Troop Leadership

Boy-Led

The scouts elect their leaders and these leaders, (not the adults), decide what to do at meetings and what trips to take during monthly Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meetings. Scouts learn group dynamics and leadership through the rigors of outdoor adventures. A Senior Patrol Leader is elected by the entire troop for a six-month term.

Adult-Mentored

Our Scoutmaster Corps includes 12 fully-trained adults with a combined scouting experience of more than 100 years! Every Assistant Scout Master (ASM) is Youth Protection Trained and AB506 compliant. We follow these rules fully. Our ASMs take training in Wilderness First Aid, Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat. Assuring the scouts’ safety is the adult scouters’ primary responsibility.

Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs)

Our Scoutmaster is Mr. Rob Hills. Along with the Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs), Mr. Hills mentors and guides the boys in order to help them lead themselves.

Our Assistant Scoutmaster Corps includes 11 fully-trained adults (12, including Mr. Hills) with a combined scouting experience of more than 100 years! Every ASM is Youth Protection Trained; we follow these rules fully. Our ASMs take training in Wilderness First Aid, Safe Swim Defense, and Safety Afloat. Assuring the scouts’ safety is the adult scouters’ primary responsibility.

Our Assistant Scoutmasters are led by Scoutmaster Rob Hills. Assistant Scoutmasters are volunteer parents and parent alumni who work with the scouts on advancement; lead outings such as hikes, canoeing, camping, and backpacking trips; and, supervise the scouts during meetings. If you are interested in becoming an assistant scoutmaster, please contact Rob Hills.

Our Assistant Scoutmasters are:

  • Alec Hurd

  • Bernard Finnegan

  • Brian Harvey

  • Brian Hills

  • Garson Soe

  • Joe Culbertson

  • Kathy Heath

  • Kirsten Hayden-Gouvis

  • Larry Heath

  • Mike Hines

  • LIesbeth Magna

  • Ray Riordan

  • Russ Ewy

  • Shannon Durbala

  • Tom Durbala


Troop Parent Committee (TPC)

The Troop Parent Committee or TPC is a group of volunteer parents who keep our troop running smoothly. The TPC handles the administrative duties for the troop and consists of:

  • Troop Committee Chair: Suzy Kasad
    Most parent questions should be directed to Suzy at CommitteeChair@bsatroop834.org.

  • Scoutmaster: Rob Hills
    Questions for our Scoutmaster should be sent to Scoutmaster@bsatroop834.org. Please note that assistant scoutmasters Alec Hurd and Larry Heath will also receive any emails sent to this address.

  • Secretary: Philina Abbott
    Mrs. Abbott can be reached by email at secretary@bsatroop834.org.

  • Treasurer: Sharon Zhang
    Questions about reimbursements, troop credits and other accounting matters can be directed to Sharon at
    treasurer@bsatroop834.org. Mrs. Zhang takes care of money goint out of the troop.

  • Financial Secretary: Tiffany O'Connor
    Mrs. O'Connor handles money coming
    into the troop. Payments for dues, outings, camps, red jackets, etc. should be given to Mrs. O'Connor.

  • Board of Review: Nikita Mangalick
    Contact Mrs. Mangalick to schedule a Board of Review only after all requirements and a scoutmaster conference have been completed. This request must be made by the scout, not the parents. Scouts, please see our
    Board of Review page for instructions.

  • Advancement: Christina Tuivaiti
    The Advancement Chair is in charge of recording the scouts' completed requirements, rank awards, event participation, and leadership positions into our Troopmaster system. For questions about any of these items, please email records@bsatroop834.org.

  • Shack Maintenance Committee: Barry Lustig
    Questions about Shack Maintenance can be directed to
    maintenance@bsatroop834.org.

  • Christmas Tree Recycling Fundraiser - Philina Abbott
    If you'd like to help out with Christmas tree recycline or have questions, Mrs. Abbott can be reached at treerecycling@bsatroop834.org.

  • Art & Wind Jamba Juice Fundraiser - Ann Hirahara

  • Evergreen Fundraiser - Tarie Wolf