DERBY - Thirty one scouts and leaders from Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby and two international exchange scouts each from Limerick, Ireland and Peterborough, England recently completed a two week camping adventure in the Pacific Northwest. Traveling more than 2,700 miles from Los Angeles to Seattle by 13 passenger vans the scouts camped and hiked at national parks including Yosemite, Redwoods, Mount St. Helen, Mount Rainier and Olympic National. They also visited the cities of Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle. Highlights of the trip in addition to the hikes included dune buggy rides in the Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, a San Francisco Giants baseball game and a sunset catamaran cruise in San Francisco Bay.
Pictured with Half Dome in the background at Glacier Point before a 10 Panorama Trail mile hike to Yosemite Valley are from left: Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, Larry Cafaro, Justin Patten, Deb Oppel, Matt Moran, Brian Spinetti, Christine Jalowiec, Ryan Cafaro, Adam Sroka, Dominic Livoti, Steven Ng, Richie Hayes, Steven Tracz, Andrew Devine, Joe Patten, Colby McLiverty, Billy Kowarik, Alex Oppel, Aidan Long, Bill McDonnell, Caine Jimmo, Jack Tibbett, Jim Butler, Michael Neuendorf, James Daly, Dylan Krystopowicz, Joshua Moscato, Brian Welch, Matt Edwards, Jake Grasso, James Blount and Chris Cafaro. Missing from the photo are Michael Shea, Cindy Tracz and John Spinetti.
Troop 3 Scouts along with scouts from Peterborough, England, Limerick, Ireland and Troop 2 Hartford Scouts are dressed in pirate gear as part of their fun week at Housatonic Council's Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation. The camp is celebrating it's 50th camping seaons. For a slide show of the scouts in action visit http://www.facebook.com/v/10150237895472624
Photo caption: Almost Eagle Scouts: Troop 3 Derby Scouts David Ahearn, Jimmy Butler, Colby McLiverty, Dominic Livoti, Matthew Edwards, Joshua Moscato and Alex Main were awarded Life Scout Rank at a recent Troop 3 Court of Honor. The next rank to earn for these scouts is Eagle Scout.
DERBY – Scouts from Derby 2nd Congregational Church sponsored Troop 3 were recently recognized for earning merit badges and rank advancement.
Earning the following merit badges were: American Heritage: James Butler, Ryan Cafaro, Andrew Devine, Jason Edwards, Dylan Krystopowicz, Dominic Livoti, and Joseph Szewczyk, Citizenship in the Community: Bryson Cafaro, Matthew Edwards, Steven Tracz, and Larry Cafaro, Citizenship in the Nation: Matthew Edwards, Anthony Bartholomew and Ryan Kish, Citizenship in the World: Matthew Edwards, Anthony Bartholomew and James Bulter, Carpentry: Steven Tracz, and Engineering: David Ahearn.
Also, Family Life: Anthony Bartholomew, First Aid: Anthony Bartholomew. Genealogy: Ryan Cafaro, Graphic Arts: Matthew Edwards and Steven Tracz, Medicine: Aron Zamfino and Justin Patten, Nuclear Science: Dominic Livoti, Personal Fitness: Alex Main, Personal Management: Aron Zamfino, Colby McLiverty, Adam Sroka and Anthony Bartholomew, Public Health: Steven Tracz, Adam Sroka, Matthew Edwards and Chuck Stankye IV, Reading: Benjamin Grasso, Scouting Heritage: Mike Tracz, Matthew Edwards, Chuck and Stankye IV, Space Exploration: Steven Tracz.
Rank Advancement was presented to the following: Scout – Michael Flora Jr., Matthew Kish, Naveen Madivala, Matthew Main, Matthew Wells,
Tenderfoot - Michael Flora Jr., Naveen Madivala, Matthew Main, Aron Zamfino, Second Class – Bryson Cafaro and Benjamin Grasso,
First Class – Anthony Bartholomew, Star – Larry Cafaro, Adam Sroka and Michael Shea, Life – David Ahearn, James Butler, Alex Main, Colby McLiverty, Dominic Livoti, Josh Moscato, and Matthew Edwards. Eagle – Patrick Matuska, Eagle Bronze Palm – Neeraj Madivala and Alex Oppel, Eagle Silver Palm – Tyler Stankye.
The Whirling Dervishes Patrol was recognized as the top patrol of the year and the Top 10 scouts earning the most points for the Scout year were: 1st Jimmy Butler, 2nd Ryan Cafaro, 3rd Colby McLiverty, 4th Josh Moscato, 5th Dominic Livoti, 6th Steven Tracz, 7th James Chopak, 8th Alex Main, 9th Matt Edwards and 10th Matt Moran. The top patrol and top 10 scouts were awarded for their efforts with a trip to 6 Flags New England Amusement Park.
Mrs. Katherine Hemstreet received the James E. West Endowment Award from her husband Charles Hemstreet Sr. on behalf of the National Boy Scouts of America for her longtime support of Scouting.
Troop 3 Scouts will be attending two weeks of summer camp at Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation, located in Goshen. They will also be hosting English exchange scouts James Blount and Jack Tibbett from Peterborough and Irish exchange scouts James Daly and Aiden Long, from Limerick. The exchange scouts will also be joining thirty Troop 3 scouts and leaders on a two-week camping trip in August to the national parks of the Pacific Northwest.
Eagle Scout Tyler Stankye performing “Out Behind the Barn” in the 2010 Scout Gang Show.
Derby, CT - The more than 100 members of Cub Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 87th Annual Scout Gang Show on May 6 & 7 at the Derby United Methodist Church. Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest running show of its kind has been performed by the scouts since 1922. Scout Gang Shows are performed throughout the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, however the Derby Scout Gang Show, a Lower Naugatuck Valley tradition, is the only one performed in the United States. Derby’s Scout Gang Show will be featured along with the Glasgow, Scotland Scout Gang Show in an upcoming book on the history of show choirs from vaudeville to Glee.
“Hootenanny” is the theme for the 2011 production. A Hootenanny can be described as an informal performance by singers, typically with participation by the audience. The audience will have the opportunity to join in with the scouts and chorus to sing olde time songs such as “Carolina in the Morning”, “Shine on Harvest Moon” and “I’ve Got a Lovely Bunch of Coconuts”. Novelty numbers include “Shaddup You Face”, “Yes, We have no Bananas” and “Out Behind the Barn”.
The stooges, who perform run-on skits in between the songs, are under the direction of Venture Crew 33 Committee Chairman Mr. Rodman Kneen, who has been involved with the show since performing as a Cub Scout in 1932. Venture Crew 33 Scouts serving as stooges are Michael Neuendorf, Steven Tracz, John Murray, Neeraj Madivala, Andrew Devine and Mike Tracz.
Endmen, or joke tellers for the show include Donald King, who has performed 30 years as an Endman. Joining King include Matthew Decho, Al Palumbo, Barry Howard and current Troop 3 Eagle Scouts Charles Stankye IV, Alex Oppel, Tyler Stankye and Matthew Frovarp. The Stankye brothers are third generation Eagle Scouts to perform as endmen in the show, joining their father Chuck Stankye III and grandfather Charles Stankye Jr. David Scrimenti is serving as the pianist, Scout Matthew Moran as Chorus Director and Sarah Widomski as Musical Director. Troop 3 Assistant Scoutmaster John Spinetti is in charge of lights and sound.
Many local community leaders have performed in the show in their youth including former mayors Marc Garofalo, Bill Menna and Gene Micci, Shelton Aldermanic President John Anglace and Center Stage co-owner Gary Scarpa. Stage and screen star Brian Dennehy and 1960s Green Bay Packer captain Bob Skoronski also performed in the show as scouts under pioneer scout leader and Derby Hall of Fame member Edmund D. Strang, who directed the show for a remarkable 70 years. Troop 3 Scoutmaster Randy Ritter is in his 17th year of directing the show. Ritter said “The show continues to be staged each year because it helps build self confidence for the scouts, it introduces our musical heritage to a new generation and it provides financial support for our three scout groups”.
Tickets to the May 6 & 7, 7:30PM show 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 benefit the scouts attending summer camp at Housatonic Council’s Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation, Cub Scout Day Camp and the upcoming Troop 3 camping trip to the Pacific Northwest.
Cub Scout Pack 3 Derby meets 7PM on Mondays at its sponsoring organization, The Derby United Methodist Church. Venture Crew 33 meets on Thursdays and is sponsored by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club. Troop 3 Derby is sponsored by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church and meets there on Wednesdays, at 7PM. All three scout groups are part of the Housatonic Council BSA and welcome new members from throughout the Lower Naugatuck Valley.