Troop 656 - Wantagh, NY

Troop 656 - Wantagh, NY

Welcome to Troop 656.

  • Troop 656 has earned the 2016 "Scouting's Journey to Excellence (GOLD)" award.  This award is the BSA's performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of a scouting unit, district, and council.

  • Our weekly Troop meetings are held each Monday night at Christ Lutheran Church on Island Road in Wantagh.

  • Meetings are held from 7:30 to 8:30 PM, upstairs in “Steinbicker Hall”.
  • Annual Troop dues, registration fees and a subscription to Boys Life Magazine are $75.00 per year.  It is payable upon joining the Troop.
  • Troop 656 is proud to have many Eagle Scouts among its members.  All new Scouts should strive to reach for the top, to become an Eagle.

  • Advancements and merit badges are presented at a “Court of Honor”.  These are held three times a year and all parents and siblings are invited.

  • All Scouts are assigned to a Patrol.  If a Scout has joined from a Webelos Den, that whole Den may form a new Patrol.  A Patrol is led by two elected Scouts, a Patrol Leader and an Assistant Patrol Leader.

  • Troop meetings are run by the Senior Patrol Leader aided by the Assistant Senior Patrol Leader(s).

  • “Scouting is Outing!”  Our Troop believes that a Scout will learn and accomplish the most on a camping trip.  The Scouting program comes alive on campouts.  This is where the action is.  This is where the fun is.

  • Campouts are held monthly from September through June.  All Scouts are invited to attend.  There is always adult supervision.  Scouts are urged to attend as many campouts as they can throughout the year.

  • We camp in tents, lean-to’s, and cabins depending on the time of the year and the facilities available.  Our weekend destinations are usually within New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or Connecticut.

  • The Troop spends two weeks at a Boy Scout summer camp each year.  Usually this is in July.  Scouts may sign up for one or both weeks.  Parents are encouraged to spend however many days they can spare to assist us at camp. Summer camp is a great experience for a Scout.  Living in a tent, swimming, fishing, boating, hiking, archery, rifle, working on all kinds of merit badges for advancement. 

  • We attend various High Adventure Camps in addition to our regular camping program. Examples of trips we have taken recently are: Bluenose, which is winter camping at Onteora Scout Reservation, Florida Sea Base, which is sailing and snorkeling on a boat for a week, National Jamboree, which is in West Virginia and Dog Sledding in Minnesota.

  • The Troop conducts “Service Projects” for the community from time to time.   This may include things like:  helping out at a Troop fund raiser, helping out at a town festival/event, or raking up leaves around Christ Lutheran Church, etc.

  • A Scout Troop is like any other volunteer organization.  Its success depends upon its members.  Our Troop Committee is made up of interested and concerned parents who help plan and guide the operation of the Troop.  All parents of Scouts are urged to become members of the Troop Committee.  

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