About Crew 93

vcharacterlogo2GNFC Venturing Crew 93 is a High Adventure Crew sponsored by St. Paul’s Episcopal Church located on Harris Hill Rd, near Main St., Clarence. We are affiliated with Boy Scout Troop 93 and welcome all young men and women to join our Crew.  The Crew is open to all young men and women who are at least 14 and completed the eighth grade and no older than 20 years of age. You may join by completing a BSA application. Affiliation with a scout organization is not a requirement.  If you want to get out more, learn new skills, have fun and make new friends – Crew 93 is the Crew for you!

Parents or Adults who enjoy the outdoors or High Adventure Trips and like working with youth – are welcome to join. You must follow BSA guidelines including completion of  BSA Venture Youth Protection training which is offered online and from our local scouting council.

UPDATE: If you haven’t heard already – I want to share with you the news that Anne Taylor was recognized for her Gold and Silver awards she achieved in Venturing.  The Silver Award is the highest award to be given in Venturing, it is analogous to making Eagle in a Boy Scout Troop.  Anne also achieved the Ranger Award in the past.

Anne, her Sister and Parents

Anne, her Sister and Parents

Venturing Silver Award

Venturing Silver Award

Ann is the last person in our Council to be given the award as the BSA Venturing Program retired the Bronze, Gold, and Silver Awards in 2013. Anne completed the requirements for both the Gold and Silver in 2013 but being away at college prevented us from presenting her with the awards.

She also acheived recognition at the college for outstanding community service – Read her story here: http://www.bethanywv.edu/about-bethany/news/2014-15-news-archive/bethany-student-wins-award-community-service/

Congratulations Anne on your achievements. You set a high bar for yourself and for your fellow Venturers.

The BSA has replaced the Bronze, Gold, and Silver awards with:

New Venturing Awards

New Venturing Awards


Crew 93 was chartered in 1996 and has been involved in a number of high adventures, philanthropic activities, specialized training and recognitions.  Some of the more recent and notable of these include:

  • Canoeing in Algonquin Provincial Park in Ontario
  • Backpacking, Rock Climbing & Rappelling in Allegheny State Forest in PA
  • Backpacking in Letchworth State Park and along the Conservation Trail in Holland
  • Horseback Riding
  • Sailing on Lake Ontario
  • Bicycle Trip to Akron State Park
  • Curling in Niagara Falls and Rochester
  • Service projects at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy
  • Winning, then Organizing and participating in the GNFC Winter Classic Campout at Camp Stonehaven
  • Participating in Area 3 (NY) & Area 4 (PA) Venturing Summits and getting to visit Frank Lloyd Wrights’s Fallingwaters house.
  • Winning Awards in the GNFC Dutch Oven Cook-off and First Aid Rally and Klondike Derby
  • National recognition for a Crew members SPAM cook-off recipe (Boy’s Life Magazine and Buffalo news articles)
  • Participating in Re-Tree Western New York, planting trees in Delaware Park
  • Participating in Legacy 2011, helping teach Leave No Trace and Tree Planting to Cub Scouts and serving in the kitchen for over 500 people
  • Enjoying Shakespeare in the Park
  • Having a Haunted Sleepover at the French Castle in Fort Niagara
  • Philmont Scout Ranch and adventure

Pictures from our recent campout at Letchworth State Park with Troop 93. The Crew reserve the campsite and invited the Troop to join us.




Nick Julia


Crew 93 also helps the community by performing service projects or help with local organizations.  Just before Thanksgiving we worked at St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy in Buffalo to assist the Mission with providing Thanksgiving meals to over 2400 families.  This is a yearly service project for our crew.

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Past Crew activities throughout the years…

Crew 93 and Crew 2001 photos of the 2010 Venturing Winter Classic were added to the Picture Page. As winners of the 2009 Winter Classic, Crew 93 was given the honor of hosting this year’s event. The Crewbies did a wonderful job planning and executing the event.  A shout out to Mr. Lenz, Miss George, Mr. Genco,  Mr. Jones, and Mr. Macuiba (Troop 250) for their assistance helping with Crew planning.  The Crew would also like to thank, Mrs. Trout, Mr. Trout, Mr. George, and Troop 93 Senior Patrol Leader Koby Trout for their help with the awards and for supporting the event.  Special thanks to Pastor Vicki Zust and Fr. Ron Sams for conducting Vesper services at the event.

Crew 93 – 2010 Classic – 2nd Place

UPDATE: Crew 93 photos added to Picture Page.  The Crew went curling at the Rochester Curling Club in Rochester, NY.  We had some guests from Troop 93, as well as family. Some great pictures – video will be posted on the Crew Facebook Page. I highly recommend the Rochester Curling Club as the facility is very nice and the curling instruction was excellent. Great venue for a newbie curler.

Crew 93 is always looking for new members and Advisors.  If you are interested, please contact the Crew Advisor by sending a note to the “Post Office” link on this site.

Birchbark Canoe Trip - Pen Lake Campfire (Click on Pic)

UPDATE: New Birchbark Photos (100+) can be seen on the Flickr link. Other photos and Video can be seen on our Crew Facebook Page as well as the GNFC Facebook Page. Click on the campfire picture above for a great slideshow of our trip.

Show Gratitude to our Service personnel – A simple gesture can say a lot. Take the time to say THANKS. Please direct friends and family to this YouTube video and pass it along.


The Crew’s latest outing was a bike trek from Clarence to Akron Park and back.  The Trek ended at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L, who hosted a barbeque and campout in their yard.  See the latest pictures on our Picture Page.  Email Mr. S. or Mr. L  if you’ve forgotten the password.


Some folks have watchdogs, others...

A Kodiak resource page was added for those who participated in the Kodiak Instructor’s Course at Reinstein Preserve and Education Center on April 25th.


Pictures from our Curling Outing in Niagara Falls –We had a wonderful time Curling. The Crew thought it was well worth the time and effort.  We played for two hours after receiving instruction and having out shoe taped.  For those who could attend we will be having another event in the Fall. Hopefully we can open it up for all GNFC Crews and have some friendly competition.


Pictures from our Wintersports Weekend –We had a wonderful time at our Wintersports weekend in Lime Lake and Ellicottville where we passed the time sledding, tubing, and skiing.  We also watched movies into the wee hours of the night.  A special thanks to Mrs. Z. for arranging the use of her friend’s home for the weekend.



One service project being discussed is working with the WNY Chapter of Habitat for Humanity to help build a home for a family in our community.  Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing. The houses then are sold to pre-qualified families at no profit and with no interest charged while Habitat holds the mortgages.

Pictures from our November 8th Re-Tree WNY Service Project – trees were planted at Delaware Park, Northeast of the Zoo. To see all pictures from the event, please go to the Picture Page and type in the password.  This event was managed by the Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy.  All pictures were provided by the Conservancy – Thanks Katie!

Receiving instruction on staking the trees.