Because of the COVID-19 pandemic’s affect on group gatherings, Troop 5 met virtually much of the past two years, and in a couple of different locations after in-person gatherings were again viable and still socially responsible.
Troop 5 is now back to its pre-pandemic home, and meets on Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm – 9:00pm during the school year, at:
Seth Boyden Elementary School
274 Boyden Avenue
Maplewood, NJ 07040
Pull into the driveway on the left (as you face the school), and park in the rear, entering through the gym or cafeteria.
Scouting in Troop 5 is fun!
It is also a commitment.
We expect that most boys have busy lives – interests in extra-curricular activities, religious and spiritual obligations, sports, doing schoolwork, responsibilities at home and to their families.
Troop 5 is active every week during the school year and throughout the summer. We expect Scouting to be among the things considered important in a boy’s life.
Troop 5 Scouts have a fun time in active, outdoor experiences and at troop and patrol meetings.
When you join Troop 5, you will be a member of the Troop (which is about 55 scouts right now), and you’ll be a member of a Patrol, within the Troop (each Patrol has about 7 scouts).
Once a month the troop goes away for a weekend camp out. You’ll learn how to camp–set up a tent, cook your meals, use personal and troop gear! The weekends are planned by the Scouts – some of the things done in the past year include hiking, backpacking, cycling, canoeing, fishing, swimming, skiing, individual and team sports.
For 2 weeks every summer the troop goes to a Scouts BSA camp in the Adirondack mountains. At camp you’ll not only have a lot of fun activities to choose from, you’ll learn more Scouting skills.
Scouting also happens every week! At troop meetings (Thursday nights from 7:00 to 9:00 pm when school is in session), there is program built around the monthly theme. Recently Scouts have learned about doing their own bike repairs, photography, first aid, astronomy, and crime solving.
Several times a month you’ll have a meeting with your patrol (each patrol sets a regular meeting time, usually lasting an hour at the patrol leader’s house). At your Patrol meeting you’ll plan your meals for the next camp out, decide who is responsible for what, work on advancement and merit badges, and have some fun time together maybe playing video games or shooting hoops.
Contact us to find out more about being a Troop 5 Scout!
Troop 5 offers you the chance to stay connected with your scouts. Parents and other adults make this program possible for the scouts by driving on outings, helping with events and camp outs, working on communications, finances, fundraising, serving as Assistant Scoutmasters and as Troop Committee members.
Part of our mission is to provide adult role models and opportunities for scouts to engage with and develop positive relationships with adults. We need your help!
Whether you grew up with Scouting or your young scout is the first Scout in your family – there is a place for you to be part of the Troop 5 family!
Contact us to find out more about being an involved adult with Troop 5!