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» Website Updates
  • Troop Committee Meeting added on 1/13.
  • Washington, D.C. Trip added on 1/18.
  • Blood Drive Service Time added on 1/20.
» 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.

 
» 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
 
 
» Upcoming events
1/23 Troop Meeting
1/24 Committee Meeting
All Parents are Welcome!
1/30 Troop Meeting
2/6 Troop Meeting (Class A uniform)
2/13 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.
 
Blood Drive Service Time

The annual Seaford Community Blood Drive, one of the largest blood drives in Nassau County, is being hosted by the Seaford Lions Club Saturday, February 4th, in the Seaford High School gym, from 8:00 AM to 3:30 PM.

Scouts who need service time can help out by taking registrations and performing other functions that day.  Contact Mr. Paulson at 783-5297 if you're interested.

Of course, family members are invited to donate blood that day, so long as they are healthy, at least 17 years old (16 with parental permission; age 76 and over requires a doctor's note), weigh at least 110 pounds, and have not donated in the past 56 days.  A reservation is not required.  Blood is urgently needed and your donation can help save up to THREE lives!

For more information about donating blood, visit the New York Blood Center website.

Click HERE to view a printable blood drive flyer.

Why donate?  Click HERE to find out why!

 
Washington D.C. Trip

Our next troop overnight will be in Washington, D.C., from Friday, February 24th to Sunday, February 26th.

Each night, we will be staying at Camp Wabanna in Edgewater, Maryland.  We will stay in a two-floor house with 48 bunk beds that have mattresses.  The camp will provide breakfast both mornings for the Troop.  On Saturday, we will travel by Metro into Washington.  There, we will take in the sights and sounds of our Nation's Capital, including the National Mall, its museums and monuments.  Our hike will begin at the U.S. Capitol Building, and continue to the U.S. Supreme Court, the National Air and Space Museum, the National Archives, Ford’s Theater, and the National Museum of American History.

We will get up close with the Washington Monument and see the memorials honoring the sacrifices made in our nation's military conflicts.  We will also visit Arlington National Cemetery and the Tomb of the Unknowns.  On Sunday morning, we will travel to the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly VA, which is the companion facility to the National Air and Space Museum.

The cost of this trip is $125 per person.  This includes lodging and two breakfast meals.  The rest of our meals will be out, so attendees should be sure to bring enough cash to cover those additional meals.  Don't forget cash for snacks, drinks, the Metro and souvenirs.  The permission slip should be returned to Mr. Wong with payment as soon as possible.  Payment should be made by check payable to Troop 239.  Questions can be directed to Mr. Wong at brymud@hotmail.com or 347-992-8781.

Our departure time on Friday, February 24th will be 3:00 pm.  It will be important that we leave for Washington in a timely manner, as it is a six or more hour drive, including rest stops.  Scouts should note that we will be wearing Class A uniform the entire weekend.

We have extended the trip to Webelos Cub Scouts and any Scout family members/siblings.  Cub Scouts attending this trip must have at least one parent also attending.  We will be carpooling, so additional volunteers are needed to drive.  RSVP by Friday, February 17th, 2017.
Be prepared for a lot of walking, but it will be well-worth it.  This promises to be a fun, educational trip for all, that you will not want to miss!

To view a pdf of the above info, suitable for printing, click HERE.
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Troop Committee Meeting

Parents, are you interested in the inner-workings of the troop?  If so, the troop invites you to attend our troop committee meetings.  The next committee meeting will be held Tuesday, January 24th, at 8 PM.

These meetings, held the fourth Tuesday of every month (except summer) in the Seaford High School teachers lounge, are where the troop's leaders, committee members, and interested parents meet to handle the administrative business of the troop and to determine the direction we take in support of the troop's programs. 

The exact dates are included on the website's Calendar page and on the troop's one-page printable calendar.  If school is closed, the meeting is either postponed or held elsewhere.  Any parent is welcome to attend and participate in these meetings.  If you have any questions, please contact the troop committee chairperson, Hank Saulpaugh, at 221-1595.

 
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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


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 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.