Scoutmaster Transition Announcement

Bob Zinn, the Committee Chairman of Troop 103, made the following announcement to the parish of St. Joseph on Sunday, 3/26/2006 during the 8:30 Mass following the presentations of religious awards to the scouts.


Good morning.

I again would like to congratulate the scouts for their achievement of earning their religious awards.

I would like to thank the our sponsor, the Holy name society for supporting our troop and pack and enabling us to be an extension of the parish and a ministry to the church.

Our scouting program welcomes any boy ages 7 to 17 to join either the cub pack or Boy Scout troop. We will provide them with experiences that will stay with them for a lifetime. If you are interested, please see any of the adult leaders after Mass.

The Transition

This week is an important week for the Boy Scout Troop. This week we are transitioning to a new Scoutmaster. After many years of service, Andy Groft has requested to retire as Scoutmaster and Jeff Rosenzweig will be taking over the Scoutmaster responsibilities.

Jeff Rosenzweig - Our New Scoutmaster

Contrary to past practices our selection committee for a new scoutmaster did not consider Jeff because he already owned a uniform.

Jeff comes to the troop with experience obtained through the Cub pack and most recently the second year Webelos program.

In the past few years Jeff has participated in many of our outdoor events and has two boys currently in the troop.

I commend Jeff for his courageous decision to accept this great responsibility and I am confident in his leadership abilities and his commitment to the troop.

At this time please welcome Jeff as I present him with the Scoutmaster's Patch.

Based on feedback from Andy Groft, he has re-assured me that your commitment is only a one hour a week. Once you have spent that one hour with your family, the rest of your free time will probably be committed to scouting.

Recognition of our past Scoutmaster - Andy Groft

Andy Groft has been Troop 103's scoutmaster for 8 ½ years.

His unselfish dedication and commitment to the troop has been nothing less than outstanding.

During Andy's leadership, the troop has been very successful.
Unless you have seen Andy and his assistants in action, how do you measure success?

I believe we can measure it by briefly reflecting on our Mission and Vision.

Scouting is about the scout.

Andy and his assistants have prepared boys to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes they prepared them by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Under his direction he has provided extensive opportunities for scouts to participate in service based and adventurous outdoor activities.

A simple measurement of his success is this…..

At the national level, about 4% of all Boy Scouts reach the highest rank of Eagle. During Andy's career as Scoutmaster, the troop has produced 10 times this National average with over 14 Eagle Scouts.

This measurement is a true testimony to Andy's dedication to keep scouts interested and involved in a program that focuses on the boy to have fun while building his character, and turning that youth into a man.

All I can say is this…
This troop, those boys and this parish are glad you came our way.

Now, please join me in congratulating Andy Groft as I present him with this award appreciation for his

  • Exceptional Leadership
  • Outstanding and dedicated Service
  • And his unwavering commitment to the boys of Troop 103.