About Us

In 1921, Troop 1 – Toms River was chartered by the original Presbyterian Church of Toms River (PCTR).  PCTR’s original location was the historic church in downtown Toms River, which has been incorporated into the Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library.  When the Presbyterian Church moved to its current home located at 1070 Hooper Avenue, Troop 1 – Toms River moved with it and we still find our  home there to this day.



Troop 1 is a Scout led Troop that incorporates the ‘Patrol Method’.  Individual Scouts are placed into Patrols under a Patrol & Asst. Patrol Leader.  These Patrols fall under the Sr. Patrol Leader and his Asst. Sr. Patrol Leader.  A Senior Patrol, which contains Scouts nearing the end of their Scouting journey, provides experience based guidance to the younger Scouts as directed by the Sr. Patrol Leader.  Finally, the Scoutmaster, Asst. Scoutmasters and Adult Leaders are there to provide guidance and supervision while maintaining a safe environment for the Scouts.

 Meetings are every Tuesday evening from 7PM-9PM at PCTR in the Fellowship Hall.

Activities at the weekly meetings are planned and carried out by the Sr. Patrol Leader, Senior Patrol and Patrol Leaders.  These activities could include:

  • (Every Meeting) Formal Flag Ceremony at both opening and closing of meeting
  • Rank Advancement based learning blocks led by Scouts
  • Guest speakers
  • Planning session for any upcoming campout
  • Inspection of equipment after any completed campout
  • “Scoutmaster Conference” for any Scout applying for Rank Advancement
  • “Board of Review” for any Scout applying for Rank Advancement

Troop 1 camps or attends some activity each month at a pre-determined location.  Previous trips have included:  

  • Camping (cold and warm weather)
  • Week-long Summer Camp
  • Hiking the Appalachian Trail
  • Canoeing
  • White Water Rafting
  • Kayaking
  • Mountain Biking

Troop 1 also prides itself on giving back to the Community.  This is accomplished through Service Projects, such as:

  • ‘Flags for the Fallen’ prior to Veteran’s Day
  • Performing Flag Ceremonies at various functions
  • Volunteering to assist with local charities


Our Mission

It is the purpose of the Boy Scouts of America to provide for boys an effective program designed to build desirable qualities of character, to train in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, to develop personal fitness, and to help in the development of American citizens who:

  • Have a high degree of self reliance.
  • Have high personal and stable values.
  • Have a desire and the skills to help others.
  • Understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems.
  • Are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage.
  • Have a keen respect for the basic rights of others.


Goals of Troop 1

Troop 1 supports the goals of the Boy Scouts of America and has established the following guidelines to help accomplish these goals. The purpose of the Troop is to help the boy develop:

RESPONSIBILITY – to the group as well as to himself.

LEADERSHIP – which ultimately may save his life or the life of someone else.

SELF RELIANCE – In which the process will be repeated, thereby fulfilling a guided discovery within himself.


Troop Officers

Scoutmaster, John Marks

Committee Chair, Ed Santos

Secretary, Marc Lanzim

Chartered Rep, Amy VanBezooijen