12 year History from Ed Basanese.pdf

History of Troop 41

The history of Troop 41 spans nearly a century since its original inception as Troop 1 in 1923 until the present day. Troop 41 was officially founded on November 29, 1940, chartered by St. Joseph's Catholic Church. In 1947, Troop 41 was charted by St. Mary's Catholic Church. In 1959, Troop 41 was disestablished but then chartered in 1964 by St. Victor's Catholic Church, where it has been ever since.

T41 Eagle Scouts 1946-1989.pdf

Troop 41 Eagle Scouts

1988 Award for Heroism.pdf

1988 Award for Heroism

Troop 41 Activity Program.docx

Troop Activity Program


1923 - Troop 1 chartered by Methodist Church in Mountain View, California a unit in the Santa Clara County Council

1925 - Troop 1 rechartered into Troop 41 under the sponsorship of American Legion Post 248 in Mountain View, California



November 29, 1940 - Troop 41, consisting of nine scouts, chartered by St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, San Jose, California with the approval of Council Scout Executive Duncan McKinley. The charter was signed by Rev. Ambrose W. Hanlon, Assistant Pastor.

Scoutmaster - Mr. Joe Greco


Trip to Big Sur


Trip to Yosemite

Eagle 1 - John Cassedy


Troop 41 chartered by St. Mary's Catholic Church, San Jose, California

Trip to Mount Lassen

First Ad Altare Dei religious medal awarded

Troop 41 Drum Corps established through purchase of 12 new snare drums, two new tenor and two new base drums

Eagle 2 - Louis Bonsi


Eagle 3 - Maurice Bessiere

Eagle 4 - Jack Cassedy

Eagle 5 - Harvey Hudnall

Eagle 6 - Teddy Leavenworth

Eagle 7 - Ralph Morroco

Eagle 8 - John Palmieri

Eagle 9 - Frank Rose

Eagle 10 - Joel Wuesthoff



Eagle 11 - Charles Bock


Eagle 12 - John Havey


Eagle 13 - Leon P. Fox Jr.

1959 - Troop 41 disestablished


1964 - Troop 41 chartered by St. Victor Catholic Church, San Jose, California



Eagle 14 - David Heidmous

Eagle 15 - Jim J. Palmieri

Eagle 16 - Tracy W. Riggs

Eagle 17 - Frank J. Thompson


Eagle 18 - Robert N. Hamilton

Eagle 19 - Thomas C. Schmelzer


Eagle 20 - Eric P. Zeitvogal


Eagle 21 - Leo M. O' Neill



Eagle 22 - Brian A. Smith


Eagle 23 - Robert J. Gross

Eagle 24 - Thomas K. Tilmant


Eagle 25 - George W. Brown

Eagle 26 - Jeffrey C. Lin

Eagle 27 - Jeffrey T. Tilman

Eagle 28 - Reid L. Waterer

Eagle 29 - Ryan F. Waterer


Eagle 30 - William L. Chavez

Eagle 31 - Christopher J. Cota

Eagle 32 - Christopher A. Shirley

Eagle 33 - Alan F. Zeitvogel


Eagle 34 - John Chavez

February 1986 - Snow Trip to Hi-Sierra/ Dodge Ridge area

July 1986 - SENIOR SCOUTS Canoe Trek to Boundary Waters, Minnesota

August 1986 - Camp Hi-Sierra Summer Camp

November 1986 - Trip to Moaning Caverns


Eagle 35 - Donald Huckins

Eagle 36 - Scott Ranstrom

Eagle 37 - Greg Rowe

Scoutmaster - Mr. Tom Zeitvogal

April 1987 - Trip to Pinnacles

July 1987 - ​Camp Hi-Sierra Summer Camp

August 1987

SENIOR SCOUT trek to Green River Utah: rafting, horseback riding, firefighting

Scoutmaster - Mr. Ed Basanese


Troop 41 scouts John Arena and Richard Gauthier presented with Heroism Award for heroic action while participating in the rescue of a fellow scout who was in imminent danger of drowning

Eagle 38 - Edward D. Basanese

January 1988 - ​Travis Air Force Base outing

March 1988

​Trip to Henry Coe Park (backpacking)

Eagle 39 - John J. Arena

June 1988 - ​Cassini River Ranch outing

July 1988 - ​​Camp Hi-Sierra Summer Camp

October 1988 - ​​Big Basin Campout with no water; Ed Basanese's carrots sustain the troop

January 1989 - ​​Ski Trip (to Bear Valley from Camp 49er at Arnold)

February 1989 - ​​Visit to USS Enterprise and NAS Alameda - marching drill by US Marines

May 1989 - ​​Yosemite: Hogsdon Meadow

July 1989

​​National Scout Jamboree Fort AP Hill, Virginia - 5 scouts attend

Camp Hi-Sierra Summer Camp

Former T41 Scoutmaster Tom Zeitvogel "Mr. Z" (center) with former T41 Scoutmaster Ed Basanese (left) and Former Assistant Scoutmaster Joe Murphy (right). (Photo courtesy of Dave Bunger)


January 1990

Ski trip to Camp 49er and Bear Valley

Eagle 40 - Chris Farrell

February 1990 - Timpany Center Service Project - coordinated by Dave Bunger

June 1990

Camp Wente Summer Camp

Eagle 41 - Fred Corey

August 1990 - VENTURE CREW to Ft Tejon, Magic Mtn, Disneyland, Catalina, Mexico, Santa Barbara

September 1990 - Yosemite Trip

October 1990

Santa Clara County Council 70th Anniversary Jamboree at Ed Levin Park

Eagle 42- Kevin Galvin

January 1991

Ski Trip to Sugar Bowl; overnight stay at Camp Hoyfjellet Lodge

Eagle 43 - Seanpaul Berube​

Eagle 44 - Adam Millard​

Eagle 45 - Corey Ranstrom​

May 1991 - Visit to Civil War encampment at Roaring Camp, Felton

June 1991 - Camp Wente Summer Camp - outposts, horseback riding, sailing

August 1991 - VENTURE CREW to Hawaii: Pupukea, Waikiki; raise new US flag over USS Arizona

September 1991 - Troop 41's 50th Birthday at Italian Gardens

October 1991

Droughtbuster Troop 41 survives rained out Emma Prush Park District Camporee

Eagle 46 - Ern Loh​

January 1992 - Dodge Ridge Ski Trip

June 1992

Camp Wente Summer Camp: Rain

Eagle 47 - David Stock​

Eagle 48 - Chris Wall

July 1992 - VENTURE CREW 50-mile Yosemite Backpack: Benson, Pate Valley, Tuolumne Meadows

August 1992 - Short Backpack trip to Molera State Beach near Big Sur

January 1993 - Ski Trip to Pinecrest Chalet at Dodge Ridge

February 1993 - Treasure Island US Naval Base Outing

May 1993 - Fremont Peak Astronomy Outing

June 1993

Camp Pico Blanco Summer Camp: Blackfoot, Kazuka Man, tall redwoods, basketball hoop

Eagle 49 - Matt Bandel

July 1993

VENTURE CREW 50-mile Yosemite Backpack: Hoover Wilderness, Burro Pass, Rogers L

Eagle 50 - Matt Romero​

August 1993

Manresa Beach with dolphins offshore

Eagle 51 - Matt Ekstrom​

October 1993

Droughtbuster Troop 41 only troop to stay at rained out Grants Ranch Camporee

Eagle 52 - Brian Murphy

November 1993

Bicycle Backpack trek to Marin Headlands

Eagle 53 - Nin Loh

January 1994 - Ski Trip to Sugar Bowl

April 1994

Ishi Wilderness Venture Crew shakedown hike

Eagle 54 - Daniel Hobgood

June 1994 - Camp Pico Blanco Summer Camp: outpost hike

July 1994

VENTURE CREW Bus Trip to Montana and Metcalf Wilderness 40-mile Backpack

Eagle 55 - Ray Hacke

November 1994 - Troop meetings begin at Noble Park Berryessa Community Center House

January 1995 - Bus ride and Ski Trip to Boreal after sleepover in St Victor's Hall

February 1995 - Point Reyes Backpack to Coast Camp

June 1995

New Scouts join for first time from Mt Pleasant Pack 268

VENTURE CREW Henry Coe trek: Boone McLaughlin chief, no water in Orestimba, lost

July 1995 - Camp Pico Blanco Summer Camp

August 1995

Eric Zeitvogel, Troop 41 Eagle Scout, killed in tragic Nevada car accident

Troop attendance at San Francisco 49er Football Game

October 1995 - Fort Mason Youth Hostel, Work on Historic Ships

January 1996 - Blizzard at Boreal; lost snowboards

January 1996 - USS Pampanito Submarine Outing: almost sunk by Troop 41

April 1996 - Troop 41 awarded President Award and Mayor's Award at Scout Expo

May 1996 - Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 165 join troop

July 1996

Camp Winton Summer Camp: swimming, canoe outpost, Tribe of Winton

VENTURE CREW Yosemite 50-miler: Hetch Hetchy, Vernon, Laurel, Tiltill, White Wolf

Eagle 56 - Chris Schulman

Eagle 57 - David Bunger

January 1997

Ski Trip to Heavenly

Eagle 58 - Paul Ekstrom

July 1997 - Camp Wente Summer Camp: Rock Climbing, Swimming, Eagles Nest, Canoe Outpost

August 1997 - VENTURE CREW 40-mile Backpack Trek to Olympic National Park and visit to Seattle


Scoutmaster - Mr. Keith Archer

Scoutmaster - Mr. Mike Nelson

Former Scoutmaster Mike Nelson (left) with scouts from Troop 41 (Photo courtesy of Tammy Nelson)

Former Troop 41 Scoutmaster Ed Basanese (far left) with scouts from Troop 41, on a 50 mile backpack trek to Philmont, New Mexico in the summer of 2000. (Photo courtesy of Ed Basanese)

Former San Jose District 4 Councilman Kansen Chu speaking at the Troop 41 Court of Honor. (Photo courtesy of Tammy Nelson).


April 2019

Troop 41 re-established with five scouts

Scoutmaster - Mr. James Mayled

May 2019

Troop participates in Memorial Day Flag Placement at Oak Hill Memorial Park

First hike for new troop at Little Yosemite at Sunol Regional Wilderness

August 2019 - Tafoni and Fir Trail Hike

September 2019 - Viva Calle SJ Urban Hike

October 2019 - Troop 41 runs Pancake Breakfast at St. Victor Parish Festival

November 2019

Troop 41 participates in Scouting For Food program

11 mile hike to Steven Creek Nature Study Area


January 2020

Mission Peak Rim Rovers Hike

Scouts from Troop 41 help with first St. Victor Food Pantry distribution

February 2020 - Campout at Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch Park. Scouts awakened by wild boars

March 2020 - Troop 41 Scouts participate in phone brigade to check on homebound and senior parishioners during shelter-in-place

July 2020 - Camp IT Out Virtual Summer Camp through Golden Empire Council, first summer camp experience for new scouts

September 2020

Coastal Cleanup of Upper Penitencia Creek at Commodore Park

Scouts participate in "home-centered" approaches to campouts due to COVID-19 pandemic

October 2020

Mt. Madonna County Park Hike

Troop helps support St. Victor Food Pantry

November 2020

Mt. Tamalpais Rim Rovers Hike

Troop 41 Scouts participate in second round of phone brigade

December 2020 - Presidio of San Francisco Historic Trail Hike

January 2021 - Troop 41 earns Journey to Excellence Gold Award for 2020

February 2021 - Mt Diablo Rim Rovers Hike

March 2021

Campout at Joseph D. Grant County Park

Troop 41 presented with Pope Paul VI National Catholic Unit Excellence Award (Silver Level) at St. Joseph Cathedral

April 2021 - Troop 41 member count up to 11

May 2021

Campout at Coyote Lake Harvey Bear Ranch County Park

Mission Peak Rim Rovers Hike

Troop participates in Memorial Day Flag Placement at Calvary Catholic Cemetary

June 2021 - Campout at Portola Redwoods State Park

July 2021

Hike at Calero County Park

Scouts from Troop 41 serve on Youth Staff for Cub Camp Lake Cunningham #2

August 2021 - Summer Camp at Hi-Sierra, first real summer camp experience for the troop

September 2021

Campout at Pinnacles National Park, scouts struggle to stay hydrated but complete 13 mile Rim Rovers hike in the heat

Troop 41 completes 18 mile VivaCalle SJ Urban hike

Troop 41 hosts St. Victor 60th Anniversary Campout Activity for parish community

October 2021

Camporee at Joseph D. Grant County Park "Medieval Fantasy 2021"

Troop 41 adopts Noble Park through San Jose's Adopt-a-Park Program

Newest scouts attend Stamp Collecting Merit Badge Workshop

Troop 41 raised $8,989 through Trail’s End popcorn fundraiser

November 2021

Campout at St. Victor field

Scouts distributed door hangers in neighboring communities for Scouting for Food

December 2021

Campout at St. Victor field

Scouts Participate in the Simbang Gabi Food Service at St. Victor

Scouts watch a private screening of "Spiderman No Way Home" at the movie theaters

January 2022

Hike to Mission Peak with Pack 165 Arrow of Light scouts

February 2022

Campout at Uvas Canyon County Park

March 2022

Scouts participate at Noble Park Community Day

Scouts attend and help with food service at Pack 165's Hawiian-themed Blue and Gold Banquet