Farewell Troop 59, 1937 – 2022

After 85 years, BSA Troop 59 is no longer chartered as a BSA Scout troop. Due to ever declining registrations, despite the efforts of troop leadership to expand its roster, we are unable to sustain the unit any longer.

Thank you to all of our youth members over the years; we hope that you have fond memories of your time in Troop 59, and the the life and leadership skills that you learned will carry you forward in life.

Thank you to all of the adult leaders, who have served to deliver the BSA scout program and to develop Troop 59’s boys to men, who will not only remember but live by the Scout Oath and Law.

Thank you to the First Presbyterian Church, and St. Vincent de Paul Church, our chartering organizations over the past 85 years, for your guidance and allowing Troop 59 to be part of your ministry.

Lastly, thank you to our Long Hill Township community, we hope that we have served you well, and that you will continue to support scouting and the benefits that it offers.

Yours in Scouting,

Troop 59

Troop 59 Hike

Last Saturday, Mr. Walto and Mr. Theoclitus joined the troop in a hike at Watchung Reservation for a short hike. We also learned how to navigate with a compass and pacing, moving along specific compass bearings for certain length, without measuring it out. Scouts had to learn the length of their pacing and attempt to measure that way. We thank our leaders who coming out on such a cold day to lead this activity.

Pictured: Mr. Theoclitus, T. Marshall, B. Marshall, T. Baeyens, Mr. Walto


Last Saturday on January 2, 2021, Troop 59 welcomed its newest Eagle Scout, Tim Marshall. Unlike most previous times, Tim’s Eagle Scout Court of Honor. was held at The Saint Vincent De Paul Church in Stirling, in accordance with the social distancing guidelines. All of us here at Troop 59 congratulate Tim for his amazing achievement, acquired by only a small percentage of Scouts.

Tim (pictured center front) takes a picture with other Eagle Scouts in attendance

For the project required to acquire Eagle, Tim had worked with Father Richard Carton to lead the building of a concealing fence around the AC units next to the church, a welcome addition!

TIm poses in front of the fence he constructed.

Troop 59’s New Eagle Scout

On March 2nd, Troop 59 celebrated their newest Eagle Scout, Tommy Garno. His project, was to replace, build, and stain new fences at the St. Vincent De Paul Church. It took him 3 days to do so. He received help from many scouts and adults. We are all congraulating him.


On Sunday, April 7th, Troop 59 came in third at the Berkeley aquatics Cardboard Boat Race, with our boat the “B.S.A Hopefully Doesn’t Sink.” There were five other boats. Thank you to Mr. Theoclitus and Mr. Gerecht for coaching us.

Troop 59 Luminary Sales, SOLD OUT

All luminaries have been sold out!  Thank you to all who supported Troop 59 – we’ll see you again next year!


Troop 59 will be offering sets of luminaries – 10 candles, bags and sand – for purchase on Saturday December 1, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM, at the Valley Mall, 977 Valley road, Gillette.

Any luminary sets not sold on Saturday will be offered for purchase on Sunday, December 2.

Scouting for Food

Reminder that Scouting For Food flyer distribution is this Saturday, November 4.  Routes will be available starting at 8:00 AM from Long Hill Township town hall.

Food pickup will be next Saturday, November 11 at 10:00; routes will be available from St. Vincent de Paul Church and food returned to the St. Vincent de Paul food pantry.

All available scouts should try to participate in this important community service project!