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 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,



Eric Buchholz





Summer Camp sign-up still open!

Posted by ccuster on Mar 25 2016 - 7:29pm

Hi all,

We have a great group already signed up for summer camp!

Summer camp deposits are now due.  Please click here for the link to sign up.  Also please email me as well so I can send out your $50 deposit invoice.

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout: Jacob Norris

Posted by admin on Mar 23 2016 - 12:25pm


Jacob Norris Eagle Scout

Troop 87 is proud to announce that Jacob Norris is an EAGLE SCOUT!

Thursday evening in Amesbury, MA, at approximately 8:30 P.M., the independent Eagle Board of Review officially recognized Jacob for his efforts and accomplishments since joining scouts.

CONGRATULATIONS JACOB for a job well done!  Enjoy the moment as you have earned this recognition and it is yours forever.

Scouts and parents, please take a moment to congratulate Jacob when you see him.

Congratulations again.

Eric Buchholz

Troop 87 Scoutmaster

Brownsea,Eagle Week and NYLT

Posted by ccuster on Mar 21 2016 - 10:30am

Registration links are posted and open for Brownsea, National Youth Leadership Training and Eagle Week.

For direct links and more information, go to the date on the Calendar Page. For more info read more below.

Spring Flea Market

Posted by ccuster on Mar 21 2016 - 10:29am

         Troop 87

April 2nd Church Flea Market Fundraiser

Philmont 2017 Registration FULL

Posted by ccuster on Mar 21 2016 - 1:02am


Philmont Training Center Logo August 10 - August 17, 2017       See the promotional video for Philmont!

7 Day Expedition including hiking, mountain climbing, horseback riding and other activities.

All Things Merit Badge - Events, Articles and Organizer Pages

Posted by ccuster on Mar 9 2016 - 4:43pm


North Andover Merit Badge College 2016 was a huge success with 54 boys working on 118 badges – our biggest one yet!

We hope you were able to take advantage of this year's offerings! 

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