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» Website Updates
  • Summer Camp added on 2/9.
  • Valley Forge Trip added on 2/23.
  • National Engineers Week added on 2/25.
» Meetings

Parents:

Meetings end as close to 9:00 PM as possible.  Please be prompt in picking-up your son.  Thanks!

Scouts:

Boards of Review are held the second meeting of each month.  See Mrs. Lochner if you need a Board of Review.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Scouts must complete a Scoutmaster Conference prior to the Board of Review.  Scoutmaster Conferences will not be given the night of the Board of Review.  Scouts must complete the Scoutmaster Conference before the meeting, either that day or in the days or week(s) prior.

 
» Committee Meetings

Click HERE for information on the troop's monthly Committee Meetings, to which all interested parents are invited.

 
» Scout Apparel
The troop has a limited amount of uniform apparel available, donated by former Scouts.  Available items include scout pants & belts.  If you have a need for one or more of these items, see Mr. Hayden.
 
» Civic Duty Awareness Program
Our district, the Pequott District, offers a Civic Duty Awareness patch award.  By completing just five requirements, found on the award application, any scout or leader may earn this award.
 
» Merit Badges

Merit Badges are a part of the Scouting adventure and are a key part of rank advancement.  For information on following the merit badge process, and on exactly how to fill-out the merit badge blue card, click HERE

Merit badge pamphlets are produced for every merit badge and may be borrowed from the troop library or purchased at the Scout Shop.  They contain everything you need to know to earn each merit badge.

You can check out all the available merit badges at Scouting.org's Introduction to Merit Badges page.

 
» Early Rank Requirements Videos

The Boy Scouts of America has videos available on their Scoutsource website, presenting useful information that covers the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class requirements.  They can be reached by clicking here

Keep in mind that these videos address requirements in effect prior to January 1, 2010, and may not be completely accurate until updated by the Boy Scouts of America.

 
» Scout Spirit
Click the links below for IMPORTANT information regarding Scout Spirit, and the Code of Responsibility to which each Scout is expected to adhere.
Click HERE for important Scout Spirit info
Click HERE for Troop Code of Responsibility
 
» The Buddy System
Click HERE for important Buddy System information
 
» How to Pitch & Break-down a Coleman Tent

Whether tent camping season is in full swing or it's cabin season, it's always a good time to review how to set-up and take down the troop's tents. 

Click here for a video from Coleman on how to pitch and break-down a tent (it's a big file, so give it a few minutes to load).

 
» How to Sharpen a Knife or Ax

If you're like most Scouts, at one time or another you've been unsure exactly how to go about sharpening your pocketknife or an ax.  Click the link below for a how-to video.

Remember that you must have your Totin' Chip card in your possession to use or sharpen a knife or ax anytime you're with the troop.

Boy's Life "How to sharpen a knife or ax" page
 
» Knots
Having trouble mastering that Bowline or Taut-Line Hitch?  Is your Clove Hitch not up to par?  Click on the link below, which will bring you to Boy's Life's "Learn to Tie Knots" page, with video of the major knots and lashings.
Boy's Life "Learn to Tie Knots" page
 
 
» Upcoming events
3/2 Troop Meeting (Class A uniform)
3/7 Pequott District Amazing Race
3/9 Troop Meeting
3/16 Troop Meeting
3/20 Valley Forge
3/23 Court of Honor (Class A Uniform)
3/24 Committee Meeting
All Parents are Welcome!
3/30 Troop Meeting
more upcoming events
 
For a one-page, printable calendar, click here
 
Welcome!

Welcome to the Troop 239 website. This website serves as one of the main sources of timely troop information for Scouts and their parents, so come back frequently.

Troop 239 is honored to be sponsored by Seaford American Legion Edwin Welch, Jr. Post 1132.

We meet every Monday night at the Seaford Manor School on Washington Avenue, from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, except holidays and on days school is closed.

For Scouts, Class A uniform is to be worn at the first meeting of each month, at Courts of Honor, and for Boards of Review and Scoutmaster Conferences.  Otherwise, Class B uniform is to be worn.  The Troop Code of Responsibility lists what is to be worn as Class A and Class B uniforms.

 
Parents!
Be sure to click here for important information regarding the Scouting program, and for required Youth Protection Training.
 
National Engineers Week

Sunday, February 22nd to Saturday, February 28th is "National Engineers Week".  Sorry, but we're not talking about trains or locomotives here!

National Engineers Week celebrates the contributions and accomplishments of those working in the field of Engineering.  Engineers work in the field of aerospace, agriculture, computers, nuclear, and many more disciplines.

This exciting field provides solutions that make a difference in the lives of friends, families, and the world at large.  Visit the Discover Engineering website for more info.

This would be an excellent week to explore the Boy Scouts of America's Nova Awards program, which exposes Scouts to engineering as well as science, technology and mathematics.

For more information on this exciting program, click HERE.  To view the requirements for each award, click HERE.

 
Valley Forge Trip

The date is December 19, 1777 . . . over 200 years ago.  You're part of George Washington's army and are tired, having spent a summer fighting a string of losing battles in the Revolutionary War, our nation's fight for freedom.  Autumn was a slight improvement with a better showing at two battles in September & October.

Yet, the British had still been able to march triumphantly into Philadelphia, the Colony's largest city and our seat of political power, forcing the Continental Congress to flee west.  The army is on the brink of collapse.  In an effort to rest and refit his troops, General Washington has fallen back to Valley Forge, PA, where he has established his winter quarters.

After facing a harsh winter where food and clothing were scarce, with hunger and disease common, you somehow survive this ordeal.  In March, 1778, with your body and supplies replenished and confidence restored, General Washington leads you and your fellow soldiers out of Valley Forge, the birthplace of the Continental Army, to face the British again.

Our next trip will be tent camping at Valley Forge Scout Campground from Friday, March 20th to Sunday, March 22nd.  We will spend Saturday hiking the Valley Forge Historical Trail, where you will learn about your country's heritage and be able to earn the Valley Forge Historical Trail Award.

The cost of this trip is $45, which should be returned to Mr. Hayden along with the permission slip as soon as possible.  Food is an additional $25, with shopping to be done the Thursday before we leave, at Pathmark, 7:30 PM.

Scouts can refer to the Weekend Camping Packing Checklist, for help with packing.  Be prepared for cold weather!

 

Scouts needing to complete the map and compass requirement should also bring an orienteering compass with them on the trip (available at the Scout Shop at a nominal charge).

For more information, contact Mr. Hayden at 732-0942.

To view a trail map of Valley Forge, click HERE.

To view a brochure about the Valley Forge Historical Trail Award and about the trail itself, click HERE.

To read a letter written by General Washington to New York Governor George Clinton, describing the conditions at Valley Forge, click HERE.

For more information on historic Valley Forge, visit the Historic Valley Forge page at ushistory.org.

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Summer Camp
The ground is covered in snow, temperatures in the teens.  It’s time to think about summer camp!  Yes, summer camp is just around the corner: July 20th to July 26th!  Camp Tri-Mount, in upstate New York, is full of enjoyable programs and activities.   This camping experience, besides being fun, is designed to help advancement in rank, obtain skill training and merit badge work, and to meet the aims of the Scouting program: Character Building, Citizenship Training, and Personal Fitness.

In the past, the Scouts have enjoyed a terrific program offered by highly motivated, well-qualified and enthusiastic staff.  Costs are very competitive with other camps.  The program opportunities generally center on rank advancement, skill training, and Merit Badge work.

The cost this year is $445 (non-refundable $50 deposit must be received, by the troop, by Wednesday, March 11th, with the balance paid to the troop by Saturday, March 28th).  The cost is $545 if payments are not made by the above dates.  Payment includes all basic camp activities, all meals, transportation, and all troop expenses.  Click HERE to download an information sheet with permission slip attached, and return the permission slip to Mr. Nicola with your $50 deposit.

For experienced, older Scouts who feel they’ve “done it all”, there are Specialty Camps held not only during the troop’s week in camp, but throughout much of the summer.  While these Specialty Camps do not all offer the usual rank advancement opportunities (some include merit badge work; some don’t), they provide older Scouts with advanced, “high adventure” activities.

These specialty camps each last a week.  Information on all the Specialty Camps available can be viewed by clicking HERESpecialty Camp dates and rates shown are for 2014.  Once the camp posts the 2015 dates & rates, they will be posted here.  Scouts wishing to sign-up for Specialty Camps are responsible for sending their own registration form and fee directly to camp. 

If the Specialty Camp chosen by the Scout falls during the same week the troop is in camp, the Scout can stay in camp with the troop, dine and do evening activities with the troop at no additional charge, and can be provided transportation to and from camp, with the troop, for an additional $50 paid to the troop.  Scouts attending Specialty Camp outside the troop’s week must arrange for their own transportation to and from camp.  Scouts attending Specialty Camp outside the troop’s week stay with provisional troops in camp, formed with other individual Scouts attending those weeks also.  The camp also offers a discount for Scouts who attend multiple weeks.

Contact Mr. Nicola at 781-5745 if you have any questions about our troop’s summer camp week or the Specialty Camps being held during or outside our week.

Parents are welcome to attend for the week, or even for a few days.  Accommodations are in the form of platform tents.  Further details about this and summer camp itself can be found in the Troop 239 2015 Summer Camp Guide.

Additional summer camp items can be found on the Summer Camp page, or by going to the Forms page and looking under Summer Camp.  For a "picture-preview" of what summer camp is all about, click HERE to view pictures from last year's summer camp.

Contact Mr. Nicola at 781-5745 for further information, and for payment.

The last troop meeting of the season, June 15th, will be an orientation for parents whose sons will be attending summer camp.  Scout Activity Selection Forms will also be completed, with Scouts, at this meeting.  Parents of boys who are not registered for summer camp, but may be considering summer camp, are also welcome.  The summer camp forms posted on the website will also be reviewed with parents at this meeting.

 
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Interested in Scouting?

The MISSION of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.

Scout Oath

On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.

Scout Law

A Scout is:
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean, Reverent.


Its VISION? The Boy Scouts of America is the nation's foremost youth program of character development and values-based leadership training.

In the future, Scouting will continue to:
• Offer young people responsible fun and adventure;
• Instill in young people lifetime values and develop in them ethical character as expressed in the Scout Oath and Law;
• Train young people in citizenship, service, and leadership;
• Serve America's communities and families with its quality, values-based program.

 

Get More Information!

For more information about joining Troop 239, contact our scoutmaster or come to any meeting at the Seaford Manor School. Meetings are held on Monday evenings, September through June, 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM, except no meeting is held on holidays or when school is closed.

Interested in finding a scout unit (Cub Scout Pack, Boy Scout Troop, or Venture Crew) near you?  Click on the link below for more information.

BSA National Council


I Can, Can You?

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A Scouting Story

Sometimes, as Scouts, we are faced with what seem like insurmountable tasks in our lives.  Usually it is only through perseverance that we conquer the challenges that come our way.

For a short story about how courage and determination overcame adversity and seemingly impossible odds, read A Scouting Story, written by our own Mr. Paulson in 2009, in celebration of the 100th Anniversary of Boy Scouting in 2010.

 


Project STEM / The Nova Awards Program

The Boy Scouts of America's Nova Awards program incorporates learning with cool activities and exposure to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

For more information on this exciting program, click HERE.  To view the requirements for each award, click HERE.

 


Pine Tree Training

The Sagamore Service Troop, founded in 1923 as a brotherhood of trained adult leaders, offers what is called “Pine Tree Training” for Scouts of the Theodore Roosevelt Council.

This training takes place throughout the Scouting year at Schiff Scout Reservation.  Programs include Cooking, Emergency Preparedness, Fishing, Indian Lore, Pioneering, Orienteering, Shooting Sports, and Nature.  Most of the programs cover a number of the requirements of their associated merit badge.  At the very least, Scouts earn a Pine Tree patch and can expect to come away with the same skills our nation’s forefathers needed to survive in the wilderness.

A description of the various programs, as well as a training schedule, can be viewed HERE.  Note that training is held only on certain weekends and only several programs are held at a time.

Scouts interested in attending Pine Tree Training should contact Mr. Hayden.