Boy Scout Troop 20/20

Hockanum River District
CT Rivers Council, Vernon, CT

Boy Scout Troop 20/20's History

Troop 20/20 was chartered in June 1980 and began with seven Webelos "graduates" from Pack 382 in Vernon. Since then, the Unit's membership has grown to its present level of 23 Scouts. The Troop's first sponsor was the Lion's Club of Rockville/Vernon.  Our distinctive unit number, "20/20", is directly related to the Lions' service to the community in recycling old eyeglasses to the needy. The next sponsor of the Troop was the Skinner Road PTO. The present sponsor is the Elks Lodge.

  

Troop 20/20 began its existence with no equipment, other than five old, leaky tents donated by Troop 96 of Ellington. Aided by several generous, timely and much needed contributions from the Lion's Club, Aetna Life and Casualty, Vernon Health Care Facility, The E.W. Burke Trust, the Moose Lodge, and Skinner Road PTO, the Units membership has worked hard to raise funds necessary to acquire sufficient camping equipment to provide a sound Scouting Program. Fundraising activities by the Scouts have included the assembly and sale of first aid kits, telephone directory deliveries, sale of light bulbs, Jeannie kits, candy sales and Dunkin Donut Certificate sales. As the newer Scouts enter the Unit, it is now equipped for them through the hard work of Scouts from previous years. It is now their responsibility to continue to help raise funds to sustain the Troop.

 

Community Service Work: Troop 20/20 is proud of its service to the community. The Unit has devoted many hours of personal growth enriching service to Vernon Health Care Facility. They visited with elderly residents, shined the residents shoes and planted/tended the flower gardens for the residents enjoyment. Other examples of service projects include grounds work at J.N. Webster Scout Reservation, road side rubbish cleanup, leaf raking, Skinner Road School cleanup, Taste of Vernon cleanup, Moose Lodge dinners, Christmas in April and other projects for various scout camps.

 

Eagle Scouts: Thirty-nine Troop 20/20 Scouts have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Most recently in 2014, our newest Eagle Scout is John Drost.  See a complete list of our Eagle Scouts here.


The past thirty three years have been active ones for the Troop, with each year shaping up to be even better.