Boy Scout Troop 3’s year-long centennial celebration will culminate with a gala Oct. 26 at the Inn at Villa Bianca in Seymour.
John Anglace, president of the Shelton Board of Aldermen, and a Troop 3 alum, will serve as chairman of the gala, and Eric H. Schultz, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care CEO, will be the keynote speaker.
The troop is among the oldest Scout Troops in Connecticut. Founded by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church just 4 years after Scouting arrived in America, the troop continues to meet and be sponsored by the historic Elizabeth Street church.
Troop 3 is unique in that although headquartered in Derby, its membership is composed of scouts and leaders from throughout the lower Naugatuck Valley area.
Troop 3 Scouts, leaders and alumni will gather to reflect on 100 years of scouting success.
Many local scouts have gone on to become successful in all walks of life. Consequently, many notables from the sports world, theater, medicine, military and other areas will be present to recognize scouting values, pay tribute to past leaders, and to help inspire today’s youth to reach their goals in life.
Bob Skoronski, the legendary Superbowl I and II Green Bay Packer’s captain, is an alumnus of Troop 3.
Keynote speaker Eric Schultz also was active in Derby based Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Explorer Post 33 Derby, where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
Schultz and his wife Kim have two grown sons – both Eagle Scouts. Schultz has been an active volunteer scouter as an adult, having served as President for Mohegan Council BSA in Massachusetts for three years and most recently he held the position as Area One President for the Northeast Region Boy Scouts of America.
Schultz has also served on the training staff at the BSA’s Philmont Training Center in New Mexico.
Schultz is a proud recipient of the National BSA’s Silver Beaver Award and he, along with his mentor, the late Edmund D. Strang, are the only Troop 3 Eagle Scouts to receive the National BSA’s Distinguished Eagle Scout Award.
Schultz holds an MBA in Health Care Leadership from Yale University’s School of Management, as well as a bachelor of science degree in biology and a bachelor of arts degree in economics from the University of Connecticut.
In 2009, he received an honorary doctoral degree from the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.
With more than 25 years in the health care industry, he is currently the president and CEO of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a health plan spanning across Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Connecticut.
He and his wife live in Boston, Mass.
Troop 3 was founded by the late Rev. Alfred Budd, who served as scoutmaster until 1935, when the late Edmund Strang, who was serving as cubmaster of Pack 3, also became scoutmaster of Troop 3.
Strang, who was involved in Scouting from 1922 until his death in 1995, served as scoutmaster for 25 years. The late George Tierney Sr. followed Strang, serving 15 years and was followed by the late Larry Potter Jr, Andrew Kopasz, Bruce Sill and the late Robert Penney.
Randy Ritter served as scoutmaster from 1987 until 2002, when Jim Frovarp assumed leadership of the Troop. Frovarp was succeeded by Jason Thompson in 2004, serving until 2006 when Ritter returned as scoutmaster and continues to serve in that position.
There are more than 40 members of the Troop 3 committee with many years of service, including Rodman Kneen of Shelton, who has 82 continuous years in Scouting.
Reservations for the Oct. 26 dinner can be made by calling Raymond Oppel at 203-929-6616 (daytime) or 203-929-7210 (evenings), or by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org.