Boy Scouts of Harlem, Troop 759

First I’ve heard of this film:  “759:  Boy Scouts of Harlem,” a film by Jake Boritt and Justin Szlasa.

Have you seen it?

2010 is the 100th anniversary of Scouting in the U.S.  This film is not officially a part of that celebration — but expect to see more like it.  This film was produced independently, with approval from one Scout council, but entirely independent from Scouting otherwise.

Would this make a good recruiting device for your troop?  Why or why not?

Perhaps one of the Scouts in your troop, working on the cinematography merit badge, might be inspired to make a film like this about your troop.


3 Responses to Boy Scouts of Harlem, Troop 759

  1. Thanks for the question Ed–we are pretty busy with getting the word out about “759: Boy Scouts of Harlem” but we have been thinking ahead…maybe following a troop to Philmont? I am also developing a concept for a film about the Peace Corps.

    For your readers: we have an event tomorrow night on Capitol Hill that is a Celebration of Scouting sponsored by Senators Jeff Sessions and Ben Nelson which includes a screening of the film. It is free–you just have to RSVP. Details are on our blog here:


  2. Ed Darrell says:

    Thanks for dropping by, Justin.

    What’s your next project?


  3. harlemscouts says:

    Hello Ed–Justin Szlasa here, the co-director of “759: Boy Scouts of Harlem” thanks for your post–I do indeed hope that the film inspires some Scouts to go for cinematography merit badge. I have read Steven Spielberg (Eagle Scout) made his first film about his Boy Scout Troop…if you get some answers to the questions you posed I will be happy to hear what people have to say.


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