A Busy Spring for Seekonk’s Scouts BSA
Seekonk’s newest Scouts BSA troop, Troop 9 Seekonk was established in March of this year. Troop 9 is an all-girl troop who are now enjoying all of the same activities and opportunities that the boys have been experiencing in the Boy Scouts of America for 100+ years.
We started this spring with our 1st Year Camp-out, which took place in April at Rehoboth’s Camp Buxton. This was a great opportunity for the girls to learn basic scouting and camping skills, including how to set up a tent, start a camp fire and handle a pocket knife safely. This spring the girls have already earned their first rank of Scout and their Swimming Merit Badges.
The scouts, leaders and families of Troop 9 would like to extend their gratitude to the community for supporting them as they establish this new troop, especially the Elks Club of Attleboro, Dr Deb George of George Family Orthodontics and Dr Frank Cassarella.
In honor of Earth Month, the scouts joined forces with their brother troop, Troop 1 Seekonk and participated in conservation related service projects including a litter clean-up in town. Troop 1 was also excited to lend a hand grooming rescue animals at the Winslow Farm Animal Sanctuary in Norton, MA.
In May, a number of scouts traveled to NY’s Capital District to bike the Mohawk-Hudson Bike-Hike Trail. We rode over 20 miles along the Hudson River where we visited Cohoes Falls and watched a ship travel through Lock 7 of the Erie Canal.
You may have seen us at the end of May as we marched in the Seekonk Memorial Day Parade. Troop 1, Troop 9 and the BSA eagle mascot named Archie all walked the parade route. Earlier that week Troop 1 proudly replaced all of the worn-out flags placed beside veteran’s graves in the town cemeteries in preparation for Memorial Day and in honor of those who served.
In June, we had a great turn out for our biennial white-water rafting trip in Warrensburg, NY. 50 people, including scouts, and family members from both Troop 1 and Troop 9 attended this year. A rainy spring made for some high (and chilly) waters, but luckily it didn’t rain for our day on the river. We paddled, floated and did a little swimming during our 17-mile trip down the Indian and Hudson Rivers.
A week after school ended the scouts were back at Hurley Middle School to clean the school’s brick sign that faces Newman Ave. Both troops will continue to meet occasionally this summer as Troop 1 works on Merit Badges and Troop 9 focuses on their next rank of Tenderfoot. All scouts and leaders are eagerly awaiting their week-long stay at Camp Yawgoog later this summer.
Boys and girls ages 11-17 are invited to join us any time. Visit our website at www.Troop1Seekonk.org to see our calendar of events and photos from past activities.
Contact us by email for more information:
Troop1SeekonkMA@gmail.com (All-Boy Troop)
Troop9SeekonkMA@gmail.com (All-Girl Troop)