10th Annual Frank McClusky Friendship Canoe Trip

The weather wasn’t perfect, but Troop 353 and friends had a great time canoeing and camping last weekend at the 10th TMR Annual Frank McClusky Friendship Canoe Trip at Ten Mile River Scout Reservation.

Thanks to the Barker family for providing these photos.


Orienteering Hike at Durland Scout Reservation

On Saturday, scouts from Troop 353 participated in a 2km (1.2 mile) orienteering hike at Durland Scout Reservation. We also learned to estimate the size of objects and obstacles.

The scouts that attended were able to complete several requirements for First and Second Class ranks.

Thanks to Mr. Liverance for leading the hike!

Gettysburg Trip

Boys from Troop 353 camped in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania at the site of one of the greatest battles of the Civil War. Scouts and families got to visit the museum and historical sites and hike the battlefield. Thanks to Mr. Vonhout for organizing a great trip and to Mr. Barker for having t-shirts made!


On Saturday, April 21st, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Furniture Sharehouse of Westchester and Eastchester Troop 353 will be sponsoring a FURNITURE DRIVE to collect gently-used furniture to benefit Westchester families in need. The drive will take place in the front parking lot of Eastchester High School, 580 White Plains Road, rain or shine.

Only moderately-sized, basic HOME FURNITURE IN GOOD CONDITION will be accepted.

The following items will be collected:
Kitchen Tables and Chairs
Mattresses and Box Springs (sorry, no kings)
Small Dressers
Side Tables, Night Stands
Lamps, Lampshades
Mirrors (no larger than 4’)
Sofas, Chairs (sorry, no fold-out sleepers– too heavy!)
Rugs (max 8’x10′)

Get started on your “spring cleaning” and bring your gently-used household furniture to the Furniture Drive. It’s “recycling with a difference” because it will go directly to families who need it. Tax receipt will be available at drive.

For more information (or donation questions) please contact:

Furniture Sharehouse


David Ewing
(Troop 353 Life Scout)

Wintoree 2018

On February 23-25, Scouts from Troop 353, Troop 240, and Troop 414 participated in our annual Wintoree at Durland Scout Reservation.

Scouts earned merit badges in Fingerprinting, Art, Photography, First Aid and more, and made progress towards ranks with a five-mile hike and First Class Emphasis station.

Thanks to all the leaders from the three troops for organizing the event and cooking dinner!