Supporting Youth through

Scouting for 109 years 

Boy Scout Troop 31​ 
Rochester, New York

Mission and Vision of B.S.A.

The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

The Vision of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare every eligible youth in America to become a Responsible, anticipating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.

Membership in the Boy Scouts of America is open to all boys and young adults who meet the joining requirements. Membership in Scouting, advancement, and achievement of leadership in scouting units are open to all youth without regard to race or ethnic background and are based entirely upon individual merit.

​​Welcome from Our Scoutmaster

After 109 years, our parents and alumni are proud of the 183 scouts who have earned their rank of Eagle as members of Boy Scout Troop 31. The troop remains and focuses its leadership to be a truly "scout lead and a scout run troop."  

As leaders of Boy Scout Troop 31, the boys manage and control all aspects of the troop operations from planning a simple meal for a patrol, to running a meeting, or planning a Spring trip out West.  Through years of successful programs, Boy Scout Troop 31 has created an environment that challenges boys to learn what it takes to be self-sufficient, self-reliant, and self-motivated while simultaneously caring about and leading others.   We strive for our scouts to search out leadership positions and to obtain training whenever possible.  Our Troop is proud each year to send multiple scouts to NYLT (National Youth Leadership Training) to further develop and hone their basic and leadership skills.    Click here to learn more about our troop and why you would want to join. 

Our adult "advisers" provide guidance to the scout leadership so that they can accomplish the goals they have set for themselves and the troop.  We follow the guidelines and philosophy outlined by the Wood Badge program ideals to mentor scouts in providing programs and activities that strengthen and develop character.  Parents click here to view our parent guide.

If you are interested in visiting or joining Boy Scout Troop 31, we welcome you to visit a troop meeting and experience it first-hand. I look forward to meeting with you; feel free to contact us at to set up an appointment to visit Troop 31.

Yours in Scouting,
Todd Schumacher
Boy Scout Troop 31
41st Scoutmaster -

Charter Organization Sponsor

Third Presbyterian Church

4 Meigs Street, Rochester, NY 14607, United States

Council Sponsor

Seneca Waterways Council
Service Center & Scout Shop

474 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607 
Phone: (585)244-4210
Fax: (585) 244-9403

Boy Scout Troop 31

At Boy Scout Troop 31, we emphasize character development, citizenship, self-reliance, and leadership development presented in a way that is both enjoyable and worthwhile. At Troop 31, we've been training leaders for over 100 years, and having a good time doing it! Boy Scout Troop 31 was formed in April 1913. It is the longest established Boy Scout Troop in City of Rochester, and the second oldest troop in Monroe county and in Seneca Waterways Council. In fact, the Troop is older than Seneca Waterways Council, which was formed in 1918. The Boy Scouts of America was established in 1910, so Troop 31 was there at the beginning.  Since 1913, we've awarded over 183 Eagle Scout ranks, which is the highest honor earned as a boy scout. We are rich with experience, leadership, tradition, and good times. Boy Scout Troop 31 has always been sponsored by and held meetings at Third Presbyterian Church, which is located at the corner of Meigs Street and East Avenue in Rochester. Church membership is not necessary. We accept Scouts of any denomination. ​

The underlying philosophy of Boy Scout Troop 31 is that boys become leaders through the experience of leading: "Learning through doing." The Troop is run by the Scouts with the guidance and supervision of the Scoutmaster and the adult staff. For the older Scouts, this system provides meaningful leadership opportunities and a chance to give important guidance to newer Scouts. The long-term success of Boy Scout Troop 31 is largely due to the troop being run by the scouts. Often, as boys become older they get jobs and become involved in other opportunities. A scout troop that doesn't offer continued interest generally loses boys as they get older. With Troop 31, younger boys look forward to future leadership roles, and more often stay a boy scout until they're eighteen, often returning as staff members after college.

Click here to Print the Troop Informational Flyer