The Boy Scouts of America Troop 31 is located on Fort Monroe in the beautiful Hampton Roads area of Virginia. The Troop was established in 1918 and is one of the oldest Boy Scout Troops with continuous service in the commonwealth of Virginia. This June the Troop will celebrate its 95th birthday.
BSA Troop 31, nicknamed the "Moat Monsters", traces its origins to Virginia's BSA Troop 1. As one of the oldest continuously chartered troops in the Colonial Virginia Council, Troop 31 has served Fort Monroe and the Hampton Roads community for over nine decades.
Legends abound regarding when Troop 31 actually appeared on the scene, but unfortunately BSA historical files offer little clarity. Originally chartered in June 1918 as Troop 1, in 1925 or 1926 the troop either generated three additional troops (11, 21, & 31), split into three new troops, or was redesignated as Troop 31.
As of March 2008, out of 1,116 Boy Scout Troops in Virginia, only four—including Troop 31—have been continuously chartered for 90 years or more. Nationwide, only 282 of nearly 8,000 troops have achieved the same distinction.
As Fort Monroe transitioned to Fort Eustis under the 2005 Defense Base Closure and Realignment (BRAC) decision on 15 September 2011, the troop remained in place as an active and vibrant member of the local Fort Monroe/Phoebus community.
Today, the Troop 31 continues its active service on Fort Monroe at the Chapel of the Centurion Chapel Annex, 54 Bernard Road, Fort Mornoe, VA 23651. The Chapel of the Centurion is located inside the walls of Fortress Monroe and graciously serves as Troop 31's new Chartering Organization.
Meetings are every Thursday evening from 7:00pm-8:30pm. Meetings are held in the Chapel of the Centurion Chapel Annex inside the Fortress Monroe. Address is 54 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651 (see attacthed map below).
It was a great 2014 for the Troop, from skiing in West Virginia and scouts earning their Snow Sports Merit Badge to white water rafting in Scottsville and a great Summer Camp at T-Brady Saunders, it was defiantly a busy year in 2014.
It has a very busy first half of the SY14-15. Since August we have had 4 scouts earn the rank of Eagle. I would like to congratulate Kyle Drummond, Aaron Rubin, Patrick Corley and Michael York for all achieving the rank of Eagle. 2015 will be another year for new Troop 31 Eagle Scouts. Mitchell Woods and Parker Martinez have already completed all their requirements and will have their boards starting in January. We also have serval life scouts that will be doing their Eagle project in 2015.
We have a lot of fun activities planned for 2015. Of course we have the poplar Ski Trip, Rafting in Scottsville and something new planned for Memorial Day Weekend. We plan on going to Gettysburg for the Gettysburg Heritage Trails Program which will be a great trip. To get everyone ready for that trip we will do a Gettysburg Movie night lock in in February. Please check the calendar for the events coming up, it is going to be a fun year.
Also the Troop plans on going to Summer Camp at Ockanickon Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania. The Troop went to this camp back in 2013 and had a great time. Please see the Ockanickon web site link on the resources page. Also check out the pictures from 2013 on our photo page, the scouts had a great time.
As last year I will be gone the first four months of the year so I am asking all the scouters to assist with the events during my absence. Mr. Salka will be filling in as Scoutmaster during my absence with assistance from Mr. McCall. On the calendar page of the web site I have put a link with the event sign-up sheet. Please take a look and see which events you are able to take the lead on. Mr. Clark will be helping with adult sign ups. We have 24 registered scouters in the Troop so just signing up to take the lead on one event is a big help. Contact Mr. Salka, Mr. Clark and myself if you are able to take the lead on an event. Mr. Clark and myself will update the sign-up sheet on the web-site
I look forward to another great Scouting year for the Troop.
Yours in Scouting! Mr. William Woods Scoutmaster, Troop 31 757-848-9230 (h) 757-846-7558 (c) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org