We had a very memorable camp out over the weekend. Fifteen hardy scouts and adult leaders hiked the Appalachian Trail in the snow from Fahnestock down to Durland. The first photo below shows conditions on the trail. Sean, senior scout, guided the troop along the route. We encountered a full stream along the way. One of the photos above shows the troop carrying out Drew’s plan for getting the troop across. At the camp, the scouts had to gather firewood and got the fire going. Thanks to Drew and Alec for making sure we had a roaring bond fire at all times. Jack was the grub master for the scouts, earning his advancement requirement. Drew cooked a delicious beef stew from scratch for the ‘Old Goat’ patrol. It was a long night, so the troop had a very memorable time around the camp fire, telling riddles, stories and roasting marshmallows. At our traditional post mortem ‘Roses, Rose Buds and Thorns’, many scouts wanted to do it all again next year. We took the group shot just before parting.
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
Even darkness can’t prevent us from getting a little fishing in.
One of the scouts who braved the rain and slept in his shelter.
Hammock + campfire + popcorn = chill.
“Be Prepared” sometimes means having a unique way to haul your gear to the car.
When fishing for scouts, it is important to use the correct bait.
A little rain doesn’t stop us from having fun in camp.
Our Eagle-candidate guest built a really-impressive shelter.
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.