Boy Scout Troop 61, c/o American Legion, P.O. Box 488, New Berlin, New York 13411

"Give your son the valuable gift of Scouting. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow."

What's New @ Troop 61?


  • Check out Troop 61's full schedule of 2021-2023 events under the "CALENDER" tab.

  • At the monthly Court of Honor Awards Ceremony, December 1st, Michelle Priola, New Berlin Library Director, was recognized for her support of Troop 61 and for the Library's partnership with Troop 61 in the "Reach, Read, and Reward Raffle" that realized over 400 food items for the New Berlin Food Pantry.  "Hyde Park" was the winner in the raffle drawing.  Jared, the head of the Village DPW, exclaimed that Troop 61's leaf raking of Hyde Park was "so much better than he ever expected".

  • Troop 61 elected Liam as Patrol Leader and the patrol selected "Dark Foxes" as their patrol name.  Liam appointed Bryce as his Assistant Patrol Leader and Kasen as the Troop Scribe.

  • Hike-a-Thoners Liam, Bryce, and Kasen received their Troop 61 neckerchiefs which they earned by meeting their fundraising goals.

  • The November 20-21 campout included Troop 61's annual door-to-door Food Drive for the New Berlin Food Pantry AND the raking of leaves at Hyde Park as the winner of the Reach, Read, and Rake Raffle.  Tickets for the raffle could NOT be purchased.  In conjunction with the New Berlin Library and the New Berlin Food Pantry, raffle tickeys could only be earned via reading a library book or by donating food to the pantry!!!

  • Bryce, Kasen, Liam, and Logan received their first rank, the Scout Badge, at the November 10th Court of Honor!!!

  • At the November 10th Court of Honor Awards Ceremony, Troop 61 honored the American Legion with a presentation of the new Troop 61 flag and the new Troop 61 bulletin board - both have the Frank H. Arnold American Legion Post 348 inscription!!!

  • Congratulations Liam who was elected Patrol Leader for the Bald Eagle Patrol and Bryce who was appointed Assistant Patrol Leader.

  • Congratulations Troop 61 who raised $400 via the Fall Hike-a-Thon.

  • First monthly Court of Honor Awards ceremony honoring the American Legion as Troop 61's new chartering organization was  Wednesday, November 10th, 6-7:30pm @ the American Legion. 

  • Thank you Tom Ackerman and the NB Fish & Game Club for teaching Troop 61 gun safety on Saturday, October 30, 2021.  Thank you Troop 61 for cleaning-up the trail around Millbrook Lake by collecting garbage as you hiked on Saturday, October 30th as part of T61's monthly campout.  Congratulations Bryce, Kasen, Liam, Logan, ASM Joanis, ASM Hoag, and CC Phillips for completing the 5-mile hike as part of the 2021 Hike-a-Thon fundraiser.  T61 completed the weekend by attending worship @ St. Andrews Episcopal Church.


  • Webelos "Arrow of Light" Den (5th graders) meets each Wednesday @ 6pm at the American Legion starting October 27th.  Congratulations Cengiz and Tyler on the completion of the Bobcat Award on October 27, 2021!!!

  • ALL boys ages 5-10 are welcome to join Cub Scout Pack 61 - Wednesday, October 20, 6pm, at UVCS.

  • Troop 61 will help with the recruitment of Cub Scout Pack 61's re-start after Covid. Pack 61 meets at UVCS.  The Cub Scout rally will be Wednesday, October 20th, 6pm.

  • New Berlin Troop 61 welcomed 8 new scouts in September 2021!!!

  • Kevin Phillips (Troop 61's Eagle Scout Class of 1975) has been selected by the American Legion as the new Scoutmaster of Troop 61.  We welcome him back after the shut-down during Covid.  The front page article in the September 2, 2021 edition of the Evening Sun is recorded in the "NEWS ARCHIVES" under the "ABOUT US" tab.

  • Troop 61's new home is the Frank H. Arnold American Legion Post #348, 6 Academy Street, New Berlin.  Troop 61 meets weekly on Wednesdays at the Legion, 6-7:30pm (except the Wednesdays following a campout) AND tent camps every month.

  • New Berlin Troop 61 hosted the 2019 Soap Box Derby on Moss Street June 15th.  Congratulations Conner on First Place and Christopher on Second Place trophies!!!

  • Thank you ASM Joanis and Christopher for serving as the Honor Guard for the retiring of over 100 American flags with the American Legion on June 7th.

  • Good job Troop 61 setting new flags in the cemetary with the American Legion on May 21 and parading with our flags on Memorial Day.

  • 109 attended the 2019 Millbrook Encampment hosted by New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 as part of our 75th anniversary celebration.  The opening ceremony recognized Troop 61's Eagle Scouts: those present included Ken Wiggins (1966), Steven Dunshee (1967), Peter Lennon (1970), Kevin Phillips (1975), and Dan Caruso (2004).  Competitions focused on scout skills and teamwork. New Berlin Fire Department, Ambulance Squad, and LifeNet's helicopter provided demonstrations.  Charley Koop spoke on animal rescue/rehabilitation and introduced Dusty the falcon to the scouts.

  • Thank you Ken Wiggins for teaching our troop the Fire Safety merit badge.  We loved the fire house and EMS communication center tours.  We are better prepared after doing a safety inspection and practicing a fire drill at home!

  • Scout Sunday was February 3rd. Thank you St Theresa's for such a warm welcome.  Danny Johnson's Eagle Scout Project display was exceptional.  Scoutmaster Phillips preached at First United Methodist and no one fell asleep!!!

  • Thank you Colgate for the FREE hockey tickets on January 25th.

  • Fabulous Blizzard Adventure 3-night campout, January 18-21, at Scout Camp Kingsley, just north of Rome, NY. 7 scouts and 2 adults from Troops 5 and 61 joined 100+ others in winter sports, merit badge sessions, and, and, and... Our troops were the only ones tent camping!!!  Waking-up to 6 degree temps on Saturday morning meant all qualified for the Polar Bear Award.  A foot of snow greeted us Sunday morning.  We moved inside Sunday night as temps dipped to -12 and wind chills to -30.  Our scouts completed 12 merit badges, Jordan won the "ugly sweater" competition, and our chili took second place!!!

  • Congratulations New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 on completing the 2018 Bronze Journey to Excellence Award for meeting weekly, camping monthly, serving regularly, and advancing sufficiently.  Impressive achievement as the troop was only operating for 4 months in 2018.

  • Congratulations Christopher on completing the Cyber Chip Award and the rank of Scout Badge December 11.

  • Thank you Norwich Evening Sun for featuring our 75th Anniversary plans in 2019 on the front page November 26th and the New Berlin Gazette on November 30th.  The text of both articles is recorded under the "About Us" tab above.

  • Thank you Officer John Lowe, New Berlin Police Department and Unadilla Valley Central School Safety Officer, for speaking at Troop 61 November 13.
  • Cub Scout Pack 61 and Boy Scout Troop 61 collected 512 food items at our Annual "Scouting for Food" Drive, Saturday, Nov. 3.  Thank you New Berlin for your support of Scouting and the New Berlin Food Pantry!!!

  • Unusual weather for our monthly campout, Nov. 3-4, at Millbrook.  Started in the rain, then sun, then HAIL with lots of WIND, before a beautiful evening under the stars around the campfire!!!  Our event ended with worship at the Methodist Church on Sunday, Nov. 4 at 11am.  Thank you for the warm welcome at church!!!

  • The Troop 61 Hike-a-Thon was October 20 and raised over $800!!!

  • Sweet meeting, Tuesday, September 25, with the first Troop 61 Candlelight Induction Ceremony and the distribution of uniform shirts.  Welcome new ASM Joanis who joins our Scoutmaster team of SM Phillips and ASM Schoener!!!

  • Welcome Myron Phillips, Sarah Phillips, and Ken Wiggins to our new Troop 61 Committee.  Our scouts are already benefitting from your wealth of Scouting experience, resources, and WISDOM!!!

  • The FIRST CAMPOUT of the new New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 was September 15-16 @ Milbrook and concluded with worship @ St Andrews!!!  Thank you Town of New Berlin for your support of Troop 61 through the use of the beautiful Millbrook Rectreation Area!!!  Great meals cooked by Lucas, Conner, and Christopher.  Collected 8 bags of trash around the lake as our service project.   Enjoyed an AMAZING STAR-FILLED SKY at the campfire.  Thank you Doc for the Apple Cobbler!!!  The campout was immortalized in the September 21 New Berlin Gazette complete with a picture of our scouts playing in the lake!!!

  • The FIRST MEETING of the new New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 was September 10, 6-7:30pm, at St. Andrews Church.  New charter includes 5 scouts and 5 adults!!!

  • Enjoyed Syracuse University Football Game on Sept. 8th with FREE tickets!!! Thank you Preferred Mutual for donating the tickets and for supporting Troop 61 so well through the years!!!

  • Troop 61's full schedule of upcoming 2019 events is available by clicking the "CALENDAR" tab above.


Click on the "NEWS" link under the "ABOUT US" tab above to read all the articles published locally about the new New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61.

     Troop 61 celebrated 75 Eagle Scouts in 75 years in 2019

     Information and applications are available at Troop 61's display in the New Berlin Library.  Join for only $5.  Check out Troop 61 at our next Wednesday meeting.  New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 meets every Wednesday that U.V.C.S. is open and enjoys the adventure of camping every month!!!



  Troop 61
  New Berlin, NY