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 January 2004
  • 3-4 (Sa-Su)..Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
    • Sign up here Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter by Jan 1.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by Dec. 15.
    • $10 (approximate) per person due by Jan. 3.  No charge for the Webelos and their parents.
    • This year there is no plan for Alumni to arrive Friday night.
    • Scouts attend Sat. 10:00 a.m.- Sun. approx. 9:00 a.m. after clean-up.
    • Webelos attend 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  Program: Small hike, small orienteering program, and make their own lunch.
    • 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.
    • Menu:
      1. Saturday lunch: Hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, pickles.
      2. Saturday supper around 7:00 p.m.: Roast pork, gravy, roasted red potatoes with onion, Ukranian kapusta (sauerkraut and apple), garlic bread, green beans, apple sauce, mixed salad, mixed fruit, venison chili, brownies and assorted cakes.
      3. Sunday brunch around 8:00 a.m.: Pancakes, bacon, sausage, scrambled eggs, assorted cold cereal, bagels with cream cheese and lox, and orange juice.
    • Depart Sunday morning only after both breakfast and clean-up are done.
    • Photos of Garrison Overnighter: Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
  • 5 (Mon.)     Congratulations to Joe P., winning the Malcolm A. Bump Debate Tournament and being named one of the top two speakers.
  • 5 (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.
    • Deadline to pay the balance of the Ski Trip fee.
    • Deadline to give the Scoutmaster a signed permission slip for Ice Climbing scouts whose parents are not going.
  • 6 (Tues.)     Dragon Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 6 (Tues.)     SPL Roundtable Meeting 8:00-9:30 p.m. at the Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, on Route 6 across from the Cortlandt Town center.
    • Mike M. please note.
  • 8 (Thurs.)    Basketball Scout Night (More Information) at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY (directions, campus map)
    • Free admission to scouts in uniform.
    • Games at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.
  • 9-11 (F-Su)  Ice Climbing and Snowshoeing (More information) winter high-adventure program.
    • Scouts should be at least 14 years old, First Class, and have Scoutmaster approval.
    • Location:  Dead Rabbit at Keene Valley in the Adirondacks.
    • Meet Fri. 2:45 p.m. at Barbara C's. house, 3797 Cranberry Lane Shrub Oak, returning Sun. approximately 8:00 p.m.
    • Activities:
      1. Sat.: Ice climbing.
      2. Sun.: Snowshoeing.
    • Training will precede climbing under a guide's supervision.
    • Lodging: High Peaks Hostel on 333 Main St, Lake Placid.
    • Price: $160 includes equipment, some meals, and lodging for up to 8 scouts and 2 adults.
    • Refer to your "Clothing for Winter Hiking" handouts.  Overview: Sneakers or slippers, Nalgene bottle of water upside down in a wool sock, brown bag Friday supper, money for Sunday lunch and supper, rain gear, wind-proof jacket, a day pack, fleece, hot cup labeled with your name, rubber-soled pac boots good to -40 deg. F., hat over the ears or face mask, mittens and gloves, personal first aid kit, toothbrush, spoon, sunglasses, etc.  No cotton clothing.
    • This activity requires a Class 3 Medical Form completed within the past 12 months.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by Jan. 5.
    • Car wash fundraiser to come.
    • To sign up call Barbara C.
    • Photos of Ice Climbing and Snowshoeing on Jan. 2004 and Council Photos.
  • 9-11(F-SuCouncil Ski Weekend #1, (More information)
  • 11 (Sun.)    ..Dedication of Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary
    • Show our support.  We helped make it happen.
    • Scouts wear official uniform, uniformed adults wear uniform, others dress appropriately.
    • Arrive 3:30 p.m. for ceremony at 4:00 p.m.
    • Park in the rear parking lot up the hill.
    • Reception afterwards.
    • Photos of Dedication of Grace Lutheran Church Sanctuary on Jan. 11, 2004.
  • 12 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here for I Tried Scuba on Feb. 8.  Sign up to scuba, both scouts and adults.  Need 10 people minimum.
  • 13 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 14 (Wed.)    Basketball Scout Night (More Information) at Pace University, Pleasantville, NY (directions, campus map)
    • Free admission to scouts in uniform.
    • Games at 5:30 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.
  • 14 (Wed.)   ..Order of the Arrow Banquet
  • 15 (Thurs.)  Cobra Patrol Meeting 6:30-8:30 p.m. at 12 Heath Terrace, Cortlandt Manor.  There will be food during the meeting.  Call Kevin K. for more information.
  • 16-19(F-M)Council Ski Weekend #2, (More information)
  • 17 (Sat.)      Swimming Merit Badge begins at Durland Scout Center.
  • 19 (Mon.)    Deadline to register for Merit Badge Day on Jan. 24.
  • 19 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, school closed)  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going on the Troop Ski Trip Jan. 23-25.
    • The Cobras will present First Aid.
    • Troop will practice fire building and boiling water for the Klondike on Jan. 31.
    • Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Sign up before this meeting.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your book,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 20 (Tues.)    Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 23-25(F-Su)..Troop Ski Trip to 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. Sign up by Nov. 17.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster by Jan. 19.
    • Nonrefundable deposit due by Dec. 17: $100 per adult, $75 per 6-12 year olds, for lodging and 2-day lift tickets.  No exceptions.  31 spaces initially available: priority for scouts, then parents, then siblings.
    • Price includes lodging, buffet continental breakfast, and lift tickets for 2 nights and days:
      • Adults (19+)             $163 per person,  $219 with rentals
      • Young Adult (13-18) $152 per person,  $208 with rentals
      • Juniors (6-12)            $129 per person,  $161 with rentals
      • Non Skiers                $67 per person for lodging and breakfast.
    • Saturday lunch on your own.
    • We are planning on a group supper Saturday night.
  • 23-25(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend #3, (More information)
  • 24 (Sat.)      ..Deadlineto .Sign up here.  Boy Scout Klondike, Scouts and Adults.
  • 24 (Sat.)      Merit Badge Day, hosted by Yorktown Troop 911.
    • Detailed information.  14 Merit Badge classes offered, 8 Eagle required.
    • Location: Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, Yorktown Heights,  8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Preregistration required by Jan. 19.
    • $15 per scout, includes lunch.
    • Complete prerequisites before class.
    • Wear an official uniform.
  • 26 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Canceled: Sue Kelly, our Congresswoman, will not come and talk to the troop for Citizenship in the Nation because of snow.
    • Scouts will be assigned to their Boy Scout Klondike sleds and will be assigned station times.
    • For I Tried SCUBA on Feb. 8:
      • Deadline to pay $7 per person to the troop treasurer.
      • Deadline to give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going, to Margaret L.
  • 27 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 30-1(F-SuCouncil Ski Weekend #4, (More Information)
  • 31 (Sat.)     ..Manitoga District Boy Scout Klondike at FDR State Park, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Meet at 8:00 a.m. in parking lot #1 (From the Taconic the first lot after turning left).
    • Detailed information (updated Dec. 27).
    • Sign up here.  Boy Scout Klondike Scouts and Adults. Sign up by Jan. 24.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Troop 174 will have 2 sleds.
    • Troop 174 will host the Snowshoe Station: "With members of your patrol, demonstrate your snowshoe skills using tandem snowshoes that will be provided. When you inspect these tandem snowshoes you discover that the bindings are in need of repair. Joining short pieces of rope to make a longer piece requires the correct knots to make a secure connection. At this station you will need to add a piece of rope using the correct knot. You will then need to work with a teammate to move together and complete a short course in your snowshoes."
    • Photos of Boy Scout Klondike on Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003.


 February 2004
  • 1 (Sun.)      ..Deadline to .Sign up here.  Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Adults who wish to help.
  • 2 (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.
    • Minutes of Feb. 2 Greenbar meeting.
    • Deadline to pay annual $10 registration fee for all scouts and all BSA-registered adults.  At least one parent per family must register.  All adults who participate in activities and outings or who hold Official troop positions must register.
  • 3 (Tues.)     Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting  4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 3 (Tues.)     Welcome new Scouts Mark C., Charlie F., Mike F., Marek S., and Ian T.
  • 6-8(F-Su)    Council Ski Weekend #5, (More information)
  • 7 (Sat.)        Rechartering of all District Troops
  • 8 (Sun.)      ..Scout Sunday, Pancake Brunch Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Sign up here.  Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and Adults who wish to help sign up by Feb. 1.
    • The Bobwhite and Dragon 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.
    • The Cobra, Hawk, and Scorpion 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 uniform.
    • All other adults not planning on helping to set up, please be on hand by 10:45 a.m.
    • Breakfast will be at approximately 12:00 noon, 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 brunch. 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.
      • Give a signed permission slipfor scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Park in the rear parking lot up the hill.
    • Photos of Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch in Feb. 2004, Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 8 (Sun.)       I Tried SCUBA (More information) at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Avenue on Milton Point in Rye.  7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • (New date.  Moved from Feb. 1, which was Superbowl Sunday).
    • It is very important to arrive on time.  We shall begin promptly at 7:00 p.m.  Allow extra time if this is your first time driving there.
    • It should take about 50 minutes to drive from Grace Lutheran Church to Durland Scout Center.  It may take longer to drive from your point of departure.
    • Also, after you turn left on Stuyvesant Avenue the Durland Scout Center will be on your right just before the road ends.  It is in a residential neighborhood.
    • Park in the parking lot next to the Durland building.
    • Enter via the front door, turn right, and go to the classroom at the end of the hall.
    • Please check in with Thomas who will record attendance.
    • Mr. Ed Smith and other volunteer Scuba instructors will provide our program.
    • Bring:
      • swimsuit.  Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for a quick change.
      • old t-shirt to wear in the pool in case the water is cold
      • towel
      • filled water bottle labeled with your name
      • camera, if desired.  If you bring a disposable camera please write your name on it.
      • plastic bag to bring home wet items
      • day pack or large bag to store your stuff
    • Scouts must be 14 years old or older.
    • Adults must be BSA-registered adults to participate, if slots available.  Scouts have priority.
    • Must have 10-15 participants for this event to happen.
    • Deadline to Sign up here "I Tried Scuba" both scouts and adults, is Jan. 12.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Margaret L.
    • This is a one evening program designed to introduce interested youth to SCUBA.  You will learn about equipment and techniques and have an opportunity to try out the equipment in the Durland pool (bring a bathing suit) under the leadership of certified SCUBA instructors.  One hour of instruction followed by one hour using SCUBA gear in the pool.
    • Signup is limited, but we need at least 10 participants.
    • Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
    • $7 per person.  A cancellation refund only if replacement participant available.  Due to troop treasurer by Jan 26.
    • Tentative snow date Feb. 15 or 22.
    • For more information contact Margaret L.
    • Photos of I Tried Scuba on Feb. 2004.
  • 8 (Sun.)       Scout Anniversary Day (94th year)
  • 9 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. Scouts and Adults.
    • Agenda: Winter camping skills.
  • 10 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 13 (Fri.)       Scout Sabbath
  • 16 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  (School closed)  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Sign up before this meeting.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your book,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 16 (Mon.)  Welcome new Scout Jamal E.
  • 17 (Tues.)   (No Dragon or Scorpion Patrols Meeting, schools closed)
  • 20-22(F-Su).Freeze-O-Ree in the lean-to's at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Meet Friday 3:30 p.m. at Sperling Center, hike to site #41 at 4:00 p.m.  Pickup Sunday 8:30 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Winter Camping.  Warm Tips (overview).  Internet Links (scroll down to "Internet Sources").  Refer to your handouts.
    • Patrol leaders will handle signup and answer questions.  Also, Mr. Long and Rick K. will answer questions.
    • Patrol Leaders: See Camping Patrol Duty Roster in the Printable Forms section below.
    • Ice fishing and ice skating (bring skates) weather permitting.  Be prepared for rain.
    • Day event Saturday only for new scouts, Tenderfoot, and Second Class, or any scout not equipped.
      • Arrive Saturday at 10:00 a.m., leave at 4:00 p.m.
      • Program: Work on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements.
      • Bring a bag lunch, such as Cup-O-Soup, etc.  Hot chocolate will be provided.
    • Nearly a 2-mile round-trip hike each way to the site.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Chris L.
    • Photos of Freeze-O-Ree at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Feb. 2004.
  • 20-22(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend #6, (More information)
  • 23 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults on Feb. 29.
    • The Hawks will present Orienteering.
  • 23 (Mon.)    Lifeguard training begins at Durland Scout Center.
  • 24 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 27 (Fri.)       Scuba certification begins (More information) for all people 15 years old and older at Durland Scout Center.
  • 27-29(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend #7, (More information)
  • 28 (Sat.)     ..Webelos Klondike
    • FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.
    • Email the Scoutmaster as soon as possible if you can help out, or if you have questions.
    • Meet at 8:30 a.m. at the stone building near Parking Lot #1.  The event is from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
    • Troop 174 will be running a lashing station teaching Diagonal Lashing and building tripods.
    • Bring a hot cup labeled with your name.  Lunch will be provided.
    • Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. Scouts and Adults. Sign up by Feb. 9.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Chris L.
    • Photos of Webelos Klondike: Feb. 2004, Mar. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 28 (Sat.)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form) 8:30 a.m.
  • 29(Sun.)      ..Bowl-O-Ree  (More information)
    • Location: 1:00 p.m. at Jefferson Valley Bowl, Inc., 3699 Hill Blvd., Jefferson Valley.
    • The Bowl-O-Ree supports Scouting programs for Youths with Special Needs in the Westchester-Putnam Council.
    • Sign up here.  Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults. Sign up by Feb. 23.
    • Bring a completed Pledge Form and pledged money as checks payable to "Westchester-Putnam Council.", and see event details below the pledge form.
    • Wear an official uniform.
    • Each scout who donates $30 or more will bowl two games for free, free bowling shoes rental, and receive a Bowl-O-Ree patch.
    • Robert C. is organizing our troop participation.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Robert C..
    • Photos of Bowl-O-Ree, Feb. 2004, May 2003, Nov. 2001.


 March 2004  Theme: Farm Mechanics (also here), and Auto Mechanics (also here).
  • 1 (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.
    • Minutes of Mar. 1 Greenbar meeting.
    • Deadline to sign up here for Swim Night on Mar. 17.
    • Deadline to turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Troop Swim Night on Mar. 17.
  • 2 (Tues.)     Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin.
  • 5-7(F-Su)    Council Ski Weekend #8, (More information)
  • 6 (Sat.)         Lifesaving Merit Badge at Durland Scout Center postponed to Apr. 3.
  • 6 (Sat.)         Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 6-7(Sa-Su)   Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 8 (Mon.)    ..Court of Honor 7:30 p.m.
  • 9 (Tues.)     Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 10 (Wed.)    Deadline to register for Den Chief Training on March 20.
  • 10 (Wed.)    Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. 7:00 p.m.
  • 12-14(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend #9, (More information)
  • 13 (Sat.)       POSTPONED - Lifesaving Merit Badge at Durland Scout Center.
  • 13 (Sat.)       Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 13-14(Sa-Su)Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 14 (Sun.)    ..Day Hike at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Scouts will work on completing another Clear Lake Patch segment.
    • Older Scouts meet at 8:00 a.m. at Sperling Center at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake for a 6 mile hike with backpacks.
      • Take sleeping bag and sleeping pad plus the "10 Essentials", pocket knife, first aid kit, extra clothing, flashlight and batteries, rain gear, filled water bottle, map and compass, matches and firestarter, sun protection and sun glasses, and trail food.
    • Younger Scouts meet at 9:00 a.m. at  Sperling Center at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake for a 5 mile orienteering hike with day packs (with at least food and water) to work on rank requirements of which the 5-mile hike is one.
    • Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Trail MapOrienteering Map Symbols.
    • Sign up through the patrols.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Photos of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Hike: Mar. 2004.
  • 15 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except OA members wear official including OA sash, and Board of Review candidates wear official.
    • The Order of the Arrow election will be held.  All scouts are requested to be present to vote.
      • Congratulations on being elected to the OA: Stephen G., Kevin K., Joe P., and Michael S.
    • Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • Be sure that you ...
        • wear a full official uniform, including your merit badge sash,
        • have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a Scoutmaster Conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 16 (Tues.)    Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 17 (Wed.)     Deadline for on-line registration for Troop 99 Merit Badge Seminar on Mar. 20.  To register e-mail Vinny D. at  and he will register for the troop.
  • 17 (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.
    • But cars may not park on the side of the building.  Park in front and walk to the side.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night.  Sign up to swim, both scouts and adults, by Mar. 1.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
      • No Fee: Free.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • 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.
      • Arrive on time at 7:00 p.m. so there will be enough time to complete the requirements.
      • Requirement 9b is the BSA swimmer test.
      • Although the former 9c (survival skills) is no longer a rank requirement, we offer it, 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 144 will join us, working on Aquanaut Badge and the Swimming Belt Loop.
    • 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.  Thank you.
    • For further information contact SPL Mike M.
    • Photos of swim nights: Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 19-21(F-Su)Council Ski Weekend #10, (More information)
  • 20 (Sat.)      Merit Badge Seminar, hosted by Troop 99, Scarsdale.  See "Merit Badge Availability and Requirements" and "FAQ."
    • Deadline for online registration is Wednesday, March 17.  To register e-mail Vinny D. at  and he will register for the troop.
  • 20 (Sat.)      Den Chief Training (More information, Registration Form)
    • 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.
    • Location: Council Service Center (Directions), 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.
    • Register by March 10.  Course starts at 8:30 a.m.
    • Fees: $10 training fee plus $5 lunch fee for scouts.  There is no charge for adult leaders unless lunch is requested.
    • "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.
  • 22 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • The Dragons will present Flag Ceremonies.
  • 23 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 25 (Thurs.)  POSTPONED - Sort Clothing at Grace Lutheran Church for Midnight Run, 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • More information below on the Midnight Run.
    • No signup for sorting, just show up.
    • If you have questions, call Pastor Kennedy, 245-5737.
  • 26 (Fri.)       POSTPONED - Midnight Run from Grace Lutheran Church, 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • "... distribute food, clothing, blankets and personal care items to the homeless poor on the streets of New York City. The late-night relief efforts create a forum for trust, sharing, understanding and affection. That human exchange, rather than the exchange of goods, is the essence of the Midnight Run mission."
    • More information from Grace and from the Midnight Run.
    • Recommended for scouts at least 16 years old.  Younger scouts must go with a parent.
    • To sign up or for questions call Pastor Kennedy, 245-5737.
  • 26 (Fri.)      POSTPONED -Cub Scout Movie Night Fundraiser (date to be determined)
    • Setup at 6:00 p.m.  Room reserved until 10:00 p.m.
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • All Cub Scout Packs are invited.
    • Movie: Pirates of the Caribbean
    • Activities:
      • Prize for best costume.
      • Building a ship.
    • We shall sell popcorn and soda.
    • Coordinator: Karen M.
  • 29 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 30 (Tues.)    Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.


 April 2004  Theme: Fishing (also here).
  • 3 (Sat.)         Lifesaving Merit Badge begins at Durland Scout Center.
  • 3 (Sat.)         Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More information, Registration Form) 8:30 a.m.
  • 4 (Sun.)        Canoe Trek Preparedness.
    • Meet 9:45 a.m. at Sperling Center in Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Pick up at Sperling Center at 12:30 p.m.
    • Eat a light breakfast.
    • Bring a bag lunch, "10 Essentials", and day pack.
    • One of the 10 Essentials is a map.  You may bring this Clear Lake Trail map or purchase a Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake topo map at the Trading Post at the Campmaster Cabin.
    • If you have questions, call Steve C.
    • Photos of Canoe Trek Preparedness, Apr. 2004, May 2003.
  • 5 (Mon.)      (No Troop or Parent Meeting, Schools closed)
  • 6 (Tues.)      (No Hawk or Cobra Patrols Meeting, schools closed)
  • 7 (Wed.)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. 7:00 p.m.
  • 12 (Mon.)  ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Greenbars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Patrol Leaders turn in headcounts for the Council Camp-O-Ree on May 21-23.
    • Thomas L. Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Proposal to Troop Committee.
  • 13 (Tues.)    Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 16-18(F-Su)..Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • 17 (Sat.)       Stock Fish in Streams
    • Meet 8:00 a.m. in the parking lot across from Brady Chevrolet at 1015 Rt. 22 in Brewster.  Do not use mapquest or yahoo; they are confused.
    • Stocking will be done in Putnam County: Southeast, Patterson, Carmel, Kent, and Putnam County Park.
    • Scouts can earn service hours.
    • Wear boots, long socks, old long pants, an activity uniform troop sweatshirt if you have one, and a troop hat.
    • Bring cotton gloves.
    • Be aware of ticks.
    • If you need more information contact Dale S.
  • 17 (Sat.)       Battle of Yorktown: Pick up roadside litter.
    • Scouts can earn service hours.
    • Yorktown Heights, Shrub Oak, Kitchawan, Crompond, Mohegan Lake, and Jefferson Valley.
    • Litter bags and safety vests supplied, bring work gloves.
    • Call the Environmental Conservation Office at 245-4438 to register and for more information.
  • 17 (Sat.)       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 Silvermine 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.  Orienteering Map Symbols. Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 18 (Sun.)      Canoe Trek Preparedness.
    • Meet 9:45 a.m. at Sperling Center in Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Pick up at Sperling Center at 12:30 p.m.
    • Eat a light breakfast.
    • Bring a bag lunch, "10 Essentials", and day pack.
    • One of the 10 Essentials is a map.  You may bring this Clear Lake Trail map or purchase a Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake topo map at the Trading Post at the Campmaster Cabin.
    • If you have questions, call Steve C.
    • Photos of Canoe Trek Preparedness, Apr. 2004, May 2003.
  • 19 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • The Bobwhites will present Firemanship.
    • Fishing merit badge begins.
    • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your book,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
    • Boston troop trip parent meeting following the Troop Meeting, around 8:30 p.m.   Read the trip information (see 4/30-5/2) before this meeting.
    • Summer Camp: See next week.
  • 19 (Mon.)   Congratulations to Paul M. for completing the OA Brotherhood Quest.
  • 20 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 24-25(Sa-Su).Mini-Trek at Giant Ledge in the Catskills.
    • Meet at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Grace Lutheran Church, returning at about noon Sunday.
    • Three groups: Lower Giant Ledge, Giant Ledge, and Panther Mt.
    • Sign up here Mini-Trek at Giant Ledge and Panther Mtn.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Driver/camper fathers welcome.
    • It can get cold at night at 3,720 feet!  Be prepared.
    • Also be prepared for bugs.
    • What to bring:
      • Dale's suggested equipment list.
      • The "10 Essentials".
      • The Boy Scout Handbook (pages 197 -  230) also lists camping gear.
      • Your homemade lightweight alcohol Photon stove?
      • Scouts plan their own food, including a bag lunch for Saturday.  As a "low impact, 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.
    • Two scouts to a tent.
    • 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.
    • If you need more information contact Dale S.
    • Photos of Giant Ledge Mini-Treks, Apr. 2004, Oct. 2003, May 2001.
  • 25 (Sun.)      CANCELED Canoe Trek Preparedness.  If you have questions, call Steve C.
  • 26 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Summer camp payment deadline.
    • Summer camp.  Camp Read 2004 Boy Scout Parents' Guide
      • Sign up and payment are due now.
      • Sign up here for Summer Camp.
      • Fees:
        • $245 for 1 week, $480 for 2 weeks if paid before June 1.  After June 1 fees increase to $270 for 1 week and $505 for 2 weeks.
        • Contact Barbara C. for fees for the Canoe Trek and Backpacking Trek.
        • Additional fees:
          • $6 for troop photo (8 x 10 color) paid in cash labeled with the Scout's name and Week 1 or 2 to Barbara C.
          • $12 for a one hour horse trail ride.
          • $16 plus transportation for whitewater rafting.
          • $25 for Horsemanship merit badge for riding time.
          • $30 for high adventure caving at Eagle Cave at Chimney Mountain in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area on Wednesdays.  Largest and most spectacular wild cave in the Adirondacks.  Rappel down a rope to enter the cave.  Must be 14 years old or older.  Trip will be lead by a professional licensed Adirondack guide.  Hours are after breakfast to 5 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Photos taken inside Eagle Cave.
          • $30 for one day of Adirondack climbing and rappelling out of camp on Tuesdays.  Must be 13 years old or older.
          • $30 for 30 minutes of water skiing out of camp.
          • $45 one way, $90 round trip for Council bus transportation.
          • Guest meal fees, advance reservations required
            • $3 breakfast
            • $4 lunch
            • $5 dinner
        • Make check payable to "Troop 174 BSA" and give to Barbara C.
        • Partial camp scholarships are available.  Scholarship applications must be submitted before June 30, 2004.
  • 27 (Tues.)   Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 30-5/2(F-Su).Boston Troop Trip
    • Assemble Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Barbara C's house, 3797 Cranberry Lane Shrub Oak.
    • Sign up here.  Boston Troop Trip.  Sign up by Apr. 5.
    • Complete Trip Information, last updated Apr. 28 for USS Constitution hours.
    • Patrol Leaders:  See Camping Patrol Duty Roster in the Printable Forms section below.
    • Give a signed Permission Slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Chris L.
    • Photos of Troop Trips to Boston Apr. 2004, Gettysburg June 2003.


 May 2004  Theme: Environmental Science (also here).
  • 1-2 (Sa-Su)  Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3.  8:30 a.m.
  • 3 (Mon.)    ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.
    • Greenbar meeting canceled.
    • Dan M. Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Proposal to Troop Committee.
    • Summer Camp payment is necessary to sign up for merit badges.
  • 4 (Tues.)     Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 5 (Wed.)      Deadline to order Troop 174 t-shirts, sweatshirts, and fleeces.  Contact Barbara C.
  • 10 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Parent Meeting for those going to the Council Camp-O-Ree, to plan food, etc.
  • 11 (Tues.)   Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 14-16(F-Su)..Order of the Arrow Weekend at Read Scout Reservation.
  • 15-16(Sa-Su).Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.  Directions from Route 6 (going east towards JV Mall):  Make a right onto Taconic State Parkway South.  Continue for 11 miles.  Take Rt 100/Rt 133 exit toward BraircliffManor/Millwood.  Turn left onto Saw Mill River Road/NY 100 South.  Continue 0.5 mile, and turn right onto North State Road.  The SPCA entrance will be past the entrance of a development on the left, before the self-storage place and before Club Fit.
    • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Prune the brush, dig a drainage swale (ditch), and lay logs on the sides of the trail to define it.
    • Bring:
      • bag lunch.  Drinking water will be provided.
      • tools - rakes, flat shovels, round shovels, sledge hammers, pruning shears
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Email Dan M. which days and hours you will be there, and which tools you will bring.   Dan's email address is on our troop's Password-Protected webpage.
    • Email Dan M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project, May 15, 2004.
  • 15-16(Sa-Su)Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Click here). See event details for signup, schedule, and fees, different from the usual one-day events.  Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Sebago Beach 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. Orienteering Map Symbols.  Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 17 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Board of Review.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Sign up before May 17.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 18 (Tues.)   Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 21-23(F-Su).Council Camp-O-Ree "Mystery at the Mount"
    • Come join the 1000 Boy Scouts within our Council for a spectacular weekend tenting.  The program includes a mystery who-done-it, traversing a stream, repelling from cliffs, archery, canoeing, and initiative games.  All five branches of the military will be present along with the FBI, State Police, County Sheriffs Department, Homeland Security, Red Cross and Fire Departments.  We shall also have a Merit Badge Midway and several other informational display areas.
    • At Blue Mountain Reservation, Welcher Avenue, Peekskill.  Directions.
    • Camp-O-Ree information including general information, schedule, program, and activities.
    • Sign up through the patrols.
    • Arrive at the Grace parking lot at 5:40 p.m. Friday to leave at 6:00 p.m.  Depart after the closing ceremony about 10:00 a.m. Sunday.
    • Patrols will camp jamboree style with their Troop.  Space is limited and open fires are discouraged.  For logistic purposes, stoves and maximum tent occupancy are recommended.  Parking will be within 200 yards of the campsite.  For time management purposes simplistic patrol meals should be encouraged.
    • Bring a bag supper for Friday and a bag lunch for Saturday.
    • The Program Trail will consist of four Action Centers that the patrols rotate through every 90 minutes with 15 minutes allocated for travel time.  As participants will be out of their campsite from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. each Patrol will be required to bring their own non-cook trail lunch and snacks for the day.
    • Wear official uniform at night for the Saturday evening assembly, religious services, and Campfire.  Wear activity uniform during the day on the Program Trail.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Photos of Council Camp-O-Ree on May 2004.  See also photos from Council May 2004.
  • 23 (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. Orienteering Map Symbols.  Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off.
  • 24 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 25 (Tues.)   Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 29-30(Sa-Su).Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.  Directions from Route 6 (going east towards JV Mall):  Make a right onto Taconic State Parkway South.  Continue for 11 miles.  Take Rt 100/Rt 133 exit toward BraircliffManor/Millwood.  Turn left onto Saw Mill River Road/NY 100 South.  Continue 0.5 mile, and turn right onto North State Road.  The SPCA entrance will be past the entrance of a development on the left, before the self-storage place and before Club Fit.
    • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Bring:
      • bag lunch.  Drinking water will be provided.
      • tools - rakes, flat shovels, round shovels, sledge hammers, pruning shears, wheelbarrows
    • Activities:  Move a large log and clear that section of the trail, install a chain railing, clear a fence post line and install fence posts..
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Email Dan M. which days and hours you will be there, and which tools you will bring.   Dan's email address is on our troop's Password-Protected webpage.
    • Email Dan M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project on May 30 & 15, 2004.
  • 31 (Mon.)  ..Memorial Day Parade
    • Meet 10:45 a.m. at the Yorktown Highway Dept. between Commerce Street and Front Street.
    • Parade and ceremony afterwards: 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m..  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.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Photos of Memorial Day parade May 2004, May 2003, May 2002, May 2001.
      • Videos May 2004 of Band (4 MB), Troop (2 MB).
  • 31 (Mon.)  CANCELED: No Troop Meeting (Memorial Day, school closed)
    • Deadline to pay for summer camp at lower rates.  Fee increases June 1.
      • $245 for one week, if paid by May 31.  Beginning June 1 the fee will be $270.
      • $480 for two weeks, if paid by May 31.  Beginning June 1 the fee will be $505.


 June 2004 Theme: Environmental Science (also here).
  • 1 (Tues.)     CANCELED: No Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting
  • 1 (Tues.)     Deadline to Sign up here.  Greenhorn Weekend on June 18-19.
  • 5-6(Sa-Su) .Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.  Directions from Route 6 (going east towards JV Mall):  Make a right onto Taconic State Parkway South.  Continue for 11 miles.  Take Rt 100/Rt 133 exit toward BraircliffManor/Millwood.  Turn left onto Saw Mill River Road/NY 100 South.  Continue 0.5 mile, and turn right onto North State Road.  The SPCA entrance will be past the entrance of a development on the left, before the self-storage place and before Club Fit.
    • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday     1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Bring:
      • bag lunch.  Drinking water will be provided.
      • tools - hammers, shovels, rakes, hatchets, wheelbarrows
    • Work that will be done includes spreading wood chips on the trail, lining the trail with logs, installing fence posts and fence, and digging a swale.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Sign up here SPCA Trail Work Sign Up for Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project.  Sign up by June 11.  Give which days and hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
    • Email Dan M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project on May 30 & 15, 2004.
  • 6 (Sun.)      Junior Shoot (shotgun, air gun, archery) Starts at 8:00 a.m. at the Putnam County Fish and Game Association, 290 Drewville Rd., Carmel, NY, (845) 628-7669.
    • This shoot is open to children in the community.
    • Background: The Putnam County Fish and Game Association holds Junior Shoots with safety courses for the Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, and area children, conducts several NRA Firearm Safety classes each year open to all members of the community, and conducts NYS Hunter Safety classes.  Their ranges are also used by the Carmel Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. for continued training of their officers.
  • 7 (Mon.)    ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  All parents are asked to attend.  Wear an official uniform.  Greenbars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Brian C. will present his Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Proposal.  Be there.
    • Topic: A Treasurer is needed to replace Jackson P.
  • 8 (Tues.)     Dragon and Scorpion Patrols Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, although everyone is welcome any week.
  • 12 (Sat.)     ..Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project at the SPCA of Westchester, 590 North State Road, Briarcliff Manor.  Directions from Route 6 (going east towards JV Mall):  Make a right onto Taconic State Parkway South.  Continue for 11 miles.  Take Rt 100/Rt 133 exit toward BraircliffManor/Millwood.  Turn left onto Saw Mill River Road/NY 100 South.  Continue 0.5 mile, and turn right onto North State Road.  The SPCA entrance will be past the entrance of a development on the left, before the self-storage place and before Club Fit.
    • Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Bring:
      • bag lunch.  Drinking water will be provided.
      • tools - shovels, rakes, wheelbarrows
    • Work that will be done includes spreading gravel on the wet areas of trail
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Sign up here Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project, SPCA Trail Work.  Sign up by June 11.  Give which hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
    • Email Dan M. if you have questions.
    • Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Project on May 15 & 30, June 7 & 12, 2004.
      • Video June 12, 2004 of Mulch (2 MB).
  • 13 (Sun.)    ..Flag Day Ceremony 1:30 p.m. at the Yorktown Elks Lodge at 590 Waverly Road, Yorktown Heights, across the street from the Strang Middle School off Granite Springs Road.
    • Free refreshments afterwards.
    • Photos of Flag Day on June 2004.
  • 13 (Sun.)    ..(Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project is finished.  No more help needed.)
  • 14 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Program:  Lyme Disease presentation by Thomas L.
    • Board of Review.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Sign up before June 14.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your book,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 15 (Tues.)    CANCELED Hawk and Cobra Patrols Meeting.  This is the last patrol meeting this school year.
  • 18-19(F-Sa) ..Greenhorn Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Directions.  Overnight campout Fri.-Sat.  Optional camping overnight Sat.-Sun.
    • Sign up here scouts and adults by June 1.
    • Patrols are responsible for knowing who is coming, meal planning, and bringing their own food.  Patrol leaders should see the Camping Patrol Duty Roster and Description of Duties forms in Printable Forms / On Other Sites near the bottom of this page.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Site 42.
    • Schedule
      • Meet 6:00 p.m. at Grace.
      • Leave 6:30 p.m. from Grace.
    • Program
      1. Morning
        • Younger scouts will work on Totin' Chip, Firem'n Chit, fire building, tent setup, and operating a light-weight propane camp stove, taught by the Scorpion, Bobwhite, and Cobra patrols.
        • The Dragon and Hawk patrols will pursue the Fishing Merit Badge with Scoutmaster Long.
      2. Afternoon
        • Younger scouts will learn some knots, some rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class, first aid, pioneering, and tent building, taught by the Dragon and Hawk patrols.
        • The Scorpion, Bobwhite, and Cobra patrols will pursue the Fishing Merit Badge with the Scoutmaster.
    • What to bring:
      • "10 Essentials".
      • Folding chair (optional).
      • Hot cup labeled with your name
      • Eating kit (spoon, plate, bowl)
      • No electronic devices (radios, Gameboys, etc.), except Walkman or radio with headphones
      • Boy Scout Handbook, if you want to work on requirements.  This includes all younger scouts.
      • activity uniform shirt
      • Sleeping bag
      • Sleeping pad (optional)
      • 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.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Photos of Greenhorn Weekend, June 2004, Oct. 2002.
  • 19 (Sat.)      ..End of Year Picnic and Court of Honor, at 5:30 p.m. at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Pavilion, 1 Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley.  Parents should come.  Wear a official uniform.
    • Bring salad or dessert and also a 2-liter soda bottle, plus a flashlight to find your way back to your car.
    • Sign up here.  End of Year Picnic and Court of Honor head count. Sign up by June 14.
    • Adult volunteers are needed to set up before 5:30 p.m. and to cook.  Contact Barbara C. if you can help.
    • Optionally bring a folding chair.
    • Troop Meetings and Patrol Meetings resume in September.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Photos of Picnic and Courts of Honor, June 2004, June 2003, June 2002, June 2001.
  • 16-20(W-Su) The Scout Shop in Hawthorne will be Closed.
  • 21 (Mon.) ..Meeting for Camp Read Attendees, Summer Camp and Treks, 7:30 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 Treks, must attend along with a parent.
    • Merit Badge schedules are due to be turned in.
    • Questions will be answered.
    • Campers: The following fees are due if you will do doing any of them:
      • Camp Fees, $270 for 1 week and $505 for 2 weeks when paid after June 1.
      • Canoe Trek fee: (ask Barbara C.).
      • Backpacking Trek fee: $284.
      • $6 for troop photo (8 x 10 color) paid in cash labeled with the Scout's name and Week 1 or Week 2.
      • $12 for a one hour horse trail ride.
      • $16 plus transportation for whitewater rafting.
      • $25 for Horsemanship merit badge for riding time.
      • $30 for high adventure caving at Eagle Cave at Chimney Mountain in the Siamese Ponds Wilderness Area on Wednesdays.  Largest and most spectacular wild cave in the Adirondacks.  Rappel down a rope to enter the cave.  Must be 14 years old or older.  Trip will be lead by a professional licensed Adirondack guide.  Hours are after breakfast to 5 p.m. or 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Photos taken inside Eagle Cave.
      • $30 for one day of Adirondack climbing and rappelling out of camp on Tuesdays.  Must be 13 years old or older.
      • $30 for 30 minutes of water skiing out of camp.
      • $45 one way, $90 round trip for Council bus transportation.
      • Guest meal fees, advance reservations required
        • $3 breakfast
        • $4 lunch
        • $5 dinner
      • Make check payable to "Troop 174 BSA" and give to Barbara C.
      • After the meeting, complete prerequisites for the merit badges before summer camp.
  • 24 (Thurs.)       Trekking at Turkey Mountain The Backpacking Trek scouts should attend.
    • Meet at Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve in Yorktown Heights at 6:15 p.m.  Be on the trail at 6:30 p.m. sharp.  Be on time, or be left behind.
    • Map.  Directions:  Rt. 202 to the Triangle intersection turning right on Rt. 118 south.  Go South through two stoplights.  2 mi. past Underhill Ave. turn right into Turkey Mtn. Preserve on Locke Lane opposite sign for Peter Pratt's Inn.  Parking lot is at the end of the road.
    • Bring backpacks loaded to weigh a minimum of 50 pounds, water, etc. and 10 Essentials.
  • 25 (Fri.)          Trekking at Turkey Mountain  The Backpacking Trek scouts should attend.
    • Meet at Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve in Yorktown Heights at 6:15 p.m.  Be on the trail at 6:30 p.m. sharp.  Be on time, or be left behind.
    • Map.  Directions:  Rt. 202 to the Triangle intersection turning right on Rt. 118 south.  Go South through two stoplights.  2 mi. past Underhill Ave. turn right into Turkey Mtn. Preserve on Locke Lane opposite sign for Peter Pratt's Inn.  Parking lot is at the end of the road.
    • Bring backpacks loaded to weigh a minimum of 50 pounds, water, etc. and 10 Essentials.
  • 26 (Sat.)      ..Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Location:  The entrance to Sylvan Glen Park at the Intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Ave., Mohegan Lake.  Directions from Lexington Ave. between Rt. 6 and Rt. 202 -- 1 mile south of Rt. 6 (1/2 mile north of Rt. 202) go east on Morris Lane for 0.2 miles.  Sylvan Glen Park is directly ahead.
    • Saturday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Spread wood chips, clean up and fix bench posts and work on Classroom sign, and brace map.
    • Sunday   8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. -- Spread wood chips and construct benches.
    • Bring:
      • Bag lunch.
      • Bring your own water.  Extra water will be provided.
      • You could bring a folding chair.
      • Tools - Please bring any that you have: shovels, rakes, hammers, screwdrivers, wheelbarrows or large trash cans for moving wood chips, and weedwhackers.
      • Bring rain gear.
      • Safety equipment - safety goggles, work gloves.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Sign up here Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Project this weekend.  Sign up by June 25.  Give which days and hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts who want to use power tools.
    • Email Tom L. if you have questions.
    • Photos of  Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Project on June 26, 2004.  See also photo at Mushroom Walks (click to enlarge).
  • 28 (Mon.)   Tour the FDR veterans hospital and grounds
    • For all scouts who need to complete the Citizenship in the Nation requirement #4, "Tour a federal installation."
    • Scouts who went on our troop's Boston trip fulfilled this requirement.
    • Meet at 3:15 p.m. at Building 25 at the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Campus of the VA Hudson Valley Healthcare System in Montrose, 622 Albany Post Road on Route 9A in Montrose. Map.
  • 28-2(M-F)   Aquatics #1 and Sailing #1 Camps at Durland Scout Center.
  • 29 (Tues.)   Trekking at Turkey Mountain The Backpacking Trek scouts should attend.
    • Meet at Turkey Mountain Nature Preserve in Yorktown Heights at 6:15 p.m.  Be on the trail at 6:30 p.m. sharp.  Be on time, or be left behind.
    • Map.  Directions:  Rt. 202 to the Triangle intersection turning right on Rt. 118 south.  Go South through two stoplights.  2 mi. past Underhill Ave. turn right into Turkey Mtn. Preserve on Locke Lane opposite sign for Peter Pratt's Inn.  Parking lot is at the end of the road.
    • Bring backpacks loaded to weigh a minimum of 50 pounds, water, etc. and 10 Essentials.
  • 29 (Tues.)   Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training for adults
    • 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall
    • To register call Margaret L.
  • 1 (Thurs.)..Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Time: 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Task: Spread wood chips in Outdoor Classroom and at the trail head.
    • Bring:
      • Food.
      • Bring your own water.  Extra water will be provided.
      • You could bring a folding chair.
      • Tools - Please bring any that you have: shovels, rakes, and wheelbarrows or large trash cans for moving wood chips.
      • Safety equipment - work gloves.
    • Location:  The entrance to Sylvan Glen Park at the Intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Ave., Mohegan Lake.  Directions from Lexington Ave. between Rt. 6 and Rt. 202 -- 1 mile south of Rt. 6 (1/2 mile north of Rt. 202) go east on Morris Lane for 0.2 miles.  Sylvan Glen Park is directly ahead.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Sign up here Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Project.  Sign up by June 30.  Give which hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Email Tom L. if you have questions.
    • Photos of  Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Project on June 26 & July 1, 2004.  See also photo at Mushroom Walks (click to enlarge).


 July 2004
    ..Troop 174 Summer Activities
        Choose from these Troop 174 group activities:
    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. Camp Read 2004 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.  Arrive at Noon on Sunday and leave no later than 9:00 a.m. the following Saturday.
      2. What to Expect
      3. Select a program
        • Camp with our troop.
        • Be a Den Chief at the Webelos Resident Camp (Week 1, no fee).
        • Get BSA Lifeguard certification.  Must be at least 14 years old or completed 8th grade, and have swimming ability with various strokes.  Prior completion of Lifesaving merit badge is advantageous.  Requires at least 6 hours a day Monday through Friday.
        • Be a Camp Counselor In Training for those ages 14 and 15 (and earn merit badges as time permits).
      4. See Curtis Read Scout Reservation.  Most information current for 2004.
      5. Sign up here for Summer Camp Weeks 1 and 2.
      6. Step-by-Step Instructions (for 2003, not for use this year) to sign up, pay for, and plan for summer camp.
    2. Canoe Trek for scouts 13 and older.  See towards the bottom the main page the Trek Schedule link.
    3. High Peaks Backpacking Trek for scouts 14 and older.
      • 30 miles in three days, then one day of high-adventure caving (described above), and one day of high-adventure rock climbing and rappelling (described above).
      • Trek personal equipment list.
      • This activity requires a Class 3 Medical Form, dated within 12 months of the event.
      • Fitness: Terrain challenges fitness of hikers from Rob B., The Ithaca Journal.
      • Study Blisters 1, 2 and Dehydration 1, 2.
        • From WidernessFirstAid the Workbook, Copyright 2004 by Christopher Tate and the Wilderness Safety Council.  Reproduction is allowed only with attribution to the author and for non-commercial use.  Thanks Rick K.
      • Photos:  July 2004, and from Council July 2004.
      • Sign up here for Backpacking Trek.
  • 4-10 (Su-Sa) ..Canoe Trek
  • 4-10 (Su-Sa) ..Summer Camp Week 1 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation.
  • 11-17(Su-Sa)..Summer Camp Week 2.  This is our primary week at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation.
  • 11-17(Su-Sa)..Adirondack Backpacking Trek, High-Adventure Caving, and High-Advendure Rock Climbing and Rappelling
  • 5-9 (M-F)      Aquatics #1 and Sailing #1 Camps (This conflicts with our summer camp) at Durland Scout Center.
  • 12-16 (M-F)  Sailing #1 Camp (This conflicts with our summer camp) at Durland Scout Center.
  • 19-23 (M-F)  Sailing #1 Camp at Durland Scout Center.
  • 26-30 (M-F)  Sailing #2 Camp begins at Durland Scout Center.
  • 31-8/5(Sa-Th).. National OA Conference at Iowa State University in Ames, IA.  NOAC 2004.
    • The National Order of the Arrow Conference is the premier event for the Order of the Arrow.


 August 2004
  • 2-20 (M-F)   Sailing #2 Camp continues at Durland Scout Center.
  • 8-14(Su-Sa) Junior Leader Training Course (More informationApplication form.
    • This is an intensive one-week learning course intended to teach leadership and management skills, to increase the Scout's ability to lead the Troop, and to help the Scout grow in all aspects of his life.
    • Camp Waubeeka, Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation (map) in Brant Lake, NY.  Camp Read is in Brant Lake, NY, about a 4-hour drive 200 miles north of Westchester, about a half hour north of Lake George. See the Getting to Camp page for driving directions to Read Scout Reservation and Brant Lake area map (and ignore the Council Transportation, which is for Summer Camp).
    • Must be at least of First Class rank, 13 years old, and currently filling a leadership position in the troop as Senior Patrol Leader or Assistant Senior Patrol Leader, or likely to assume one of these positions soon.
    • Fee:  $265
    • Scoutmaster's approval is required.
  • 27-29(F-Su) .. OA Conclave (More information) at Edmund D. Strang Scout Reservation in Goshen, CT (directions) (map).
  • Other Summer Activities
    • Westchester Parks: Events, camping, environment, fishing/boating, trailways, sports, swimming, summer camps.
    • Yorktown Recreation Programs: Aquatics programs, summer day camp, and youth programs.
    • Space Camp in Florida and Alabama offers one-week programs, ages 9-18.  Examples:
      • Aviation Challenge Mach II qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Aviation merit badge as well as partials in First Aid, Fire Safety, and Orienteering.
      • Space Academy qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Space Exploration merit badge.
      • Check for programs for other ages and for possible discount for registering before Dec. 31 for the summer programs.


 September 2004
  • 15 (Wed.)       .. Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • BEFORE 5:00 p.m. send an email message to Tom L. and state which days and hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
  • 16-17 (Th-F)  .. Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Location:  The entrance to Sylvan Glen Park at the Intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Ave., Mohegan Lake.  Directions from Lexington Ave. between Rt. 6 and Rt. 202 -- 1 mile south of Rt. 6 (1/2 mile north of Rt. 202) go east on Morris Lane for 0.2 miles.  Sylvan Glen Park is directly ahead.
    • Reminder:  Schools are closed on Thursday and Friday in the Lakeland and Yorktown school districts, and many other school districts.
    • BEFORE Wednesday, September 15 at 5:00 p.m. send an email message to Tom L. and state which days and hours you will be there and which tools you will bring.
    • Thursday 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -- Dig 4 holes for the kiosk posts, install 4 posts, install frame to support posts, and put concrete in the post holes.
    • Friday 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. -- Spread wood chips, rain or shine.
    • Bring:
      • Your own filled water bottle.  Extra drinking water will be provided.
      • Folding chair.
      • Tools for
        • Thursday - Please bring any that you have:  post hole diggers, crow bars or pry bars, shovels, work gloves, and safety glasses.
        • Friday - Please bring any that you have:  wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels, and work gloves.
      • Rain gear.
      • Snack (optional).
    • Sign in with Tom L. when you arrive, and sign out with Tom L. when you leave.  This is important.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Tom L. when you arrive.
    • Scouts who want to use power tools must turn in a signed power tools permission slip to Tom L. when you arrive.
    • Email Tom L. if you have questions.
    • Photos of  Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Project on Sept. 16-17, July 1, & June 26, 2004.  See also photo at Mushroom Walks (click to enlarge).
  • 17-19(F-Su)..OA Fall Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
  • 18 (Sat.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Spook Swamp in Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 21 (Tues.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Meet at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • This meeting is on TUESDAY.  This is a one time change only and we will be back on schedule on Monday, September 27.
    • Elections will be held.
  • 25 (Sat) ..Tom L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project: Build Kiosk, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 27 (Mon.)   ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.  Meet at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Donate used soccer shoes and cleats, all sizes, for needy families.  The box is in the Grace Lutheran Church lobby.  Call Karen M. if you have questions.
  • 28 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 October 2004
Theme (Hawks): Hiking (also here)
Knot: Two Half Hitches, Boy Scout Handbook p. 36.
  • 2-3 (Sa-Su) ..Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project. Fix the Trail
    • Location: Sylvan Glen Park at the Intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Ave., Mohegan Lake.  Directions from Lexington Ave. between Rt. 6 and Rt. 202 -- 1 mile south of Rt. 6 (1/2 mile north of Rt. 202) go east on Morris Lane for 0.2 miles.  Sylvan Glen Park is directly ahead.
    • Saturday, Oct. 2, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 3, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • You can plan to come for part or all of the day.  The more hands working the faster the work will be done.
    • Bring:
      • Your own filled water bottles, enough for you for the day.
      • Tools: Work gloves, pick, shovel, pry bar, goggles, and hammer.
      • Please let Brian C. know if you have any clippers, bow saws or pry bars, and also if you have extra shovels or picks that may be used by others.
      • Bug repellant
      • Sun block
      • Bag lunch amd snacks.
      • Poncho if it rains.
    • Sign up here.  Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Project: Fix Trail.   Sign up by Oct. 1.
    • Sign in with Brian C. when you arrive, and sign out with Brian C. when you leave.  This is important.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Brian C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Brian C. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Project on Oct. 2-3, 2004.
  • 2 (Sat.)        Boy Scout Leader Basic Training Part 1 and 2.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For parents, Committee Members, Assistant Scoutmasters, Committee Chairpersons, and Scoutmasters.
  • 3 (Sun.)      .. Deadline to Sign up here.  Rock Climbing and Rappelling Weekend.
  • 4 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here.  Thunderbird Games Weekend on Oct. 16-17.
  • 9-10 (Sa-Su) ..Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.  Fix the White and Blue Trails.
    • Location:  Sylvan Glen Park at the Intersection of Morris Lane and Grant Ave., Mohegan Lake.  Directions from Lexington Ave. between Rt. 6 and Rt. 202 -- 1 mile south of Rt. 6 (1/2 mile north of Rt. 202) go east on Morris Lane for 0.2 miles.  Sylvan Glen Park is directly ahead.
    • Saturday, Oct. 9, from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Sunday, Oct. 10, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • You can plan to come for part or all of the day.  The more hands working the faster the work will be done.
    • Bring:
      • Your own filled water bottles, enough for you for the day.
      • Tools: Work gloves, pick, shovel, pry bar, goggles, and hammer.
      • Please let Brian C. know if you have any clippers, bow saws or pry bars, and also if you have extra shovels or picks that may be used by others.
      • Bug repellant
      • Sun block
      • Bag lunch and snacks.
      • Poncho if it rains.
    • Sign up here.  Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Project: Fix the Trail.  Sign up by Oct. 8.
    • Sign in with Brian C. when you arrive, and sign out with Brian C. when you leave.  This is important.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Brian C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Brian C. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Project on Oct. 9, Oct. 2-3, 2004.
  • 9    (Sat.) .. Rock Climbing and Rappelling
    • Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • This is a day event.  Meet at 10:00 a.m. at Sperling Center, returning at Noon.
    • Wear old clothes, activity uniform, and boots.  Long pants will help avoid scrapes.  Bring a bottle of water.
    • Follow "low impact, leave no trace" guidelines.
    • Everyone may climb and rappel.  There are no age limits, so even the youngest scout may participate.
    • Bring the "10 Essentials".
    • Sign up here.  Rock Climbing and Rappelling.  Sign up by the morning of Oct. 6.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster.
    • If you have questions contact your Patrol Leader or our SPL.
    • Photos of Rock Climbing and Rappelling at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Oct. 9, 2004.
  • 9 (Sat.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Special format local meet: Beginner and Advanced Beginner courses and beginner instruction will take place between 10 am and 12 pm only (no Beginner or Advanced Beginner starts after Noon).  Held at Sebago Beach in Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 11 (Mon.)   ..Parent-Only Meeting 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church
    • Your presence is requested at a special meeting of the parent committee this Monday evening at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • We will be discussing Fund raising and also initial planning for the Troop's 30th anniversary Dinner.
    • We will keep it as short as possible.  Please be on hand if you are in town.
    • This is an adult only meeting.  A Troop meeting is not scheduled because of the Columbus holiday.
  • 11 (Mon.)    No Troop Meeting (Columbus Day - schools closed).
  • 12 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.  Scouts who attend Cooper Beech Middle School and need a ride to Dale's please contact Karen M.  She has volunteered to pick up at Cooper Beech as many as 6 scouts and transport them to Dale's.
  • 16-17(Sa-Su).Thunderbird Games (More information)
    • Youths and adults from Boy Scouting and Venturing are the volunteer staff running the activities for this Cub Scouting event.
    • Location:  Croton Point Park, Croton Point Avenue, Croton-on-Hudson, NY.  Park map.
    • Directions:  Route 9 north or south to Croton Point Avenue exit; head west over bridge into park.  Directions.
    • Opportunity for scouts to gain service hours, camping nights, and work on scout skills and rank requirements (cooking, etc.).
    • You may volunteer Saturday for as much time as you can from 12 noon to 4 p.m., even for one hour, and help our troop run  the Sling Shot and help out on the Monkey Bridge activity stations for the Cub Scouts.  All Boy Scouts and adults who volunteer will receive a patch.
    • Boy Scouts are needed to perform on stage during the Saturday evening show.  Contact Margaret L. immediately if you want to perform a skit, tell a joke, or sing a song solo or with other Boy Scouts.
    • Sign up here.  Thunderbird Games Weekend.  Sign up by October 6.
    • Schedule
      • Saturday, Oct. 16
        • 10:00 a.m. ..................  Arrive, check in at registration area, get wristband, give permission form to Margaret L., find your game and learn how to run game.  Camping gear may be put in Margaret L.'s car.
        • 11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  Eat your bag lunch.
        • 11:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Opening Ceremonies
        • 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Games
        • 4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. ... Clean up game site area and help put games away.
        • 5:00 p.m. ..................... Scouts who volunteered to help during the day only depart.
        • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ... Scouts who are camping overnight set up campsite drive to campsite, cook, and eat dinner at camp site.
        • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. ... Evening show at the stage.  Please arrive on time.  If there is a World Series game it will be broadcasted at the stage after the show.
        • 8:30 p.m. ..................... Thunderbird Games closed for Day Visitors
        • 8:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. ... Scouts work on scouting skills and rank requirements, as desired
        • 9:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.   Free time
        • 10:00 p.m. ................... Lights Out
      • Sunday, Oct. 17
        • 7:00 a.m. ..................... Reveille
        • 7:15 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. ... Breakfast, pack up
        • 8:15 a.m. - 8:45 a.m. ... Services
        • 9:00 a.m. ..................... Check-out and depart
    • Ground fires are not allowed in the Cub Scout campground during the Thunderbird Games weekend.  Ground fires are allowed only in established fire rings in the Boy Scout "Tent Campground" of Croton Point Park.
    • Everyone will be given a wristband to wear for security reasons.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to Margaret L.
    • If you have questions contact Margaret L.
    • "See You at the Games" article from Scouting Magazine, September 2004.
    • Croton 2004 Thunderbird Games newspaper article October 17, 2004, Scouts learn ropes at festivities in park.
    • Photos of Thunderbird Games on Oct. 2004, Council photos Oct. 2004 with two of our scouts here and here, Oct. 2003.
  • 18 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Knot-of-the-month knot competition.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • The Board of Review will be after the troop meeting.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 23-24(Sa-Su).Giant Ledge Mini-Trek in the Catskills.
    • Meet at 9:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Grace Lutheran Church, returning at about noon Sunday.
    • Call Mr. Pat P., Dale S., or Mike P. if you have not signed up yet.
    • Scouts who really have not slept out should go.
    • Parents are needed for transportation and can sleep out as well.
    • It can get cold at night at 3,218 feet!  Be prepared.
    • What to bring:
      • Dale's suggested equipment list.
      • The "10 Essentials".
      • The Boy Scout Handbook (pages 197 -  230) also lists camping gear.
      • Bring a bag lunch for Saturday.  Scouts plan and bring their own food for Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast by buddying up with another scout.
      • As a "low impact, 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.
    • Two scouts to a tent.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • 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.
    • If you need more information contact Dale S.
    • Photos of Giant Ledge Mini-Treks, Apr. 2004, Oct. 2003, May 2001.
  • 24 (Sun.)     Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Saxon Woods in White Plains, NY (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 25 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting and Court of Honor 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.
  • 26 (Tues.) .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.  Scouts who attend Cooper Beech Middle School and need a ride to Dale's please contact Karen M.  She has volunteered to pick up at Cooper Beech as many as 6 scouts and transport them to Dale's.
  • 28 (Thurs.)   Deadline 9:00 a.m.  to .Sign up here.  Manitoga District Fall Trek-O-Ree Weekend on Nov. 8.
  • 30-31(Sa-Su)Boy Scout Leader Basic Training Part 3.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters, Scoutmasters, and all other adults interested in the fun of Scouting.


 November 2004
Theme (Cobras): Nature (also here)
Knots: First the Bowline (also here), Boy Scout Handbook p. 149, then the Sheet Bend also here, Boy Scout Handbook p. 150, and the Double Sheet bend also here.
  • 1 (Mon.)   ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear a Halloween costume or a official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline to sign up here, pay $50 deposit, and give your shoe size to Barbara C. for Ice Climbing on Jan. 21-23.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174".
  • 3 (Wed.)   ..Swim Night  7:00 p.m. - 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 between Strang Middle School and Yorktown High School.  Follow our troop signs past the red fire hydrant and enter the door marked by our troop sign.  The Mens and Womens locker rooms will be on your right.  Walk through the locker room and enter the pool area.
    • Cars may not park on the side of the building.  Park in front of the school building and walk to the side.
    • Sign up here for Troop Swim Night by Oct. 25.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
      • Fee:  Free, thank to Kevin K. for donating his services.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • All Boy 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.
      • Arrive on time at 7:00 p.m. so there will be enough time to complete the requirements.
      • Requirement 9b is the BSA swimmer test.
      • Although the former 9c (survival skills) is no longer a rank requirement, we offer it, 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 Badge and the Swimming Belt Loop.  Senior Webelos from Pack 144 will also attend.
    • 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.
    • Men and women locker rooms and bathrooms are available.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the pool area.
    • Lifeguard will be Kevin K.
    • Contact our SPL if you have questions.
    • Photos of swim nights: Nov. 2004, Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 6-7 (Sa-Su) ..Trek-O-Ree Weekend, Manitoga District.
    • Meet 7:00 a.m. at the George Washington Elem. School parking lot, 3634 Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake, NY.
    • Hike across the George Washington Bridge to the Aqua Trail (Long Trail) up the Palisades to Camp Alpine in NJ, 10 miles.
    • More information Overview, Details, Council details.
    • We shall camp at Camp Alpine.  (Map).
    • Volunteer drivers are needed to drop people off at the George Washington Bridge.
    • Sign up here.  Manitoga District Fall Trek-O-Ree and Campout. Sign up by Oct. 28 at 9:00 a.m.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
  • 7 (Sun.)       ..Veterans Day Parade (More information) 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, are 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.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Photos of Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 2004, Nov. 2003, Nov. 2002, Nov. 2001.
  • 8 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Direct cars: Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church.  Need parents too.  On Nov. 13.
  • 9 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 13 (Sat.)     .. Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Help our Chartered Organization.
    • Scouts may earn service hours directing cars in the parking lot.  Accept no tips.
    • Sign up here.  Direct cars: Craft Fair at Grace Lutheran Church.  Need at least two parents.  Sign up by Nov. 8.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Photos of directing cars at Grace Craft Fair, Nov. 2004.
  • 13 (Sat.)      Den Chief Training (More information, Registration Form)
    • 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.
    • Location: Council Service Center (Directions), 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.
    • Pre-registration required.
    • Fees: $10 training fee plus $5 lunch fee for scouts.  There is no charge for adult leaders unless lunch is requested.
    • This training works best when the Boy Scout is accompanied by the Den Leader and the Cubmaster of the Pack in which he is going to be den chief.
  • 14 (Sun.)     Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule).  Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Ringwood State Park in Passaic Co. in northern NJ (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 15 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Adults are needed to help bake, bag, and freeze cookies in the church kitchen for the Marines during the troop meeting.
    • Deadline to bring items for the Marines.  Call Karen M. if you have questions.
    • Deadline to bring the number of Catamount tickets to buy. Call Karen M. if you have fundraising questions.
    • Deadline to bring wreath orders. Call Karen M. if you have fundraising questions.  Pickup will be Dec. 4 at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Last chance to .Sign up here.  Ice Climbing Weekend.  Sign up, pay deposit, and give shoe size.
    • Knot-of-the-month knot competition.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you also need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:45 p.m.
      • The Board of Review will be after the troop meeting.
      • 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 Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
      • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
    • Photos of wrapping presents for Marines on Nov. 2004.
  • 21 (Sun.)     Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule).  Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at The Tourne in Morris County in northern NJ (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 22 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Start tying the Sheet Bend knot (see Boy Scout Handbook and links at the top of the month).
  • 23 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27 (Sat.)     Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule).  Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at Bailytown in Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (map and driving directions).  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.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Dec. 3-5.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Troop ski weekend on Feb. 25-27
    • Deadline to pay $50 non-refundable deposit to Barbara C. for Ski Weekend on Feb. 25-27.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174".
    • Practice the Sheet Bend and learn the Double Sheet Bend (see links at the top of this month).
    • Eagle Board of Review for Dan M.


 December 2004
Theme (Cobras): Nature (also here)
Theme: Winter CampingWarm Tips, Thrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources"), Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H.
Knots: The Sheet Bend also here, Boy Scout Handbook p. 150, and the Double Sheet bend also here.
  • 3-5(F-Su) .. Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake
    • Meet Friday at the Grace Lutheran Church Troop Shed at 4:30 p.m.  Any patrol needing gear from the shed must bring a list of items to be checked off.
    • Drivers are needed.  Drive to Sperling Center parking lot, hike to lean-tos at sites 41 and 42 just east of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake at (time to be decided).  Pickup Sunday (time to be decided) at Sperling Center.
    • Older scouts will work on the Camping Merit Badge.
    • New scouts must camp a minimum of one night.
      • Program: Work on Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank requirements, including 5 mile orienteering hike.
    • Patrol cooking, "low impact, leave no trace".
    • Winter Camping Tips - See links at the top of this month.
    • It will be cold. Wear boots.  Do not wear cotton. See Winter Camping links at top of the month.
    • Sign up here.  Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.  Scouts and adults sign up by Nov. 29.  Attendance is expected.  Let the Scoutmaster know by Nov. 23 if you cannot attend; a parental excuse is required.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Chris L.
    • Photos of Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Dec. 2004.
  • 4 (Sat.)     .. Pickup wreath orders at 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. in the back parking lot behind Grace Lutheran Church.  From the front of the church on Gomer Street turn right (south) onto Curry Street, then turn right at the first right onto Campbell Road.  See map.  The entrance to the back parking lot will be on your right.  You may want to bring a large plastic bag for each wreath.
  • 5 (Sun.)    Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Schedule). Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced. Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m. at James Baird State Park off the Taconic State Pkwy approx 11 mi North of I-84, NY (map and driving directions).  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.
  • 6 (Mon.)  .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • The Cobra Patrol will be presenting Nature.
    • The Scorpion Patrol will be collecting new toys and food for a local food pantry as a community service project.  Everyone is asked to bring something in for the collection tonight so we can deliver the items on 12/11/04 to St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Mohegan Lake.  Items requested:
      • new toys
      • tape
      • wrapping paper
      • hams (canned or smoked)
      • canned pineapple or peaches
      • potatoes (instant)
      • Jell-O
      • canned vegetables
      • dessert items
    • Photos of Scorpion Patrol Collection for Food/Toy Pantry on Dec. 6, 2004.
    • Photo of Ben C.'s Eagle Proposal to the Troop Committee on Dec. 6, 2004.
  • 7 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 13 (Mon)   No Troop Meeting
  • 18-19(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 20 (Mon) ..Troop Meeting and Holiday Dessert Party 7:30 p.m.  Wear a activity uniform.
    • Bring a dessert and a 2-liter soda bottle for a Holiday Dessert Party.
    • Your entire family is welcome.
    • Photos of Holiday Dinner Parties: Dec. 2003, Dec. 2002, Dec. 2001.
    • Knot-of-the-month knot competition.
    • The Board of Review has been moved to Jan. 3, 2005.
  • 21 (Tues.).. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27 (Mon)    No Troop Meeting.  Schools closed.


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