Thanks to the hard work of one of our incoming Webelos and dedicated Master Sergeant and resident of East Lyme, Troop 240 had an amazing opportunity to visit the 103rd Airlift Wing Air National Guard base at Bradley International Airport in June. The tour of the base included boarding a C-130 “Hercules” transport plane, sitting in the cockpit, testing their pilot skills in the flight simulator, and watching the emergency response units perform their magic. An added bonus was to meet at least 3 Eagle Scouts along the way, who are now serving our country through the ANG. This was all quite impressive, and we would like to convey our thanks to each and every person we met.
The Boy Scouts of America is based on key values such as Duty to Country, and 12 points of the scout law, which includes loyalty, bravery, and reverence. What better way to embrace these concepts, than to tour the base!
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout, Clayton Cushing!
Clayton 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!
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.”
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!
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)
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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