MEET OUR TROOP
In 1913, a group of young men and adults met in Sunset Park and decided they would put together a scouting program for the youth of the community. In 1914 our first Parent’s Night was put on, and since it was such a success, we have continued the tradition for over a hundred years. You may say, “but the program say’s 98th Parent’s night.” That’s because we celebrate the chartering of our unit, which occurred on March 16, 1916. On that day troop 93 was recognized by the BSA, giving us all rights and responsibilities of any other unit in America. Since then, we have had well over 1,000 members, countless patrols and an even staggering number of youth who have gone up through the ranks. We have helped in collections and programs during World War II, created an explorer patrol, won countless ribbons from camp-o-rees, participated in national Jamborees, but have only had seven scoutmasters. The longest of which, Al West, whom passed away a few years ago, and the longest continuing member of our unit, Ernest Pearson, who passed away this past summer were among those numbers. In 1989, troop 93 and troop 518 combined, as 93 moved from their meeting location on 77th street. This combination of troops required special dispensation from National Council to combine their numbers into 9318. We are proud that our Troop continues to grow, with the addition of our female unit, Troop 9318G
We meet every Friday night from 7:30-9pm in the Church basement at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. At our meetings we develop scout skills, play team building games, plan/prepare for upcoming camping trips and community service events. Our unit is a youth lead program, meaning the youth take responsibility in planning and developing the weekly meetings and calendar of events.
Camping trips are the essential scouting experience. We strive to have one camping trip a month, where our scouts can take the skills they learn during our meeting and apply them in the outdoors. Generally we visit Pouch Camp in Staten Island and Alpine Scout Camp in Alpine, NJ. Once a year we plan on visiting a new camp within the tristate area, this always the kids to try new outdoor experiences, such as, rafting on the Delaware, zip-lining and C.O.P.E (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experiences).
For a week during the summer, we visit Camp Ranchaqua in Ten Mile River Scout Camp. Summer camp is an essential part of the scouting experience, because it gives scouts the opportunity to earn merit badges, compete in challenging camp wide games and interact with other troops. During a scouts week they will have the opportunity to eat in a dining hall, swim in a lake, go fishing, hiking, mountain biking on trails, rifle shooting, archery and do large pioneering projects.
Our troop is dedicated to the betterment of our community. Every year we participate in community service projects which often include; Scouting for Food, Volunteering at the NYC Marathon, Bay Ridge Senior Center's March for Meals, Floyd Bennett Field Conservation Project and Meals on Wheels.
DISTRICT WIDE EVENTS
We participate in Lenape Bay District events as well as GNYC (Greater New York Council). Past events have included; Camp-o-Rees, Merit Badge Rallies, Cook-o-Ree, and Klondike Derby.
MEET OUR SCOUTMASTER
Matt has been in scouting for almost 3 decades. He started as a Tiger Cub and went through the cub scout program before joining Troop 9318. Matt became Assistant Scoutmaster in 2002 before taking over as Scoutmaster in 2011. During his time as Scoutmaster, he has guided scouts to rise in rank, molded youth leadership and encouraged scouts to take on more responsibility in and outside of the troop. Matt had the honor of bestowing the rank of Eagle on his first scout since becoming Scoutmaster in 2016 and is continuing to guide more Scouts. He's also achieved scouting awards, such as, Scoutmaster Key, Scoutmaster Training Award, The Unit Award of Merit and the District Award of Merit. In his spare time, Matt is a high school history teacher.