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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
Master of Ceremonies Eagle Scout Christopher Wentz prepares to retrieve the Eagle Scout pins as Ryan Roussel and his parents Mary Ruth Shields and Steven Roussel look on.
DERBY - More than 275 scouts have attained Scouting's highest honor since Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3 Derby was organized in 1914 at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church, however recently for the first time scouts were presented their Eagle Scout badges by a robot.
The Shelton High School Robotics Team 230 Galehawks robot manuvered down the aisle of the 2nd Congregational Church, raised its arm up and presented the pins for Michael Tracz Jr. and Ryan Roussel for their mother's to pin upon their chest. Roussel was co-captain of the robotics team and Troop 3 Scout Brian Welch, also a member of the team, handled the robots manueving.
More than 100 people were on hand for the ceremony, including Derby Youth Bureau director John Saccu and Shelton Mayor Mark Lauretti, who presented eagle statuettes on behalf of their respective municipalities. Letters of congratulations were also received from President Obama, Senators Dodd and Lieberman and Connecticut Attorney General Richard Blumenthal. A slideshow highlighting the two eagle's scouting career was presented by Scoutmaster Randy Ritter and a poem, 'Eagle will Fly' written by Ryan Roussel's mother Mary Ruth Shields, was read by Committee Member Rhonda Thompson. The court of honor program was under the direction of Assistant Scoutmaster James Frovarp.
Michael P. Tracz Jr. is the 15 year old son of Mike and Cindy Tracz and the brother of Hollie and Steven Tracz. Mike was a member of Cub Scout Pack 3 Derby before joining Troop 3 Derby, where he served as Patrol Scribe, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Troop Librarian and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He is a Brotherhood member of Order of the Arrow, Paugassett Lodge #553 and a member of Derby-Shelton Rotary Club sponsored Venture Crew 33. Mike has earned 35 merit badges, a Bronze Palm and the "Ad Altare Dei" Catholic Religious Award.
Mike has participated in many of Troop 3's adventures including White water rafting in Maine, Howe Caverns, Bicycling on Block Island and in Cape Cod, as well as trips to New York City and Mt. Killington. He also traveled with Troop 3 to Wales, Ireland, Scotland and England where he attended the 2007 World Scout Jamboree. In 2009 he went on the Canyon Adventure Trip where he visited the National Parks of Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. He is presently serving as Senior Patrol Leader for Housatonic Council 2010 Jamboree Troop 126 and is currently representing Troop 3 as an Exchange Scout for three weeks in Limerick, Ireland.
Mike will be a Sophomore at Platt Regional Vocational Technical School in Milford where he is a member of the football team and has achieved high honors and has been chosen as "Student of the Month" twice. He has chosen Auto Mechanics as his trade and plans to attend college and major in Engineering and Business. Mike attends St. Michael Church in Derby and has been an altar server. Mike also spends a great deal of time working with his father as a diesel technician and volunteering at Paugassett Hook & Ladder Co.
For Michael's Eagle Project, he inventoried over 5,500 pieces of equipment for Paugassett Hook and Ladder Company No. 4 and East End Hose Company No. 3 of the Derby Fire Department. This included using Microsoft Excel to log the products description, serial number, length, size, and manufacturer for every product on each of the apparatus and in the company building itself. This took Michael, the scouts, and volunteers 434 hours to complete. Mike is the 274th Eagle Scout from Troop 3 Derby.
Ryan J. Roussel is the 17 year old son of Mary Ruth Shields and Steven Roussel. He is also the older brother of Mathew Roussel.
Ryan joined Pack 468 in Trumbull as a Cub Scout, where he earned his Arrow of Light. Upon moving to Shelton, he joined Troop 25 where he earned Scout and Tenderfoot rank and then transferred to Troop 3, where he served as Patrol Leader, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Guide and editor of Troop 3’s newspaper the Council Fire. Ryan has earned 29 Merit badges, and a bronze palm.
He is also a member of Venture Crew 555, Paugassett Lodge 553, Order of the Arrow and Past President of Venture Crew 33, with whom he enjoyed whitewater rafting at the Maine High Adventure Base. Ryan attended many weeks of summer camp at Strang Scout Reservation and is now a member of the staff working as an Ecology Conservation Instructor.
Ryan is a recent graduate of Shelton High School, where he was in the top 10% in his class and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society. He has received awards from the Shelton High School Science Fair and he was a finalist at the Connecticut State Science Fair. In addition Ryan received the Fairfield Excellence in Science and Technology award and a Weller Foundation Award. He was also awarded the Robert Dickgeisser Scholarship Award by the Derby-Shelton Rotary Club for his Scouting work and community service.
Ryan was a Co-captain of Shelton High’s FIRST Robotics Team 230 the Gaelhawks. He helped lead the team to a championship win at the WPI Robotics Regional and the team’s most successful season since it’s inception.
Ryan’s Eagle Scout Project was the refurbishment of an outside recreation area for the Lower Naugatuck Valley Boys and Girls Club in Shelton. He led a group of scouts and adults in clearing and landscaping the area followed by constructing and installing two park benches.
Portrait of Pack 3 Derby Cub Scouts who performed in the 1932 show on the same Derby Methodist Church stage that the 2010 show is being performed on. Rodman Kneen, far left, 2nd row from the back, has been involved with the show for a remarkable 78 years. Cub Scouting became an official program in 1930 and Pack 3 Derby is the oldest Cub Scout group in the USA.
DERBY - The more than 100 members of Cub Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will present their 86th Annual Scout Gang Show on May 7 & 8 at the Derby United Methodist Church. Part old time minstrel, vaudeville, and variety show, the longest running show of it's 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.
The show includes old time songs, skits and jokes. 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 1932. Venture Crew 33 Scouts serving as stooges are Mac Thompson, Adarsh Salian, Nick Laskos, Michael Neuendorf and Mike Tracz.
Many of the songs being performed this year fall into the theme of "Happy Days are Here Again", songs such as "I Want to be Happy", "Happiness" and "Put on a Happy Face" will be performed by the scout soloists and chorus. There will also be a tribute to the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America with songs such as "Be A Good Scout", "The Happy Wanderer" and "God Bless America", written by Irving Berlin, who dedicated the royalties to the Boy and Girl Scouts.
Endmen, or joke tellers for the show include longtime participants Donald King, Matthew Decho, Al Palumbo, and Barry Howard. Joining them as endmen are current Troop 3 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. Marc Weissman is serving as the pianist and 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 16th year of directing the show. Ritter said "The show continues to be performed each year because it helps build self confidence for our scouts, it introduces old time songs to a new generation and provides financial support for our three scout groups".
Tickets to the May 7 & 8, 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 scout's trip to the 2010 National Scout Jamboree.
Photo from 1999 Scout Gang Show
2010 Pack 3 Troop 3 and Crew 33's 86th Annual Scout Gang Show
Theme: "Happy Days are Here Again"
Lyrics sheets here: Download 2010 Scout Gang Show Lyrics
Completed application due by Feb 17, no later than 7PM.
Trp 3 Superbowl Sub Sale Order form - 1 foot subs and 5 foot party subs made to order and home delivered on Feb 7 within the Lower Naugatuck Valley. Download Subsaleorderform 2010 All orders are due by Feb 3, 2010.