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Troop and Personal Equipment

Our troop supplies most everything needed for scouts and adults to enjoy our camping adventures.  Troop-owned gear is stored in the Quarter Master (QM) room in the basement of Wesley Hall. 

The troop quartermasters will be assisted this year by adult Equipment Manager Mike Ventrella. Any scouting gear issued to a scout must be returned to the QM room clean, dry, complete and properly packed.  Any gear found to be damaged should be reported to the QM for repair or replacement.  Gear that is taken home after an event for cleaning or airing out should be returned to the QM during the first meeting after the event.  Please help by making sure all gear is returned promptly and in good condition for our next event.  We do have a limited number of sleeping bags and backpacks available for loan. Contact Mike Ventrella or ASM Diane Johnson for more information.

The Troop 76 Uniform Closet/Uniform Exchange
Scout uniforms are quickly outgrown and Troop 76 scouts/parents are encouraged to donate any outgrown, clean, gently used uniform pieces to the Troop 76 Uniform Closet. Donations are accepted throughout the year. Scout parents are also encouraged to visit the uniform closet for pieces they may need before rushing out to buy new uniform elements.
 

Troop 76 Class B Uniforms
Class B uniform shirts are available to scouts and adult volunteers for $13. The Class B uniform consists of Class B T-shirts and preferably Class A pants, but any other pant or short is also acceptable. Class B's offer scouts and adult Scouters a casual BSA uniform alternative for BSA activities where the Class A shirt is not the ideal option (e.g. Backpacking, Rock Climbing, and other high adventure program activities). Contact the scoutmaster if you are interested in purchasing a Class B shirt. For sizes, refer to the adult and youth charts. Class B's are not acceptable for scout meetings, Scoutmaster conferences, Board of Reviews or Court of Honor activities. All official BSA business requires a scout to wear a full Class A uniform.

Where to find scouting material and personal camping equipment
Our local council is the source for membership, program, and retail information. Council Offices are in Milford and there is a co-located Scout Store with one of the best inventories in the area. Always a good idea to call them first if you're looking for an unusual item, special size, etc.

  Connecticut Yankee Council
  60 Wellington Road
  Milford, CT 06460
  Telephone: 203-876-6868

Almost everything that you can find at one of the Council Shops can also be gotten online at ScoutStuff.org . When you register to order on-line, identify yourself as being associated with Troop 76 in the Scatacook District of the Connecticut Yankee Council.

The official Scouting retailers closest to Ridgefield include:

  Rankin Sporting Goods
  37 Newtown Rd.
  Danbury
  Telephone: 203-743-1317

  J. Smilkstein & Sons.
  53A South Moger  Ave.
  MT. Kisco, NY 10549
  Telephone: 914-666-8989

  Housatonic Council Shop
  326 Derby Ave.
  Derby, CT 06418
  Telephone: 203-734-3329

If you are unable to locate the products you need at a local Scouting retailer, contact this national Scout shop.

  Waterbury Scout Shop (SAT)
  114 Scott Road Suite #3-A
  Waterbury, CT 06705
  Telephone: 203-755-7193

This shop is nicely equipped and the staff is VERY helpful. It's about 35 miles from Ridgefield, right off Interstate 84 just east of Waterbury. Take exit 25 off I-85 East. Follow along access road through a couple of lights past a MacDonald's and turn right at the light onto Scotts Road. About 200 yards up on the left is the entrance into Scotts Plaza where there is a sign for the BSA Scout Shop and a restaurant called Ebenezer's. Good idea to call shop first and make sure they have in stock what you want and confirm their opening hours.

If you work in or around Stamford, these are additional official Scouting retailers.

  Greenwich Council Scout Shop
  63 Mason St.
  Greenwich, CT 06830
  Tel. (203) 869-8424

  Darien Sports Shop
  1127 Post Rd.
  Darien, CT 06820
  Telephone: 203-655-2575

  Liberty Army & Navy Store #3
  565 Connecticut Ave. (Route 1)
  Norwalk, CT 06854
  Telephone: 203-852-9910

  Liberty Army and Navy Store #2
  1439 Post Road E.
  Westport, CT 06880
  Telephone: 203-355-6066

  Westchester Putnam Council Shop
  41 Saw Mill River Road
  Hawthorne, NY 10532-1519
  Telephone: 914-773-1135

If you need to purchase personal equipment (sleeping bag, mess kits, etc.) for campouts, following are links to outdoor sports retailers.  Also, you'll find camping equipment at Wal-Mart, The Sports Authority and Dick's Sporting Goods as well as Amazon.com and Ebay.com.
 

Cabela's Major outdoor equipment catalogue retailer
Campmor Good camping equipment and prices
EMS Eastern Mountain Sports
Eddie Bauer More emphasis on clothing than gear
REI Good camping equipment and prices
LL Bean More camping equipment and clothing  
Sierra Trading Post Some great deals in this catalogue
Gearfinder Gear info, from Backpacker Magazine