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Boy Scouts


Troop/Pack 205


Beginning March 19, 2018 St Philip's will be the Chartering Organization for the Greater NY Council's Troop/Pack 205 of the Boy Scouts of America.

Meetings will be held every Monday during the school year (excepting school holidays and recesses) from 7:00 to 8:30 in the Parish Hall. If you are interested in enrolling in scouts, please come to meeting, or find more information on Troop/Pack 205's websites:

Boy Scout Troop 205

Cub Scout Pack 205

 

Or visit them on their page:  fb Facebook page by clicking here.


St. Philip's is proud to host the Boy Scouts at its church. The mission of scouting is to provide an effective program designed to build the desirable qualities of character, to teach the responsibilities of participatory citizenship, and to develop personal fitness in boys and young men. 


Scouting seeks to develop citizens who:

 o Are physically, mentally and emotionally fit, 

 o Have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness,

 o Have personal values firmly based on religious concepts,

 o Understand the responsibility of the natural environment and employ respect towards its care and use,

 o Understand the principles of the American social, economic and governmental systems,

 o Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand America’s role in the world,

 o Have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people,

 o Are prepared to fulfill the varied responsibilities of participating in and giving leadership to American society in the forums of the world.


- Interesting Facts about Scouts and Scouting -

  • The Scouts were actually founded in Great Britain by Lord Robert Baden-Powell in the early 1900s. In 1907, he published Scouting for Boys, the first scouting manual.

  • The BSA celebrates their anniversary on the 8th of February each year. It was on this day in 1910, that Chicago publisher William Dickson Boyce filed the official paperwork to create the Boy Scouts of America.

  • In 1935, around 5 million copies of the Boy Scout Handbook were sold and in a ceremony conducted in the White House, the five-millionth copy was awarded to then-President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

  • In 1937, the first jamboree of the BSA took place in Washington D.C. It attracted more than 27,000 scouts to the National Mall, situated in the heart of our nation's capital.

  • In the initial years there existed around 57 Boy Scout Badges. Over the years the number had increased to more than 100 since every year new badges are added under the categories of math, technology and science.
  • The first Pinewood Derby was held on May 15, 1953 at the Scout House in Manhattan Beach, California by Cub Scout Pack 280C (the present Pack 713).
  • The most common badges earned during one’s days as a scout are swimming, cooking, camping, first-aid and citizenship in the community.
  • In 2012,  scout troops reported 13,449,017 hours of volunteering service for the Journey to Excellence.
  • As little as 5% of members of the Boy Scouts are able to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout each year.
  • The first Eagle badge was awarded in 1912.
  • The 1 millionth Eagle Scout milestone was reached in 1982. 
  • 2012 also marked the centennial year for the Eagle Scout Award.
  • In the period between 1912 and 2012, more than 2 million Boy Scouts have managed to receive the Eagle Scout Rank.
  • In 2013, 56,841 Scouts earned the Eagle Scout rank.
  • Scouting has embraced modern day technology with the launch of its 12th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook,  which was made available as an iPhone application.
  • The Boy Scout uniforms also have been updated to modern day standards. The uniforms have separate pockets for holding cell phones and mp3 players. They are made from a special moisture control fabric that has up to 50+ SPF.


Famous Alumni

  • Ten US Presidents have been Boy Scouts: Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Gerald Ford (Eagle Scout), Jimmy Carter, John F. Kennedy, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and Barack Obama
  • 11 out of the 12 American astronauts who have walked on the Moon had been Boy Scouts in their school days. Out of a total of 294 astronauts, more than 180 had been Scouts – including astronaut John Glenn. Forty of them earned the rank of Eagle Scout - including astronaut Neil Armstrong  (Eagle Scout and awarded the Silver Buffalo Award).
  • 36.4 percent of the United States Military Academy (West Point) cadets were involved in scouting as youth. 16.3 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 22.5 percent of United States Air Force Academy cadets were involved in scouting as youth. 11.9 percent of cadets are Eagle Scouts.
  • 25 percent of United States Naval Academy (Annapolis) midshipmen were involved in scouting as youth; 11 percent of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.
  • In the 111th Congress (2009-2011), around 40 percent of its members had been Boy Scouts.
  • 191 members of the 113th Congress (2013-2015) participated in scouting as a youth and/or adult leader; 28 are Eagle Scouts.
  • 18 current U.S. governors participated in scouting as a youth and/or adult volunteer. Four are Eagle Scouts.
  • Charles Lindbergh, who had been a Boy Scout in his youth, was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award because of his distinguished service as a Scout.
  • Walt Disney was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award.
  • Normal Rockwell was awarded the Silver Buffalo Award.
  • Baseball legends Hank Aaron (Life Scout*, awarded the Silver Buffalo Award) and Nolan Ryan, were both Boy Scouts.

  • Olympic athletes Dan Jensen, Mark Spitz and Bruce Jenner were Boy Scouts in their youth.

  • Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft was a Boy Scout.

  • Samuel Walton, founder of Wal-Mart  was an Eagle Scout.

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