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Welcome to the Official Website for BSA Troop 173, Parsippany New Jersey

Scouting makes a direct and positive impact on your community by teaching positive values and leadership skills to your son.  With over 50 Scouts, we are a very active and fun filled troop.  Troop 173 offers a wide range of activities and learning experiences for your child that focus on their continued growth as they progress through the program.  We strive to incorporate education, character building, growth, teamwork, and primarily FUN for our Scouts.  We are a "Family Friendly" troop that encourages Moms or Dads to attend our meetings, special events, and  camping trips so that everyone can experience the fun, together.

Troop 173 consists of boys primarily from Parsippany.  Due to our strength as a Troop and our family centered focus, we also draw from other nearby towns as well.

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"This site is maintained by volunteer Scouts. Although it contains useful information on local Scouting programs, it is not an official BSA web site. The information provided here has not been approved by the Patriots' Path Council or the Boy Scouts of America."  "We are not responsible for the content of the web site(s) that are linked from this site, which may or may not reflect the views and opinions of the BSA, and does not endorse any products or services they may provide.".

Scout Leaders Honored at Oct 8 Meeting

Posted on Oct 13 2021 - 6:57pm

Mike Catapano "handed the reins" to Dave Franz as Scoutmaster in late August.  On Friday, Oct 8 Mike was presented with the BSA Unit Leader Award of Merit for his accomplishments.  Council Advancement Chair (and Troop Committee Chair) Bruce Benson and Fishawack District Chair (and Assistant Scoutmaster/Crew Advisor) Les Wu presented the award.  On behalf of the Troop,  Bruce presented a plaque  to Mike and to Les recognizing each for the exceptional number of Eagle Ranks awarded during both of their tenures.  And Dave Franz presented Mike with a custom engraved T173 "water glass" also as a Thank You. l to r Bruce, Mike, Les.  Photo thanks to MaryEllen Spada

Earn Prizes with Popcorn and Support Scouting Too!

Posted on Sep 18 2021 - 2:04pm

Every family is asked to support Troop 173's participation in the Annual Popcorn Sale.  See attached for the really great prizes you can earn. If you did not get your sales kit DOWNLOAD the 2 files (PPC PopcornSale2021 and 2021Order Form), OR contact Cathy Metcalf at 973 975 2780.   All Popcorn money and prize requests must be turned in by October  22, SO DO NOT DELAY!


Posted on Sep 9 2021 - 10:42pm


**PLEASE SCROLL DOWN!!** to read all about our new Scouting year
Did you take our survey about a November activity? Please respond BEFORE this Friday. Here is the secure link:  https://forms.gle/nTaEs3cvzqznm7cz5
How about our "Shakedown" campout Sept. 18/19?  It would REALLY help to sign up before this Friday's meeting.  troop173nj.com

Scout and Parent kickoff meeting  Friday, Sept. 10 7:30 PM at St. Christopher Church, 1050 Littleton Road, Parsippany.  Please sign up online to let us know you plan to attend.  If you CANNOT attend, please list at least Scout name under "regrets"** 
Please remember to bring:


Survey - November Big Trip - Your response is requested

Posted on Sep 2 2021 - 11:46am

Last June, the Patrol Leaders’ Council had voiced a preference for a trip to Washington D.C. during teacher’s convention break November 4-7. This is our traditional time for a “Big Trip” that includes locations steeped in American history and fun activities. Given the continuing concerns regarding Covid-19 exposure, health, and potential limitations/closures of attractions, we seek your sincere feedback for planning purposes.

Greenbar Scouts Complete Annual Planning

Posted on Aug 24 2021 - 8:26am

The members of the "Greenbar" completed a long weekend  of planning in Pennsylvania. Outgoing Senior Patrol Leader, Dylan Franz, handed off the ceremonial staff and bear to Alex Spada. A butter knife, forged at Philmont by Crew 701-AA-1, was added to the staff. A hat, formerly worn by Timmy Metcalf and left behind at a meeting, was added to the bear.

Welcome Back, Philmont Crew !!

Posted on Aug 14 2021 - 11:14am

Members of Troop 173 enjoyed a full 12 day Philmont trek as Crew 701-AA-1. At an average campsite elevation of 9,000 feet, our trek put the high in high-adventure.

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