On January 21st, Troop 353 welcomed senior Webelos from Pack 353. Though it was a very busy troop meeting, entailing final prep for the January 28th Klondike, gear check, etc., the visiting Webelos Nick & Joseph had no problem fitting right in to the flow of the evening! After some knot tying and lashing instruction, all of the boys engaged in a competitive inter-patrol event that entailed putting this instruction to the test, resulting in a very fun evening, capped off with refreshments afterwards. From all of your fellow scouts at Troop 353, Nick & Joseph thanks for visiting! You and your fathers are always welcomed and we hope to see you both join our troop in the near future! (For more great photos from that night, click here).
Senior Scouts from Troop 353 helped to serve breakfast at the annual Martin Luther King Breakfast sponsored by the Eastchester Community Action Program at The Reformed Church of Bronxville. ‘A Scout is helpful!’ [Here’s a story on the event in the Journal News].
Troop 353’s rock-climbing program got off to a great start just before the end of the year with an outing at The Rock Club facility in New Rochelle. One group of Scouts began their three-part merit badge work, while another group just hit the impressive range of formations. See the photos at our troop Flickr site.
With January temps in the 60s and 70s and overnight lows in the 50s, what else comes to mind but the good times at Camp Read in the summer? Here’s a picture from last year to remind everyone in Troop 353 that it’s not too early to start planning for summer camp – a great week for advancement, friendship and fun! Scoutmaster Tom McCandless is hoping to increase the troop’s participation this July. If you need more information, speak with Tom or any of the Scouts who went last year.
Note to Troop 353 Scouts and parents: we have added a permanent “tab” to the top of each page’s navigation – you can always click on the Troop Calendar link to get the most up-to-date schedule for the troop. We are also experimenting with use the web service 30 Boxes to create a more interactive calendar – please let us know what you think! Here’s the link. Finally, we’re going to try and centralize troop photos on a Flickr account, which will also display photos here and help us to manage what we hope will be hundreds of great pics. Here’s the link (only Camp Read pics so far) or you can click on the sidebar links.
Assistant Scoutmaster Ralph Stupple wanted to pass along a very helpful website (that I have never seen before) regarding the overall scouting program, including advancement and merit badges.
The requirements for all rank levels and merit badges are spelled out in great detail AND there are often printable worksheets for each for the scout to use to monitor his progress.
The details at this site appear to be better than http://www.meritbadge.com in my opinion.
Many thanks to Mr. Stupple for this great troop resource!
Mr. Stupple will also lead a brief demonstration on CPR tomorrow night for the purpose of understanding when & how to utilize CPR in any first aid scenario, particularly as it relates to climbing (for climbing merit badge).
By the way, today we had a very successful day of rifle shooting at Camp Bullowa! There was a very strong turnout with 15 scouts shooting nearly 7000 rounds of ammo!!!
See you tomorrow tonight @ 6:30pm at the Tuckahoe Community Center & don’t forget your Communications merit badge assignment, Scout Handbook and your uniform!