Troop/Crew 56 Often referred to as “Scouting Collective 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 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.
Weekly Meetings Meetings are each Tuesday beginning at 7 pm, and running approximately 75 minutes. We meet at St. James’s Episcopal Church, 1991 Massachusetts Avenue.
Monthly Planning Meetings The last Tuesday of each month is a planning meeting. The youth meet from 7–8 pm. Adult committee meets 8 pm to 9:30 pm.
A fuller account of our organization is available for downloading here.