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.

Cape Cod / Woods Hole Trip - June 13-14

Posted by jgunther on Jun 26 2015 - 3:59pm
Check out the photos from our latest adventure at our flicker site, !  The crew went to Woods Hole and got beyond the scenes tours at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.  Our tour included a visit to the Knorr, the research vessel that launched the Alvin that found the Titanic.

Crew receives mission briefing for NASA TESS Program

Posted by jgunther on Jun 26 2015 - 3:49pm

Venture Crew 1775 STEM Program presents:

Space Mission Planning for NASA TESS Program

When: 7:30-8:45 pm Friday 29 May 2015

Where: MIT Lincoln Laboratory cafeteria

Instrument design & Space mission planning for NASA TESS program

This presentation will describe how a complex astronomical mission in space is planned and how the precision instrument is designed and built.  TESS is a $200M NASA program that MIT (our group) is conducting. Meeting led by TESS instrument manager, Tony Smith, of MIT Lincoln Laboratory.

The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) will discover thousands of exoplanets in orbit around the brightest stars in the sky. In a two-year survey of the solar neighborhood, TESS will monitor more than 500,000 stars for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. This first-ever spaceborne all-sky transit survey will identify planets ranging from Earth-sized to gas giants, around a wide range of stellar types and orbital distances. No ground-based survey can achieve this feat.  Read more about this exciting mission at  .


Tony Smith
TESS Instrument Program Manager
MIT Lincoln Laboratory (LL)

Tony Smith is the Instrument Program Manager for the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) mission. For the past 30 years, a Tony has been involved in the conceptualization, design, assembly and operation of ground, airborne, and space-based technologies. His primary focus has been the development of opto-mechanical systems such as the Space Based Visible (SBV) satellite telescope and the Space Surveillance Telescope (SST).

Tony was a recipient of the R&D 100 award in 2012 for being part of the Lincoln Laboratory team that developed a curved CCD focal plane array.

Tony holds a Bachelors degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a Masters degree in Engineering Management from Tufts University.

Registration Information for Crew 1775

Posted by jgunther on May 15 2015 - 11:24am

Please see youth registration instructions for youth members, age 14 to 20.  For adults, please see adult registration instructions.

Registration must be complete before you participate in crew events.

Crew News: Crew tour blows out receiver at MIT Haystack Observatory

Posted by jgunther on May 4 2015 - 12:15pm

MIT Haystack Observatory is still recovering from hosting Venture Crew 1775 for a tour on Friday, May 1st.  During an afternoon session, designed to measure the distance to the moon, the front end of the receiver fried, possibly a result from turning it on while the transmitter pulse is on.

The moon, visually observed after the incident, suffered no apparent damage.

Irony aside, the crew had a great tour of the facility.  The tour included a briefing on radio astronomy and a demonstration of repositioning the dish so that the transmitter and parabolic surface was visible at ground level.

Venture Crew 1775 thanks MIT Haystack and Frank Lind for the great introduction and tour into radio astronomy! Thanks also to Sarah Klein for setting the tour up.


Crew 1775 Advisor Wins Wookie of the Year Award

Posted by jgunther on May 1 2015 - 1:35pm

Bernie Gunther presents Carrie Huguenin with the Flintlock District Rookie of the Year Award for 2015.

BSA Venture Crew # 1775, Lexington MA

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