What’s on Our Mind

Fallen Eagle – Ben Groseclose

Benjamin WM Groseclose, 49, of Phoenix, AZ passed away peacefully on July 23, 2019. Ben was born March 9, 1970 in Phoenix to David and Karen Groseclose. He is predeceased by both of his parents. He is survived by his brother, John David Groseclose (Debi), sister, Susan Elizabeth Petersheim, two nieces and a nephew, Haley Anne Petersheim, Brian Anthony Petersheim, Jr., and Lily Margo Groseclose. He was the eldest of three children and graduated from Camelback High School in 1988. He was an Eagle Scout in Troop 41 and earned his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Recording Engineering from the Johnston Center at The University of Redlands in 1999. He rocked through life as a drummer, sound engineer, computer repair technician, and Deadhead. Ben will be remembered most for his passion of music, his curiosity of all things related to science and technology, his kind spirit, his sweet and gentle demeanor, his remarkable genius in being able to fix or build nearly anything, his genuine compassion for others, his endless generosity and giving nature, and his love of animals. He is loved and missed.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Home Fur Good Animal Shelter, 10220 N 32nd St, Phoenix, AZ 85028 or Boy Scout Troop 41, Scoutmaster Brian Cook, 2215 E Sweetwater, Phoenix, AZ 85022

This past summer we came across this piece written in a book of remembrance at Camp Geronimo.

2017 Photos (and COH 2016)

November 2017 Veterans Day Parade

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October 2017 West Clear Creek

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September 2017 Lava Tubes

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2017 Utah Summer Trip – Zion, Bryce, and Escalante

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June 2017 Arcosanti

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April 2017 Kitt Peak

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March 2017 Kayaking

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January 2017 Agua Fria Hike

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November 2016 Eagle Court of Honor

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Christmas Tree Lot is gearing up for the season

Trees are being ordered and preparation is underway for our 59th annual Christmas tree lot!  We are even getting some press. Check out the ad in the Windsor Square newsletter!

Fall 2018 Windsor Square Newsletter V2

Some highlights about our Christmas Tree Lot:

  • 59th Annual Christmas Tree Sale (other previous media releases state we have been selling trees since post-WWII)
  • 1104 E Northern Ave
    Open Daily starting Black Friday
  • Fresh-cut Nobles and Douglas from Oakridge OR (an Eagle Scout runs the tree farm)
  • all proceeds help scouts attend merit badge camp and summer adventure trip each year
  • Troop membership 50+ boys ages 11-17 attend North Central Phoenix area schools
  • parents and scouts will volunteer 2000+ hours to staff and operate the lot
    boys learn a host of customer service and small business skills (earn Salesmanship/Entrepreneur merit badge)
  • hope to raise $10k +
  • now accepting credit cards
  • photo of most recent trip
  • Our Scoutmaster and some parents belonged to this troop as kids
  • some customers have been buying trees for more than a decade
  • holiday tradition not to be missed
  • Notable News: real trees ARE environmentally friendly and can be recycled
  • Notable News: though industry experiencing shortage nationwide, we still have Nobles a customer favorite
  • get your trees early to avoid sell outs
  • possible to BUY ONE DONATE ONE opportunity

Honoring David Groseclose – former scoutmaster

David Allen Groseclose
David Allen Groseclose Obituary

August 2, 1942 – October 2, 2018

David Allen Groseclose was born in El Paso, Texas, August 2, 1942 to W.M. Groseclose and Mary Ruth Cooper Groseclose. His brothers Richard Wayne Groseclose and Daniel Lee Groseclose and parents predeceased him. He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Karen Anne Monrad Groseclose, and 3 children: Benjamin W.M., John David (Debi) and granddaughter Lily, and Susan Elizabeth, granddaughter Haley Anne Petersheim and grandson Brian Anthony Petersheim Jr. Many nieces and nephews continued to be a part of his life as well. David grew up in Phoenix, graduating from West High School in 1960. He was an all-state football player, all-state wrestler, student body president and received the Jim Edwards memorial award. He graduated from Harvard College in 1964 and the University of Arizona Law School in 1968. He clerked for Arizona Supreme Court Justice Lorna Lockwood his first year out of law school and then joined classmates Steven Gerst and Michael J Cohen as Cohen, Gerst and Groseclose. Tom Meissner joined them as they became Cohen, Gerst, Groseclose and Meissner. David was an active Civitan, helping build Camp Civitan and serving Thanksgiving dinners at Civitan House, Boy Scout Scoutmaster, served on the Board of Trustees at Grand Canyon College, a swimmer, skier, scuba diver, hunter and fisherman. He compiled “James A. Michener: A Bibliography” and his personal book collection became the nucleus of the primary works in the James A. Michener collection at the Michener Library at the University of Northern Colorado. At David’s recommendation, Michener chose the University of Northern Colorado to house his original papers. David’s love of books gave him many years of pleasure collecting and sharing. He was a founding member of the James A. Michener Society and served on its board of directors. His was a life of helping others. A Celebration of Life will be held Saturday, October 13th at 3 pm at Messenger Mortuary, 7601 E. Indian School Rd, Scottsdale, AZ 85251. A lite dinner and dessert reception will be served in Messinger’s Community Room. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to your local library, Home Fur Good animal rescue (10220 N. 32nd St., Phoenix, AZ 85028). Donations to the David Groseclose Fund at the University of Northern Colorado Libraries will be used to support students working in the James A. Michener collection. Contributions should be mailed to: UNC Development & Alumni Relations, Judy Farr Center, Campus Box 11, Greeley, CO 80639 with a clear designation that it is for the David Groseclose Fund. Arrangements entrusted to Messinger Indian School Mortuary.


Published in The Arizona Republic from Oct. 7 to Oct. 10, 2018

The video of the service is here: 

Andrew Aranda Soars Into the Clouds

It is with a heavy heart and great sorrow that I share with you of the passing of one of our own Eagle Scouts, Andrew Aranda, who was tragically killed on the night of Friday, August 10, 2018. Some of you knew Andrew and others may not. Those that did know him, knew that he was one of those individuals that had a caring and giving soul. He would help anybody that needed it. He never said anything bad, nor was he a troublemaker. A True Eagle Scout!!!

Andrew was a long time employee of Luci’s Marketplace located at 16th St & Bethany Home Road.  The owners of this restaurant have set up a GoFundMe account to help the family with funeral expenses.  If anybody would like to donate, here is the link:  https://www.gofundme.com/andrew-aranda-memorial-fund

Brian Cook, Troop 41 Scoutmaster

Venture 2041 and Troop 41 Recycling

Venture Crew 2041 and BSA Troop 41 recycles your aluminum cans. Funds from recycling go straight back into our Venture Crew and Troop programs. On May 12, Tessa Turner and Bella Huchinson from our Venture Crew beautified our collection bin located in the north end of the First United Methodist Church Assembly Hall . The transformation from industrial box to a reminder to recycle and be vigilant of our environment.


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2016 Christmas Tree Lot Info

16_10_31_Tree_LotIt’s back!  The Troop 41 Christmas Tree Lot is located on the northeast corner of 11th Street and Northern. The lot  opens on November 25th and will operate through December 22nd or until we run out of trees.  Hours are Weekdays 4pm-9pm and Weekends 10am-9pm. 

This is Troop 41’s main fundraiser for the next year’s activities including summer camp which is not necessarily a typical Boy Scout summer camp experience.  In the summer of 2016, proceeds from the 2015 tree lot sent nearly 40 kids to Ventura, CA, for a week of camping and surf lessons-some of these kids had never been to the ocean let alone been on a surfboard!  This year we are supporting almost 50% more scouts in the troop and will be going to Camp Geronimo north of Payson.

For many Boy Scouts in our troop, this is their first look at what it takes to run a business and work with customers.  All scouts in the troop will be working several shifts throughout the tree lot’s duration.  Please come by, say hello, and pick up your Christmas tree or trees for 2016.

If you would like to help support Troop 41’s activities, but may not be able to make it out to purchase a tree or want to assist with our start-up inventory costs, our Go Fund Me page allows you to do so. 

To support the Troop, please visit:


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Thank You!

Boy Scouts of America Troop 41