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» Website Updates
  • New Rank Requirements Issued added on 9/15.
  • Forms, Forms and Forms added on 9/23.
  • Ten Commandment Hike added on 11/20.
  • Court of Honor updated on 11/20.
  • Turkey in the Woods photos added to the Pictures page on 11/23.
» Meetings


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


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).

» Post-Campout Checklist
So, it's Sunday and the camping weekend is over.  You had a great time, but now you're home and not sure what to do to "tie-up those loose ends"...things that need to get done once you're home.  Consult the "Post-Campout Checklist for Scouts and Venturers" for a handy list of items that need to be done to finish up the great weekend you've just had!
» 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
11/27 Ten Commandment Hike
11/30 Court of Honor (Class A Uniform)
12/7 Holiday Party
12/14 Troop Meeting
12/21 Troop Meeting
more upcoming events
For a one-page, printable calendar, click here

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.

Be sure to click here for important information regarding the Scouting program, and for required Youth Protection Training.

Ten Commandment Hike

The troop will be participating in the Ten Commandment Hike on Friday, November 27th, in Rockville Center.

The Ten Commandment Hike is a popular annual event, held rain or shine, the day after Thanksgiving, with hundreds of Scouting families interested in attending.  It is, at most, about five miles in length, and will involve stops at various religious organizations, where Scouts can learn about each religion's faith and worship space, and learn about one of the Ten Commandments.  Scouts also learn religious tolerance and respect.  Lunch will be provided and participants will each receive a patch.

We will be meeting at the Manor School that morning (Mr. Hayden will provide the time as the date gets closer), and will drive to Rockville Center.  Scouts and leaders should wear class A uniform, although all members of a Scout's family are invited to attend.  Be sure to bring water and a snack, as well as a day or waist pack to carry these items.

Registration is $5 per person.  All those wishing to attend must contact Mr. Hayden as soon as possible.  Include the permission slip, available HERE, with your payment.

The troop has participated in this hike for a number of years, and participants have always found the event to be an interesting, educational and enjoyable experience.  This year promises to be the same.  Contact Mr. Hayden at 732-0942 with any questions.

Court of Honor

Due to a conflict with the school calendar, the troop Court of Honor has been postponed and will be held on Monday, November 30th, beginning at 7:30 PM.

For those who don’t know, a Court of Honor is a ceremony planned and carried out by the boys, which recognizes Scouts for successful achievement, with the awarding of ranks, merit badges, and patches earned.  Courts of Honor are held by the troop several times a year.

Scouts should attend in Class A uniform, which consists of the official uniform shirt and pants, troop hat, and troop neckerchief (or Webelos neckerchief, for the new Scouts).
All parents and siblings are invited to attend.  Hospitality is provided at the conclusion of the ceremony, consisting of snacks and beverages.
Forms, Forms & Forms!

As is done with the start of each new Scouting year, several forms must be completed and returned to Mr. Hayden.  REQUIRED forms are listed below.  Click each of the links and print each form. These forms will NOT be handed-out at meetings.

Each Scout is expected to complete these forms completely (with the help of a parent, as necessary) and return them as soon as possible to Mr. Hayden. A new Photo Release Form should also be returned, to ensure the troop has an up-to-date copy. The Troop 239 Guidelines & Scout Spirit need not be returned, but should be reviewed by Scouts and their parents.

Dues information is included within the Guidelines and should also be submitted as soon as possible.

•    Troop 239 Guidelines

•    Scout Spirit

•    Code of Responsibility

•    Scout Personal Data

•    Photo Release Form

Scouts who have not submitted these forms, or who have not paid their dues, will not receive advancements or awards at Courts of Honor, until they have done so. Call Mr. Hayden if you have any questions.

New Rank Requirements Issued

New rank requirements will be effective January 1, 2016.  A list of the new requirements, along with the current requirements, is available by clicking HERE.  A new Boy Scout Handbook, containing these new requirements, will be release in January, 2016.

Scouts who are working on the Scout badge (the first badge a boy earns when entering Boy Scouts) MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon completion of the Scout badge.

Scouts who are working on Tenderfoot through First Class MAY continue to work on the existing requirements, but MUST convert to the new requirements upon attaining First Class.

Scouts who have completed First Class MAY complete the rank they are currently working on in the existing requirements, but then MUST convert to the new requirements for subsequent ranks.

Effective 2017, All Scouts MUST use the new requirements regardless of rank.

The transition schedule can be viewed by clicking HERE.

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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.

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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.