On September 22, Troop 353 participated in the Algonquin District’s Kon Tiki event at Durland Scout Reservation.
What is Kon Tiki?
Kon Tiki, the unique scouting event, asks participating Scout troop (or patrols) to build a raft, typically of found and scavenged materials, able to support a crew of two scouts who propel the raft with paddles, oars, or a mechanized rig around a fixed course, while preparing a modest wood-fire capable of cooking a pancake. A suitable pancake must be produced before crossing the finish line and handed in to the judges. It is a timed event.
Here are some photos of Troop 353’s raft while it was under construction. Photos courtesy of Mr. Parsons
Congratulations to Troop 353’s Scoutmaster, Rich Vonhout, Troop 353 Assistant Scoutmaster and Treasurer Mayor Steve Ecklond, and Mr. Joe Tetro of Troop 1 Bronxville, recipients of this year’s Algonquin District Awards of Merit.
Scouts from Troop 353 participated in the Volunteer New York’s 9/11 Serve + Remember event at the Westchester County Center, putting together literacy kits for preschool kids in under-funded school programs.
“Be Prepared” sometimes means having a unique way to haul your gear to the car.
One of the scouts who braved the rain and slept in his shelter.
A little rain doesn’t stop us from having fun in camp.
Our Eagle-candidate guest built a really-impressive shelter.
Even darkness can’t prevent us from getting a little fishing in.
When fishing for scouts, it is important to use the correct bait.
Hammock + campfire + popcorn = chill.
Scouts from Troop 353 camped at Seton Scout Reservation in Greenwich, CT for Wilderness Survival Weekend. We had a lot of fun building shelters in and around the campsite, even though it rained a little. Scouts had the option to sleep in their shelter, and if they didn’t want to, they slept in their tents. Several scouts finished the Wilderness Survival merit badge.
Scouts from Troop 353 spent a week at Camp Waubeeka in Brant Lake, New York. Scouts earned merit badges like First Aid, Indian Lore, Mammal Study and Kayaking. And at Camp Waubeeka, the scouts cooked all their own meals!
We had lots of fun and are looking forward to next summer.
Thanks to Mr. Kindberg and the other adults who stayed with us.
The weather wasn’t perfect, but Troop 353 and friends had a great time canoeing and camping last weekend at the 10th TMR Annual Frank McClusky Friendship Canoe Trip at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation.
Thanks to the Barker family for providing these photos.
Here it is, the main event. Scouts received their new ranks and merit badges at Troop 353’s spring court of honor. Thanks to our advancement coordinator Mr. Bierne for organizing and to all the parents who brought snacks.