Freeze Out at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation

Scouts from Troop 353 attended the Freeze Out. This took place at Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, which is a county park. Scouts stayed in stone lean-tos.

We also set up and ran two orienteering courses, and hosted scouts from two other troops who ran the courses as well.

Thanks to Mr. L for setting everything up and to all those who helped out.

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Backpacking Weekend at Durland

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.

Scouting for Food

Scouts and parents from Troop 353 participated in their annual food drive this week, helping to stock the shelves at Eastchester Community Action Partnership in Tuckahoe.

The food donated by our families and neighbors will help a lot of people in our community during the holidays.

Thanks to Mr. William for organizing and to Trader Joe’s for donating lots of grocery bags for our collection.

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

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.