We will not have a troop meeting tomorrow and in observance of the Federal Holiday



See a few attached photos from this weekend.  Thank you to Mr. Wells, Mr. Grocki, and Mr. Jay for going with the scouts and enduring the trip.  From what I heard, the weather proved to be more than a bit of the challenge and while the scouts accomplished a near 10 mile hike, 14 hour day, in full pack, on snowing/rocky terrain and with over 2,000 feet of elevation gain, they wisely elected to make this a day trip and come home Saturday evening.

I certainly applaud the effort and congratulate all those who embarked on the epic hike! You are stronger for it!

I was a bit under the weather this weekend (just a cold) so while I was in bed with idle hands, I crafted a little gift for the scouts and adults who went on the outing and to commemorate the experience.  I will present it at the next troop meeting!


See note below from Mrs. Devlin, our committee chair concerning the upcoming Meeting.


Dear T131 Families,


Parent / Committee Meeting 

Please mark your calendar for our upcoming parent and committee meeting via Zoom on Thursday, March 14 @ 7:30pm (link to follow).



This is your chance to find out what’s going on with the troop, get questions answered, make suggestions, and find where you can support. All are welcome! 


Uniform Swap

As we get ready for new scouts in April and May, please gather your son’s outgrown uniforms. If you send them to the troop meeting, we can add them to our uniform swap box. 


Volunteer Needs

We are looking for some adult volunteers in these areas:

  • Scoutmaster – We are looking for someone who might be interested in this role to shadow Mark for a gradual transition into being Scoutmaster, especially some of our parents who are former scouts. Please ask questions, we’d love to discuss.
  • Service Coordinator – Our outgoing service folks are happy to discuss the requirements; this can even be done by one parent with a little extra time to track service hours and opportunities.


If you’re a parent who doesn’t have time for activities or camping, please consider helping with one of these positions, I’m happy to discuss!


Thank you for your consideration, see you in March! 


Anastasia Devlin




Mr. Irwin has coordinated with the Local OA Lodge, and we have scheduled this year’s OA elections for Monday March 18th.

For the troop to hold a valid election we need to meet the following attendance requirements and rules:

  • At least ½ the troop must attend – in our case I believe this is 22-23 scouts.
  • To be elected to the Order – an eligible scout must receive ½ the votes of those in attendance.
  • For example, if 22 scouts attend, then an eligible scout must receive 11 votes.
  • Only scouts vote, adults are not eligible to vote even if they are in the OA.
  • All scouts can vote, both those that are currently in the OA and those that are not.
  • Scouts may vote for as many or as few candidates as they like.
  • A scout may vote for themselves.
  • The election will be administered by current OA scouts OUTSIDE of our troop.
  • Current OA members may wear their OA sashes on election day.
  • The order of the arrow is Scouts BSA Honor Society. Scouts should vote for candidates that they feel embody the best spirit of scouting and those scouts who follow the scout oath and law.

For a Scout to be eligible for the order of the arrow they must:

  • Embody the spirit of scouting.
  • Be the rank of First Class and above on election day.
  • Have camping experience (15 nights total with a minimum 5 long-term consecutive nights such as summer camp/high adventure experience within past 24 months).

Based on the above criteria the following scouts are eligible OA candidates this year:


Miles Jackson

Jonathan Nguyen

Noah Urchek

Josiah Baldwin

Luke Irwin

David Stayanoff

Arthur Dalton

Declan Heatherington

Logan Bond

Ethan Lacayo


If you would like to remove yourself from the election list, then please reach out to Mr. Irwin.

If you feel that you are qualified and were inadvertently left off this list, then please reach out to Mr. Irwin and he can review the requirements with you.

Thank you, Mr. Irwin, for coordinating the election again this year!



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


SCHEDULE: One Month(ish) Look Ahead

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

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

Monday, March 15th – 17th – Camping – Shooting Sports – Izaak Walton League – MD

Monday, March 18th – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (BoR) (OA Elections) – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Saturday March 23rd – Scout Skills Saturday – Immanuel Church on the Hill

Monday, March 25th – No Troop Meeting – Spring Break (ACPS & FCPS) 

Monday, April 1st – Troop Meeting- 7:30 PM (ACPS- No School) – Immanuel Church on the Hill

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