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America’s #1 Values Program has been an important part of our community since Troop 180’s founding in 1939, and today our Scouting units are among the most respected in the Pioneer Valley.  Chartered by the Boy Scouts of America to Ludlow's St Elizabeth Parish and serving ALL AREA YOUTH, we have age and grade appropriate Scouting for girls and boys in the K thru 18 years old and a CO-ED high adventure program for young men and women 13-20 years old.  Call the numbers below for each program, or e-mail  join@scouts180.org.


Scouting for the entire family is here!  Accepting girls and boys now!

 

CUB SCOUT PACK 180

For further information please call Cubmaster Philip Brodeur, (413) 531-4941

Pack 180 introduced an exciting STEM program that will continue for the 2018-2019 year.. our "SCOUTS, STEM, and SISTERS" is now "SCOUTS ans STEM" because GIRLS CAN JOIN and be SCOUTS!

KINDERGARTEN!!: Lion CubsLike TIGERS youth participate with an adult family member.  They work together on projects during den meetings and at home, and visit places in the community.   Lions participate in Cub Scout Pack 180 activities that are age appropriate.  The uniform is a special T-Shirt rather than the blue Cub Scout shirt and neckerchief.  This program is a great family introduction to Scouting!


1st grade: Tiger Cubs learn new skills with an adult family member.  They work together on projects during den meetings and at home, and visit places in the community.  Each activity has a “character connection” to develop values while the Tiger has great fun.  Tigers are a part of Cub Scouts and also participate in Cub Scout Pack 180 activities.

 

2nd & 3rd grade Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts: An advancement program for each grade is the basis for fun and learning that reinforces character development, personal fitness, and citizenship.  Scouts meet in small groups called dens, and participate in Pack 180 activities that include camping and community service.

 

4th & 5th grade: Webelos: Our older Cub Scouts are given a more challenging advancement program and begin participating in Boy Scout Troop 180.  Activity Pins, similar in concept to Scout Merit Badges, provide the Scouts with new experiences and fun things to learn.  Webelos are a part of Cub Scouts, and like our Tigers, Wolves, and Bears they participate in Pack 180 activities as well as selected activities with Troop 180.

 

SCOUTS BSA BOY TROOP 180

For further information please email scoutmaster@scouts180.org or call Scoutmaster Jerry Ducharme, (413) 348-1790

 

11-18 year old boys: Camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and a challenging advancement program help develop self-reliance and leadership skills.  Scout advancement is at the Scouts own pace so Scouts playing seasonal sports aren’t penalized for missing meetings.  Troop 180 meets weekly during the school year at our own camp on Alden St (Camp Falconer) except for the colder months (usually Dec-Mar) when the Pastoral Center and school hall are used.  A week of resident camp at the Horace Moses Scout Reservation and meetings every other week at our Camp Falconer during the summer makes ours a “year round” Troop!



SCOUTS BSA GIRL TROOP 180

NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS! For further information please email join@scouts180.org or call Scoutmaster Cara Schneider, (413)  887-8045

 

11-18 year old Girls: Scouts BSA for Girls officially began on February 1 and Girl Troop 180 was chartered and now offers camping, hiking, and other outdoor activities, and a challenging advancement program help develop self-reliance and leadership skills.  Just like our Boy Troop Scout advancement is at the Scouts own pace so Scouts playing seasonal sports aren’t penalized for missing meetings.  Troop 180 meets weekly during the school year at our own camp on Alden St (Camp Falconer) except for the colder months (usually Dec-Mar) when the Pastoral Center and school hall are used.  "Girl Troop" and "Boy Troop" are the terms being used to describe the units -- this is not a co-ed program so each gender will have their own troop but the troops will cooperate together sharing resources just as our Venturing Crew has.  The Girl Troop has its own Scoutmaster, and elect it's own youth leaders.

 


VENTURE CREW 180

For further information please email venture@scouts180.org or call Crew Advisor Philip Brodeur, 531-4941

 

Girls and boys ( 14 or 13 and be in the 8th grade):  Venturing is unique because it utilizes outdoor adventure as a method for building character, peer-to-peer bonds, and independence.  Crew 180's principle focus is backpacking, hiking, canoeing, and climbing. Developed with teens in mind, our teens have an opportunity for investing their time in their future.  Leadership training and youth-leadership of the Crew are an important aspect, but new, fun experiences and socialization with other Crews in the area (including a weekend of leadership courses and fun that includes climbing/ropes, shooting sports each May) make Venturing time well spent.


Scouting in 180: Who we are!

 

Since our first meeting in February, 1939, our units have been chartered to Ludlow's St Elizabeth Parish  (successor to St. John the Baptist Church after merging with St Mary of the Assumption in 2010)  to provide the Scouting experience to area youth regardless of faith or church membership.

 

We are proud of the experience and dedication of our volunteers:  currently active in our units are:

 

q  5 Silver Beaver recipients (the highest recognition awarded by the Council)

q  10 District Award of Merit recipients (the highest recognition awarded by the District)

q  4 Magic of Scouting recipients (a recognition awarded by the Post Road District)

q  A past Scoutmaster of a National Jamboree Troop

q  A past Assistant Scoutmaster of a National Jamboree Troop

 

And training is an imperative:

 

q     6 Woodbadge trained leaders

q  13 Shu Shu Ga or Outdoor Leadership trained leaders
q    4 BSA Climbing Instructors

 

Ours is an outdoors experience at all levels.  Helping make this possible is our own camp on Alden St in Ludlow.  Camp Falconer, named for an early Scoutmaster, is over 20 acres of woods, field, and stream that we make great use of.  With a heated building, flush toilets, and running water it’s a perfect place for the beginning camper to sleep in a tent but have a safety net if the weather turns bad.

 

The past members of 180 read like a who’s who of Ludlow.  Anyone visiting our camp is usually impressed at the names – often of relatives! – on our Star, Life, and Eagle boards.  These boards hold placards showing the rank attained by our members over the years.

 

But most important is our belief that Scouting makes a difference in the lives of the young people we serve.

 

And our belief is shared by colleges and businesses:  being able to say “I am an Eagle Scout” or “I was a Scout for x years” on applications immediately makes a candidate stand out for consideration.