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» Website Updates
  • Pequott Camporee added on 4/9.
  • Pack Night added on 4/18.
  • Troop 239's Newest Eagle Scout! added on 4/18.
» 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
 
For even more help with everyday knots such as shoestring and necktie, as well as boating, climbing, and fishing, visit this handy knot-tying guide at the Rosenberg's Shoes website.
 
 
» Upcoming events
4/25 Troop Demonstration at Pack 239 Night (Class A Uniform)
4/26 New York City Historic Upper Trail (Day Trip) Canceled
4/28 Troop Meeting (Youth Protection Meeting)
4/29 Committee Meeting
All Parents are Welcome!
5/2 Camporee
5/5 Troop Meeting (Class A Uniform)
5/12 Troop Meeting
5/15 Troop Swim Tests & Rank Requirements
5/18 Car Wash
Mandatory Attendance!
5/19 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.
 

Since the troop will be at Pack 239 Pack Night on April 25th (see below), there will be NO troop meeting this Monday, April 21st.
 

UNTIL FURTHER ADVISED, ALL SCOUTS MUST WEAR THEIR CLASS A UNIFORM TO ALL TROOP MEETINGS (NOT JUST THE FIRST MEETING OF THE MONTH).

We need all Scouts to wear the proper uniform with all the correct insignia, including rank patch, shoulder patch showing position of responsibility (if applicable), "Quality Unit" patch, etc.

Once it is certain that all Scouts are wearing the complete, correct uniform, then we will return to Class B uniform at appropriate meetings.

Contact Mr. Hayden with any questions or concerns.

 

As a reminder to parents whose son or sons will be attending summer camp, the balance payment of $375 per boy is due to Mr. Nicola no later than this Saturday, April 26th.
 
Troop 239's Newest Eagle Scout!

On Tuesday, April 15th, Michael B. became Troop 239's newest Eagle Scout, having completed his Eagle Scout Board of Review that evening.

Nationally, only about 4% of Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, so Michael is to be congratulated for his accomplishment.

He is in good company.  Among some notable Eagle Scouts are the first man on the moon, Neil Armstrong, former U.S. president Gerald Ford, and numerous entrepreneurs, athletes, and politicians.   Great job, Michael!

To find out more about the Eagle Scout rank, and for information on the "Trail to Eagle", go to the National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) website.

 
Pack Night

The troop will be at the Pack 239 Pack Night on Friday, April 25th, providing demonstrations to the Cub Scouts on all-things Boy Scout (cooking, knots, first aid, you name it).

We will be meeting at the Manor All-Purpose room at 6 PM, Class A uniform.  Following set-up, our Scouts will have the opportunity to introduce the Cubs to what Boy Scouting is all about.  This is a great way to familiarize the Pack with all that the troop and Boy Scouting have to offer.

Please make every effort to help out at this important event.  Also, please note that there will be no troop meeting this Monday, April 21st, since we will be at pack night the following Friday instead. 

Since Pack Night is substituting for our canceled troop meeting, the next regular troop meeting will be April 28th.  Boys should consider this to be our second meeting of the month and, as such, should notify Mrs. Lochner if they will need a Board of Review that night.

 
Pequott Camporee

The troop will be attending the Pequott Camporee from Friday, May 2nd to Sunday, May 4th, tent camping at Schiff Scout Reservation  in Wading River.

This year's theme is Zombie Apocalypse!  This fun weekend will include team as well as individual competitions with other troops and Scouts from the Pequott District.  A complete list of all the events is available HERE.  Scouts will have the opportunity to learn new skills, make new friends, and experience new adventures.  We will be preparing all our meals in our campsite, and will also work on rank advancement as time permits.

Scouts, as well as adults, must submit, to Mr. Hayden, Parts A & B of the Annual BSA Health and Medical Record, available HERE.

Class A uniform is to be worn during travel to the camp, as well as during certain activities Saturday and Sunday.  Scouts should pack Class B, as that will be the uniform of the day during the competitions on Saturday.  Members of the Order of the Arrow should bring their OA sash with them.

Cost for the weekend was $45 per Scout if received by Mr. Hayden BEFORE Thursday, April 17th.  Cost for payments received after April 17th is $55.  Payment should be returned to Mr. Hayden along with the Permission Slip as soon as possible.  Food shopping will be the Thursday night before the trip, 7:30 PM, at Pathmark; bring $25 to Pathmark for food.  We will meet at the Manor school at 6 PM that Friday.

To help Scouts in packing, they should consult the Weekend Camping Packing Checklist.

This promises to be a fun weekend for everyone!  Contact Mr. Hayden at 732-0942 with any questions.  Zombie-on, Dude!

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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


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.