Boy Scouts visit Naval Academy

Pictured at the Naval Academy, from left, front row: Chris Auslander and Matt Mortinger; back row: Eric Dollins, Scott Barnet, Kevin Auslander, Midn Da Cruz, Andrew McKee and Keeghan Lucas.

Troop 431 attended the Naval Academy 26th Annual Scout Jamboree Jan. 18 to 20, held at the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., run by the Naval Academy Eagle Scout Association.

Midshipmen Eagle Scouts hosted more than 700 jamboree attendees from across the country and as far away as North Carolina and Michigan.

Troop 431 Scouts attended Merit Badge classes in nuclear science, robotics, electronics, engineering, oceanography and military skills. The adult leaders attended a Leadership Seminar run by two midshipmen.

Throughout the weekend, the Scouts not only engaged in earning 11 merit badges, but also ate in King Hall, the mess hall for the Naval Academy that feeds the entire brigade of more than 3,000 midshipmen in 30 minutes, and learned of naval history and life as a midshipman.

Approximately 30% of midshipmen are Eagle Scouts.

Midshipman 4/C Stephen Da Cruz, Ridgefield High School class of 2012 and an Eagle Scout from Ridgefield Troop 76, gave a personalized tour of the Naval Academy yard to the troop. He spoke about his major, cyber security, which really interested the scouts. One of the highlights was eating crabs in downtown Annapolis and another was conducting military physical training led by midshipmen.

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