BSA Troop 440 Page

February 8, 2017

In   December we sent 3 scouts the the National Youth Leadership Training Course or NYLT at the Heard Pueblo. The course is a week long and provides the attendees leadership skills to help them be successful in leadership roles in the troop.  This has proven to be helpful to boys in the past and is important to the youth development as our goal is to be a boy led adult guided troop.

January 2017 Flagstaff Trip.

MLK Jr weekend. We had 5 Scouts and a younger sibling make the trip to Camp Navajo. Saturday was spent at AZ Snowbowl where everyone was signed up for a ski or snowboard lesson then spent the day enjoying the slopes.  Sunday the scouts enjoyed a friendly snowball contest at Fort Tuthill before returning to the valley.

Eagle Scout Candidate Trevor Johnson has an approved project in support of Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center (SWCC). He is managing the construction and delivery of 2 shelters for the Mexican Grey Wolf. SWCC is one of the very few facilities that is authorized to care for this endangered wolf.


Bob Winters

Troop 440 donation presentation Jan 2017 with text

Doug Hunt presenting Post 44’s 2016 donation to Troop 440


January 30, 2017

The opportunity to offer a scout program provided by the Post has helped dozens of young men grow with several earning their Eagle Scout rank.  You can be sure that the community service projects performed by the Troop represented the American Legion and Post 44 well.  Our work included multiple shelter building projects with the Southwest Wildlife Conservation Center, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Arizona Game and Fish Department.  In many of these activities, the scouts we serve had the chance to work directly with key resources in each organization.  It is this exposure that helps shape the views and the individual scout career paths.  Without the support from the Post and Legion, it would have been much more difficult to offer a program of outdoor adventure and challenging personal growth experiences for the Scouts. Several Troop 440 members have gone on to college pursuing business and pre-medical careers.  Two former Senior Patrol Leaders / Junior Assistant Scoutmasters and one former Assistant Scoutmaster now serve our country in the United States Marine Corps.  All are Eagle Scouts.


Doug Hunt has been an absolutely wonderful to work with.  His keen insight to both the Post operations and the Scouting program coupled with his business insight have been a welcome source of support.  I have worked with several Chartered Organizations in the past twenty years of Scouting.  Doug’s engagement with the Troop has been far and away the best I’ve seen and made my role much easier.  I am very grateful for the time that Doug worked with us. 


In closing, I wanted to say thanks from both our Troop and my family for the help and support the Post has provided for the Scouting program during our tenure.


Bill Norling


October 2016

Thank you for your support at our recent car wash that had nearly a dozen Troop members helping wash cars!  Troop 440 has been working hard preparing for the upcoming Four Peaks District Camporee scheduled for Veterans’ Day Weekend.  The “Honor our Heroes” themed Camporee is going to be at the R-C Scout Ranch near Payson and will be a series of Scoutcraft contests.  We are practicing everything from Cooking to First Aid to Knots and Lashings.  We are bringing an original 13 star flag as part of the display we are providing to pay our respects.  Contact: Scoutmaster Marc Peagler. 602-359- 5473 –


Bill Norling


June 11, 2016

We’ve been keeping ourselves busy over the last month.  Over the Memorial Day weekend, Troop 440 helped place flags at the National Veterans Memorial Cemetery, helped the Post Auxiliary with the Poppy sale and participated in the Flag Ceremony on Memorial Day at Scottsdale City Hall.  A week later we sent six scouts and two adults to Sea Base St. Thomas for a week of sailing, snorkeling and exploring the U.S. Virgin Islands!  We have had two scouts earn their scout rank in the last week.  Next up: Summer Camp in Southern California!   Contact: Scoutmaster Bill Norling. 480-626-4915