving, James Cobaugh: Camping, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Fish and Wildlife Management, Sculpture, and Weather.
Also, Andrew Devine: Architecture, Canoeing, Electricity, Kayaking, Nature, Jason Edwards, Athletics, Camping, Computers, Electricity, Environmental Science, Fish and Wildlife Management, Theater, Weather, Matthew Edwards: Nature, Shotgun Shooting, Michael Flora: Camping, First Aid, Geocaching, Kayaking, Swimming, Wood Carving, Julian Gilloren: Kayaking, Small Boat Sailing, Ben Grasso: Environmental Science, First Aid, Kayaking, Caine Jimmo: Leatherwork, Matthew Kish: Fish and Wildlife Management, Ryan Kish: Fish and Wildlife Management, Rifle Shooting, Wood Carving, Brandon Kling: Fire Safety, Fish and Wildlife Management, Forestry, Geocaching, Metalwork, Wood Carving: Dylan Krystopowicz: Computers, Painting, and Sculpture.
Also, Dominic Livoti: Camping, Canoeing, Computers, Fish and Wildlife Management, Kayaking, Nature, Pioneering, Sculpture, Shotgun Shooting, Theater, Weather, Wilderness Survival, Naveen Madivalla: Electricity, Leatherwork, Rifle Shooting, Wood Carving, Matthew Main: Electricity, Leatherwork, Rifle Shooting, Wood Carving, Charles Manger: Fire Safety, Colby McLiverty: Electricity, Wood Carving, Matthew Moran: Archery, Communications, Fish and Wildlife Management, Nature, Theater, Elliot Moscato: Fire Safety, Joshua Moscato: Environmental Science, Leatherwork, Small Boat Sailing, Justin Patten: Geocaching, Shotgun Shooting, Space Exploration, Michael Patten: Fire Safety, Louis Richetelli, Fire Safety, Michael Shea: Canoeing, Adam Sroka: Environmental Science, Geocaching, Joseph Szewczyk: Camping, Computers, Geocaching, Swimming, Aron Zamfino: Camping, Citizenship in the World and Lifesaving.
Additional award were presented as follows: Kayaking BSA: James Chopak, Andrew Devine, Michael Flora, Julian Gilloren and Ben Grasso, Snorkeling BSA: Anthony Bartholomew, James Butler, Andrew Devine, Julian Gilloren and Michael Shea. Mile Swim awards were presented to James Chopak and Dominic Livoti. BSA Lifeguard was presented to Michael Tracz.
Troop 3 is accepting new members. Boys at least 11 years of age can visit the troop in action 7PM on Wedensdays at Derby 2nd Congregational Church, 136 Elizabeth St, across from the Derby Green.
DERBY – Made up of young men ages 11 to 17, from throughout the Valley, Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby will begin its 99th year of Scouting on Sept. 5, 7PM at the Derby Second Congregational Church on Elizabeth Street, across from the Derby Green. Meetings are held at the church each Wednesday through June and all interested boys may visit with a parent or guardian.
The Junior Leaders who run the weekly troop meetings and monthly campouts as members of the Patrol Leaders Council include Senior Patrol Leader Matthew Moran, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders Ryan Cafaro, Colby McLiverty and Brian Welch, Patrol Leaders Anthony Bartholomew, Joe Szewczyk, Marcel Aguirre, James Butler and Matthew Edwards, Scribe Aron Zamfino, Chaplain Aide James Cobaugh, OA Representative Mike Flora, Webmaster Jason Edwards, Quartermaster Dominic Livoti, Historian Alex Main, Patrol Guide Steve Tracz, Instructors Billy Kowarik, John Murray, Michael Neuendorf and Junior Assistant Scoutmasters Neeraj Madivala, Mike Tracz and Andrew Devine.
Monthly meeting themes include: salesmanship, international, paranormal, history, military/ aviation, technology, astronomy, music, creativity, sports, and shooting sports. Highlighting the year will be attending Strang Scout Reservation summer camp, 2013 National Scout Jamboree and hosting exchange scouts from Derby, England.
The scouts will be offering a free hands-on “Panorama of Scouting” event to introduce the program to all children. The annual event, called Ed Strang Day on the Derby Green in honor of the late Scouting pioneer, will be held at the Derby Green on September 29. For more information call 203 732 0343.
(photo of 1932 show, Rod Kneen is in second to last back row on far left in sweater and tie.)
Derby - The more than 100 members of Cub Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 88th Annual Scout Gang Show on May 11 & 12, 7:30PM at the Derby United Methodist Church, located near the Derby Green at the corner of 5th & Elizabeth Streets. Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest running show of its kind has been performed by the Derby scouts since 1922. Although the Derby show is the only one performed in the United States, Scout Gang Shows are performed by Scout groups throughout the United Kingdom and former British colonies. Award winning stage and screen performer Brian Dennehy and local Center Stage director Gary Scarpa are among the scouting alumni who performed in the show as youths under the direction of the late Scouting pioneer Edmund D. Strang.
Highlights of this year’s “What a Wonderful World” themed show include “Baby” by Tiger Cub Nicholas Palumbo, “Over There” by Cub Mike Szewczyk and “Grandma’s Feathered Bed” by Chorus Director Scout Matthew Moran. The director and interlocutor for the show is Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and piano accompaniment is provided by Jeremey Lombard. Lighting and sound is under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster John Spinetti.
The “Endmen” or joke tellers for the show include Neeraj Madivala, Steven Tracz, Andrew Devine, Billy Kowarik, Brian Welch, Alex Oppel, Tyler Stankye and Charles Stankye IV. The Stankye brothers are 3rd generation endmen performing in the show. “Stooges” for the show are David Ahearn, Mike Neuendorf, Mike Tracz, John Murray and Patrick Matuska. The Stooges are under the direction of Mr. Rodman Kneen, Sr. who has been involved with the show for 80 years, having first performed as a Cub in the 1932 show. Special guests include Sarah Widomski, Sara Poppa, Troop 3 Committeeman and former Mayor of Derby, Marc Garofalo, Derby 2nd Congregational Church Reverend Larry Crasilli and his wife Doreen. Tickets are available for $7 from Pack 3, Troop 3 and Crew 33 scouts, or by calling 732-0343. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. Proceeds from the show assist scouts in attending Housatonic Cub Scout Day Camp at Warsaw Park and Boy Scout Summer Camp at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen.
The Troop 3 Exchange Scout Program is an unique opportunity for Scouts to experience the World Brotherhood of Scouting. Two Scouts each will be selected to represent BSA & Troop 3 as Scouting Ambassadors to Peterborough, England and Limerick, Ireland participating in camping events, touring the area and staying with host families. Application to be completed by the Scout applying. Scouts applying must be at least 14 years of age by July 1, 2012.
Warsaw Park, Puluski Highway, Ansonia. Feb 18, 8-11:30PM. Featuring "FLASHBACK" playing songs of the 50's, 60's and 70's. Tickets are $20.00. Must be 21 years old to attend. Bring your own Refreshments. Set-ups will be provided - Sodas, Tonic Water, Ice, Coffee, Olives, Lemons, Orange Juice, etc. Wonderful music and dancing. Groups of 6 to 10 can reserve a table. Tables fit 10 people. Call 203-736-9539 for tickets and reserving tables. Or contact a Troop 3, Derby Scout. All proceeds to benefit Troop 3 Scouts. Door Prize and Raffle offered.