Greenpoint Gazette

Local Scouts tour Newtown Creek with the North Brooklyn Boat Club

BY Stephen Leddick

On Sunday August 9, the Boy Scouts of Troop 469 took to the water with the North Brooklyn Boat Club (NBBC), led by NBBC members Daniel Olson and T. Willis Elkins.

Troop 469 has served the youth of Greenpoint and Williamsburg since 1950, offering a wide range of activities. Although the program has evolved over its 65 years, its mission has remained the same, to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

“The Pride of Greenpoint,” Troop 469’s program is renewed and relevant to modern times, teaching traditional skills like camping, swimming, and hiking, but has also implementing a STEM program and is partnering up with community groups like NBBC.

NBBC is a leading community advocate for human-powered boating on the waterways bordering Greenpoint and Williamsburg. The organization empowers residents to be effective stewards of the ecology, recreation and freedom that the waterways engender. They are an open group and welcome anyone with an interest in boating, open space, environmental education, and nautical recreation to join their public events.

The Boy Scouts offer opportunities to young men ages 11 to 18, to help them develop academic skills, self-confidence, ethics, leadership skills, and citizenship skills that influence their adult lives.

Troop 469 returns on Friday, September 11, and meets at 7:00PM every Friday at Capital One Bank at 807 Manhattan Avenue. For more information, visit: or their Facebook page at BSA Troop 469, “The Pride of Greenpoint.”

 NBBC is located at 437 McGuinness Blvd. and can be found on the web at


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