September 2, 2021
I was a Cub Scout for one year and was never assigned to another den. I thought that might be it for me, but I was reconnected to scouting when my oldest boy joined the Boy Scouts in 1988.
I’ve been with the organization for 32 years as a leader, and some even call me the Troop Historian.
Scout Troop 371 was formed in 1971 and we just celebrated 50 years. As part of that celebration, we spread the word through people we knew who had a connection to the Troop, and asked them to pass the message on. Along with Scouts, leaders and parents from more recent decades, three brothers who all earned their Eagle Rank over 40 years ago attended, one coming from Germany.
The Troop met at noon and cooked dutch oven dishes and two turkeys for the reunion and celebration to be held outside the Saco Pathfinders Snowmobile clubhouse. There were about 50 people in attendance and we socialized while we enjoyed a delicious meal together. After the meal, we inducted 3 more Eagle Scouts, which is quite an accomplishment. An estimated 100 hour community service project which benefits the local community, and 24 merit badges, are required before you can become an Eagle Scout.
There are a lot of things about Scouting that are really unique and special, but I think witnessing the gained awareness and confidence as the Scouts develop their skills is what I love most.
- Steve Littlefield, Sponsoring Organization Representative to the Troop