Craig Patton has been named the new scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 36, based at Saugatuck Congregational Church.

Patton has a long history with Boy Scouting, beginning as a Cub Scout and rising to Scouting’s highest rank of Eagle as a member of Boy Scout Troop 81 in Chelmsford, Mass. His father was a scoutmaster and his brother also earned the Eagle badge. As a scout, Patton led his council’s contingent to the 1985 National Scout Jamboree that celebrated the 75th anniversary of Boy Scouting at Fort AP Hill.

Patton was interim scoutmaster for Troop 36 last year after previously serving as an assistant scoutmaster. Prior to that, he was cubmaster of Pack 192 in Westport. Patton, the husband of the Rev. Alison Buttrick Patton, pastor of Saugatuck Congregational Church, moved with his family to Westport in 2012. They are the parents of two sons, Tobey, 13, and Ian, 10. He is a published fiction writer, a social-media freelancer and church volunteer.

“My primary goal is to ensure that they take on as much leadership as possible with guidance and support from our adult leaders,” Patton said in a press release announcing his appointment. “Secondly, I’m mindful that, unlike any other program I’m aware of for boys, Scouting is designed for a range of personal interests and abilities. I believe a troop’s program is most successful when it reflects that fact.”

Troop 36 will host an open house next Monday, from 7:30 to 9 p.m., at Saugatuck Congregational Church, 245 Post Road East. Boys 11 to 17 years old and their parents are invited to learn more about the troop and its programs. For more information, contact Patton at 203-221-2169.