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We're happy you decided to check out our Troop. There is a lot of information on our website. We suggest that you start with the New Scouts section, which will give you lots of information about Boy Scouts and how our Troop is organized. You can check out the Calendar to see all the cool trips we are planning.  Although we are a Boy-Led Troop, we need adults to deliver the best program we can. There are many opportunities to volunteer - driving, chaperoning, acting as a merit badge counselor, helping out the committee to do the background work so that all the events happen. Check out our Parents section for more information.  We always have a great time during summer camp at Camp Mattatuck.  Scouts who have gone to SeaBase or National Jamborees will tell you how amazing those experiences are.  We always look forward to our next great scouting adventure, and we hope you can be part of it!

So join us and, WELCOME to Troop 44!

CALENDAR CHANGE - Now a REGULAR Troop Meeting

Posted on Dec 11 2019 - 12:19pm

Due to scheduling conflicts, next week, Wednesday December 18th is Now a Regular Troop meeting focusing on gear return from the cabin campout. 

The PLC planning meeting for all scouts First Class and above has been rescheduled to Wednesday January 8th.  Please sign up for this. 

New gathering location for camping trips.

Posted on Dec 11 2019 - 12:19pm

For years the troop gathered at the UConn parking lot on Trout Brook Drive to leave/return from camping trips.  Currently that parking lot is no longer being plowed, nor are the lights on after dark.

THEREFORE, starting with this weekends cabin trip, we will gather at the St Joseph University Parking Lot J. 

Take the entrance to the university on Aslyum Ave nearest to Trout Brook Dr, parking lot J is on the left. 

 

Merit Badge Weekend

Posted on Dec 8 2019 - 2:52pm

Every year in January we offer Merit Badge Weekend.

If you are new to this, we meet at the Lutheran Church at the corner of Main Street and Boulevard at 6pm Friday evening.

Scouts are served a pizza dinner, followed by a movie and popcorn.  Scouts then "camp" by setting up sleeping bags in the church basement.

Saturday morning breakfast is served, the merit badge classes begin.  There is a break for lunch, and everyone is done and gets picked up at 3pm Saturday afternoon.

The cost is $20.  This year we are offering the following badges (click on the image to register):

 

Citizenship in the Community (Eagle Required) First Aid (Eagle Required) Automotive Maintainence

You may have already started by attending the town hall meeting

Great skills and badge for newer scouts to earn first

Fun badge for those that don't need/want to earn an Eagle Required badge

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Winter Camping

Posted on Nov 9 2019 - 1:38pm

As the temperature begins to change in New England, so must you packing list for campouts.  Attached is the recommended list.  If you feel there should be any additions or deletions to the list, please email them in!

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Suggested clothing and equipment list for a safe, fun, winter camping trip.  Change it to suit your needs and use it as a checklist whenever you pack for cold weather camping.

Gear
• Backpack: Make sure that it is the right size for your torso.
• Canteen (or water bottle or Camelback) – Drink plenty of water in cold weather
• Mess Kit – lightweight plate, bowl, cup, utensils
• Large Plastic trash bags – great for storing your clothes in too!
• Toilet paper
• Watch
• Sleeping bag – in a waterproof bag
• Sleeping pad – Ensolite or Thermarest
• Space blanket
• Nylon cord – for clothesline, lashings etc.
• Rain cover for your backpack
• Notebook and pencil
• Scout handbook
• Sunscreen & chapstick
• Compass
• Flashlight or Headlamp with extra batteries/bulbs
• Fire Starter
• First Aid Kit
• Pocket knife
• Waterproof Matches
• Tent /ground cloth– Supplied by the troop
  Clothing

• Socks - 3 pair (wool or wool/poly blend)
• Boots - WATERPROOF
• Long Underwear – polypropylene or Thermax is best - 2
• Long pants – wool, corduroy, or twill are best…not jeans! - 2
• Undershirt – polypropylene is best - 2
• Shirt – wool or flannel - 2
• Sweater- Wool or wool blend
• Windbreaker - Gortex is great
• Rain gear – Pants and jacket keep you drier than a poncho
• Knit cap – wool or poly
• Balaclava – optional
• Extra pair of shoes – NO sneakers
• Warm jacket if you don’t have enough layers (See above)
• Warm gloves
Bandana – (You’ll find 1001 uses for this)

 

 

Troop 44 Discord

Posted on Nov 3 2019 - 2:38pm

This is a link to join the Troop 44 Discord.  This will be an easy way to communicate with a back and forth conversation.

 When you join the discord please change your nickname to your name.

https://discord.gg/jpGKNwt

August Canoe Trip to Maine

Posted on Oct 26 2019 - 12:04pm

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The troop is planning a canoe trip for a week to Maine on the Alagash river.  Participants must be at least 13 years old by the time of the trip, First Class or higher in rank, and have both swimming and canoeing merit badge by the time of the trip.

We are trying to decide what week is best.  Please use this link to a vote. 

Thank you.