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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!

Pinnacle Rock Hike

Posted on Nov 22 2020 - 11:34am
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Hi Everybody,
 
Well, if we cannot Scout inside, we will have to find more ways to be outdoors.  Time for another hike!  A local favorite; 4.4 mile hike to Pinnacle Rock (starting at Route 6, stopping at Rattlesnake Cliff, ending at Pinnacle Rock - and back).  The trail-head is off Route 6 in Farmington.  From West Hartford take Route 4 toward Farmington (Farmington Ave).  Take a left onto South Road and first right onto Birdseye Rd (Rte 549).  Take a right once you hit Route 6.  You will see the trail-head on your left (across the road), a little bit after the United Ag & Turf tractor dealer.   The exact coordinates:  41.708720, - 72.829380
 
We will gather in the parking lot at the trail-head at 8:15 and leave at 8:30.  We should be back at about 11:30, but please make sure you can receive texts, in case we are back earlier or later.  Each Scout should be dropped off by their own family/ride.  Adults are not required to hike along but are welcome to join.

Please bring:

- REQUIRED - a mask

- REQUIRED - hiking boots and hiking socks (or at least high socks); a portion of the trail is hiking on rocks. 

- bring some breakfast and a snack; we will take a break at Rattlesnake Cliff and on Pinnacle Rock to enjoy the beautiful views 

- bring at least 32 ounces of water (2 normal size water bottles should do), or a Camelback

- dress in layers - it may be chilly in the morning, but hiking will warm you up

- raincoat, just in case

- a day pack to put your stuff in with appropriate straps will be an asset 

If you have questions, feel free to reach out by email (bkollen@dds.nl) or phone (860 558 4648).

Hope you can join!  Spaces are limited, sign up now!

FAQ

Posted on Nov 21 2020 - 11:16pm

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Question: How can I earn a merit badge?

Answer: There are two ways to earn a merit badge.  You can either participate in an organized event, such as Merit Badge Weekend or a Merit Badge themed Campout, or you can do it on your own. 

To earn a merit badge on your own, there are a few steps that you must follow:

Step 1)  Decide what Badge interests you.

Step 2)  Discuss which badge you are interested in with your Scoutmaster.  You must get approval before you start, and either get a blue card, or a digital blue card in Troopmaster.

Step 3)  Find a registered merit badge counselor for the badge you are interested.

Step 4) Contact the merit badge counselor and determine a plan for you to discuss your work on the requirements. (During a troop meeting is not the best time).  The counselor will complete and sign the blue card or enter completed requirements through Troopmaster.

UPDATE - SPECIAL PLAN FOR WEDNESDAY 11/18/2020

Posted on Nov 14 2020 - 9:49pm

Hello Troop!

Due to the sharp rise of COVID-19 cases, the State of Connecticut has increased restrictions and rolled back to Phase 2.

As a result there will be some changes for this coming Wednesday, November 18th.  It will NOT be a regular troop meeting.

 

Because West Hartford is currently considered a "red" zone, BSA directives state NO IN-PERSON INDOOR MEETINGS.

The plan for Wednesday 11/18 was to cover the required cyber chip training for all scouts.  We will stick to this plan, but do it over Zoom.

A Zoom invite will be emailed to everyone Wednesday afternoon.

 

Any questions direct them to wh.troop.44@gmail.com

Reminder

Posted on Nov 1 2020 - 10:22am

As the number of cases in town increase, please remember that we MUST FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

  1.     No participants can show evidence of any aspect of illness, nor have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last two weeks.
  2.     Taking temperatures is required prior to coming to a meeting (no participation over 100F).
  3.     If you are not feeling well, notify your Patrol Leader and STAY HOME.
  4.     If you are quarantined from school do NOT come to a meeting.
  5.     Social distancing no less than 6’ must be observed.
  6.     Masks MUST be worn at all times.
  7.    There can be no shared food or drink.

 Hope to see you Wednesday!

It's time to pay your annual dues

Posted on Nov 1 2020 - 2:10am

 

For the 2020-2021 Scouting Year Troop 44 dues will stay the same as last year.

$150 per scout, $120 for any additional youth scouts in the family.  $75 for adult leaders. 

Checks can be given to any adult leader at a Wednesday Troop Meeting, or mailed to our Troop Treasurer, Greg Donovan, at 50 Linnard Road, West Hartford, CT 06107 

Back in Fiske Hall

Posted on Oct 4 2020 - 12:41am

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That's right, We're Back in Fiske Hall!

Starting this Wednesday October 7th from 7pm to 9pm

To meet all the guidelines we will be splitting into two groups, one will meet in Fiske Hall, the other in the Multipurpose room downstairs.

Leadership Scouts will meet you outside Fiske Hall to direct the groups.

WE MUST FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES:

  1.     No participants can show evidence of any aspect of illness, nor have been exposed to a person with COVID-19 within the last two weeks.
  2.     Taking temperatures is required on a prior to coming to a meeting (no participation over 100F).
  3.     If you are not feeling well, notify your Patrol Leader and STAY HOME.
  4.     If you are quarantined from school do NOT come to a meeting.
  5.     Social distancing no less than 6’ must be observed.
  6.     Masks MUST be worn at all times.
  7.    There can be no shared food or drink.

 Hope to see you Wednesday!