Our First Eagle Scout!

posted Apr 17, 2017, 5:36 AM by Ann Perrone

On March 23, 2017, Nathan R. became the first Eagle Scout from Troop 1719! Nathan started his Scouting career in another state and transferred to 1719 when his family moved to Philadelphia.  Well Done, Nathan!!

New First Class Scouts/OA Candidates

posted Apr 17, 2017, 5:25 AM by Ann Perrone

Troop 1719 elevated four Scouts to the rank of First Class after months of study and skill building and years of experience. A First Class Scout is expected to be competent and confident in cooking, orienteering, camping, nature study, swimming, and first aid. They are expected to show leadership, community service, personal fitness, personal safety, and be able to teach skills to others.  As First Class Scouts the four young men were also eligible to be elected by their peers to Scouting's Honor Camper Society known as the Order of the Arrow. They are expected to spend their initiation weekend at Resica Falls Scout Reservation in the spring.

Five 1719 Scouts Slated for Jamboree

posted Apr 17, 2017, 5:14 AM by Ann Perrone

Five members of Troop 1719 have qualified to attend the BSA National Jamboree in July of 2017. The Jamboree is a national and international event lasting ten days, with hundreds of activity areas and tens of thousands of youth and adult participants. Our Scouts will attend with a special troop of 36 youth and four adults who hail from the City of Philadelphia. This Jamboree Troop has been preparing for over a year. Jamboree events include zip lines, rock walls, shooting sports, SCUBA, paddle boats, robotics, stage shows, patch trading and special guests. The BSA National Jamboree is held every four years at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in West Virginia.

Wilderness Survival Lite!

posted Apr 17, 2017, 5:07 AM by Ann Perrone   [ updated Apr 27, 2017, 8:23 AM ]

What if you were hiking and were caught out in the backcountry overnight? What are the essentials needed to survive (and what is the order of priority for those essentials?)  The best way to avoid panic in any kind of emergency is to practice. Troop 1719 has been on several "Wilderness Survival Lite" adventures. No tents, uncertain food, no fresh water; just the items one might bring on a picnic or hike. What makes this a "lite" adventure is that sleeping bags were allowed, the food was stashed in secret, and we brought a giant tarp and lots of rope. The Scouts and leaders camping in Weiser State Forest (Port Clinton Tract) had a very successful event, boiling spring water, "foraging" for hidden stashes of food, rigging the tarp against the wind. Success in overcoming one kind of challenge translates into problem-solving confidence for other challenges!

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