We will have a Troop meeting at 7:30PM this Monday at Immanuel Church on the Hill! Even though I will not be there, the other Scoutmasters will, and they can sign any blue cards or provide a scoutmaster conference.  Just a reminder, we will have a Board of Review next week and I hope we can keep the committee busy!



See note below from Mr. Mulvaney, please sign up for the trip if you intend to go!

It is time for what T-131 does best- BACK—PACK–ING.  We are a backpacking Troop, and we are going back to basics.  Come one come all, it will be a great trip.


Who: All T-131 Scouts
What: Backpacking trip
When: Fri 16 Feb to Sun 18 Feb
Where: Appalachian Trail
Why: Troop-131 is a Backpacking Troop

Cost: Just $10 for everyone


This is a real backpacking trip, not car camping. So:

1- Patrols, start talking about food plans tomorrow!

2- Start thinking about your packs and how much to put in it

3- Start talking about water options

4- Start making a list of equipment you need (from the Scouts and from the Troop, or from the store)


Sign up so we can start the planning early- A Scout Is Prepared


Scouts BSA has a collection of four National High Adventure Scout Camps (Sea Base, Philmont, Northern Tier, and Summit/Bechtel) with programs that are a bit more challenging, and rewarding, than the usual summer camp experience.

As a result, and for the Summer of 2025, the troop has reserved a slot to send 6-8 scouts to the Sea Base – sailing program.

We would like to hear from both the scouts and parents that you are interested in the activity. The age minimum is 13, however, given the “Covid effect”, we will prioritize based on the age of the scout (older scouts first, as the younger scouts will have more time to participate before aging out).

More information will follow, however, here is the basic information concerning this trip.

  • Location:Florida Sea Base – 73800 Overseas Highway, Islamorada, FL 33036
  • Program:Coral Reef Sailing
  • Dates:8/6/2025-8/11/2025
  • Total Cost for a crew of 6-8:$10,200 (note that the total cost is the same for 6 or 8)
  • Minimum Cost per Scout:$1,275 (assumes 8 scouts- note the cost will be higher if the crew is smaller)
  • Additional Costs:$800 estimated- Airfare, Travel Money, T-shirts etc.
  • The payment schedule is as follows:

o   10% of Balance Due by June 1st 2024

o   50% of Balance Due by October 1st 2024

o   Final Payment = April 1st 2025

If you are interested and want to be kept on the info list, please fill out our T-131 form at:

Brendan Mulvaney

Outings Coordinator

Boy Scout Troop 131



For those Adults that are interested, the NCAC has an annual University Scouting Program on November 24th at Hayfield Secondary School.  I have gone several times in the past and it is a good way for you to learn new skills or dust the rust off old ones.  Be sure to look at the course catalog and note that Registration closes on February 18th.

It always amazes me how many adults are committed to scouting and this is a good way to meet with them.  See link below.


SCHEDULE: One Month(ish) Look Ahead

Monday February 5th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday February 12th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (BoR) – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Friday, February 16th– 18th – Winter Camping/Backpacking –

Monday, February 19th – No Troop Meeting – Federal Holiday – Presidents Day

Saturday, February 24th – University of Scouting – Hayfield Secondary School

Monday February 26th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (summer camp info meeting)- Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday, March 4th – Court of Honor – 7:30 PM – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday, March 11th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (PLC) – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Thursday, March 14th – Parent & Committee Meeting- 7:30 – Virtual

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