Girls in Chatham, Madison, Summit and Florham Park are invited to an Open House for a new Scouts BSA Troop on Wednesday, Jan. 23rd, from 7:00-8:00 pm, at Stanley Congregational Church, 94 Fairmount Avenue in Chatham. 

Troop 280 will be for girls in 5th grade through high school (ages 11-17) to have the same great program that Boy Scouts have had for years.  Troop 280 will be girl-only.

Troop 280 will meet weekly on Wednesdays  and have an outdoor activity monthly (such as camping, hiking, canoeing, shooting, climbing, etc.). As the Troop grows, the meeting day may adjust accordingly.  

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Incoming Scoutmaster Daniele Basralian will provide guidance to the girls in Scouts BSA Troop 280 but the troop will be a girl-run troop.  One of the key features of the Scouts BSA program is the interaction between older and younger Scouts.  The older Scouts get leadership experience at weekly meetings and during activities.  The younger Scouts get the experience of being led by older youth who accept them as equal members in the troop and as friends.

Along with outdoor activities, Scouts BSA Troop 280 will prepare its members for life by learning skills while earning merit badges, interacting with their Scoutmaster and other adult leaders, learning about their role as citizens, public speaking experience at troop meetings, and service projects that teach them to help others.

For information about Scouts BSA Troop 280, contact Scoutmaster Daniele Basralian,  For information about Scouts BSA in other towns, contact Patriots' Path Council, BSA, Senior District Executive Al Thomas,<>.