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.
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.