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  January 2006
    This month BSA-registered adults pay $11 for annual BSA registration ($10 reg., $1 insurance) and optionally $12 for annual Boys' Life magazine to the Troop Treasurer, check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    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.
    Themes: Klondike Skills and Wilderness Survival.
    Knot: Taut Line Hitch, Boy Scout Handbook p. 37, at Folsoms.
    Patrol Running the 2nd Monday's Meeting: Venture.
    New First Class Requirement: Jan. 2006 - "Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop's activities.  Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project or meeting.  Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active." See usscouts.org Advancement.

  • 2 (Mon.)       No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland Schools Closed.
  • 3 (Tues.)       Patrol Meeting canceled.  Lakeland schools closed.
  • 6-8 (F-Su)    Youth Leader Training Conference (more information) (registration form)
    • Weekend #1 of 2.
    • Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth, CT (about 83 miles from Yorktown Heights)
    • Who should attend?  Any registered Scout currently serving as troop senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, or has the potential to be.  The Scout must be at least First Class Rank and 13 years of age by January 1, 2006.  He must be recommended by his Scoutmaster.
    • Fee:  $250
    • Contact Michael Abrahamson, Scoutmaster, at (203) 459-0482, ext.14 or mabrahamson@earthlink.net.
  • 6-8 (F-Su)    Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 9 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Canceled: Green Bar meeting.
    • Meeting program: Klondike skills.
    • This month BSA-registered adults pay $11 for annual BSA registration ($10 reg., $1 insurance) and optionally $12 for annual Boys' Life magazine to the Troop Treasurer, check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Boy Scout Klondike, Scouts and Adults, on Jan. 21.
    • Deadline to pay balance of the total fee of $175 for Ice Climbing on Jan. 20-22.   Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Rita S., Treasurer.
    • Deadline to pay balance for Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 10-12.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
  • 10 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 11 (Wed.)   .. Order of the Arrow Banquet.
  • 13-15(F-Su) Youth Leader Training Conference (more information) (registration form)
    • Weekend #2 of 2.
    • Deer Lake Scout Reservation in Killingworth, CT (about 83 miles from Yorktown Heights)
    • Who should attend?  Any registered Scout currently serving as troop senior patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, or has the potential to be.  The Scout must be at least First Class Rank and 13 years of age by January 1, 2006.  He must be recommended by his Scoutmaster.
  • 13-15(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 16 (Mon.) Klondike Preparation Patrol Meeting 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
  • 16 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland Schools Closed.  Martin Luther King Day.
  • 17 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 20-22(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 20-22(F-Su).. Ice Climbing Troop Weekend, (More information) winter high-adventure program.
    • Scouts must be 14 years of age or older, First Class, and have Scoutmaster approval.  No climbing experience is necessary.
    • Sign up here. for Ice Climbing Weekend by Nov. 28.  Scouts have priority.  Space is limited.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Nov. 28.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Pay the balance of the total fee of $175 by Jan. 9. Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Location:  Keene Valley in the Adirondacks.
    • Meet Fri. 2:45 p.m. at Barbara C's. house, 3797 Cranberry Lane Shrub Oak, returning Sun. approximately 8:00 p.m.
    • Activities:
      1. Sat.: Ice climbing.
      2. Sun.: Ice climbing.
    • Indoor climbing in inclement weather.
    • Training will precede climbing under a guide's supervision.
    • Lodging: High Peaks Hostel on 5956 Sentinel Road, Lake Placid, NY.
    • Price includes equipment, some meals, and lodging for up to 8 scouts and 2 adults.
    • Refer to your "Clothing for Winter Hiking" handouts.  Overview: Sneakers or slippers, Nalgene bottle of water upside down in a wool sock, brown bag Friday supper, money for Sunday lunch and supper, rain gear, wind-proof jacket, a day pack, fleece, hot cup labeled with your name, rubber-soled pac boots good to -40 deg. F., hat over the ears or face mask, mittens and gloves, personal first aid kit, toothbrush, spoon, sunglasses, etc.  No cotton clothing.
    • This activity requires a Class 3 Medical Form completed within the past 12 months.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster by Jan. 9.
    • To sign up call Barbara C.
    • Photos of Ice Climbing on Jan. 2006, Jan. 2005, and Council Photos, Jan. 2004 and Council Photos.
  • 21 (Sat.)    .. Manitoga District Boy Scout Klondike at FDR State Park, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Meet at 8:00 a.m. in Parking Lot #1 (From the Taconic the first lot after turning left).
    • Sign up here. Boy Scout Klondike, Scouts and Adults.  Sign up by Jan. 9.
    • We plan to run three sleds:
      • Dragon Patrol -- Sled Patrol Leader Theodore M.
      • Eagle Patrol -- Sled Patrol Leader Sam N.
      • Scorpion Patrol -- Sled Patrol Leader Roderick K.
    • For questions see first your Sled Patrol Leader, then Mr. K.
    • Stations:
      • Safe use of cutting tools
      • Fire building (patrol required to boil water)
      • Ice rescue (lashing skills)
      • Tandem snowshoes (knot tying skills)
      • Emergency transportation
      • Emergency shelter building
      • Map and compass
      • First aid
      • Prepare your lunch - Yes, this will be a scored activity.
    • Patrol Equipment
      • Patrol Flag
      • Klondike Sled
      • BSA Local Tour permit completed and validated.
      • Fire building materials (only homemade fire starters are permitted)
      • 1 gallon drinking water. This is in addition to the donated water.
      • # 10 can or pot to boil water in.
      • 4 six foot long poles
      • 6 ten foot long lengths of rope
      • Tarp
      • Patrol first aid kit including Triangular bandages, Compresses and splint materials.
      • Blanket or sleeping bag
      • Backpack stove or equivalent to boil water for lunch. NO ground fires will be permitted!
      • Hot chocolate, Cup-o-Soup, Etc. for lunch.
      • Compass
      • Hand ax or hatchet
      • File to sharpen Ax or hatchet.
      • Pencil, paper and clipboard
      • Boy Scout handbook.
      • Garbage bag. (FDR Park is a carry in/carry out park)
    • Personal Equipment
      • Dress in Layers prepared for the winter weather, avoid cotton. (“Cotton is rotten”)
      • Winter footgear, NO sneakers.
      • Raingear
      • Daypack
      • Canteen of water
      • Lunch
      • Extra socks
      • Mug for Hot Chocolate
      • Spoon for soup.
    • See full detail on the stations in this PDF file at Council.
      • Page 1: Skip the first page.  To register Sign up here instead.
      • Page 2: Patrol equipment and personal equipment (copied above for your convenience).
      • Pages 3-4: Full detail on the stations.  Read carefully and prepare.
    • Adults may bring a mug for hot chocolate too.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Sled design page.  Additional Sled design 1 and Sled design 2.
    • Congratulations to the Scorpion Patrol on finishing second place in the Klondike Sled Race.
    • Photos of Boy Scout Klondike on Jan. 2006, Feb. 2005 and Council Photos, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003.
  • 22-28(Su-Sa) Ski: Scout Week at Thunder Ridge Ski Area, Patterson, NY.
    • Details here.
    • Thunder Ridge is the closest ski resort (map), about as far away as Stewart Airport but to the north east.
    • Discounted rates for scouts and their families with scout ID are available for the entire week.
    • Merit badge interest patch training and lessons are available.
    • A Safety Seminar is available to assist scouts in working toward a badge or patch which includes learning skier responsibility code, appropriate attire, nutrition, conditioning and weather exposure.  Reservations must be made at least one week in advance for groups over 15 and those wishing to attend the seminar.
  • 23 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • Webelos from Pack 238 will visit.
    • Overdue: Turn in your Personal Data pages with corrections and additions.  For questions ask Margaret L.
    • This month BSA-registered adults pay $11 for annual BSA registration ($10 reg., $1 insurance) and optionally $12 for annual Boys' Life magazine to the Troop Treasurer, check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    • 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.
  • 24 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27-29(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 27-29(F-Su) Ice Climbing Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 28 (Sat.)       Merit Badge Seminar organized by Troop 911.
    • All the merit badge classes are full.   There are no openings.
    • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, Yorktown Heights.
    • Detailed information here.
      • The seminar date was mistakenly listed as Jan. 28, 2005, rather than the correct Jan. 28, 2006 at last check.
      • Atomic Energy was mistakenly listed instead of the correct Nuclear Science at last check.
    • (*) All Eagle Scout required merit badges must be approved by our Troop 174 Scoutmaster prior to signing up for the merit badge.
    • Scouts should read the merit badge booklet in advance, and complete all pre-requisities in advance.
    • Morning Session
      • Citizenship in World (*)
      • Nuclear Science
      • Electricity
      • Emergency Preparedness (*)
      • Fingerprinting
      • Engineering
      • Citizenship in Nation (*)
    • Afternoon Session
      • Citizenship in the Community (*)
      • First Aid (*)
      • Energy
      • Fire Safety
      • Disability Awareness
      • Family Life (*)
      • Communications (*)
      • Law
    • Registration is limited and on a first come first served basis.
  • 30 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Congratulations to Matt C. for passing his Eagle Scout Board of Review!
    • The Venture Patrol will teach wilderness survival.
    • Taut Line Hitch knot tying competition.
    • Webelos from Pack 45 will visit.
    • Deadline for BSA-registered adults pay $11 for annual BSA registration ($10 reg., $1 insurance) and optionally $12 for annual Boys' Life magazine to the Troop Treasurer, check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults, on Feb. 5.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Webelos Klondike Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts and Adults on Feb. 11.
    • Overdue: Turn in your Personal Data pages with corrections and additions.  For questions ask Margaret L.
  • 31 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 February 2006
    Themes: Special Cooking.
    Knot: Figure 8 at 42ndBrighton, MyNetPlace, and Tollesburysc.
    Patrol Running the 3rd Monday's Meeting: Dragon.
  • 3-5 (F-Su)   Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 5 (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, on Feb. 5.
    • Parents who will be cooking arrive at 9:30 a.m.
    • The Cobra, Dragon, and Scorpion patrols should be on hand at 10:00 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The Eagle and Venture 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 begin at approximately 12:00 noon, after the 11:00 a.m. service.
    • Wear full official uniform, including merit badge sash, excluding hat.
    • 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.  The entrance is on Campbell Road near the intersection of Curry Street and Campbell Road. Map.
    • Joseph Csatari's 1994 "A Scout Is Reverent" painting.  Norman Rockwell's 1954 "A Scout is Reverent" painting.
    • Photos of Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch on Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 6 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Presentation: Summer Camp preparation.  In our Calendar in the Future Months section see July.
    • Presentation: Friends of Scouting.
    • Overdue: BSA-registered adults pay $11 for annual BSA registration ($10 reg., $1 insurance) and optionally $12 for annual Boys' Life magazine to the Troop Treasurer, check payable to "BSA Troop 174."
    • Overdue: Turn in your Personal Data pages with corrections and additions. For questions ask Margaret L.
  • 7 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 8 (Wed.)      Boy Scouts of America's Anniversary Day - 96th year.  How Scouting came to America.
  • 8 (Wed.)     Council Fireside Chat (More information) 7:30 p.m.
    • "... David Talbot, Council President, John Kiernan, Council Commissioner and Jack Sears, Council Scout Executive, will be conducting two opportunities (Feb. 8 and Feb. 16) for Scouting volunteers to “give” and “get” information.  During these “Fireside Chats”... the Westchester-Putnam Council hopes 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 the future of Scouting in our two counties and what new and exciting services are planned. "
    • Place- Council Service Center (Directions),41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY 10532.
  • 9 (Thurs.)   .. Deadline to Sign up here. Indoor Rock Climbing on Feb. 16.
  • 10-12(F-Su).. Ski Troop Weekend, (More information)
    • Ski at: Gore Mountain.  Ski orientation session will be available for beginners.
    • Sign up here. Troop Ski Weekend.  Sign up by Dec. 12.  A parent must go if a sibling goes.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Dec. 19 and pay the balance by Jan. 9.
    • Dorm-style Lodging at Camp Read Farm House and Handicraft Lodge.  Bring a sleeping bag and pillow.  Cots and mattresses will be provided.
    • Also bring warm jacket, long underwear, gloves, wool hat, sweater or sweatshirts, pajamas, toiletries, towels, extra shirts, pants and socks, boots and sneakers, small duffel bag or day pack, and snow pants or waterproof pants.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the Scoutmaster by Jan. 19.
    • Nonrefundable deposit due by Dec. 12: $50 per person, for lodging and 2-day lift tickets.  No exceptions.  Space is limited.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174" goes to the Troop Treasurer. Balance Due Jan. 9.
    • Price includes transportation, lodging, meals, and lift tickets for 2 nights and days:
      • Youth (9-17): $170
      • Adult: (18+):   $185
      • Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174" goes to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Recommend: Rent skis, boots, and poles at home to save time and money, and get better gear.
    • Friday supper on your own.
    • Photos of Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005.
  • 10-12(F-Su) Ice Climbing Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 11 (Sat.)      Scout Sabbath.
  • 11 (Sat.)    .. Webelos Klondike.  (More information)
    • Troop 174 will be running the Panning For Gold station.
    • FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.  From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.
    • Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. First Class, Star, Life, and Eagle Scouts and Adults. Sign up by Jan. 30.  After Jan. 30, call Mike S. SPL if you plan on attending.
    • Meet at 8:00 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.  Bring rain gear, if needed.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Restrooms are located in the stone building near Parking Lot #1.
    • The adults in charge are Mr. Rick K. and Mr. Rob B.
    • Call Mr. Rick K. if you have questions.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going, to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of Webelos Klondike: Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Mar. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 13 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter on Feb. 25-26.
    • Deadline to turn in the signed waiver for those scouts going indoor rock climbing on Feb. 16.
    • Presentation on low-impact cooking.
  • 14 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 16 (Thurs.) .. Indoor Rock Climbing 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. at The Cliffs at Valhalla, 1 Commerce Park, Valhalla, NY.  (914) 328-ROCK.
    • Sign up here. Indoor Rock Climbing by Feb. 9.
    • Meet 5:30 p.m. in the parking lot of the Shrub Oak A&P across the street from Lakeland High School, 1349 E Main St., Shrub Oak, NY.
    • Bring waiver and permission slip if not turned in yet.
    • The gear is included in the price of $20.00 per head with the exception of climbing shoes.
    • All scouts should bring or wear sneakers.  No boots allowed for climbing.
    • This is a great opportunity for scouts of all ages to rock climb at a supervised “Top Rope belay” indoor climbing wall.  There will be a 5 to 1 ratio of Scout to staff supervision, not including our Troop leaders.
      • Over 13,000 sq. ft. of climbing terrain.
      • Over 50 top rope stations and tons of lead climbing.
      • Over 2500 sq. ft of bouldering with top-outs.
      • Roofs, overhangs, slabs, arêtes, you name it.
      • Rappel tower.
      • Expertly set routes for all ability levels (from kids to pros).
    • This is a great opportunity for our boys under the age of 14 to get a “taste” of High Adventure Scouting!  Please take advantage of it!
    • Check out The Cliffs at Valhalla's website at www.thecliffsclimbing.com.
    • If you plan on attending:
      • Please have your parent print out this waiver, sign it, and bring it with you to the troop meeting on Feb. 13.
      • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
      • Once we see how many scouts will be participating, we will finalize rides and all details after the troop meeting on Feb. 13.
    • Call Mr. Rick K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Indoor Rock Climbing on Feb. 2006.
  • 16 (Thurs.)     Council Fireside Chat (More information) 7:30 p.m.
    • "... David Talbot, Council President, John Kiernan, Council Commissioner and Jack Sears, Council Scout Executive, will be conducting two opportunities (Feb. 8 and Feb. 16) for Scouting volunteers to “give” and “get” information.  During these “Fireside Chats”... the Westchester-Putnam Council hopes 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 the future of Scouting in our two counties and what new and exciting services are planned. "
    • Place- American Legion Hall, 333 Buckshollow Road, Mahopac, NY 10541.
  • 20 (Mon.)  No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland schools closed.  Winter Recess.
  • 24 (Fri.)     SCUBA Training starts at Durland.
    • Sign up for .SCUBA Training. by calling the phone numbers on the flyer.  OK to call past the Feb. 17 registration date.
    • Open to all who will be 15 years by 6/1/2006.
    • Upon successful completion, students will be certified by SDI and YMCA.
    • Location: Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    • Cost for Registered Scouts and Volunteers, and Scout’s parents, is $180.
    • All others $250. Fee includes use of all equipment in pool, course book & materials (15 hrs. class & 15 hrs. pool) and includes all open water
    • All sessions are Fridays, 7 to 10 PM, beginning February 24, and continuing thru May 26. Open water dives June 3 and 4 (weather alternates June 10 and 11).
  • 24-26(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 24-26(F-Su) Ice Climbing Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 25-26(Sa-Su)..Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
    • Sign up here Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter by Feb 13.
    • 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. 9:00-10:00 a.m.).
    • Hockey game.
    • Ice-cream football.
    • 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 Feb. 27.
      • $ 15 per person if staying the entire weekend.
      • $ 10 per person if eating Saturday only.
      • On arrival check in with Chris L, who will take money 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 lunch: chicken-noodle soup, hamburgers, hot dogs
      • Saturday supper around 7:00 p.m.: roast beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn, salad, brownies.
    • Photos of Garrison Overnighter: Feb. 2006, Jan. 2005, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
  • 27 (Mon.)  ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • The Dragon Patrol will teach Special Cooking.
    • Deadline to pay for Garrison.
      • $15 per person if stayed the entire weekend.
      • $10 per person if ate Saturday only.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults on Mar. 5.
    • Deadline to sign up for .Swimming Merit Badge. by calling or e-mailing Durland.  There is no form.
    • Deadline to sign up for .Lifesaving Merit Badge. by calling or e-mailing Durland.  There is no form.
    • 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.
  • 28 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 March 2006
    Theme: Low impact camping and backpacking.
    Knot: Quick-release Mooring Knot.
    Patrol Running the 3rd Monday's Meeting: Scorpion.
    See some familiar names in the Mar.-Apr. Scouting Magazine article on anger management.
  • 2 (Thurs)     Red Cross Adult CPR Initial Certification Course 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Scout Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY.
    • 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 advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.
    • For adults 18 years old and older.
    • Pre-registration is required.  To pre-register for this course or future courses send an email message to DrexelJ@coned.com.  Include the date of this course in your message.
    • Limited spaces available.
    • Fee is $30 to cover the fee to Red Cross and printed material.
    • If you have questions, send an email message to Mark D. at DrexelJ@coned.com.
    • After you complete this course, please let Margaret L. know so she will record the training course in your TroopMaster record.
    • Photos of CPR Training, Mar. 2005., Dec. 2001.
  • 3-5 (F-Su)   Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 3-5 (F-Su)   Ice Climbing Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 4 (Sat.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering at Chestnut Ridge, NY (across the Tappan Zee Bridge).
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 4-5 (Sa-Su) Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 5 (Sun.)     .. Bowl-O-Ree - 26th 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. 27.
    • 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 Mr. Rob 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 Mr. Rob C., who is organizing our troop participation.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Mr. Rob C.
    • Photos of Bowl-O-Ree, Mar. 2006, Feb. 2004, May 2003, Nov. 2001.
  • 6 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Ben C. will teach scouts how to prepare for the Backpack Shakedowns on March 13 and May 8.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Public Speaking Merit Badge class given by Bob R.
    • Order activity uniform t-shirts and fleeces, youth and adult.  Prices soon.
    • Congratulations to Rick D., whose Eagle Project was approved by the Troop Committee, Mar. 6, 2006.
  • 7 (Tues.)      CANCELED - Patrol Meeting.  Call Dale S. if you have questions.
  • 7 (Tues.)      Adult CPR Re-Certification Challenge Course 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., Van Cortlandtville Elementary School, 3100 East Main Street, Mohegan Lake, NY
    • The purpose of the Adult CPR Challenge Course is to give individuals the opportunity to demonstrate knowledge and skill competency outside a formal class setting.  The Challenge Course involves a written multiple-choice test and a practical test of CPR skills.
    • For current or expired in the last six months American Red Cross CPR cardholders.
    • Pre-registration is required.  To pre-register for this course or future courses send an email message to DrexelJ@coned.com.
    • Fee is $15 (to cover fee to Red Cross).
    • If you have questions, send an email message to Mark D. at DrexelJ@coned.com.
    • After you complete this course, please let Margaret L. know so she will record the training course in your TroopMaster record.
    • Photos of CPR Training, Mar. 2005., Dec. 2001.
  • 9 (Thurs.)    Deadline to .Sign up here. Swimming Merit Badge class given by Mrs. Adrienne D. starting Mar. 10.
  • 10 (Fri.)      .. Swimming Merit Badge classes start.
    • Taught by Troop 174 Swimming merit badge Counselor, Mrs. Adrienne D.
    • Sign up here. Swimming Merit Badge class - class is full.
    • Location: Club Fit Pool, 600 Bank Road, Jefferson Valley.
    • When: 6:30 p.m. -  8:30 p.m. Fridays March 10, 17, 31, April 7, 21, 28, May 5, 12.
    • Cost: $15.  Bring payment to first class March 10 with check payable to “JV Club Fit”, or cash, or credit card.
    • Limit: 10 youth.
    • These are not beginning swimming lesson classes.
    • Swimming merit badge requirements.  You will be tested for Second Class 7a, 7b, and 7c rank requirements, First Class 9a, 9b, and 9c rank requirements, and the BSA swimmer test.  If you cannot pass these tests in a strong manner you cannot do the Swimming merit badge.
    • Any questions call: Mrs. Adrienne D. on the password-protected pages.
  • 10-12(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 11-12(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
  • 12 (Sun.)      Ski: Scouts Skiing Merit Badge Testing Day at Butternut.  Register in advance for test.
  • 13 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Order of the Arrow election will be held.
      • All scouts should attend.
      • OA members should wear an official uniform with their OA sash.
    • Backpack Shakedown for Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Backpacking Trip on March 25.
      • Bring your backpack completely packed with items from this Backpack Checklist, as explained in Backpacking Equipment Recommendations.
      • No duffle bags.
      • If your backpack does not get inspected you cannot go on the Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Backpacking Trip on March 25.
      • If you have questions contact Ben C.
    • Order activity uniform t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, Troop hat, neckerchief.
      • Hat, neckerchief, and hooded sweatshirt are in stock now, except for XL sweatshirt.
      • Pay in advance.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174".
      • Additional $2 for XXL and above.
        • $27  hooded full zipper fleece (100% polyester)
        • $25  pullover (no hood) 3/4 zipper fleece (100% polyester)
        • $7    hat
        • $6    neckerchief
        • $7    t-shirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester)
        • $15  hooded sweatshirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester)
      • If you have questions contact Mrs. Candace C.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) on Mar. 22.
    • Congratulations on being elected Ordeal Candidates: Mack C., Mark C., Rick D., and Theo M.
  • 14 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Meal planning for the Troop Backpacking Mini Trek Overnighter.
  • 17 (Fri.)     .. Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Campout Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Mar. 25-26.
  • 17-19(F-Su) Ski Council Weekend, (More information)
  • 18 (Sat.)       Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 20 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • The Scorpion Patrol will teach low-impact camping and backpacking.
    • We will go over cat holes (Boy Scout Handbook, page 243).
    • Any scout going on the Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Backpacking Mini Trek on March 25 who did not get their backpack inspected on March 13 must have it inspected tonight.  If your backpack does not get inspected, you cannot go on the Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Backpacking Mini Trek.  Contact Ben C. if you have questions.
    • Deadline to order activity uniform t-shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces, Troop hat, neckerchief.
      • Hat, neckerchief, and hooded sweatshirt are in stock now, except for XL sweatshirt.
      • Pay in advance.  Make check payable to "BSA Troop 174".
      • Additional $2 for XXL and above.
        • $27  hooded full zipper fleece (100% polyester)
        • $25  pullover (no hood) 3/4 zipper fleece (100% polyester)
        • $7    hat
        • $6    neckerchief
        • $7    t-shirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester)
        • $15  hooded sweatshirt (50% cotton, 50% polyester)
      • If you have questions contact Mrs. Candace C.
    • 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 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Cobra and Eagle Patrols should attend to plan meals for the Troop Backpacking Mini Trek Overnighter.
  • 22 (Wed.)  .. Troop Swim Night  7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School Pool.
    • Location: Rt. 202 next to the Yorktown High School, 2701 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.  See "MES Middle School" on this map.
    • The pool is in the lower southwest corner of the Strang Middle School 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.
    • Park in front of the Strang Middle School building.  Do not drive down the driveway at the side of the building.  Do not park by the side of the building.
    • Venturers and adults from Venturing Crew 1005 are invited.
    • Den Chief Theodore M.'s Bear Den was invited to attend and work on the Swimming Belt Loop, but they will not be coming.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) by March 13.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, 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.  Boy 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.
    • 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 Matt C.
    • Ben C. will teach the programs with help from other Boy Scouts.
    • 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 Senior Patrol Leader.
    • Photos of swim nights: Mar. 2006, Nov. 2005, Mar. 2005, Nov. 2004, Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 22 (Wed.)     Red Cross Adult CPR Initial Certification Course 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., Scout Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY.
    • 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 advanced medical personnel arrive and take over.
    • For adults 18 years old and older.
    • Pre-registration is required.  To pre-register for this course or future courses send an email message to DrexelJ@coned.com.  Include the date of this course in your message.
    • Limited spaces available.
    • Fee is $30 to cover the fee to Red Cross and printed material.
    • If you have questions, send an email message to Mark D. at DrexelJ@coned.com.
    • After you complete this course, please let Margaret L. know so she will record the training course in your TroopMaster record.
    • Photos of CPR Training, Mar. 2005., Dec. 2001.
  • 22 (Wed.)         Deadline to .Sign up here. Den Chief Training (Mar. 25) and return form to Council with all fees.
  • 25-26 (Sa-Su.) .. Troop Backpacking 5-mile Mini Trek Overnighter at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • If your backpack did not get inspected, you cannot go on this Backpacking Mini Trek.  See March 13.
    • Second Class Requirement: "Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike ... approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian."
    • Activities
      • The campout is geared for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class rank advancement.  Older scouts can help and sign off.
      • Scouts may work on Tenderfoot, Second officialnd First Class rank requirements to advance in rank: cooking, first aid, and other rank requirements.  Also work on Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit.
      • Bring your Boy Scout Handbook to get rank requirements signed off.
      • All Eagle Scouts are asked to help with instruction.
      • There will be a 5 to 6 mile hike.
      • Low impact backpacking, hike in, hike out.
    • Sign up here. Troop Backpacking Mini Trek Overnighter at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake by Mar. 20.
    • Location:
      • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
      • Meet Saturday 7:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.  Mr. K. will be there with troop and patrol gear, which will be added to your packs.  Hike to site #16 when ready.
        • Leave the top third of your backpack empty for troop and patrol gear.
      • Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
      • 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.
      • Pickup Sunday at Sperling Center at 9:00 a.m.
    • Cooking
      • Patrol Cooking.  Theme: Low impact cooking.  For this campout Patrol Cooking preparations supersede food instructions in the backpacking checklist and instructions below.  Saturday lunch will be on the trail.
      • Read: Low Impact Cooking handout from Margaret L. near the bottom of the password-protected pages.
      • Scoutmaster Stew.
      • Bear Bag by patrol.
    • Pack
    • Photos of Mini Trek on Mar. 2006.
  • 25 (Sat.)      University of Scouting (More information)
    • Location:  Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Ave, Mamaroneck NY 10605.
    • Time: Registration – 8:15 a.m. Opening – 8:45 a.m.
    • Adult training.
      • This is a one-day colossal supplemental training experience for all registered volunteer leaders. This year's University is also inviting youth who are Order of the Arrow members, and those who are in troop leadership positions, for two special sections of training seminars. The Adult section is open to all adult volunteers of the Council. Scouting volunteers outside of the Westchester-Putnam Council are also welcome to attend. Many of the questions that are listed in this article will be answered at the University on March 25th.
      • Have you ever wondered what lies beyond your basic leader training experience?
      • This event answers such questions as:
        • What are the resources to support ceremonies in a Cub Pack?
        • How do I incorporate the Cub Scout sports and academic program into my Den meeting?
        • What are the ways for the Pack to include the outdoor program throughout the year?
        • What are the National High Adventure Programs for experienced Boy Scouts?
        • How can our Troop put on an effective Junior Leaders Training program?
        • How can my Troop prepare our Scouts for real first aid emergency situations?
        • What are some proven ways to understand high school age Venturers?
    • Youth Den Chief training
      • Fee - $15.00- includes training materials, Den Chief Cord, Den Chief Handbook, continental breakfast, lunch, snacks drinks and dessert.
      • Den Chief Training is for Boy Scouts who wish to become Den Chiefs for Cub and Webelos Dens.  Den Chief is a leadership position in the Troop.
      • This training works best when the Boy Scout and the Cub/Webelos Den Leader go through the training together.  The Cubmaster of the Pack should also attend, as well as any Troop Leadership.
      • It is suggested that Packs and Troops split the fee for the scout.  There is no charge for adult leaders unless lunch is requested at the University for $5.
      • All Participants Must Be Pre-Registered!  No Walk-Ins Will Be Admitted!
      • Requisite:  Scout MUST be recommended by Scoutmaster.  It is recommended that the Scout be First Class or thirteen years old, but can be younger if he is mature enough to handle the position.
      • Sign up: Signature is required on this form, returned to Council with all fees by Mar. 22.
      • Please go to www.WPCBSA.org for more information on the Den Chief Conference and other Youth Leadership Courses being offered at the University of Scouting!
  • 26 (Sun.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering at Spook Swamp.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Instruction at 9:30 a.m.  Starts at 10:00 a.m.
    • Location: Spook Swamp in Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (driving directions).
    • Spook Swamp Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • Junior Registration is $5.  $3 for a map.
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 27 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Scouts who attended Swim Night or the Mini Trek and still need to have requirements signed in their Boy Scout Handbook should bring their book and get their requirements signed by one of the First Class or higher ranked scouts.
    • 7:30 p.m.  "Boy Scout Fast Start" for adults.
      • This is an orientation to the Boy Scouting program.
      • All parents who have not yet seen this videotape should attend.
      • Please read the "Fast Start Viewer Guide" before watching the videotape.
      • The "Boy Scout Fast Start" videotape will be shown in one of the classrooms near the Fellowship Hall.
        • Please arrive in the classroom at 7:30 p.m.
        • Sign the attendance roster when you arrive.  Please write legibly.
        • The videotape lasts about 35 minutes, and will be followed by a questions and answers session that will finish about 8:30 p.m.
        • Before you leave, be sure to get your completion card.
      • If you cannot attend, please contact Margaret L. or Bob A. for information about rescheduling or completing this training via the internet.
      • Contact Margaret L. or Bob A. if you have questions.
    • Congratulations to Stephen G., who passed his Eagle board of review, the Troop 174's 54th Eagle Scout!
  • 28 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 31 (Fri.)      Deadline to Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Saturday, Apr. 1.
  • 31 (Fri.)      Deadline?? to Sign up here. Protestant Religious Emblem Program, 6-8 grade scouts, taught by Mrs. Karen M.
  • 31-4/2(F-Su). Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.


 April 2006
  • 1 (Sat.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Project: Staining the fence at the Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Power wash fence.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Saturday, Apr. 1.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Rick D. when you arrive.
    • Details:
    • 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.
    • The work area is around the gate in the fence near The Seabury parking lot.
    • Sign in with Rick D. when you arrive, and sign out with Rick D. when you leave.  This is important.
    • You may come for part or all of the day.
    • Participation counts for service hours for advancement, etc.
    • Bring drinking water bottle and work gloves, and wear work clothes.
    • Contact Rick D. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Rick D.'s Eagle Project on Apr. 1, 2006.
  • 1 (Sat.)       Deadline to Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Sunday, Apr. 2.
  • 2 (Sun.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 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.
    • Pay for Summer Camp if you can (see July).  Paid-for Scouts get first crack at Merit Badge signups.
    • Congratulations to Joe P., whose Eagle Project was approved by the Troop Committee.
      • Photo of Joe P.'s Eagle Project Presentation on Apr. 3, 2006.
  • 4 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 5 (Wed.)      Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  Free.  "Topics covered include leadership styles, youth leadership development, patrol leaders' council, teaching Scouting skills, the Scoutmaster's conference, and growing the troop."
  • 6 (Thurs.)   Deadline to Sign up here. Summer Camp and Canoe Trek, July 2-15, from Step-by-Step Checklist for Troop 174.
  • 7 (Fri.)        Deadline to Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Saturday, Apr. 8.
  • 8 (Sat.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 9 (Sun.)          CANCELED - Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 10 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland schools closed.  Spring Recess.
  • 11 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting.  Lakeland schools closed.  Spring Recess.
  • 11 (Tues.)     Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #2.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  Free.  "Topics covered include leadership styles, youth leadership development, patrol leaders' council, teaching Scouting skills, the Scoutmaster's conference, and growing the troop."
  • 12 (Wed.)      Boy Scout Leader Specifics Training #3.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  Free.  "Topics covered include leadership styles, youth leadership development, patrol leaders' council, teaching Scouting skills, the Scoutmaster's conference, and growing the troop."
  • 17 (Mon.)   ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Matt C. (headcount for refreshments) on Apr. 23.
    • 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.
  • 18 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 19 (Wed.)     Deadline to Sign up here. Cook-O-Ree District Spring Event, Apr. 29-30.
  • 22 (Sat.)        CANCELED - Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, because of rain.
  • 22 (Sat.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering at Silvermine.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Location: Silvermine in Harriman State Park (driving directions) just South of Bear Mountain State Park., NY.
    • Silvermine Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • Junior Registration is $5.  $3 for a map.
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 22 (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."
    • Scouts can earn service hours.
    • The Environmental Conservation Department is at 2279 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.
    • Participate in Yorktown: Crompond, Croton Heights, Huntersville, Jefferson Valley, Kitchawan, Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Sparkle Lake, Teatown, and Yorktown Heights.
    • Bring work gloves.
  • 23 (Sun.)       CANCELED - Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project, due to rain.
  • 23 (Sun.)     .. Matt C.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Matt, and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Matt C. (headcount for refreshments) by April 17.
    • Scouts and Leaders arrive at 2:30 p.m. for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Others arrive at 2:45 p.m. for a 3:00-4:30 p.m. ceremony in the Sanctuary.
    • Refreshments to follow in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Photos of Matt C.'s Eagle Project: Painted library, utility rooms, elevator door at St. Columbanus Church.
    • Photos of Matt C.'s Eagle Ceremony on Apr. 23, 2006.
    • Photos of other Eagle Scout Courts of Honor are linked from our Eagle Scout page.
  • 24 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • All patrols will make cardboard box ovens.
    • Youth Protection Training for adults
      • It is important that we are all trained for the safety of our boys!
      • One hour videotape will be shown in one of the classrooms beginning at 7:35 p.m.
        • Please arrive at 7:30 p.m.
        • Sign the training attendance roster when you arrive.
      • Certification is good for three years.
        • All Assistant Scoutmasters are required to be trained.
        • All parents going to summer camp or on a trek must be certified.
        • Troop committee members please attend.
        • All parents are encouraged to attend.
      • The "Guide to Safe Scouting" states, "Parents also need to review the booklet, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parent's Guide," inserted in every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook.  The information in this booklet should be the subject of discussions between Scouts and their parents prior to joining a pack or troop."
      • If you cannot attend this training, please contact Mr. Bob A. for information about completing this training via the internet.
      • Contact Mr. Bob A. if you have questions.
    • Public Speaking Merit Badge Class
      • The Public Speaking Merit badge class is off to a great start. We had 7 boys give a short talk about themselves Apr. 17, and expect the rest to complete this at the meeting Apr. 24. Everyone did a great job, and I learned a lot about the boys from these talks.
      • If you did not hand in an outline with some key speaking points from your talk, please do so Apr. 24. Some form of written planning is important for any public speaking, and it takes practice to organize the topics you wish to present. I would like to have the first requirement completed by Apr. 24 so please be sure to read the first chapter.
      • Last night many of you experienced speaking in front of an audience and learned a few key points. As a speaker you need to learn to take control of the audience and capture their attention.  We learned a few ways to do that tonight, and will practice this in coming weeks.
      • Please plan on staying after the Troop meetings so we can cover some of the topics and have talks completed.
      • Requirement 2 is a short talk on a topic that you choose (see course outline of requirements). I would like your topic provided to me on an index card by Apr. 24 for approval. This talk can be on anything you chose however I suggest that it complies with the Scout Oath and Law, if you want it approved. Sample topics could be: How to play a specific video game, sports, Animals, Hobbies, Scout Skills:  Why outdoor cooking is better than the school cafeteria cooking, rock climbing, just to name a few ideas.
      • We will spend Apr. 24 and May 1 completing the self introduction talk and reviewing concepts for the Requirement 2 talk.
      • Also please have your Blue Cards filled out and presented to me by May 1.
      • Contact Mr. Bob R. if you have questions.
  • 25 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 29-30(Sa-Su).. Cook-O-Ree District Spring Event.
    • Join us for a weekend filled with food, fun and fellowship.
    • Practice and perfect the art of campfire cooking.  Appetizers, Main Meals, Desserts.
    • Patrols will be judged on method of cooking, creativity, originality and taste.
    • Younger scouts will have the opportunity to learn basic cooking skills which can be applied to rank advancement.
    • Registration fee:  Paid by the troop for pre-registered scouts.
    • Sign up here. Cook-O-Ree District Spring Event by Apr. 19.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
    • Meet Saturday at 7:00 a.m. at the Troop Shed at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Campsite #34 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Pickup Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Saturday afternoon: Cooking competition.
    • Cooking -
      • Patrol cooking.
      • Adults will be cooking together.
    • Recipes, etc.
    • Pack
      • Backpack Checklist and Backpacking Equipment Recommendations.   No duffle bags.
      • Pack light and for low-impact camping.  Leave No Trace principles.  Pack In and Pack Out Waste.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Clothing lists (pages 203-204).  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).
      • 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.
      • Also be prepared for bugs.
      • No electronic games or radios (except Walkman or radio with headphones).
      • Folding camp stool or chair, optional.
      • Each patrol should bring lint and matches.
    • If you have questions, contact your Patrol Leader.
    • Photos of Boy Scout District Spring Event (Camp-O-Ree) on Apr. 2005, May 2004 and from Council May 2004Apr. 2002, cookout Nov. 2001.
    • Awards for this CookORee:
      • First Place Appetizers: Scorpion Patrol.
      • First Place Dessert: Eagle Patrol.
      • Third Place Dessert: Scorpion Patrol.
  • 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 Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters.  "This is an adult leader course that teaches outdoor skills used in Scouting from Tenderfoot to First Class."
  • 30 (Sun.)       Deadline (a.m.) to Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Sunday, Apr. 30.
  • 30 (Sun.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Project: Staining the fence at the Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.  Stain fence (800 linear feet).
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2276 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Sunday, Apr. 30.
    • Everyone's help is needed - Scouts, fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters, too!
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Rick D. when you arrive.
  • 30 (Sun.)         Junior Shoot at the Putnam County Fish and Game Association.
    • 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.
    • No limits, shoot as much as you like.
    • Adults may shoot, but the event is primarily for youth.
    • 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 Association, 290 Drewville Road, Carmel, NY 10512.
    • If you have questions call Peter H.
    • Background: The Putnam County Fish and Game Association holds Junior Shoots with safety courses for area children, conducts several NRA Firearm Safety classes each year open to all members of the community, and conducts NYS Hunter Safety classes.  Their ranges are also used by the Carmel Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. for continued training of their officers.
    • Next Junior Shoot, June 4.


 May 2006
  • 1 (Mon.)   .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m. -- The last Green Bar meeting of the year.
    • Roderick K.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Presentation.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. Giant Ledge Mini Trek Overnighter, May 6-7.
    • Roderick K.'s Eagle Project approved by Troop Committee on May 1, 2006.
  • 2 (Tues.)     CANCELED - Patrol Meeting.
  • 4 (Thurs.)   Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Trip to Saratoga Park, Lake George, Ft. Ticonderoga, May 26-29.
  • 6 (Fri.)        Deadline to .Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Saturday, May 6.
  • 6 (Sat.)      .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 6 (Sat.)        OA AmeriCares Community Service Home Refurbishing.
    • Open to all youths 14 and older and adults, not just Order of the Arrow members.  Unskilled as well as skilled people are needed.
    • The location is in Yorktown Heights near the intersection of Route 202 and Route 132 on Cecile Drive.  Look for the OA AmeriCares sign.
    • Please let Mr. Norm Herman (nlherman@med.cornell.edu, (914) 850-4391) know you are coming so food and t-shirts can be planned appropriately.
    • Time 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Come for as many hours as you choose.
    • Scouts may earn service hours for rank advancement.
    • "We shall be painting, staining a patio with steps and a shed, cleaning the yard of debris and some sheetrock work (adults)."
    • A free HomeFront T-shirt, lunch, and snacks will be provided to all who attend.
    • Wear work clothes.  Bring work gloves and, if you want to paint, plastic painting gloves.
    • This is the only community service project presently authorized by the Lodge Executive Committee to qualify an OA member for the Leadership in Service award.
    • AmeriCares HomeFront is a community-based volunteer home repair program that helps homeowners who are physically or financially unable to maintain their properties.  Volunteers representing businesses, civic groups, and faith-based organizations complete necessary repairs at no cost to homeowners.
    • Council Americares article: Boy Scouts give Yorktown Heights widow a "Home Makeover"Council Photos.
    • Photos of Order of the Arrow AmeriCares Community Service Project, May 2006, May 2005.
  • 6-7(Sa-Su).. Giant Ledge Mini Trek Overnighter in the Catskills.
    • Activities: Hike, cook, and hang out.  Come and fulfill your camping requirements.  Open to all of our Scouts and parents.
    • Location
      • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
      • Meet at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Grace Lutheran Church.
      • Return at 12:00 noon Sunday to Grace Lutheran Church.
      • Driver/camper parents welcome and needed.  It is a long way.  Camp if you drive.
      • General information on the area.
      • Pictures, directions, and description of a hike to Giant Ledge: Click on this Panther Mtn. picture and click on "jump here" for directions and the purple foot at the top of the page for more on the hike
    • Sign up here Giant Ledge Mini Trek Overnighter by May 1.
    • Cooking
      • Bring your homemade lightweight alcohol Photon stove?
      • Each Scout plan his own food individually: Saturday bag lunch, Saturday supper, and Sunday breakfast.  As a "low impact, leave no trace" Troop, whatever you bring should produce minimal garbage, because you will be carrying it out with you.
      • Read: Low Impact Cooking handout from Margaret L. near the bottom of the password-protected pages.
    • Pack
      • Dale's suggested equipment list.
      • No duffle bags.
      • Pack light and for low-impact camping.  Leave No Trace principles.  Pack In and Pack Out WasteCatholes: Disposal of Human Waste.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Clothing lists (pages 203-204).  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).
      • It can get cold at night at 3,000-4,000 feet!  Be prepared.
      • Also be prepared for bugs.
      • Buddy camping, 2-3 scouts to a tent.
      • Leave room in your pack to divide up the tent and food for an even load..
      • Pack $5-$10 pocket money for beverage and snack.  We plan to stop at a store going each way.
    • If you need more information contact Mr. Dale S.
    • Photos of Giant Ledge Mini-Treks, May 2006, Apr. 2004, Oct. 2003, May 2001.
  • 6-7 (Sa-Su)  Whitewater Rafting Council Weekend. (More information)
  • 6 (Sat.)        Deadline to Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park on Sunday, May 7.
  • 7 (Sun.)     .. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Project: Spreading mulch by the entrance of the park, starting construction on foot bridge, and building a bench.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
    • Location
      • Hudson Highlands Gateway Park in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
      • Sprout Brook entrance of the park, just across from the baseball fields.
      • Parking is available at the baseball parking lot.
      • Map: 123 Sprout Brook Rd. Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.  Zoom in to see the parking lot.
    • Sign up here. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Project: Hudson Highlands Gateway Park.
    • 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
    • Lunch will be provided.
    • Call Kevin K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Kevin K.'s Eagle Project on  Nov. 30, Dec. 3, 2005, May 7, 2006.
  • 8 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Backpack Shakedown for Harriman State Park Backpacking Trip on May 20-21.
      • If you have not had your backpack inspected this year, or if you want another inspection, then bring your backpack completely packed with items from this Backpack Checklist, as explained in Backpacking Equipment Recommendations.
      • No duffle bags.
      • If your backpack has not been inspected this year you cannot go on the trip.
      • If you have questions contact Ben C.
    • Troop Trip meeting for parents going on the May 26-29 trip to Saratoga, Fort Ticonderoga and Lake George
      • All parents going on the May 26-29 trip should attend this meeting to finalize trip details.
      • Please read the "Details of Saratoga - Fort Ticonderoga trip" on May 26 before the meeting.
  • 9 (Tues.)      CANCELED - No Patrol Meeting.
  • 13 (Sat.)      CANCELED - Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project is CANCELED because the ground is too wet.
  • 15 (Mon.)  Deadline to Sign up here. to give your speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class.
  • 15 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates in official.
    • Any scout going on the Harriman State Park Backpacking Trip on May 20 who did not get their backpack inspected on May 8 must have it inspected tonight.
      • If you have not had your backpack inspected this year, or if you want another inspection, then bring your backpack completely packed with items from this Backpack Checklist, as explained in Backpacking Equipment Recommendations.
      • No duffle bags.
      • If your backpack has not been inspected this year you cannot go on the trip.
      • If you have questions contact Ben C.
      • Deadline to Sign up here. Harriman St. Park hike on May 20.
    • 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.
  • 16 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 19-21(F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 19 (Fri.)        Deadline to Sign up here. Jarryed's and Jason's Eagle Scout Projects: Seabury at Field Home on Saturday, May 20.
  • 20 (Sat.)       CANCELED: Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project., because the ground will be too wet.
  • 20 (Sat.)    .. Jason L.'s and Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project:  Remove the sod and dirt for sidewalks and patios.
    • Time:  8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.  Rain or shine.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Jarryed's and Jason's Eagle Scout Projects: Seabury at Field Home on Saturday, May 20.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels
      • Bag lunch
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jason L. or Jarryed S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jason L. or Jarryed S. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jarryed S.'s Eagle Project, sidewalks at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, May 20, 2006.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, 15, 30, May 20, 2006.
      • Video May 20, 2006 of YeeHaww(0.4 MB).
  • 20 (Sat.)       Deadline to Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Sunday, May 21.
  • 20 (Sat.)       Deadline to Sign up here. Jarryed's and Jason's Eagle Eagle Scout Projects: Seabury at Field Home on Sunday, May 21.
  • 20-21(Sa-Su).. Harriman State Park 10-mile Backpacking Trip, Harriman State Park, NY.
    • Open to all scouts in the troop.
    • If your backpack did not get inspected this year, you cannot go on this Harriman State Park Backpacking Trip.  See May 8.
    • Activities
      • Hike about 10 miles - about 6 miles on Saturday and about 4 miles on Sunday.  Part of the hike will be on the Appalachian Trail.  Hike through the "Lemon Squeezer" rock formation where the rock walls are narrow and slanted so you can't just walk through. You have to kind of ooze through sideways and leaning over.  Hike past the "Times Square" junction of several trails, and past abandoned mines.  Trail sign.
    • By May 15 Sign up here. Harriman St. Park hike.  May 15 is the last day to sign up!
    • Location
      • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
      • Arrive at the Grace Lutheran Church Shed at 8:30 a.m. Saturday and pick up tents, etc.
      • Harriman State Park map.
      • Ben C. will bring driving directions.  Additional Driving directions for those transporting the Scouts from Grace, just South of Bear Mountain State Park., NY.
      • Return around noon on Sunday to Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Cooking
      • Bring your own food of either a boil bag or freeze dried.
      • Patrol Cooking.  Theme: Low impact cooking.  For this campout Patrol Cooking preparations supersede food instructions in the backpacking checklist and instructions below.
      • Read: Low Impact Cooking handout from Margaret L. near the bottom of the password-protected pages.
      • Bear Bag will be brought by Ben C.
    • Pack
    • If you have questions contact Ben C.
    • Photos of Harriman State Park Day Hike on May 2006, Dec. 2002.
  • 21 (Sun.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Project:  Staining the fence at the Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Time:  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Stain fence.
    • Location:  The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Project: The Seabury at the Field Home on Sunday, May 21.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Rick D. when you arrive.
    • Details below:
    • 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.
    • The work area is around the gate in the fence near The Seabury parking lot.
    • Sign in with Rick D. when you arrive, and sign out with Rick D. when you leave.  This is important.
    • You may come for part or all of the day.
    • Participation counts for service hours for advancement, etc.
    • Bring brushes if you have them (big 4-inch wide is best), a bag lunch, drinking water bottle, and safety glasses.  Wear work clothes.
    • Contact Rick D. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Rick D.'s Eagle Project on Apr. 1, 8, 30, May 6, 21, 2006.
  • 21 (Sun.)     .. Jason L.'s and Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project:  Remove the sod and dirt for sidewalks and patios.
    • Time:  8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Rain or shine.  Our end time on Sunday will depend on the amount of work we get done on Saturday.
    • Location:  The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Jarryed's and Jason's Eagle Eagle Scout Projects: Seabury at Field Home on Sunday, May 21.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels
      • Bag lunch
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jason L. or Jarryed S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jason L. or Jarryed S. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jarryed S.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, May 20-21, 2006.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, 15, 30, May 20-21, 2006.
  • 21 (Sun.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering at Moneyhole Mtn., Taconic Outdoor Education Center
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Location: Moneyhole Mtn in Fahnestock State Park, Putnam County, NY, TOEC Assembly Area (driving directions).
    • Moneyhole Mtn. Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • Junior Registration is $5.  $3 for a map.
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 21 (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 to the Taconic Outdoor Recreation Center.
  • 22 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • No Public Speaking Merit Badge class tonight.  It is canceled for this day.  Sign up to speak June 5.
    • We shall be "Knotting for Food"... a pie!
      • You will need to know the bowline (refer to the Boy Scout Handbook, pg. 149), the clove hitch (pg. 139), diagonal lashing (pg. 143), the half-hitch (look deeply on pg. 36), the taut-line hitch (pg. 37), and the timber hitch (pg. 138).
      • This list includes all six knots discussed at Monday's meeting (May 15).
  • 23 (Tues.)     CANCELED - No Patrol Meeting.
  • 26-29(F-M).. Troop Trip to Saratoga NHP, Fort Ticonderoga, and Lake George, NY
    • Overview
      • On Saturday we will hike the "Wilkinson National Historic Trail" (about 8 miles) at the Saratoga National Historical Park in Stillwater, NY and complete the requirements to earn the patch and medal.
      • On Sunday we will visit the Fort Ticonderoga National Historic Landmark in Ticonderoga, NY.
      • On Monday we will do some activities in Lake George, NY and drive home.
      • We will tent camp at the Hearthstone Point NYS DEC campground in Lake George.
    • Family members are welcome.
    • Details of Saratoga - Fort Ticonderoga trip.  Revised May 22.
    • Sign up here. Troop Trip to Saratoga Park, Lake George, Fort Ticonderoga.  DEADLINE May 4.
    • If you have questions contact Mr. Peter H.
    • Photos of Troop Trips to Saratoga NHP, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, NY May 2006, Philadelphia and Valley Forge Apr. 2005, Boston Apr. 2004, Gettysburg June 2003.
  • 29 (Mon.)  .. Memorial Day Parade.
    • Meet 10:45 a.m. at the Yorktown Highway Dept. between Commerce Street and Front Street.
    • Attendance is expected.  Rain or shine.
    • Parade and ceremony afterwards: 11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m..
    • Wear a full official uniform, which includes the merit badge sash.
    • Free 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 2006, May 2005, May 2004, May 2003, May 2002,May 2001.
  • 29 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting.  Lakeland Schools Closed.  Memorial Day.
  • 30 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 June 2006
 
  • 3 (Sat.)      .. Jason L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project:  Remove the sod and dirt for sidewalks and patios.
    • "Please check the website prior to your leaving in case I postpone it to Sunday due to extreme weather. You can also call me on my cell phone to check to see if we are working." - Jason
    • Time:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Jason's Eagle Scout Projects: Seabury at Field Home on Saturday, June 3.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels and picks
      • Bag lunch.  (There will be water on site)
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jason L. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jason L. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, 15, 30, May 20-21, June 3, 2006.
  • 4 (Sun.)     .. Jason L.'s and Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects
    • Project:  Remove the sod and dirt for sidewalks and patios.
    • Need the full support of the troop for these projects.
    • Time:  Jason 8:00 a.m. Noon.  Jarryed Noon - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location:  The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels and picks
      • Bag lunch.  (There will be water on site)
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jason L. or Jarryed S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jason L. and Jarryed S. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, 15, 30, May 20-21, June 3-4, 2006.
    • Photos of Jarryed S.'s Eagle Project, sidewalks at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, May 20-21, June 4, 2006.
  • 4 (Sun.)       Junior Shoot at the Putnam County Fish and Game Association.
    • 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, but registration is required.  Guns and ammunition provided.  If they have a gun or ammunition, they may bring it.
    • No limits, shoot as much as you like.
    • Adults may shoot, but the event is primarily for youth.
    • 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 Association, 290 Drewville Road, Carmel, NY 10512.
    • If you have questions call Peter H.
    • Background: The Putnam County Fish and Game Association holds Junior Shoots with safety courses for area children, conducts several NRA Firearm Safety classes each year open to all members of the community, and conducts NYS Hunter Safety classes.  Their ranges are also used by the Carmel Police Department and the Putnam County Sheriff's Dept. for continued training of their officers.
  • 5 (Mon.)     Deadline to Sign up here. to give your speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class.
  • 5 (Mon.)    .. Troop Softball Game - Scouts vs Adults.
    • No Green Bar meeting.
    • Parent Meeting is canceled.
    • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Troop Softball Game at Thomas Jefferson Elementary School, 3636 Gomer Street, Yorktown Heights.
      • Wear an activity uniform.
      • Bring your own equipment (bats, gloves), a labeled water bottle, and a folding chair.
      • Bring a spare glove if you have one for those who do not.
      • All available adults are needed for the adult team.
      • Photos of Troop Softball Game, May 2005.
      • Late news: Congratulations Adults on the big softball win.  The Scoutmaster will retire undefeated.
    • Scoutmaster Conferences and Boards of Review will be done immediately following the game at Grace Lutheran Church.
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before June 5.
      • 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.
    • Deadline to .Sign up here. End of Year Picnic and Court of Honor head count for food, on June 12.
  • 6 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Last patrol meeting until Sept.
  • 10 (Sat.)  .. Jason L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project:  Move gravel onto sidewalk openings and install sidewalk forms to hold in the cement.
    • Time:  8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Sign up here. Jason's Eagle Scout Project: Seabury at Field Home on Saturday.
    • Sign up here. Jason's Eagle Scout Project: Seabury at Field Home on Sunday.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels
      • Bag lunch.  (There will be water on site)
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jason L. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jason L. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Project, bridge at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, 15, 30, May 20-21, June 3-4, 10, 2006.
  • 11 (Sun.)  .. Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
  • 11 (Sun.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
  • 11 (Sun.)     Battle of Pine's Bridge, Revolutionary War Reenactment.  225th Anniversary.
    • Location: Parking for the event is at the Yorktown Town Hall, 363 Underhill, Ave. Yorktown Heights, then take the FREE bus transportation to Peter Pratt's Inn, 673 Croton Heights Road.  There is no available parking at Peter Pratt's Inn.
    • Free event.
    • Times
      • 12:00 noon - Activities open to public.
      • 12:30 p.m. - Wreath-laying and Mourning of Arms at LTC Greene's and Major Flagg's graves, Yorktown Presbyterian Church.
      • 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. - Formation and Assembly; Brigade drill/firing; Field maneuvers, Camp life and life in the 18th century; People of the New York Line; Children's activities.
      • 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. - Re-enactment of the Battle of Pine's Bridge.
      • 4:30-4:45 p.m. - Retreat ceremony.
      • 5:00 p.m. - Camp closed to public.
    • More Details.
  • 12 (Mon.)  Deadline to Sign up here. to give your speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class.
  • 12 (Mon.)  .. Picnic and Court of Honor at 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • 14 (Wed.)    .. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project.
    • Project: Starting construction on foot bridge, (digging holes for the posts).
    • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Location
      • Hudson Highlands Gateway Park in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
      • Sprout Brook entrance of the park, just across from the baseball fields.
      • Parking is available at the baseball parking lot.
      • Map: 123 Sprout Brook Rd. Cortlandt Manor, NY 10567.  Zoom in to see the parking lot.
    • Bring:
      • signed permission slip and give it to Kevin K. for scouts whose parents are not staying.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Post hole diggers
      • Water bottle with water (for personal use) labeled with your name.
    • Call Kevin K. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Kevin K.'s Eagle Project on  Nov. 30, Dec. 3, 2005, May 7, June 14, 2006.
  • 14 (Wed.)     Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.
  • 16 (Fri.)      .. Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project: I need older scouts and adults, if possible.  We shall be transporting and spreading gravel.
    • Time: 12:00 noon - 6:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels
      • Bag lunch.  (There will be water on site)
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jarryed S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jarryed S. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jarryed S.'s Eagle Project, sidewalks at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, May 20-21, June 4, 11, 2006.
  • 17-18(Sa-Su).. Jarryed S.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project
    • Project: Move gravel onto sidewalk openings and install sidewalk forms to hold in the cement.
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Seabury at the Field Home, 2095 Catherine Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.  Directions.
    • Bring:
      • Gloves
      • Shovels
      • Bag lunch.  (There will be water on site)
      • Wheelbarrow, if able
      • Wear old clothes.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Jarryed S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Jarryed S. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Jarryed S.'s Eagle Project, sidewalks at the Seabury, on Apr. 1, May 20-21, June 4, 11, 2006.
  • 19 (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.
    • Before this meeting, parents should read the Camp Read 2006 Boy Scout Parents' Guide and Step-by-Step Checklist for Troop 174, 2006.
    • Questions will be answered.
    • Turn in
      • All summer camp and trek scouts and adults must turn in
        • The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2006 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.
          • Scouts going to summer camp must have a physical and this form filled out within 36 months of attending camp.  However, Part V. (Medical History) on the form, including immunizations, must have been updated within the last 12 months, and then sign and date in section VII (Additional Notes) when you update the Medical History.
          • Scouts going on the Trek must have a physical and this form filled out within 12 months of attending camp
          • Adults 40 years old or under must have a physical and this form filled out within 36 months of attending camp.  However, Part V. (Medical History) on the form, including immunizations, must have been updated within the last 12 months, and then sign and date in section VII (Additional Notes) when you update the Medical History.
          • Adults over 40 must have a physical and this form filled out within 12 months of attending camp.
        • A Meningitis Form filled out (last page).
        • Signed out of camp permission form. (scouts only)
        • Trek Scouts only - Signed Wilderness Swimming Permission Form.
      • Merit Badge Schedules are due to be turned in.
      • Special dietary requests, such as vegetarian, Kosher, etc.
      • Pay fees listed in Step-by-Step Checklist for Troop 174, 2006 section 6.2.
    • Scouts should borrow merit badge booklets from our Troop Librarian.
    • After the meeting, complete prerequisites for the merit badges before summer camp.
    • Get your troop clothing order from Mrs. Candace C.  Contact her if you have questions.
    • Troop hats will also be for sale at $7.00 each, payment by cash or check made payable to "BSA Troop 174".
  • 23 (Fri.)    Be a Cadet for a Day at United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
    • 9:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Can you meet the challenge of West Point?  The U.S. Military Academy will conduct a "Rehearsal Reception Day" on Friday, June 23, from 9:45 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. on the Academy grounds.  You can help by volunteering to be a cadet for the day.
    • Members of the community are invited to assist the Corps of Cadets in preparation of the incoming Class of 2010.  Participants will be given the opportunity to experience the initial transformation process from civilian to the military life of a new cadet.
    • Those interested may sign up by calling (845) 938-4405 or (845) 938-2825.
    • Male and female volunteers must be between the ages of 14-55 years old and not be a candidate for the Class of 2010.  Please report to Eisenhower Hall, no later than 9:45 a.m.  Eisenhower Hall is building number 655 on this map (look to the upper right from the Parade Ground), or look in area F5 on this map.
    • Dress in seasonal attire and bring one suitcase or duffel bag marked with your name.
    • Feel free to bring a snack and bottle of water that can be carried in your bag during the event.
    • Transportation will be available to those needing to return to Eisenhower Hall following the event.
    • Information.
  • 24 (Sat.)  POSTPONED Jarryed S.'s and Jason L.'s Eagle Scout Leadership Service Projects
    • Postponed to July 1 due to rain.


 July 2006
    .Troop 174 Summer Activities
      Summer Camp is 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.  The benefit cannot be stated too strongly.
    1. What to Expect
      1. Activity photos
      2. Fees 2006.
        • Camp Buckskin (2 weeks) $550 Paid Before June 1st, $575 with Late Fee.
        • Camp Buckskin (1 week) $280 Paid Before June 1st, $305 with Late Fee.
        • Transportation fee if you take the Council Bus: One way: $55, Round trip: $110.
    2. Select a program
      1. Summer Camp
      2. Canoe Trek - For scouts 13 and older.  The group going is limited in number.
      3. 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.
      4. Camp Counselor In Training (CIT) for those ages 14 and 15 (may also earn merit badges as time permits).  Will take the place of Den Chief at the Webelos Resident Camp (Week 1, no fee).  CIT/Den-Chiefs that work a full week of Webelos camp will receive a $100 credit toward this year's Read summer camp fee.
    3. Sign up here. Summer Camp and Canoe Trek, by Apr. 6.
    4. Required for both scouts and adults for all activities
      1. The Personal Health and Medical Record Form, Class 3, which can also be found on the last two pages of the Camp Read 2006 Boy Scout Parents' Guide.
        • Scouts going to summer camp must have a physical and this form filled out within 36 months of attending camp.  However, Part V. (Medical History) on the form, including immunizations, must have been updated within the last 12 months, and then sign and date in section VII (Additional Notes) when you update the Medical History.
        • Scouts going on the Trek must have a physical and this form filled out within 12 months of attending camp
        • Adults 40 years old or under must have a physical and this form filled out within 36 months of attending camp.  However, Part V. (Medical History) on the form, including immunizations, must have been updated within the last 12 months, and then sign and date in section VII (Additional Notes) when you update the Medical History.
        • Adults over 40 must have a physical and this form filled out within 12 months of attending camp.
      2. A Meningitis Form filled out (last page).
    5. Approximately June 20, double check your summer camp advancement registration on the password-protected pages.
  • 2-8 (Su-Sa) .. Canoe Trek Week 1 from Summit Base at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 2-8 (Su-Sa) .. Summer Camp Week 1 at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 9-15(Su-Sa).. Summer Camp Week 2.  This is our primary week at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 21-23(Fri-Su) Grand Reconnaissance Revolutionary War event
    • Location: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY.  Directions, Map.
    • A “March to Victory” event commemorating the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route.  Event Details.
    • Open to the public 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Formation on Parade, Inspection, 18th Century Soldiers and Women’s Fashions, Fife and Drum Performance.21-23(Fri-Su) Grand Reconnaissance Revolutionary War event
      • Location: Ward Pound Ridge Reservation, Cross River, NY.  Directions, Map.
      • A “March to Victory” event commemorating the Washington-Rochambeau Revolutionary Route. Event Details.
      • Open to the public 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Formation on Parade, Inspection, 18th Century Soldiers and Women’s Fashions, Fife and Drum Performance.
  • 29-8/3(Sa-Th)..National Order of the Arrow Conference, NOAC 2006, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan. NOAC 2004, NOAC 2002, NOAC 2000, NOAC 1998.


 August 2006
  • 2 (Wed.)       Blood Drive at Grace Lutheran Church
    • Location Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Time 2:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
    • Ages from 17 to 75 and at least 110 lbs.
    • Blood supplies are dangerously low, as they often are in the summer.
  • 2 (Wed.)     .. Roderick K.'s Eagle Project. Kiosk and trail construction.
    • Only older, stronger scouts needed for this day.  You may get a call from Roderick.
    • Today: Dig footings for the kiosk.
    • Time: 5:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
    • Expect 99-degree heat at 5:00 p.m., dropping to 95 degrees by 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
    • When you enter the park, follow the posts to stay off private property.
    • Bring:
      • Bring a filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Bring gloves, shovels, digging bars, post-hole diggers.
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Roderick K. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Roderick K if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Roderick K.'s Eagle Project on Aug. 2, 2006.
  • 5 (Sat.)      .. Roderick K.'s Eagle Project. Kiosk and trail construction.
    • All scouts welcome.
    • Today: Building the kiosk and defining some of the trail.
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
      • Parking is limited.  Please carpool.
      • Park in the designated "Trailhead Parking" paved parking spaces where the road is wider. Do not park on the grass!
      • The trail to the park is between the blue and yellow houses by the mailbox numbered 1955.
      • Follow the green and white Pedestrian Trail signs.
      • Stay within 8 feet of the trail signs to avoid walking on private property!
    • Hot dogs will be served for lunch.
    • Bring:
      • Bring lunch if you want more than hot dogs.
      • A filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves and hammers for work on the kiosk.
      • Shears, clippers, bow saws, shovels, and loppers for trail work.
      • Wear old clothes.  Must have long pants.  Bring a change of clothes for the car afterwards.
      • Optional: folding chair.
      • Everything you carry in, you will have to carry out up a hill.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Roderick K. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Roderick K if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Roderick K.'s Eagle Project on Aug. 2, 5, 2006.
  • 6 (Sun.)      .. Roderick K.'s Eagle Project. Kiosk and trail construction.
    • All scouts welcome.
    • Today: Finishing the kiosk, and blazing and defining the trail.
    • Time: 10:00 a.m. - whenever finish.  Earn service hours.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
      • Parking is limited.  Please carpool.
      • Park in the designated "Trailhead Parking" paved parking spaces where the road is wider. Do not park on the grass!
      • The trail to the park is between the blue and yellow houses by the mailbox numbered 1955.
      • Follow the green and white Pedestrian Trail signs.
      • Stay within 8 feet of the trail signs to avoid walking on private property!
    • Bring:
      • Bring lunch.
      • A filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves and hammers for work on the kiosk.
      • Shears, clippers, bow saws, shovels, and loppers for trail work.
      • Wear old clothes.  Must have long pants.  Bring a change of clothes for the car afterwards.
      • Optional: folding chair.
      • Everything you carry in, you will have to carry out up a hill.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Roderick K. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Roderick K if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Roderick K.'s Eagle Project on Aug. 2, 5, 2006.
  • 6-12(Su-Sa)  Lake Champlain Kayak Trek.
    • A week of kayaking and camping for older, more experienced scouts. 50-75 miles.  $290 per person, meals and kayak rental included.
    • Kayaking or boating experience is helpful, but not needed.
    • Challenging conditions likely (“High Adventure”).
    • Summit Base at Camp Read is organizing this trek.  Contact Summit Base (518) 623-0747 to register.
    • Information.
  • 11-13(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - #1 of 2 consecutive weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  (more information).
    • For Scouts who are Junior Leaders or who will become Junior Leaders.
    • This new course instructs each Scout in assisting the Scoutmaster in running a new troop, and helps the Scout develop personal skills by teaching him organizational and managerial techniques that are applicable to Scouting and to his every day life.
    • Attendance at both weekends is required.
    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age and have completed the First Class Rank at the time of course.
    • Fee:  $200.00.
  • 12 (Sat.)      .. Roderick K.'s Eagle Project.
    • Only older, stronger scouts and parents are needed today.
    • We'll be digging channels for streams and putting up trail markers.
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.  Earn service hours.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
      • Parking is limited.  Please carpool.
      • Park in the designated "Trailhead Parking" paved parking spaces where the road is wider. Do not park on the grass!
      • The Pedestrian Trail to the work site is between the blue and yellow houses near the mailbox numbered 1955, and is marked by green and white "Pedestrian Trail" signs near the black metal fence.
      • Follow the green and white "Pedestrian Trail" signs.
      • Stay within 8 feet of the trail signs to avoid walking on private property!  This is important!
    • Bring:
      • Lunch.
      • A filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Wear old clothes.  Must wear long pants.
      • Wear hiking boots.  Bring waterproof boots.
      • Optional: folding chair.
      • Everything you carry in, you will have to carry out up a hill.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Roderick K. when you arrive.
    • Sign in when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Roderick K if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Roderick K.'s Eagle Project on Aug. 2, 5, 12, 2006.
  • 18-20(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - #2 of 2 consecutive weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.
    • Second of two required weekends.
  • 25-27(F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Section Conclave at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY.
  • Other Summer Activities
    • Westchester Parks: Events, camping, environment, fishing/boating, trailways, sports, swimming, summer camps.
    • Yorktown Recreation Programs: Aquatics programs, summer day camp, and youth programs.
    • Space Camp in Florida and Alabama offers one-week programs, ages 9-18.  Examples:
      • Aviation Challenge Mach II qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Aviation merit badge as well as partials in First Aid, Fire Safety, and Orienteering.
      • Space Academy qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Space Exploration merit badge.
      • Check for programs for other ages and for possible discount for registering before Dec. 31 for the summer programs.


 September 2006
  • 4 (Mon.)        No Troop Meeting - Labor Day
  • 11 (Mon.)   .. First Fall Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Meet at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
    • Elections will be held.  Read the Junior Leader Duties and Responsibilities for the duties of each leadership position.
    • Pay Troop Dues - $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
  • 12 (Tues.)   .. First Fall Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.  Call Dale S. if you have questions.
  • 13 (Wed.)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 15-17 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
    • Scouts who were elected to the OA earlier this year may sign up in advance for the Ordeal this weekend.
    • Photos of OA Weekend and Ordeal on Sept. 2005, May 2002.
    • Congratulations to those who completed OA Ordeal (Mack C., Mark C., Theo M.) or Brotherhood (Pat C., Rick K., Roderick K., Kevin K., Margaret L., Michael P.).
  • 17 (Sun.)      Hudson Valley Orienteering at Baileytown, Harriman 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.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Instruction at 9:30 a.m.  Starts at 10:00 a.m.
    • Location: Baileytown in Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (driving directions).
    • Baileytown Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • Junior Registration is $5.  $3 for a map.
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 18 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m. in full official uniform.
    • Turn in letters to the soldiers.
    • Youth Protection Training for adults
      • It is important that we are all trained for the safety of our boys!
      • One hour videotape will be shown in one of the classrooms beginning at 7:35 p.m.
        • Please arrive at 7:30 p.m.
        • Sign the training attendance roster when you arrive.
      • Certification is good for three years.
        • All Assistant Scoutmasters are required to be trained.
        • All parents going to summer camp or on a trek must be certified.
        • Troop committee members please attend.
        • All parents are encouraged to attend.
      • The Guide to Safe Scouting states, "Parents also need to review the booklet, "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse and Drug Abuse: A Parent's Guide," inserted in every Boy Scout and Cub Scout handbook.  The information in this booklet should be the subject of discussions between Scouts and their parents prior to joining a pack or troop."
      • If you cannot attend this training, please contact Mr. Bob A. for information about completing this training via the internet.
      • Contact Mr. Bob A. 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 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(Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 21(Thurs.) .. Seabury Garden Party
  • 23 (Sat.)        Emblems Counselor training course
    • Any Roman Catholic scouter who wishes to take training and to help scouts earn the Ad Altare Dei or Pope Pius XII awards is welcome to attend.
    • Religious emblems programs.
    • Location: Council Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY.
    • Time: 10:00 A.M.
    • Please register in advance and forward any questions to Leonard Arcuri at 914-582-8461 or e-mail at MDcommissioner@aol.com.
  • 23-24(Sa-Su).. Joe P.'s Eagle Project.
    • Yorktown K-9 training ground.  A-frame, broad jump, catwalk, and crawl.
    • Earn service hours.
    • Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Sunday: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    • 8-4 paintbrushes
    • Location: 2281 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY: The Yorktown Police Department and Courthouse.
      • Go all the way left around the police station.  Half way to the the building behind the police station, there will be a white gravel path off to the left into the woods.  Follow the path (see sequence of photos on Sept. 16, 2006) to the the circular field in this aerial photo.
    • Beware of copperhead snakes, which are at this site.  They are poisonous and strike without a warning signal.
      • Joe P. says, "There is a good chance that we wont be anywhere near them since we will be in the middle of the field....", but be prepared nontheless.
    • Pizza will be provided for lunch.
    • Bring:
      • Tools: Hedge Clippers.
      • A filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Wear old clothes.
      • Wear hiking boots.  Some kind of boots that cover the leg are mandatory to protect from snake strikes.
      • Wear long pants.
      • Optional: folding chair.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Joe P. when you arrive.
    • Sign in when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Contact Joe P. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Joe P.'s Eagle Project, Yorktown K-9 training ground, on Sept. 16, 23-24, 2006.
  • 25 (Mon.)   .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform.
  • 26 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27 (Wed.)     Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 29-10/1(F-Su).. Troop 174  Leadership Training Weekend.
    • For selected youth.  We shall call you.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • Photos of Troop 174 Leadership Training Weekend on Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2006.
  • 30(Sat.)      .. Joe P.'s Eagle Project.
    • Yorktown K-9 training ground.  A-frame, broad jump, catwalk, and crawl.
    • Today: Painting the apparatus.
    • Earn service hours.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Location: 2281 Crompond Rd, Yorktown Heights, NY: The Yorktown Police Department and Courthouse.
      • Go all the way left around the police station.  Half way to the the building behind the police station, there will be a white gravel path off to the left into the woods.  Follow the path (see sequence of photos on Sept. 16, 2006) to the the circular field in this aerial photo.
    • Beware of copperhead snakes, which are at this site.  They are poisonous and strike without a warning signal.
      • Joe P. says, "There is a good chance that we wont be anywhere near them since we will be in the middle of the field....", but be prepared nontheless.
    • Pizza will be provided for lunch.
    • Bring:
      • Tools: Paint brushes.
      • A filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Wear old clothes.
      • Wear hiking boots.  Some kind of boots that cover the leg are mandatory to protect from snake strikes.
      • Wear long pants.
      • Optional: folding chair.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Joe P. when you arrive.
    • Sign in when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Contact Joe P. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Joe P.'s Eagle Project, Yorktown K-9 training ground, on Sept. 16, 23-24, 30, 2006Yorktown Police news article.


 October 2006
    Activity: Nature.
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser.
  • 2 (Mon.)         No Troop Meeting - Yom Kippur
  • 3 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 4 (Wed.)        Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3. (More Information)
  • 5 (Thurs.)      Swimming Merit Badge class starts at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    • Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26.
    • Time: 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    • Fee: $25 per Scout.  Make check payable to "Durland Scout Center".
    • Contact Durland Scout Center at (914) 967-2770 for payment information.  Register by Oct. 1.
    • More information. Or contact the Durland Scout Center at durland@wpcbsa.org.
  • 9 (Mon.)      .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Columbus Day holiday, which usually means no meeting, but there is a Troop Meeting today.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Thunderbird Games Weekend on Oct. 13-15.
  • 10 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  •  
  • 28-29(Sa-Su)CANCELED  HVO Orienteering Festival at Harriman 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.
    • A weekend of orienteering events with a camping option! Plans are underway for 3 events on Saturday (Park O, Maze O, and Middle distance) and 1 on Sunday (long-O) Courses.
    • Families including siblings may participate.
    • Instruction at 9:30 a.m.  Starts at 10:00 a.m.
    • Location: Harriman State Park just South of Bear Mountain State Park, NY (driving directions).
    • Harriman Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • Junior Registration is $5.  $3 for a map.
    • 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).
    • Also, as usual, bring the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (Boy Scout Handbook, page 224).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 13-15(F-Su).. Thunderbird Games.
    • Location:  Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton on Hudson, NY.  Park map.  Google map.
    • Directions:  Route 9 north or south to Croton Point Avenue exit; head west over bridge into park.  Directions.
    • Detailed information from Council.
    • What to Do
      • Sign up here. Thunderbird Games 3-day Weekend.  Sign up by October 9.
      • 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 4:30 p.m., even for one hour, and help our troop run the Bouncing Ball game activity station for the Cub Scouts.  All Boy Scouts and adults who volunteer will receive a patch.
      • Adults are needed.
      • Adult volunteers must be registered with BSA and completed Youth Protection Training to camp overnight.
      • Opportunity for scouts to gain service hours, work on rank requirements, and gain camping nights.
      • Boy Scouts are needed to perform on stage during the 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. show.  Contact Margaret L. by October 9 if you want to perform a skit, tell a joke, or sing a song solo or with other Boy Scouts.
    • Theme: "Back to Bedrock"
    • Schedule
      • Friday, Oct. 13.
        • Troop 174 scouts and adults who will camp overnight will arrive at tent campsite #1.
          • after 5:00 p.m.
        • Evening - Troop 174 scouts may work on rank requirements.
      • Saturday, Oct. 14
        • 8:00 a.m. (approx.) Breakfast for scouts and adults who stayed over Friday night.
        • 10:00 - 10:15 a.m.  Scouts and adults volunteering Saturday only may arrive.
          • check in at registration area,
          • get security wristband,
          • give signed permission form to Mr. Bob A or Mr. Dave Z. 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 will run the "Bouncing Ball" game (rain or shine).
                                                      Bring your water bottle, folding chair or camp stool, and snack, if desired.
                                                      Troop should display its troop flag at its game location.
        • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.      Clean up game site area and help put games away.
        • 4:30 p.m.                Scouts and adults volunteering Saturday only may leave.
        • 4:30 p.m.                Scouts and adults camping overnight return to the campsite.
        • 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.      Patrol cooking supper at the campsite
        • 6:30 p.m.                Scouts who volunteered to perform at the evening show should leave for show.
                                                      Take a folding chair or camp stool, flashlight, and water bottle.
        • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.      Show.  Please arrive on time.  Take a folding chair or camp stool, flashlight, and water bottle.
        • Evening                   Scouts may work on rank requirements at campsite.
      • Sunday Oct. 15
        • 7:00 a.m.                Reveille
        • 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.      Breakfast.
        • 8:15 - 8:20 a.m.      Non-denominational services at the campsite.
        • 8:20 - 9:00 a.m.      Pack up gear.
        • 9:00 a.m.                Check-out and leave.  Parents pick up scouts at the campsite.
    • What to Bring
      • 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.
        • You may carry a waterproof bag labeled with your name and Troop 174 with extra clothing layers 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.
    • As part of the "Back to Bedrock" theme, every Scout unit is invited to participate in a Council-wide contest to see who can create the best Flintstones car.  Good luck, and have fun with your design and building!
      • Here are the rules and guidelines.
        1. The vehicle must be capable of holding two Scouts and carrying them safely over a distance of 50-100 feet.
        2. The vehicle should be foot-powered (just like the real thing!).
        3. You can use whatever materials you want in creating your vehicle.
        4. There will be two divisions for the contest:  Cub Scouts, and "post Cub Scouts".  The latter division includes Boy Scouts, Explorers/Venturers, and adult leaders and dads who can't resist the challenge.  While we expect that dads and leaders will help with the design and creation of the Cub Scout division vehicles (see rule [1] on safety!), we also expect that the Cubs themselves should do most of the work.
        5. Judging will be based on best-looking vehicle - i.e., the vehicle that most closely resembles the actual Flintstones vehicle.  Use this drawing as a guideline for designing your Flintstones car.  Note: This picture shows the "stretch" version of the car, with two bench seats, but if you want to build a single-seat version, you are most welcome to do so.  (You should also not feel obligated to use boulders or tree trunk logs for "wheels" for your vehicle…)
        6. One winner in each division will be awarded a winner's plaque, and all participating units will receive a ribbon commemorating their participation.
        7. Scouts are all about sportsmanship - decisions of the judges are final (including assigning of vehicles to Cub Scout or post-Cub Scout divisions), and all whiners will be disqualified!
        8. Most important rule - This "contest" is really about using your imagination to create something interesting.  The most important rules are to learn something and to have fun while you're doing this!
    • Everyone will be given a wristband to wear for security reasons.
    • Port-O-Johns will be in the area.
    • If you have questions contact Mr. Bob A or Mrs Margaret L.
    • "See You at the Games" article from Scouting Magazine, September 2004.
    • Photos of Thunderbird Games on Oct. 2006, Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004,
    • Council photos Oct. 2006, Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004 with two of our scouts here and here,Oct. 2003.
  • 16 (Mon.)   .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Pay Troop Dues (if not already done), $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Deadline before this meeting to Sign up here. Public Speaking Merit Badge class given by Bob R.  Sign up again, even if you have signed up before.  Bob needs to know who is still working on the badge and who wants to start afresh.
    • Congratulations to Karl R., whose Eagle Project was approved.
  • 17 (Tues.) CANCELED Patrol Meeting
    • Contact Dale S. if you have questions.
  • 18 (Wed.)    .. Deadline to Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout on Nov. 3-5.
  • 20 (Fri.)       .. Knot Tying, Troop 174 help for Pack 238.
  • 23 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Activity: First Aid.  Splints, broken bones, slings.
    • 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.
  • 24 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 28 (Sat.)       Scouting for Food.
    • Detailed Information from Council.
    • Approximately 200,000 families are now served by food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in Westchester County alone.
    • Scouting for Food is a food collection campaign to secure food for the hungry in Westchester and Putnam Counties in New York.
    • Bring bags of donated food to a designated collection site 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • 28-29(Sa-Su)CANCELED - HVO Orienteering Festival at Harriman State Park.
  • 28-29(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.
  • 30 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Activity: First Aid and skills preparation for the Survivor Weekend.
    • Deadline to pay Troop Dues, $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Congratulations Rick D., our 55th Eagle Scout! (Pending approval from National)
  • 30 (Mon.)      World Scout Jamboree Open House.
    • 7:30 p.m. at Westchester-Putnam Council Service Center, 41 Saw Mill River Rd. (9A), Hawthorne, NY 10532.
    • Scouts and Venturers between the ages of 14 and 17 years old on July 27, 2007 may take part in a once in a lifetime experience - the 21st World Scout Jamboree.
    • The Jamboree is being held July 27-August 8 at Highlands Park in Chelmsford, England.
    • See This Flyer to learn more, and attend our open house.
    • Please call Diane W. at 914-773-1135 ext. 233 or email camping@wpcbsa.org if you are planning on attending.
  • 31 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 November 2006
    Activity: Knots and Lashings: Animated Knots for each Scout Rank.  Other animated knot pages.
    Merit Badge: Family Life (page includes links to worksheets).
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser by Nov. 12.
  • 2 (Thurs.)     Lifesaving Merit Badge class starts at Durland Scout Center, 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    • Dates: Nov. 2, 9, 16, 30.
    • Time: 5:15 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
    • Fee: $25 per Scout.  Make check payable to "Durland Scout Center".
    • Contact Durland Scout Center at (914) 967-2770 for payment information. Register by Nov. 1.
    • More information. Or contact the Durland Scout Center at durland@wpcbsa.org.
  • 3-5(F-Su)  .. Manitoga District Fall EventSurvivor theme.
    • Details from Council.
    • Event schedule.
    • Location: Site #34, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Pickup will be Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Sperling parking lot.
    • Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout by Oct 16.
    • Patrols must plan the 4 meals that they will cook: Sat. all meals and Sun. breakfast.
    • Activity stations.  Patrols will compete against one another in timed events.
      • Fire Building Contest
      • Compass (orienteering) Course and Tree Measurement
      • Bridge Building
      • Frying Pan Toss
      • Tug of War
      • First Aid Preparedness
      • Tent Pitch and Strike
    • Each troop is to make a camp gadget and patrol flag.
    • 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.
    • Photos of Fall Events: Survivor Nov. 2006, Orient-O-Ree Nov. 2005, Emergency Preparedness Oct. 2003, Camp B. Cookout Nov. 2001.
  • 6 (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 $11 per adult for at least one adult per family to register with our troop.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Congratulations to Mike S., whose Eagle Project Proposal was approved.
  • 7 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome. Lakeland Schools Superintendent's Conference (no students).
  • 10 (Fri.)     .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Project: New Trail, Hunterbrook Linear Park on Sat., Nov. 11.
  • 11 (Sat.)    .. Karl R.'s Eagle Project.
    • Green Trail Loopback.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
    • Sign up here. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Project, this day: New Trail, Hunterbrook Linear Park. Sign up by Fri., Nov. 10.
    • When you enter the park, follow the posts to stay off private property.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Dress properly for being in a tick environment.
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Karl R. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Karl R. if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Karl R.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 16, Nov. 11, 2006.
  • 11 (Sat.)    .. Deadline to Sign up here. Veterans Day Parade (headcount for refreshments) on Nov. 12.
  • 12 (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) by Nov. 11.
    • 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 Parades, Nov. 2006, Nov. 2005, Nov. 2004, Nov. 2003, Nov. 2002, Nov. 2001.
  • 13 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., (at the intersection of Gomer Street and Curry Street), Yorktown Heights, NY.  Google map with optional driving directions from your location.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Webelos will be visiting from Pack 45, Pack 144, Pack 238, and Pack 251.  Parents are welcome.  Meeting will end approximately 8:45 p.m.
    • We will be presenting first aid, lashing, knots, and also talking about some of the high adventure treks Troop 174 has been on.
    • Patrol Leaders and the Troop Guide should be in official uniforms.
  • 14 (Tues.) .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 16 (Thur.) .. Holiday Greenery Fundraiser
    • DEADLINE is BEFORE 10 p.m. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 16 to place your order by calling or sending an email message to Karen M.
      • 26 inch Balsam Wreath $16
        • Decorated with frosted pine cones, red holly berries, and a red velvet weatherproof bow.

      • 24 inch Swag for wall or door $14
        • Decorated with frosted pine cones and a red velvet weatherproof bow.

      • 36 inch Mailbox Swag $18
        • Easily attaches to any standard mailbox.  Each swag is decorated with a red velvet weatherproof bow.

      • 18 feet Balsam Garland $22
        • Full, fragrant garlands create an elegant look for any home.  It is perfect for doorways, porch rails, and stairways.

    • Make checks payable to "BSA Troop 174".  Give your check to Karen M. when you pick up your order on Monday, December 4.
    • Pick up your holiday greenery order at Grace Lutheran Church during the Troop Meeting on Monday, December 4, 2006 from Karen M.
    • If you have questions, please contact Karen M.
    • Wreath Video Dec. 2004 of Pick Up (0.3 MB).
  • 17 (Fri.)     .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Project at Hunterbrook Linear Park on Sat., Nov. 18.
  • 18 (Sat.)    .. Karl R.'s Eagle Project.
    • Green Trail Loopback.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
    • Sign up here. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Project, this day: New Trail, Hunterbrook Linear Park. Sign up by Fri., Nov. 17.
    • When you enter the park, follow the posts to stay off private property, following these important directions.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Dress properly for being in a tick environment.
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Karl R. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Karl R. if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Karl R.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 16, Nov. 11, 18, 2006.
  • 18 (Sat.)    .. Food Pantry.
    • Location: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1836 E Main Street Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
    • Donations will go to the needy people of Mohegan Lake.
    • Photos of Food Pantry at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, on Nov. 2006, Dec. 2005.
  • 18 (Sat.)       Catholic Retreat and Chaplain Aide training course for youth
    • For Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and other scouting groups and their families.
    • A Chaplain Aide training course will also be offered to Scouts and Venturers for the first time.
    • Location: John F. Kennedy High School in Somers, NY
    • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Preregistration is required.
    • Further details about the Retreat can be found on the Catholic Committee on Scouting web site.
  • 18 (Sat.)       Catholic Scouters Development course
    • Location: John F. Kennedy High School in Somers, NY
    • 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    • Preregistration is required.
    • Further details about the Retreat can be found on the Catholic Committee on Scouting web site.
  • 18 (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, (914) 773-1135 (Directions).
    • Register by November 10, 2006.  No walk-ins.
    • Fees:
      • $10 training fee (includes training materials, patch, Den Chief Handbook, and snacks).
      • $5 optional lunch fee for scouts or adults, or bring your own bag lunch.
      • There is no training fee for adult leaders.
    • Training program:
      • Your Job As Den Chief
      • How To Use and Lead Games
      • How To Lead Songs
      • Dual Contest and Tricks
      • Working With Cub Scouts and Den Leaders
      • 7 Parts of A Successful Cub Scout Den Meeting
      • 5 Parts of A Successful Webelos Den Meeting
      • Den Chief/Webelos Den Chief Responsibilities
    • 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.  Scoutmaster's signature is required on the registration form.
    • Scouts who are First Class and 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: Theodore M. and Thomas L.
    • Contact the Westchester-Putnam Council (914) 773-1135 if you have questions.
  • 20 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity 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 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 21 (Tues.)   .. Citizenship in the World Merit Badge.
    • Time: Starts at 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Peter H.'s house.  His address is on the password-protected web pages.
    • Scouts must have been approved in advance by Chris L., Jamie C., or Vinny D.
    • Scouts must bring a signed blue card.  Get blue card from Vinny D.
    • Scouts should sign out a Citizenship in the World merit badge booklet from our troop's Librarian, Josh D.
    • Citizenship in the World merit badge requirements.
    • Citizenship in the World MS Word worksheet. or pdf worksheet.
    • Contact Peter H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of Citizenship in the World, Pete's class on Nov. 2006.
  • 24 (Fri.)     .. Deadline to Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Nov. 27.
  • 25 (Sat.)    .. Karl R.'s Eagle Project.
    • Green Trail Loopback.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Project, this day: New Trail, Hunterbrook Linear Park. Sign up by Fri., Nov. 24.
    • Location: Hunterbrook Linear Park: 500 feet west of 2081 Beekman Court, Yorktown. Aerial photo.
    • When you enter the park, follow the posts to stay off private property, following these important directions.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Gloves.
      • Dress properly for being in a tick environment.
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Karl R. when you arrive.
    • Some cellphones do not work in the area.
    • Contact Karl R. if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Karl R.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 16, Nov. 11, 18, 25, 2006.
  • 27 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 19-21. Must be 14, First Class, SM approval.
    • Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Nov. 27.
    • Last Troop Meeting before Dec. 1 deadline for at least one adult in each family to register with the Boy Scouts of America for $11.  Give your check payable to "BSA Troop 174"  to the Troop Treasurer.
  • 28 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.


 December 2006
    Activity: First Aid. Red Cross Guidelines.
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser by Feb. 1.
    For gifts to troops consider helmet upgrade, phone card, newly released movies, nuts, granola.
  • 1 (Fri.)       .. Deadline for at least one adult in each family to register with the Boy Scouts of America for $11.  Give your check payable to "BSA Troop 174"  to the Troop Treasurer.
  • 1 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Dec. 4.
  • 1 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Project: Woods, garden, wall at St. E.A.S. Church on Dec. 2.
  • 2 (Sat.)      .. Michael S.'s Eagle Project.
    • Today, we shall be cleaning up the side woods between the church yard and Lakeland High School.  This includes picking up trash, and gathering downed wood and putting it into piles.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church grounds, 1377 Main Street, Shrub Oak.  Directions.Aerial photo.
    • Sign up here. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Project: Woods, garden, wall at St. E.A.S. Church.
    • Scouts 14 and under are especially needed, as this is one of the few times they will be able to take part in the project.
    • Seton Parish will be holding its annual Christmas Craft Fair today.  Please keep this in mind when parking (Scouts can park in the shopping center across the street), and please also be courteous to the fair's patrons as you make your way to the work site.  There will be a lot of people!
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves.
      • Small clippers, buckets, wheelbarrows.
      • Lunch.
      • Dress properly for being in a tick environment.
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Michael S. when you arrive.
    • Contact Michael S. if you have questions.
    • Photos and project details of Michael S.'s Eagle Project on Nov. 6, Dec. 2, 2006.
  • 3 (Sun.)       .. Caroling.
    • Time 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Location: Cortlandt Health Care at 110 Oregon Rd.
      • Services: Cardiac Rehabilitation, Dementia Care, Hemodialysis, Hospice Type Care, Intensive Rehabilitation Services (PT/ OT/ Speech), IV Therapy, Oncology Care Program. Respiratory Therapy, Skilled Nursing Services, Subacute Care, Tracheostomy Care, Transportation Services, Wound Care Program.
    • Earn service hours
    • Scouts assist people on and off the train.
    • Wear your official uniform, which includes a merit badge sash.  Dress for the weather.
    • Photos of Caroling at Cortlandt Health Care on Dec. 2006.
  • 3 (Sun.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering 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.
    • Clear Lake Event Details Here.
    • Event run by Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule).
    • 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.
    • Photos of Hudson Valley Orienteering, Oct. 2005, May 2005.
  • 4 (Mon.)   .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an official uniform.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Ben C. will demonstrate boil-bag cooking.
    • Pick up Holiday Greenery order from Karen M., and give your check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Karen M.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Freeze-O-Ree Troop 174 Training Weekend on Dec. 9-10.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) on Dec. 6.
    • Congratulations to Patrick C., whose Eagle Project Proposal was approved.
  • 5(Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 6 (Wed.)   .. Troop Swim Night  7:00-8:45 p.m. at the Mildred E. Strang Middle School Pool.
    • Location: Rt. 202 next to the Yorktown High School, 2701 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.  See "MES Middle School" on this map.
    • The pool is in the lower southwest corner of the Strang Middle School 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.
    • Park in front of the Strang Middle School building.  Do not drive down the driveway at the side of the building.  Do not park by the side of the building.
    • Senior Webelos from Packs 45, 144, and 251 have been invited to work on Aquanaut Activity Badge and the Swimming Belt Loop or to join us for a fun swim.
    • Venturers and adults from Venturing Crew 1005 are invited.
    • Eagle Scout Kevin K. will be in charge of the program for Boy Scouts.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) by Dec. 4.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, 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.  Boy 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.
    • 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.  Thank you Kevin.
    • 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 Senior Patrol Leader.
    • Photos of swim nights: Dec. 2006, Mar. 2006, Nov. 2005, Mar. 2005, Nov. 2004, Dec. 2003, Apr. 2003, Oct. 2002, Apr. 2002, Oct. 2001, May 2001.
  • 8 (Fri.)        .. Deadline to Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Dec. 11.
  • 9 (Sat.)       Council Rechartering.
  • 9-10(Sa-Su)..Freeze-O-Ree Troop 174 Training Weekend.
    • Warm weather training to make shelters on upcoming real Freeze-O-Ree weekend in February.
    • Location: LeanTos near site 41 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley.  Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Trail MapDirections.
    • Arrive Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Leave Sunday at 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Sign up here. Freeze-O-Ree Troop 174 Training Weekend on Dec. 9-10.
    • The program will include:
      • Wilderness shelter building using materials found in the woods and a tarp.
      • Fire building using the friction of a bow drill.
      • Build shelter and sleep in it (three youths per shelter) if well built.  Sleep in LeanTos if not.
    • Everyone will backpack in all their gear.
    • Individual cooking.  Each individual is responsible for bringing and cooking Saturday lunch and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
      • The troop will provide MSR backpacking stoves.
      • See Low Impact Cooking Handout from Margaret L. (which includes MSR stove operation at the end) at the bottom of the password-protected pages.
    • 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).
    • See Warm Tips, Thrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources"), Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H.
    • 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 Dec. 2006, Feb. 2004.
  • 11 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Webelos from Pack 134 and Pack 238 will visit.  Webelos parents are welcome and encouraged to come.  Meeting will end approximately 9:00 p.m.
      • Troop Location: Enter the side door of Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall, 3830 Gomer St., (at the intersection of Gomer Street and Curry Street), Yorktown Heights, NY.  Google map with optional driving directions from your location.
      • Stations are: First Aid, Knot Tying, Lashing, and Backpack Demo.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Ski Weekend on Feb. 23-25.
    • 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.
  • 12(Tues.)   ..Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 15 (Fri.)     .. Deadine to .Sign up here. Council Klondike Winter Event, Scouts and Adults on Jan. 26-28.
    • Older scouts who are volunteering as Staff should instead of signing up online, contact Barbara C. and also tell her if you will be staying overnight.
  • 16-17 (Sa-Su) Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
    • Groups of 15 or more.  Advance reservations are required.
  • 18 (Mon.)   .. Court of Honor and Holiday Dessert Party.
  • 19 (Tues.) .. Dale S.'s Last Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Cabin, 3091 Hickory St., Yorktown Heights.
  • 23 (Sat.)    .. Holiday Food Distribution at St. Mary's Episcopal Church.
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. to about 12:00 noon.
    • Location: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1836 E Main Street Mohegan Lake, NY.
      • Food Pantry is a separate building at the left rear of the church.
    • Scouts may earn service hours carrying the food bags.
    • Wear your official uniform, which includes a merit badge sash.
    • Donations will go to the needy people of Mohegan Lake.
    • For questions, contact Mr. Rick K.
    • Photos of Food, Toy, Clothing Drive at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church on Dec. 2005, Dec. 2006.
  • 25 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess.
  • 26 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting - Winter Recess.  New location and dates for 2007 yet to be decided.
  • 27 (Wed.)    .. Public Speaking Merit Badge class.
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Time: 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Class to outline the requirements for the badge and get some practice time in.
    • Contact Bob R. if you will attend.
  • 31 (Sun.)      Mr. Long's last day as our Scoutmaster, until the stroke of midnight.  Troop 174's Scoutmasters list.
    • Mr. Long, thank you, thank you, thank you for all you have done for the adults and boys in Troop 174!




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