Troop 45,  Mineola,  NY

Serving the youth of our community since 1921

Text Box: History

Over 90 Years of Excellence

On June 9, 1921, the first charter for Troop 45 was issued. Sponsored by the Civic League of Mineola, Joseph Nohowec was the first Troop 45 Scoutmaster. During the next 14 years there were 4 Scoutmasters and in 1929 the Troop produced their first Eagle Scouts. Many of the Scouts involved with the Troop during these years grew to become well known adults in Nassau, getting involved in many areas of civic life in the county. 


In 1935 John Svoboda became Scoutmaster; a position he would hold, excluding the WWII years of 43-45, till 1973. In 1937, Mr. Svoboda and two Scouts attended the first National Jamboree in Washington, D.C.. For the first 25 years of its existence, Troop 45 was sponsored by diverse groups ranging from the Mineola Scout Committee to the Mineola Council.


In 1946 the Troop celebrated its 25th anniversary and also became part of the First Presbyterian Church Family for it was in that year that the church became Troop 45’s Sponsoring Organization.   That is a relationship that has lasted and we are proud today to still be a part of the First Presbyterian Church’s youth outreach. 


In 1973, Frank Pewarski, who had started as a Scout in Troop 45, became its 11th Scoutmaster. This is a position that Frank would hold until his 1996 retirement. That year, a big Troop 45 75th anniversary party was held at Wilson Park. Many of the Scouts and Scouters who had been a part of the Troop over the years joined with the new Troop members to celebrate its rich history. This was also a special day as the Troop honored Frank Pewarski for over 40 years of service as a Scout and a Scouter in Troop 45.


After Frank Pewarski’s retirement, Bill Lorusso and Frank D’Elia took over the job of Scoutmaster and then in September, 1998 Steve Grosskopf (Mr. G) took the position.  A long time Scouter and member of Troop 45 as well as a Silver Beaver recipient, Steve had recently concluded a successful 3 year run as Shelter Rock District Chairman before becoming our Scoutmaster.  Since 1998 Steve has continued to maintain the high standards of Troop 45. 


Like we did for our 80th Anniversary in 2001, in November of 2011 the Troop held a held a huge 90th Anniversary Dinner.  Over 250 members of our Troop Family participated including over a hundred former Troop 45 Scouts and leaders who came from near and far to help celebrate this momentous occasion with the Troop Family.  It was a wonderful time for our alumni to see that their Troop is still providing a high quality program to our village and for the current members to get an idea of just how important Troop 45 is to our alumni. 


Over the years of Troop 45’s history, 120 plus Eagles have come from our ranks. As less that 2% of Scouts attain the rank of Eagle, having this number from Troop 45 is indeed something special. But even more important are the thousands of boys from the Mineola and the surrounding areas who have become better adults because of their years in Troop 45. Those boys, who have gone on to become policemen, lawyers, judges, mayors, village trustees, doctors, teachers, and just about every other occupation, are truly the legacy of Troop 45’s history. 


Steven M. Grosskopf

August, 1998  to  Present

Frank D’Elia

December, 1997 to August, 1998

William Lorusso

June, 1996 to December, 1997

Frank Pewarski

June, 1973 to June, 1996

John W. Svoboda

October, 1945 to June, 1973

Claude W. Conklin

October, 1942 to October, 1945

John W. Svoboda

October, 1935 to October, 1942

Claude W. Conklin

June, 1928 to October, 1935

Benjamin F. Jones

June, 1927 to June, 1928

Irving A. McCanlis

June, 1926 to June, 1927

William Kissam

June, 1924 to June, 1926

Irving A. McCanlis

June, 1923 to June, 1924

Joseph Nohowec

June, 1921 to June, 1923