A new Eagle in the ranks!

Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout, Clayton Cushing!

Clayton - Eagle picClayton has been an active member of Cub/Boy Scouts for over 12 years.  During that time, he has embraced the core values of Boy Scouts of America and has been a dedicated scout, student, athlete, and community member in East Lyme.  A pivotal experience in his scouting career was the summer before freshman year when Clay was nominated senior patrol leader for 25 fellow scouts at the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.  This role gave him a good understanding of what it takes to lead and motivate your peers, especially in a new and challenging environment. Over the past couple years, Clay has served as senior patrol leader in our troop as well.  Clayton’s Eagle project involved building a handicap accessible ramp at the American Legion – Post 128 in Niantic, CT.  Considering the honorable service of our veterans and their commitment to the scouting program, it seemed only fitting that Clay give back to the Legion.

Troop 240, family members and close friends will be celebrating the Eagle Court of Honor on Sunday, March 12, 2017 (2:00PM) at the American Legion.  Thanks to all the scout leaders, his parents, teachers and community members who have helped to make this happen!

United in Scouting

“A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean and reverent.”


United we stand under these fundamental principles and together, we strive for justice and equality in the world.  On Veteran’s Day especially, we honor the U.S. servicemen and women who sacrificed so much to secure our freedom.

Yours in Scouting,
Troop 240

Fall 2016 – Court of Honor

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Congratulations to the Boy Scouts of Troop 240 for all the merit badges and rank advancements this Fall!  A productive week at summer camp and active participation in the scouting program over the past 6 months resulted in 22 merit badges earned and rank advancement for 7 scouts…including the final Eagle required merit badge for one of our senior scouts.  Nice work, boys!  “Let them eat cake.”

Scouts Honor our Fallen Soldiers

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Every year, the Boy Scouts of Troop 240 in East Lyme honor the memory of our fallen soldiers and uphold the true meaning of Memorial Day.  This year, we welcomed scouts from Troop 7 for our flag ceremony at Union Cemetery marking the gravestones of U.S. servicemen and women who died in combat as well as those veterans who dutifully served our country in the armed forces.

The scouts also had an opportunity to participate in a candlelight vigil on the town green to honor these great heroes…reading poems, lighting luminaries and handing out candles to the participants.   These young men set a shining example for our great town of East Lyme!

Snow Tubing Adventures

snowtubing (21 of 21)It was a nice day outside when Troop 240 gathered together, ready to have fun. On the steep snow-layered hills of Powder Ridge Park the troop and some Webelos scouts from Pack 24 could see the people zipping down the lanes of smooth snow in large, flat tubes. The temperature hit unexpected highs with a beautiful sun glaring upon the landscape. The park has snow machines, so the warm weather didn’t interrupt the snow tubing. After the troop had gotten their tickets to go, they started to march over to the tubing hill trudging through muddy trails. Once the scouts got there they dragged our tubes uphill and waited to speed down the snowy hill. Afterward, the boys enjoyed a cup of cocoa in the lodge and headed back in the carpool, satisfied with their tubing adventures of speeding down hills. – Langston C. (Tenderfoot)

This is Sparta!

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Troop 240 was lucky to have the 2015 Fall Camporee in our own back yard at Camp Niantic.  This year’s theme was “A Journey to History” and we joined with Troop 7 of East Lyme to represent the time period of Spartan rule.

Unfortunately, it rained really hard when we first arrived…prior to pitching our tents.   This led to an unfortunate situation where most of our gear was wet.  Although we weren’t able to make a camp fire, and rain was coming down in buckets, we huddled under a pop-up tent and enjoyed each others company.

The following day, the sky was clear and the sun was shining.  We were given many choices for what we could do while we were there such as hatchet throwing and using a two-person saw at the pioneer camp,  eating beans, bending ten-penny nails into rings and using a hot iron to burn cool designs into wood at the wild west camp, playing Kan Jam at the Spartan camp, or just tossing a Football.  It turned out to be a great time! – Max F. (Tenderfoot)

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Troop 240’s new website!

2015_MemorialDayVigil_02Welcome to Troop 240’s new and improved website!  This dynamic online resource will be maintained by our scouts with a little help from their troop leaders and will include a running blog of exciting activities in Scouting throughout the year.  We encourage all visitors to browse through the posts, read the About Us section and learn a little bit of history about Boy Scouts and our local Troop 240, here in East Lyme, CT.

***Note: The Google calendar, documents and photos are only accessible to members of the troop.***