DERBY – Calling all boys and girls of the Valley! Archery, rope bridge and ice cream making are a few of the free activities to be offered at the Derby Green on Saturday, Sept 27 from Noon to 3PM as part of Housatonic Council Boy Scout Troop 3’s 20th annual Ed Strang Day. The event has been held annually since 1994, when the city of Derby welcomed home actor Brian Dennehy to honor Scouting pioneer Edmund D. Strang, Dennehy’s former Cubmaster.
Additional activities including pinewood Derby racing, obstacle course, scavenger hunt and a fireman’s challenge will be offered to boys and girls to introduce them to the adventures of Scouting. A flag retirement ceremony will begin at noon. The public is invited to bring to the ceremony any flags in a condition no longer fit for displaying.
A time capsule will be buried on the Derby Green to commemorate Troop 3’s 100th anniversary. Founded by the Derby 2nd Congregational Church in 1914, the troop continues to be sponsored by and meets at the Elizabeth St. church on Wednesdays at 7PM. Additional 100th anniversary events include an Alumni Minstrel & Gang Show on October 25 and an celebratory dinner at Villa Bianca on October 26. All alumni and friends of Troop 3 are invited to attend.
Representatives will be on hand to provide information for free membership to Cub Scout Pack 3, Boy Scout Troop 3 and Venture Crew 33 will be available to all eligible youths who complete an application with a parent or guardian present. Assistance is also available for providing Scout uniforms. Current Scouts from throughout the Naugatuck Valley are also invited to attend in uniform and participate in the free activities.
The event concludes at the Derby 2nd Congregational Church at 4PM with the awarding of Eagle Scout Rank to Troop 3 Scouts Anthony Bartholomew and Colby McLiverty.
For more information contact Scoutmaster Randy Ritter, 203 732 0343