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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.".

Winter Fun with Troop 173! - UPDATE

Posted on Jan 18 2022 - 11:06pm

A highlight of every winter is the super FUN Klondike Derby skills and teamwork competition, next held on February 5 2022 at Mt. Allamuchy Scout Reservation.  Troop meetings in January will focus on learning and practicing many basic Scout skills, and there will be a practice session on January 15.  SIGN UP TODAY!  This will be a one-day activity - no camping at this time.


Posted on Jan 18 2022 - 6:56pm

The Jersey Cares Coat Drive has concluded.  Jersey Cares is collected "gently used" and new winter coats which to be distributed to men, women, children and infants of all ages in need. Troop 173 members contributed more than 40 coats to the drive.

Thanks for supporting Toys for Tots Holiday Collection!

Posted on Jan 3 2022 - 10:01am

Toy Drive December 2021THANKS FOR YOUR DONATIONS!! OVER 120 ITEMS COLLECTED!!! Troop 173 will be participating in a Toy Drive sponsored by Patriots Path Council benefiting the U.S.M.C Toys for Tots.  We are asking each Scout to assist with the annual drive by collecting and donating new and unwrapped toys.  All age groups are accepted.  Collection will end on December 10,2021.

Food Drive at St. Christophers Church

Posted on Nov 9 2021 - 1:18pm

Troop 173 will once again be assisting St. Christopher’s Church with their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive.  Please consider volunteering your time and bringing donations 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.

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!

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