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The Boy Scouting program began in England in 1908, and has existed in the United States since 1910. Boy Scout Troop 22 was first chartered in 1931, and has been sponsored by the Southminster Presbyterian Church, 799 Washington Road, Mount Lebanon, PA 15228, since 1993. Troop 22 is in the Eagle Valley (encompassing several communities in the South Hills region of Greater Pittsburgh), within the Laurel Highlands Council, headquartered at Flag Plaza, 1275 Bedford Avenue, in downtown Pittsburgh. Our Scoutmaster, since February, 2011, is Barry Long. Our Committee Chairman, since 2009, is Ronald LoVerde. John Erskine has been the Chartered Organization Representative since 2000.

Currently, Troop 22 consists of 33 registered Boy Scouts, age 10 to 17, including 4 Eagle Scouts, plus 20 Adult Committee members, and 5 Assistant Scoutmasters, in addition to the Scoutmaster. The boys have traditionally resided, for the most part, in Mt. Lebanon and in Dormont, as well as in several other neighboring municipalities, and most attend all Mt. Lebanon elementary schools and middle schools (especially Washington and Mellon), and the Mt. Lebanon High School. They all participate heavily in extracurricular activities in their schools, especially in the music and athletic programs. Within Scouts, many boys are active in the religious awards programs, in the Order of the Arrow, as Den Chiefs assisting Cub Scout units, and in Venturing Crews. All ranks within Scouting are represented by the boys: Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle. The adult leaders are well-trained, and include several former Scoutmasters, many Eagle Scouts, Troop 22 alumni, current and former leaders in other Scouting units, participants in Boy Scout District and Council activities, and individuals active in their churches and communities.

Troop 22’s program focuses on four main goals, in this order: Community Service, Development of Leaders, Appreciation of the Outdoors, and Development of “Scout” Skills (i.e., first aid, compass, knots and lashings, outdoor cooking, swimming, lifesaving, canoeing and kayaking, camping, map reading, backpacking, safety, fire building, wood lore, environmental preservation, etc., etc.). Troop 22 has traditionally placed special emphasis on the outdoors, which is important for a suburban Scout, by camping during at least eleven months each year, sometimes twice a month. The boys love to be physically challenged. Many campouts are combined with on-the-water activities, especially canoeing and kayaking, two of the boys’ favorites, and with history (for example, campouts at Civil War battlefields). Campouts and other outings are frequently combined with service projects, and always with leadership opportunities for the boys. The nickname of Troop 22, for as long as can be remembered, is “The Rainmakers”, representing the boys’ willingness and adaptability to enjoy the outdoors in all kinds of weather. Troop 22 has sent a backpacking crew to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico, three times since 1998, and regularly seeks out other “high adventure” camping trips. Favorite campouts for the boys include the annual June canoe trip (frequently on the Youghiogheny, Clarion, Potomac, and Allegheny Rivers), and at Yellow Creek Lake in Indiana County. Troop 22 is known for its good food and creative menus during campouts. Future scheduled events include cycling and backpacking outings. Chris Wildfire Tr. 22 Adult Committee