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Ski Trip
February 20 - 22, 2015

The troop enjoyed its traditional annual Ski Trip, a recognition to scouts for their hard work raising funds.  This year, they skied Mt. Snow in Vermont. Saturday morning started at -11 degrees, a troop record.  Following a breakfast at the hotel, scouts, uniformed leaders and parent volunteers hit the slopes, ate lunch at the ski lodge, then boarded the bus back to the hotel. A pizza dinner preceded bowling across the street from the hotel.
Adirondack Loj High Adventure
October 24-26, 2014

The high mountain hiking trails in the Adirondacks of northern New York were, once again, populated with scouts, parents and uniformed leaders.  Over two days, the troop accomplished several hikes including the summits of several mountains in icy conditions. At the end the day, they all lodged at Loj, which was base camp.  Special thanks to ASM Vilinskis for coordinating the trip.

Hammonasset Beach State Park
September 12-14, 2014

Scouts and adults returned to a popular camp out location, Hammonassett Beach State Park near Madison, Conn.  In addition to offshore fishing in the Long Island Sound on the charter boat Mijoy, scouts and adults enjoyed frisbee, football, and a nature center.  In the evening, all enjoyed a fish feast.  A special thanks to all the adults especially ASM Wroblewski for coordinating this terrific adventure and providing photos.

Camp Sequassen 2014  (videos available here)
July 20-26, 2014

30 scouts enjoyed a week at Camp Sequassen where they earned Merit Badges, had fun with a long list of activities and slept in platform tents.  For displaying the scouting spirit at camp, our troop was honored with the Spirit Stick, which is given to only one troop a day at camp.  Except for one evening in mid-week, the weather was terrific.  A special thanks to all the adult volunteers who made summer camp possible for the scouts. 

The Big Trip
June 27-30, 2014

For its annual Big Trip, the troop spent three days in Martha's Vineyard, an island just south of Cape Cod. Scouts and adults took a ferry from Wood Hole, Mass., rented bicycles and enjoyed activities such as kayaking, sailing, tubing, swimming at the beach, exploring towns, clam bake with lobster and being with their friends.  Thanks to the adult volunteers and uniformed leaders who made the trip possible.  Photos by Assistant Scoutmasters Johnston and Vilinskis.  A special thanks to ASM Johnston for coordinating the trip.

Ski Trip
February 21-23, 2014

The annual Troop 76 Ski Trip (2/21-23/2014) brought 19 scouts and 8 adults to Mt. Snow ski resort in southern Vermont for two days of skiing, bowling and swimming in the hotel pool. It was a safe adventure with no one visiting the First Aid station. The group at breakfast at the hotel, enjoyed lunch at the resort and, on Saturday, fine dined on delivered pizza in the hotel. A special thanks to ASM Wroblewski for coordinating the trip and the uniformed leaders and other adults for helping. The scouts earned the trip from selling holiday wreaths and completing service projects.

Hoyt Camp Out
November 16-17, 2013

Scouts, leaders and adult volunteers enjoyed a weekend camp out at Hoyt Scout Reservation in Redding. With a background of unseasonably warm weather, the troop hosted Ridgefield Webelos and parents who got a taste of boy scouting. 76 scouts established skills stations such as fire starting, first aid training, compass course and tent building. The day included lunch and plenty of games. Thanks to the troop's leaders for coordinating the camp out.

Loj Adirondacks High Adventure
October 25-27, 2013

Hardy scouts and adult volunteers tasted more than a sample of winter after traveling to the Adirondacks for their High Peaks hike on from October 25-27, 2013. Heavy snow, temperature in the mid-20s and 60 m.p.h. winds at the summits presented quite a challenge, but the group was up to the task. Twenty two scouts and 14 scout leaders/adult volunteers climbed various mountains, including Mt. Marcy (highest in NY State), Algonquin Peak, Wright’s Peak, and Mt. Jo. They bunked and ate at the Loj Lodge. Thanks to ASM Johnston for providing the photos.

Movin' Pumpkins
October 19, 2013

The troop volunteers for many service projects, some which are more demanding than others, but all benefit our community. At the annual Pumpkin Patch project, scouts and adults jump into the "fire line" that moves some 20 tons of pumpkins from a trailer truck to a designated area in front of Jesse Lee. For the adults, the project just about guarantees sore muscles. For scouts, the project offers an appreciation for hard work. For Jesse Lee, the project raises money for those in need.

Catskills Hike
October 11-12, 2013

A small group of scouts and adults camped and hikes in the Catskill Mountains and enjoyed the Fall colors and a great waterfall along the adventure.  Special thanks to ASM Johnston for coordinating the trip and taking pictures.  He, of course, is not shown in the group photo on the left.

Hammonassett
September 20-22, 2013

The first campout of the scouting year saw the troop and adults return to a favorite spot, Hammonassett Beach State Park near Madison, Conn.  In addition to having a lot of fun, scouts and adults pulled in fish, mostly Porgies, from the Long Island Sound on a 6:00 a.m. departure aboard the charter fishing boat, Mijoy.  That afternoon, scouts played frisbee, football, visited a nature center as others biked 50 miles (left photo) toward earning a merit badge.  In the evening, all enjoyed a feast but left the adventure early because of heavy thunderstorms.  A special thanks to Mr. Hance for coordinating this terrific event. 

Camp Sequassen
July 21-27, 2013

Scouts from the troop, scout friends from another troop, uniformed leaders and adult volunteers attended a week of camp at Sequassen. Despite some rain...happens every year...and a surprisingly cool evening, the scouts earned merit badges, completed advancement requirements, played a lot of Frisbee and cards and enjoyed other fun activities.  For the first time in memory, scouts won the coveted Spirit Stick (pictured at left) for exhibiting scout spirit at camp.  And scouts won several of the athletic/skills events during camp.  Special thanks to all the adult volunteers especially Mr. Vaughan for serving as adult Camp Coordinator for the week.

The Big Trip
June 29-30, 2013

This annual favorite fun adventure celebrated the conclusion of the scout year and school.  The boys and adults spent three fun days in the Lake George, New York area.  The trip included Adirondack Extreme Ropes Course, the Great Escape Six Flags Theme Park and more. 

Planting Flags
May 24, 2013

To honor veterans on Memorial Day, scouts and adult helped to plant U.S. flags on the graves of veterans in Ridgefield. This service project was recognized by the town veterans who organized this event.

Harriman Hike
May 4-5, 2013

In New York's Harriman State Park, scouts and adults backpacked and camped out along trails in this scenic area.  Some scouts slept out "under the stars" on May 4th. 

The Boston Trip
March 23-24, 2013

Scouts, uniformed leaders and parents enjoyed this historic city by walking the Freedom Trail, gazing from the observation deck in the tallest building and touring Fenway Park. (apologies to Mets and Yankees fans) More photos to be added soon. Thanks to ASM Vilinskis for coordinating the adventure and the other adults who made it possible. (Pictures taken by SPL Jack Mc. and ASM Vilinskis.)

Chili Cook Off
March 4, 2013

The annual troop Chili Cook Off was, as usual, a event where patrols faced off over a stove and a recipe. Coming out on top this year was the Turkey Patrol for its creative and robust chili. Special thanks to our special guest chef and chief judge, Mike Principi - owner of Chez Lenard's, the renown hot dog vendor on Main Street. The second year, Mike headed up the judging team of uniformed adults.

Ski Trip
February 22-24, 2013

Scouts enjoyed the troop's annual Ski Trip on the slopes of Mt. Snow and the lanes of Brattleboro Bowling.  In addition to two full days of skiing, the troop enjoyed bowling in Brattleboro and meals in the accommodating Holiday Inn Express.  When the trip ended Sunday evening at Jesse Lee, parents were greeted with smiling, tired scouts.  Thanks to the adults who helped especially Mr. Hance, who coordinated and managed the entire adventure.

The Klondike
January 26, 2013

The troop participated in the annual Scatacook District Klondike competition held, this year, at Volunteer Park in Sherman, Connecticut. Scouts showed their skills at a number of stations along the course. The troop brought a wheeled sled, which was a bid advantage during a day of very little snow. A special thanks to the ASMs who made this adventure possible, Barry Tebbutt and Tim Vilinskis.

Hoyt Camp Out
December 1-2, 2012

On December 1-2, 2012, some nine scouts and leaders spent a weekend at Hoyt Boy Scout Campground in West Redding, Conn. The younger scouts were taught how to build a fire on Saturday morning. And after a bag lunch, they headed over to the rifle range which was staffed by two trained rifle specialists. The scouts and adults shot more than 750 rounds of .22s into targets 50 feet away. That evening, the scouts walked back to the camp site and prepared a troop favorite, Turkey in the Can.

Court of Honor
November 13, 2012

Scouts were recognized for advancement and their accomplishments. Scout Alex F. was presented a special "do a good turn" coin for his work during the Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.

Macedonia AT Hike
October 28, 2012

Scouts and adults hiked a scenic portion of the Appalachian Trail near Kent, Connecticut

Hammonassett
September 14-16, 2012

The first campout of the scouting year saw the troop and adults return to a favorite spot, Hammonassett Beach State Park near Madison, Conn.  In addition to having a lot of fun, scouts and adults pulled in more than 100 fish from the Long Island Sound on a 6:00 a.m. departure aboard the charter fishing boat, Mijoy.    That afternoon, scouts played frisbee, football, visited a nature center as some adults prepared the fish for the evening feast.  A special thanks to Mr. Hance for coordinating this terrific event. 

Philmont
July 8 - 22, 2012

10 senior scouts and three adult leaders experienced one of scouting's signature adventures, Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. Their first stop was the Garden of the Gods Park in Colorado Springs followed by Cave of the Winds caverns. The following day, the crew held on to rafts in a white water rapids river trip and then visited the Royal Gorge bridge. In the next morning, they boarded a bus for a three hour ride to the Philmont Scout Ranch. The crew backpacked some 60 miles, carrying everything on their backs; food, clothing, sleeping bags, tents, water, etc. They hiked among different camps along a trek that included many exciting activities. At one point, the trail exceeded 9,500 feet.  It was the scouting adventure of a lifetime.

Camp Sequassen
July 15-21, 2012

30 scouts from the troop, uniformed leaders and adult volunteers attended a week of camp at Sequassen. Despite weather that was either hot or rainy, the scouts earned merit badges, completed advancement requirements, played a lot of Frisbee and cards, and enjoyed other fun activities.  Special thanks to all the adult volunteers, and Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Hance for their photos.

The Big Trip
June 22-24, 2012

For three days, starting June 22nd, scouts, adults leaders and parents enjoyed a Troop 76 tradition, the Big Trip. In 2012, the trip in the Massachusetts Berkshires included the Jiminy Peak Outdoor Adventure Park with its challenging high ropes course, alpine slide and mountain coaster on Saturday. The following day, the trip went north to the Deerfield River for rafting...some of it in white water...as part of the Zoar Outdoor Adventure. Thanks to all the parents who participated especially Mr. Hance, who coordinated the excellent adventure.

Sturges Camporee
May 18-20, 2012

Based on a service project to help maintain Sturges Park in Ridgefield, the camporee included a cooking contest where our troop excelled. And the weather was ideal for two nights of camping.
Backpacking Adventure
April 28-29, 2012

Scouts and adults backpacked along a section in New York of the Appalachian Trail. Carrying packs containing their tents, sleeping bags, mats, food, water and clothing, the scouts and adults hiked miles, sometimes over steep terrain. They camped at the site along the trail where they cooked meals, filtered water from a nearby stream, built a fire and played cards.

Orienteering Adventure
March 25, 2012

Several scouts and leaders learned how to travel from place-to-place using a map and compass. (It was a GPS-free survival skills training session.) These orienteering skills are required for every scout. Instructed by ASM Johnson, the team hiked and discovered the orienteering markers at Tarrywile Park in Danbury.

Eagle Scouts Honored
March 11, 2012

At Jesse Lee Memorial Church, parents, friends and relatives experienced a Court of Honor for five of the troop's newest Eagle scouts.  It was a moving ceremony that was captured in pictures that may be seen here.
Court of Honor
March 6, 2012

At this Court of Honor, our second of the Scouting year, nine merit badges and 20 rank advancements were handed out to scouts.

(many photos by Paul M., Troop Historian)

Ski Trip
February 3-5, 2012

Photos from the first day of the Ski Trip. The day started early on the slopes on Okemo were the scouts explored the trails and ate lunch in the lodges at the facility. After the trip back to the hotel, scouts had the opportunity to swim in the hotel pool before heading off to dinner at a local restaurant. From there, everyone loaded back on the bus for 90 minutes of indoor rock climbing before heading back to the hotel.

The Klondike
January 12, 2012

Scouts competed in the annual Scatacook Klondike Derby where area troops were challenged by a variety of skills. With teamwork and determination, our troop moved its sled through the woods at Hoyt Campgrounds in Redding during a snow storm.  Here are pictures of the team in action.  Special thanks to ASMs Solomon and Tepfer for making this adventure possible.

Breakneck Ridge
December 18, 2011

Surrounded by incredible views of the Hudson River, Scouts and adults hiked Breakneck Ridge, a challenging trail near Beacon, New York.  Click here for more photos.

 

The Great Chili Cook Off
December 13, 2011

Five patrols had 35 minutes to prepare from scratch mouth-watering chili on camp stoves in Martin Hall.  The panel of judges, led by Mike Principi of Chez Lenard on Main Street, choose the dish created by the Kool Aid Patrol as the best by a slim margin over the chili created by Salmon and Nematoads patrols who came in second and third places respectively.  All the scouts were creative in their efforts.

Loj Adirondacks High Adventure
October 14-16, 2011

Scouts and adult volunteers experienced a bit of Winter in the Fall during several hikes in the challenging trails of the Adirondacks for their High Peaks Adventure. Scouts, leaders and volunteers climbed various mountains in the area...some which were far colder than expected.  The group bunked and ate at the Loj Lodge. Thanks to ASM Haney for planning and coordinating this memorable adventure.

 

Court of Honor
(October 11, 2011)

The expanded troop of close to 60 scouts were recognized for earning a large number of Merit Badges mostly at Camp Sequassen and Sikorsky.  And several scouts earned rank advancement.
Court of Honor
(June 14, 2011)

Scouts were recognized for earning Merit Badges and advancing in rank at this ceremony which marks the end of the scouting year.  It also marked the conclusion of Mr. Keyes time as scoutmaster of the troop.  We thank him and Committee Chair John Shields for their service.  The new scoutmaster, Mr. Realander, addressed scouts and parents about the year ahead.

Sequassen Summer Camp
(July 18-24, 2010)

Close to 40 scouts from the troop joined hundreds of other area scouts at summer camp where they earned merit badges, slept in camp tents, played countless card games, enjoyed a visit by neighboring raccoons and even took an occasional shower.  Thanks to ASM Hanney and parents who supervised this week of camp near Torrington, Connecticut.

The Big Trip
(June 24-26, 2010)

In addition to sitting in oversized chairs, scouts, leaders and adults enjoyed several activities during this end-of-the-scouting year adventure.  Included were a high-ropes course, Six Flags Amusement Park at Lake George and Fort Ticonderoga.

The Spring Hike
(April 10-11, 2010)

Scouts, leaders and parents explored some 12 miles of the Appalachian trail near Kent, Connecticut. They carried everything on their backs for the campout...food, water, clothing and tents. At the end of two days on the trail, they were tired and proud to have earned another scouting achievement. Thanks to ASM Johnson for planning and coordinating this trip and the others who made this adventure possible.
(Photos from the Johnstons)

The Boston Trip
(March 19-21, 2010)

19 scouts and five adults learned, first hand, about the country's revolutionary history by walking The Freedom Trail, a five mile hike in Boston. The troop stayed in cabins at Camp Massasoit in Plymouth, Mass., the oldest town in New England. On the last day, the group visited the New England Aquarium on Boston Harbor with its incredible ocean tank and penguin exhibit. Thanks to the Johnstons for posting these pictures.

The Klondike 2010
(January 15-16, 2010)

Troop 76's Screaming Eagles...took on and met the challenges of Klondike 2010 with style...ice, snow and muddy trails were no match for the Troop 76 all-terrain sled and our Klondike scouts. Thanks to ASM D. Johnson for taking these photos.
 

Annual Chili Cook Off
(December 15, 2009)

Under the careful eye of Chef Keating -Honorary Judge for our 2009 Chili-Cook-off - Troop 76 scouts whipped up some AWESOME chili. Chopping, Cooking, Cleaning...and yummy results!  And the Pandas Patrol were given the title of creating the best chili.
 
 

Appalachian Trail Backpacking
(October 10-11, 2009)

The legendary Appalachian Trail runs some 2,200 miles from Maine to Georgia and crosses six national parks. But our scouts hiked a short distance of the southernmost section in Connecticut and slept out in some cold temperatures at Ten Mile River camp.
This was a great opportunity for scouts to get a taste of backpacking. Photos taken by Mike Johnston.  Thanks to him, Mr. Keyes and Mr. Tepfer.

Hammonassett Camp Out
(September 19-20, 2009)

At the troop's first camp out of the season, scouts and adults had a great time at Hammonassett State Park in Madison, Conn.  The highlight of the trip was fishing on the Long Island Sound.  Dinner that evening back in camp was, no surprise, Bluefish.   
Photo set 1       Photo Set 2

Camp Sequassen
(July 19-25, 2009)

Some 25 scouts from Troop 76 joined hundreds of others from the area
 to enjoy a week of fun and activities.  Scouts earned merit badges from|
 a long list of choices, enjoyed all the activities and made new friends. The troop thanks all the leaders and other adults who made this experience possible.

 

The Big Trip
(June 26-28, 2009)

For the end-of-school celebration, scouts and adults had a great time in Massachusetts at Jiminy Peak Adventure Park on Saturday and whitewater rafting on Sunday. 
Court of Honor
(June 16, 2009)

Troop 76 wraps up another year of fun, achievement and adventure! Scouts were recognized for their rank advancement and leadership.  Merit Badges were presented and scouts were honored for their Service Hours . Lots of wonderful food and fellowship.  Farewell to our graduating Eagle Scouts.  Two sets of photos, one and two.

Troop 76 awards its newest Eagle Scouts,
Logan S., Will M. and Curran O.

(June 13, 2009)

Photos from the Eagle Court of Honor, Jesse Lee Church.  Fewer than five percent of all Boy Scouts earn the rank of Eagle, the highest advancement in scouting.  Congratulations to these three outstanding young men - you make Troop 76 proud.  Two sets of photos, one and two.

Backpacking Adventure in Harriman
(4-5 April 2009)

Our Harriman trek was tons of fun filled with terrific views. Miles of trail, lakes, several creek crossings, and a night at Bald Rocks with wind gusts of 25-35 mph and a nighttime view of NYC that you can't find anywhere else on earth. Thank you ASM Johnson for organizing this trip. 

2009 Ski Trip to Stratton
(February 6-8, 2009)

Troop 76 Stratton Ski Trip was really FUN!!! Swimming, great food at Bickfords, comfy rooms at the Colonial, fantastic snow on Sat - no lines on Sunday - and a Saturday night of bowling! Lots of new adventures and great memories made on the slopes! Thank you ASM Darrah for organizing this trip - 5 years in a row!!

Spacebawls - Scatacook 2009 Klondike
(January 16-17,  2009)

Pictures from this years Klondike held at 2nd Company Governor’s Horse Guard, Newtown, CT.  Each patrol used a Troop 76 Klondike sled, loading them with their personal and patrol equipment and pulled them through the competition course using a map to find each station. Patrols received beads for their score at each station. Some events were competitive, some were instructional. Each station tested the patrols on their team work, skills, Scouting knowledge and their problem solving abilities.  A ton of fun was had by all !

Deer Lake Campout
(November 14-16, 2008)

Troop76 Scouts reached new heights, learned new skills and braved the November rains - another fun scouting adventure!
 

 

Backpacking the High Peaks
(October 10, 2008)

Pictures from the Troop's backpacking over Columbus Day Holiday Weekend on the Appalachian Trail to Connecticut's High Peaks.  Great fun and glorious weather was enjoyed by all!

 

Eagle Court of Honor for Robert J.  Stay & James Z.
(November 1, 2008)

Troop76 Scouts, families and friends came together at Jesse Lee Church Sanctuary on Saturday 1 November 2008 at 11 AM, to celebrate receipt of Boy Scouts highest rank, Eagle, by Troop 76 Scouts Robert J. & James Z. the festivities were enjoyed by all as these pictures make very evident.

 

Cooking & Oven Making
(October 13, 2008)

Stoves and Ovens - Cooking with stoves and building box ovens and reflector ovens.  Troop 76 Scouts have a grand time gaining additional cooking proficiency and having fun as well.

 

Troop 76 Camp Sequassen Summer Camp
(July 20-26, 2008)

 

 

Big Trip 2008 - Cape Cod Adventure
(June 26-29, 2008)

Our end of the year celebration began at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution facility (where they had a personalized a guided tour by Logan S.'s uncle) then on to the Woods Hole Science Aquarium and the Ocean Quest boat tour.  Sea Kayaking, Deep Sea Fishing, Cycling, getting buried in the sands of Cape Cod and all manner of fun was had by this adventuresome Crew

Troop 76 End of Year Picnic & Court of Honor
(June 10, 2008)

Troop 76 Scouts and their families gathered to celebrate the end of the 2007-2008 Scouting Year with a Pizza & goodie feast, good fun and ended it all with the year's final Court of Honor in which lots of Scouts got their rank advancement and a huge volume of merit badges were earned.  Check out the images of people having fun!

 

CPR Training
(June 2, 2008)

Scouts learn the Red Cross certified CPR training

David H.'s Eagle Court of Honor
(May 31, 2008)

Friends and Family gathered to celebrate this Troop 76 Scout's earning the coveted Eagle Rank.  It seems that lots of people took pictures of this celebration, so we have 2 other sets of pictures:
ASM Diane Johnson's Picture Album
Terri O'Connell's Picture Album

 


 

Memorial Day Parade & Flag Placing
(May 27, 2008)

Troop 76 marched in the Memorial Day Parade, and also assisted the event organizers in the placing of a commemorative wreath at the War Memorial in front of Jesse Lee Church on Main Street.  The Troop had a good showing, the weather was marvelous, the musket fire quite thunderous and a good time was had by all.  This Photo show also has a few shots from Friday evening's (May 23rd) project to place US Flags on all the graves of Veterans in Ridgefield's cemeteries.

Wilderness Survival Campout
(March 15-16, 2008)

Wilderness Survival was the main theme of our 'Ultimate Retro' campout at Ward Pound Ridge. Scouts started fires - sans matches - located, collected and learned out to treat water, gathered their own wood, - boiled down 5 gallons of sap for syrup. Built their own shelters, hiked and practiced their first aid skills. Knife and axe skills were put to work! A lively songfest closed a perfect day!!

Webelo Mini-Klondike
(March 7, 2008)

The Webelo Mini-Klondike is an annual recruiting event shared by Troop 76 and Troop 116. This year, Troop 76 hosted 3 skills stations: whipping & fusing ropes, knot tying, and setting a tent. Troop 116 hosted first aid and safe food preparation - which included a foil lunch. While this year's rain prevented the Big Dog Sled races...a good time was had by all!!

Annual Ski Trip
(February 2008)

Check out these pictures of the 2008 Ski Trip.  The venue was Stratton Mountain Vermont for a chance of pace and a smashing success was the result.  Check it out!

Court of Honor Snaps
(January 29, 2008)

January's Court of Honor for Troop 76 was a great celebration of our Scouts progress.  Two new Eagle Scouts and lots of others making steady progress on that Road to Eagle.

 

AT Trail Hike Pictures
(8 December, 2007)

A great time was had by all.  The weather was perfect.  Views were breathtaking and we all had fun with the very diverse trail including rock scrambling, high ledges, crossing streams and pine groves.  

Battle of Hoyt Encampment
(2-4 November  2007)

Troop 76 had a marvelous time at Hoyt learning about Civil War era battlefield challenges - weaponry, cooking, clothing and medical care. With cannon fire echoing throughout the day, the scouts had an action packed weekend and we were thrilled to be features at the campfire program - based on our campfire singing of Civil War songs. Next stop: American Idol!

Scouts had time to demonstrate their cooking and camping skills - completing many advancement requirements along the way.

Scout Meeting Pictures
(16 October, 2007)

Tucker W. - the great-great grandson of James E. West, founder of Boy Scouts of America - presented the history of scouting in America. Troop historian, Brian J, presented an overview of Troop 76 history and Tucker K, presented the history and the significance of the scouting uniform - then SPL John B. ran a patrol competition for best dressed scout...and the winners were...Brian J and Tyler C.


 

Gettysburg Adventures
(6-8 October 2007)
Troop 76 scouts visited Gettysburg - hiking the battlefield, reenacting the fighting on Little Round Top with the 20th Maine, and racing across Pickett's Ridge. We marked many monuments memorializing soldiers from CT with US Flags and organized a flag ceremony to raise the CT Flag over the 17th Connecticut Infantry monument. The park visitor's center and Eisenhower's home was fun to explore. We even managed to capture a strange apparition in two pictures taken while on the Ghost Tour. Fun!
 

Sara Bishop Open Space Eagle Project
(29 September, 2007)

Earlier this year, Jim M. completed his Eagle Project to build a bridge in the Sarah Bishop Open Space. For his Eagle project, Robert J., working with the Ridgefield Conservation Commission and members of Troop 76, completed an additional loop trail to further enhance this open space. Additional work is slated to build a footbridge that will be a welcome addition to the trail.

2007-2008 Troop Youth Leaders

Fall Court of Honor
(25 September  2007)

At a Court of Honor, Troop 76 recognizes the achievements and rank advancements of our active Scouts. We're proud to have so many active Scouts in our program to see so much progress.

 

2007  Presidential Backpacking
(August, 2007)

Trekking the Appalachian Trail through New Hampshire's White Mountains - Bagging Peaks along the Presidential Range - 7 Days of Summits and Adventure

Big Trip Adventure
(22 June  2007)

Big Trip this year was simply a wonderful weekend adventuring along the Delaware River. Every Scout got to practice their skills canoeing & kayaking on the first day. Several golden eagles, bald eagles and ducks were seen along the route. Traveling roughly 12 miles, Scout glided through the silt-laden waters of the Delaware - churned by the recent thunderstorms in that area.

2007 Ridgefield Scouting Camporee
(Ridgefield, Sturges Park: 18-20 May, 2007)

The weekend started out cloudy & misty and ended with sunshine & blue skies and there were a lot of raindrops between but the Camporee was a smashing success in all aspects.

Breakneck Ridge Shakedown Hike
(12 May 2007)

We had spectacular weather for our hike to Sugarloaf Mountain and along Breakneck Ridge. The wildflowers and dogwood were all in full bloom and the views were truly spectacular. Breakneck Ridge is one of the top ranked hikes in New England by Backpacker Magazine - for good reason - it's stunning - and the rock scrambling is extremely challenging - which makes it a top destination for hikers seeking high adventure.

 

Bennett Pond to Pine Mountain April Fool's Shakedown Hike
(April 1, 2007)

Starting at Bennett's Pond, we hiked to the top of Pine Mountain and checked out the remains of composer Charles Ives's cabin. Then we trekked on to the Pine Mountain vista and were able to see Long Island Sound - the same vantage point that colonists used during the Revolutionary War to monitor British ships coming into these waters - and we saw the boulder they used to light fires on as a warning beacon to revolutionary troops stationed in Danbury. Then over the Hemlock Hills and nearly to Lake Windwing before we took the return loop to Bennett's Pond.  

Troop 76'ers on Anthony's Nose

Anthony's Nose Shakedown Hike
(24 March 2007

We started hiking along a snow laden Appalachian Trail and then traversed a ridgeline with full views of the Hudson to reach Anthony's Nose and a bird's eye view of the Bear Mountain Bridge. Stream crossings were plentiful given the recent snow melt and we climbed several rock scrambles as we trekked. Hats off to all the scouts who completed this moderate/strenuous 6 mile hike ... a great start on our 2007 hiking plans. Click here for additional pictures

Sugar Mapling & Snowshoeing
(Topstone Farm: March 17, 2007)

While the March campout was cancelled because of dangerous conditions, 20 scouts and family guests enjoyed a visit to Topstone Farm.  Scouts tapped maple tree and toured the sugar shack after learning how early Native Americans made maple syrup. Scouts were amazed at how fast the sap flowed after they tapped the first maple. We tasted the sap and then enjoyed a tasting of the some of Connecticut's finest maple syrup on corn bread to cap off our tour. Afterwards, at the Norwalk River we donned snowshoes for a winter trek to find wild animal tracks - we found several empty nests, deer beds, rabbit tracks leading to a rabbit den and enjoyed bushwhacking through the woods on our snowshoes.

Webelos Visitation Night - First Aid
(March 6, 2007)

Webelo scouts joined Troop 76 to learn about First Aid Skills - including how to deal with large cuts, burns, choking, bloody noses, broken teeth, broken fingers, broken arms, sprained ankles and then - how to evacuate their victim. Skills were then put to the test in a relay race - with the winners receiving lifesavers. We're happy to report - all victims were saved! Many thanks to the various Scout instructors and their victims.

 

Webelos Mini-Klondike
(Sturges Park, March 3, 2007)

23 Webelo Scouts & 14 parents turned out for the Ridgefield's first  Webelo Mini-Klondike - sponsored by BSA Troops 76 & 116. Troop 76 hosted a Tent Race and the Orienteering Training Course and provided hot cocoa and snacks. Troop 116 hosted a First Aid Station and Fire Building Station which were a lot of fun.  Everyone had a wonderful time and the highlight was the sled racing held at the end of the day. (Today is the first day of the Iditarod which started this morning in Anchorage...what a great way to join in the fun!) All Webelos were invited to attend meetings with both troops and to continue with their adventures in scouting.

Swimming Certifications
(Ridgefield Recreation Center, February 6, 2007

The Summer Camp Troop 76 attends in the summer (Camp Sequassen in New Hartford, CT) allows troops to certify the swimming skills of it's scouts prior to arrival which is a great time saver on the first day of Camp. This session at our local swimming pool also gives our Scouts a chance to learn, practice and demonstrate proficiency at the various water-oriented skills tasks required for rank advance and water merit badges.

 

January Court of Honor - Celebrating Rank Advancement
(Jesse Lee Church: 23 January 2007

The Boy Scout Court of Honor Ceremony is a celebration of growth, accomplishment and success for our Scouts.  Enjoy these images of Scouts being recognized for their progress down the Scouting Trail