INTRODUCTION TO TROOP 34
The Schenectady Region’s Local Connection
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
· A Schenectady Troop started in the 1920's
· Revitalized and active since 1985
· Sponsor: Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha's Church
(St. Helen's Church)
· Council: Twin Rivers
· District: Schenectady
· Location: Niskayuna
· Meeting Location: Trinity Baptist Church
· Meeting Time: 7:00 pm to 8:15 pm, every Tuesday that
Niskayuna Schools are open.
The Twin Rivers Council has consistently recognized troop 34 as a “quality” unit. That quality designation is due in large part to the team that administers and coaches the group. Scoutmaster Dave Fobare along with Assistant Scoutmasters Joe Gotwals, Steve Hayashi, Fred Warden, Dan Bacchi, and Gary Horton represent consistent scoutmaster leadership going back to 1990.
The boy scouts have some specific criteria in order to join. A boy has to meet one of the following:
· Be at least 11 and not older than 17.
· Have received the Cub Scout Arrow of Light (or crossed over with a Webelos den).
· Have completed 5th grade.
Also, any boy that is interested in joining the fun should know what their obligations are:
· Pledge to do their best to follow the Boy Scout Oath and Law.
· Support the Troop and Patrol Program through active participation and enthusiasm.
It is crucial that the parents support their son's involvement in Scouting by:
· Encouraging his active participation.
· Assisting him in meeting his commitments to the Troop.
· Communicating with Troop Leaders.
· Supporting the Troop Program by contributing knowledge, skills, time and resources as best fits your situation - remember your son is the one who benefits.
WHAT ARE OUR STRENGTHS?
· Outdoor adventures.
· Advancement in Scouting.
· Character and leadership development.
· The importance of planning for a successful experience.
· Of course, fun and safety are integrated into the complete Scouting experience.
The Dues are $40.00 per year and include a Scout handbook, Troop neckerchief and hat.
The uniform costs approximately $80.00. The expectation is that a Scout will have and wear a complete uniform.
The Troop also uses a red T-shirt for a Class B type uniform - available for $7.00 from the Troop.
· 1st year - sleeping bag, ground pad, pack/duffel canteen, knife and winter (waterproof) boots
· 2nd year - backpack and compass
· 3rd year - backpacking stove
We have only one fundraising project each year that subsidizes Troop activities.
All Scouts are encouraged to attend summer camp. It’s a weeklong fun filled experience where Scouts learn skills, independence, leadership, and make great gains in advancement. The cost is approximately $325 and we usually go during the last week in July.
call Dave Fobare at 518-783-2280