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A Century of Local Scouting 1919-2019

Welcome to Tay House

Welcome from the Scoutmaster

Welcome to Tay House! We've been training great leaders since 1919, primarily through a unique fun and educational outdoor program. We hope this site will help answer questions regarding the troop and how it functions. Here are some key points:

  • Tay House is boy-run. Patrol Leaders, Junior Leaders, and Senior Leaders plan and direct weekly meetings, monthly campouts, and special activities. Through progressive steps in leadership boys develop self-reliance, responsibility, and the ability to assist younger scouts.
  • Experienced adult leaders guide scout activities through a mentoring system.
  • Parents support the troop through Troop Committee activities.

If, after visiting the troop and browsing this site, any questions remain, please do not hesitate to contact our Troop Committee Chairman, Recruitment Subcommittee Chairman, Scoutmaster, or Recruitment Department Assistant Scoutmaster. They will answer your question or direct you to someone who can answer it.

Joining Requirements

Requirements for becoming a Boy Scout are established by the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Any boy is elligable to become a scout if he meets these criteria:

  • He is at least 11 year old, but not yet 18 or
  • He has earned the Arrow of Light award in Cub Scouts and is at least 10 years old or
  • He has completed the fifth grade in school and is at least 10 yers old.

Boys who do not yet meet the age requirements to be a Boy Scout but who are interested in joining the troop are welcome to join us at weekly troop meetings. However, due to insurance regulations, we are unable to extend this invitation to any activities outside of the cabin until they become registered scouts.

Cabin Visits

We encourage any boy who is interested in joining Tay House and his parents to visit us at one of our meetings. Our meetings are held on Monday nights during the school year from 7:30 to 9:00 at Tay House Cabin. The cabin is located on Hillside Ave in Rochester, directly behind Martin B. Anderson No. 1 School. We hold two open houses each year for prospective scouts, but we welcome guests at any time.

While not a requirement, we encourage you to contact the Scoutmaster prior to your visit so that we can anticipate your visit or suggest alternate dates if, for instance, we will be out of the cabin on the date you plan to visit.