Eagle Awards and Court of Honor

Tonight, at Simsbury United Methodist Church, numerous family and friends came together to enjoy each other’s company and great barbecue from Bear’s Barbecue. Oh yes, and also celebrate the scouts moving up in ranks at the annual Court of Honor.

Andrew Mylander, Matthew Locandro, William Bonnell, and Michael Doyle all achieved the rank of Eagle this evening, obtaining the highest advancement ranking in Boy Scouts.

Eric Wellman, First Selectman of Simsbury


Eric Wellman, First Selectman of Simsbury, was the guest of honor, giving a lovely speech to the four new Eagles to congratulate them and elevate them as an example of Simsbury residents. Further awards, recognitions, and congratulations were given by several others, including the Simsbury American Legion, several United States cabinet members, and two former Presidents. Senator Chris Murphy even passed a long a flag that had flown over the Capitol building this past summer.

All in all, it was a fun filled evening filled with laughter and memories, and ending with cake. What could be better?

Canoe Trip and Campout along the Farmington River

Troop 174 started out above People’s Forest in Barkhamstead, and canoed roughly 8 miles down the Farmington River, ending in New Hartford. The boys brought their families to enjoy the end-of-summer weather, and stopped halfway down the river to have lunch together and play in the water. At the end of the canoe trip, everyone returned to People’s Forest to enjoy a night of camping.

Although this canoe trip was enjoyable, the boys used this time to work on their merit badges and rank advancement by working on things like their cooking, knot-tying, and camping skills.

Simsbury Trip 174 meets every Wednesday at 7pm at the Simsbury United Methodist Church. Feel free to come by and join the fun!

Boy Scout Troop 174 Outing to Smuggler’s Notch

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 arrived at the ski resort in Stowe, VT, on Friday. We first enjoyed a high-ropes challenge course involving cargo ropes, tightropes, and swings, and ended with the boys and their families ziplining through the trees. After the fun in the trees, they set up camp, cooked, and enjoyed each other’s company.

On Saturday, the boys hiked up Mount Mansfield to enjoy the view, and upon returning went for a dip in the pond. On Sunday, the trip was rounded out with a tour of Ben & Jerry’s before heading home. You can check out the images from the event here.

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 meets every Wednesday at 7pm Simsbury United Methodist Church in Hopemeadow Street. Feel free to come and join the fun!

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 Trek Through New Mexico Wilderness

New Mexico, 2016
From left to right: Jim Wielebnicki (Advisor), Tom Mylander (Advisor), Bob Beckius (Advisor), Kyle Beckius, Marshall Sornborger, Andrew Mylander, Myles Sornborger, Matt Locandro, Alex Wielebnicki, Nate Sornborger (Advisor), Dade Crofton and Nick Beckius

A crew of 12 teenage Boy Scouts from Simsbury and their leaders went on a life changing summer trek in early August through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441. During their trek Boy Scout Troop #174, who meet at Simsbury Methodist Church hiked 88 miles over 12 days.

The Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way including horseback riding, panning for gold, log splitting, and firing muzzle loading rifles. The troop even had the assistance of a burro on the last day which they named “John”. The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts helped build a future hiking trail. Over the course of two weeks Scouts endured tough challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steeps climbs and inclement weather every day with lightening and even hail.

The crew made what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving nearly one million participants since 1938.

Original article from the Hartford Courant, by Jim Roberts.