WELCOME TO TROOP 17
Troop 17 has served the youths of Elmhurst continuously since 1914. We run a fun, adventurous, and robust year round outdoor
program as designed by scouting, planned by the boys, and supervised by trained adult volunteers.
Over 1500 boys have joined the troop since the first charter and have experienced the challenges, rewards, and fun of the scouting program
as it was meant to be.
Many former members still keep in touch with the troop’s activities and events even though most of them live outside of New York or in
some cases outside of the continental U.S. The majority of the full and part time adult volunteer staff is comprised of alumni of the troop.
The troop has only had two meeting places since being established. Currently we use the
downstairs activity room of The Elmhurst Baptist Church located at 87-37 Whitney Avenue.
During the school year we meet every Wednesday night from 7:30 PM through 9:30 PM.
There are no troop meetings in the summer. The summer program is based solely on
outdoor activities. The highlight is the two week summer camp program at Ten Mile River
Scout Camps along the Delaware River. We also run weekly day activities and sometimes
special outdoor trips for the qualified scouts.
WHAT IS BOY SCOUTING?
The Boy Scouts of America is a nation wide youth program committed to:
• Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
• Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
• Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
• Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.
The BSA was formed in 1910 to provide a program for community organizations that offers effective character, citizenship, and personal
fitness training for youth.
Boy Scouting is available to boys who are 11 through 17 years old, or who have earned the Arrow of Light Award, or have completed the fifth
"Aims of Scouting" - The Scouting program has three specific objectives, they are character development, citizenship training, and personal