History

Troop 30, Boy Scouts of America, Newark Valley, New York, received its first charter in April, 1932, and has been chartered annually to the present. Seventy-two years of continuous operation were completed April 30, 2004.

Early history on the troop is sparse, but, as far as can be determined, the troop was sponsored by the Newark Valley PTA and started meeting in the Municipal Building soon after school activities were transferred to the new school on Whig Street.

The availability of a permanent and dedicated meeting place for the troop has been a significant factor in the troop's eighty year continuity. Over the years, the Village of Newark Valley has been a major supporter of Troop 30, providing very tangible and continuing assistance in providing the meeting space, providing heat and electricity to the Scout room, and by allocating money for construction materials and paint for periodic repairs and improvements. A major improvement was completed in 1976 by Troop Committee members when the drop ceiling, new wiring, and light fixtures were installed. Certainly, Troop 30 has been provided one of the best facilities in the district by a long succession of village officers.

In 1952, the RoKi Club of Northern Tioga County assumed sponsorship of the troop as the Chartered Institution; that relationship has continued until the present. The RoKi Club was a fine sponsor for the troop over the past forty years, standing ready to assist in any way possible with troop needs and problems. Among the more recent direct contributions have been purchasing a troop bugle and establishing in 1979 the RoKi Club Silver Palm Achievement Award for those Eagle Scouts reaching the Silver Palm level. RoKi Club members have been frequent attendees at troop courts of honor and the troop has made periodic presentations to the club membership on the operations and progress of the troop.

In May, 2004, the sponsorship of the troop moved to the Newark Valley United Methodist Church. The troop had worked with members of the church for several years in supporting the Project Neighbor food pantry, which serves the entire community, and on various other projects.

Troop 30 has been the recipient of noteworthy assistance and support by the Owego Elks in Owego, New York. They have provided money for tents, camping equipment, and a new troop flag and American flag.

In addition to providing scouting experience and training to the youth of the community, Troop 30 has always strived to have community service projects as part of its program. The scouts and scouters of Troop 30 have

  • Completed numerous projects at the Trout Ponds.
  • Cut brush and cleaned up area cemeteries.
  • Set up (and removed) the nativity scene on the Village Green each Christmas season.
  • Removed snow from fire hydrants.
  • Picked up trash from area highways.
  • Participated in local parades.
  • Assisted with work at the Bement-Billings house and the railroad station.
  • Planted trees along area streams for erosion control.
  • Planted trees as part of reforestry programs.

Troop 30 has a reputation for being an energetic and active troop in the scouting program. The countless ribbons and awards flying from the troop flag pole and patrol standards bear testimony to the troop's very successful participation in district and council events. The troop has been a regular recipient of the National Camping Award and the Quality Unit Award (formerly the Honor Troop Award).

Many other activities have been part of the Troop 30 program over the years. Some of these have been

  • Camping on the Village Green during Scout Week.
  • Christmas carols in the village.
  • Halloween party.
  • Church attendance in uniform during Scout Week.
  • Support of scout recruiting program at school.
  • Collection of aluminum foil, tin cans, and other materials in support of World War II conservation programs.
  • Fund-raising projects:
    • Car washes
    • Tom Watt sales
    • Candy sales
    • Flare sales
    • Newspaper collections
    • "Pagoda" sales in village "Band Pagoda"
    • Hot dog sales at various events
    • Spaghetti suppers
    • Auction
    • Yard sales

In the late 1960s, Troop 30 assisted with the construction of the Snowshoe Lodge in Caroline, NY. After the lodge was assembled, Troop 30 scouts and scouters "chinked" the log cabin with triangular wood strips and oakum.

Skiing at Shavers was an eagerly awaited event for a number of years in the mid-1970s.

In 1976, Senior Patrol Leader Tony D'Angelo was one of two Newark Valley representatives at the Bicentennial Tree Planting Ceremony on the Tioga County Courthouse Square in Owego.

Troop 30 has also been active in its support of the local Cub Scouts, by assisting with pack meetings, the Pinewood Derby, and the Blue and Gold Dinner. Scouts from Troop 30 have served as den chiefs for Pack 30.

Troop 30 has been a camping troop, scheduling campouts in every month of the year. A special "Year-Round Camper" award is given to any scout who camps out with the troop in any twelve consecutive months. The troop has been the host for a number of camporees at Alexander Park and at the Girl Scout camp off Davis Hollow Road. In addition to making use of a large number of camping places in the area, the troop has had longer trips to other areas. Some of these have been

  • Old Forge
  • Raquette Lake
  • Oswegatchie River at Cranberry Lake
  • Gettysburg National Park
  • Herkimer Diamond Mine
  • Kopernik Observatory
  • Mt. Mohonk
  • Lake Minnewaska
  • Glenn H. Curtiss Museum at Hammondsport
  • Tioga County Museum
  • Beaverkill River at Roscoe
  • Robert H. Treman State Park

Troop 30 scouts have participated in High Adventure treks to the Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and have attended National Scout Jamborees. At the 1993 National Jamboree, Paul Rogers of Troop 30 served as Senior Patrol Leader of the Baden-Powell Council Troop. Scouts from Troop 30 have participated in World Jamborees, the Scottish Jamborette, and the Danish National Jamboree. In addition to participation in jamborees by Scouts from Troop 30, there have been leaders from Troop 30 who have led jamboree contingents:

  • Lou Doty was Scoutmaster of the Baden-Powell Council troop at the 1985 National Jamboree, a leader of the contingent to the 1988 Scottish Jamborette, and Scoutmaster of the Troop 30 contingent to the 1990 Danish National Jamboree.
  • Bob Gwinn was Scoutmaster of the Baden-Powell Council troop at the 1989 National Jamboree and an Assistant Scoutmaster of the Troop 30 contingent to the 1990 Danish National Jamboree.
  • Fred Rogers was Scoutmaster of the Baden-Powell Council troop at the 1993 National Jamboree.

Eagle service projects completed by Troop 30 Eagle Scout candidates have provided significant and lasting benefits to the village and community. Some of those completed in recent years are

  • Saving a tree at the Trout Ponds.
  • Construction of a pavilion at Alexander Park.
  • Renovation of the upper and lower hallways of the Municipal Building.
  • Cleaning and organizing the basement of the Municipal Building.
  • Renovation of the picnic tables at the Trout Ponds.
  • Re-furbishing of the band stand on the Village Green.
  • Construction of handicapped access for St. John's Church.
  • Restoration of gravestones at St. Patrick's Cemetery in Owego.
  • Creation of a computer index for papers given to the Town of Newark Valley by Lena Bushnell.
  • Construction of storage shelves at the United Methodist Church for use by the School Aged Child Care program.
  • Construction of a memorial pond at Waterman Conservation Center.
  • Construction of a playground behind the United Methodist Church for use by the School Aged Child Care program.
  • The building of a bench and picnic table as well as the planting of two red maple trees at the Headstart Building.
  • Clean-up around and the planting of shrubs around the Maine Federated Church.
  • Construction of four picnic tables and sixteen bluebird houses for use in Alexander Park.
  • Construction of a handicapped access for the Berkshire Free Library.
  • Construction of a new baseball diamond at the Trout Ponds.
  • Construction of horseshoe pits and benches at the Trout Ponds
  • Renovation of St. John's Cemetery in Newark Valley
  • Renovation of Berkshire Fire Company pavilion
  • Refurbishing of high school dugouts
  • Building a concession stand for baseball field at the Trout Ponds
  • Rebuilding the bleachers at the high school
  • Construction of a barbecue pit at the Newark Valley United Methodist Church
  • Construction of a pavilion over the barbecue pit at the Newark Valley United Methodist Church

In 1996 Eagle Scout Paul Rogers became the first scout in the Baden-Powell Council to receive the Hornaday Silver Medal for "distinguished service to conservation." This award was presented to Paul on July 27, 1996, in a ceremony at the Trout Ponds in Newark Valley. Paul earned the Eagle Award in 1992. During the course of his tenure as a youth in Troop 30, he earned 100 merit badges and 15 Eagle Palms. In 1994 he was named Troop 30 Scout of the Year.
Click here for more information on Paul Rogers's Hornaday Award.

On November 9, 1996, Fred and Lee Rogers became the first married couple in Baden-Powell Council to receive the Silver Beaver Award simultaneously.
Click here for more information on the Silver Beaver Award.

In 2004 First United Methodist Church of Newark Valley became the charter organization for Troop 30. 

Compiling this short history of Troop 30 has again reminded us of how easily history is lost. If anyone has clippings or recollections which will recover some of the vast expanse of missing history, please provide the information to the Committee Chairman or Scoutmaster so that a more thorough troop history may be documented.

As a result of the dedication and hard work of countless scouters and interested parents, Troop 30 has provided a valuable and meaningful scouting program to boys for more than eighty years.