Troop 9945 Early Days
Troop 9945 came about because of the demand from friends and family members of our Boy Scouts.
When Cub Scouts began accepting girls, we had Scout aged girls showing up at our meeting room door asking to join. We created a girls' interest group and for much of 2018 they participated in Troop 3945 activities to the extent allowed by Scouts BSA and by our local council here in Pittsburgh.
In February 2019 Troop 9945 became an officially recognized BSA Scout Troop. Before the end of that month the Girls attended their first Klondike Derby, competed and won against a field of more experienced Boy Scout—the boys were almost uniformly nice and gracious in their loss.
Troop 9945 currently has more than 18 scouts, by the end of 2021 several of those scouts will reach Eagle.
These girls are focused and are on track to produce Eagle Scouts as a matter of course.
How We Started
Troop 3945 was formed in June of 2017 by a dedicated group of Scouts and their parents and community supporters. The core group of scouts who started Troop 3945 were motivated to help start a new Troop when they learned that Scout Troops could be Youth Led with adult support.
Among our founding adults there are five Eagle Scouts.
We had our first Troop 3945 Eagle Scout Court of Honor in the Spring of 2018 and since then we have had four more boys reach Eagle Scout—and another scout will have his Eagle Scout Board of Review very soon.
These six young men have set a fine example for the many Boys and Girls who will follow in their footsteps.
Thanks for Visiting!
Troop 3945 is our Boys' Troop and Troop 9945 is our Girls' Troop. We are separate Troops but we meet at the same place and time and work together as much as possible. We plan together and learn skills together. Many of our scouts have—or had—a sibling or two in the other troop. It makes life easier for families because there are so few opportunities to have your kids in activities that welcome boys and girls from 11 to 17.
When the Pandemic hit in 2020, and so many people's lives were turned upside down, State health restrictions (and our own good sense) made it impossble for us to continue having our Tuesday meetings at the Morningside VFW.
Even though we haven't been able to have our regular meetings at the VFW, we've still continued to be active Troops. We meet outdoors in various parks and, when necessary, online via Zoom meetings. We regularly hike together and in 2020 we made several camping trips with strict Covid-19 rules in place.
These kids are really dedicated to gathering together—and to getting outside!
We welcome new members all the time and invite you to come visit us at one of our meetings.
Everyone is welcome regardless of race, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, disablity . . .
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VFW Post 3945—Morningside, Pittsburgh, PA
Our biggest community supporter has been the Morningside VFW Post 3945. They generously became the Charter Organization for Troop 3945 when we formed our Troop in 2017. Since then, they have continued to treat us well.
When Scouts BSA began accepting Girls Troops, Morningside VFW Post 3945 once again stepped up and became the Charter Organization for Troop 9945.
Troops 3945 and 9945 have functioned smoothly together and were well prepared to work their way through this Pandemic Year and to keep learning.
We adult volunteers are proud to have helped all the kids from Troop 9945 and Troop 3945 while they continued to grow as BSA Scouts even though much of their world was shutting down around them.
During the pandemic our total membership has actually increased!
Who Can Join Scouts?
Since February 1, 2019, the rules for boys and girls joining Scouts BSA are now identical. The boy or girl must have completed the fifth grade and be at least 10 years old, or have earned the Arrow of Light and be at least 10 years old, age 11 but have not reached age 18.
What is Scouting All About?
Even better, you can come to a meeting of Scout Troop 3945 or Scout Troop 9945 and learn how things work and see how we plan for camping trips and other troop activities.
Ready to try Scouting?