Brady Sprague (2011 recipient), Lou Langie, Tyler Borrelli (2015 recipient), Dan Leisner (2014 recipient)

​​Visions of Scouting

Daniel Carter Beard (1850-1941)
Daniel Carter Beard grew up hearing stories of pioneer days and exploring the woods near his Covington, Ky., home. After attending art school in New York City, he began a long career as a writer and illustrator.

One winter day in New York, Beard came across newsboys sleeping on the damp pavement of Printing House Square. It was this sight that “started me on my lifelong crusade for American boyhood,” he later wrote.

In 1905, in the pages of Recreation magazine, Beard created a loosely organized boys’ program he called the Sons of Daniel Boone. Somewhere between 2,000 and 20,000 boys joined the group in the next few years, organizing themselves in “forts” and “stockades” and taking on the names of heroes such as Daniel Boone (president), Kit Carson (treasurer) and Davy Crockett (secretary). When Beard joined Pictorial Review magazine, he renamed the group the Boy Pioneers of America and published its first handbook.

With the advent of the BSA, Beard shut down his nascent organization and joined the BSA as one of the first national commissioners.

“Uncle Dan,” as he was known, remained involved in Scouting until his death in 1941 — even showing up at the 1937 National Scout Jamboree to light the opening campfire with flint and steel. He was honored with one of the first Silver Buffalo Awards in 1926.

Troop 31 Shutterfly 
Photo Site

Come and share your photos of past and present Troop 31 events.  We have created a secure Shutterfly account to store, share, and print  photos and videos of our Troop 31 events.  Over 50 photo albums and 10,000 photos have been uploaded by scouts, leaders, and families.from a number of our past courts, camp-outs, and  trips.  The staff invite you to visit and share any photos you may have of any past or present events.

Click here to visit the 

site.  Since this is a secure site, you will need to register and be approved. Please provide your name and the years associated with the troop. . You may invite family members to view the site. Please have them reference your information in their request for access. If the committee has questions, we will email you separately for your blessing before granting permission.  If you have any other questions please contact the Webmasters at

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 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.

Boy Scout Troop 31 
Rochester, New York

Sunday , July 12th 

Massawepie Scout Camp Week

WEEK ONE: Sunday, July 12 through Saturday, July 18
WEEK TWO: Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25

Departure: Meet on Sunday, July 12th at 6:45 am (bus departs between 7:45 & 8:00 am)
Where: School #1, 85 Hillside Avenue, Rochester, NY 14610 (see map attached)
Medical Forms: Bring 3 paper copies of any medical forms NOT already turned in to Dr. Deane
Medication: All medications must be in their original bottles/packages + include written instructions
Money: In addition to spending money for Massawepie (which should include money needed for merit badge class supplies), scouts should also bring an additional $10 - $15 for lunch at McDonald's in Watertown on the way to Massawepie 
Transportation: Please remember there is no troop-arranged bus ride to or from Massawepie during the weekend between our stay (July 18-19).

  • Parents should take it upon themselves to arrange car-pooling to and from Massawepie if leaving after the first week, or if only attending the second week.
  • Parents picking up scouts after WEEK ONE need to arrive at Massawepie no later than 9:00 am Saturday, July 18.
  • Many parents of first-week-only scouts decide to come to Massawepie on Friday and stay overnight.
  • There are plenty of accommodations (tents), just check in at the entrance and let the office know you are staying overnight. They will give you an official wristband good for meals in the dining hall.

  • Scouts arriving for WEEK TWO only should arrive on Sunday, July 19 no later than 3:00 pm. 

  • A bus will pick up scouts after WEEK 2 (Saturday, July 25) and return to School #1 at approximately 5:00 pm.
  • NOTE: For the weekend in between WEEK ONE and WEEK TWO, scouts who remain over the weekend will be hiking up Mt. Arab. Lunch will be consumed on the peak of Mt. Arab, and scouts will be back in time for dinner.​

Two more Wood Badge Tickets


Wood Badge is Scouting's premier training course. Baden-Powell designed it so that Scouters could learn, in as practical a way possible, the skills and methods of Scouting. It is first and foremost, learning by doing. The members of the course are formed into patrols and these into a troop.  The entire troop lives in the out-of-doors for a week, camping, cooking their own meals, and practicing Scout skills. 

The uniqueness of Scouting is the patrol method. The use of the natural gang of six or eight boys who elect their own leader and plan and carry out many of their own activities is a democracy in microcosm. Here young men learn the give and take of working with people as they must surely do all their lives. Here, too, they are given leadership and learning opportunities which prepare them for their future roles as citizens. It is for this reason that it is so crucial that all adults understand thoroughly the patrol method. 

Troop 31 congratulates Dr. Deane and Mr. Hellstern on their completion of their Wood Badge Tickets and the fantastic Beading ceremony lead by Scouter Everything...Mr. Finger.​

Congratulations to our latest Eagle Scouts
Daniel F. Khalil

& Calvin T. Ryan

Court of Honor for Eagle Scouts Davis Hill, Dan Khalil, Calvin Ryan, and Brian Tyndall will be held on 
Monday, August 10 at 6:00 pm 
at Seton Catholic School.

2015 Louis & Sally Langie
Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient
Tyler Borrelli

Congratulations to Eagle Scout Tyler Borrelli, Troop 31 in the City of Rochester on being the 2015 Louis and Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship Recipient.  Earlier in May, Mr. Langie and his daughter, Roberta, along with Council President Bob Kessler and Council Scout Executive, met with several candidates.  Mr. Langie personally meets with each of the Eagle Scout candidates to learn more about them and their aspirations before granting the scholarship to one outstanding young man. 

The Scholarship is an annual award of $12,000.00 ($3,000.00 per year) (one-time grant, nonrenewable) is made available by the Louis and Sally Langie Eagle Scout Scholarship Fund.  It is awarded at the Council level to an Eagle Scout planing to attend a four-year college.  Eagle Scouts in the class of 2015 will receive information later in the year about next year's application process. ​