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» Website Updates
  • Big Bear Mountain Trip added on 12/13.
  • Merit Badge Workshops added on 1/16.
  • Calling All Parents!!! added on 1/16.
 
» Upcoming Events
1/19 Big Bear (Skiing/Snowboarding/Tubing)
1/22 Troop Meeting
1/23 Committee Meeting
All Parents are Welcome!
1/29 Troop Meeting
2/5 Troop Meeting (Class A uniform)
2/12 Troop Meeting
more upcoming events
 
For a one-page, printable calendar, click here
 
» 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. Wong.
 
» 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.

Normally, Scouts consult with the Scoutmaster to seek out a merit badge counselor.  However, the Theodore Roosevelt Council also holds merit badge workshops for a fee.  Visit the Council Merit Badge Workshop page for more info.

 
» New Rank Requirements
Click HERE for information regarding the new rank requirements that became effective January 1, 2016.
 
» 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 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
 
 
 
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.
 
Merit Badge Workshops

The earning of merit badges by Scouts is a big part of the Scouting program, especially for the higher ranks.  To aid Scouts in earning various merit badges, the Theodore Roosevelt Council regularly holds workshops at the Council Service Center in Massapequa on many Saturdays.

These workshops offer Boy Scouts the opportunity to spend a few hours at the service center working on a merit badge of their choice (available merit badges vary with each workshop).  Upcoming workshops are scheduled for January 20th, February 3rd & 10th, and March 3rd & 17th.  All sessions start at 9 AM and run until 1 PM; a small fee is charged during registration.

Registration for the winter workshops opens up this Wednesday morning, January 17th, at 11 AM.  Many of the merit badges offered are in high demand and fill-up very quickly so don't delay in registering!

For more information, and to register, click HERE.

 
Calling All Parents!!!

A troop is only as good as its trained leaders and committee members; we need YOU to help move the troop forward with its fun events and activities.  We need parents to get involved!!!

If you're registered as a leader but have not yet received training, or you're looking for the opportunity to serve the troop as a leader, this training is for you!

Boy Scout training for Assistant Scoutmaster and Committee member is being held on Saturday, February 10th from 8 AM to 2 PM, at the Presbyterian Community Church in Massapequa.  In this class, you will learn all about the Scouting program and how it is run.  A small course fee of $10 is charged and lunch is provided.  More information and registration is available by clicking HERE.

Leader training is not complete until you've also taken the Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) course.  This outdoor training is intended to prepare you for implementing the "outing" in Scouting.

It is being held the weekend of Saturday, April 21st to Sunday, April 22nd at Schiff Scout Reservation in Wading River.  The cost is just $29, which includes all food and training materials for the weekend. 

An informational flyer is available by clicking HERE.  You can register by clicking HERE.

Mr. Wong will be happy to answer most questions you might have about this training and can help explain how to register as a leader with the troop.

Council's IOLS contact is Art Woodard.  He can be reached at at 516-557-3604 or by email at awwoodard@hotmail.com.

 
Big Bear Mountain Trip
Our annual ski/snowboarding/tubing trip will be Friday, January 19th to Sunday, January 21st.  We will be staying at Ten Mile River Scout Camp, and enjoying the skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing at Big Bear Mountain in Lackawaxen, Pennsylvania.  We will be meeting at the Manor school on Friday at 6:00 PM.
This is a cabin trip and we will be staying in two large, 20 person cabins.  Details can be found on the Information/Activity Consent Form.  Scouts, parents and siblings are invited.  The two cabins hold a total of 40 people.  When 40 scouts, siblings, and adults have been reached, a waiting list will be started.

The cost of the cabin, transportation, and food is $70 per scout and $20 per sibling.  The cost for lift, lessons, and rentals is additional and is listed on the Information/Activity Consent Form.  Families will be contacted mid-December regarding the final cost.  Scouts should also bring money for lunch on the mountain on Saturday, and for the lunch-stop during the drive home Sunday.

To reserve a bunk bed in the cabin the $70 fees are due no later than Monday, December 18, 2017 (the date of the last troop meeting of the year) to Mr. Urban, along with the Activity Consent Form.  There will be no food shopping this trip.   Skiing fees (rentals, lift tickets, and lessons) are due no later than January 8, 2018.

Please note that the Boy Scouts of America requires that helmets be worn for skiing and snowboarding.  Each Scout who is skiing or snowboarding will need to either wear their own helmet or rent one at Big Bear.  Any helmet worn must be appropriate to skiing or snowboarding (i.e., not a bicycle helmet, etc.).  Wrist guard rentals are also available, but not required.

Scouts can work toward the Snow Sports merit badge on this trip; be sure to request a merit badge blue card from Mr. Wong beforehand.  Plus, we will spend time Sunday morning sledding in camp, so bring a sled if you have one!

Contact Mr. Urban at 917-476-2761 with any questions.

A suggested ski trip equipment list is available HERE, and supplements the Weekend Camping Packing Checklist, which is available HERE.

Click HERE to check out the Alpha Skier!

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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.

BSA National Council


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Click the link below to visit the "Be A Scout" website

 

http://www.BeAScout.org


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 Archery, E-Prep/First Aid, Pioneering, Mountain Biking, and Orienteering.  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 brief description of the program, 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. Wong.