Letter: Scoutmaster urges community to support new Darien Boy Scout cabin
To the Editor:
I am the Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 53 in Darien and am writing to encourage you to support the proposed cabin project.
In the mid 1990's when the current Scout Cabin was on the drawing board, Darien school enrollment was under 3,000 students. For the 2017 school year, the board of education reported pre K-12th grade enrollment of 4781 students. This is over a 50% increase since planning for the current cabin started. This is also a much larger group of Scout-aged youth than the design of the current cabin anticipated. Over that same time, Scouting in Darien has blossomed to include two Boy Scout troops, four Cub Scout packs and a co-ed STEM venture crew for high school age boys and girls today. Even as Scouting has seen declines in enrollment nationally, Darien stands out among its neighboring towns in the higher percentage of the Scouting-aged student population participating in a Scouting program.
Troop 53 Scoutmaster