Six adult leaders and nine enthusiastic young men banded together in February 1937 and with the blessing of Reverend Hironori Nishii, organized Boy Scout Troop 40. The troop is one of the oldest and largest scouting units in Maui County, and has produced many Eagle Scouts. As of 2013, about 250 scouts from Troop 40 have earned the Eagle Scout rank. Many scouts from Troop 40 have grown up to become prominent citizens. Among them are successful business and professional leaders in our community today.
The troop has many fun activities throughout the year including camps, hikes, and get-togethers for special occasions. The troop organizes at least four overnight camps throughout the year at various locations on Maui. Occasionally, the troop travels to Lanai for camping trips. In 2012, the troop attended a summer camp on Oahu for the first time. Besides these camps, the troop attends the annual summer camp at Camp Maluhia for six days and five nights. Camp Maluhia provides opportunities for the scouts to take classes to fulfill advancement requirements and earn merit badges, to meet new people, and to enjoy the outdoors. Troop 40 hosts an annual Halloween event, and invites the Cub Scouts of Pack 40 and their families. Recent activities have included costume contests, pumpkin carving contests, displays, and games. In the past, the troop built a cardboard maze in the basement of the temple, and invited brave youngsters to enter and navigate the labyrinth. Other fun activities include launching rockets, picking strawberries, and picnicking at the beach. Scouts and leaders from Troop 40 have participated in a number of National Scout Jamborees held on the East Coast at Fort A. P. Hill, Virginia. The National Scout Jamboree is usually held once every four years with about 45,000 people from across the nation in attendance.
Troop 40 is active in local scout council activities throughout the year. Such activities include scouting program, community service, and fundraising activities. The year begins with the troop washing cars used for transportation for the Professional Golf Association tournament held in Kapalua, Maui. The PGA Tour provides monetary gifts to many of Maui’s non-profits and community organizations, including the local scout council. The troop is one of the representatives of the local council providing manpower and support for the tournament. In February, the troop conducts a Scout Sunday service at the temple and serves refreshments after the service to commemorate the founding the Boy Scouts of America on February 8, 1910. In April, the troop participates in the Scout-O-Rama or camporee events which showcase scouting skills. To remember our military service veterans, the troop assists with placing American flags on the graves of veterans for Memorial Day. In late September or early October, the troop and other scouting units march in the Maui Fair parade. The troop also assists with the Special Fair Day for the disabled at the Maui Fair. Also in October, the troop participates in the council’s popcorn fundraising activity. The troop also supports the council’s Friends of Scouting, annual fund drive. In November, the troop collects non-perishable food items for a food drive called, Scouting for Food, for donation to the Maui Food Bank. Also in November, the troop assists the council by performing yard maintenance at the council office. At the end of the year, the troop collects and donates toys to the Toys for Tots program.