We are proud of our adult leadership at Troop 175. It’s deep and experienced. Our adult leaders have camped, climbed, fished, hunted and explored on many expeditions. They are all great teachers. In addition we have a very high participation by the Dads (and Moms-three of whom climbed Kilimanjaro last time) in our Troop and it is not unusual to have 15-20 dads/moms on a trip. No experience is necessary and if you were never a Scout as a boy this is your second chance to learn the ropes. We have a Parents/Leaders Patrol, the “Usual Suspects,” on each trip. We eat very well and share a lot of experiences as parents and as professionals from all walks of life.
Our Troop is boy led and our leaders are selected by the adult leadership based on their performance and ability to lead. The senior patrol leaders and patrol leaders share their wisdom and pass on their knowledge to the younger Scouts through our trip and advancement programs. Boy Scouts is one of the very few organizations where boys can be put in leadership positions at ages as young as 12. Good leaders often appear early and the fun of scouting is watching them “take the lead”.
Troops are only as good as the boys who want to step up and take charge and the adult volunteers who are there to assist.
Our 2016 – 2017 leaders are:
Alex Stine –Senior Patrol Leader(Lead Scout)
Alex is an Eagle Scout. He has been involved in scouting since third grade. He is a Senior at Simsbury High School where he is part of the track team.he is also a member of The Immortals. He attended the 2013 National Scout Jamboree at the Bechtel Center Summit Reserve in West Virginia, the 2016 Expedition to the Philmont Scout Ranch and co led the 2016 Sailing Expedition through the Greek islands.. Alex has participated in many of the exciting trips troop 175 carries out, including ice climbing at smugglers notch in Vermont, visiting Block Island every year, and climbing up to Tuckerman’s Ravine. Alex is an avid mountain biker, fisherman, sailor and loves skiing.
Daniel Peluso – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Daniel Peluso is a prospective Eagle Scout and a member of The Immortals. He has been an active member of Troop 175 since 5th grade, and a cub scout before then. Daniel is a senior at Simsbury High School and is State VP of Future Business Leaders of America and President of the National Honor Society. In his free time, Daniel likes to play guitar, lift weights, solve puzzles, and practice computer science skills. He is hopeful to study engineering and business in
college, but also plans on incorporating a community service aspect in his career. Daniel showed his passion for community service when he organized an expedition to Haiti, and raised $15,000 to give 600 Haitian citizens glasses in the summer of 2016. The same summer he joined the troop on the sailing trip to Greece.
Cam DeLo – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Cam is a Life Scout and is Senior at Simsbury High school and a member of the Immortals. He is also a member of the varsity crew team and participates in the school’s musical. Cam is a member of a band and is one of the leaders of an all male acapella group. Cam was a counselor at his Maine summer camp. This is Cam’s second year as an ASPL. Cam is a member of The Immortals.
Jack Ferrell – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Jack joined BSA 175 6 years ago. He is presently a life scout, and recently completed his Eagle Project. He is an senior at Simsbury High School where he has spent most of his time in the engineering lab. He has thrown javelin for Simsbury track and field, played baseball, and enjoys playing dodgeball, golf, and skiing. Jack has participated in the National Youth Leadership Training program, and in many high adventure trips in Boy Scouts. He is a member of The Immortals.
Charlie Brinegar – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Charlie Brinegar is a Life Scout and has been in scouting since the third grade. He is a sophomore at Granby Memorial High School where he is a member of the lacrosse team. Charlie has participated in many of the troops activities, the most recent being Philmont. He was Senior Patrol Leader at Camp Mattatuck this summer and looks forward to being an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader for the Troop this year. He is also a member of The Immortals. In his free time he enjoys skiing, golf, and fishing.
Lucas Watson – Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Raised in Ohio and Moved to Connecticut at the age of 13. Came here for an adventure and thinks he found it with his new troop. .He has traveled on trips throughout New England and loves climbing in the White Mountains . He was SPL at camp in 2015 and sailed the Greek islands in the 2016 Expedition Trip.
Christian Heiden – Junior Assistant Scoutmaster
Christian Heiden is a Senior in high school at Northwest Catholic, a Life Scout and a member of The Immortals. He is an avid athlete, playing sports almost every season, such as cross country, swim team, and rugby. In addition to sports Christian is an actor, participates in model UN and debate club, and also does martial arts. Despite his varying commitments, Boy Scouts always takes precedence. Christian built a solar powered Greenhouse for Northwest Catholic for his Eagle Project and then continued the activity by raising money and taking a team to Haiti to build one for a Mission Group in Rural Haiti.
Brad Mead – Scoutmaster
Brad is an Eagle Scout and has hiked, climbed, paddled and explored in over 146 countries, a passion developed during his own Scout days. He has been on or led 5 Himalayan expeditions, four Amazon basin expeditions, a Haute Route team over the top of the Alps in winter, climbed the Matterhorn, the Eiger, Jungfrau, Mt. Blanc and two first ascents in the Wind Rivers. He led the 2016 Greek Sailing Expedition, the 2010 & 2015 Alaskan Expedition, the 2014 Zambezi Whitewater Rafting Expedition, the Kilimanjaro expeditions in 2007 & 2012, the Amazon Jungle expedition in 2008, the 2010 Presidential Traverse and captained the 2011, 2012, & 2013 Caribbean Sailing expeditions.
He is a graduate of National Outdoor Leadership School in Lander, Wyoming. He led one of the 5 Connecticut troops to the 2013 Jamboree in West Virginia. In May of 2013 he was honored by BSA national as one of the top 54 scoutmasters (out of 44,000) in the country. He and his wife, Dianne, were flown by BSA National to the annual meeting in Texas to receive the award and spent 3 days meeting the national leadership. He is a licensed pilot, deepwater scuba diver, skydiver, sailing captain and is a member of the Immortals. He is trained in CPR, Wilderness First Aid and High Altitude Rescue and in October 2014 received his Wilderness Emergency Medical Technician Certification (WEMT) from the Wilderness Mountain Medicine Institute in Lander, Wyoming.
Brad is the CEO and President of Delta Capital Group, an investment bank in Simsbury, CT. His two sons Ryan and Jeffrey
received their Eagle Scout awards in May 2008.
Bill Rice – Assistant Scoutmaster
Bill is an Assistant Scoutmaster and former scout. He and his family have hiked and camped in most of our country’s national parks and the highest points in every state. Bill is trained in Wilderness First Aid and co-led the 2010 Alaskan Expedition, 2012 Kilimanjaro Expedition, and the 2013 Belize Sailing Expedition and led the 2011 Philmont Scout Ranch Trek. Bill, President of the Web Marketing Association, developed our troop Google group and our Web Site. He also instructs the scout leadership in public speaking skills. His son Keegan is an Eagle Scout, and was the star of the National Geographic TV series “Are You Tougher Than A Boy Scout”.
Gary Barch – Assistant Scoutmaster
Gary has been active in the Simsbury Scouts for many years. He enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, hiking, mountain biking and canoeing. He also enjoys photography and is PDIC certified in Scuba Diving. Gary organizes the
Simsbury Fly-In Scout volunteers and is involved in other events throughout the year. He works for Design Innovation In Avon as a prototype developer. His oldest son, Eric, is an Eagle Scout, former SPL and a Junior at William and Mary College. His younger son, Kevin, is a Second Class Scout.
Jack Brinegar ‐ Assistant Scoutmaster
Jack joined the Troop after spending 3 years as a Den Leader for Granby’s Cub Scout Pack 325. He spends a great deal of time volunteering his time to various organizations including Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts and Granby Lacrosse. Jack is in
charge of the Troop Database and Leads our Summer Camp program and is a member of the Immortals. He also spends his winters on the National Ski Patrol at Ski Butternut in Great Barrington, MA. Jack is employed at Travelers in Hartford. His son Charlie is a Life Scout and a Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
Kevin Weathers – Assistant Scoutmaster
Kevin has been involved in scouting as the Committee Secretary for three years and is currently the Troop’s lead Trip Planner, a position he has also held for the last four years. He is currently section hiking portions of the Application Trail with his father and enjoys world travel. He is an actuary at Travelers. He was a member of the 2010 Alaska Expedition, the 2012 British Virgin Islands Sailing Expedition, the 2012 Kilimanjaro Expedition, and the 2013 Philmont Expedition. He is trained in CPR, First Aid as well as Wilderness First Aid. His younger son, Kyle is a Life scout and Patrol Leader. His older son, Ryan, is an Eagle and a Junior at Northeastern University.
Travis Pascavis – Assistant Scoutmaster
Travis joined the troop in spring of 2016 when his son Ben crossed over from Simsbury Pack 76, and will lead the October Adirondack Troop trip. After holding various prior and current leader roles in the pack, he has a strong connection to the
crossover scouts and their unique needs. Travis’ focus will be to work with the troop’s patrol program to ensure a strong connection between the needs of the crossovers and the needs of the youth patrol leaders. Travis likes the outdoors, and
pursues hiking, biking, fishing, and camping. He works at the Hartford Investment Management Company as a Portfolio Strategist, and sits on the portfolio strategy committee, which is responsible for tactical asset allocation.
Bob Gilmore – Assistant Scoutmaster
Bob is an Eagle Scout. He has been an Assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 175 for 19 years, and is a member of the Immortals. He has extensive outdoor experience including three extended trips to the BSA Maine High Adventure Base, one as a Scout and two as an adult leader. Bob enjoys backpacking on the Vermont Long Trail, and annual extended hunting trips to the remote North Woods of Maine. Bob works as a natural resource biologist with the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection, Inland Water Resources Division. He is also a registered Soil Scientist. He holds an MS degree in Wildlife Management (Frostburg State) and a BS degree in Natural Resources (URI). Bob’s professional interests include wetlands ecology and wildlife, fisheries and soil science. His son, Brian, received his Eagle Scout Badge in 2006.
Ken Gutierrez – Assistant Scoutmaster
Ken has been involved in scouting for 10 years. He is one of the troop trip planners. He is an avid fly fisherman and “relaxes” by visiting exotic fishing destinations around the world. He is a physician, practicing Anesthesiology at St.
Francis Hospital and Medical Center in Hartford. Ken was the Expedition doctor for the 2014 Zambezi Whitewater Rafting Trip. His younger son, Matthew is a First Class Scout. His older son, Andrew, is an Eagle Scout, former Immortals Chief, and a Sophomore at Rochester Institute of Technology.
Tom Nicholson – Assistant Scoutmaster
Tom began his scouting career as a youth in Adirondack, New York and recently held Pack, District and Council leadership positions in New Jersey. before moving to Connecticut. He has been a Scout University and District Trainer and received
the Wood Badge. Tom is a hunter, kayaker, scuba diver, skier and fisherman. Tom is a member of the CT First Company Horse Guards. His son TJ is an Eagle Scout and a freshman at College.
Gerry Burke– Assistant Scoutmaster
Gerry is an accomplished outdoorsman. He sails, canoes, fishes, skies, and road bikes. He is a certified scuba diver and certified in CPR. Gerry also has run our summer camp program in the past. He co-lead the 2011 Philmont Trip. He is an international consultant in electrical design engineering. Both his sons, Rob and Kevin, have earned the rank of Eagle Scout with Troop 175.
Keith Chambers – Assistant Scoutmaster
Keith began his scouting career as a Cub Scout Den Leader, and continued with Boy Scouts in Troop 274 in Avon as an Assistant Scout Master. He has over ten years in scouting and is a Wood Badge instructor. Keith and his two sons moved
over to Troop 175 in 2010. Keith is an avid cyclist, enjoys photography, cooking, sailing and the outdoors. He helped lead the 2013 and 2016 Philmont Expeditions. He has experience hiking and backpacking in South Africa, and has been to more summer camps than he can remember! Keith’s son, Tristan, achieved his Eagle in 2012 and is currently studying at San Diego State. Devon is a Life Scout and was a member of 2012 Kilimanjaro Expedition
Todd Hollister – Assistant Scoutmaster
Todd joined the Troop in the spring of 2014 when his son, Max (and honorary Scout daughter, Kate), crossed over from Pack 325 in Granby, CT where Todd was Cubmaster /Assistant Cubmaster and Den Leader for 3 years. Todd enjoys the outdoors, especially fishing, camping, hiking, biking, canoeing and kayaking. He is also a bit of a weekend artist and has been contracted to paint murals in Granby’s High, Middle and Primary schools. By day, Todd is a robotics engineer and is currently Director of Software Engineering at Protedyne Corp. in Windsor, CT.
Derek Aldrich – Assistant Scoutmaster
Derek has been part of Troop 175 since the Spring of 2012. He was previously a Den Leader, Committee Member and Advancement Chair for Pack 325 in Granby. Additionally he volunteers his time as a Coach for some of his Son’s athletic teams. Derek enjoys the outdoors and is an avid fisherman. He also likes to spend his time camping, hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. His youngest Son Connor joined the troop in the Spring of 2015 and has achieved the Scout rank. His oldest Son Patrick is a Life Scout and recently spent a week at the National Youth Leadership Training at J.N. Webster Camp in Ashford. Derek spends his days as an Architect working for Moser Pilon Nelson Architects in Wethersfield.
John Hughes– Assistant Scoutmaster
Jon Hughes is an Eagle Scout who joined the troop in 2012 and is an Assistant Scoutmaster. He achieved the rank of Eagle in 1969 while in Troop 786 in Michigan. Although he does not have any sons, he wanted to give back to an organization that had such a tremendously positive impact on his life. In addition to participating on troop trips, meetings, Eagle Scout projects, etc. he is responsible for adult & scout registration and annual troop chartering activities. He is an avid outdoorsman and is trained in Wilderness First Aid. He has over 30 years as a safety professional and is currently an industry consultant.
Joel Hoffman – Assistant Scoutmaster
Joel joined the troop in 2012 when his son Andrew crossed over from pack 275 in West Simsbury. Since 2008 Joel and family are half way there to see all National Parks in the lower 48, Hawaii and Alaska. Joel is trained in CPR, First Aid and Scuba. Joel enjoys fishing, boating, kayaking, skiing and snowmobiling. Joel works with GE as a Regional Manager calling on Military and Aerospace customers.
Ethan Meskill – Assistant Scoutmaster
Ethan is an Eagle Scout and last years SPL. He is a Senior at Northwest Catholic High School where is he on the varsity swim team as well as a member of the track team. He has been a scout since the first grade. Ethan has participated in many of the troop’s activities including climbing Mount Monadnock, Tuckerman’s Ravine, Mount Greylock and Bear Mountain Peak, the 2014 Trans Presidential Traverse as well as the Zambezi Whitewater Rafting Expedition. During the summer of 2013, Ethan attended the National Jamboree in West Virginia. He was also a staff member at Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth, CT during the summers of 2013, 2014 and 2015. In 2014 Ethan received his Red Cross Life Saving Certification.
Rick Aikman – Assistant Scoutmaster
Rick has been active in Troop 175 since his son crossed over in 2015. Rick has also been a Cub Scout leader in Granby Pack 325 since 2010, serving as a den leader for both of his sons, and organizing Pack activities such as model rocket launches. He enjoys fishing and fly fishing with his boys and is involved in various church activities. Rick coaches The Master’s School Lions FIRST Robotics teams in his spare time. His oldest son, Marcos, is a First Class Scout in the Troop, and his youngest son Brandon will be crossing over to the Troop this coming Spring. Rick works for UTC Aerospace Systems as an Engineer and also owns/operates Aikman Thermal Imaging, LLC, an Infrared Thermography company.
Chris Doskos – Assistant Scoutmaster
Chris joined the Troop in the spring of 2014 when his son, Luke crossed over from Simsbury Pack 175 and is the Troop Merit Badge Coordinator. Chris is a Lt. (ret.) having served 20 years with Simsbury Volunteer Fire Department where he was a member of the rescue squad, junior firefighter executive committee, public fire education, and tower ladder truck committee. He was a Medical Response Technician with the Bloomfield Volunteer Ambulance for 10 years and is trained in CPR/AED, SOLO Wilderness First Aid, NASAR Search & Rescue and High Angle Rescue. Chris was also a Connecticut State Police Auxiliary Trooper with Troop H in Hartford. He is a certified scuba diver and licensed Ham radio operator. Chris is a Chemical Manager for United Technologies Aerospace Systems in Windsor Locks. He enjoys fly fishing, biking, hiking, camping, kayaking, world travel and flying and is the Troop Merit Badge Coordinator. He is a member of the Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 324 at Simsbury Airport. His son Luke, is a Life Scout and a Patrol leader.
Ray Mancarella – Assistant Scoutmaster
Ray began his scouting experience as a youth in Windsor Locks progressing from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, earning the rank of Life Scout. An avid camper Ray has passed his love of the outdoors to his 3 daughters. Camping, kayaking, hiking and letterboxing are among his hobbies. Ray has been an active volunteer in the St.Mary’s community, chairing Carnival committees, sitting on the Parish Council and the school’s Technology Committee. He recognized the value scouting
brought to his life and decided to rejoin to give back to the organization which he enjoyed as a youth. He is an IT consultant and also enjoys cycling.
Peter Adamowicz – Life to Eagle Coordinator
Peter is an avid fly fisherman and paddler. A Cub Scout Den leader for 5 years and an assistant Scoutmaster for the last 9 years, he is currently the Troop’s Life to Eagle Coordinator. He is CPR certified, SOLO Wilderness First Aid Trained, and
a member of the Immortals. He was one of two adults that led the Philmont 2006 Crew to the National Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. He also led the Philmont 2009 trip and helped lead the Amazon Jungle trip in 2008. Peter is
VP and Chief Estimator with Gilbane Building, 5th largest construction company in the United States. His son, Lee, is an Eagle Scout, former troop SPL and a Graduate of Annapolis Naval Academy. His younger son, Tom, is an Eagle Scout, and just graduated Wentworth Institute.