Wintoree is one of Troop 353’s annual traditions. We team up with other troops and head up to Durland Scout Reservation for cabin camping, merit badge classes, merit badge counselor meetings, and other rank advancement work.
This year’s Wintoree was a bit later in the year – and a whole lot warmer – than usual, with sunny late-March weather permitting merit badge classes to be held outdoors at the campfire ring!
Thanks to Troop 1 Bronxville and Troop 2 Bronxville for joining us this year!
Our annual “ice fishing” trip to Ten Mile River is one of the most popular events of the year… even though we haven’t actually done any fishing in forever.
This year the ice on the lake wasn’t thick enough to walk on, so our crew of scouts and dads went on a hike instead. Then, back at the camp, a number of our younger scouts completed some key cooking requirements for rank advancement. And the whole trip became a very nice send-off for some of the troop’s Eagle Scouts.
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.
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.