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Meetings will Continue Online

posted Mar 27, 2020, 7:14 AM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Good evening parents and scouts of troop 39. It is times like this when it is important for youth to feel like they belong to a group and have some place to go to fit in. 

We, the adult and youth leaders of the troop, have decided that we really need to try to continue our program through this national epidemic.

Starting Tuesday March 31st we will start to have on-line meetings. More information will be forthcoming, but we intend to have these meetings at 7:00 on Tuesdays and they will be held using the on-line meeting program Zoom. I am hoping that everyone in the troop can have access to the internet and is willing to download this application so that we can continue to have meetings.

The first meeting will act as an introduction to the program and how our meetings will work. This first meeting may be a little crazy at the start, but it will get better as people get used to the system. We feel that in the long run this will work to the benefit of the troop.

Now in other news:

- We have been informed by Zoar, that they are delaying opening for the season until the start of May. so our campout in April is cancelled. We would have had to cancel regardless of Zoar, but it makes it easier to do.
- Not knowing how long this separation will continue makes it very difficult to plan when our next campout can be.

I am getting more and more videos... keep them coming for the advancement requirements.... spend an hour or 2 a day and you will be amazed at how much you can get done.

Online Resources

posted Mar 24, 2020, 9:08 AM by Troop 39 Marlborough   [ updated Mar 24, 2020, 9:10 AM ]

Make sure to check out our "Links" & "Resources" pages for online resources! Also, with the East Hartford scout shop currently closed, you can always purchase MB pamphlets online here: https://www.scoutshop.org/literature/program-literature/merit-badge-pamphlets.html

Scoutmaster's Message on Meetings & Coronavirus

posted Mar 20, 2020, 7:33 AM by Troop 39 Marlborough

The committee and I have decided that we need to follow the example set by the schools and directives published by the Governor and cancel our meetings until after March 31st. At that time, we will re-assess and determine how to continue. 

Our next Campout is the White Water trip and is scheduled for April 24, 25, and 26. Sign up for this trip is active at the troop website (www.ct-troop39.org)

Scouting for Food bag delivery, currently scheduled for March 28th will also be postponed until this health scare is over)

There are several things that scouts can do with you free time to help with Advancement. If each Scout would commit to spending 1 or 2 hours a day (1 hour in the morning and 1 hour at night) on scouts, we would come out of this Coronavirus event with huge numbers of requirements having been completed. 

1) Work on Merit Badge Partials that may be needed for the next rank advancement (this one is especially prudent to at least a couple scouts I know.... no names here, but you know who you are)

2) Begin a new merit badge that can be done at home. Examples: (Any of the Citizenship merit badges; Family Life, Personal Management; Personal Fitness, and many others) If you choose to start a merit Badge you     must first email me (Mr. Steinbrecher) with your intent. I will authorize and provide you the name of a merit badge Councillor. You would then need to print out the work book and contact the merit badge Councillor.     Workbooks can be found on line by Googling the name of the merit badge. They are free and make the Merit Badge work much easier. 
 
3) Individuals or small groups can make appointments with Me (Mr. Steinbrecher) to meet and review requirements that you have studied and prepped for. if a meeting is set up there would need to be a second adult which     could be your parent, or another scout leader. 


Several of us have online meeting software that can be used to have an online meeting. 

Please let me know if you have any questions or comments with the information provided.

Scoutmaster's "Heads-up" for week of 2-9-20

posted Feb 11, 2020, 6:36 PM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Tuesday February 11th - PLC Meeting at 6:00 dinner will be provided for those in attendance.

Tuesday February 18th - School break... no formal meeting. I will make myself available to anyone making and appointment, for a meeting to go over advancement. I am sure that additional Assistant Scoutmasters will also be available as well as some of the older scouts. Please let me know on the 11th if you anticipate coming on the 18th for advancement.

Sunday February 23rd - Scout Sunday at the Marlborough Congregational Church - The church has been our charted Organization for all of the 75 plus years the troop has been in existence. This is one way that we show our continued support and that we are still a very active troop. 

I would like to see every scout attend this event. This is the one time a year that I ask you to go to church to show your support for the troop, Chartered organization, and our community.

The service will start at 10:00, I would like to see scouts assemble 15 minutes prior to the start of the service.

Following the service you are asked to attend the coffee hour and to bring something to share (pastries/ cookies/ etc).

Additionally, this is the day that we are signed up to help with the Drive through Cafe.... WORKS OUT GREAT... attend the service and then go directly downstairs to help prep for the drive through. we will be looking for volunteer families at the meeting on the 11th.

This counts as service hours for anybody that helps with the drive through service. This is something that we do on a yearly basis... the difference is that this year they are starting earlier on Sunday (12:00 noon).... more details to follow at the meeting and next week.

Monday February 24th - Committee meeting at liberty Bank Community room starting at 7:00

Tuesday February 25th - Merit Badge/ advancement Meeting

Saturday February 29th - two events happening

1) Mr. Steinbrecher is in charge of running the District Pine Wood Derby. If there are any scouts or adults that would like to help out, I would need help starting at 11;00 and going until aprox 4:00. Talk to Mr. Steinbrecher if you have any interest in helping out.

2) WEBELOS crossover for the scouts in Hebron. This will take place at their Blue and Gold Banquet and we should plan to have up to 6 scouts in attendance to greet the new members of our troop. This will take place at the Lion's den at the Hebron Fair Grounds and will stat at 5:45 PM. Please let Mr. Steinbrecher, or Jonathan Steinbrecher know if you would like to come greet the new scouts. 

Tuesday March 3rd - Regular Meeting... start prep for "Chopped" camp-out

Tuesday March 10th - PLC - Regular meeting.. Complete prep for "Chopped Camp-out"

Friday March 13 - Sunday March 15th - Chopped camp-out - to be held at Camp Johnson in Bolton and will include the crossover of Marlborough's WEBELOS.

Tuesday March 17th - Regular Meeting

Tuesday March 24th - Merit Badge/ Advancement Meeting



Special Note: Great News.... we have currently 12 scouts confirmed as crossing over to our troop. The following are crossovers that we will send Leaders and scouts to as a welcome committee;

    Hebron Webelos will cross over on February 29th.. we would like to have several scouts come to welcome the new     troop members
    Marlborough Webelos will be crossing over at the March camp out. Scouts will be expected to have Class A uniforms     with them for this event. 

Thank you to the scouts for taking the Webelos visits seriously and showing them how we have fun and for welcoming them to the troop, it has obviously made a difference.

Scoutmaster's "Heads-up" for week of 1-14-20

posted Jan 14, 2020, 2:17 PM by Troop 39 Marlborough   [ updated Jan 14, 2020, 2:17 PM ]

Tuesday January 14 - PLC meeting at 6:00 - Subs will be provided for dinner - regular meeting at 7:00. We will officially start the patrol competition tonight. Please wear your full uniforms.

Monday January 20th - Pizza party for all scouts in the troop... for the wreath sales. It turns out that all scouts met the minimum requirement and therefore everyone qualifies for the pizza Party.  We will meet at Village Green at 6:30 and attendees should plan to be there for an hour. 

Tuesday January 21st - Regular Meeting

January 24th through the 26th - Ski Trip - Yearly trip to Otis Ski mountain. We will stay in the same cabin as usual and we will have access to two mountains this year.

    People attending should sign up on the troop website. The troop will meet at the church on Friday night at 6:00. We will be staying in the ski school's cabin again this     year. There will be an activity for those that do not wish to ski. Items to include when you are packing:
        - Mess Kit
        - Board games and card games
        - Slippers or sneakers to wear in the cabin
        - proper winter attire including boots, hat, and gloves/ mittens
        - Scout book. We will set up several activities for those that need advancement sign offs. 
    
    Cost for the trip to be determined this week and will be passed on in additional email.

Tuesday January 28th - Leader's meeting at 6:15. Regular Meeting at 7:00.
       For the leader's meeting I invite any parent that is interested in camping and helping out with activities, or if they have a special talent that can be used in teaching         to scouts

Saturday November 30 9am- Clean up at the church

posted Nov 22, 2019, 4:58 AM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Saturday November 30 - Clean up at the church - Yearly service project to help the church clean the grounds.     Scouts and parents are encouraged to bring leaf blowers, rakes, tarps for loading out leaves, etc. We will start at  9:00 and at the last clean up we were done in just over 2 hours. This does count as conservation hours as  needed for advancement.

Saturday November 23rd - Wreath decorating 8:00 am

posted Nov 22, 2019, 4:53 AM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Saturday November 23rd - Wreath decorating at the church from 8:00 am until done (hopefully by 1:00 pm) All     scouts plus one parent must work a minimum of 3 hrs during this time... it does not matter how many wreaths you     sold. Scouts will have full orders (we hope) when they leave that day. You will need to figure out how you plan to     transport the required number of wreaths for delivery.

  PLEASE NOTE - All wreaths need to be delivered by December 1st... please plan accordingly to get your        wreaths delivered.

Canceled: September 27, 28, and 29 – East of the River Camporee

posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:17 PM by Troop 39 Marlborough   [ updated Sep 20, 2019, 11:10 AM ]

East Haddam Fair Ground… PLEASE SIGN UP ON TEH TROOP WEBPAGE... (www.ct-troop39.org) The cost of the weekend (not including food) is $14.00 per person. We will be purchasing food by patrol.


We will meet at the church at 5:30 on Friday September 27th and we will return by 11:00 on Sunday September 29th. The camporee is taking place at the Haddam Neck Fair Grounds.


Here is a preview of offered activities:


Troop/Crew Games - Each Unit is being asked to run a Game, Scout skill, or activity for all to participate in during the day in Game Central Area.

 Merit Badge Midway – Game Design, Chess, & Disabilities Awareness

 CT National Guard – Inflatable Obstacle Course & Military Equipment

 Camporee Wide Game – Scouts can earn prizes for visiting program areas and participating

 Games Galore…..Archery & BB Ranges, GaGa Pits, Patch Trading

 Scoutmaster/SPL Team Cookoff  
 Friday Evening Program - Open Gaming Area and Magic Tournaments – Plus Much More!!

 Saturday Night Talent Show - Individual or Groups will be invited to perform. Acts will be asked to submit a video prior to the event of their talent/performance for evaluation.

 Order of the Arrow Fellowship on Saturday night for all OA Members including a special patch

 CT Rivers Scout Camps & Programs Displays

 Plus much more!!!!!

September 24 –regular meeting

posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:17 PM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Regular meeting will start at 7:00

Wednesday September 18th - Leader's/ Parent's Meeting

posted Sep 11, 2019, 4:16 PM by Troop 39 Marlborough

Starting at 7:00 at the church. may be in a classroom, we will use whatever space is available at the time. Leaders, Committee Members, and Parents are asked to attend to help plan the upcoming year. Lots of activities and functions to plan, HELP IS NEEDED

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