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Calling all Kids Interested in Ambler Farm Apprentice Program

Ambler Farm is holding an open house for students and families interested in learning more about its popular Apprentice Program. The open houses will be on March 16 at 3 p.m. at Ambler Farm (257 Hurlbutt St.).

This unique six-month program, running from May through October, is for students currently in grades 5-11. Ambler Farm is only accepting new apprentices in grades 5-8. Apprentices meet several times a week to plant, maintain and harvest the farm’s educational gardens and work with Farmer Jonathan in the production gardens. They also care for the farm’s rabbits, goats, pigs, sheep, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Apprentices work collaboratively to assist in all aspects of the farm including teaching younger children about farm activities.

Apprentices are actively involved in many farm-related tasks. The work can be challenging but incredibly rewarding – the program includes many special events such as Ambler Farm Day, a farm-to-table soup and salad experience, a bonfire, a campout and more. Apprentices will meet on Mondays and Thursdays during the spring and fall from 4-6 p.m., and on Saturdays from 9-11 a.m.. Hours may shift slightly during the summer months to take advantage of the longer summer days. Attendance is very flexible.

This is an extraordinary hands-on program. Parents and prospective apprentices must attend one of two open houses (one has already passed on March 9). The purpose of the open house is to help prospective apprentices understand the nature of and the expectations for the program to ensure it is a good fit. If a child is not able to attend either open house, a separate meeting must be scheduled with program director Kevin Meehan by March 24. This is the deadline for new apprentices to express interest in the program.

Program slots will be filled first by returning apprentices, siblings of returning apprentices, children of current and past Board members and current staff, followed by lottery results.

The cost to be an apprentice is $500 per child for members of Ambler Farm, $600 per non-member child.

On March 25, should there be interest beyond program capacity, a lottery will be held to select new apprentices. The lottery will be overseen by Ambler Farm executive director Robin Clune, Meehan, assistant program director Jennifer Grass, and several Board members.

Prospective apprentices will be notified of the lottery results by April 1.

For more information email Jennifer Grass.

Happy National Girl Scout Day and Week!

Today, Tuesday, March 12 is National Girl Scout Day. Part of Girl Scout Week, National Girl Scout Day commemorates the 107th anniversary of the first Girl Scout meeting. In 1912, Juliette Gordon Low organized the meeting in Savannah, Georgia.

To celebrate Girl Scout Week Wilton Girl Scouts will be participating in a variety of events and activities. On Tuesday evening, Wilton Town Hall will light up green to celebrate with Wilton Girl Scouts.

Wilton Pack 22 Cub Scouts Cross Over to Scouts BSA

On Sunday, March 10 at Wilton Cub Scout Pack 22’s annual Blue and Gold Banquet, Cub Scout Pack 22 celebrated seventeen Webelos who completed their five-year Cub Scout journey as they crossed over the ceremonial bridge to Scouts BSA. Under the direction of leaders of Richard Berghaus, Jonathan Berry and Michael Conway, these Scouts completed their requirements to earn the Arrow of Light award, the highest award in Cub Scouts.

Each family stood behind its Scout during the ceremony as the Scouts were told about their responsibility to keep the spirit of Cub Scouting alive while they blaze their own trail to Eagle Scout. Parents were invited to present their Scouts with the Arrow of Light badge, after which time the Scouts were invited to pin an Arrow of Light pin on their parents to thank them for their support. After signing their name on the bridge, the Scouts “crossed over” to the rank of Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts) where fellow Pack members from their new packs, Wilton Scouts BSA Packs 20 and 125, were waiting to greet them.

This year’s Blue and Gold celebration was especially memorable as Wilton Pack 22’s celebration included Wilton’s first ever Den of female Cub Scouts. The evening concluded with a performance by the Quinnipiac Dancers, the Connecticut Yankee Council’s Order of the Arrow Indian Dancers, who performed multiple traditional Native American dances and music with participation from the Scouts and their siblings.

Cub Scout Pack 22 consists of boys and girls grades K through 5. The group is broken up by age, also known as a Den (Bobcat/Kindergarten, Tiger/1st Grade, Wolf/2nd Grade, Bear/3rd Grade, Webelo, Arrow of Light), that meets 1-2 times per month in addition to the monthly full pack meeting. Throughout the year, the group engages in various community service, life skill and outdoor skills lessons, and fun group activities. To learn more about Wilton Cub Scout Pack 22, email the committee chair, Mary Oliva.