On Friday, January 31st, New Jersey’s second fully chartered Trail Life Troop held it’s first meeting at Trinity Baptist Church in Montville, NJ.
The first troop to complete the chartering process was NJ-0316, based in Old Bridge, NJ at Calvary Chapel.
This unit was formerly a BSA Troop and Pack, and was home to my sons from 2008 until 2010 when we formed a new unit in Hackensack, NJ.
On this Friday evening, we held our opening ceremony with 45 boys and a dozen leaders and even more parents in attendance.
- The First Officer taught everyone the Trail Life sign and salute, and we practiced reciting the Oath.
- A presentation covering the basics of the program gave both the boys and their parents an update on things like uniforms, what to expect from typical meetings and such. The parents understood the need to move deliberately and circumspectly on the design of the uniforms, and the boys had a great laugh when we displayed images of the uniform designs that we’d suggested but had eliminated. Besides “swiss guards” and “tactical battle kilts” (not all the men had legs to make them work) we also showed other fanciful options that we assured them would not be making their way into TLUSA.
- After a question and answer session, the Troop Chaplain delivered a devotional on the meaning of the TLUSA motto “Walk Worthy”
- All patrols were dismissed to their respective meeting places for specific curriculum studies and the meeting adjourned by 9 PM.
Troop 777 intends to meet on a twice-monthly schedule, and is working out their camping and outing calendar for the remainder of the school season. Potential trips to the National Constitution Center for civics, camping at various parks and private camps, and other activities are being considered.
If you live in the Metro NYC area of Northern NJ and would like to connect to a local unit, or get more information about starting a troop near your home, please contact Trail Life USA Volunteer, Paul Farrell or register at http://www.traillifeusa.com/start-a-troop/troop-locator/