Troop 70 recruiting for new season
Published 12:00 am, Friday, August 28, 2015
New Canaan’s Boy Scout Troop 70 will hold its traditional kickoff picnic from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at Waveny Park. In the event of rain, the event will be held at the same time Aug. 30.
Troop members and guests are to gather around the fitness equipment near the parking lots and the soccer and softball fields
Any boys interested in joining are also invited to attend, along with their families. To become a Scout, a boy must have finished fifth grade and be 11- 17 years old or have earned Cub Scouting’s Arrow of Light Award and be at least 10. Annual dues are $200. Every year Troop 70 produces a number of Eagle Scouts, Scouting’s highest honor.
The Troop regularly meets Thursday evenings during the school year from 7:30-9 p.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 Oenoke Ridge.
Scouts can generally plan on 1-2 outings or events per month, as well as summer camp in Rhode Island. This summer, 27 Scouts and adults spent 12 days backpacking on the 157,000 acre Philmont Scount Ranch, in the Sangre de Christos mountain range of northeastern New Mexico. The group hiked close to 100 miles at elevations of between 6,400 and 12,450 feet, highlighted by an ascent to the top of Philmont’s Baldy Mountain, elevation 12,444 feet.
Last summer half of Troop 70 retraced the 1853 itinerary of Henry David Thoreau’s northern Maine canoe trip down the Penobscot River while the other half went boating and scuba diving off the Florida coast. In between, there was a Candlewood Lake campout, hiking on the Appalachian Trail, a camp weekend cook-off, snow camping skiing at Okemo, and other nearby camping opportunities.
Boy Scout Troop 70 performs more than a thousand hours of service each year in the New Canaan community. Annual service projects include placing American flags on the veterans’ graves at Memorial Day and laying wreaths at Christmas; serving the homeless at a soup kitchen; buying Christmas gifts for underprivileged children and making monthly donations to the New Canaan Food Pantry. Notably, Eagle Scout Projects — a service project planned and executed by an individual Scout as the culmination of his attaining the rank of Eagle Scout — have left many positive marks on the community.