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 2015 for the Troop. We visited the Battlefields of Gettysburg were the Trooped hiked over 15 miles across the Battlefields learning about that historic Battle. We had a very busy summer with four eagle projects executed and completed, we call it the Summer of Eagle Projects. We went to Shenandoah National Park were we enjoyed the most beautiful weather I have ever experienced on a camp out. We went to the Blackstone Conference and Retreat Center were the Scouts Earned Pioneering, Chess & Auto Motive Merit Badges. We had an excellent visit to the Hampton VA Medical Center were the scouts spread Christmas Cheer to our honored veterans. These are just some of the successful events the Troop participated this year. With all of these successful events the Troop earned gold level in Scouting's Journey to Excellence. Our scouts have been working hard this year that led to that achievement, way to go scouts!!
We have a great second half to SY 15-16 planned. In April we plan on going to Appomattox Courthouse and The National D-Day Memorial which will be an awesome trip. Memorial day weekend we plan to go to Patriots Point were the scouts will get to spend the weekend on a World War II Aircraft Carrier, the U.S.S. Yorktown. Next week on January 30th we plan on going to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center were the scouts will be able to see the Space Shuttle Discovery and a SR-71 Blackbird.
I look forward to 2016 and the future for Troop 31. The next couple years are going to be an exciting time for Troop 31. We are beginning to plan for our centennial coming up in 2018. Keep up the good work scouts and remember to keep living buy the scout oath, law, slogan and motto everyday of your life!!
Yours in Scouting! Mr. William Woods Scoutmaster, Troop 31 757-848-9230 (h) 757-846-7558 (c) E-mail: email@example.com