Kon Tiki

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

Here are some photos from the event itself.

Final standings:

First Place: Troop 353 Eastchester (Yay!)

Second Place; Troop 1 Crestwood

Third Place: Troop 8 Edgement

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District Awards of Merit

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.

Read more about the honors on the Algonquin District web page.

Wilderness Survival Weekend at Seton Scout Reservation


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.

Thanks to Mr. C for the donuts!

Camp Waubeeka

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.