Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Troop 3 in Derby to hit century mark

Members of Troop 3 gather for a group shot. Photo contributed by Randy Ritter

DERBY – Made up of boys 11 to 17 from throughout the Valley, Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby will begin its 100th year of Scouting at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Second Congregational Church on Elizabeth Street, across from the Derby Green.

The troop, among the oldest in Connecticut, was founded in 1914, and is still sponsored by the Second Congregational Church. 
Meetings are held at the church each Wednesday through June and all interested boys may visit with a parent or guardian. 
Boys younger than 11 who are interested in Scouting can visit Cubmaster Dan Cyrul and Cub Scout Pack 3 at 6 p.m. Mondays at the Derby Methodist Church.

The Junior Leaders who run the weekly troop meetings and monthly campouts as members of the Patrol Leaders Council include Senior Patrol Leader Ryan Cafaro, Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders Justin Patten, Anthony Bartholomew, Steve Tracz and Colby McLiverty, Patrol Leaders Jason Edwards, Mike Flora, James Chopak and Ryan Kish, Scribe Joe Szewczyk, Chaplain’s Aide Michael Shea, OA Representative Ben Grasso, Webmaster Jason Edwards, Quartermaster Dominic Livoti, Historian Naveen Madivala, Librarian Julian Gilloren, Troop Guide Jim Butler, and Junior Assistant Scoutmasters Matt Moran and Andrew Devine. 

The patrol leaders’ council is guided by Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and Assistant Scoutmasters Bill McDonnell, Chris Cafaro, John Spinetti, Mike McMahon and others.

Monthly meeting themes include: Iron Chef cooking, history, paranormal, wilderness survival, cinematography, criminal justice, outdoor skills, military and cycling.
Highlighting the 2013-14 Scouting year will be 100th anniversary celebratory activities, performing in the 90th Annual Scout Gang Show, attending Strang Scout Reservation summer camp and a three-week cross-country camping trek with scouts from Ireland and England.

The Troop also schedules camping trips at least one weekend a month throughout the year and conducts regular community service efforts like Scouting for Food and Good Friday service projects. In addition scouts working towards Scouting’s highest honor, Eagle Scout Rank will lead significant community service projects like the Derby Dog Park project lead by Troop 3 Scout Anthony Bartholomew. 
Almost 300 scouts have achieved Eagle Scout Rank in Troop 3’s history.

Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will be offering a free hands-on activities to introduce the program to all youths. 
The annual event, called Ed Strang Day on the Derby Green in honor of the late Scouting pioneer, will be held Sept. 28. 
For information call 203-732-0343.

This is a press release from Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter.

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