Troop 36 was the First Boy Scout Troop in Long Valley and has been active for over 75 years! Our Troop maintains an excellent retention rate and rank advancement. We have produced many Eagle Scouts with several more set to finish either merit badges or projects to reach the rank of Eagle.
We are chartered by the Long Valley Presbyterian Church on Bartley Road. We meet at the church on Monday nights @ 7:30 PM.
How We Work
Like many Boy Scout troops, Troop 36 is a boy led troop. Our adult leaders are here to guide. This method ensures that our scouts get the most out of scouting. The Troop usually has one campout per month plus summer camp. Recent activities and campouts include: Lehigh River Whitewater Rafting; Steamtown, PA; Indoor Rock Climbing; Long Valley Camporee; Beach Jam at Wildwood, NJ.
Our troop is divided into patrols of six to ten scouts. Each patrol has a Patrol Leader and Assistant Patrol Leader. The troop as a whole has a Senior Patrol Leader (SPL) and several Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders (ASPL) The SPL is the most senior boy charged with leading the troop. He reports directly to the Scoutmaster.
The Scoutmaster is directly responsible to the Troop Committee for planning and implementing a good, viable program. He is responsible for the physical, mental, and spiritual welfare and development of each Scout during troop functions. Assistant Scoutmasters directly help the Scoutmaster implement plans for meetings and activities. Assistant Scoutmasters are at least 18 years old and been officially registered and recognized as “adult leaders” by the BSA. Their role is mainly that of coach, teaching the boy leaders to run the troop.
Representatives of the scout parents form the troop committee. The Committee is responsible for setting troop policy, ensuring that that the objectives of Scouting are being realized through the troop program, and raising funds.
Advancement through knowledge and skills is key. Through the scouting program, each scout pursues a rank advancement, which requires them to learn new things in a variety of areas, including outdoor skills, citizenship, conservation and first aid, to name a few. Each scout progresses at his own rate, following a more rigid set of requirements in the lower ranks, then expanding into a broader field of study through merit badges in the higher ranks.