Ridgefield Press - 06/10/2004
Boy Scouts Hold 5th Annual Town Camporee
Over 100 Boy Scouts and adult Scouters participated in the fifth annual town-wide camporee, over the weekend of May 21, 22, and 23, at Sturges Park. Scouts from Ridgefield Troops 49, 76, 116, and 431 were joined again this year by Scouts from Georgetown Troop 40, and continued their tradition of a full morning of community service and an afternoon program of outdoor skills development and rank advancement. Significant improvements were made throughout Sturges Park by the Scouts, including creation of stone walls and construction of fencing. Lean-tos that were previously built by the Scouts were stained and benches were built throughout the Park. Park trails were refurbished and two cords of wood were split and stacked around the Park for future use by campers.
This year’s event was chaired by Mr. Michael Carpenter, former Scoutmaster and current Assistant Scoutmaster. Service project coordinator was Assistant Scoutmaster Phil Kearns.
On Saturday afternoon, the Scouts held a ceremony of rededication, with special guests Mrs. Sylvia Sturges and First Selectman Rudy Marconi. Five years ago, Sturges Park was dedicated by the town for use by the boys and girls of Ridgefield. It is named in honor of the Sturges family, who played a significant role in making certain that this scenic property was preserved for the youth of our community.
Mr. Marconi recognized the importance of Scouting in our communities. He thanked the Scouts for their hard work and the Scouters for their leadership and dedication to the Scouting program. A number of the Scouts spoke of the importance of the Park to them, and how much they enjoyed helping and camping there. The Scouts also thanked Mrs. Sturges for the generosity of her family.
A new community service program, Scatacook Helps the Hungry!!!, or Shh!!!, was announced by Mr. Jay Lubin, former Scoutmaster and current Chairman of Scatacook Scout District, and on Saturday morning Scouts donated over 30 pounds of food for local food banks. Throughout Scatacook District, which encompasses Ridgefield and 9 surrounding towns in northern Fairfield County, Scouts have donated nearly 400 pounds of food since last month. Troop 116 tops the list of contributors to this program with over 300 pounds collected, well on their way toward a troop goal of one ton of food by August, and the first steps towards a District goal of 15 tons of food by Thanksgiving.
On Saturday night, a magnificent campfire was held, and each of the troops put on skits, some old but not too worn, and some new and not yet worn. Each Camporee participant earned a specially designed patch for their uniform.
The five Scoutmasters have already started planning for the sixth annual town camporee.
For information about joining Boy Scouts, any of the Ridgefield or Georgetown troops, or Shh!!!, visit www.scatacook.org, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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