Troop 195 Legacy
Troop 195 continues to build upon a 50+ year legacy of being a vital part of the Glen Head / Glenwood Landing community. Perhaps there is no stronger evidence of Troop 195 being part of the fabric of the community than the number of boys passing through the troop that are sons of Troop 195 Alumni, engaging many of these alumni to make a difference in the troop a second time around as adult leaders.
Troop 195 Eagle Scouts, past and present, at the Eagle Court of Honor in 2015
Since 1980, we have had two Scoutmasters, both of whom are alumni of the troop, with their combined involvement in Troop 195 spanning from 1966 to the current day. This strong Troop 195 legacy includes alumni ties to families that have been part of this community for a century, and this legacy is extended each year by welcoming new scouts and new families into our troop.
Eagle Scouts Eric Dixon and Eric Mingorance in 1986
While the troop is sanctioned by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Theodore Roosevelt Council (TRC), Troop 195 is very much a community-based organization. In fact, BSA TRC requires that a troop is chartered by a community organization. The chartering organization for Troop 195 is Glenwood Landing American Legion Post 336 in Glen Head. Troop 195 teams with Post 336 on Community Service such as food drives during the holiday season, where we help collect and deliver canned goods to the needy in and around our community. We also try to bring a little joy to local hospitals and assisted living facilities around the same time of year with our holiday caroling.
A recent Troop 195 community service project involved helping to build a “Human Foosball” court in the tennis area at Glen Head Elementary School. This idea came from a desire of school administration to offer different experiences to students in grade 2-5 during playtime. Scouts came out in force on a Saturday morning to prime and paint the foosball court. The boys all came willing to work and happy to be there. It was very successful, completing the job despite the dampness!! Both the School Principal and Head Custodian were extremely grateful for the help and impressed with how quickly and efficiently the boys worked. Principal Lori Nimmo presented a Certificate of Appreciation – recognizing each of the participating scouts by name – at a ribbon-cutting ceremony marking the grand opening of the new court.
Community Service is also the focus of Eagle Projects that are planned and managed by Eagle Scout candidates that are pursuing the highest rank in Scouting. The execution of these projects is performed by the entire troop in support of their fellow scout. Recent Eagle projects include refurbishment of village parks and preserves, and construction of new gardens and architectural landscaping of the housing facility of a local religious organization.
In the interest of building a sense of belonging within the troop, and with troop families and alumni, we host a few social events throughout the troop year. The same Friday evening in December that the troop provides holiday entertainment to patients and residents of local hospitals and assisted living facilities, we put on a holiday party with scouts, parents, and troop alumni. During one of the winter months we have a Scout Parents Night Out. This gives all of our parents an opportunity to connect and get to know each other better in a light hearted and entertaining environment, as well as share experiences through scouting. As the school year comes to an end in June, we close out our program year with a Scout & Family Barbeque! This provides a great opportunity to thank everyone for a job well done and get the scouts busy with their preparations for Onteora Summer Camp and High Adventure.