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 January 2005

  • 3 (Mon.)   .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform. No Green Bar meeting.
    • Massage coupons and money are due.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter.
      • Need headcount for Garrison Saturday lunch, Saturday dinner, Sunday breakfast.  Your parents are welcome to come for our Saturday evening feast as long as they are figured into the headcount.
    • Deadline to pay for Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
      • $10 per person
      • $5 per person if eat Saturday dinner only
    • Board of Review.
      • Sign up here. Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • 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.
    • Photo of Paul M.'s Eagle Proposal to the Troop Committee on Jan. 3, 2005.
  • 4 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 7-9 (F-Su)  Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 8-9 (Sa-Su)..Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
    • Scouts
      • Sign up here Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter by Jan 3.
      • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
      • Boy Scouts attend Sat. 10:00 a.m.- Sun. when the cleanup is done (approx. 10:00 a.m.).
      • With good ice there will be a hockey game.
      • Optional hike.
    • Webelos
      • Senior Webelos and their parents from Pack 134 and Pack 144 are invited.
      • Sign up through adults, who will give a headcount to the Scoutmaster.
      • Each Senior Webelos must have a parent with them.
      • Bring a completed Class 1 and Class 2 medical form
      • 11:00 a.m. Saturday:  Senior Webelos arrive with their parent and give their completed Class 1 and Class 2 medical forms to the Scoutmaster.
      • 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.:  Senior Webelos program: Small hike, small orienteering program, and make their own lunch.
    • Both Scouts and Webelos
      • 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.
      • Fees are due by Jan. 3.  If space is available, the Senior Webelos and their parents may sleep overnight.
        • $10 per person if staying the entire weekend.
        • $ 5 per person if eating only Saturday dinner.
        • On arrival check in with Steve C., who will take money at the door on Saturday.
      • Do not bring electronic devices (radios, Gameboys, etc.), except Walkman or radio with headphones.
      • 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, toothbrush, toothpaste, a pad or air mattress, as we shall sleep on the floor in a heated building, and consider ear plugs etc.
      • Phone number for emergency use only(!!) is (845) 424-3858.
      • Menu:
        • Saturday supper around 7:00 p.m.: Beef.
      • Photos of Garrison Overnighter: Jan. 2005, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
        • Videos Jan. 2005 of the Lashing Tower Building (1.0 MB) and Climbing (0.6 MB).
    • 10 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • 7:00 p.m.: Meeting of adults volunteers to organize the Mar. 13 Troop Celebration.
      • Deadline to give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going Ice Climbing to the Scoutmaster.
    • 12 (Wed.)  .. Order of the Arrow Banquet
    • 14-17(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
    • 17 (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.
      • 7:30 p.m.: Meeting of adults volunteers to organize the Troop Celebration.
      • Deadline to  .Sign up here.  Boy Scout Klondike Scouts and Adults.
      • Ice Climbing meeting after the troop meeting.
    • 18 (Tues.).. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
    • 21-23(F-Su).. Ice Climbing (More information) winter high-adventure program.
      • Scouts should be at least 14 years old, First Class, and have Scoutmaster approval.  No prior climbing experience is necessary.
      • Location:  Keene Valley in the Adirondacks.
      • Meet at Barbara C.'s home 3797 Cranberry Lane Shrub Oak, at 2:30 p.m Friday.
      • Training will precede climbing under a guide's supervision.
      • Lodging: High Peaks Hostel on 333 Main St, Lake Placid.
      • Fee:  $1,600.00 for up to 10 people, so if 10 people attend the fee will be $160 per person, which includes equipment, some meals, and lodging for up to 8 scouts and 2 adults.
      • Refer to your Ice Climbing handout and "Clothing for Winter Hiking" handouts.  Overview:  Sneakers or slippers to wear in the Hostel, Nalgene bottle of water upside down in a wool sock, brown bag Friday supper, money for Sunday lunch and supper (about $10), 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. 10.
      • Sign up here.  Ice Climbing.  Sign up, pay deposit, and give shoe size by Nov. 1.
      • Photos of Ice Climbing and Snowshoeing on Ice Climbing on Jan. 2005, and Council Photos, and Jan. 2004 and Council Photos.
    • 21-23(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
    • 22 (Sat.)     .. POSTPONED - Boy Scout Klondike, Manitoga District at FDR State Park.
    • 24 (Mon.)  .. Court of Honor 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.
    • 28-30(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
    • 29 (Sat.)      Merit Badge Day organized by Troop 911.
      • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, Yorktown Heights.
      • All Eagle Scout required merit badges must be approved by our Troop 174 Scoutmaster prior to signing up for the merit badge.
      • More information.
      • Summary: The program will consist of two sessions (morning & afternoon) with up to 18 merit badges being offered.
        • Pre-registration is required.
        • Before the day of class, read the merit badge book on your subject and complete the prerequisites.
        • The morning session will be 3 1/2 hours in length and run from 8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
        • The afternoon session will be 4 hours in length and run from 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.
        • The cost is $15 for the day and lunch (pizza/beverage) will be provided.
      • Scouts interested in attending should send an email to DrexelJ@coned.com with their name and troop. The scouts will receive the list of merit badges being offered and registration information.
      • Registration is limited and on a first come first served basis.
    • 29 (Sat.)       University of Scouting 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, (more information), registration form.
      • training for adults
      • $10 registration fee will cover food, patch and materials
    • 31 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • Deadline to pay annual $10 registration fee for all BSA-registered adults.  (The troop will pay for the scouts using their dues paid earlier).
        • At least one parent per family must register.
        • All adults who participate in activities and outings or who hold Official troop positions must register.
        • $10.80 for a year's subscription to Boys' Life magazine, if desired.
        • Make check payable to "Troop 174 BSA" and give to the Troop Treasurer.
      • Deadline to Sign up here.  Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch, scouts and adults.
      • Deadline to return data forms to Margaret L.  Please make corrections and fill in empty areas.  If you have questions, please call Margaret L.
      • 7:30 p.m.: Meeting of adult volunteers to organize the Troop Anniversary Celebration.


 February 2005
Theme (Bobwhites): TrackingTracker's Basics and Flash Cards, Tracking Guide, Stalking Guide.
Knot: Clove Hitch, Boy Scout Handbook p. 139.
  • 1 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 4-6 (F-Su) Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 5 (Sat.)      .. Boy Scout Klondike, Manitoga District at FDR State Park, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • 6 (Sun.)     .. Scout Sunday Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Please be on hand to participate in the 12th point of our Scout Law, "A Scout is Reverent", as we provide our chartered sponsor with our traditional "thank you."
    • All scouts are expected to attend.  Scouts will be ushers, attend the service, and they will set up, serve, and clean up the brunch.
    • Parents are encouraged to be on hand to help cook if they are available.
    • .Sign up here.  Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults sign up by Jan. 31.
    • The Hawk and Bobwhite patrols should be on hand at 10:00 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The Scorpion, Dragon, and Cobra patrols will help clean up.
    • All other scouts please report to Grace no later than 10:30 a.m.
    • All other adults not planning on helping to set up, please be on hand by 10:45 a.m.
    • Brunch will be at approximately 12:00 noon, after the 11:00 a.m. service.
    • 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 slip for 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 on Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 7 (Mon.)  .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Bring gently-used clothing for spring and summer, for men and women, and for adults and children.  No shoes.  This is a service project for the Scorpion Patrol.  The clothing will be given by Jamel W. to the needy in Senegal, Gambia, and Morocco in Africa.
    • Turn in overdue data forms to Margaret L.
  • 8 (Tues.)      Boy Scouts of America's Anniversary Day - 95th year.  This is also the 75th anniversary of Cub Scouting.  How Scouting came to America.
  • 11-13(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 12 (Sat.)      Scout Sabbath
  • 13 (Sun.)     Deadline to sign up for ...
    • CPR Training on Mar. 5 for Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts, and adults. Call or e-mail the Scoutmaster.
    • First Aid Training on Mar. 12 for Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts, and adults. Call or e-mail the Scoutmaster.
  • 14 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 7:30 p.m.: Meeting of adult volunteers to organize the Troop's Anniversary Celebration.
    • Deadline to bring gently-used clothing (childrens' clothing preferred) for spring and summer, for men and women, and for adults and children.  No shoes.  This is a service project for the Scorpion Patrol.  The clothing will be given by Jamel W. to the needy in Senegal, Gambia, and Morocco in Africa.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. Star and Life scouts and Adults.
    • Deadline to give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going on Ski Weekend to the Scoutmaster.
    • Deadline to register for the Swimming Merit Badge, which begins on Feb. 17.
    • Deadline to register for the Lifesaving Merit Badge, which begins on March 17.
    • Welcome new scouts on Feb. 14, 2005.
    • On February 14th the Troop welcomed its 50th and 51st Eagle Scouts.  Congratulations Tom L. and Brian C.,what a great accomplishment! You set a great example. - Mark C., Troop Historian.
  • 15 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 17 (Thurs.)  Swimming Merit Badge at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    • 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights through March 10.
    • Fee: $25 per Scout.  Make check payable to "Durland Scout Center".
    • Complete the registration form and return it and a check to Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY  10580.  Register by Feb. 14.
    • For more information contact the Durland Scout Center at (914) 967-2770 or durland@wpcbsa.org.
  • 18 (Fri.)      Deadline to sign up for 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.
  • 19 (Sat.)       Webelos Klondike.
    • Troop 174 will be teaching diagonal lashings and the clove hitch to Webelos scouts.  (Boy Scout Handbook, pages 139 and 143.)  We will also be lashing together a small conning tower as a demonstration.
    • FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.  From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.
    • Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts, and some parents are needed to help out.  Contact the Scoutmaster if you have any questions.
    • Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the left corner of Parking Lot #1 under the big pine trees.
    • The event is from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Cleanup is from 2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.
    • Pick up at approximately 2:30 p.m.
    • Bring a hot cup labeled with your name for hot cocoa.
    • Lunch, snacks, and hot cocoa will be provided.
    • Wear activity uniform, with Troop hat, with appropriate long underwear (if weather warrants), and boots MUST be worn.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Restrooms are located in the stone building near Parking Lot #1.
    • Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts and Adults. Sign up by Feb. 14.  After Feb. 14 call Kevin K. SPL if you plan on attending.
    • Call the Scoutmaster if you have questions.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of Webelos Klondike: Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Mar. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 21 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting (School is Closed).
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults.
  • 25 (Fri.)         SCUBA training begins (More information)
    • For all people 15 years old and older at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye.
    • Upon successful completion, students will be certified by SDI and YMCA.
    • Cost for Registered Scouts and Volunteers, and Scout's parents, is $180.
    • All sessions are Fridays, 7 to 10 PM, beginning February 25 with registration and orientation, and continuing thru June 3.  Open water dives June 4 and 5 (weather alternates June 11 and 12).
    • Photos of I Tried SCUBA (a different program) on Feb. 2004.
  • 25-27(F-Su.).. Ski: Troop Ski Weekend in the Adirondacks.
    • More information (Program A) on transportation, lodging, meals, ski staff, ski orientation, lift tickets, ski locations, rental equipment, equipment list, and additional information.
    • Location: Gore Mountain.
    • Fee:  $165 per youth ages 9-17 ($180 per adult) includes transportation, lodging at Read Scout Reservation, all meals including bag lunches to take to the ski area and evening snacks, ski staff, ski orientation, and lift tickets.  Your equipment rental fee is not included.  Friday dinner is on your own, but there will be a stop on the way to camp.  Deadline to pay $50 non-refundable deposit is Nov. 29.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster by Feb. 14.
    • Sign up here.  Troop ski weekend. Sign up by Nov. 29.
    • Photos of Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 2005.
  • 25-27(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 27 (Sun.)     .. Bowl-O-Ree - 25th anniversary
    • 2:00 p.m. at Cortlandt Lanes, 2192 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.
    • The Bowl-O-Ree supports Scouting programs for youths with special needs in the Yonkers and Mount Vernon school districts (more information).
    • .Sign up here.  Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults.  Sign up by Feb. 21.
    • Bring a completed Pledge Form and pledged money as checks payable to "Westchester-Putnam Council.", and see event details at the bottom of the pledge form.
    • Check in with Robert C. and give him the Pledge Form and check.
    • Wear an official uniform.
    • Each scout or adult who donates $30 or more will bowl two games for free, get a free bowling shoes rental, and a Bowl-O-Ree patch.
    • If you have questions contact Robert C., who 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.
  • 28 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting tonight is canceled because of the impending snow storm.


 March 2005
Theme: Leadership. Introduction to Leadership Syllabus, Junior Leader Training Syllabus, Boy Scout Patrol Method, Junior Leader Duties and Responsibilities.
Feb. Knot: Clove Hitch, Boy Scout Handbook p. 139.
Mar. Knot: Timber Hitch, Boy Scout Handbook p. 138.
  • 1 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting is canceled because the schools are closed due to snow.
  • 4-6 (F-Su)   Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 5 (Sat.)        CPR Training for Troop 174 Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts, and for adults.
    • The course will begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will most likely run until approx. 2:00 p.m.
    • Please bring a bag lunch with you.
    • To sign up call or e-mail the Scoutmaster by Feb. 13.
    • Mohegan Lake Fire Dept., 1975 E Main St., just east on Rt. 6 where it intersects Lexington Ave.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of CPR Training, Mar. 2005., Dec. 2001.
  • 5 (Sat.)        Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 5-6 (Sa-Su) Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 7 (Mon.)    .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • activity uniform t-shirts, activity uniform sweatshirts, and troop hats for sale from Barbara C.  Make check payable to "Troop 174 BSA."
    • Deadline to sign up here for Swim Night on Mar. 16.
    • Congratulations Jarryed S. and Ben C., whose Eagle Project proposals were approved.
    • Jarryed S.'s Eagle Proposal to the Troop Committee on Mar. 7, 2005.
    • Ben C.'s "Plan B" Eagle Proposal to the Troop Committee on Mar. 7, 2005.
  • 9 (Wed.)     Council Fireside Chat (More information) 7:00 p.m.
    • 'These 'Fireside Chats' (as they are being called) are an attempt on the part of the Westchester-Putnam Council to hear from you, our valued volunteers, on how things are going in Scouting, and how we as a Council may be able to assist you in your efforts to serve young people. It will also be an opportunity for the Council Key Leadership to share with you about the future of Scouting in our two counties and what new and exciting services are planned."
    • "Manitoga District Date- Wednesday, March 9, 2005.  Place- Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, Location: Route 6, 3100 E. Main St. in Mohegan Lake across from the Cortlandt Town Center."
  • 11-13(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 12 (Sat.)      First Aid Training for Troop 174 Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts, and for adults.
    • 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • American Red Cross First Responder / First aid training.  Learn and practice techniques for shock, sprains, splinting, bleeding, neck/spinal cord injuries.
    • To sign up call or e-mail the Scoutmaster by Feb. 13.
    • Mohegan Lake Fire Dept., 1975 E Main St., just east on Rt. 6 where it intersects Lexington Ave.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of First Aid Training Mar. 2005.
  • 12 (Sat.)      Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 12-13(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 13 (Sun.)      Ski: Scouts Merit Badge Testing Day at Butternut.
  • 13 (Sun.)      Postponed - 30th Anniversary Celebration and Reunion postponed until sometime after March.
  • 14 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Knot-of-the-month knot competition.
    • 7:30 p.m.  Meeting of adult volunteers to organize Troop 174's 30th Anniversary Celebration.
    • 7:30 p.m.  "Boy Scout Fast Start" training for adults -- All new parents should attend.
      • This is an orientation to the Boy Scouting program.
      • If you cannot attend, please contact Margaret L. for information about completing this training via the internet.
      • Contact Margaret L. if you have questions.
    • 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.
  • 15 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 15 (Tues.)   Deadline to register for Merit Badge Seminar (Troop 99) on March 19.  To register e-mail Vinny D. at  and he will register for the troop.
  • 16 (Wed.)  .. 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 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 Men's and Women's locker rooms will be on your right.  Walk through the locker room and enter the pool area.
    • But cars may not park on the side of the building.  Park in front and walk to the side.
    • Sign up here for Troop Swim Night by Mar. 7.
      • 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 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.  Normally do both.
      • 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.
    • None of Pack 144's Junior Webelos 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.
    • Men's and women's locker rooms and bathrooms are available.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the pool area.
    • If not swimming, wear an activity uniform.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Lifeguard will be Kevin K., who is donating his services.  Thank you.
    • Swim Night will be canceled if the Yorktown Central School District schools are closed, or if driving conditions are hazardous.
    • If you have questions contact our SPL.
    • Photos of swim nights:  Mar. 2005, Nov. 2004, Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 16 (Wed.)  Red Cross Adult CPR Initial Certification Course 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
    • For Adults 18 years & older.
    • Location: Council Service Center (Directions), 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135.
    • Class Size: 10 Maximum.
    • Pre-registration required.
    • Cost: $30.00 (to cover fee to Red Cross & printed material).
    • Registration: If you are interested in this date or future courses, please send an email to: DrexelJ@coned.com
    • The purpose of the Adult CPR Initial Course is to give individuals the knowledge and skills necessary to recognize and provide basic care for breathing and cardiac emergencies until advances medical personnel arrive and take over.
  • 17 (Thurs.)   Lifesaving Merit Badge at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    •  5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Thursday nights through April 7.
    • Fee: $25 per Scout.  Make check payable to "Durland Scout Center".
    • Complete the registration form and return it and a check to Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY  10580.  Register by Feb. 14.
    • For more information contact the Durland Scout Center at (914) 967-2770 or durland@wpcbsa.org.
  • 18-20(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 19 (Sat.)      Merit Badge Seminar, hosted by Troop 99, Scarsdale.  See "Merit Badge Availability and Requirements" and "FAQ."
    • All Eagle Scout required merit badges must be approved by our Troop 174 Scoutmaster prior to signing up for the merit badge.
    • Deadline for registration is Tuesday, March 15.  To register e-mail Vinny D. and he will register for the troop.
  • 21 (Mon.)  .. Court of Honor 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.
    • Court of Honor.
    • Discussion of our upcoming Troop Trip to Philadelphia.
    • Mr. Robert W. from WPCBSA will be on hand to do his annual Friends of Scouting drive. This year we will be ear-marking our donations to the Anthony Long First Year Scout program up at Camp Read.
  • 28 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 7:30 p.m.  Meeting of adult volunteers to organize Troop 174's 30th Anniversary Celebration, which will be on Sept. 9.
    • New scouts participation at the April 2-3 campout will be discussed.
    • Scouts going to Summer Camp or the Trek and their parents should attend the discussion of these programs.
    • PowerPoint presentation on the last few years Troop Treks.
    • Dale S. will discuss Patrol Meetings.
    • Order of the Arrow elections.
      • Congratulations to new OA Candidates: James H., Roderick K., Mike P., William W.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here.  Lean-To Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Apr. 2-3.
  • 29 (Tues.)  ..Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • All scouts are welcome.  Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.


 April 2005
Theme: Fishing (also here).
Knot: Square Lashing, Boy Scout Handbook p. 141.
  • 2 (Sat.)       CANCELED Ben C's. Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project -- Rain-delayed to a future date.
    • Project: "Christmas in April," refurbishing the outside of a house near Jersey City, NJ.
    • Ben will ask specific scouts to help.
    • 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Jersey City, NJ.
    • Bring warm work clothes.
  • 2-3 (Sa-Su).. CANCELED Lean-To Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake. -- Rain-delayed to the District Spring Event.
    • The Lean-To Cooking Campout has been canceled because cooking is on the menu for the District Spring Event, Apr. 16-17, and maybe less rain too.
    • Location: Site #41 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Directions.
    • New scouts will not be attending.
    • Older scouts:
    • (What to bring and Cooking text moved to the District Spring Event).
    • You will hike over a mile roundtrip to the camp site, and you must carry all your gear.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going, to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Lean-To Campout: Dec. 2004, cookout Nov. 2001.
  • 4 (Mon.)    ..Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Boy Scout District Spring Event and campout on Apr. 16-17.
    • Congratulations Matt C., whose Eagle Project Proposal was approved.
    • Photo of Matt C.'s Eagle Proposal to the Troop Committee on Apr. 4, 2005.
  • 7 (Thurs.)   Deadline to register for Den Chief Training on Apr. 9 (Registration Form)
  • 9 (Sat.)      Ben C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project -- Weather permitting
    • Project: "Christmas in April," refurbishing the outside of a house near Jersey City, NJ.
    • Ben will ask specific scouts to help.
    • 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. in Jersey City, NJ.
    • Bring warm work clothes.
  • 9 (Sat.)     .. Matt C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project: Painting rooms at St. Columbanus Church, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • 8:00 a.m. - no end time set.
    • To sign up call Matt (see the password-protected pages).  He is also calling around for help.
    • Bring a bag lunch and clothes to paint in, and if you have them, brushes, rollers, extra sleeves for the rollers, and 8-ft ladders.
  • 9 (Sat.)       CANCELED - Den Chief Training  (More information, Registration Form) 8:45 a.m.
    • Because of very few participants registering for the course, the Den Chief training has been canceled.  The next Den Chief Training is scheduled for Saturday, October 1, 2005.
    • "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 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.  "... den chiefs can fulfill their leadership requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks."
    • Location: Council Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135 (Directions).
    • Register by Apr. 7.  No walk-ins.
    • Fees:
      • $10 training fee (includes training materials, patch, Den Chief Handbook, and snacks).
      • $5 lunch fee for scouts or adults, or bring your own bag lunch.
      • There is no training fee for adult leaders.
    • 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.
    • Scout must be recommended by Scoutmaster.
    • Join the ranks of  Troop 174 Den Chiefs: William W. and Thomas L.
  • 11 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here.  Pennsylvania Troop Trip on Apr. 29 - May 1.
    • Deadline to pay $25 per person for the Pennsylvania Trip (Apr. 29-May 1) to the Troop Treasurer. is Apr. 11.  Make the check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    • 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.
    • Youth Protection Training for adults.
      • It is important that we are all trained for the safety of our boys!
      • Certification is good for three years.
        • All Assistant Scoutmasters are required to be trained.
        • All parents going to summer camp must be certified.
        • Troop committee members please attend.
        • All adults are welcome.
      • If you cannot attend this training, please contact Margaret L. for information about completing this training via the internet.
      • Contact Margaret L. if you have questions.
  • 11 (Mon.)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)
  • 12 (Tues.)   .. Greenhorn 1 Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts are welcome.
  • 12 (Tues.)   .. Matt C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project: Painting rooms at St. Columbanus Church, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • 5:30 p.m. - no end time set.
    • Pizza will be provided.
    • To sign up call Matt (see the password-protected pages).  He is also calling around for help.
    • Bring clothes to paint in, and if you have them, tarps, rollers, extra sleeves for the rollers, and an 8-ft ladder.
  • 13 (Wed.)    .. Matt C.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project: Painting rooms at St. Columbanus Church, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • 5:30 p.m. - no end time set.
    • Pizza will be provided.
    • To sign up call Matt (see the password-protected pages).  He is also calling around for help.
    • Bring clothes to paint in, and if you have them, tarps, rollers, extra sleeves for the rollers, and an 8-ft ladder.
    • Photos of Matt C.'s Eagle Project on Apr. 12-13, 2005.
  • 14 (Thurs.)    Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. (More Information)
  • 15-17 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
  • 16-17(Sa-Su).. District Spring Event and Campout
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake site #33, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.
    • Meet 7:30 a.m. Saturday at our Troop Shed at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Pickup 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Sperling Center at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • Troop program:
      • Greenhorn patrols and younger scouts will work on:
        • Totin' Chip
          • Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the "Boy Scout Handbook" (pages 77-85).
          • The Outdoor Code
        • Firem'n Chit
          • Read and understand fire use and safety rules from the "Boy Scout Handbook" (pages 248-255).
          • Leave No Trace principles
        • 5 mile hike using a compass and trail map.  Read the "Boy Scout Handbook" pages 66-74.
        • Some Tenderfoot and 2nd Class outdoor requirements, including learning how to light a lightweight MSR stove.
        • Bring
          • Pocket knife as you will be earning your Totin' Chip card.
          • Sleeping bag rated to at least 30 degrees F.
          • Mess kit / vittle kit (cutlery) / and a Hot cup (no paper plates or plastic cutlery please)
          • Change of clothes
      • Scouts First Class or higher:
        • You will be performing a service project for the Ranger which will involve staining newly built picnic tables. Please bring a set of OLD CLOTHES with you so you do not ruin your good clothes.
      • Matt C. and Jason L. will work on their Order of the Arrow Brotherhood Quest.
    • What to bring:
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.
        • Personal Overnight Camping Gear list (pages 224-225).
        • Clothing lists (pages 203-204).
        • One of the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224) is a map.  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.
      • activity uniform shirt and activity uniform fleece or sweatshirt.
      • Hiking boots (no sneakers).
      • Hot cup, labeled with your name.
      • Boy Scout Handbook, if you want to work on rank requirements.
      • Scouts who have completed Totin' Chip may bring their pocket knife.
      • No electronic games or radios (except Walkman or radio with headphones).
      • Folding camp stool or chair, optional.
      • Each patrol should bring lint and matches.
    • Do patrol cooking.
      • The Scoutmaster will be cooking for the Greenhorn patrols.
      • Adults will be cooking together.
    • Scouts who will be working on their cooking rank requirements should read the Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283) before this trip.
    • Sign up here. Boy Scout District Spring Event and campout.  Sign up by Apr. 4.
    • Photos of Boy Scout District Spring Event (Camp-O-Ree) on Apr. 2005, May 2004 and from Council May 2004Apr. 2002, cookout Nov. 2001.
  • 16 (Sat.)        Congratulations to Joe P., first place New York State Debating Championship.
  • 16 (Sat.)        Battle of Yorktown: Pick up roadside litter.
    • "In recognition of Earth Day, residents are encouraged to pick up litter along roadsides, shopping areas, lakes and parks in the Town of Yorktown. ....  If interested, call 245-4438 to register, pick up bright orange litter bags and safety vests. Groups and individuals of all ages are encouraged to participate."
    • Scouts can earn service hours.
    • The Environmental Conservation Department is at 2279 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.
    • Participate in Yorktown Heights, Shrub Oak, Kitchawan, Crompond, Mohegan Lake, and Jefferson Valley.
    • Bring work gloves.
  • 18 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting (Schools closed)
  • 19 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting (Schools closed)
  • 21 (Thurs.)   Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3. (More Information)
  • 25 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 7:30 p.m.  Meeting of adult volunteers to organize Troop 174's 30th Anniversary Celebration, which will be on Sept. 9.
    • Deadline to pay in full for summer camp, to turn in the priority list of merit badges (see the Step-by-Step Instructions for Troop 174 in July), and to turn in permission form.  Our troop will then sign up scouts on-line but only if they are paid in full.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Summer Camp and Canoe Trek.
    • PA trip $25 payment is overdue.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174" and give to the Troop Treasurer.
    • PA trip participants should get gear (tents, stoves, etc.) from troop shed.
    • PA trip scouts whose parents are not going, give a signed Permission Slip to Chris L.
    • PA trip participants will have a short meeting after the troop meeting for reminders and announcements.
    • Congratulations to the Scorpions for earning the National Honor Patrol award.
  • 26 (Tues.)   .. Greenhorn 2 Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
  • 29-5/1(F-Su).. Troop Trip to Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Valley Forge, PA.
    • Saturday, April 30: Hike the "Colonial Philadelphia Tour" portion of the BSA "Colonial Patriot Award".
    • Sunday, May 1: Hike the 9 mile BSA "Valley Forge Historical Trail" and complete the requirements to earn the medal, and go to the World of Scouting Museum in Valley Forge.
    • We shall camp at the Scout tent camping area at the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company in Valley Forge.
    • Details as of April 22.  Read this if you plan to go.
    • Expanded details as of April 26 from Peter H.   Word document, 1.6 MB.
    • Cost:
      • Fee of $25 per person covering the campsite, all admissions, and Saturday supper.
      • Parking: $13 per car in Philadelphia.
      • Cost of driving our cars plus the food we pack.
    • Sign up here.  Pennsylvania Troop Trip.  Sign up and pay $25 by Apr. 11.
    • Give a signed Permission Slip for scouts whose parents are not going, to Chris L.
    • Photos of Troop Trips to Philadelphia and Valley Forge Apr. 2005, Boston Apr. 2004, Gettysburg June 2003.
  • 30-5/1(Sa-Su.)Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #4 Overnight Campout. (More Information) at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.


 May 2005
    Theme (Scorpions): Sports
    Knot: Tripod lashing, Boy Scout Handbook p. 146.
  • 2 (Mon.)   .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • There will be a 30th Anniversary Planning Meeting (to finalize the invitations) after the Parent Meeting.
    • Congratulations Matt C. and Jason L. who completed their OA Brotherhood Quest.
  • 3 (Tues.)  .. Cobra Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Formerly Greenhorn 1 Patrol.  Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
  • 3 (Tues.)    Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training for adults at Van Cortlandtville Elementary School.
    • Time is approximately 9:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • All adults are welcome to attend.
    • Location: Route 6, 3100 E. Main St. in Mohegan Lake.  The school driveway is called Constitution Drive and it is opposite the middle entrance to the Cortlandt Town Center shopping center on Route 6 between Peekskill and "downtown" Mohegan Lake.
    • Certification is good for two years.
    • Same as training at the Troop 174 Troop Meeting on May 16.
  • 7 (Sat.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule) at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Trail MapDirections.
    • Registration for juniors is $5.
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit).
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Congratulations Orienteers: 1st place Mack C. & Will W., 2nd Mike P., Anthony S. & Nick S., 4th Roderick K. & Pat C.
    • Photo of Hudson Valley Orienteering, May 2005.
  • 7 (Sat.)       .. Order of the Arrow AmeriCares HomeFront Community Service Project in Tarrytown.Information.
    • Open to all Scouts 14 years old or older and all Scouters in Westchester-Putnam Council.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • This is the only community service project presently authorized by the Lodge Executive Committee to qualify you for the new Order of the Arrow "Leadership in Service" award.
    • Scouters, family, friends and neighbors are all invited to help the OA make this a success.
    • Anyone who is interested in helping should contact the chairman, Nick P. or his adviser, Mr. Herman (914) 850-4391.
    • Photos of Order of the Arrow AmeriCares Community Service Project, May 2005.
  • 9 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    •  "A Time to Tell" videotape shown to boys AND their parents
      • "A Time to Tell" is an award-winning video produced by the Boy Scouts of America to inform boys 11 years of age and older about child sexual abuse and ways to prevent it.  It is important that we all recognize that child sexual abuse is a serious problem.  Nobody expects that you are going to be sexually abused.  However, just as we learn first aid skills to prepare ourselves in case we ever need to use them, we also need to learn about sexual abuse.
      • A parent MUST attend the viewing with their son.
      • Contact Margaret L. if you have questions.
  • 10 (Tues.)  .. Eagle Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Formerly Greenhorn 2 Patrol.  Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
  • 16 (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.
    • CANCELED Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat Training for adults
      • All adults going on the canoe trek must attend.  All adults are welcome to attend.
      • Certification is good for two years.
      • To register call Margaret L.
      • Contact Margaret L. if you have questions.
  • 17 (Tues.)   .. Cobra Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
  • 20-22 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 22 (Sun.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly Schedule) at Fahnestock State Park.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Location: Moneyhole TOEC Assembly Area in Fahnestock State Park (map overview, map detail, driving directions) in Putnam Co., NY.
    • Registration for juniors is $5.
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit).
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
  • 22 (Sun.)       Free Kayak Demo Day at Fahnestock State Park.  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • "Try the latest kayaks for touring, recreation and whitewater paddling. Pack & Paddle's staff of guides and instructors will be on hand providing tips and advice.  Demonstrations will include eskimo rolling and safety and rescue skills.  Other free outdoor activities are planned and food is available at the Taconic Outdoor Education Center."
    • More Information including driving directions.
  • 23 (Mon.)  .. Troop Softball Game  Scouts vs. adults.
    • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 3636 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • All available adults are needed for the adult team.
    • Bring a glove, and a spare if you have one for those who do not.
    • Wear an activity uniform.
    • Photos of Troop Softball Game, May 2005.
  • 24 (Tues.)  .. Eagle Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
  • 30 (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 2005, May 2004, May 2003, May 2002, May 2001.
  • 30 (Mon.)       No Troop Meeting (Schools closed)
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Daniel M., headcount for refreshments.
  • 31 (Tues.)    .. Cobra Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.


 June 2005
    Theme: Sports
    Knot: Diagonal Lashing, Boy Scout Handbook p. 143.
     
  • 3 (Fri.)        Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.  Information.
  • 5 (Sun.)      Community Shotgun Shoot
    • This event is open to the entire community.  It is not a Scout event, so go as individuals, not as troop members.  Do not wear a scout uniform.
    • Youths must be at least 12 to shoot shotgun.  For all children, including those under 12, there is an air-rifle range.
    • There are no fees, the youths shoot for free.  Guns and ammunition provided.  If they have a gun or ammunition, they may bring it.
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. to about 3:00 p.m.  At 8:00 a.m. there will be a training class that each of the participants must attend.  Then they will be given shotguns and allowed to shoot.  NRA Certified experts will be there to help them learn how to hit the clay birds.
    • Location
      • Putnam County Fish & Game Club
      • 290 Drewville Road, Carmel, NY 10512.
      • Phone: 914-628-7669
      • Facilities include: Outdoor Pistol (25 yds), Outdoor Rifle (50 & 100 yds), Muzzleloading, Trap, Skeet, Sporting Clays, Archery, Airgun, but we do not know if all of these will be open.
    • Transportation
      • Either go on your own or --
      • Go with Peter H.
        1. Call Peter H. by 9:30 p.m. on June 4 to confirm.  See his phone number on the password-protected pages under "Adult Member Leader Phone List."
        2. Meet Peter H. at 7:00 a.m. in the parking lot of George Washington Elem. School, 3634 Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake.
        3. You must provide a permission slip that you write up yourself giving permission to shoot.
    • No limits, shoot as much as you like.
    • Adults may shoot, but the event is primarily for youth.
    • If you have questions call Peter H.
  • 5 (Sun.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule) at Westmoreland Sanctuary.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary near Mt. Kisco.  Map. Directions.
    • Registration for juniors is $5.
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit).
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
  • 5 (Sun.)      .. Dan M.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Dan, and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Scouts and Leaders arrive at 4:15 p.m. for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Others arrive at 4:45 p.m. for a 5:00-6:30 p.m. ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Daniel M., headcount for refreshments, by May 30.
    • Photos of Dan M.'s Eagle Project: Improved trail and built fence at Briarcliff Manor SPCA.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Dan M.on June 5, 2005.
    • Dan M.'s Scouting History.
    • Photos of other Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are linked from our Eagle Scout page.
  • 6 (Mon.)    .. Parent & Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.
    • Green Bars meeting CANCELED due to end of year Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review.
    • Knot-of-the-month knot competition.
    • Last meeting to finish the Nature Merit Badge with Mrs. B.  Call her if you have questions.
    • Deadline to Sign up here.  End of Year Picnic and Court of Honor head count.
    • 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.
  • 7 (Tues.)    .. Eagle Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
    • Last Eagle patrol meeting of the Spring.
  • 13 (Mon.)  .. Picnic and Court of Honor at 6:00 p.m.
  • 14 (Tues.)  .. Cobra Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Older scouts should call ahead and come help the younger scouts.
    • Last Cobra patrol meeting of the Spring.
  • 17 (Fri.)      Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Thomas L., headcount for refreshments.
  • 18 (Sat.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule) at Blue Mountain Reservation.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Location: Blue Mountain Reservation, Peekskill.  Map. Directions.
    • Registration for juniors is $5.
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit).
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
  • 19 (Sun.)     Canoe Trek Preparedness.
    • Meet 8:30 a.m. at Sperling Center in Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley and then hike to the canoe site.
    • 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 Rick K.
    • Photos of Canoe Trek Preparedness, Apr. 2004, May 2003.
  • 19 (Sun.)     Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Brian C., headcount for refreshments.
  • 20 (Mon.)   Congratulations Ben C., Troop 174's newest Eagle Scout.
  • 21 (Tues.)   Deadline to pay $11 for the Army vs. Baylor football game on Sept. 17 at West Point.  Make checks payable to "Pack 144".  Tickets are non-refundable.  Drop off at Mrs. Cz's house.
  • 24 (Fri.)     .. Thomas L.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Thomas, and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Scouts and Leaders arrive at 7:15 p.m. for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Others arrive at 7:45 p.m. for an 8:00-9:30 p.m. ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Youth and adult members of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts should wear their official uniform.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Thomas L., headcount for refreshments, by June 17.
    • Photos of Thomas L.'s Eagle Project: Built a kiosk, fixed benches and board, trail work at Sylvan Glen Park.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Thomas L. on June 24, 2005.
    • Thomas L.'s Scouting History.
    • Photos of other Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are linked from our Eagle Scout page.
  • 26 (Sun.)   .. Brian C.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Brian, and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Scouts and Leaders arrive at 1:15 p.m. for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Others arrive at 1:45 p.m. for a 2:00-3:30 p.m. ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Youth and adult members of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts should wear their official uniform.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Brian C., headcount for refreshments, by June 19.
    • Photos of Brian C.'s Eagle Project: Built erosion control bars, fixed bridge, rerouted trail at Sylvan Glen Park.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Brian C. on June 26, 2005.
    • Photos of other Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are linked from our Eagle Scout page.
  • 27 (Mon.)   Meeting for Camp Read Attendees, Summer Camp and Trek.
    • 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Wear an activity uniform.
    • All Scouts who will be attending either week 1 or 2 or both, or the Trek, must attend along with a parent.
    • Questions will be answered.
    • Turn in
      • All summer camp and trek scouts and adults must turn in
      • Merit Badge Schedules are due to be turned in.
      • Special dietary requests, such as vegetarian, Kosher, etc.
      • Campers: The following fees are due if you will do doing any of them:
        • Camp Fees, $290 for 1 week and $545 for 2 weeks when paid after June 1.
        • Canoe Trek fee: (ask Barbara C.).
        • $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.
        • $17 plus transportation for whitewater rafting.
        • $25 for Horsemanship merit badge for riding time.
        • $40 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.  Trips are either after breakfast to 5 p.m., or from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.  Photos taken inside Eagle Cave.
        • $40 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.
        • $55 one way, $110 round trip for Council bustransportation if you do not drive your scout to camp.
        • Guest meal fees require advance reservations (2-3 days)
          • $3 breakfast
          • $4 lunch
          • $5 dinner
        • Make check payable to "Troop 174 BSA" and give to Barbara C.
    • Scouts should borrow merit badge booklets from Theodore M., our Troop Librarian.
    • After the meeting, complete prerequisites for the merit badges before summer camp.


 July 2005
    .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. What to Expect
      2. Select a program
        • Summer Camp for both first-year scouts (Anthony Long program) and older scouts (Regular Camp).
        • Be a Den Chief at the Webelos Resident Camp (Week 1, no fee, and get a free week of Boy Scout camp).
        • 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 (CIT) for those ages 14 and 15 (may also earn merit badges as time permits).
      3. Sign up here. Summer Camp and Canoe Trek.  Sign up by Apr. 25.
      4. This activity requires for both scouts and adults
        1. The new Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2005 Boy Scout Parents' Guide, dated within 12 months of the event; this form is different from the Class 3 Medical Form used in 2004.
        2. A Meningitis Form filled out (last page).
      5. Double check your summer camp advancement registration on the password-protected pages., updated June 28.
    2. Canoe Trek Week 1 for scouts 13 and older.  The group going is limited in number.
  • 3-9 (Su-Sa)    Canoe Trek through the St. Regis Wilderness Area.  There will be a transportation fee.
  • 3-9 (Su-Sa)   ..Summer Camp Week 1 at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.  Theme: Vikings.
  • 10-16(Su-Sa)..Summer Camp Week 2.  This is our primary week at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.  Theme: 1960's.
  • 22-8/3(F-W)  National Scout Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, VA.
    • A fourteen day adventure that will be one of the highlights of your years in Scouting.  There is nothing else like it in the life of a Scout.  There is more to see and do than you can possibly accomplish in the ten days while you camp with over 42,000 other Scouts from across the country and across the world.  No matter what your interests, there are more than enough activities for everyone.  The National Scout Jamboree has the biggest and best of everything, from equipment to support the activities you want, to spectacular shows, and so much more.  Our Council's contingent will also participate in a pre-Jamboree tour to Tidewater, Virginia with visits to Langley Air Force Base, the Naval Base (world's largest naval base) at Norfolk, Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, and a full day at Busch Gardens.
    • Quick Overview.
    • Website.
    • Program and activities.
    • U.S. Army Jamboree Host.
    • Troop photos of National Scout Jamboree: July 2001.
    • National Scout Jamboree 2001.
  • 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.


 August 2005
  • 12-14(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - 1 of 2 weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Flyer and registration form.
    • For Scouts who are Junior Leaders or who will become Junior Leaders.
    • Instructs each Scout in assisting the Scoutmaster in running a new troop, and helps the Scout develop personal skills by teaching organizational and managerial techniques for Scouting and for every day life.
    • Attendance is requireed both weekends (August 12-14 and 19-21).
    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age and have completed the First Class Rank at the time of course.
    • Fee:  $200.00, which includes all course materials and food.
    • For additional information, contact course Scoutmaster listed in the Flyer and Registration Form.
  • 14-20(Su-Sa)  Junior Leadership Training Conference, Camp Sequassen, 791 West Hill Road, New Hartford, CT.  More information and application form.
    • For any registered Scout currently serving as troop senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, or has the potential to be.
    • Scout must be at least of First Class Rank and 13 years of age by January 1, 2005.  He must be recommended by his Scoutmaster and is required to attend an acceptance interview.
    • Fee:  $250.00.
    • Camp Sequassen is 78 miles from Grace Lutheran Church and takes about 1.5 hours to drive there.  Overview MapCamp MapDriving directions.
    • If you have questions, contacts are in the More Information and Application Form.
  • 15 (Mon.)     Deadline to e-mail Peter H. to go to the "First Year Scouts" weekend, Aug. 20-21.
  • 19-21(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - 2 of 2 weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley, NY.
    • Second of two required weekends.
  • 20-21(Sa-Su) "First Year Scouts" (or work on Tenderfoot or Second Class) weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • And also for other scouts who want to work on Tenderfoot or Second Class requirements.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Directions. Trail Map.
    • Deadline to e-mail Peter H. that you are going is Monday Aug.15, so we have time to buy the food.
    • Drop off time is 9:00 a.m. Saturday at Sperling Center and pickup is 4:00 p.m. Sunday.
    • Bring a Saturday lunch to cook over a wood fire.
    • The rest of the campout will cost, roughly, $15 per person.
    • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).
    • All adults are welcome.
    • Adult leaders will be:Peter H., Bob R., Bob A., and Gary P.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to Peter H. at the drop off.
    • Photos of "First Year Scouts" (and to Tenderfoot or to Second Class) weekend on Aug. 2005.
  • 26-28(F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Section Conclave, Camp Keowa, Ten Mile River Scout Reservation, Narrowsburg, NY.


 September 2005
  • 2 (Fri.)        Deadline for us to receive RSVP by mail for our Troop's 30th anniversary dinner on Sept. 9.
    • We need to have a head count to the restaurant by this evening.
  • 5 (Mon.)     Deadline to .Sign up here. 30th Anniv. Campout Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, scouts and adults, on Sept. 9-11.
  • 7 (Wed.)     Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. 7:00 p.m. for advancement or for Eagle Palms.
    • Meet at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Sign up here. Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this 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.
  • 9-11(F-Su).. Troop 174's 30th Anniversary Celebration, Eagle Scout Reunion, Court of Honor, and Campout.
    • Join us to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Troop 174, which began in 1974.  Newspaper article.
    • Friday Dinner
    • Sat.-Sun. 30th Anniversary Overnighter
      • Food, fire, and fellowship along with fishing and boating.
      • ALL family members are welcome, including anyone at the Friday dinner.
      • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
      • Meet Saturday morning between 9:00 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. at the Sperling Center pavilion at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
      • Pickup is by 10:00 a.m. Sunday at the Sperling Center pavilion.
      • Location:  Site #40 on the southwestern shore of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.  Site #40 is a "hike-in" site, so be prepared for a short uphill hike
      • Sign up here. 30th Anniv. Overnighter at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, scouts and adults, on Sept. 10-11.
      • Bring your own food, drink, and cooking utensils.
      • Bring your own tents, lanterns, etc. if you have them as we have not yet done inventory on the troop gear.
      • Bring your fishing gear.
      • Park in the Sperling Center parking lot.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).  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.
      • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given at the drop off.
      • Call the Scoutmaster if you have questions.
      • Photos of Campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Sept. 10-11, 2005.
  • 12 (Mon.) .. First Fall Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
  • 17 (Sat.)      Army vs. Baylor Football Game 3:00 p.m. at Michie Stadium, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.  Directions.  USMA map.
    • Tickets are still available at the gate at the Family Day price of $11, but you must buy minimum of 4 (total $44), and seating will not be with the Troop members who bought tickets in June.
    • Scouts and their families from Troop 174 and Pack 144 are invited.
    • Wear an official uniform.
    • Tickets are $11 per person, non-refundable.  All children one or older must have a ticket.
    • Enter West Point at least two hours prior to kickoff to avoid parking and traffic problems during the 2005 season.
    • Meet there at the seats.  Michie Stadium seating chart and gate locations.
    • Pre-game events:
      • Free Cadet Review (parade) on The Plain at 11:00 a.m.  Free shuttle buses leave regularly from the parade area to Michie Stadium.
      • The West Point Parachute Team jumps into Michie Stadium before each home football game, weather permitting.
      • Cadet marchon at (time) in Michie Stadium.
    • The game starts at 3:00 p.m.
    • The United States Military Academy Marching Band will play.
    • Free shuttle buses leave regularly from all parking areas to The Plain parade ground and Michie Stadium.  Each pickup point is assigned a specific color (red, blue, black).  Fans should meet their post-game shuttle bus at their respective drop off points.
    • Prohibited from Michie Stadium: Alcohol, backpacks, large carry bags, coolers, noisemakers, containers of any kind or other large packages, umbrellas, bottles and cans of any type.
    • Those entering Michie Stadium must pass through metal detectors and will be asked to submit to other searches as required.  Enter the stadium early to prevent a lengthy delay.
    • Random identification checks.  Carry personal photo identification.
    • Vehicular traffic will be highly restricted around Michie Stadium.
    • Bring money for refreshments and souvenirs.
    • Use the Buddy System.
    • Michie Stadium is dedicated to the memory of Dennis Mahan Michie who was instrumental in starting the game of football at the U.S. Military Academy in 1890.
    • Contact Mrs. Cz. if you have questions.
  • 19 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m. in full official uniform.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you 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.
  • 21 (Wed.)        Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 23-25 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
    • Congratulations to new OA Members who have passed the Ordeal: Rick K., Margaret L., Mike P., Roderick K., James H., and Will W.
    • Photos of OA Weekend and Ordeal on Sept. 2005, May 2002.
  • 24 (Sat.)       .. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Location: North American Martyrs Church in Putnam Valley at 55 Oscawana Lake Road up the road from Oregon Hardware a half-mile into Putnam County, east of Lake Peekskill, at the intersection of Morrissey Drive.  Note: This map location, corrected Sept. 21, is 5 miles south of the previously-posted location.
    • Time: About 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Project:
    • You can plan to come for part or all of the day.  The more hands working the faster the work will be done.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Please bring:
      • 100 grit sandpaper and sanding blocks for hand sanding
      • Paint scrapers
      • Caulking Guns
      • Paint Trays
      • Paint Rollers and Paint Brushes
      • *Tall ladders and short ladders*
      • Scaffolding
      • A full water bottle
      • Work gloves
      • Eye protection
    • Scouts must come in work clothes and boots.
    • Scouts will not be allowed to use the tall ladders or the power-washers.
    • Lunch will be supplied (pizza).
    • Sign in with Steph G. when you arrive, and sign out with Steph G. when you leave.  This is important.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Steph G. when you arrive.
    • Contact Steph G. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Steph G.'s Eagle Project on Sept. 24, 2005.
  • 26 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Pay Troop Dues, $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional, check payable to "BSA Troop 174" goes to the Troop Treasurer.
    • 27 (Tues.)     Deadline to Sign up here. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Project on Sept. 28.
    • 28 (Wed.)    .. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
      • Time: 4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
      • Location: North American Martyrs Church in Putnam Valley at 55 Oscawana Lake Road up the road from Oregon Hardware a half-mile into Putnam County, east of Lake Peekskill, at the intersection of Morrissey Drive.
      • Sign up here. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Project:
      • You can plan to come for part or all of the day.  The more hands working the faster the work will be done.
      • Scouts may earn service hours.
      • Please bring:
        • Ladders (big and small)
        • Trim brushes for painting window frames
        • Scrapers
        • Sanders
        • Sandpaper (100 grit)
        • Paint thinner for cleaning brushes
        • A full water bottle
        • Work gloves
        • Eye protection
      • Scouts must come in work clothes and boots.
      • Scouts will not be allowed to use the tall ladders.
      • Sign in with Steph G. when you arrive, and sign out with Steph G. when you leave.  This is important.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Steph G. when you arrive.
      • Contact Steph G. if you have questions.
      • Photos of Steph G.'s Eagle Project on Sept. 24 and 28, 2005.
  • 28 (Wed.)   Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #2. (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 30 (Fri.)      Deadline to Sign up here. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Project on Oct. 1.


 October 2005
        Collect a 6-oz. tuna can and two 12-oz. soda cans for an alcohol stove if you do not have one.
  • 1 (Sat.)     .. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: North American Martyrs Church in Putnam Valley at 55 Oscawana Lake Road up the road on the left from Oregon Hardware a half-mile into Putnam County, east of Lake Peekskill, at the intersection of Morrissey Drive.
    • Sign up here. Steph G.'s Eagle Scout Project:
    • You can plan to come for part or all of the day.  The more hands working the faster the work will be done.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Please bring:
      • Ladders (big and small)
      • Trim brushes for painting window frames
      • Scrapers
      • Sanders
      • Sandpaper (100 grit)
      • Paint thinner for cleaning brushes
      • A full water bottle
      • Work gloves
      • Eye protection
    • Scouts must come in work clothes and boots.
    • Scouts will not be allowed to use the tall ladders.
    • Lunch (pizza) will be supplied.
    • Sign in with Steph G. when you arrive, and sign out with Steph G. when you leave.  This is important.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Steph G. when you arrive.
    • Contact Steph G. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Steph G.'s Eagle Project on Sept. 24, 28, Oct. 1, 2005.
  • 1 (Sat.)       Den Chief Training (More information, Registration Form) 8:45 a.m.
    • "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 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.  "... den chiefs can fulfill their leadership requirements for Star, Life, and Eagle ranks."
    • Location: Council Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY, 773-1135 (Directions).
    • Register by (date to be decided)  No walk-ins.
    • Fees:
      • $10 training fee (includes training materials, patch, Den Chief Handbook, and snacks).
      • $5 lunch fee for scouts or adults, or bring your own bag lunch.
      • There is no training fee for adult leaders.
    • Wear official uniform.
    • 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.
    • Scout must be recommended by Scoutmaster.
    • Scouts who are First officialnd higher may fulfill their leadership responsibility for rank advancement while serving as den chief.
    • Scouts serving as a den chief are encouraged to earn the Den Chief Service Award.
    • Join the ranks of  Troop 174 Den Chiefs: William W. and Thomas L.
  • 1 (Sat.)       Deadline to .Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Oct. 2.
  • 2 (Sun.)     .. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project:.
    • The main building is called Field Home, however the actual building where we are working is next to it at The Seabury.  Look for the sign off the road.
    • Enter the work area through the gate in the fence near The Seabury parking lot.
    • Sign in with Paul M. when you arrive, and sign out with Paul M. when you leave.  This is important.
    • You can come for part or all of the day.
    • Can count for service hours for advancement, etc.
    • Scouts should only bring drinking water bottle, work gloves, wheelbarrows, and wear work clothes.
    • Lunch (pizza) will be supplied, and extra drinking water.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Paul M. when you arrive.
    • Contact Paul M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Paul M.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 2, 2005.
  • 3 (Mon.)   .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline to pay Troop Dues, $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Ben C., headcount for refreshments, on Oct. 9.
    • Deadline to Sign up here.  Thunderbird Games Weekend on Oct. 15-16.
  • 4 (Tues.)      No Patrol Meeting Schools closed. Rosh Hashanah.
  • 8 (Sat.)      .. CANCELED - Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • CANCELED due to rain.
    • Contact Paul M. if you have questions.
  • 9 (Sun.)     .. Ben C.'s Eagle Ceremony.
    • Scouts and Leaders arrive at 1:00 p.m. for rehearsal, wearing an official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Others arrive at 1:15 p.m. for a 1:30-3:00 p.m. ceremony.
    • Location: The Lifestyle Center at the Estate at Chapel Hill, 110 Chapel Hill Drive, Peekskill.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Youth and adult members of the Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts should wear their official uniform.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Ben C., headcount for refreshments.
    • Photos of Ben C.'s Eagle Project on Apr. 9, 2005.
    • Photos of Ben C.'s Eagle Court of Honor on Oct. 9, 2005.
  • 10 (Mon.)   Hudson Valley Orienteering Service (Monthly schedule) at FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.
    • A non-Boy Scout event, this can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Rob B. is organizing scout involvement for the Scorpion Patrol.
      • The Scorpion patrol will work on the orienteering merit badge.
      • Rob B. will set instruction times, etc.
      • Scouts meet at and leave from parking lot 4.
      • This is also an opportunity to get experience in advance of the orienteering courses to be run at the Manitoga District Event on Nov. 5-6 for ...
        • other scouts and parents in our troop who wish to gain experience orienteering.
        • parents who plan to help with administration of the Manitoga District Event orienteering courses.
        • other troops and leaders in the Manitoga District planning to go to the Manitoga District Event.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.
    • For other scouts (non-Scorpions) and for general admission: instruction at 10:30 a.m. and starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Other scouts (non-Scorpions) must have a parent with the scout during the event.
    • Directions: From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.  Map.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Registration for juniors is $5.
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • A signed permission slip for Scorpions whose parents are not going must be provided.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 10 (Mon.)       No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland Schools Closed for Columbus Day.
  • 11 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 15 (Sat.)   ..Thunderbird Games (More information at Council)
    • 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.
    • There will not be any overnight camping at this year's Thunderbird Games, due to rain.
      • The program for Saturday will go on as scheduled with the exception that the evening show will run from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and the Games will close immediately afterwards.
      • Due to the limited parking caused by the flooding, please make every effort to car pool.
    • What to Do
      • Sign up here.  Thunderbird Games 2-day Weekend.  Sign up by October 3.
      • Youths and adults from Boy Scouting and Venturing are the volunteer staff running the activities for this Cub Scouting event.
      • 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 Target Practice game (See photo on online sign-up) activity stations for the Cub Scouts.  All Boy Scouts and adults who volunteer will receive a patch.
      • Adults are needed for the afternoon games.
      • Opportunity for scouts to gain service hours.
      • Boy Scouts are needed to perform on stage during the 4:30 p.m. show.  Contact Margaret L. by October 3 if you want to perform a skit, tell a joke, or sing a song solo or with other Boy Scouts.
    • Theme: Wild Wild West.
    • Schedule
      • Saturday, Oct. 15
        • 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. ______ Arrive,
          • check in at registration area,
          • get security wristband,
          • give signed permission form to Margaret L. if your parent is not staying entire day.
        • 10:15 - 11:00 a.m._ Find your game, set up game, and learn how to run game.
        • 11:00 - 11:30 a.m._ Eat your bag lunch.
        • 11:30 a.m. - noon _ Opening Ceremonies
        • Noon - 4:00 p.m._ Games - Troop 174's Target Practice game (rain or shine).  Bring your water bottle, folding chair or camp stool, and snack, if desired.
        • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m. __ Clean up game site area and help put games away.
        • 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. __ Show.  Please arrive on time.
        • 6:00 p.m. _______ Event Closes
    • What to Bring
      • Be prepared for rain and cold.  The weather forecast is for rain.  The high will be in the 60's and the low Saturday night will be in the 40's.  There usually is a breeze coming from the river in the afternoon, too.
      • Do not wear jeans or other cotton clothing.  Wear and bring quick drying synthetic pants, shirts, and outer layers.  Dress in layers.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).
        • Note especially for this event:
          • Boots (no sneakers)
          • Rain gear
          • A warm hat.
          • Extra socks (synthetic, not cotton)
          • Your own snacks, if desired
          • A bag lunch for Saturday lunch
      • Also bring
        • Folding chair or folding camp stool, or you will not have a dry place to sit
        • You may carry a waterproof bag labeled with your name and Troop 174 with extra clothing layers with you from 10 a.m. until you leave if you are helping during the day only or until our campsite is set up if you are camping overnight.
      • Label everything with your name and Troop 174.
    • Everyone will be given a wristband to wear for security reasons.
    • Latrines will be in the area.
    • If you have questions contact Margaret L.
    • "See You at the Games" article from Scouting Magazine, September 2004.
    • Croton 2004 Thunderbird Games newspaper article, Scouts learn ropes at festivities in park.
    • Photos of Thunderbird Games on Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004, Council photos Oct. 2004 with two of our scouts here and here, Oct. 2003.
  • 17 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • The Scorpions will run this Troop Meeting.
    • The Personal Management Merit Badge course will start tonight.  Print out this document (0.8 MB) and bring it to the meeting.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you 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.
  • 17 (Mon.)    Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #3.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 18 (Tues.)     Canceled - Patrol Meeting.  Call Dale S. if you have questions.
  • 21 (Fri.)        Deadline to .Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout on Nov. 4-6.
  • 22 (Sat.)       Deadline to .Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Oct. 23.
  • 23 (Sun.)     .. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project - Delayed one day from Saturday.
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project:.
    • The main building is called Field Home, however the actual building where we are working is next to it at The Seabury.  Look for the sign off the road.
    • Enter the work area through the gate in the fence near The Seabury parking lot.
    • Sign in with Paul M. when you arrive, and sign out with Paul M. when you leave.  This is important.
    • You can come for part or all of the day.
    • Can count for service hours for advancement, etc.
    • Scouts should only bring drinking water bottle, work gloves, and wear work clothes.
    • Lunch (pizza) will be supplied, and extra drinking water.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Paul M. when you arrive.
    • Contact Paul M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Paul M.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 2 & 23, 2005.
  • 24 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • For Personal Management bring in a budget and one week of actuals.
  • 25 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 26 (Wed.)   .. Deadline 5:00 p.m. to sign up for the Orient-O-Ree on Nov. 4-6.
  • 28 (Fri.)         Deadline to .Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Oct. 29.
  • 29 (Sat.)         Deadline to .Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Oct. 30.
  • 29-30(Sa-Su).. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project - Saturday.
    • Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project - Sunday.
    • The main building is called Field Home, but we shall be working by the adjacent building, The Seabury.  Look for the sign off the road.
    • Enter the work area through the gate in the fence near The Seabury parking lot.
    • Sign in with Paul M. when you arrive, and sign out with Paul M. when you leave.  This is important.
    • You can come for part or all of the day.
    • Can count for service hours for advancement, etc.
    • Scouts should only bring drinking water bottle, work gloves, and wear work clothes.
    • Lunch (pizza) will be supplied, and extra drinking water.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Paul M. when you arrive.
    • Contact Paul M. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Paul M.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 2, 23, 30, 2005.
  • 29 (Sat.)     .. Scouting for Food.
    • Detailed Information from Council.
    • Bring bags of donated food to the American Legion Post, 333 Buckshollow Road, Mahopac, NY or to another designated collection site 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • Or bring to Grace Lutheran Church and volunteer adults from our troop, Mrs. Margaret L. and Mr. Bob A, will take them from there 9:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.
  • 29-30 (Sa-Su) Boy Scout Leader Training - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills #4.  (More Information, Registration Form)   Overnight campout at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley, NY.  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  $15 fee.
  • 31 (Mon.)     Canceled Troop Meeting (Halloween). Rescheduled on Wednesday, Nov. 2.


 November 2005
    Print Out: Citizenship in the World requirements and Scout work booklet.  Peter H. will start class soon.
    Print Out: Space Exploration Merit Badge materials (3 MB) on the password-protected pages.
    Theme: Tracking/ Wildlife: Read Tracker's Basics and Flash Cards, Tracking Guide, Stalking Guide.
    Knot: Bowline (also here), Boy Scout Handbook p. 149.
    Patrol Running the 3rd Monday's Meeting: Cobras.
  • 1 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 2 (Wed.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Patrols plan menus, etc. for Orient-O-Ree.
    • Adults plan menus, etc. for Orient-O-Ree.
  • 4 (Fri.)          Deadline to .Sign up here. Harriman State Park hike on Nov. 12-13.
  • 4-6 (Fri-Su) .. Manitoga District Fall Event: Orient-O-Ree.
    • Detailed Information from Council.
    • Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout. Deadline to sign up is Oct. 26.
      • This is a MANDATORY EVENT unless you are out of town!  Please call the Scoutmaster if you are unable to attend.
    • Location: Site #40 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections. Clear Lake Trail Map.
    • Friday night Campers
      • Arrive at Sperling Center by 4:00 p.m.
    • Saturday-Sunday Campers
      • Arrive at the Grace Lutheran Church Shed at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to get gear.
      • Carpool from Grace to get to Sperling Center before 8:00 a.m. and immediately carry all gear to site #40.  Opening Ceremony is at 9:00 a.m.  Parent drivers needed.
    • Theme: Orienteering.  Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • This weekend event will include general map reading instruction along with a map hike which will be a practical, non-competitive way for younger Scouts to learn orienteering skills, along with:
      • A competitive course of about 2 km for Scouts who have received basic map-reading instruction.
      • A competitive course for Scouts with more advanced map reading skills for Scouts who have a command of practical map reading, which they have used.
    • All courses will use the colored Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Orienteering Map.
    • Scouts will be able to complete some Tenderfoot, Second, & First Class rank requirements as well as some of the requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge.
    • Patrols will do patrol cooking.  See The Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283).
    • Adults will cook together.
    • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).  One of the 10 Essentials is a map.  You may purchase a Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake topo map at the Trading Post at the Campmaster Cabin.
    • Bring a compass, watch, and whistle.
    • Youth and adults should bring a bag lunch for Saturday.
    • Pack light and for low-impact camping.  Leave No Trace principles.
    • Do not eat inside the tents.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Congratulations to the Scoripon Patrol for First Place on the Yellow Course at the Oreint-O-Ree.
    • Photos of Manitoga District Fall Event: Orient-O-Ree on Nov. 4-6, 2005.
  • 7 (Mon.)     .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • There will be an official uniform inspection, and boys who pass will be awarded a US flag pin.
    • Deadline to return the Holiday Greenery order form and one check from you payable to BSA Troop 174.  Pick up Holiday Greenery Order on Dec. 5.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. Veterans Day Parade (headcount for refreshments) on Nov. 13.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) on Nov. 16.
    • Congratulations to Kevin K., whose Eagle Scout project was approved by the Troop Committee.
  • 8 (Tues.)       No Patrol Meeting.  Schools closed.  Election Day.
  • 11 (Fri.)        Veterans Day Federal Holiday
  • 11 (Fri.)        Deadline to .Sign up here. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Nov. 12.
  • 12 (Sat.)     .. Paul M.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 12-13(Sa-Su) Canceled -Hike and Overnight at Harriman State Park.
    • Too few Scouts signed up.
  • 13 (Sun.)    ..Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve and the American Legion.
    • Meet at 1:30 p.m. directly in front of the Lakeland High School main entrance, 1349 East Main Street, Shrub Oak.  Parade starts at 2:00 p.m.  Scouts will be marching in the parade.  Attendance is expected.  Rain or shine.
    • Sign up here. Veterans Day Parade (headcount for refreshments).
    • 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 Corps' 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.
    • After the ceremony, hot dogs and sodas will be provided by the Lions Club on the east side of the Hart Library 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.  Especially, 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.
    • Park in the Lakeland High School or Shrub Oak Methodist Church parking lot.  The Hart Library will be open, so please do not park there.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Photos of Veterans Day Parade, Nov. 2005, Nov. 2004, Nov. 2003, Nov. 2002, Nov. 2001.
  • 13 (Sun.)       Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Gym Night, and tell what gear you will bring, on Nov. 14.
  • 14 (Mon.)   .. Troop Gym Night 7:30-8:50 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Location: Mildred E. Strang Middle School Gym on Rt. 202 next to the Yorktown High School, 2701 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.  See "MES Middle School" on this map.  The gym is on the lower level across the hall from the pool.
    • Sign up here. Troop Gym Night, and tell what gear you will bring.
    • Do not park on the side of the building.  Park in the front parking lot and walk to the side.
    • The easiest way to the Gym is to walk to the side of the building next to the large sports field between Strang Middle School and Yorktown High School.
    • Bring a basketball, volleyball, jump rope, soccer ball, dodge ball, kick ball, etc.
    • Bring a water bottle labeled with your name.
    • The restrooms will be open.
    • Deadline is the start of Gym Night to return the Holiday Greenery order form and one check from you payable to "BSA Troop 174".  Pick up Holiday Greenery Order on Dec. 5.
    • Photos of Gym Night on Nov. 2005.
  • 15 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 16 (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 on the lower floor near the gymnasium in the 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 Men's and Women's locker rooms will be on your right.  Walk through the locker room and enter the pool area.
    • Do not park on the side of the building.  Park in front parking lot and walk to the side.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night.
      • 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 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.  Normally do both.
      • 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.
    • Anyone wanting help correcting strokes see Mr. Manny A. at the event.
    • Senior Webelos from Pack 45, Pack 134, Pack 144, and Pack 251 have been invited to work on Aquanaut Badge and the Swimming Belt Loop or join us for a fun swim.
    • 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's and women's locker rooms and bathrooms are available.
    • No food or drinks are allowed in the pool area.
    • If not swimming, wear an activity uniform (youth and adults).
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Lifeguard will be Kevin K., who is donating his services.  Thank you.
    • Swim Night will be canceled if the Yorktown Central School District schools are closed, or if driving conditions are hazardous.
    • If you have questions contact our SPL.
    • Photos of swim nights: Nov. 2005, Mar. 2005, Nov. 2004, Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 16 (Wed.)     Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Project: Dig Trench for Troop Shed, on Nov. 19.
  • 19 (Sat.)      .. Dig Trench for Troop Shed.
    • The work day will begin at 9:30 AM and run for as long as the project takes.  It should last four or five hours at most.
    • Sign up here. Troop Project: Dig Trench for Troop Shed.
    • Chris is looking for a few adult volunteers to help Ted M. supervise the trench being dug this weekend to get electricity to our scout shed. Chris will not be available this weekend and we need at least two deep leadership.
    • Indicate which tools you can bring.  Shovels, picks, hoes, any digging tools will be greatly appreciated.
    • The project includes digging the trench, feeding the wire through PVC pipes to the Shed, filling the ditch back in, and cleaning the Shed out (this will be done by the Quartermasters and a few assistants at the same time the trench is being dug; these individuals have already said they would be able to come, but in the case of someone's absence, one of the diggers may be pulled to help out).
  • 21 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • The Cobras will run this Troop Meeting.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you 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.
  • 22 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 28 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Program: Cold Weather Camping.  First of two sessions.  Presented by Ben C.
    • Scouts taking the Space Exploration Merit Badge should pay Mr. Bob A. $6.50 for the rocket and engine.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. for Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 20-22.  Scouts have priority.
    • Deadline to pay Ice Climbing (Jan. 20-22) $50 non-refundable deposit.  Balance due Jan. 9 (Approx. $160 total).
  • 29 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 29 (Tues.)   Deadline to .Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park on Nov. 30.
  • 30 (Wed.)   .. Kevin K.'s Eagle Project.
    • 3:45 p.m.- 4:45 p.m.(weather permitting).
    • Hudson Highlands Gateway Park, Cortlandt Manor, NY. Doris Lee Dr. Entrance.
    • Spread mulch at the end of the Doris Lee Drive entrance.
    • Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park
    • Bring:
      • drinking water bottle, labeled with your name
      • shovels
      • rakes
      • wheelbarrows
      • work gloves
      • Give a signed permission slip to Kevin K. for scouts whose parents are not staying.
    • Drive to the end of Doris Lee Drive and park at the side of the road.
    • Call Kevin K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Kevin K.'s Eagle Project on  Nov. 30, 2005.
  • 30 (Wed.)  Deadline for Adult leaders to print out and send in this sign up form for First Aid and CPR Training on Dec. 10.


 December 2005
    Print Out: Citizenship in the World requirements and Scout work booklet.  Peter H. will start class soon.
    Print Out: Space Exploration Merit Badge materials (3 MB) on the password-protected pages.
    Theme: Winter Camping.  Read Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H., Warm Tips, and Thrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources").
    Knot: 2 Half Hitches.
    Patrol Running the 2nd Monday's Meeting: Eagles.
  • 2  (Fri.)      Deadline to .Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park on Dec. 3.
  • 3  (Sat.)    .. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project.
    • 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (weather permitting)
    • Hudson Highlands Gateway Park in Cortlandt Manor, NY. Doris Lee Dr. Entrance.
    • Spread mulch by the entrance of the park and start construction on foot bridge and bench.
    • .Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park on Dec. 3.
    • Bring:
      • signed permission slip and give it to Kevin K. for scouts whose parents are not staying.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Rakes
      • Wheelbarrow (if possible)
      • Water bottle with water (for personal use) labeled with your name.
      • hammer
    • Drive to the end of Doris Lee Drive and park at the side of the road.
    • Call Kevin K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Kevin K.'s Eagle Project on  Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2005.
  • 5 (Mon.)   .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
  • 6  (Tues.)     ..Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 10-11(Sa-Su)..Winter Lean-To Campout.
    • Lean-To's at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Meet Saturday 8:15 a.m. at the Troop Shed, leave with gear at 8:30 a.m.  Drive to Sperling Center, hike to site #41 at 9:00 a.m.
    • Pickup Sunday at Sperling Center at 9:30 a.m.
    • Program: BSA Rank requirements, tool handling, and fire.  Football / snowball fight.
    • Patrol Cooking.
    • Bring your Boy Scout Handbook in a ziplock bag to get rank requirements signed off.
    • Sign up here. Winter Lean-To Campout, Scouts and Adults.
    • Review: Warm Tips, Thrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources"), Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H.
    • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).  One of the 10 Essentials is a map.  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.
    • Pack light and for low-impact camping.  Leave No Trace principles.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster beforehand.
    • Photos of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Lean-To Campout: Dec. 2004.
    • Photos of Freeze-O-Ree at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Feb. 2004.
  • 10 (Sat.)        Standard First Aid and CPR Training for Adult Leaders
    • This will be the American Red Cross course.
    • Current guidelines for First Aid (not from Red Cross, large file) and for CPR.
    • New guidelines will be available in Spring 2006 for First Aid and for CPR.
    • Print out and send in this sign up form by Nov. 30.
    • Location: Alpine Scout Camp, 441 Route 9W, Alpine, NJ 07620.
    • Other details are on the form.
    • Photos of First Aid Training Mar. 2005.
  • 12 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • The Eagles will run this Troop Meeting.  This is the 2nd Troop Meeting of the month, moved up from the 3rd.
    • Drop off Food, Toys, Clothing for the Scorpion Patrol's Food, Toy, Clothing Drive (also on Dec. 16).
    • Kevin K. will present Orienteering Skills for the Klondike on Jan. 21.
    • Turn in your Personal Data pages with corrections and additions.  For questions ask Margaret L.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 10-12.  A parent must go if a sibling goes.
    • Deadline to pay $50 non-refundable deposit for Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 10-12.  Balance due Jan. 9.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you 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 Troop Meeting on Dec. 12, 2005.
  • 13 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 16 (Fri.)       ..Scorpion Patrol's Food, Toy, Clothing Drive.
    • Location: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1836 E Main Street Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
    • Drop items off from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church.
    • Any donations are greatly appreciated, and the Scorpion Patrol hopes to see you guys there.
    • Donations will go to the needy people of Mohegan Lake.
    • Toys
      • New, or used in excellent condition.
      • Toys for all ages are needed.
      • Unwrapped.
    • Food
      • Non-perishable.
      • No glass.
    • Clothing
      • Only hats, gloves, scarves, and new socks.
    • If you have questions contact Anthony S.
    • Photos of Scorpion Patrol's Food, Toy, Clothing Drive on Dec. 16, 2005.
  • 17-18(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 19 (Mon.)   .. Court of Honor and Holiday Dessert Party 7:30 p.m. (7:00 for set-up Patrols)  Wear an official uniform.
  • 20 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 26 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland Schools Closed.  Winter Recess.
  • 27 (Tues.)      No Patrol Meeting Schools closed.  Winter Recess.
  • 21 (Tues.)  No Patrol Meeting.  Lakeland schools closed.  Winter Recess.




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