Troop History

On March 10, 1947, Rev. Adrian Bechard (Pastor of St. Marie's Church) with a committee of thirteen adults and twenty boys, started Troop 70 and the first scoutmaster was William R. Belanger. This troop was number 70 until 1963, and then became number 670 when we left the Uncle Sam Council in Troy to join the Governor Clinton Council in Albany. Our troop normally has twenty to thirty scouts, but in the 1970s, under the leadership of Scoutmaster Ken Wheeler, we had eighty-two scouts and thirty volunteers. Today, there are four families that are in the third generation of scouting: Fortins, Costellos, Wheelers, and Thalers. In 1953, Cub Scouting started in Saint Marie's. Until 1963, the pack was number 70, and then became number 670. The pack normally has forty to fifty boys, with the largest in 1992 with seventy-two cubs and twenty-two adult volunteers. Our leaders are well known in the district and council levels because of their commitments and training in all forms of scouting. Most have taken basic training, advanced training, and worked on round tables, pow-wows, camporees, and summer camps.

Eagle Scouts
Since the beginning of Scouting in 1910, the highest award a scout can achieve is the Eagle Badge. This is a very rigorous program and the boy must demonstrate leadership, citizenship, and a great love for the outdoors. Our first Eagle Scout was Robert Boivin in 1948. Almost sixty years later, Troop 670 can boast of over fifty Eagle scouts. Since only four percent of scouts achieve this rank, you can see how much of an honor this is.

Achievements
Our troop has had many accomplishments. First and foremost are over fifty boys and young men who have attained the rank of eagle. Having trained leaders, making sure that the boys get the most of the scouting program, making sure the cubs can cross over (graduate) into a good troop are just a few of the many others. We are the only troop (and pack) in Cohoes.