Maintaining the Scout Tradition of Public Service
Troop 175 is also actively involved in the community and demonstrates that a “Scout is Helpful” regularly. Our Scouts have done numerous projects for our sponsor, St. Mary’s, including; setting up and helping to run the St. Mary’s Carnival, building steps from the parking lot, building a new Christmas crèche for the Church and rehabilitating the rear entrance to the Church with a new fence and sign. Our scouts have also collected school supplies and delivered them, in person, to a community in an impoverished part of India, designed and placed new signs educating visitors about the history of Simsbury along Iron Horse Blvd, constructed birdhouses for Roaring Book Nature center, initiated a new “green” effort for the Town of Simsbury by building and placing recycling bins in eight public locations around town, collected hundreds of suits for a charity in Hartford, and performing necessary trail maintenance at the Onion Mountain Park. The Troop raises money each year by parking cars for the Simsbury Fly-In and serving grilled cheese to the Simsbury Marathon.
This last spring when the Covid Virus hit we canceled our in person meetings and went on to zoom. We also wanted to help so we mobilized the Troop to make Face Shields to distribute to local hospitals who were desperate for these safety devices. We produced over 2,400 face shields and helped supply the front line health care workers.