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).
Happy New Year Troop 31, we had a great end to 2012 and I am looking forward to 2013. We completed the first of our 10 mile hikes for the scouts hiking merit badge on Old Rag Mountain. At the last PLC the scout leadership finalized the schedule so they can complete the hiking merit badge by the June COH. Please see the updated calendar on web site. Remember if a scout misses one of the 10 milers they can go to the Noland Trail at the Mariners Museum for a make-up hike. It will take two laps around that trail to make the 10 miles. The scouts will be planning their future hikes during the meetings over the next few months.
We also had a very successful Webeloree at Fort Monroe that the troop hosted in November. All the scouts had a great time and Sunday morning we got to see the U.S.S. Enterprise return from her final deployment, it was an awesome sight.
At our Court of Honor we had a wonderful guest speaker, Lieutenant General Keith C. Walker who was a former Eagle Scout of Troop 31. He had some great stories about his experiences in scouting, our thanks to General Walker for being our guest speaker.
We finished the year with our annual visit to the veterans hospital where we gave stockings to our honored veterans, thank you for your service to our country.
Summer Camp for the troop this year will be the week of July 21st at Ockanickon Scout Reservation in Pennsylvania. The first deposit will be due at the end of January to lock your spot in for camp. Look for information from Mr. Corley in the next week for detailed information. I have put a link to their web site on our resource page.
Scouts please use the links for the merit badge worksheets I have put on our resource page. There are quite a few merit badges that you can work on yourself at home especially your citizenship badges which are eagle required.
Colonial Virginia Council Newsletter is located on the Council Website at: http://www.cvcboyscouts.org Scout shop hours: Mon, Wed, Fri 9:00am-5:00pm; Tues & Thurs 9-7:30pm; Sat 9-3pm.
Pictures from Webeloree and our Court of honor are on our picture page.
Yours in Scouting! Mr. Woods Scoutmaster, Troop 31 757-848-9230 (h) 757-846-7558 (c) E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org