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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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Thanksgiving Service Project - THANK YOU!

Posted on Nov 24 2022 - 8:10pm

Troop 173 will once again be assisting St. Christopher’s Church with their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  We are asking for scouts and parents to volunteer their time for one or more of the masses listed below.  Scouts and Parents will meet at the front entrance of St. Christopher’s Church 20 minutes before each mass (or the time stated below) to begin assisting church patrons carrying their donations from their car.  Once Mass begins, we will bring those donations to the Church’s All Purpose Room to be sorted and boxed.  Each Scout and Parent that volunteers will receive community service hours.  Scouts should wear their Class A uniforms. 

Can you find your way without your phone?

Posted on Oct 20 2022 - 9:26am

It turns out that many people are unable to follow maps anymore, yet that skill can be essential when a phone is not available. So the BSA includes Map & Compass/Orienteering activities  in its program - and those requirements are difficult to do at a regular Troop meeting.  We'd like to encourage all of our Scouts, but especially those NOT yet First Class to come to our November 11-13 campout at Quail Hill Scout Reservation in Manalapan NJ. There is an Orienteering course set up here that we can use to pass 1st Class requirement 4A.  If this troop activity does not fit into your schedule, there is a daytime activity available on October 30.   https://www.hvorienteering.com/2022-silas-map-adventureThe Silas Map Adventure is organized by Troop 277 - Kinnelon and the Hudson Valley Orienteering Club; however you will need to sign up for that in advance.  Questions? inquire at our next Troop meeting Oct 21.

Online Popcorn Sales - Earn Prizes thru Oct 25

Posted on Oct 20 2022 - 9:22am

Online sales allow Scouts to reach beyond their neighborhoods and sell across the country. Scouts who did not wish to sell "in person" can also participate in this program. An email was sent to each T173 family with info on this program. Contact Cathy Metcalf if you need more info. 973 975 2780.


Posted on Sep 6 2022 - 8:18pm

Please come on Friday, September 9 to St. Christopher's Church, Rt. 202 Parsippany we meet 7:30  PM in the All Purpose Room.  At least ONE parent from each family needs to attend our very important parents meeting.  We are also kicking off our Popcorn Sale. Be sure to pick up your sales info kit at the meeting.  Sign up to let us know you plan to be there!

Summer Camp Review

Posted on Aug 29 2022 - 1:56pm

Thirteen Scouts from Troop 173 spent a week at Winnebago Scout Reservation this past July; under the leadership of MaryEllen Spada as Summer Camp Scoutmaster, and Andrew Nicholas as Summer Camp Senior Patrol Leader.  Special thanks to the other adults who shared their time and talents at Camp.  The Troop won First Prize in the Camp-wide game, and continued to win the greasy watermelon contest in the water carnival (3rd place overall) for the 6th year in a row. The Scouts completed 45 merit badges at Camp. Seven Scouts had their Board of Review for their next rank either at or following Summer Camp week.   Great Job, everyone!!

Jacob Kaplan Eagle Presentation July 20

Posted on Aug 1 2022 - 8:11pm

Former Scoutmaster Les Wu with JacobJacob Kaplan completed his Eagle Rank in July of 2021, but headed off to Purdue University (where he studies Engineering) before his certificate from the BSA was made available to present to  him.  The Kaplan family thought it would be a unique and meaningful presentation if we could do it this year at Summer Camp. So on one of many sweltering days, Jacob, his family, Troop 173 adult leaders, T173 Eagle Scouts and those Scouts already in our campsite at Winnebago Scout Reservation for the week were there to present the Eagle to Jacob, and enthusiastically congratulate him on his achievement. Thanks to the Kaplan family for providing refreshments - including plenty of cold beverages. Also Troop 173 Adult Leaders who set up the event, and to all who came to support and congratulate Jacob! (scroll down for photos)

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