Hand Over Foot

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.


Camp Read Weather

Morning lineup

Originally uploaded by Troop 353.

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.

Keeping Up-to-Date

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.

Great Websites for Badges

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!

Welcome to our Site

Welcome to the new Website of Troop 353 BSA Eastchester!  This site is for leaders, parents, and Scouts. We hope you find it useful.  Our troop meets every Sunday evening from 6:30–8:00pm at the Tuckahoe Community Center.  Any boy ages 11–17 interested in visiting our troop meeting is welcomed!  For more factual information about Boy Scouting, click here.

Kon Tiki! Be Prepared?

You want us to cook what?

For this year’s Kon Tiki at Clear Lake, Troop 353 learned some valuable lessons.  First of all, we learned that we needed our own vessel to fully participate in the raft race.  Second, we learned that Kon Tikis can be fun multi-faceted events that can yield interesting benefits.  Third, we learned that the weather conditions can change quickly.  What was a beautiful day on Saturday, turned out to be a very wet Sunday morning!  Troop 353 made the most of it and managed to prepare some good grub and, as always, enjoyed telling scary stories around the campfire (yes, amidst a light rain!).  Next year (2007), troop 353 is determined to have its own Kon Tiki raft!  For more photos of the interesting weekend, click Kon Tiki Pics here!