New Troop 3 Scouts Aron Zamfino (left) and Anthony Barholowew and their mothers are welcomed into Troop 3 at a recent Court of Honor ceremony.
DERBY – Sixteen rank advancements and more than 160 merit badges earned by Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby scouts were presented recently during a Court of Honor held at the Derby Second Congregational Church, sponsoring organization of the troop since 1914.
New scouts Anthony Bartholomew, Scott Lee, Bill Smith, Mike Getlein and Aron Zamfino were welcomed into Troop 3 by Scoutmaster Randy Ritter. The new scouts joined since September during the Ed Strang Day on the Derby Green. Their membership registration and uniforms were provided through a grant from the Valley Community Foundation.
Under the direction of Troop 3 Advancement Chairman Rich Mezzapelle, the following rank advancements were presented by members of the Troop 3 Committee: Scout Rank: Anthony Bartholomew, Scott Lee and Aron Zamfino. Tenderfoot Rank: James Chopak, James Cobaugh, Jason Edwards and Benjamin Grasso. Second Class Rank: Marcel Aguirre and James Cobaugh. First Class Rank: Marcel Aguirre and Joseph Szewczyk. Star Rank: Matthew Edwards and Life Rank: Justin Patten. Eagle Scout Bronze Palm: Tyler Stankye, Eagle Scout Gold Palm: Chuck Stankye and Eagle Scout Silver Palm: Mac Thompson.
Merit Badges earned since July were presented as follows: Edgar Aguirre: First Aid, Marcel Aguirre: Leatherwork, Metalwork, Signaling, Tracking and Wilderness Survival, David Ahearn: Archery, Canoeing, Pathfinding, Personnel Fitness, Photography and Rowing. Joseph Borrelli: Archery, Camping, Cooking and First Aid. James Butler: Environmental Science, Gardening, Nature, Painting, Pioneering, Signaling, Space Exploration, Swimming and Tracking. Bryson Cafaro: Chemistry and Fingerprinting. Larry Cafaro: Carpentry, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid and Swimming. Ryan Cafaro: Bird Study, Carpentry, Metalwork, Signaling and Tracking. James Chopak: Carpentry, Chemistry, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking. Noah Cirisoli: Carpentry, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid and Forestry. James Cobaugh: Chemistry, Fingerprinting and Mammal Study. Andrew Devine: Camping and Shotgun Shooting.
Jason Edwards: Carpentry, Fingerprinting, Leatherwork, Metalwork and Signaling. Matthew Edwards: Carpentry, Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Indian Lore, Leatherwork, Rifle Shooting and Signaling. Benjamin Grasso: Chemistry and Fingerprinting. Jake Grasso: Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking. Jesse Guevara:
Camping and Shotgun Shooting. Caine Jimmo: Camping, Emergency Preparedness and Environmental Science. Ryan Kish: Bird Study, Chemistry, Indian Lore, Leatherwork and Sculpture. Billy Kowarik: Carpentry, Orienteering and Personnel Fitness. Dylan Krystopowicz: Archery, Painting, Personal Fitness and Rifle Shooting. Dominic Livoti: Electricity, Environmental Science, Genealogy, Golf and Personnel Fitness. Jeremey Lombard: Canoeing, Painting and Small Boat Sailing.
Neeraj Madivalla: Lifesaving, Pathfinding and Rowing. Alex Main: Environmental Science, Golf, Leatherwork, Metalwork and Painting. Patrick Matuska: Carpentry, Pathfinding, Sculpture and Tracking. Colby McLiverty: Camping, Environmental Science, Painting, Rifle Shooting, Signaling and Swimming. Matthew Moran: Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Forestry and Signaling. Joshua Moscato: Carpentry, Rifle Shooting and Sculpture. John Murray: Carpentry, Citizenship in the World, Fingerprinting, Law, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking.
Michael Neuendorf: Carpentry, Pathfinding, Signaling and Tracking. Alex Oppel: Communications. Justin Patten: Athletics, Electricity, Environmental Science and Pathfinding. Nicholas Redzep: Chemistry and Cinematography. Michael Shea: Carpentry, Golf, Lifesaving, Pathfinding and Wilderness Survival. Adam Sroka: Camping, Painting, Signaling and Swimming. Joseph Szewczyk: Carpentry, Emergency Preparedness, Pathfinding, Signaling, Tracking, Engineering and Fingerprinting. Mac Thompson: Lifesaving and Rowing. Steven Tracz: Athletics, Canoeing, Disabilities Awareness, Environmental Science, Lifesaving, Sculpture, Signaling and Small Boat Sailing and Brian Welch:Small Boat Sailing.
The Whirling Dervishes, Pink UPMA, Ghost Riders and Bananas in Pajamas Patrols were recognized for placing 2nd, 4th, 5th and 9th out of 32 patrols at the recent Housatonic Council Fall Camporee at Ed Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen.
In addition, slide presentations were made by Alex Oppel and Michael Tracz, who were exchange scouts to Limerick, Ireland, Mac Thompson and Tyler Stankye, who were exchange scouts to Peterborough England, and Neeraj Madivala and John Murray, who attended the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience at Philmont Training Center in Cimmaron, New Mexico.
The troop is currently selling ready to bake holiday pies to raise funds for summer camp and for a two-week camping trip to the national parks along the Pacific Coast.
Upcoming events for Troop 3 include participation in Housatonic Council’s annual Scouting For Food Drive, a November camping weekend at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation Tierney Leantos and a December cabin camping weekend at the Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation Bassett Building. Boys at least 11 years of age are invited to visit a Troop 3 meeting any Wednesday, 7PM at the Derby Second Congregational Church on Elizabeth St. For more information call 203-732-0343.
Group photo of Troop 3 scouts and leaders who attended summer camp at Housatonic Council's Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation: From left, First Row: Joe Borrelli, Adam Sroka, Joshua Moscato, Marcel Aguirre, Matthew Edwards, Ben Grasso, Jason Edwards, Ryan Kish. 2nd Row: Patrick Matuska, Max Bracchi, Julian Gilloren, Caine Jimmo, Michael Shea, Jimmy Butler, James Chopak, Nico Redzep, Billy Kowarik. 3rd Row: Edgar Aguirre, Nick Laskos, David Ahearn, Brian Welch, Steve Tracz, Jake Grasso, Neeraj Madivala, Colby McLiverty, Jesse Guevara. Back row: Assistant Scoutmasters Jim Calkins, Jerry Borrelli, Leo Moscato, Mac Thompson, Steve Shea, Ricky Donnelly, Steven Ng and Scoutmaster Randy Ritter.
Troop 3 kick off 97th year of Scouting
DERBY – Founded in 1914 and still sponsored by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church, Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 resumes weekly meetings on Wednesdays, 7PM beginning September 8. The troop's missioned is alligned with the National Boy Scouts of America: to build character, foster citizenship and develop physical fitness through hands on activities and camping weekends.
The Derby based troop has received the Silver Medal by the Valley Chamber of Commerce and was recognized in 2007 as Valley United Way Youth Group of the Year.
The troop is composed of more than fifty young men who are between the ages of 11 and 17 and live in Ansonia, Derby, Shelton, Seymour, Oxford, Woodbridge and Beacon Falls. There are several openings in the troop’s membership and all boys are encouraged to attend a troop meeting at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church on Elizabeth Street to see the Scouts in action. Uniforming and new membership registration during September and October is being funded from a grant by the Valley Community Foundation.
Led by Senior Patrol Leader Neeraj Madivala and the Patrol Leader’s Council, the troop has selected the following monthly themes for troop meetings and camping trips: Environmental, Fall Camporee Preparation, Iron Chef, Knots & Survival, Imagination, Klondike Derby Preparation, Merit Badge College, International Sports, Biking & Hiking, Military and Summer Camp Preparation.
Assisting Madivala as members of the Patrol Leader’s Council include: John Murray, Andrew Devine, Alex Oppel, Michael Neuendorf, Michael Tracz, Mac Thompson, Nick Laskos, David Ahearn, Alex Main, Dominic Livoti, Joe Borelli, Steve Tracz, Tyler Stankye and Colby McLiverty. Scoutmaster Randy Ritter leads the adults along with a large number of assistant scoutmasters and committee members.
The scouts have had a very active summer. In addition to two weeks of summer camp at Housatonic Council's Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation thirty of the scouts and leaders attended the 100th anniversary BSA National Jamboree in Virgina, two scouts took part in the National Advanced Youth Leadership Experience in New Mexico and five scouts enjoyed three weeks as exchange scouts to England and Ireland.
Next summer Troop 3 will host exchange scouts from Ireland and England and they will journey with the troop on a two-week camping trip to the national parks of the Pacific Coast, from Los Angeles to Seattle. Complete draft calendar of events can be found here: Download Trp 3 2010 11
On Oct 2nd Troop 3 Scouts, Pack 3 Cub Scouts and Crew 33 Venturers will once again hold “Ed Strang Community Day for Kids” on the Derby Green. Beginning at noon, the free event open to all youths will include a panorama of hands on outdoor activities and games including dutch oven cooking, pinewood derby building and racing, rope bridge walk, zip line, firemanship & fire safety. The highlight program will be Cold Blooded Critters, featuring live reptiles including an alligator. The event is sponsored by the Valley Community Foundation and held annually in memory of scouting pioneer and Derby Hall of Fame member Edmund D. Strang. For more information call 203 732 0343