How to Join Troop 75/FAQ
Boy Scouting is for boys who are 11, or are at least 10 years old and have completed the fifth grade or have earned the Cub Scout Arrow of Light Award, through 17 years old. Boys experience a vigorous outdoor program and peer group leadership with the counsel of an adult Scoutmaster to achieve the BSA's objectives of developing character, citizenship, and personal fitness. Camping, fun with friends -- and more. It’s the adventure of a lifetime.
Our Scouting program is of top quality, emphasizing outdoor adventure, boy leadership and community service. Our outdoor program features backpacking, boating, winter sports, biking, a week of summer camp, and high-adventure opportunities for our older Scouts.
Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Boy Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Do I have to live in Kings Park?
No. Troop 75 attracts Scouts from all over northwestern Suffolk County. While Kings Park is our hometown, it also has quite a few members who live in neighboring communities. These boys travel the few extra minutes to be in the troop that’s best for them. So, whether you live in Kings Park, Smithtown, St. James, Commack, Hauppauge, Nesconset, Fort Salonga, Dix Hills, Northport or East Northport, you might consider Troop 75.
How do I know if Troop 75 is right for me?
In our area, there are probably several troops which meet near your home. Visit two or three of them. Meet the Scouts and ask a lot of questions. What kind of camping do they do? Are the activities boy-led or adult led? Do they offer a well-balanced Scouting program?
If you’re a Webelos, there’s no one troop that you should automatically join. Just because there may be a troop in town with the same number as your Cub Scout Pack doesn’t mean it’s necessarily the right Troop for you or your friends. Join the troop that does what you want to do in Scouts. Webelos from Pack 379, 539, 75, 326, 328 and others have made Troop 75 their troop.
Perhaps you already know some of our Scouts or plan on joining up with a friend. Even if you don’t know anyone at all, you will make new friends in no time.
What will my first year of Scouting in Troop 75 be like?
As a younger recruit, you will be assigned to a patrol of other new Scouts about your age. An experienced, veteran Scout will guide your Patrol. He will teach you about Boy Scouting, its skills and it’s ideals. Your Guide will coach you with your rank advancement and will show you how to camp and hike. An assistant Scoutmaster will also be closely supervising your patrol.
How often do you go camping?
Troop 75’s program revolves around the outdoors with a least one outdoor activity scheduled every month, and often more.
We provide a variety of outdoor activities and do not limit ourselves to only one kind of event. A big portion of our program involves high-adventure type trips like backpacking, canoeing and long-distance hiking, but we also participate in at least two Camporees each year and several Long Island camping trips.The Scouts themselves usually decide where they want to go, and once we get there, set up their own campsites and cook their own meals. They learn a lot and have a great time.
In addition to the numerous campouts that make up its basic program, Troop 75 also offers many other exciting opportunities such as white water canoeing, rafting, multi-day backpacking treks, trips to neighboring cities, summer camp at Yawgoog Scout Reservation, trips to national high-adventure centers like Philmont (New Mexico) and Florida Sea Base, winter sports weekends and more. While restrictions such as age, ability or parental participation do apply to some of these elective trips, others are open to even the youngest Scouts. As Troop 75’s Scouts grow older, more adventure awaits them.
When and where are troop meetings held?
Troop 75 meets every Tuesday (except during July and August) from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Lucien Memorial Methodist Church in Kings Park. The church is located on the corner of Main Street (Rt. 25A) and Old Dock Road (opposite Pulaski Road). Our meeting room is in the basement. Use the outside stairwell on the west side of the building. Click here for additional information.
How can I sign up?
We’d be glad to welcome you aboard and look forward to knowing more about you. Come down and visit any Tuesday night. If you would like to schedule a visit or find out more about our troop, an adult leader would be delighted to speak with you. Click here for a list of adult leaders' e-mails and phone numbers.