Monthly Archives: June 2012

Arielle Newman Run, July 4th

The Arielle Newman Run coordinators are looking for volunteers from our troop to man a watering station on July 4th.  All scouts will receive community service hours.

Volunteers are to report, wearing Class “B” shirts, to Rich Newman or Liam Naughton in Clove Lakes Park at the corners of Clove Road and Forest Avenue. They will be assigned a water station somewhere along Forest Avenue.


Court of Honor: Friday, June 29, 2012

On Friday will be our Spring Court of Honor for our scouts.

A Court of Honor, as the name states, is a ceremony held to present scouts with awards they have earned such as merit badges and rank badges which recognize their achievements.

Scouts should be in Full Class A uniform with their merit badge sashes.

Senior Patrol and Service patrol should arrive at 7:00 pm for setup.

All are encouraged to attend with refreshments being served immediately after.

Regular Troop Meeting: Friday, June 22nd, 2012

We will be our normal troop meeting this Friday, June 22nd, 2012. We will be wearing Class B Uniforms (Troop T-Shirts) to the meeting in the Lower Church Hall. Also, you can bring any Merit Badge selections, Health Forms or any other paperwork for Summer Camp in as well.

Thank You Father O’Hara…

After close to 20 years of service at Saint Teresa’s…the last 12 as Pastor…Cardinal Dolan has called on Father O’Hara to move on and take another pastorate, effective July 1.

The parish  gathered to honor Father O’Hara on Sunday, June 17, Father’s Day, with Troop 37 and Cub Scout Pack 37 providing the Color Guard for the services.

Father O’Hara celebrated the Solemn Mass to a packed church, followed by a reception that took place in Conran Hall.

Scoutmaster, Mike Di Trani, Scoutmaster Emeritus, Richard Gundacker, Cubmaster Pack 37, Vincent Villani,  and Robert Pfuhler,  Assistant Cubmaster, presented Father O’Hara with a statue of St. George, (Patron Saint of Scouting), slaying a dragon as Thank you for his support to the Troop and Pack.


Eagle Project for Gary Carr, Saturday, June 23rd

Dear Friends and Fellow Members of Troop 37,

My name is Gary Carr and I have been a member of Pack and Troop 37 for the past 12 years. And now it is time for me to have my Eagle Project.  

As every scout should know, a scout wishing to obtain the rank of Eagle Scout must first do a service project for his community. This is known as an Eagle Project and this is where I could really use some help.

My Eagle Project involves making a memorial garden to honor the troops in my parish that have died serving in the armed forces. The garden would be full of a variety of colorful flowers and in the center would go a plaque commemorating this garden and dedicating it to the solders.

As you can imagine, a project like this is going to require some teamwork and that is where you guys come in.

Anyone wanting to help me on this project should come prepared with clothes they aren’t afraid to get dirty as well as a pair of work gloves. Anyone who would be willing to help bring some gardening tools from home,that would be awesome.

I would recommend if you did so that your labeled your name on tape on the tool so that at the end you can get it back without mixing up tools.

The Project starts at 8:30 a.m Saturday June 23rd, 2012. Thank you for your time and I hope to see you there!

Yours Truly,

Gary Carr

Troop 37 Scouts among the winners…

On Sunday, June 10th, two members of Boy Scout Troop 37 were among the winners of the 5th Annual Victor L. Prevosti Scholarship Award Essay Contest. Connor O’Brien took 3rd Place in the eighth grade level while Vincent Villani took 2nd Place for the seventh grade. The scholarship award winners were chosen based on essays written with the theme of how we should respect our veterans. The participants included students from Catholic schools throughout Staten Island.

Canoe Trip Information / Father O’Hara’s Farewell Mass Sunday June 17th

If NOT Attending Canoe Trip
On Sunday June 17, 2012 All Troop 37 members are asked to please be at the 1200 Mass at St Teresa’s for Father O’Hara’s last Mass before departing.

[ ] Meet in Lower Church no later than 12:00 Noon to line up for Color Guard
[ ] Be in “Class A” Uniform
[ ] Food / Refreshments will be served immediately following
[ ] Parents welcome

If Attending Canoe Trip
Please meet at the shed at 4:30 sharp for this weekend’s canoe trip. We are leaving by 5:00 PM Take note of the following:

[ ] Bring a sandwich or something for Friday night’s dinner.
[ ] Make sure you turned in Liability form signed by Parent
[ ] Pack using a soft gym/duffle bag no backpacks please.
[ ] Bring old sneakers or water shoes for canoeing –NOT Sandals.
[ ] Bring a wide brim hat / Sunscreen/ sun block for sun protection.
[ ] Bring a cup – You won’t need a mess kit.
[ ] Bring towel.
[ ] Camp Chair to sit in
[ ] We will be sleeping in either tents or lean-tos so bring sleeping bag/ air mattress or pad.

We will be departing very early from the Canoe Trip on Sunday morning to be back in time for Father O’Hara’s last Mass before departing.

Before you leave for the Trip have your class A uniforms ready at home for when we return on  Sunday morning.

Kudos & Bravo Zulu to our Scoutmaster Mike Di Trani and our Scoutmaster Emeritus “Mr. G” Rich Gundacker!

The Staten Island Council of the Boy Scouts of America held its 53rd annual Scouter Recognition Dinner yesterday for nearly 200 volunteer leaders and guests from the Staten Island Scouting program.  The dinner honors many of the over 1,000 men and women who devote thousands of hours a year, year after year, as volunteers to the over 2,400 Staten Island youths who participate in Scouting.


Scoutmaster Mike DiTrani received the Silver Beaver Award, which is the highest recognition a Boy Scout Council can bestow upon an adult volunteer leader. The award is presented to those volunteers who have made outstanding contributions to the Scouting program. Nominations are recommended by the local council and approved by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.  Scoutmaster Di Trani was recognized for his decades of services in numerous Scouting positions.


Scoutmaster Emeritus “Mr. G” Rich Gundacker received the Distinguished Service Award, which is given to previous Silver Beaver Award recipients who remain active in Scouting for 15 years after receiving the Silver Beaver Award.  Mr. G continues to set the bar that our Troop 37 leaders and volunteers can challenge and measure themselves against.



On behalf of our extended Troop 37 family, we are humbled by the generosity of the two people who have allowed these two leaders to reach such inspiring heights of service.  Troop 37 would not be here today without the unwavering support of Mary Gundacker, who continues to share Mr. G with us.  And Troop 37 is operating at warp drive under Scoutmaster Di Trani’s command only because Admiral Vee has authorized his tour of duty with us.  We count our blessings every day for Mary and Vee’s continued support.    

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