Welcome !


 A message to new or prospective members


Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 87! 

Whether you are crossing over from Webelos Scouts, transferring from another Boy Scout troop, or entering Scouting for the first time, the experience you are about to embark upon has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your lifetime.  And, what’s really unique about this program is that it is led by the boys themselves! 

Troop 87 has a robust program with a very wide variety of activities available to the Scouts.  The troop has a campout almost every month of the year.  One month the troop may be rock climbing and rappelling; another month they may be snow skiing; on other campouts the focus may be on basic Scout skills such as first aid, knot tying, cooking, or fire building.  Frequently our program also includes, at some point in the year, activities focused on shooting sports, wilderness survival, and leadership development.  The activities on the schedule each year depend on what the boys decide to include in their program. 

Summer time offers some even more exciting opportunities.  Typically we organize one or two summer camps for young Scouts and upcoming Eagles alike. For older Scouts (14 and up), high adventure trips are organized that might involve backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting, or canoeing.  These are high-octane events that challenge the Scouts both physically and mentally while producing life-long memories! 

Fundamental to the structure of the program is the concept that the troop is boy-led.  This does not mean that the boys are in charge and whatever happens just happens.  Rather, consistent with the original intent of Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, it means that the boys lead the troop under the direction of an adult leader.  When the first Scout units were established, Baden Powel observed:  “We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.”  At Troop 87, we fully endorse the boy-led concept and are committed to supporting the boy leadership so that they may be successful and effective in their efforts. 

For those who want to enhance their leadership skills even more, Boys Scouts of America (BSA) offers additional leadership training opportunities including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Brownsea, offered locally, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  These two programs provide world-class leadership training delivered in an outdoor setting. 

Parent involvement is an integral part of the Scouting program and key to the success of our troop.  We cannot do this program without the support and active participation of all parents.  We encourage the parents of our Scouts to become involved either on the organization and administration side through participation on our Troop Committee, or as Assistant Scoutmasters working directly with the boys in the program.  

We are excited that you have decided to join the Boy Scouts and in particular Troop 87.  We look forward to working with you and we know you are in for the experience of a lifetime! 

Please feel free to contact us anytime you have questions or need additional information,



Bob Goodman





April Vacation Week - New England Base Camp Activities

Posted by ccuster on Mar 1 2019 - 12:14am


National Youth Leadership Training April Vacation Week @ New England Base Camp, Milton:

Scouts who attend NYLT should be at least 1st Class and have attended at least one week at a week long summer camp in the past.


Posted by ccuster on Feb 22 2019 - 3:23pm


 Reminder Graduating Seniors: We have a Scholarship information tab in our website Menu.

 Just added - North Andover Merchants Association

Solo Wilderness First Aid - April & May

Posted by ccuster on Feb 13 2019 - 2:58pm


Venture Crew 7 of Chelmsford is sponsoring two Wilderness First Aid Courses taught by SOLO.  The first course will be held April 13 & 14.  The second course will be held May 18 & 19.  Both course will be held at Trinity Lutheran Church, 170 Old Westford Road, Chelmsford.

ShuShuGa & SOLO Wilderness First Aid Training

Posted by ccuster on Feb 10 2019 - 10:02am

All things will be revealed at the proper time…It’s time to sign up for ShuShuGa Leadership Training!  Spring SOLO Wilderness First Aid classes are open for registration! 

Adventure Card

Posted by ccuster on Jan 8 2019 - 10:08am

With talks of Summer Camp, remember your Adventure Card for NEBaseCamp activities  when signing up for drop in activities, vacation week and training camps.

Plan Ahead!

Posted by ccuster on Nov 5 2018 - 10:35pm


   The following for Advanced Training for Scouts and Crew and Sumer Eagle Weeks have been posted to the Council Calendar:


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