2017 Winter Freeze Out at Ward Pound Ridge

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

Other suggestions

We have reserved sites 1-4 located on Michigan Road.

24th Annual Food Drive for ECAP

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.

2017 Troop 353 Philmont High Adventure Trek

Troop 353’s 2017 High Adventure Trek took place at the Philmont Scout Ranch, the Boy Scouts of America’s premiere High Adventure Base, located near the town of Cimarron, New Mexico.   The Philmont Scout Ranch is a large, rugged, mountainous ranch covering 214 square miles of wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico.

This was the first-time Troop 353 has gone to Philmont as a unit in its 25-year history and it was well represented by active scouts, parents and Eagle Scout alumni.

7-Day Backpacking and Camping High Adventure Trek in the Rocky Mountains

Philmont Scout Ranch, Cimarron, New Mexico

August 11th – 20th, 2017



The Troop prepared months in advance for a 7-day backpacking and camping trek in the Rocky Mountains that would have them hike over 50 miles at elevations between 6,800-9,000 feet.  Due to the Troop’s size, Philmont required that the Troop split up into two crews that would go on two very different treks in different parts of the Philmont Ranch.

Crew K1 would explore the South Country of Philmont Ranch.  Some of the camping and hiking highlights included a sunset from Backache Springs, Tooth of Time, Hidden Valley, and Minette Meadows.  Program highlights included: Spar Pole Climbing, Company Meeting Campfire, Demonstration Forest, Rock Climbing, and a Conservation Project.

Crew K2 would explore the North Country of Philmont Ranch, Kimberlin Ponil Ranch, and Valle Vidal “Valley of Life” national forest.  Some of the camping and hiking highlights were: T-Rex Track, Seally Canyon, Beatty Lakes, and Sunset from Horse Canyon.  Program highlights included: Railroading, Search & Rescue, Astronomy, Challenge Course, and a Conservation Project.