Daniel Bilotto

Troop meeting Friday February 24, 2017

This week’s meeting will start off with “Class A” Uniform inspection. This Month’s Troop meeting theme is Cooking. The Senior Patrol will be conducting a “Cooking Skills” meeting with round robin cooking stations.

Service Patrol: Striking Cobras please arrive early to set up.

Honor Patrol: Sly Foxes 

“Knot of the Month” is Sheer Lashing- You also will need to know the knots of the previous months (Square, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Bowline, Taught line). Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”?  Check out animated link to Sheer lashing


 Community Service to Parish 

Sunday 02/24/17 Burning Palm to Make Ashes- 

On Sunday February 26, 2017 Boy Scout Troop 37 will be collecting palm at both the Saint Teresa’s Church and chapel. Scouts will burn the palm outside Lower Church Hall on Sunday, February 26, immediately following the 12:30 Mass. These ashes will be then be blessed and used on Ash Wednesday. Community Service time will be credited for this event. Meet at Lower Church Hall at 12:30 PM

Veterans Day Ceremony

 08:30 AM November 11, 2016

900 South Avenue, Staten Island

Boy Scout Troop 37 along with Cub Pack 37 has been requested to be the Color guard for the Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday November 11, 2016 at Corporate Park 900 South Avenue, Staten Island.

 The ceremony will last about 20 minutes. We have been invited to a complimentary breakfast immediately following. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Class A uniforms – Cleaned and pressed – Look sharp

Shoes or Boots – no sneakers or sport shoes

Please arrive no later than 8:30 am

This event counts as Community Service for Rank Advancement

If you are attending, we need to know. Please email ditmj@aol.com





Troop Meeting Friday November 11, 2016 

This week’s Troop Meeting Scouts should be in Class A uniform and be sure to bring their Boy Scout Handbook. This month’s theme is Wilderness Survival. We will be honing our survival skills,  selecting shelter teams, and preparing our menus and equipment lists.

We must know if you are attending our Wilderness Survival Camping Trip to Pouch Camp. The trip is on November 18, 19, and 20, with a cost of $25 per person. If you plan on attending, you must turn in your PERMISSION FORM [click here] and payment.


Scouts working on the Pope Pious XII Religious Emblem will me at 6:30 prior to the regular Troop meeting 

This week we will again work on Lashing Skills continuing with Diagonal Lashing – review Boy Scout Handbook pages 392-400. CHECK OUT the Animated Lashing link: http://www.animatedknots.com/lashdiagonal/#ScrollPoint

Our Troop meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM please be on time, Senior Patrol should arrive no later than 7:15. Service Patrol:  Sly Foxes please arrive early to set up LCH.  Honor Patrol: Opening and Closing Screaming Eagles


Thur. June 30th Last Chance Meeting and Important Summer Camp Information

On Thursday June 30th at 7:30PM, we will be at St. Teresa’s Lower Church Hall to collect any outstanding summer camp fees, medical paperwork and distribute your scouts ordered Class “B” T-shirts.

Please note: you must have all outstanding issues resolved at this meeting as we WILL NOT be accepting any fees or paperwork on the day departure.

[ ] Hawk Mountain (plus any additional fees; Pathfinder, Cope, Basketry, etc)
[ ] Haag’s Breakfast ($11.00 per person) –Need to submit a headcount (scouts already paid for)
[ ] Friday Night Chicken Dinner ($9.00 ) (scouts already paid for)

[ ] Medicals Forms A, B & C (2 copies with Insurance card front and back) MUST HAVE
[ ] Food Allergy Forms (must have to attend camp)
[ ] Administer Over The Counter Medicine Form (must have to attend camp)

Important Summer Camp Information

We will all meet for Mass at Saint Teresa’s next Sunday July 10th at 7:00 AM Sharp. Meet at the Lower Church Hall parking lot. After the vehicles are loaded and Mass is finished we will leave for the camp at about 8:30 AM. We will make our annual stop again this year at the Haag’s Hotel, Shartlesville, PA for a Breakfast Buffet. (Directions Here)

Families are needed to drive up to the camp with us. There will be a lot of equipment and scouts to transport.

  • All Scouts and leaders will wear the Class B Troop T-shirt up to the camp and Breakfast. We will change into Class “A” once we arrive at camp.
  • Please make sure your son(s) have their bathing suit on under their class B uniform (scout shorts/pants, socks, belt, Troop T-shirt) or readily available (not packed in a trunk) with their towel. They should also have their Class A Uniform shirt and Neckerchief readily available (not packed in a trunk) for as soon as we arrive at camp to take the troop photo.
  • Have a full water bottle to keep on their person as they tour the camp and to use daily to keep themselves hydrated.
  • Thursday is Hawaiian Shirt Day at Camp if you have a Hawaiian shirt bring it.
  • Be sure to bring Scout Socks Full dress “Class A” uniform for all evening meals at the dining hall. For both camp wide campfires full dress class A uniform including Scout Socks
  • Bring a Hanger to Hang up your Uniform
  • Put your name or initials on the labels of all your clothing (especially uniform items)
  • Don’t Bring Valuables or any Electronic Devices (Ipod’s, games, phones, radios, etc.) to camp. Leave them at home.
  • Scout spending money is to be placed in an envelope clearly marked with your scouts name and amount contained within. All monies should be in small denominations (we recommend bills no larger than $10). All envelopes will be collected by Mr. “G” in the parking lot.

Additional Parents information / Scout Packing list {Click Here} and also

Driving Directions {Click Here}. If you have any questions feel free to contact me.

Mike Di Trani

Scoutmaster, Troop 37




LOCATION – The Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation is located in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, just off Route 183. From the south take Interstate 78 to Route 183 north. Cross over the Blue Mountain. At the base of the mountain, turn left just past the Blue Ridge Inn onto Blue Mountain Road, follow the signs into camp.


MEDICAL FORM – ALL Scouts and Leaders must have an Annual Physical, Allergy and Dietary forms in order to take part in activities at camp. Forms will be given to the Scoutmaster prior to camp. Upon arrival at camp, all persons will be given a health screening by our health officer. The Troop maintains the original and turns in a copy upon arrival.

EMERGENCIES – If an emergency arises and you need immediate contact with your son, call the camp office

(570) 754-7552. Someone is in the Administration Building from 8:30 AM – 9:30 PM. After hours phone number (9:30 PM – 7:00 AM) is the Health Lodge (570) 754-7892.

HEALTH LODGE – The camp operates a Health Lodge for first aid of minor injuries, not medical treatment. In the event of a serious injury, the parent would be contacted before the Scout would be transported to a local clinic or hospital. All accidents must be reported to the Health Lodge to ensure insurance coverage. The Health Lodge phone number is (570) 754-7892.

VISITORS – Visitors are welcome at Camp Meade. Time, however, is short while your son is at camp so visits should be kept at a minimum. ALL VISITORS MUST CHECK-IN AT THE ADMINISTATRATION BUILDING BEFORE GOING TO A CAMPSITE. No pets are allowed in camp at any time.

MEALS – Occasionally, a visitor plans on being in camp over a mealtime. If arrangements are made one day in advance, the visitor may eat with the Troop. Meal cost: Breakfast -$4.00 / Lunch -$6.00 / Dinner -$8.00. Meals are paid for in advance at the Administration Building.

LEAVING CAMP – Before a Scout or Leader can leave camp, we ask that you sign-out at the Administration Building. This will enable us to know the whereabouts of all persons in camp in case of an emergency. We have the right to request verification of anyone picking up a Scout other than legal guardian or parent.

UNIFORMS – Scouts and Leaders are requested to wear the Scout Uniform while in camp. For those with a limited number of uniforms, the emphasis should be on retreat ceremonies, evening meals, and campfires.

REFUNDS –For refund policy, please see the 2016 Leader Guidebook or on our website hmc-bsa.org.

Troop Meeting Friday, February 19, 2016


Troop Meeting Location this week is at: 

The Church of the Ascension

1 Kingsley Avenue (corner of Brookside Ave)  7:30 PM

This week’s Troop Meeting Scouts should be in Class A uniform and be sure to bring their Boy Scout Handbook.

Friday night’s meeting is going to be a preparation for the Klondike Derby. We will also be holding Order of the Arrow Elections.

If you are attending Klondike Derby on Saturday February 27th, 2016 Please bring Payment of $10.00 to the meeting.  

For Information about Klondike Derby events, Sleds, Patrol and individual equipment needed to participate see the link to the Klondike Derby Guidebook (here)

Knot of the Month is Taught Line Hitch. You should also know the knots of the previous months (Square Knot, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Two Half Hitches, Bowline). Be Prepared!  Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”? Check out Taught Line animated knot link:


Troop Meeting Friday February 5, 2016

Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage- Cutoff Date This Friday

If you plan on attending the Valley Forge Encampment and Pilgrimage Trip held on February 12th,13th, &14th. You Must Be at least 13 Years old. Please be sure to bring $45.00 payment and BOTH signed a Permission Slip (attached) and Medical Consent Form (attached) with you to the meeting this Friday.

Troop Meeting  Friday February 5, 2016 

This Friday February 5, 2016, we will wear Class B” T-shirts, Troop Sweatshirts, or Fleece so that everyone’s uniform shirt and pants will be cleaned / pressed and looking sharp for Scout Sunday February 7th at 10:00 AM Mass and the 11:45 Breakfast at the Staaten. At the meeting we will be conducting Board of Reviews, continuing Cold Weather Camping Training and preparation for the Valley Forge Encampment / Pilgrimage Trip. 

Service Patrol: Screaming Eagles please arrive early to set up.

Honor Patrol: Black Hawks 

“Knot of the Month” is Two Half Hitches- You also will need to know the knots of the previous months (Square, Sheet Bend, Clove Hitch, Bowline). Is anyone ready for the “Know Knot Challenge”?  Check out animated link to Two Half Hitches http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Two_Half_Hitches


This year’s Scout Sunday mass will be held this Sunday, February 7th, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.  Scouts are requested to assemble in the Lower Church Hall in full Class A uniforms no later than 9:30 a.m. The cost of the breakfast, remains the same as last year, $25.00 per person regardless of age. All current scouts attending are FREE and will be paid for by the troop. Parents If you have not paid for your tickets yet, please make arrangements with Mrs. Nadal

February 19th Order of the Arrow (OA) Elections 

OA Scouting’s National Honor Society (see attached)

Troop Meeting Friday January 15, 201


Review “Lashing” Chapter in your Boy Scout Handbook starting on pgs. 392-400 pay special attention to Square and Diagonal lashing and be sure to bring your handbook to the meeting. (Patrol Points)

We will be holding a Uniform Inspection please be in full “Class A” uniform (Patrol Points)

This Friday is the cutoff date for the January 22-23 Cabin Camping Trip to Alamuchy Scout Reservation Cost $30.00 payment and Permission Slip is due.

Reminder:  Save the Date  February 7, 2016

Troop 37 Scout Sunday Breakfast at the Staaten

Allamuchy trip slip

Troop Meeting November 20, 2015

7:30 PM Lower Church Hall — NO UNIFORMS

During our normal meeting we will distribute food and patrol gear for our backpacking trip. We will then conduct an inspection and shake down of everyone’s pack. After the inspection we will go over the schedule of events for our backpacking trip and a number of other issues. After that we are showing a movie. We will be sleeping over in the lower church hall that night and hiking out in the morning. Bring your Backpack loaded and ready to Go- Use the checklist to pack. Please give some careful thought to necessary items that should be included in your pack such as proper clothing for the season, and sleeping gear, a cup, etc. 

Patrol Leaders be sure to bring the ingredients and recipe for you Dutch Oven Dinners for Saturday night – Ice Chests will be available

The “Clove Hitch” is the Knot of the Month – Know how to tie it!

Backpacking checklist

Troop Meeting Friday November 6, 2012

We are going to be preparing for the upcoming hiking/ backpacking trip to Pouch Camp on November 20th, 21st & 22nd.

If you are attending the Backpacking trip, you need to bring $25.00 and signed permission slip to the meeting. 

Please be sure to bring your Boy Scout Handbook-This week Scout Skills Instruction we will work on Hiking/Backpacking review Boy Scout Handbook pages 262-283. We will also be demonstrating how to properly pack.

Uniform: “Class A” We are holding a Uniform Inspection- Patrol Points

The “Clove Hitch” is the Knot of the Month – Know how to tie it! You also will need to know the knots of the previous months (Square, Sheet Bend,)

Check out the Animated “Clove Hitch”  http://www.animatedknots.com/cloveend/

Green Bar Meeting- 6:30 PM prior to Troop Meeting.

Our Troop meeting starts promptly at 7:30 PM please be on time, Service Patrol should arrive no later than 7:15.


Scouting for Food Community Service  (Click here to download flyer)

Saturday November 7th 2015 At Stop & Shop Supermarket  

1441 Richmond Ave     9:000 am to 12:00 pm 

Please bring a canned food item to the Meeting to help stock the Saint Teresa’s Food Pantry!!