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Haddam Boy Scout Troop #44 Goes to Camp

By Kathy Brown.

Every summer, Boy Scout Troop #44 from Haddam travels to Camp Mattatuck in Plymouth, Connecticut for a week of climbing, swimming, sailing, networking with other troops/scouts, campfires, chores, and merit badges. This week, 24 Haddam youth (age 11-18) are attending camp with four adults.

Camp Mattatuck has been serving Boy Scouts since 1939, and Troop #44 has been attending summer camp at Camp Mattatuck for at least 18 of those years. On the dirt road on the way into camp, there are road signs that remind scouts (and their parents) of the scouting ideals: trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. There is a lake with rowboats and sailboats, and swimming, as well as a 4-sided climbing tower and ziplines.troop 44 campsite

This year, I chose to attend to see what boy scout camp was all about. Mr. Parker, one of the leaders of Troop #44, leaves much of the leadership to the older scouts, and they take the responsibility seriously.

Troop #44’s tents were set up in a circle around a clearing of picnic tables and a flagpole. Some scouts are chosen to clean up the campsite each morning, and the campsite is inspected.  The scouts can earn a couple of merit badges while they attend camp for the week, as well as participate in games, contests and swimming.  Each night, the scouts get into their Class A uniforms, form a circle around the flagpole, bring the flag down, fold it reverently, and store it properly for the night.

Flag Ceremony

Flag Ceremony

On Wednesday night, the camp holds “Family Night” where parents can come and join their scout for dinner, and then attend the camp-wide Campfire, which was filled with skits and songs by various troops and staff. The adults who attend with the campers are volunteers, usually fathers of scouts. They were introduced and thanked. The camp staff said that they are always looking for adult volunteers for the camp – to fix things, build things, or help out. It’s a fantastic opportunity for the scouts and the volunteers, to get away from electronics, make lasting friendships, and to be a part of a wonderful community.

Troops at Campfire

Troops at Campfire

If anyone is interested in joining Haddam Boy Scout troop #44, contact Mike Parker at higgypark@yahoo.com.

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