Local troop plans visit to Normandy Camporee next year

Shelburne Boy Scout Troop 602 attends this year’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27.

Shelburne Boy Scout Troop 602 attends this year’s Memorial Day ceremony on Monday, May 27.

Shelburne Boy Scout Troop 602 will participate in the Omaha Beach Camporee on April 25-27, 2014 in Normandy, France. The Camporee will be held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of World War II.  Prior to the Camporee, 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 the scouts to better understand American and European history and make connections with those times and how the world operates today,” said Scoutmaster Jim Brangan.

The special trip project features a strong educational component.  The scouts will speak with veterans from Shelburne and the surrounding communities about their experiences in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and other conflicts. They will also watch documentaries and films about the European theater of World War II. “The goal is for the boys to have a better understanding about the enormous sacrifices made by fighting men and their families in every conflict, with a focus on World War II,” Brangan said.

Troop 602 is calling their journey: “Normandy 2014: We Carry Their Names.”  The scouts are asking the Shelburne community to submit the names of veterans—living and dead—to be read aloud at a ceremony on the Normandy American Cemetery grounds.  Veterans registering will be asked if they’d be interested in speaking with the scouts at future events.

A Facebook page for the trip has been established at www.facebook.com/bsatroop602, and a special webpage is under development.  If you would like to learn more about “Normandy 2014: We Carry Their Names,” please contact Scoutmaster Jim Brangan at 985-1007, or email him at jimbrangan@gmail.com.

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