Troop 71 Foundation

How can the Troop 71 Foundation help?

Established in April 1998 by then Chairman Thornton Smith, the Troop 71 Foundation serves “To render financial support to Troop 71, Theodore Roosevelt Council, Boy Scouts of America or any successor organization, in its mission of projecting the values of Scouting and the skills advanced by the Boy Scouts of America.” 

Still today, the Foundation continues to support Troop 71. In the past it has quietly assisted Scouts unable to afford to participate in Scouting by paying their dues and annual expenses. The Foundation has also supplied the Troop with tents for its trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico and other gear as needed.  Also, thanks to the Foundation, in 2016 Troop 71 launched its first Newsletter and History Display.  And with alumni donations through the Foundation, in the summer 2018 we established a permanent memorial Pavilion on the Flathead campsite at Theodore Roosevelt Council's Onteora Scout Reservation in honor of former Scoutmaster William C. Aden (1981-1992).

Today the Foundation is looking for new ways of assisting the Troop and continues to work with its leaders to explore avenues of aid. If you know of a boy interested in Scouting but due to financial reasons has not joined the Troop or a Scout in need of some financial assistance to attend summer camp or another event, the Foundation Board would like to know and would enjoy helping them experience Scouting. If you or someone you know needs assistance, or you would like to make a donation, please feel free to contact Foundation Board Member Ken Riscica.

Yours in Scouting, Foundation Board:

Chris Simone – Chairman, Donal McCarthy, James Brooks, Ken Riscica, John Squillante, Kevin Watson, George Cox