Shooting Sports

On October 21st and 22nd, the troop participated the Algonquin District Shooting Sports Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation.

Activities included slingshots, where scouts shot dog food at targets, tomahawk throwing, rifles, bb guns, archery and scout skills.

Mr. Vonhout was one of the instructors at the rifle range and he explained the safety rules.


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.

Good Turn Coffee Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again! Our local Boy Scout troop has been working tirelessly to participate in a *BRAND NEW* and *EXCITING* fundraiser that can be found online at Simply put, we realized that popcorn is just not something most people are interested in buying. This year, we asked ourselves, “how could we get people to help us raise money, while also giving them something they want?” We found our answer in coffee! How would you feel if I told you that you could change the lives of boy scouts just by changing where you buy your everyday cup of coffee from? Well, now you can, and we’re proud to roll out this amazing fundraiser. It’s something that everybody can get behind. 

We wanted to make this as simple and accessible as possible, so we gave you the power of choice: you can choose between ground coffee *or* K-Cups, express shipped right to your door. It’s a win-win for everyone! You pay below market price for high quality coffee, while the boy scouts get 100% of the proceeds as a donation. What more could anyone ask for? All the money you spend on coffee can now be spent philanthropically, and it’s now possible for you to seamlessly lend a hand in helping foster community, teamwork, adventure and character. 

There’s just one simple thing you need to do to help the boy scouts – upon checkout, enter our troop code: 0353-10709- XX (each scout has his own two-digit code to replace the final two Xs…)

We cannot tell you how excited we are to participate in this effort, and hope that becomes your main source for coffee! We kindly ask that you forward this post to any friends, family, and colleagues who you think would be interested in helping change the lives of the scouts in our community, and helping lay the groundwork for the future of America’s youth. Let’s make our scouts’ dreams come true, one cup at a time.