Welcome to the Crew 1775 web site!



Venturing is a part of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 13 and have completed the eighth grade, or age 14 through 20 years of age.

Venturing is based on a unique and dynamic relationship between youth, adult leaders, and organizations in their communities.  The program has exciting and meaningful activities that help youth pursue their love of the outdoors, learn about STEM, develop leadership skills, and become good citizens.

Venturing Crew 1775 meets every Friday night from 7:30 to 9pm when school is in session at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, 3 Forbes Road, Lexington.

We participate in many activities such as a monthly adventure trip (backpacking, etc.), frequent STEM-based trips, various community service opportunities, and the occasional long-term adventure such as Florida Sea Base or Kandersteg International Scout Camp in Switzerland.

 If you would like to join us or have any questions, simply contact the Scout VP of Communications Ella Mattingly at or contact the Committee Chair Jan Gunther at 781-652-0420.

Sign up for Carter Notch Backpacking - April 1-2, 2017

Posted by jgunther on Mar 27 2017 - 1:53pm

Hike up to the Carter Notch Hut (3.8 miles), and then drop packs and hike up to the peak of Carter Dome (1.2 miles).   We are staying at the hut, so we don't have to pack as much gear. 

We currently filled all the spots we reserved. Rather than close the sign-ups, let us know ASAP if you want to go so we can try to reserve more spots.  Sign up here!

Mount Greylock Backpacking Trip Report - March 18-19, 2017

Posted by jgunther on Mar 27 2017 - 1:51pm

We had a group of 8 scouts and 2 adults from the Crew set out on the Hopper Trail on Saturday morning.  Seeing that the trail had been broken already, we ditched snow shoes for microspikes to lighten our load - only to be welcomed by 2 feet of untouched snow further down the trail.  Tom, Eli, Ella, Christopher, Owen, Martha, Sam, and Michael all took turns breaking the trail/rotating to the back of the pack during the hike.
We stopped for lunch at the Sperry campground and briefly considered camping there, but decided to stick to Tom's original plan of reaching the Deer Hill Shelter.  The Deer Hill trail was steeper and slicker than anticipated but through some unintended sledding and crawling, the crew made it to Deer Hill shelter for the night.
Ella and Michael became the crew chefs cooking up some great Mac & Cheese on Saturday night. Sunday morning our chefs Ella, Michael, and Eli cooked up pancakes and some fried breakfast tacos.  After breaking down camp, Ella took the initiative to map us a less strenuous return route to avoid the Deer Hill Trail on the way back.  The crew averaged 2mph on the way back to the parking area.
Special thanks to the trip coordinator Tom, the grub-master and food buyer Ella, and the gear-master Martha!

Crew 1775 travels to Switzerland - Feb 19 - 25, 2017

Posted by jgunther on Mar 27 2017 - 1:37pm


Scouts from Lexington Venture Crew 1775 attended Kandersteg International Scout Centre in Switzerland's Bernese Highlands during the recent February school vacation from Feb. 19 through Feb. 25.

During their week at the international scout camp, the crew members participated in a variety of activities including skiing Lauchernalp, touring to Jungfraujoch (the highest train station in Europe at 3,471 meters above sea level), hiking the Gemmi Pass, snowshoeing the Tatelishorn, snowshoeing to the Oeschinensee lake, Oeschinen sledding, curling, touring Berne, skiing Adelboden, and exploring the Brigerbad thermal pools in Brig.

During their stay, the group lodged at KISC's Sunneblick Chalet, ate in the camp dining hall, and enjoyed meeting scouts from other countries including staff from Australia, Portugal, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Great Britain and Ireland, and some from Seattle. The trip ended with a free Saturday afternoon exploring the city of Zurich before flying back to Boston Logan via JFK International Airport. For more information on the program:

Boston Harbor Islands - Grape Island, June 25-26, 2017

Posted by jgunther on Mar 23 2017 - 2:30pm

We will be camping on Grape Island, a small island in Boston Harbor.  We will be taking the Harbor Islands Ferry to cruise to our camping site.  We should have some great views of the harbor. 

Note: this is a Sunday to Monday trip.  Sign up here!

Scouting for All

Posted by jgunther on Mar 17 2017 - 12:52pm

We believe that the Scouting experience should be available to all youth in our community, regardless of financial status.  If your family can not afford the registration fee, please consult our committee treasurer Bernie Gunther in confidence at 781-652-0420.

Crew 1775 is part of the Spirit of Adventures Council which serves over 6,000 youth through 1,000 volunteers in over 200 Packs, Troops, Crews and other units without regard to color, race, religion, ethnic background, sexual orientation, or economic status. (Adopted July 19, 2001)

APEX: COPE and Shooting Sports - April 30 through May 1

Posted by jgunther on May 13 2016 - 11:31am

Crew 1775 had a blast at Hidden Valley at our APEX weekend. We joined Crew 111 and Troop 1775 from Natick/Wayland on the COPE course on Saturday and enjoyed Archery and Rifle Shooting on Sunday.  See more pictures on the flickr site.

BSA Venture Crew # 1775, Lexington MA

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