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» Website Updates
  • Camp Hero Trip added on 10/26.
  • Forms, Forms & Forms! added on 10/30.
» 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
11/1 Camp Hero
11/3 Troop Meeting (Class A uniform)
11/10 Troop Meeting
11/11 Veteran's Day Ceremony (Class A Uniform)
11/17 Court of Honor (Class A Uniform)
11/21 Turkey in the Woods
11/24 Troop Meeting
11/25 Committee Meeting
All Parents are Welcome!
11/28 Ten Commandment Hike
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.
 
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.

 
Camp Hero Trip

Due to extenuating circumstances, it was necessary to change the upcoming overnight trip.  We will no longer be traveling to Hawk Mountain but instead we will be overnighting at Camp Hero State Park, located on the south fork of Long Island near Montauk, New York on Saturday, November 1st to Sunday, November 2nd.

We will be camping on the grounds of this former military installation, sleeping in tents by night, and hiking and working on advancement by day.

Download the permission slip HERE and return it, along with $35, to Mr. Hayden as soon as possible.  A Weekend Camping Packing Checklist is available HERE.

Food shopping will be at 7:30 PM Thursday night at Pathmark.  Be sure to bring $20 to Pathmark for food.  We will be meeting Saturday morning at the Manor School, time to be determined.

Camp Hero, first opened to the public in 2002 and named for Major General Andrew Hero, Jr., the U.S. Army's Chief of Coast Artillery early in the 20th century, was originally established in 1942.  During World War II, German U-Boats were threatening the east coast, and Long Island (especially Montauk which, at the time, was sparsely populated) was considered a likely invasion point.

Accommodating the Army, Navy, and Air Force, the facility included concrete bunkers with artillery and anti-aircraft guns, and a fire control center to direct the weapons' fire.  To fool the enemy, the base (which included recreational facilities, barracks, and its own power plant) was disguised as a fishing village, with windows painted on the concrete bunkers, along with ornamental roofs and fake dormers.

At the end of World War II, Camp Hero reverted to a training facility, with much of the base abandoned and its gun emplacements dismantled.  However, as the Cold War "heated up", the base had a long-range search radar installed in 1948 and became the 773rd Aircraft Control and Warning Squadron, with the responsibility to be on the lookout for Soviet long-range bombers.  Following the draw down of anti-aircraft forces in the late 1970's, the base was shutdown in 1981.  Many of its facilities remain, however, including its radar antenna and bunkers.

Camp Hero was also the location of the "Montauk Project", an alleged series of secret U.S. government projects involving psychological warfare, electromagnetic shielding, and time travel, conducted in the 1950's; "alleged", because rumor has it that the projects never took place.  Rumors?  You be the judge!

This promises to be a fun, interesting trip that you won't want to miss!!!

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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


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.