Troop 55 Scouts advance in rank

Boy Scout Troop 55 of Shelton held its fall Court of Honor. During the Court of Honor five Rank Advancements were announced and 81 Merit Badges awarded. The following Scouts Advanced their rank: Robert Ciccone to First Class; Ian Boath and Garrett Ziperstein to Star; Ian Badolato to Life. Matt Simon was acknowledged for becoming an Eagle Scout in June. Dan Heiden received his first Silver Eagle Palm.

Scouts earning Merit badges included: Cameron Amato (first aid, personal fitness, shotgun shooting), Ian Badolato (citizenship in the community, family life), Ian Boath (basketry, camping, citizenship in the community, citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, cooking, geocaching, geology, kayaking, metalwork, nature, plumbing, rowing, salesmanship, sculpture, search and rescue, small boat sailing, weather, wilderness survival), Robert Ciccone (camping, fishing, game design, geocaching, kayaking, photography, sculpture) and Lucas Davis (environmental science, home repairs, leatherwork).

Also: Cole French (citizenship in the community, cooking, forestry, personal management, soil and water conservation), Daniel Heiden (cooking, forestry, soil and water conservation), Elias Hoponick (environmental science, kayaking, rifle shooting), Joshua Hunter (game design, swimming), Jimmy Maher (computers, nature), Colin McNamara (citizenship in the community, cooking, shotgun shooting), Malachi Morales (fire safety), Brandon Murphy (citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world), Gavin Newell (leatherwork, metalwork, shotgun shooting, weather), John Reinhardt (fingerprinting, fire safety), Sean Sampaio (rifle shooting, swimming), Matthew Simon (search and rescue, woodcarving), Garret Ziperstien (citizenship in the nation, citizenship in the world, cooking) and Jacob Zuklie (fish and wildlife conservation, game design, metalwork, sculpture).

Summertime adventures

Troop activities in the summer included a trip to Tennessee and camping at Housatonic Council Camp Strang in Goshen provided opportunities for the scouts to earn merit badges. Six scouts, Ian Boath, Joshua Hunter, David Leandres, Alex Sampaio, Sean Sampaio Garrett Ziperstein, earned the Horsemanship Merit Badge while in Tennessee, learning to groom, care for and ride a horse.

The Scouts also went swimming in the Ocoee River, where the 1996 Olympic Kayaking events were held. In addition, they toured the Civil War Battlefield at Lookout Mountain.

Boy Scout Troop 55, which is sponsored by Huntington United Methodist Church, has members from Shelton and Ansonia.