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KENT – Boy Scout Troop 11 was busy Saturday morning creating breakfast sandwiches as a fundraiser for the troop.

Trevor Deitz cooks a breakfast sandwich April 6 as part of Boy Scout Troop 11’s sandwich sale at the First Congregational Church’s Parish House. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

The boys were buzzing with talk about their trip Monday to watch the solar eclipse. The members of the troop headed to Tupper Lake, NY, to be in the range of totality to experience the phenomenon.

Troop 11 members enjoying the solar eclipse April 8 in Tupper Lake, NY. Contributed photo

Funds from the sandwich sale will go into the troop’s general fund.

“We did this last year,” said Myers Gifford of Kent, who is the troop’s patrol leader. His role at the sale is as a leader but he also has to work. “I am making sure that everyone is working and no one is misbehaving and goofing off.”

Boys were busy taking tickets at the front door and selling tickets, another group were cooks and another group was assembling the sandwiches.  There are seven members of the troop and several live in towns outside of Kent, including Cornwall, Sharon and Amenia, NY.

Troop Leader Randy O’Rourke said the Boy Scouts will once again be selling breakfast sandwiches April 26-27 at the Connecticut Antique Machinery Association Spring Start Up show in the pavilion.

“Since the 2000’s every generation of (Kent) Boy Scouts knows how to make breakfast sandwiches,” O’Rourke said. Doing the early spring, the sandwich sale is a “natural fit” for the troop, he said.

“They do all the work,” O’Rourke said.

The troop’s long-term goal is in the summer of 2025 to go to Sea Base, which is a high adventure Scouting program in the Florida Keys operated by Boy Scouts of America. There are opportunities to sail, scuba dive, fish, snorkel, camp and explore marine life in many ways.  

Rick Osborne, right, picks up his breakfast sandwiches April 6 from Boy Scout Troop 11’s sandwich sale at the First Congregational Church’s Parish House. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington

This year, assistant leader Jim Young stepped up to get the food safe serve certification in order that the Kent Boy Scouts can serve food in accordance with the health regulations.

“They’ve gotten more strict,” Young said. It is a three-to-four-hour course with a proctored exam. The boys all work under his certification.

Trey Roberti of Kent, left, Adrian Ellis of Amenia, NY, and Brady Fredritz of Kent were the ticket sellers April 6 at Boy Scout Troop 11’s sandwich sale at the First Congregational Church’s Parish House. Photo by Lynn Mellis Worthington
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