Troop 35 (the “Troop”) and Gary United Methodist Church (“Gary Church”), our sponsoring organization since 1912, would like to take this opportunity to welcome you to Boy Scouting. Whether you are just visiting or have already decided to join our troop, we hope to make your introduction to the Boy Scouts of America an enjoyable one. Below is information about Troop 35 that you will find helpful.
Troop 35 has approximately 40 boys from the Wheaton, West Chicago, and Winfield communities ranging in rank from New Scout to Eagle Scout. Since 1928 there have been more than 130 Eagle Scouts from our ranks.
Troop 35 is under the leadership of Jon Podell, Scoutmaster; Patrick McCluskey, Chartered Organization Representative; Melinda Keske, Adult Committee Chairperson; and many supporting parents and concerned citizens serving in the capacities of Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee members, Merit Badge Counselors, and volunteers. Although the Troop is essentially a “boy-run” organization, the success of the Troop depends greatly upon the generosity and support of parents like you. Please consider becoming involved – it’s a wonderful way to share in your boy’s growth. All leadership training fees for parents actively supporting the Troop are paid for by the Troop.