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, 22 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).
Hello Troop 31. The Troop Just returned from another great summer camp at Camp T Brady Saunders at The Heart of Virginia Scout Reservation. The Scouts had a great time and completed a total of 72 out of 77 Merit Badges. The five partials will be very easy for the scouts to complete.
Under the leadership of our SPL Ari Rubin the boys competed in the camp volleyball tournament which they played in the championship game. It was a close match going all the way to the wire. The Moat Monsters lost 21-20 but all the adult leaders were very proud of the troop in their sportsmanship and scout sprit.
The Troop also competed in the camp Water Olympics. Rhet Robinson and Marcel Quezada came in a strong 3rd in the canoe race. Our swim relay team, James Pincus, Chris McCall, Keegan Baker and Matthew Dines placed another 3rd and in the Iceberg race James Pincus finished 1st just 5 seconds off the camp record. Matthew Dines, Rhet Robinson and Marcel Quezada helped break the camp record of 23 scouts in a canoe in the Canoe Swamp contest. And finally was the Scoutmaster belly flop contest. I did my best to live up to the scouts high levels of performance but the bellies of the other scoutmasters were too big to compete against but I believe I did pretty well for my small size.
At the week ending campfire the Troop proudly led the parade of scouts to the closing campfire and had some great skits at the campfire. Our communication merit badge scouts Keegan Baker and Brian Keatts assisted in announcing the campfire while Matthew Dines was awarded the bubble gum king for his love of bubble gum at the trading post. The troop also received the clean camp site ribbon for our troop flag.
All this fun by the scouts would not be possible without solid adult leadership so I would like to thank the following adult leaders for joining me at camp this week; Mike McCall Bill Fallon Dave Dines And Thank You Mike Corley for organizing and coordinating the camp and coming up Saturday morning to assist getting scouts home
Congratulations to all our summer campers, their merit badges and accomplishments are listed below. Eagle required merit badges are in red. The partials listed below can be finished with not much extra effort so scouts please get with Mr. Blyth on completing those badges
Keegan Baker Search & Rescue Citizenship in the Community Communications Camping Coin collecting
Matthew Dines Swimming E-science Camping Wood carving
Ethan Fallon Swimming Reptile & Amphibian Wilderness Survival (partial) First aid Archery Coin collecting
Anthony Keatts Citizenship in the Community Reptile & Amphibian Indian lore Citizenship in the World Graphic arts Coin collecting
Brian Keatts Citizenship in the Community Chess Journalism Communications Inventing
Anthony Krus Sustainability (partial) Pottery Wilderness Survival Wood Carving Camping Coin collecting
Parker Martinez Forestry Camping Indian lore Small Boat Sailing
Chris McCall Citizenship in the Community Rifle Indian Lore Lifesaving Coin collecting Sean McCall Archery Chess Personal Management (partial) Plant Science (partial) Inventing Coin Collecting
Austin McGuire Trail Blazer Program Swimming Indian Lore
James Pincus Archery E-Prep Wilderness Survival Pioneering Cooking Coin Collecting