Boy Scout Troop 5, Harlem, New York

"Give your son the valuable gift of Scouting. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow."

What's New @ Troop 5?

  • Next meeting is the Holiday Party, Parents' meeting, and Court of Honor Awards this Monday, Dec. 17. New scouts are welcome to join tonight. January campout permission form and $25 deposit are due December 17.  Troop 5 camps in tents every month.  Our next campout is Blizzard Adventure Camp, January 18-21, at Kingsley Scout Reservation, Ava, NY. (see troop calendar).  The new Harlem Troop 5 Family Service Weekend flier is now available (Memorial Day weekend, May 24-26) AND the dates are set for the Puerto Rico week of service, June 29-July 6, 2019.  Fliers for all 3 will be distributed at the Court of Honor on December 17th.

  • Congratulations Finn, Gabriel, and Graycen on completing the Scout Badge rank AND Fitz for completing Second Class on December 3rd.

  • Our November/December campout at Camp Durland was memorable with chocolate chip cookie s'mores by the Night Owl Patrol on Friday, outstanding chili from scratch by the Arctic Fox & Elite Eagle Patrol on Saturday, and a 3am rendition of "Rain Rain Go Away" that obviously did not change the weather on Sunday!!!

  • Congratulations ASM Smith and ASM Altareb on completing the indoor Leader Training on November 17th.

  • Congratulations Giovanni - the top 2018 Hike-a-Thoner!!!  Fitz, Graycen, and Tyler received the Harlem Troop 5 neckerchief which can only be earned through troop fundraisers.

  • PL Colin represented Troop 5 well as the only troop member to attend the annual Catholic Scout Retreat, Nov. 2-4 at Alpine Scout Camp.  Colin was singled out for his attention to others' needs and especially for his care of the retreat organizers' children who are now BFA's!!!

  • Congratulations Jordan and Fitz for completing the "Moviemaking" merit badge at Alpine on November 3.

  • Troop 5's SPL, Jordan, represented our troop well as he led the Flag Ceremony - complete with Troop 5's flags - at Jamil's BIRTHDAY BASH on Sunday, November 4th!!!  Thank you Troop 777 for attending and bringing so much food and cheer to the party!!!  Jamil turns 39 years old today, is a Harlem Troop 5 Eagle Scout '97, and will move to SM Phillips' home on Tuesday, November 6th with the help of Hospice ( and Troop 5.

  • October was "Cyber Safety" month at Troop 5

  • Congratulations TG Sean on passing the Board of Review for the rank of Star on October 15th.  Thank you Luis Feliciano, Big Apple District Commissioner, for helping with the BOR.

  • PLC evaluated the camporee, set standards for cursing, and enjoyed a training on "respect" by JASM, James, on October 15.

  • "Iron Chef" Camporee, October 12-13 at Camp Bullowa, Stony Point, NY, was the first time Troop 5 camped as 3 patrols since first chartering in 1988!!!  Troop 5 added value by competing in both the pumpkin carving and cooking competitions, providing the "Menu Planning" program station, and recruiting a Revolutionary War reenactor who told ghost stories at the Saturday evening camporee campfire!!!

  • Congratulations Colin (Owls), Fitz (Fire Foxes), and Noah (Elite Eagles) on your election as Patrol Leader October 1.

  • Candlelight Induction for new scouts Aiden, Carl, Christopher, Finn, Graycen, Josiah, Nathan, Ramfis, and Taeveon.  28 merit badges were awarded at the Court of Honor!!!  Thank you Mrs. Gonzalez for the PIZZA!!! 

  • Congratulations Jordan on your election as Senior Patrol Leader (SPL).  Congratulations James on your appointment as Junior Assistant Scoutmaster (JASM).

  • Congratulations James on completing Powderhorn Training, Sept. 28-30, in Connecticut Yankee Council.

  • Congratulations Fitz on completing the Harlem Troop 5 "Year-a-Round Camper Award" for tent/leanto camping 12 consecutive months - joining Jamil, Jordan, Nayib, and Sean as the only recipients - in the world!!!

  • 21 camped at Alpine this weekend, Sept. 28-29, 7 adults and 14 scouts.  Both patrols cooked and camped independently as we scrounged up a second patrol set of equipment.  Monday, Oct. 1 we will go to 3 patrols and have Patrol Leader elections!!!

  • Nine new scouts joined Harlem Troop 5 at our first meeting of the season Monday, Sept. 17.  The Hike-a-Thon Fundraiser has begun!!!

  • Congratulations ASM Flowers on completing the ITOLS Training @ Alpine Sept. 7-9.

  • Fitz, Giovanni, Jordan, and Josiah cheered the Yankees on to victory August 19 with ASM Flowers and MC Smith.

  • Amir, Giovanni, Jordan, ASM Prophete and SM Phillips rooted the NY Mets on to victory August 8.

  • Amir, Colin, Fitz, Giovanni, Jordan, Josiah, and Sean attended Summer Camp Keowa at Ten Mile River and earned 28 merit badges!!!

  • Congratulations Sean on your induction August 4 as Troop 5's new Troop Guide.  Thank you for a great year of service as Patrol Leader!!!

  • Congratulations Sean on completing the OA Ordeal at Keowa June 22-24 and NYLT at Alpine July 8-14.

  • Thank you James for volunteering on NYLT staff for the second year in a row!!!

  • Thank you Nayib for serving on summer staff at Keowa for the second year in a row!!!

  • Fitz and Jordan enjoyed the NASDAQ Merit Badge Clinic on July 10.

  • Sean, Fitz, Colin, and Jordan - great job serving at Corpus Christi Church Tag Sale June 8-10.

  • Congratulations Jordan on completing the Harlem Troop 5 "Year-a-Round Camper Award" for tent/leanto camping 12 consecutive months - joining Jamil, Nayib, and Sean as the only recipients - in the world!!!

  • Great stew, "no bake" cookies, "Young Ranger" awards, long drive, ticks, and fun highlighted our campout, service, and tour of Theodore Roosevelt's Sagamore Hill home June 1-2.

  • Congratulations Troop 5 Eagle Scout Jamil Ahmed who received the Vigil Honor from the Order of the Arrow AND the Whitney M. Young Service Award from the Big Apple District.

  • Congratulations Colin and Noah for completing Tenderfoot on May 21.

  • Congratulations Sean for completing First Class and being nominated with ASM Prophete to the Order of the Arrow on May 14.

  • Troop 5 wins SECOND PLACE at Big Apple District Camporee, May 4-6!  ASM Prophete's German Black Forest Chocolate Cake baked in a dutch oven was a hit!
  • Congratulations ASM Arias and ASM Altareb for sealing your OA Brotherhood at Alpine April 13-15.

  • Congratulations Tyler on completing and receiving the Scout badge April 9th.

  • Fun backpacking campout, April 6-7, with amazing amount of dry wood for our campfire from all the winter storms!

  • Mr. Prophete wins Harlem Troop 5's March Madness and Mr. Sell was a close second!!!

  • Good job Troop 5 as the Honor Guard at the Big Apple District Roundtable on March 19.

  • Fun camping in the snow at Alpine, March 9-10.  Great pineapple upside down cake baked in the dutch oven by Noah and Tyler!!!

  • Congratulations Fitz and Jordan on completing and receiving the new GNYC Polar Bear Award on March 5th after making a troop presentation on winter camping!!!

  • Congratulations Colin and Fitz for completing merit badges at Troop 5's Merit badge Monday on February 26..

  • Sean is the 2017 Harlem Troop 5 "Scout of the Year" AND earned the Troop 5 "Year-a-Round Camper Award" for tent/leanto camping 12 consecutive months!!!

  • Congratulations Troop 5 - 2017 "Journey to Excellence Gold Award".

  • Enjoyed archery on campout at Pouch, February 9-10.

  • Congratulations for completing your next rank on February 5: Fitz- Tenderfoot and Ayman - Scout.

  • Congratulations for completing and receiving your next rank on January 22: Jordan - Second Class, Giovanni - Tenderfoot, Johannes and Noah - Scout.

  • Unusual campout January 12-13. Arrived at 50 degrees, slept thru torrential rains, and woke up to snow!!!  Great job Troop 5 - loading firewood for Camp Durland.

  • Wow - 13 merit badges earned by Troop 5 at Winter Camp, December 28-30 - congrats Amir, Colin, Fitz, Jordan and Sean!  Thank you ASM Altareb for volunteering on staff.

  • Congratulations James and Nayib - Troop 5's newest Eagle Scouts!!!  Check out the pictures on our Facebook page BSA - Troop 5 - Harlem, NY or

  • NOTE: old "news" items are archived under the "ABOUT US" tab on this website!!!

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Thank you for considering Harlem Boy Scout Troop 5 in your year-end giving plans.  Donations to Troop 5 via ILDUSA, Inc. are fully tax deductible and 100% goes to Troop 5.  ILDUSA, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charitable organization that supports the "Intentional Leadership Development" by the volunteer leaders of Harlem Boy Scout Troop 5. Please mail checks payable to ILDUSA, Inc. to Boy Scout Troop 5, P.O. Box 959, Nyack, NY 10960.  Call Kevin Phillips, Scoutmaster, with any questions or concerns at 914-882-7729.

"It is the mission of the Boy Scouts of America to serve others by helping to instill values in young people and, in other ways, to prepare them to make ethical choices during their lifetime in achieving their full potential. The values we strive to instill are based on those found in the Scout Oath and Law."





  Troop 5
  Harlem, NY