Canoe Trip 2019

The troop has just returned from a great day on the Delaware River and this year’s Frank McCluskey Friendship Outing. Here are some photos:

Thanks so much to Mr. William for getting us trained and to Mr. McCandless for coordinating and supervising our paddlers!

Have a great summer, and we’ll see you at camp!

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Shooting Sports Weekend

The troop had a great time at this year’s Shooting Sports Weekend at Ten Mile River, and four scouts brought home trophies!

Congratulations to:

  • Joe V – Top Shot Class A, 1st Place Shotgun
  • Jon V – Top Shot Class A, 1st Place Archery
  • Sam C, Class A, 2nd Place BB
  • Yoni P, Class C 3rd Place

Way to go, guys!

Wintoree 2019


Wintoree is one of Troop 353’s annual traditions. We team up with other troops and head up to Durland Scout Reservation for cabin camping, merit badge classes, merit badge counselor meetings, and other rank advancement work.

This year’s Wintoree was a bit later in the year – and a whole lot warmer – than usual, with sunny late-March weather permitting merit badge classes to be held outdoors at the campfire ring!

Thanks to Troop 1 Bronxville and Troop 2 Bronxville for joining us this year!

“Ice Fishing” 2019

Our annual “ice fishing” trip to Ten Mile River is one of the most popular events of the year… even though we haven’t actually done any fishing in forever.

This year the ice on the lake wasn’t thick enough to walk on, so our crew of scouts and dads went on a hike instead. Then, back at the camp, a number of our younger scouts completed some key cooking requirements for rank advancement. And the whole trip became a very nice send-off for some of the troop’s Eagle Scouts.

Freeze Out at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Scouts from Troop 353 attended the Freeze Out. This took place at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is a county park. Scouts stayed in stone lean-tos.

We also set up and ran two orienteering courses, and hosted scouts from two other troops who ran the courses as well.

Thanks to Mr. L for setting everything up and to all those who helped out.

Backpacking Weekend at Durland

We had a very memorable camp out over the weekend. Fifteen hardy scouts and adult leaders hiked the Appalachian Trail in the snow from Fahnestock down to Durland. The first photo below shows conditions on the trail. Sean, senior scout, guided the troop along the route. We encountered a full stream along the way. One of the photos above shows the troop carrying out Drew’s plan for getting the troop across. At the camp, the scouts had to gather firewood and got the fire going. Thanks to Drew and Alec for making sure we had a roaring bond fire at all times. Jack was the grub master for the scouts, earning his advancement requirement. Drew cooked a delicious beef stew from scratch for the ‘Old Goat’ patrol. It was a long night, so the troop had a very memorable time around the camp fire, telling riddles, stories and roasting marshmallows. At our traditional post mortem ‘Roses, Rose Buds and Thorns’, many scouts wanted to do it all again next year. We took the group shot just before parting.

Scouting for Food

Scouts and parents from Troop 353 participated in their annual food drive this week, helping to stock the shelves at Eastchester Community Action Partnership in Tuckahoe.

The food donated by our families and neighbors will help a lot of people in our community during the holidays.

Thanks to Mr. William for organizing and to Trader Joe’s for donating lots of grocery bags for our collection.