Welcome from Troop 65

Established in 1943, Troop 65 of Mt. Lebanon, PA offers opportunities for boys ages 11-17 to experience the outdoors, learn outdoor skills, provide community service and grow in leadership through a structured advancement program. We strive to be a scout-run, scout-led organization as much as possible.  All new scouts are welcome; no previous scouting experience is required.  Troop 65 serves scouts from various public and private schools in and around the Mt. Lebanon area. We typically have about 40-45 registered boys on our roster. Troop meetings are held at Sunset Hills Presbyterian Church in Crystall Hall on Thursday from 7:30 pm-  9:00 pm.  While access to many parts of our website is granted only to members of our troop (by login), we would be happy to hear from any interested families (Menu-Contact Us).

Some highlights of our program include camping, backpacking, kayaking, Klondike Derby, Adopt-a-Highway, broomball and summer camp. Our Summer camp has followed a pratice of exploring a new scout camp every two years.  The last six years we have visited Heritage Reservation, Seph Mack and Beaumont Scout Reservation. For 2018 & 2019, we are planning to attend Camp Raven Knob in North Carolina. We also regularly have boys participate in BSA sponsored high adventure trips to National Jamboree-West Virginia, Philmont-New Mexico, Seabase-Florida and Northern Tier- Minnesota/Canada. Over one hundred Troop 65 scouts have attained Eagle rank (Menu-Eagle's Nest).

For the last six years, we've earned Gold level for Journey to Excellence.





Emergency PLC, and How to pack for a T65 weekend camp

Posted by jaypullen on Apr 25 2017 - 9:50am
  • Emergency PLC meeting 6:45.  Let Mr Pullen know if you CANNOT attend.  SPL, ASPL, PL’s, Scribe must attend.
  • Thursday is the deadline for signing up for the Shakedown camp.  We currently only have 2 of our new Flaming Savage Chickens signed up.  This camp is specifically FOR YOU!!!  It will prepare you for a successful summer camp as well as a good kick start for camping with Troop 65.  You are HIGHLY encouraged to attend.
  • We’ll be selecting Grubmaster and deciding on a menu.
  • $10 deposit past due for rafting trip. Deadline to sign up is May 11. No exceptions unless there is a cancellation. 
  • Bring in your blank red tshirts for screen printing as our troop 65 Class B’s.  You’ll need a couple of these for summer camp.  Mr Neuhaus’s wife screen prints these at home, so we need plenty of time.  Put your name on the tag and bring them in a bag to give to Mr Neuhaus. 
  • How is everyone doing on selling ad’s for the yearbook and tickets for the spaghetti dinner?  We really only have two weeks to get the ads in—and the dinner is in just 3 weeks!!!

Church Cleanup--service opportunity!

Posted by jaypullen on Apr 25 2017 - 9:41am

Great service opportunity for our charter organization (the church where we meet).

From Mr Tang:

Scouting for Food 2017! A Success!

Posted by jaypullen on Apr 22 2017 - 2:57pm

Thanks to everyone who helped make this year's scouting for food program a huge success, especially to Ms Bonnor who organized this logistical 2 part challenge!!!  Also, to all the parents who gave up their Tuesday and Saturday mornings to drive our scouts around Sunset Hills.  This was truly a community-wide effort that could not happen without the involvement of a lot of people.  Here are some of the stats I got from Ms Bonnor:

OA elections / Fingerprinting merit badge!

Posted by jaypullen on Apr 18 2017 - 4:17am

I hope everyone had a great spring break, and Easter.  There is another busy and important troop meeting planned for this week!

  • PLC meeting at 6:45.  This will be our first one for our newly elected council.  Patrol leaders, SPL, ASPL, and Scribe should all attend.  Make sure you bring a pen or pencil and paper!
  • We will have members from the Order of the Arrow visit us to conduct elections.  We need to have at least half the troop here (excluding the newly crossed over scouts) so please make it a point to attend.  Don't let your fellow scouts down!
  • Flaming Savage Chickens will learn the all important skill of filling out blue cards, AND will earn their first Merit Badge!


  • Scouting for Food bag pick up this Saturday from 9 to about 12.  We need lots of help from scouts and adult drivers.  We delivered about 950 hang tags last Tuesday, and hopefully we'll have a good portion of those households leave bags out for us to pick up and deliver to St Winifreds.  After picking up the bags, we take them to the food bank, unload, sort, and stock all the food.  Then we have Pizza!!!  Don't forget you earn service hours for this, but more importantly you help people here in your own community who need it.
  • The first rafting trip payment of $10 is due this Thursday.  See Ms Reiss' announcement last week for more details, and sign up here on the website over to the right side of the page.  This is always a fun trip!
  • Do you need a Troop 65 class B t-shirt?  Bring in your plain red tshirt (with your name printed on the tag) in a plastic bag and Mr Neuhaus's wife is kind enough to screen print our logo on them for us.  If you are new to the troop, you might want to bring in a couple of them, particularly if you are going to summer camp.

June 2-4 Rafting Trip details! Sign up now to reserve your spot!

Posted by gretchenriess on Apr 10 2017 - 10:06pm

You don't want to miss this campout! It's going to be a blast. We will be camping Friday and Saturday June 2/3 and rafting on Saturday.  There are two options:

1. Middle Yough: Class I and II rapids. This is more of a float with some gentle rapids throughout. It's a great day on the river. This is for scouts under 12 years of age or anyone that doesn't want to tackle the rougher rapids. If there is time we will hang and swim in the river. Space for 20 scouts. 

Middle Cost: Approximately $50-$60 per person which includes camping fees. 

Lower Yough: Class III and IV rapids. There are some very challenging rapids. Minimum age 12 years old. We will be grouped in rafts with guides along with us in their kayaks to help navigate us through the river. It's a ton of fun but a lot of work (that pays off). Space for 25 scouts. 

Lower Cost: Approximately $80-$85 per person which includes camping fees. 

*****IMPORTANT*** first payment of $10 per person is due April 20 and final pay is due May 11. After May 11 no refunds can be given! 

Payments must be received by those dates in order to reserve your spot. Signup on the website today! 

Welcome Flaming Savage Chickens!!! Troop Meeting at 7:30, Cmte at 7

Posted by jaypullen on Apr 4 2017 - 7:07am

This is an exciting time in the troop!  We've gone from about 32 scouts to 45.  The average age has shifted.  The energy level has gone WAY up.  Here are some of the things to look forward to for this Thursday's meeting:

  • Cmte Mtg @ 7pm
  • Some first class and above scouts along with Mr Weissert will talk to the Savage Chickens about some neccessary things to know for your Boy Scout career as well as important differences between cub and boy scouting.  You'll also earn your very first merit badge!
  • For everyone else especially those now holding leadership positions, along with our new adult coaches, we will talk about roles and responsibilities of our new positions (scout and adult).  

Other reminders and upcoming events:

  • Keep selling those Ads!  These funds help us run the troop!
  • Next Tuesday, we are distributing fliers for Scouting for Food.  We need all hands on deck for this!
  • No meeting, next Thursday...EASTER!
  • April 20, OA elections, and Saturday will be Scouting for Food bag pickup
  • Sign up now for the May 5 Shakedown camp.  This is particularly important for the Savage Chickens and any first class scouts that need to use the EDGE method for advancement.

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