Troop 41 has enjoyed a fun-filled first half of our 2017-18 calendar. In early September, the troop started off our year by gathering around a roaring campfire for our Court of Honor, during which members were recognized for their achievements at summer camp and received their hard-earned merit badges. Overall, some two dozen badges were awarded.
On September 22-24, a group of senior scouts represented Troop 41 at Camp Sikorsky in Stratford. Along with scouts from across the state of CT, these boys had the privilege of taking a behind-the-scenes tour of the Sikorsky facility, exploring the interiors of various aircrafts and land vehicles, and taking merit badge classes from trained Sikorsky employees.
On October 20-22, the troop visited one of its regular stomping grounds, Camp Horace A. Moses in Russell, MA for a weekend of fun, relaxation, and advancement. The troop stayed at its favorite campsite overlooking the lake. Just like always, the boys took full advantage of the human foosball court; it is just like the classic arcade game, only the ground serves as the table and the boys are the soccer players. When not playing human foosball, troop members focused on advancement skills and cooking. Younger scouts learned how and when to use different types of lashings and how to safely handle a saw, axe, and pocket knife. Scout-designed and executed meals did not disappoint, the highlight being an amazing shakshouka (a middle-eastern egg dish) and deep-fried Oreos.
The next outing took the boys back in time with a visit to Sturbridge Village in early November. Scouts witnessed authentic demonstrations of period workers, including a blacksmith, shoemaker, and butcher. Campsite activities included Frisbee, an outdoor movie, and lots of great cooking in true Troop 41 fashion. The trip was highly educational as well as enjoyable.
Troop 41 is also very active in giving back to the community. On Veterans Day, representatives from the troop presented the colors at the Veterans Day ceremony at High Plains Community Center in Orange. There are currently six scouts in the process of planning their Eagle Scout community service projects which promise at least 100 hours of service per project and numerous opportunities for the whole troop to get involved.
Most recently, troop members enjoyed a day-trip to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, MA. The boys viewed numerous artifacts pertaining to the history of basketball including a model of the first basketball hoop, jerseys of famous players, and a variety of basketballs from throughout the decades.
The next Court of Honor was held on Monday, December 18. Nearly every scout was recognized with badges and rank advancements.
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 from all surrounding towns are encouraged to join. For more information, please email the troop at firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Samuel Martin