Troop/Crew 56 Troop/Crew 56 is a co-ed scouting program that focuses on outdoor skills and youth leadership. Chartered by St. James’s Episcopal Church in Porter Square, we welcome boys and girls ages 11 through 20, and we welcome youth, families, and volunteers regardless of sexual orientation.
Youth Led Empowering youth to be leaders is the core of scouting. Although adults guide and mentor the youth, Troop/Crew 56 is youth-directed, with scouts taking responsibility for running meetings, planning activities, and carrying out excursions.
Outdoor Activities Traditionally, from September to June each year, we have one outdoor trip per month, usually Friday afternoon to Sunday morning. Activities include backpacking, canoeing, rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, white-water rafting, and bicycling. As of March 2020, outdoor trips are local and one-day only; there are no overnight trips until further notice.
Weekly Meetings Meetings are each Tuesday beginning at 7 pm, and running approximately 75 minutes. Since March 2020, meetings have been virtual via Zoom, but traditionally, meetings are at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue.
Monthly Planning Meetings Traditionally, the adult committee meets on the last Tuesday to review and plan programming, discuss budget items, and conduct other business. As of March 2020, monthly planning meetings are generally the last Thursday of the month, and meetings are virtual, by Zoom.
A fuller account of our organization is available for downloading here.