In April 2014, Shelburne Troop 602 will participate in the Omaha Beach Camporee in Normandy, France. The camporee is held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II. The troop will fly to London to visit World War II museums and other attractions, and then head south to Normandy aboard a ferry, retracing the route of the 1944 invading forces.
The anniversary will provide an opportunity for our scouts to better understand American and European history and make connections with those times and how the world operates today. The trip will help the boys better understand the sacrifices made by our servicemen, servicewomen and their families over the years. It will also give the scouts a better understanding of long-term planning, get experience traveling overseas, and gain a stronger sense of their community.
The project features a strong educational component. The scouts are speaking with veterans from Shelburne and the surrounding communities about their experiences in World War II. They will also watch documentaries and films about the European theater of World War II. Scouts must attend at least five of these educational sessions to be eligible to attend the camporee. For more information, view this Normandy document.
Honoring Our Veterans
Shelburne Boy Scout Troop 602 is asking the Shelburne community to submit the names of veterans – living and dead – of all conflicts to be read aloud at a ceremony on the Normandy American Cemetery grounds. If you are a Shelburne veteran who wishes to be included in this honor, or if you are a Shelburne resident who wishes to honor a family member who served, please complete this form.
We Need Your Help!
We estimate the cost of the trip at $2,200 per scout. The boys will represent Shelburne, the state of Vermont, and the United States of America. Please donate, so that these young men can represent you! Please send checks care of “Normandy 2014″ to Jim Brangan, 393 Tracy Lane, Shelburne, VT 05482.
We Carry Their Names Fundraiser
If you would like to commemorate your service, or that of a friend, or loved one while supporting the troop, please complete this Dog Tag Order Form and submit your $30.00 donation to receive a souvenir set of dog tags. Orders will be collected through the end of March when the dog tags will be created and mailed to the address you provide.
We want your returnable bottles and cans! Easy drop off at the bottle return box located across the street from the United Methodist Church. See map for approximate location.
Thank you for supporting Troop 602′s ”Normandy 2014″.