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 22 Bernard Road, Fort Monroe, VA 23651 (see attacthed map below).
It was a great 2013 for the Troop, from skiing in West Virginia and scouts earning their Snow Sports Merit Badge to doing 10 and 20 mile hikes for the hiking merit badge to white water rafting in Scottsville and rock climbing up at summer camp, it was defiantly a busy year in 2013.
As mentioned we had several scouts earn their hiking merit badge and a big thanks to all the scouters that went on the hikes with us, especially the big 20 miler. And speaking of merit badges it was a great summer camp, we had 13 scouts earn a total of 76 merit badges at Ockanickon Scout Reservation, way to go scouts. The Troop has also grown this year, thanks to the old troop sign that was cleaned up by Mrs. Woods we have brought in some new scouts and scouters.
With all the merit badges, scouts ranking up and new scouts joining the Troop we earned Gold level status for the Journey To Excellence, way to go Troop 31.
We have another great year planned, unfortunately 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. Mitchell 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. We have 35 registered scouters in the Troop so just signing up to take the lead on one event is a big help. Contact Mr. Mitchell and myself if you are able to take the lead on an event. I will update the web site as scouters sign up.
I look forward to another great Scouting year for the Troop and again congratulations to everyone on the Troop earning Gold Level for 2013 Journey To Excellence.
Yours in Scouting! Mr. William Woods Scoutmaster, Troop 31 757-848-9230 (h) 757-846-7558 (c) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org