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» Website Updates
  • Youth Protection Training added on 3/27.
  • Long Island Ducks Game added on 4/25.
  • Memorial Day Weekend added on 5/13.
  • Morey's Piers added on 5/19.
 
» Upcoming Events
5/26 Pinelawn Flags, Long Island National Cemetery (Class A Uniform)
5/28 Memorial Day Parade (Class A Uniform)
Mandatory Attendance!
6/1 Morey's Piers
6/1 Order of the Arrow weekend (OA members & candidates only)
6/4 Troop Meeting (Class A uniform)
6/5 Pre-Camp Swim Tests, Class B uniform
6/10 Car Wash
Mandatory Attendance!
6/11 Troop Meeting
6/15 Court of Honor (Wantagh Park Fire Ring, Class A uniform)
6/18 Troop Meeting
6/26 Long Island Ducks game
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.

 
» 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.
 
Morey's Piers
Do you dare to taunt the Sea Serpent?  How about ripping up the track at the Formula One Raceway?  Or riding The Great White?  This and much more awaits you at the Scouting Beach Jam at Morey's Piers, Wildwood, New Jersey's famous amusement park!
 We will be tent camping on the beach at Morey's Piers from June 1st to 3rd.  Total cost is $100 per Scout and $75 per Adult.  This includes transportation, admission to the amusement rides for the entire weekend, boardwalk tram transportation, activities, two catered breakfasts, and one dinner.  Scouts and adults will need cash for other meals not provided for, and for arcade games if they choose.  Scouts will be wearing Class B uniform all weekend.  Any Scout age 13 or under must have a paid adult accompanying them on this trip.
We would like to meet and leave from the Manor school as early as possible that Friday, as it is about a four-hour drive (including one stop) and tenting space on the beach fills-up very rapidly (there are literally hundreds of tents on the beach for the weekend).  Please note that, because of the limited space, each person attending will keep their personal gear inside their own tent, contrary to our normal practice of keeping packs outside the tent.  As such, each attendee should pack their gear in only soft-sided backpacks or duffel bags, as using packs with hard frames can rip the tent floor.

The permission slip can be downloaded HERE.  Please return it to Mrs. Wise with your $100 per Scout and $75 per Adult (make your check out to "Troop 239") no later than May 25th.  Please note that we are requesting Scout and adult cellphone numbers for this trip.  Scouts must still use the buddy system, but a list of cellphones will be kept, as the park is quite large and Scouts with cellphones are requested to keep their phone on their person in case they need to be contacted during the weekend.

Contact Mrs. Wise at 516-316-4085 or Mr. Urban at 917-476-2761 with any questions.

Click HERE to view a short promotional video about Morey's Piers.

Click HERE for a music video featuring Morey's Piers (will take a moment to load; please be patient).

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Memorial Day Weekend

Saturday, May 26th

We will be gathering as a troop at the 7-11 on Sunrise Highway, Seaford, at 5:30 AM.  At 5:45 AM, we will depart for Long Island National Cemetery, off Wellwood Avenue in Farmingdale.  Wear Class A uniform.

At the cemetery, we will be planting flags at each grave in Section 2L.  Click HERE for driving directions to the cemetery.  Click HERE for a map of Long Island National Cemetery, with section 2L highlighted.  Click HERE for the permission slip and return to Mr. Wong, prior to or on Saturday morning.  Contact Mr. Wong at brymud@hotmail.com with any questions.

In its own way, this flag "ceremony" is unmatched -- over 2000 volunteers, including Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts, veterans, and others, plant over 250,000 flags at graves throughout the cemetery.

Please come out and help honor our deceased veterans.  The freedom we enjoy each and every day, we owe to each one of these individuals.

After the flag-planting, we will return to Seaford, where we will spend some time cleaning-up and planting flowers at the Four Chaplains memorial in front of the Middle School, followed by breakfast at the Waffle House on Merrick Road.  The troop will be collecting $5 per person at the Waffle House, to help defray the cost of breakfast.

Click HERE for a Memorial Day tribute video (will take a few moments to load; please be patient).

Monday, May 28th (Memorial Day)

The troop will be participating in the Seaford Memorial Day Parade.  This parade is MANDATORY for all Scouts.  Only valid, written excuses will be accepted for those unable to attend.  We proudly follow the Seaford American Legion, our troop sponsor, in the parade and ask that all our Scouts show support for these veterans by marching.

We will meet at Nelson Verity Plaza, which is behind the Seaford Cinema movie theater, at 9:30 AM.  We usually gather at the northeast corner of the Plaza, near Washington Avenue.  Wear Class A uniform and comfortable walking shoes, as we will be parading up Washington Avenue to the Four Chaplains memorial in front of the Seaford Middle School, where there will be a brief ceremony to remember and honor the brave servicemen and women who sacrificed their lives in defense of our country.

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the troop will be holding its own ceremony at the World War I memorial by the train station.  Please plan on attending this ceremony also.

Click HERE to read General Colin Powell's speech, given on the Memorial Day weekend in 2004 at the dedication of the National World War II Memorial.

Click HERE for God Bless America video (will take a moment to load with broadband; please be patient).

Click HERE to listen to Kate Smith sing the original.


MEMORIAL DAY -- MAY 28th

The Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of the summer season:  family vacations, children's baseball games, neighborhood swim parties, and backyard barbecues.

The weekend, however, has significance far beyond marking the beginning of summer.

Memorial Day is the time when we as a Nation remember the heroism of our fellow countrymen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedoms and our way of life.  The men and women we honor were our family, friends and neighbors.  They, too, cherished the liberties and the way of life we enjoy, and their sacrifice made it possible for those freedoms to be passed to future generations.

Memorial Day is a day to honor those who have fallen in defense of our country.  As the holiday approaches, please begin to take the time to remember and honor our fellow Americans who have given their last full measure of devotion to our country and for the freedoms we cherish; this true purpose of Memorial Day.

For true stories of heroism under fire, click HERE to visit the Medal of Honor website.  You will find yourself in awe of the selfless sacrifice of these heroes, the majority of whom gave their lives while saving others.

 
Long Island Ducks Game

"Take me out to the ballgame, take me out to the crowd..."

Yes, that's right!  Troop 239 will be "out" at Bethpage Ballpark on Tuesday evening, June 26th, for a night of baseball fun with the Long Island Ducks!  Before the game, our troop will be participating on the field to present the Colors during the National Anthem.

The game starts at 6:35 PM but Scouts will need to arrive early, in Class A uniform, to participate in the pre-game, on-field presentation.  The exact arrival time & meeting place will be provided as the date approaches.

Tickets are $20 each and part of the purchase price of each ticket goes back to the troop to help fund troop activities.

For tickets and more information, contact Mr. or Mrs. Wise at 516-316-4087 or by email at briwise75@gmail.com before June 1st.

 
Youth Protection Training

In early February of this year, the Boy Scouts of America introduced newly updated youth protection training.

The troop's youth protection policy may be viewed by clicking HERE.  New to the requirements is that any adult not registered as a leader may not be present at camp or other activity for a total of 72 hours or more.

Additionally, the updated youth protection training must be completed before October 1, 2018, by all registered leaders and those adults complying with the troop's youth protection policy.  Even if the previous training was taken prior to the February rollout, it will need to be taken again.

See Mr. Wong or Mr. Saulpaugh with any questions.

 
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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


I Can, Can You?

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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.