A grand total of three tough pickerel were hauled through the ice during Troop 353’d winter encampment at the beautiful Ten Mile River reservation along the Delaware River in the Catskills. The Scouts learned all about ice-fishing from an expert guide, and set their tip-ups baited with minnows. They also took the camp’s sleds to nearby slopes, engaged in several spirited snowball battles, hauled several cords of wood, and worked on camp skills. They also did most of the cooking, helping adult leaders prepare a full-course turkey dinner with all the trimmings in their cabin kitchen on Saturday night. Several poker games, the design of a new patrol flag for the “Green Monkeys” patrol, and a late-night round of scary stories in front of the fire rounded out the activities. On Sunday, after hot pancakes and sweet rolls, the Troops cleaned out the cabin, packed their gear, and headed home – tired but loaded with winter camping stories. Enjoy more pictures here!