The first quarter of 2018 has been a busy time for Troop 41. In early January, the troop held its annual Christmas Tree Recycling fundraiser. This year, the scouts collected over 40 trees from homes throughout Woodbridge. This marks the highest participation so far. Proceeds from the event will be used to purchase new equipment and to off-set the cost of future troop outings. The troop plans to continue this fundraiser next holiday season, so keep an eye out for our signs!
In February, 18 scouts and 7 adult volunteers participated in Troop 41’s epic showdown of culinary skill: The Iron Chef Competition. Each of three patrols was tasked with planning and executing three meals, each of which had its own ethnic inspiration: Breakfast-European, Lunch–Asian, Dinner (appetizer, entree, and dessert)–South American. Two of the three meals had to include cinnamon, cumin, and garlic. Highlights included crepes, breakfast pizza, Israeli salad, pasticho (Venezuelan lasagna), and dulce de leche cake. Nearly all dishes were cooked outside, using a camp stove.
On Saturday, March 23, scouts participated in a 5¼ mile hike up West Rock Ridge in Woodbridge/New Haven to simulate the challenging hike to their campsite at the upcoming West Point Camporee in April. The West Point event is very special because the only ways for a troop to get invited are to be recommended by a current West Point cadet or to be lucky enough to be chosen at random from a pool of troops from all across the 50 states. This year, Troop 41 was able to secure a recommendation from a recent Amity High School graduate. During the weekend event, scouts experience what it is like to be a cadet at West Point and take part in numerous scout skill challenges with other troops.
In March, Troop 41 organized a highly successful Merit Badge Boot Camp (MBBC). Over the course of four consecutive Sunday afternoons, scouts from local troops were able to complete up to three merit badges apiece, including Citizenship in the World, Railroading, Automotive Maintenance, Communications, and Electronics. Merit Badge classes were taught by volunteers, including many parents from the three participating troops.
For the first time, MBBC was held at the Jewish Community Center (JCC) in Woodbridge. Troop 41 thanks the JCC for generously providing use of its facilities, even during the day of their grand reopening celebration. Participating scouts benefited from the JCC’s central location and modern facilities.
Four scouts from Troop 41 continued the troop’s long history of community service by assisting Project Hope in preparing over 250 Passover Seder bags for the needy throughout Connecticut.
Upcoming Troop 41 activities include Sam Martin’s Eagle Project (updating Blue Trail trailhead signs in Woodbridge), ConnJam in Orange, CT (May 11-13), and Camp Sequassen in early August.
If you are a boy, age 11 or older, who likes the outdoors and enjoys learning new skills while having fun, Troop 41 invites you to check them out! The troop meets at the Social Hall of Congregation B’Nai Jacob in Woodbridge. Boys of any faith, from all surrounding towns are encouraged to join. For more information, please email the troop at contact us @woodbridge41.mytroop.us.
Pictured: Hiking West Rock Ridge, March 24, 2018 and Project Hope, March 25, 2018
By Samuel Martin