Scouting is strong in Simsbury and the surrounding communities. Our town boasts of three top troops that boys can join once they reach the age of eleven years old. All three of those troops were recognized for their outstanding performance at a recent Mattituck District Boy Scouts of America dinner.
"Scouting's Journey to Excellence" is the boy scouts’ performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of scouting. Troops earn points for attracting new scouts, retaining existing scouts, having scouts advance and for offering an outstanding program. In Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 175, Troop 76 and Troop 174 all receive the gold level in the journey to excellence award for 2013.
Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 175 was also awarded the Community Service Award. Scouts from the troop logged more than 4,000 hours of community service in 2013, more than twice any other troop in the district. Simsbury’s Troup 76 was a runner-up for this community service award.
"We call on our Scouts to give back to the community, says Brad Mead, Scoutmaster of Troop 175. “The quantity of service hours we achieved this year is a demonstration of our scout’s response to that call. We believe this is both our obligation and privilege because we live in a great town like Simsbury. Scouting encourages boys to become something larger then themselves. Once they experience the satisfaction of doing service projects, it becomes a life-long passion".
Also recognized at the dinner was William Rice, Assistant Scoutmaster for Simsbury Troop 175. He received the Mattituck Unit Service Award. This award recognizes an outstanding member or an adult for unusual service to a scouting's units program. The qualities reviewed include displaying undying effort and support to their unit to the best of their abilities. The recipients of this award have displayed scouting core values in an outstanding way.
“Being an adult volunteer is so important to the Scouting program, said William Rice, Assistant Scoutmaster to Troop 175. “Scouting teaches boys great leadership skills that will help them throughout their lives. However, it is the adults that volunteer their time and energy to help develop the programs that truly make a troop a success”.
Kenneth Verdecchia of Simsbury Troop 175 was also recognized with a Veteran’s Award. Ken has been a part of Troop 175 for 50 years in many positions. He currently is the troop’s Chartered Representative. He received a standing ovation at the dinner in recognition to his long term contributions to boy scouts.
Simsbury Troop 175 also received the Golden Tent Peg Award for the second year in a row. This award recognizes that special unit who racked up the most nights camping with their scouts thereby giving all of their support to the boy Scouting program. Troops 175's camping program 2013 included 40 nights that the scouts had the opportunity to sleep outdoors on trips.
Two Simsbury troops were also recognized as part of the Outstanding Troop Award for the Mattituck District. Troop 175 was the runner-up and Troop 76 won the award for 2013. The recipients of these awards are determined by the advancement committee of the district.