Boy Scout Troop 31 
Rochester, New York

Lord Baden-Powell

Founder of Scouting​

“The spirit is there in every boy; it has to be discovered and brought to light.”

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.
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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

Visions of Scouting

In 1910, the Boy Scouts of America was founded to help young people grow into responsible, well-rounded citizens. As a result, more than 100 million Americans have experienced the traditional, values-based program offered by the BSA. Below, a celebrated American shares their thoughts on the Scouting experience:

"I admire the Boy Scouts of America because the BSA has meant finding real  solutions to some of the problems plaguing our country and has kept the faith in what America is and must mean to the world. You show that character comes from one small act at a time, caring for each child as if he or she were our own." 

George Bush, former President of the United States of America.

Welcome from Our Scoutmaster

As members 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 to planning a camping trip. 


Our adult advisers provide guidance to the scout leadership so that they can accomplish the goals they have set for themselves and the troop.  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.

After 100 years, our parents and alumni are proud of the 163 scouts who have earned their rank of Eagle as members of Boy Scout Troop 31.  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 me at to set up appointment to visit Troop 31.


Yours in Scouting,

​John H. Folwell 

Boy Scout Troop 31

38th Scoutmaster

Monday, April 14th

No Scout Meeting due to break

Annual Spring Trip:


April 12th-16th 

Thank you to all our parents for seeing us off on this long exciting trip. Our Trip was very uneventful for the first eight hours. We had two rest-stops one at the Toigo Welcome Center and a second about 20 minutes south of Harrisburg. Once heading south we were mostly fine till we all intersected Interstate-95 and the trip suddenly came to a standstill. After much stop and go, we arrived at a beautiful campsite on the Chickahominy River.

Day 2: Williamsburg, VA: Most of the Troop attended Mass at St. Bede Catholic Church for Palm Sunday. What a beautiful church! They had a very nice celebration and recongized our Troops visit with a very warm greeting. We meet a Scout from Troop 103 who's Scoutmaster recommended the campsite. Immediately after mass, we made a side trip to Starbucks to caffeinate Mr. H and then we were on to Colonial Williamsburg. After prepping brown bag lunches, we arrived at the visitor center where we viewed one of the movies.

Our first stop was the governor's palace where we learned about how the family left the colony in the middle of the nights. After a quick lunch we split into two groups and visited many of the western buildings such as the church, riflemaker, blacksmith, and arsenal among others. We had sunshine and a high temperature around 80. We are looking forward to Day 3.

The Campsite official address:
Chickahominy Riverfront Park
1350 John Tyler Highway
Williamsburg, VA 23185

​Please see Mr. Hill's email for emergency contacts.

Massawepie ​Summer Camp Registration 

Troop 31: July 26th - August 9

Non-refundable $100 Massawepie deposit is due, please provide to Mr. Hill ASAP



If you have not turned in medical forms please do so immediately

Please hand into Dr. Deane.  

Electronic form available CLICK HERE

APO: Merit
​Badge Day

Saturday, April 26th


Please contact Mr. Folwell about being placed on waiting list

We will be offering the opportunity to work on up to three merit badges, each in a 75 minute-long session.

Due to rising costs of materials and other resources needed for this event, we are charging eleven dollars and fifty cents($11.50) per scout. This fee includes up to three merit badge classes, parking in the SU Standart lot (closer parking options will be available for those with handicap parking permits), and lunch. Leaders may attend and observe at no cost. All units are required to provide at least one adult leader per unit; if this is a problem for your unit, please let us know at

It is recommended that scouts come prepared with a copy of the book or at least a print-out of the requirements for the badges they intend to take. An excellent resource for that or We will not be providing merit badge books or requirement lists.

Alpha Phi Omega MBD website: 

If interested, please fill out form below. 

21 Stories for Scouts

Support Heidi McGee Ryan

On Friday, May 16th parent Heidi MeGee-Ryan will participate in the most unique fundraising event offered to the Rochester community in many years. She is going to rappel down the side of the First Federal Plaza in downtown Rochester, NY to support urban scouting programs, including the 40 afterschool programs run in Rochester schools and an opportunity for scouts attend to SWC three summer camps. Please support Heidi in her goal to raise over $1,000 for the chance to rappel. Last year more than 50 businesspeople and Scout supporters rappelled 21 stories when this event debuted in May.

Help support a Troop 31 Leaders as she rises to the challenge!

To offer you support simply Click here for Heidi's fundraising page

​Environmental Science Merit Badge​

Seneca Park Zoo

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Seneca Park Zoo is offering Environmental Science on Saturday, May 17, 2014  from 2- 4:30 pm 
Cost: $10 Pre-registration at this link is REQUIRED: 
Please note: Not all requirements for the Merit Badge are met during the above workshops. There are no prerequisites required. Blue cards need to be signed off by your Merit Badge counselor. 

Saturday, April 26th

Seabase Crew meeting from 3:00 -5:00 pm at East Ave Wegmans cafe.

Monday, April 28th

Weekly Meeting at Third Pres Church

Month's theme: Merit Badge Workshop.

Monday, April 21st

Month's theme: Merit Badge Workshop, led by Matt D's patrol. This first meeting will involve assessing which scouts needs which merit badges, so please bring your latest rank/merit badge information if you have it. Otherwise, we will be providing this information.