Scouts from Troop 353 and Pack 7 celebrated Scout Sunday at Immaculate Conception today.
A Scout is reverent.
Thanks to the parents who contributed snacks for our meeting.
We hoped to go on a hike while some of our older scouts were home from college but the weather did not cooperate. So the troop and some guests spent a very nice Saturday afternoon at the Palisades Center doing the ropes course and bowling at Lucky Strike lanes.
Saturday December 9 & Sunday December 10
For those of you unfamiliar with the Winter Freeze Out trip, it is an opportunity to experience cold weather camping and backpack camping. We will be sleeping in lean-tos up at Ward Pound Ridge. We will start off with a short hike from the visitor center to the lean-tos. We will have to carry everything we need in our packs. This includes food, cooking equipment, sleeping gear, cloths etc.. The one deviation from the backpacking theme will be that we will have to drive water up to the sites as there is no usable water near our sites.
If you do not have a backpack there are a limited number of packs in our storage room that can be borrowed.
The lean-tos have dirt floors so bring a ground cover to put your sleeping bag on. You should also bring a tarp to hang over the front of the lean-to, this will help you to stay warm.
You should each bring your own food. Make sure to eat breakfast before we leave and pack a bag lunch for Saturday. Bring food that can be cooked over a campfire or bring a personal backpacking stove. Examples of personal backpacking stoves would be Jetboil, MSR Windburner or a MSR Pocket Rocket. We will review this at the next meeting.
Food wrapped in foil is a great option for cooking over a campfire. Here are some examples
We have reserved sites 1-4 located on Michigan Road.
Some photos from last weekend’s trip to Hither Hills State Park on the east end of Long Island. Scouts camped on the beach, went fishing, and worked on the Horsemanship merit badge.
Scouts from Troop 353 brought donations to Eastchester Community Action Partnership on Friday to stock the food pantry for Thanksgiving.
Mr. Don Brown, the Director of ECAP, thanked the scouts and told them that people in this community need help, even though that isn’t always obvious.
ECAP will distribute approximately 275 food baskets to families in our community for Thanksgiving. Much of the food distributed comes from the troop and cub pack food drives.
Troop 353 has sponsored this food drive every year since 1998.