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Welcome to Troop 156

Boy Scout Troop 156 meets on Wednesdays from 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM usually in the Gideon Welles School cafeteria. Boys from 10 to 17 are always welcome to join. Just come by and see us on most Wednesdays. Please check our Calendar first though because we’re often out camping or having fun in some other way!

Module #2 ILST 2014

  0830141043

 

 In front of the George Washing Bridge on the '14 Urban Hike

 

 

Our chartering organization is
The Congregational Church
in South Glastonbury.

Scouts of all Faiths
in our Troop

Welcome to a new Scout Year!!!!

Posted by jditomasso on Sep 1 2014 - 10:28am

The first "eblast" of the year has many important announcements concerning the following.  Please scroll down for more details.

  • Troop Leadership Training - Friday the 29th and Saturday the 30th.
  • SignUp Night and First Troop Meeting - Wednesday Sept 3rd - This will be a Troop Meeting, unlike prior years.
  • Sikorski -Sept 19
  • Soup Kitchen - Wednesday Sept 24
  • First Regular Campout- Sept 26

South Park Inn Soup Kitchen Community Service Project

Posted by cspencer on Aug 30 2014 - 12:17pm

The Troop has been asked to prepare and serve a meal at South Park Inn in Hartford by the South Congregational Church, our Chartering Organization.  We will be planning for, preparing, and serving a meal at South Park Inn in Hartford, CT on September 24th. This is a great way to give back to the community and to our Chartering Organization while also having the opportunity to earn Community Service hours towards merit badge or advancement requirements.  We will be preparing and cooking the food at the South Congregation Church kitchen and then will be transporting it to South Park Inn located in Hartford to serve roughly 130 people.  More event and meal details will follow as plans firm up.

The Troop needs an another adult to help coordinate the event.  Please contact John DiTomaso, Jim Spencer or Jane Marie Galliette with your interest.

Merit Badge Councelors needed - Citizenship in the Community and Communications.

Posted by cspencer on Aug 30 2014 - 12:17pm

Hi Everyone,

I hope you are enjoying your summer, & the scouts have finished upacking from Camp Yawgoog.  In a few weeks, the Fall troop meetings will resume.  In the spirit of 'being prepared', we are planning ahead for merit badge activity.  In the Fall semester, the troop will offer Citizenship in the Community (6th, 7th grade scouts) and Communications (8th, 9th grade and older scouts) Eagle Required merit badges. 

The requirement links are attached.

http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb002.asp

http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb005.asp

We will have the scouts sign up during the first few meetings.  We are looking for parent volunteers to serve as councelors for one of the badges.  We expect to need 2 or 3 councelors per badge.  We have some parents with merit badge experience who are welcome to help again, or train new councelors.

We recommend the scouts only work on one Eagle required merit badge per semester.  Troop website shows the timeline for earning Eagle badges throughout a 3 or 4 year program, plus summer camp.  Also, Cooking merit badge councelors are needed to help monitor and complete requirements throughout the year. (http://usscouts.org/usscouts/mb/mb038.asp)

Please email Glenn Johnson if you are interested and willing to help.  

Yawgoog Recap

Posted by cspencer on Aug 30 2014 - 12:16pm

52 Scouts and 15 Adults enjoyed a gorgeous week at camp.  The Scouts earned approximately 145 merit badges, and we had approximately 20 Scouts advance ranks, including at least 1 Scout whom gained 2 ranks.  Highlights include:

  • Named an Honor Troop
  • Earned double medallions in:
    • the Ultimate Frisbee Tournament
    • the Bake-Off
    • the Scavenger Hunt
  • Earned single medallions in:
    • Triva Contest
    • Water Carnival
  • 1st year in memory where we passed inspection every day

In short... a good time was had by all.

Patch Sewing Instructions for all of our New Scouts

Posted by cspencer on Aug 30 2014 - 12:12pm

Welcome New Scouts! We've sent some patches home with you lately and thought you might like some instructions for where they go on your uniform. Complete uniforming takes some time to cycle up to, so don't be worried.

Below are some pictures and instructions. Our family has personally found that ironing the patches on with "Patch Magic" works for a while, but eventually the patch edges curl and sometimes the patches come off in the dryer. But other have had great success with "Patch Magic". Or sometimes bringing the uniform and patches to your dry cleaners or tailor works too, all completely up to you.

We have a weekly uniform inspection at every troop meeting and sometimes there's a special presentation at the end of the meeting based on the individual patrols' inspection results. The New Scout patrols are included in this and sometimes surprise the older Scouts! The Senior Patrol Leader is encouraging this to happen soon!

The Council shoulder emblem shown below goes on your left sleeve, position 1, just below the shoulder seam. The troop does not supply this patch. Some Cub Scouts have one already or the patch is available from the Scout Shop in East Hartford.


The custom Troop 156 unit numeral patch shown below goes on your left sleeve, position 2, touching the council shoulder emblem. Hopefully the New Scouts received one of these at their crossover event. But if not, Mr. Byram has some spares.

The World Crest Emblem shown below, also available from the Scout Shop, is centered horizontally over your left pocket and vertically between left shoulder seam and top of pocket. May be worn by all members of Scouting to symbolize their membership in the World Scouting movement. Nothing to earn.

Service Stars also known as Year Pins, may be worn just above the left pocket if you happen to have them. Some New Scouts have these from Cub Scouting. if you have them, feel free to wear one only, but don't bother purchasing.

The New Scouts have been hard at work already and some have earned their Scout Rank patch show below. Congratulations! The rank patch is centered on your left pocket. See left pocket in the diagrams below.

The Arrow of Light, which some Cub Scouts may have earned, is a bonus patch in our uniform inspection. It goes just below your left pocket.

Finally, on your left pocket, either centered on the pocket or hanging from the button, you may wear a temporary patch if you happen to have one. Examples include "Polar Bear", "Battleship Cove" or the Camp Yawgoog red or green felt segments emblem.

Below are two diagrams from the Boy Scout Insignia Guide with some details, link below. It's a little dense to get through but all of the information is there.
http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/Media/InsigniaGuide.aspx



Last Call for Camp Sikorsky!

Posted by jditomasso on Jul 16 2014 - 10:33pm

The Camp Sikorsky sign up deadline is coming up soon.  Don't be disappointed, sign up now!  This event offers scouts an opportunity to camp at and see the incredible, and incredibly large, Sikorsky helicopter facility, home of the Black Hawk helicopter. Scouts also work toward merit badges under the guidance of employee experts who volunteer to teach them. Scouts get to camp on the front lawn, eat all of their meals in Sikorsky’s cafeteria, hear from experienced professional pilots and engineers, and participate in an exciting plant tour on Sunday.  The event offers Scouts the opportunity to attend 2 (of 18) different merit badge classes, including American Business, Computers, Electricity, Engineering, and of course, Aviation.   

Open to scouts eighth grade or higher and First Class or higher, plus 2 adults. Cost is $50.00 per person.  Scouts who meet only one of the requirements may be allowed to attend if there is room, contact Mrs. Canning (marycannin@aol.com).  Scouts are to be in full Class A uniform for the weekend.

The following Merit Badges are planned:  

1. Aviation
2. Chemistry
3. Crime Prevention
4. Digital Technology
5. Drafting
6. Electronics
7. Energy
8. Engineering
9. Fire Safety
10. Geocaching
11. Inventing
12. Model Design & Building
13. Public Speaking
14. Robotics
15 Search & Rescue
16. Space Exploration
17. Truck Transportation
18. Weather

Click here to sign up: