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 January 2003  Theme: Electricity.
  • 6 (Mon.)   ..Parent, Troop, and Green Bar Meetings 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:30 p.m. to stuff invitation envelopes for the Webelos Klondike derby.  Troop will be supplying pizza.
    • Plan for each Klondike station.  The advisors will meet with the scouts for their stations.
    • Deadline to sign up here for Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter on Jan. 11-12.
  • 7 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 8 (Wed.)    Order of the Arrow Banquet
  • 10 (Fri.)      I Tried Scuba for Scouts at least 14 years old and for leaders, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Durland Scout Center in Rye.  $7 per person.
  • 10-12(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160 (approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 11-12(Sa-Su)..Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
    • Sign up here Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter by Jan. 6.
    • $10 per person due Jan 6.
    • Alumni arrive Friday night, 7:00 p.m., Jan 10.
    • Scouts attend Sat. 10:00 a.m.- Sun. approx. 9:00 a.m.
    • Meet at the Garrison Fish and Game Club, 183 S. Highland Rd., Garrison, NY.  Directions: Oscawana Lake Road to Canopus Hollow Rd. (behind fire house) to Canopus Hollow Rd. to left on South Highland Ave. going up the hill until it turns into a dirt road at the Club.  Alternate directions: north on Taconic, left on Rt. 301 towards Cold Spring, go 3 mi., left on Dennytown Rd, go 2.3 mi., right on S. Highland and look for the lake.
    • Scouts and both parents welcome, but no siblings.
    • No electronic devices (radios, Gameboys, etc.), except Walkman or radio with headphones.
    • Do bring a hot cup with your name, non-electronic games (cards, board games, checkers, chess, etc.), and winter boots, gloves, and hat. Optionally bring sports equipment (football, etc.), ice skates, hockey gear, and ice-fishing gear.  For sleeping bring a sleeping bag, extra socks, flashlight, change of clothes, and a pad or air mattress, as we shall sleep on the floor in a heated building, and consider ear plugs etc.
    • Cub Scouts must bring a medical form and have an adult with them.
    • With good ice there will be a hockey game.
    • Optional hike.
    • Phone number for emergency use only(!!) is 845-424-3858.
    • Approximate menu:
      • Saturday lunch: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, "veggie burgers", hot dogs, beans, pickles.
      • Saturday supper around 6:00 p.m.: Italian night, and assorted cakes or pies for dessert.
      • Sunday breakfast: Pancakes, bacon, sausage, eggs and omelets to order, assorted cold cereal, bagels, and orange juice.
    • Depart Sunday only after both breakfast and clean-up are done.
    • Photos of Garrison Overnighter: Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
  • 11 (Sat.)     Swimming Merit Badge begins at Durland Scout Center in Rye.  Part 1.  9:00 a.m. - noon.  Parts 2-5 are Jan 18, 25, Feb. 1, and 8.  $25 per scout.
  • 13 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 14 (Tues.) Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 17-20(F-M)Council Ski Weekend, Program B: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt. plus 1 day skiing at Whiteface if combination tickets for both are available.  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Monday night.  Fee includes transportation, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment. Youth: $200(approx.), Adult: $220(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 20 (Mon.)   ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • No parent meeting.
    • (Martin Luther King, Jr., schools closed)
  • 21 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 23 (Thurs.)   Deadline to pay Michael G. for Troop Ski Day on Jan. 26.
  • 24-26(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 25 (Sat.)     ..District Boy Scout Klondike 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at F.D.R Park, Yorktown Heights.
  • 26 (Sun.)    ..Troop Ski Day at Butternut.  Call Michael G. for information and to sign up.  $22 per lift ticket.  Discounted rentals.  Scouts, siblings, and parents welcome.  Michael G. needs payment by Jan. 23.
  • 27 (Mon.)  ..Parent, Troop, and Green Bar Meetings 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Note, this is not the usual night for Parent Meetings.
    • Deadline to Sign up here   Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast, adults who wish to help.
    • Deadline for adults to RSVP to Chris for the Youth Protection Seminar on Feb. 4.
  • 28 (Tues.)    Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 31-2/2(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.


 February 2003  Theme: Snow Sports.
  • 1 (Sat.)   In remembrance of the Columbia Space Shuttle:Astronauts With Scouting ExperiencePoster.
    • Former Scouts on the Columbia crew: William McCool, Eagle.  David Brown, Life.  Rick Husband, Second Class.  Michael Anderson, Webelos.  Laurel Clark, Girl Scout.
  • 2 (Sun.)   ..Scout Sunday, Pancake Breakfast Grace Lutheran Church.
    • The Hawk and Scorpion patrols will be on set up duty along with Green Bars and adults helping. Please be at Grace by 10:00 a.m. in full official uniforms.
    • Sign up here   Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast, adults who wish to help, by Jan. 27.
    • The Cobra and Venture patrols are on cleanup duty after the Pancake Brunch is over.
    • All other scouts please report to Grace no later than 10:30 a.m., in full official uniforms.
    • All other adults not planning on helping to set up, please be on hand by 10:45 a.m.
    • Breakfast will be after the 11:00 a.m. service.
    • All scouts are expected to attend.  Scouts will be readers and ushers, and they will set up, serve, and clean up the breakfast. Adults will cook pancakes and sausage. We need some Troop Committee members to help.
    • Wear full official uniform, including merit badge sash, excluding hat.
      • Scouts who have earned a religious emblem should wear their medallion.  "The universal religious square knot is worn over the left shirt pocket of the Scout uniform.  The medallion is pinned over the square knot for full uniform occasions."
      • As a sign of respect, please do not wear your troop hat while inside the church buildings.
    • Park behind the church in the upper parking lot.
    • Photos of Scout Sunday Pancake Breakfast: Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 3 (Mon.)   ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • No Parent Meeting.
  • 3 (Mon.)    Lifeguard Training begins at Durland Scout Center in Rye for scouts at least 15 years old.  6:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  This is Part 1.  Parts 2-10 are on successive Monday evenings.  $285 per scout.
  • 4 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin
  • 4 (Tues.)   Youth Protection Seminar  (Related information) 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  Van Cortlandtville Elementary School cafeteria, on rte. 6 across from the Cortlandt Town center.
    • All Assistant Scoutmasters are required to attend.
    • Troop committee members please attend.
    • It is important that we are all trained for the safety of our boys!
    • Training is good for three years.
    • Please RSVP to the Scoutmaster no later than the Jan. 29. You can also e-mail your response or leave voice mail.
  • 7-9 (F-Su) ..Troop Ski TripSki at Killington, VT.  Dorm-style lodging at Turn of the River Lodge, 5672 U.S. Route 4, Killington, VT.
    • Sign up here  Troop Ski Trip to Killington, by Dec. 2.
    • Pay the $75 per person deposit by Dec. 2.  No exceptions! No deposit, No spot!  First come, first served.  Only 50 spots available.
      • Price includes lodging, buffet continental breakfast, and lift tickets for 2 nights and days:
        • Adults (19+)                    $156 per person
                                                 $210 with rentals
          Young Adult (13-18)       $147 per person
                                                $201 with rentals
          Juniors (6-12)                 $123 per person
                                                         $154 with rentals
          Non Skiers                      $65 per person
      • We are looking into a discounted Saturday evening meal plan at a local Italian restaurant.
  • 7-9 (F-Su) Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 8 (Sat.)      Troop 911 Merit Badge Day.  8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, Yorktown Heights.
    • The program will consist of two session (morning & afternoon) with 15 merit badges being offered.
    • The cost is $15 for the day, and lunch (pizza/beverage) will be provided.
    • Scouts interested in attending can select the merit badge classes they would like to attend from the list below and forward the request by email to DrexelJ@coned.com by Monday, February 3. Directions and prerequisites will be forwarded upon receipt.
    • Merit Badge Select 1st, 2nd & 3rd Choice
      • Camping
      • Citizenship in Community
      • Citizenship in Nation
      • Communications
      • Disability Awareness
      • Electricity
      • Emergency Preparedness
      • Engineering
      • Family Life
      • First Aid
      • Music
      • Personal Fitness
      • Personal Management
      • Sports
      • Wilderness Survival
  • 8   (Sat.)     (Scout Anniversary Day 93rd year)
  • 8   (Sat.)     (Scout Sabbath)
  • 10 (Mon.)  No Troop Meeting, Postponed. 7:30 p.m.  Wear a Class B uniform.
    • Postponed - Dry run of Webelos Klondike stations.
    • Postponed - Bring station items.
    • Postponed - Adult advisors should come.
  • 11 (Tues.)    Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 14 (Fri.)       I Tried Scuba for Scouts at least 14 years old and for leaders, 7:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Durland Scout Center in Rye.  $7 per person.
  • 17 (Mon.)   Canceled - Troop Meeting
    • Deadline to Sign up here  Webelos Klondike, adults who will be helping.
  • 18 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.  (Winter recess, schools closed)
  • 19 (Wed.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.  (Winter recess, schools closed)
    • 6:30 p.m. Greenbar pre-meeting.
    • All Scouts and adults assigned positions at this upcoming weekend's Klondike must be on hand.
    • Webelos Klondike dry run
    • Final preparations for Webelos Klondike
    • All Klondike adult advisors must come.
  • 20 (Thurs.) Green Bars meet at Best Plumbing, 7:00 p.m. around the back to telephone the Webelos Klondike Packs.
  • 21-23(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment. Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 22 (Sat.)     Boy Scout Leader Basic Training, Scout Troop Operations Course Part 1.  Get the sign-up form and attend at the Westchester-Putnam Council Office, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.  To be followed by parts 2 and 3 below.  8:45 a.m.? - 4:00 p.m.?  This course, and Part 2, are more comprehensive training for Committee persons.  Also, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
  • 24 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here  Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Mark L., headcount for refreshments after the ceremony.
  • 25 (Tues.)   Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 26 (Wed.)  ..Dane's Service Project.  3:00 p.m. or soon after.  All Scouts please help, at the church of the North American Martyrs on Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley.
  • 28 (Fri.)      Scuba Certification begins at Durland Scout Center in Rye for scouts at least 15 years old, Part 1.  Parts 2-12 of the course are weekly until June 6.  A weekend of open-water dives will be scheduled in June.  $200 for BSA members.
  • 28-3/2(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.


 March 2003 Theme: Cycling.may be done by individual scouts.  Jason will find a counselor.
    Nov. - Mar  ..Each patrol pursues National Honor Patrol Award.
  • 1 (Sat.)      Lifesaving Merit Badge begins at Durland Scout Center in Rye.  Part 1.  9:00 a.m. - noon.   Parts 2-5 are Mar. 8, 15, 29, and Apr. 5.  $25 per scout.
  • 1 (Sat.)     ..Mark L.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Arrive by 1:30 p.m. for 2:00-3:30 p.m. ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Scouts are requested to attend in full official uniforms.
    • Sign up here  Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Mark L.,. headcount for refreshments after the ceremony.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Mark L. on Mar. 2003.
  • 3 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.
    • Final preparations for the Webelos Klondike.  Adult advisors must attend.
  • 4 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 4 (Tues.)  ..Dane's Service Project  3:30-5:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at the church of the North American Martyrs on Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley.
  • 6 (Wed.)  ..Dane's Service Project  4:00-5:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at the church of the North American Martyrs on Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley.
  • 7 (Thurs.)..Dane's Service Project  3:30-5:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at the church of the North American Martyrs on Oscawana Lake Road in Putnam Valley.
  • 8 (Sat.)    ..Webelos Klondike organized and run by Troop 174, at FDR State Park.
    • General information and event schedule.
    • Pre-Registration Form and Sled Roster Form for check-in.
    • Klondike Gold Mines Map, which will be explained and used at the Map Skills station.
    • Detailed Sled design. Sled design 1. Sled design 2.
    • Sign up here  Webelos Klondike, adults who will be helping, by Feb. 17.
    • Webelos Klondike information on the Westchester-Putnam Council Website.
    • Troop 174 schedule
      • 7:30 a.m. Troop 174 set up
      • 9:00 a.m. Klondike
      • 2:00 p.m. Troop 174 clean up
      • 3:00 p.m. Troop 174 done
    • Staff:   (Scouts who have an asterisk * by their name have to leave during the Klondike to play a game.)
      • Registration -- Jason L., Barbara C.
      • Horn Blower -- Michael M.
      • Sled inspectors -- Dan M., Kyle G., Stephen G., Paul M., Tim B.
      • Hot chocolate and Troop 174's lunch -- Adults
      • Animal tracks -- Pat C.* (leader), Roderick K.*, Joe P., Justin P., Advisor: Stephen C.
      • Fire starting -- Kevin K. (leader), Vinny E., Frank P., Advisor: Peter K.
      • First aid -- Karl R.* (leader), Michael S., Advisors: Johnson, Wilma W., Barbara C.
      • Group snowshoeing -- Mike P.* (leader), Dane D., Stephen G., Advisor: Dan M.
      • Ice rescue -- Venturing Crew 2279 Tarrytown
      • Kim's Game -- Alec C. (leader), Kyle G., Advisor: Mike S.
      • Knot challenge -- Dan M. (leader), Tim B., Mack C., William W., Advisor: Robert C.
      • Map skills -- Paul M. (leader), Charlie J., Jarryed S.*, Advisor: Tim B.
      • Panning for Gold -- Thomas L. (leader), James H., Andrew P.*, Advisor: Rick K.
      • Sled obstacle course -- Rick D. (leader), Brian C., Advisors: Vincent D. and Peter H.
      • Sled races -- all scouts
    • You may use Rt. 202 entrance.
    • Wear an activity uniform sweatshirt and troop hat.
    • Bring a hot cup, rain gear, dryer lint, and family radios if you have them.
    • No sneakers or electronic devices that play music.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Photos of Webelos Klondike: Mar. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 7-9 (F-Su) Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 10 (Mon.)  ..Dane's Service Project  3:30-5:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at Saint Columbanus Church, 124 Oregon Road, Peekskill.
  • 10 (Mon.)  ..Parent, Troop, and Green Bar Meetings 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an activity uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Have your Scoutmaster Conference as early as possible, before this troop meeting if possible.  For the Scoutmaster Conference bring your completed form and Scout Handbook, and wear a full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
  • 11 (Tues.)    Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 12 (Wed.)  ..Dane's Service Project  5:00-7:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at Saint Columbanus Church, 124 Oregon Road, Peekskill.
  • 13 (Thurs.)..Dane's Service Project  6:00-8:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at Saint Columbanus Church, 124 Oregon Road, Peekskill.
  • 14 (Fri.)     ..Dane's Service Project  5:00-7:00 p.m. All Scouts please help, at Saint Columbanus Church, 124 Oregon Road, Peekskill.
  • 14-16(F-Su)Council Ski Venturing Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 17 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline before the meeting to Sign up here Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Have your Scoutmaster Conference before this troop meeting if possible.  For the Board of Review bring your completed form and Scout Handbook, and wear full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
  • 18 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 21-23(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend, Program A: 1.5 days skiing at Gore Mt..  Leave Applebee's Restaurant (Rt. 9A) parking lot at 5:00 p.m. Friday and return by 8:00 p.m. Sunday night.  Fee includes transportation, lodging, meals, ski orientation, and lift tickets, but not equipment.  Youth: $145(approx.), Adult: $160(approx.).  More information here: Page 1 and Page 2.
  • 22 (Sat.)     Scorpion Patrol Clear Lake Hike, Meet at Sperling Center at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Pavilion, North Shore Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Sign up here   Scorpion Patrol Hike at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • 24 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting and Court of Honor 7:30 p.m.  Wear a full official uniform, which includes the Merit Badge sash.
  • 25 (Tues.)   Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 29 (Sat.)      Den Chief Training (Sign Up Form Here) 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at the Westchester-Putnam Council Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY., a one day training program for Boy Scouts who are First Class or above, have Scoutmaster's approval, and who want to serve as a den chief.  "A den chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout den leader or Webelos Scout den leader at den meetings, pack meetings, and other events. He's a ready source of games, songs, skits, and skills, and he encourages the boys in their advancement."  This training works best when the Boy Scout is accompanied by the Den Leader (Cub/Webelos) and the Cubmaster of the Pack in which he is going to be den chief.
  • 31 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Fast Start for Leader volunteers and all parents - Margaret, our Troop Training liaison will be showing the "Fast Start" leader training video tape in a separate classroom while the Troop meeting is going on. This is for all registered troop committee members and Uniformed leaders who wish to further their training within  the B.S.A. It is highly recommended that you attend if you can.


 April 2003  Theme: Tracking. Tracking and Stalking Basics, Tracking Guide, Flash Cards, Stalking Guide.
  • 1 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 1 (Tues.)    Deadline to RSVP to Bill Kelly at 967-2770 for How To Meet The Requirements of the Religious Emblem of Your Choice on Apr. 6.
  • 2 (Wed.)   ..Troop Swim Night  7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School Pool on Rt. 202 next to the Yorktown High School, 2701 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.  See "MES Middle School" on this map.
    • The pool is in the lower south-west corner of the building.  To enter, go around outside to the right following the signs past the red fire hydrant.
    • All Scouts needing to complete their swimming requirements should sign up and attend.  Scouts may complete all Second Class (7a, 7b, 7c) and all First Class (9a, 9b, 9c, 9d) swimming rank requirements.
      • Requirement 9b is the BSA swimmer test.
      • Although 9c (survival skills) is no longer a First Class requirement, we are keeping it in Swim Night, because survival is an important skill.  Bring --
        • long pants (100% cotton holds air best, blue jeans OK),
        • belt,
        • long-sleeved shirt (cotton and no buttons down the front),
        • old laced sneakers or laced shoes.
    • Sign up here Troop Swim Night.  Sign up to swim, both scouts and adults, by Mar. 24.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
      • Fee: $2 per swimmer at the door.  Exact amount is appreciated.
    • Practice water lifesaving techniques.
    • We shall also have open swim and water games.
    • Bring a swimsuit, a towel, water shoes or sandals, and your Boy Scout Handbook for sign-off.
    • You may want a plastic bag to bring home wet clothes.
    • Mens' and womens' locker rooms and bathrooms are available.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the pool area.
    • Webelos from Pack 134 will join us.
    • For further information contact SPL Jason L.
    • Photos of swim nights: Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 4-6 (F-Su)  Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, North Shore Rd., Putnam Valley.
  • (Sat.)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training, Scout Troop Operations Course Part 1.  8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.  Get the sign-up form and attend at the Westchester-Putnam Council Office, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.  To be followed by parts 2 and 3 below.  This course and Part 2 are more comprehensive training for Committee persons. Also, Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.
  • 6 (Sun.)      Congratulations to new Brotherhood members of the OA, Brian C. and Thomas L.
  • 6 (Sun.)      How To Meet The Requirements of the Religious Emblem of Your Choice.  1:00-3:00 p.m. Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Avenue on Milton Point in Rye.
    • RSVP to Bill Kelly at 967-2770 before Apr. 1.
    • The Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish Committees on Scouting are providing an orientation session for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, Scout leaders, and parents on How To Meet The Requirements of the Religious Emblem of Your Choice.  The session will include beginning the task and sources for information and help in completing the task.
    • Come when you can between 1:00-3:00 p.m.  A resource person will be present to answer questions.  Orientation on all religious faiths will be available.
    • Leaders - Come, bring your scouts and invite parents.
    • For more information see our troop's religious emblem advisor, Bonna S..
    • Online information: Religious emblems programs.
  • 7 (Mon.)   ..POSTPONED: Trip to Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens.
  • 7 (Mon.)   ..POSTPONED: Parent and Troop Meetings.
  • 8 (Tues.)     Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • (Wed.)    Boy Scout Leader Basic Training, Scout Troop Operations Course Part 2 7:15 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.at Westchester-Putnam Council Office, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY.  Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Chairpersons, Committee Members, and other adults.
  • 12 (Sat.)      Battle of Yorktown.  Pick up roadside litter in Yorktown Heights, Shrub Oak, Kitchawan, Crompond, Mohegan Lake, and Jefferson Valley.  Scouts can earn service hours.  Litter bags and safety vests supplied, bring work gloves.  Call the Environmental Conservation Office at 245-4438 to register and for more information.
  • 14 (Mon.)  ..Parent, Troop, and Greenbars Meetings 7:30 p.m.  (Spring recess, schools closed)  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  OA members also wear your OA sash.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Sign up here for Summer Camp.
    • Order of the Arrow election will be held.  All scouts are requested to be present to vote.  On the ballot is Pat C., Paul M., Andrew P., and Jarryed S.
  • 14 (Mon.)    Congratulations Pat C. and Paul M., elected to the Order of the Arrow.
  • 15 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.  (Spring recess, schools closed)
  • 18 (Fri.)       Deadline to Sign up here  Hook-O-Ree Weekend.
  • 21 (Mon.)  ..Trip to Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Gardens 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. leaving from Grace Lutheran Church to PepsiCo World Headquarters, 700 Anderson Hill Road, Purchase, NY. to analyze the totem poles there and get ideas on how to finish our poles to get them in the ground by May 1.  Pizza will be provided upon return to Grace Lutheran Church.
    • We need drivers for this field trip.  Please contact the Scoutmaster either via e-mail or phone if you are able to help us out and drive.
  • 21 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Next to last chance for the Scoutmaster to look over your Summer Camp Merit Badge Schedule Cards and advise changes.
  • 22 (Tues.)  ..Deadline to Sign up herefor Summer Camp.
  • 22 (Tues.)    Pickett's Charge (documentary), 7:00-8:00 a.m., Channel 47, the History Channel.
    • To prepare for our Gettysburg trip families may want to watch the "Pickett's Charge" documentary on The History Channel, "The Civil War" miniseries, and/or the "Gettysburg" movie.
    • Confederate general George Pickett's role in the battle of Gettysburg (July 1863), including his ill-fated charge on the Union line at Cemetery Ridge, where we shall be camping. The entire battle resulted in some 51,000 casualties.  (VCR Plus+ 4827938)
  • 22 (Tues.)    Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 25-27(F-Su)..Boy Scout District Spring Event:  Fishing Hook-O-Ree at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Sign up here  Hook-O-Ree Weekend.  Sign up by Apr. 18.
    • Leave 6:15 p.m. Friday from the Grace Lutheran Church parking lot.
    • This is a Leave-No-Trace, low-impact, Patrol-cooking weekend.
    • The troop will buy food for the adults signed up.
    • Schedule (see page 3).
    • Stations and tasks.  Stations include, for the Fishing Merit Badge:
      • First Aid
      • Equipment
      • Knots
      • Baits and Lures
      • Outdoorsmanship
    • What to bring
      • Backpack or duffle bag for equipment below
      • Hot cup labeled with your name
      • Mess kit
      • Personal kit - toothbrush, toothpaste, comb, etc.
      • Water bottle (filled)
      • Scouts who will be working on their cooking requirements should read the Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283).
      • Scouts who have completed Totin' Chip may bring their pocket knife
      • People may bring fishing gear.
      • Poncho
      • activity uniform shirt
      • Change of clothes
      • Hat and gloves
      • Boots
      • Flashlight with extra batteries
      • Warm jacket or other warm clothes to layer
      • Sleeping bag
      • Sleeping pad (optional)
      • Pillow (optional)
      • Sun screen
      • Folding chair
      • Non-electric games (optional) - football, chess, etc.
      • No electronic devices (radios, Gameboys, etc.), except Walkman or radio with headphones
      • Optional – watch, camera
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) contains a good discussion of what gear to bring and why, as well as providing adequate gear lists.
  • 27 (Sun.)      Party honoring Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts 11:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church at the corner of S. Highland and Church St. in Ossining, host Pastor, Rev. Dr. Gordon Anderson, Sr.
    • BSA Hudson Valley Brass Band, mayor and town supervisor, refreshments, no fee.
  • 27 (Sun.)      Pitch in for Parks 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m., rain or shine.  A Westchester county-wide volunteer project in all county parks, pathways, and nature centers.  Great way to earn service hours.  Flower bed preparation, graffiti removal, trail clearing, sweeping, cleaning, pruning staining, painting, etc.  Participants will receive valuable discount coupons redeemable at county parks, free raffles for prizes.  Dress appropriately for work, gloves recommended.  For more information or to sign up for a project call 864-7133.
  • 28 (Mon.)   ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Last chance for the Scoutmaster to look over your Summer Camp Merit Badge Schedule Cards and advise changes.
    • Bring Leave No Trace paperwork.
    • For Assistant Scoutmasters and all parents - Margaret, our Troop Training liaison, will present Youth Protection Training in a separate room while the troop meeting is going on.  All Assistant Scoutmasters are required to be certified in Youth Protection.  Certification is good for 3 years.  All Troop Committee Members and parents are also invited.  It is important that we are all trained for the safety of our boys!
  • 29 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.


 May 2003  Theme: Orienteering.
  • 3-4 (Sa-Su)  Boy Scout Leader Basic Training, Scout Troop Operations Course Part 3 8:45 a.m. Sat. - 11:00 a.m. Sun. at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley. Overnighter.  Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Chairpersons, Committee Members, and other adults.
  • 4 (Sun.)      ..Bowl-O-Ree, (More Information) 1:45 p.m. at Cortlandt Lanes, 2192 Crompond Rd, Cortlandt Manor.
    • The Bowl-O-Ree supports Scouting programs for Youths with Special Needs in the Westchester-Putnam Council.
    • Wear an official uniform and bring completed pledge form and pledged money as checks payable to "Westchester-Putnam Council."  Each scout or adult who donates $30 or more will bowl two games for free and receive a Bowl-O-Ree patch.
    • Robert C. is organizing our troop participation.
    • Photos of Bowl-O-Ree, May 2003, Nov. 2001.
  • 5 (Mon.)    ..Parent, Troop, and Green Bar Meetings 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline to pay Summer Camp fees
    • Deadline to turn in your completed Merit Badge Schedule Cards.
    • Bring  your Leave-No-Trace materials.
  • 6 (Tues.)      Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 7 (Wed.)     ..Gettysburg: Victory at All Costs (documentary), 8:00-10:00 a.m., repeat 2:00-4:00 p.m., Channel 47, the History Channel.
    • To prepare for our Gettysburg trip families may want to watch this documentary on The History Channel.
    • Episodes culled from the `Civil War Journal' series. Included: an analysis of Lincoln's address at the Pennsylvania battle site in November 1863; and a look at the effects of the battle on civilians.
  • 7 (Wed.)     ..The Wheatfield at Gettysburg (documentary), 12:00-1:00 p.m., repeat 6:00-7:00 p.m., Channel 47, the History Channel.
    • To prepare for our Gettysburg trip families may want to watch this documentary on The History Channel.
    • The Wheatfield, which---on the second day of the Battle of Gettysburg (July 2, 1863)---was the site of a bitter and bloody showdown between the Union and Confederate soldiers.
  • 9 (Fri.)        ..Deadline to sign up for June 6-8 Gettysburg trip.
  • 10 (Sat.)       Canoeing practice for scouts going on summer Canoe Trek.
    • Meet 8:00 a.m. at George Washington Elem. School, 3634 Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake.
    • Return by approx. 2:30 p.m. to GW.
    • Eat a light breakfast and bring a bag lunch.
    • Practice will be at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Photos of Trek Practice 1, on May 2003.
  • 11 (Sun.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Baileytown in Harriman State Park (map and driving directions) just south of Bear Mountain State Park, NY.  This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 12 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.  Practice tying knots.
  • 13 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 15-18(Th-Su)OA Lodge Spring Service Weekend and Brotherhood Quest at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Brant Lake, NY.
  • 18 (Sun.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to more advanced Beginners. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Moneyhole TOEC Assembly Area in Fahnestock State Park (map and driving directions) in Putnam Co., NY.  This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 19 (Mon.)   ..Parent-Gettysburg Meeting and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Sign up here. Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Have your Scoutmaster Conference as early as possible, before this troop meeting if possible.  For the Scoutmaster Conference bring your completed Board of Review Application form and Scout Handbook, and wear a full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
    • Parent Meeting for those going to Gettysburg.
  • 20 (Tues.)    Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 26 (Mon.)    ..Memorial Day Parade
    • Meet at the Highway Dept. between Commerce Street and Front Street at 10:30 a.m.  Parade and ceremony afterwards: 11:00-12:00.  Attendance is expected.  Rain or shine.
    • Wear a full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
    • Hot dogs and sodas for those who marched will be at the VFW and the American Legion across the street after the ceremony.
    • Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service.  Let us not forget those who made the supreme sacrifice for all of us.
    • Photos of Memorial Day parade May 2003, May 2002, May 2001.
  • 26 (Mon.)  ..CANCELED Troop Meeting  (Schools closed)
  • 27 (Tues.)    Cobra and Hawk Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.  Last meeting of the school year.
  • 31 (Sat.)      Birds of Prey Day annual event 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Green Chimneys School at their Brewster Campus at 400 Doansburg Road, just off Route 22.
    • Free for Scouts in uniform.  Adults - $10, seniors and children 5-12 - $5, children under 5 free.
    • The understudy to Hedwig (of Harry Potter fame) will be there as will many other birds of prey.
    • There will be live birds of prey demonstrations, as well as other animals and celebrities under the Big Top.
    • A rehabilitated hawk will be released to his freedom.
    • BBQ and refreshments available.


 June 2003
  • Spring 2003..Spring Recruiting Effort Get Hooked on Scouting.  Win a day of fishing at the Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • 2 (Mon.)     ..Parent, Troop, and Green Bar Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline before the meeting to Sign up here Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Have your Scoutmaster Conference before this troop meeting if possible.  For the Board of Review bring your completed Board of Review Application form and Scout Handbook, and wear a full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
    • Deadline to Sign up here End of Year Picnic, Court of Honor, and Jason P. head count.
    • Scoutmaster Conferences
    • Boards of Review
    • Merit Badge Confirmations for summer camp
    • Gettysburg trip final preparations
      • Gettysburg Heritage Trail requirements
      • Schedule for the weekend
      • Rules
        • No climbing on cannons or monuments
        • Quiet hours in campground (10pm to 6am)
        • Buddy system
        • Stay with your group
        • No weapons, so no pocket knife
        • Good behavior – representing troop and BSA
        • No day packs or large bags are allowed in Gettysburg National Military Park buildings
      • Wear an official uniforms during day, activity uniform in camp, activity uniform while traveling
      • What to bring
      • Review “Blisters on the Foot” and “First Aid for Blisters” in Scout Handbook, page 308
  • 3 (Tues.)     Venture and Scorpion Patrol Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.  Last meeting of the school year.
  • 3 (Tues.)     Congratulations to Margaret L. who received the Manitoga District Award of Merit.
  • 6-8 (F-Su) ..Gettysburg Camping Weekend at the McMillan Woods Youth Campground in the Gettysburg National Military Park, PA.
  • 8 (Sun.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Click here). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.   This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Note that this conflicts with our Gettysburg Weekend.
  • 9 (Mon.)   ..End of Year Picnic, Court of Honor, and Jason P.'s Eagle Court of Honor, 6:30 p.m. at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Pavilion, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Parents should come.  Wear a official uniform.
    • Sign up here End of Year Picnic, Court of Honor, and Jason P. head count by June 2.
    • Deadline to Sign up here  Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Chris C, headcount for refreshments after the ceremony.
    • Bring salad or dessert and also a 2-liter soda bottle, plus a flashlight to find your way back to your car.
    • Troop Meetings and Patrol Meetings resume in September.
    • Photos of Picnic and Courts of Honor, June 2003, June 2002, June 2001.
  • 13 (Fri.)    ..Christopher C.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.  Arrive by 6:45 p.m. for 7:30-9:00 p.m. ceremony at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Scouts are requested to attend in full official uniforms.
    • Sign up here  Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Christopher C., headcount for refreshments, by June 9.
    • Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Christopher C., June 2003.
  • 23 (Mon.) ..Meeting for Camp Read Attendees 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Wear an activity uniform.
    • All Scouts who will be attending either week 1 or 2 or both, or the Canoe Trek, must attend along with a parent.
    • Campers: The following fees are due if you will do doing any of them:
      • Camp Photo...................$  6.00
      • White Water Rafting.......$17.00
      • Horse Trail Ride.............$12.00
    • Canoe Trekers:
      • Bring $9.00 each to split the $99.00 transportation fee to and from Summit Base camp.  This was not included in your Trek Fee.
    • All fees are due on this date.  Please help us by having them on hand.
  • 30-7/11(M-F)Aquatics Two-week intensive program at Durland Scout Center in Rye.  Four merit badges, canoe, rowboat, etc..  9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.,  $300 per scout. This conflicts with our non-primary week of Summer Camp.  More information here.
  • 30-7/25(M-F)Sailing Four-week program at Durland Scout Center in Rye, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m..  $600(basic) $660(advanced) per scout. This conflicts with both weeks of our Summer Camp.  More information here.


 July 2003
    ..Troop 174 Summer Activities
        Choose from:
    1. Summer Camp, a golden opportunity for scouts of all ages to work on many outdoor skills, to advance in rank, and to earn merit badges, optimizing fun and opportunities at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation.
      1. What to Expect
      2. Step-by-Step Instructions to sign up, pay for, and plan for summer camp.  (Sign up online by April 14 if you can, and pay the Troop by May 1: $225 for one week, $440 for two, and $230 for the Trek.)
    2. Canoe Trek, available for scouts 13 and older.  See towards the bottom the main page the Trek Schedule link.
  • 6-12 (Su-Sa)  ..Canoe Trek
  • 6-12 (Su-Sa)  ..Summer Camp Week 1
  • 13-19 (Su-Sa)..Summer Camp Week 2.  This is our primary week.
  • 16-17 (W-Th)..OA Summer Ordeal in week 2 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Brant Lake, NY
  • 30-31 (W-Th)..OA Summer Ordeal in week 4 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Brant Lake, NY
  • 28-8/21(M-Th)Sailing Four-week program at Durland Scout Center in Rye, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.. $600(basic) $660(advanced) per scout.  More information here.


 August 2003

 September 2003 (First Troop Meeting Sept. 15)
  • 5-7 (F-Su)    Junior Leader Training - POSTPONED, new date to be decided
  • For Sept. 5-7  OA members may sign up for the Order of the Arrow 2003 Conclave, before Sept. 5.
  • 5-7 (F-Su)   ..Order of the Arrow Conclave at Camp Sequassen - Winsted, CT.
  • 15 (Mon.)   ..Parent and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.   Meet at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Unit Greenbar elections
    • Information on this year's Popcorn fundraiser
    • Calendar year proposals
    • Totem pole installation information
  • 19-21(F-Su)..Order of the Arrow Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • 20 (Sat.)       Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More information, Registration Form) Free, but register in advance.
    • 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.  For Committee Members and parents who are interested in Scouting in General - Essentials and Specifics.
    • 8:45 a.m. - 2:45 p.m.  For Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members and all other adults who are interested in Scout Troop Operation - Part 1.
  • 22 (Mon.)   ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to turn in your Personal Data Sheet
  • 23 (Tues.)   ..Load Totem Poles  Meet at 6:15 p.m. to load on the flatbed truck at 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights
    • Bring old blankets.
    • Sign up here  Load Totem Poles on Flatbed Truck.  We need 16 people (8 double teams) minimum.
    • If anyone is interested in drumming, a drum is available.  A team of four would be fun.
    • Photos: Load on Truck, on Sept. 23 , 2003.
  • 23 (Tues.)    ..Council Popcorn Kickoff.
  • 24 (Wed.)    Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. (More information, Registration Form) Free, but register in advance.
    • 7:00 p.m. - 9:45 p.m.  For Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Members and all other adults who are interested in Scout Troop Operation - Part 2.
  • 27 (Sat.)      ..Plant Totem Poles near the entrance sign to Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley.  Map and Directions.
    • Bring a bag lunch.
    • Wear work clothes and work boots.  No sneakers.
    • Bring work gloves and rain gear.
    • Bring a full official uniform, including hat and merit badge sash, on a hangar.
    • 8:00 a.m. Troop arrives.
    • 3:00 p.m. Dedication ceremony.
      • If anyone who carved or was involved (parent, scout, or relative) is interested in saying anything at the event, please do.  One minute limit.
      • If anyone is interested in drumming, a drum is available.  A team of four would be fun.
    • Photos of Totem Poles, Plant at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, on Sept. 2003.
    • Journal News Article and Photos.
    • Meaning and dedication of the finished poles.
    • History of the totem poles.
  • 28 (Sun.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information) at Rockhouse Lake Welch in Harriman State Park just south of Bear Mountain State Park, NY.  Parks map (see Rockhouse across the Hudson near Rt. 6).  Detailed Harriman mapDriving directions to Lake Welch parking lot.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 29 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 28-1 (Su-W)..Scouting for FoodDistribute food collection bags to nearby homes. Wear an official uniform.  More information.


 October 2003
  • 4 (Sat.)         ..Scouting for Food.  Drop off bags at collection points. Wear an official uniform.  More information.
  • 4-5(Sa-Su)     Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3.  (More information, Registration Form)  $8 fee paid by troop.
    • For Assistant Scoutmasters, and all other adults interested in the fun of Scouting The Outdoor Program, Part 3
    • Overnight campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley.  Map and Directions.
      • 8:45 a.m. Saturday sign-in
      • 11:00 a.m. Sunday departure
      • Planning for part 3 will be done during parts 1 & 2.
  • 6 (Mon.)       ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform. (Yom Kippur, schools closed).  6:45 p.m. Greenbars Meeting.
    • Photon stove: Bring 2 soda cans and a 4-inch diameter tuna-fish or cat-food can (all empty, clean, and dry) to make the stove.
  • 11 (Sat.)        ..Hike at Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Open to the whole troop, organized by the Cobra Patrol.
    • Sign up here Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Hike.
    • Directions to Hudson Highlands Gateway Park.
    • Park at Sprout Brook ballpark, Sprout Brook Road Peekskill.  Trail entrance is across the street.
    • Meet at Park entrance next to Sprout Brook Baseball fields at 9:00 a.m.
    • Trails
    • What to Bring:
      • Day Pack or full backpack
      • Water Bottle(s)
      • Bagged Lunch
      • Trail Mix
      • If you wish to work on requirements bring your Handbook
      • Rain gear (if necessary)
      • Personal First Aid Kit
    • Contact Kevin K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Hudson Highlands Gateway Park Hike on Oct. 2003.
  • 12 (Sun.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information)
    • Location: Blue Mtn Reservation (link includes map and directions) Peekskill NY. Parks map (see Blue Mt. near the center).  More driving directions to Blue Mtn.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 13 (Mon.)     ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform. (Columbus Day, schools closed)
    • Sign up here deadline for a Scoutmaster Conference and a Board of Review.
      • Have your Scoutmaster Conference before this troop meeting if possible.
      • For the Board of Review bring your completed Board of Review Application form and Scout Handbook.
      • Wear full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash to your Conference and Review.
  • 15 (Wed.)    ..Deadline to sign up for Giant Ledge and/or Panther Mountain camping trip on Oct. 25-26.
  • 17 (Fri.)       ..Deadline to sign up for Emergency Preparedness Camporee on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
  • 18 (Sat.)        RockFest 2003, a fundraising rock concert benefiting the Somers Volunteer Fire Department and EMS, Reis Park, Route 139, Somers.  Event starts at 2:00 p.m.  Rain or shine.
    • Earn service hours.
    • Volunteers needed 12 noon until 9:00 p.m.  Help needed running tables, setup and cleanup.
    • To sign up call Bobby (914) 245-0723.
  • 17-19(F-Su)   Thunderbird Games (More information)
  • 20 (Mon.)     ..Court of Honor 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
  • 25-26(Sa-Su)..Mini-Trek at Giant Ledge in the Catskills.
    • Meet 6:45-7:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Grace Lutheran Church, returning at about noon Sunday.
    • Sign up here Mini-Trek at Giant Ledge and/or Panther Mtn.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster by October 20.
    • $10 per person.
    • Number of campers are limited.  Driver/camper fathers welcome.
    • Be prepared.  It can get cold at night at 3,720 feet!
    • What to bring:
      • Suggested equipment.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook (pages 197 -  230) also lists camping gear.
      • Your homemade lightweight alcohol Photon stove.
      • Bag lunch for Saturday ( tuna pouches, sandwich, etc.).  As a "leave no trace" Troop, whatever you bring should produce minimal garbage, because you will be carrying it out with you.
      • $5-$10 pocket money for beverage and snack.  We plan to stop at a store going each way.
    • The Troop has enough dehydrated meals to cover all Scouts and Leaders.  We shall collect money from those who will be eating these meals.
    • Follow low impact, leave no trace techniques.
    • General information on the area.
    • Pictures, directions, and description of a hike to Giant Ledge: Click on this Panther Mtn. picture and click on "jump here" for directions and the purple foot at the top of the page for more on the hike.
    • Photos of Giant Ledge Mini-Treks, Oct. 2003, May 2001.
  • 27 (Mon.)     ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to pay $100 Troop dues to Barbara C., check payable to "BSA Troop 174".
    • Deadline to turn in popcorn orders and money.
  • 29 (Wed.)     Welcome new Scouts Theodore M. and Sam N.
  • 30 (Thur.)     Tent pickup, if needed, at Troop Shed at 7pm.
  • 31-2 (F-Su)  ..Emergency Preparedness Camporee (More information)
    • Location: Camp Hero State Park, Montauk, Long Island (Trailblazer Fall Camporee).
    • Google map.  Camp Hero site map.
    • Participants depart individually.  Be at Camp Hero by 7:00 a.m. Saturday.  Returning Sunday afternoon.
    • Sign up here  Emergency Preparedness Camping Weekend by Oct. 17.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by October 27.
    • We shall camp with the host troop - Troop 134 (Scoutmaster Jim Grimes).
    • Friday supper on your own.
    • $11 per scout and $20 per adult.  This includes 2 breakfast's, 1 Lunch, and 1 Dinner. If you want snacks, please supply them for yourself.
    • What to bring:
      • Be prepared.  Bring warm layers, a change of clothes, and rain gear.
      • Your mess kits, and hot cups. The Troop does not supply paper goods.
      • Your homemade lightweight alcohol Photon stove.
      • Two 32 ounce Nalgene bottles filled with water.
      • Full official uniform on a hanger, including hat and merit badge sash, for the retreat and the campfire.
      • Pack gear in your backpack.
      • Candy for inter-troop trick-or-treating.
    • Wear an activity uniform traveling to and from the event and during the activities on Saturday.
    • Brush up on knot-tying skills and other skills in the Boy Scout Handbook needed for the activities below.
    • 18 activities:  Plane Crash, Auto Scene, Smoke Drill, Fire Extinguisher, Bucket Brigade, Fire Line, Stretcher Race, CPR, First Aid Challenge, Missing person search, Orienteering, Rappelling/Climbing, Tug of War, Campfire Program, Chili Competition, Gateway Construction Competition, Campsite Inspection, and Overall Scout Spirit.
    • Some activities satisfy requirements for Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, and Fire Safety.
    • Follow low impact, leave no trace guidelines.
    • Registration will be paid by the Troop.
    • If you have questions call the Scoutmaster 526-4149.
    • Directions to Camp Hero in Montauk, Long Island.
      1. Taconic State Parkway South
      2. Sprain Brook Parkway South
      3. At the 3rd exit after Tuckahoe Road get on Cross County Parkway East
      4. At the 2nd exit get on Hutchinson River Parkway South towards Whitestone Bridge
      5. Cross the Whitestone Bridge and STAY IN THE LEFT LANE
      6. Take the LEFT EXIT onto Grand Central Parkway
      7. At the 2nd exit get on Long Island Expressway, also known as I-495 East
      8. Take Exit 70 "Manorville" and turn right onto CO 111 South (County Road #111).   This is approximately 1 hour 45 minutes from Yorktown and is a convenient stopping place.  There is a Mobile gas station and McDonalds here.  The McDonalds has cleaner restrooms than the Mobil station.
      1. Stay on CO 111 South to the end of this road, which will be after you pass 5 or 6 crossroads.
      2. At the end of CO 111 South turn left onto Route 27 "Sunrise Highway".  This is the halfway point in travel time, unless you have been delayed by traffic congestion.  This point is about 1 hour 30 minutes from Montauk.
      3. Continue on Route 27, pass through the Hamptons, and continue towards Montauk.
      4. In the village of Montauk go past the gazebo.  Continue going straight and follow the signs to the Montauk Point Lighthouse.
      5. Follow signs for Camp Hero.
      6. Turn right onto Camp Hero Road.
      7. Follow signs to the Camporee at Camp Hero.
      The estimated travel time is about 3 hours with no traffic delays.
    • Call Rocco E. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Emergency Preparedness Camporee on Oct. 2003.


 November 2003  Knot of the month: 2 half hitches.
  • 1 (Sa)            Boy Scout Manitoga District Hike-O-Ree. Our troop will not attend.
  • 3 (Mon.)       ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Greenbars at 6:45 p.m.
  • 3 (Tues.)       (No Dragon Patrol Meeting)
  • 9 (Sun.)         ..Veterans Day Parade  sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve and the American Legion.
    • Meet at 1:30 p.m. directly in front of the Lakeland High School main entrance, 1349 East Main Street, Shrub Oak.   Parade starts at 2:00 p.m.   Scouts will be marching in the parade.  Attendance is expected.  Rain or shine.
    • Parade ends at Veterans Memorial near Hart Library.  Ceremony after parade.  US, State & Pack/Troop Flag bearers (no banners) will line up with the Marine Color Guard at the end of the parade.  Within each group, the US Flag should be on its own right.  During the National Anthem, all flags other than the US Flag must be dipped in respect.  The US Flag is to remain held high.
    • Wear full official uniform, which includes merit badge sash.
    • Two of our troop's Eagle Scouts, Dan W. and Chris L., currently in service, will be honored on hearts placed along the route.
    • In past years hot dogs and sodas have been available after the ceremony to those who marched in the parade.
    • "Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - in wartime or peacetime.  In fact, Veterans Day is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served or are serving - not only those who died - have sacrificed and done their duty." -  Department of Veterans Affairs.
    • Photos of Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 2003, Nov. 2002, Nov. 2001.
  • 10 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Prepare before the meeting for Citizenship in the Community:
      • Where on a local map are important government buildings.
      • Know something about the town organization and structure.
  • 15 (Sat.)        Totem Pole Wings Installed at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, North Shore Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Photos of Totem Pole Wings Installed on Nov. 2003.
  • 15 (Sat.)        Merit Badge Seminar sponsored by Troop 165 (Pre-registration required, schedule, fees, click Requirement Details)
    • Location: First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown at 2880 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.
    • Bring a signed Blue Card and merit badge booklet for each merit badge you take.
    • Merit badges offered (subject to change), some require advance preparation.  Choose just one:
      • Communications
      • Personal Management
      • Citizenship in the Nation (Troop will do in Dec.)
      • Citizenship in the World
      • Emergency Preparedness (requires that you already have First Aid)
      • Weather
      • Computers
  • 16 (Sun.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information)
    • Location: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation (link includes map and directions) Cross River, NY.  Parks map (see Ward Pound Ridge to the East).  More driving directions to Ward Pound Ridge Res.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 17 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • The Scorpions for Physical Fitness will stage a relay race.
    • Deadline to sign up here and pay the $100 per person nonrefundable deposit for Troop Ski Trip to Killington on Jan. 23-25.
    • Pickup popcorn at the troop meeting.
    • Board of Review.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • Be sure that you
        1. are in full official uniforms, including a merit badge sash,
        2. have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Applications filled out, and
        3. have your book,
      • because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 18 (Tues.)      Dragon Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
  • 22 (Sat.)         Den Chief Training (More information, Registration Form - Must Pre-Register)
    • Location: Council Service Center (Directions), 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.
    • Check pre-registration at 8:15 a.m., course starts at 8:30 a.m.
    • Fees: $8 training fee plus $5 lunch fee for scouts.  There is no charge for adult leaders unless lunch is requested.
    • This is a one day training program for Boy Scouts who are First Class or above, have Scoutmaster's approval, and who want to serve as a den chief.
    • "A den chief is a Boy Scout who assists a Cub Scout den leader or Webelos Scout den leader at den meetings, pack meetings, and other events. He's a ready source of games, songs, skits, and skills, and he encourages the boys in their advancement."
    • This training works best when the Boy Scout is accompanied by the Den Leader (Cub/Webelos) and the Cubmaster of the Pack in which he is going to be den chief.
    • Scout must be recommended by Scoutmaster.
  • 24 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here.  Return Pews to Grace on Thanksgiving weekend.
    • Deadline to turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Return the Pews to Grace.
  • 26 (Wed.)     Chris T. L., Marine Graduation - Congratulations
    • Photos of Chris T. L., Marine Graduation on Nov. 2003.
  • 30 (Sun.)      ..Return the Pews to Grace Lutheran Church 12:15-3:00 p.m.
    • Note that this is Thanksgiving weekend.
    • Sign up here.  Return Pews to Grace. Sign up by Nov. 24.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by Nov. 24.
    • Calling all Scouts and Dads to -
      • Load the Grace Lutheran pews from a barn on Wood Street (three miles from Grace) onto a flatbed truck
      • Unload the pews from the flatbed truck into Fellowship Hall at Grace Lutheran.
    • The truck will make approximately 5 trips carrying perhaps eight pews at a time for a total of forty pews.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Photos of returning the pews to Grace Lutheran Church on Nov. 2003.
  • 30 (Sun.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering  (More information)
    • Location: Fahnestock State Park (link includes map and directions) Pelton Pond Rd., Cold Spring, NY in Putnam County.  Parks map (see Pelton Pond to the North).  Fahnestock mapMore driving directions to Fahnestock.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.


 December 2003
  • 1 (Mon.)     (Troop meeting canceled, because the church pews will fill our meeting room)
    • Deadline to sign up here for Swim Night on Dec. 10.
    • Deadline to sign up here and pay for the Holiday Party on Dec. 15.
  • 2 (Tues.)     Dragon Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
  • 2 (Tues.)     Citizenship in the Community Participants: attend Yorktown Town Board Budget Meeting.
    • 7:15 p.m. at the Yorktown Town Hall's Town Meeting Room, 363 Underhill Ave.
    • Wear an official uniform.
  • 8 (Mon.)     ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Greenbars meeting at 6:45 p.m.
    • Board of Review.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • Be sure that you ...
        • are in full official uniforms, including a merit badge sash,
        • have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Application filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a Scoutmaster Conference nor a Board of Review.
    • Deadline to turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Troop Swim Night on Dec. 10.
  • 10 (Wed.)   ..Troop Swim Night  7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School Pool.
    • Location: Rt. 202 next to the Yorktown High School, 2701 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.  See "MES Middle School" on this map.
    • The pool is in the lower south-west corner of the building.  The easiest way to the pool is to walk to the side of the building next to the large sports field.  Follow our troop signs past the red fire hydrant and enter the door marked by our troop sign.
    • Sign up here.  Troop Swim Night.  Sign up to swim, both scouts and adults, by Dec. 1.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
      • No Fee: Free
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by Dec. 8.
    • All Scouts needing to complete their swimming rank requirements should sign up and attend.  Scouts may complete all Second Class (7a, 7b, 7c) and all First Class (9a, 9b, 9c) swimming rank requirements.
      • Requirement 9b is the BSA swimmer test.
      • Although the former 9c (survival skills) is no longer a First Class rank requirement, we offer it at Swim Night, because survival is important.  Bring --
        • long pants (100% cotton holds air best, blue jeans OK),
        • belt,
        • long-sleeved shirt (cotton and no buttons down the front),
        • old laced sneakers or laced shoes.
    • Practice water lifesaving techniques.
    • We shall also have open swim and water games.
    • Webelos from Pack 134 will join us, working on Aquanaut.
    • Bring a swimsuit, a towel, water shoes or sandals, and your Boy Scout Handbook for sign-off.
    • You may want a plastic bag to bring home wet clothes.
    • Mens' and womens' locker rooms and bathrooms are available.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the pool area.
    • Lifeguard will be Kevin K., who is donating his services.  Thanks.
    • For further information contact SPL Mike M.
    • Photos of swim nights: Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 15 (Mon.)   ..Holiday Party and Court of Honor at 6:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Sign up here Holiday Party headcount: children, scouts, and adults.  Sign up by Dec. 1.
    • Deadline to turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Garrison Jan. 3-4.
    • Toys for Tots:  We shall be collecting and donating to the Marine Corps' Toys for Tots campaign this year.  Please bring a new unwrapped toy (if interested).  These toys will be collected by our own Troop Marine, PFC Chris L. Jr., then distributed to needy children in our community.  The gift of giving goes a long way this time of year for those who are less fortunate than we are.
    • Expect a special guest speaker.
    • Scorpion and Hawk Patrols arrive at 5:45 p.m. to set up.  Some adults also needed to help set up.
    • Bobwhite and Dragon Patrols will be on cleanup duty after we are done.
    • Wear a full official uniform, which includes the Merit Badge sash.
    • Bring a 2-liter soda bottle and a dessert.
    • Catered dinner from Little Sorrento Italian Restaurant.
    • The Troop pays for Scouts, children 5 and under are free, and others are $10 per person, by Dec. 1.
    • Photos of Holiday Party: Dec. 2003, Dec. 2002, Dec. 2001.
    • Photos of Courts of Honor: Dec. 2003, Oct. 2003, June 2003, Mar. 2003, Dec. 2002, Sept. 2002, June 2002, Apr. 2002, Feb. 2002, Dec. 2001, June 2001,
  • 16 (Tues.)     Dragon Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
  • 21 (Sun.)      ..Orienteering Hike weather permitting
    • No signup necessary.  Just be there.
    • Lead by Pat P. and Rick K.
    • Meet 8:30 a.m. at D'Agostino's close to Jefferson Valley Mall, Club Fit, and Toys-R-Us.   Back by about 2:00 p.m.
    • Then drive to location:
    • Distance 3-4 miles.  A good hike for new and older scouts.
    • Bring water, a snack or light lunch.
    • Dress for winter weather:  Layer.  Wear boots, mittens or gloves, and a warm hat.  Bring an extra pair of dry socks.  See Boy Scout Handbook Cold Weather Clothing Checklist for Hiking,  p. 204.
    • There may be a short bushwhacking section.
    • Possible rank requirements to meet:
      • Tenderfoot 5: Explain the rules of safe hiking ....
      • Second Class 1a: Compass and map ....
      • Second Class 2a: Participate in troop activity ....
      • First Class 3: Participate in troop activity ....
    • Photos of Orienteering Hike: Dec. 2003.
  • 22 (Mon.)     (No Troop Meeting, schools closed)
  • 29 (Mon.)     (No Troop Meeting, schools closed)


Boy Scout Troop 174, Yorktown, NY.  http://troop174.info
 
   
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