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 January 2007
    Activities: Winter Camping, Backpacking and Camping.  Review: Warm Tips,Thrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources"), Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H.
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser.  17 recipes so far from M.L., K.M., M.S., L.T., and the Z.'s.
    Please donate items to the new patrol Lodge to Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A.

  • 1 (Mon.)     Mr. Jamie Czuy's first day as our new Scoutmaster.    Troop 174's Scoutmasters list.
  • 1 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess
  • 2 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting.
  • 5 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Jan. 8.
  • 5-7 (F-Su)   Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 6 (Sat.)      .. New Patrol-Lodge Work Day 9:30 a.m.- ??? at the Lodge in Peter H.'s backyard.
    • Scouts and adults are needed to help prepare our new patrol meeting place: The Lodge.
    • Location:  Peter H.'s backyard.  His address is in the "Patrol Meetings" section of the password-protected page.  Click on the address to view a map.  The map has an optional directions feature from your location.
    • Please bring shovels, gloves, a wheelbarrow and a bag lunch.  Water will be provided.
    • Photos of Patrol Lodge on Jan. 2007.
  • 8 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Public Speaking Merit Badge class.  Contact Mr. Bob R. if you have questions.
    • Deadline to pay the balance of the total fee of $175??? for Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 19-21. Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
  • 9 (Tues.)      No Patrol Meeting.
  • 10 (Wed.)   .. Order of the Arrow Banquet
    • All Order of the Arrow members and their family members are invited.
    • Everyone who completed their Ordeal or Brotherhood Quest last year should attend.
    • More information is on the Ktemaque Lodge website and in the Beaver Tracks newsletter.
  • 12-15(F-M)  Ski: Council Long Ski Weekend (F-M), (More information)
  • 15 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Martin Luther King Day
  • 15 (Mon.)    .. Ice Climbing Participants Meeting.
    • 7:00 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
    • For all ice climbing participants.  Parents need not be present, but are welcome to come to this meeting.
    • Deadline to:
      • pay $170 fee.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Mr. Long.
      • turn in Class 3 Medical Form, if the troop does not have one that was completed within the past 12 months.
      • turn in a signed permission slip if your parent is not going on the trip.
    • Contact Mr. Long if you have questions.
  • 15 (Mon.)    .. Klondike Preparation Meeting.
    • 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall.
    • For all Klondike Patrol Attendees going to the Council Klondike.
    • Program: Learn the skills to be tested at the Klondike.
    • Click on this Council Klondike Guide PDF for detailed information about:
      • Event schedule
      • Saturday program details, suggested advance preparation
      • Saturday evening program and program notes
      • Friday and Saturday check-in, security wristband
      • Parking and security
      • Required equipment
      • Event map
    • Contact the Troopmaster if you have questions.
  • 16 (Tues.)   .. First Patrol Meeting at the Lodge, 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Lodge in Peter H.'s backyard.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Leaders: Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A.  In an emergency, call their cell phones.
    • Bring Boy Scout Handbook and a filled water bottle.
    • Bring something to share that represents you.
    • Consider bringing a camp stool to sit on.
    • Dress for the weather.  There may not be heat.
    • Parents should make sure that there is an adult present before leaving.
    • Contact Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A. if you have questions.
  • 17 (Wed.)     Mercy College Basketball Scout Night.
    • Join Mercy College Athletics for Scout Night at the Westchester County Center White Plains, NY, Wednesday, January 17, 2007.
    • Bring your troop or scout group to see exciting NCAA Division II basketball as Mercy takes on St. Thomas Aquinas College in an East Coast Conference doubleheader!
    • Scouts in uniform and their families will receive FREE admission to both games of the doubleheader.
    • Before each game, all scouts will join the teams on court for the performance of the national anthem.
    • All scouts will be recognized at half-time of each game and will be invited to meet the teams.
      • Women’s Tip-off: 5:00 p.m.
      • Men’s Tip-off: 7:00 p.m.
    • For more information and to reserve seats, please call Assistant Athletics Director Drew Brown at 914-674-7281 or email dbrown@mercy.edu
  • 19 (Fri.)      .. Deadline to Sign up here. to give a speech at the Public Speaking Merit Badge class on Jan. 22.
  • 19-21(F-Su).. Ice Climbing Troop Weekend.
    • (More information at Council) 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. 27.  Scouts have priority.  Space is limited.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Nov. 27??.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Pay the balance of the total fee of $170 by Jan. 15.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Location:  Class 4 ice climbing sites in the Keene Valley near Lake Placid in the Adirondacks.  We shall ice climb on Saturday and Sunday, but at different locations.
    • Schedule:
      • Meet Fri. 4:00 p.m. at Mr. Long's home.
      • Friday night:  arrive at the hostel before 10:00 p.m.
      • Saturday morning:  breakfast at the hostel.  Head out to the climb site by 9 a.m.
      • Saturday lunch:  at the climb site with time available to drive to a convenience store.
      • Saturday evening:  return to the hostel around 4:30 p.m.  Dinner at the hostel.  Free time after dinner.  Tobogganing is a possible activity.  The Lake Placid Toboggan Chute is a 30-foot tall converted ski jump that launches your toboggan about 1,000 feet out onto the frozen Mirror Lake.
      • Sunday morning:  breakfast at the hostel.  Pack all gear and head out to climb site by 9 a.m.
      • Sunday lunch:  at the climb site, then head for home.
      • Returning Sun. approximately 5:30 p.m.
    • Weather conditions may require changes in this schedule.  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 (ice axes, boots with crampons, helmet, and climbing ropes), some meals, and lodging for up to 8 scouts and 2 adults.
    • Bring (list revised Jan. 15): Refer to your "Clothing for Winter Hiking" handouts.  Overview: Slippers or moccasins for the hostel, Nalgene bottle of water upside down in a wool sock, optional brown bag Friday supper or eat where the group stops, money for Sunday lunch and supper ($25 cash recommended), rain gear, wind-proof jacket, a day pack, fleece, hand and foot warmers, hot cup labeled with your name, rubber-soled pac boots good to -40 deg. F., hat over the ears, face mask or some other face covering, ski goggles, mittens and gloves both, personal first aid kit, toothbrush, spoon, sunglasses, etc.  No cotton clothing.  More clothing requirements at More information at Council.  Bring sweat pants and sweat shirt to sleep in and a change of clothes.  Optional folding camp stool.  Layers from inside out: underarmor or polypropelene, insulating layer maybe fleece, waterproof pants and top for climbing, and heavily-insulated outer layer.  During climbing, use inexpensive waterproof pants because pants legs may be accidentally cut by the crampons during climbing.
    • 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 Mr. Long by Jan. 15.
    • Lake Placid has cellular telephone coverage by most major carriers.  However, there is little or no coverage from Exit 26 on the Northway until Lake Placid.  Most ice climbing locations do not have cellular telephone coverage.
    • Scouts may do homework and study while traveling to and from Lake Placid and also at the hostel on Saturday night.
    • If you have questions contact Mr. Long.
    • Lake Placid Weather: Accuweather 15 day forecast, Accuweather details, Weather Underground, CBS 5-day forecast, live cams.
    • Photos of Ice Climbing on Jan. 2007, Jan. 2006, Jan. 2005, and Council Photos, Jan. 2004 and Council Photos.
  • 19-21(F-Su)  Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 21-27(Su-Sa) Ski: Scout Week at Thunder Ridge Ski Area.
    • Location: Only 20 miles North East of Yorktown, Thunder Ridge is the closest ski resort (map).
    • Details here.
    • "Discounted rates for scouts and their families with scout ID are available for the entire week.
    • 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.
    • Lesson Reservations must be made at least one week in advance. Registration will be held at a designated table in the Main Lodge. Please plan on registering at least 30 minutes (one hour if you need rentals) before your seminar or lesson time."
  • 21 (Sun.)       Ice Climbers Return. 5:40 p.m..
  • 22 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Public Speaking Merit Badge class.  Contact Mr. Bob R. if you have questions.
    • Deadline to pay for the Council Klondike Winter Event on Jan. 26-28.
    • Practice skills for the Council Klondike.
    • 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, which includes a merit badge sash,
        • have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
        • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 23 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Lodge in Peter H.'s backyard.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Hot chocolate and marshmallows will be provided.
    • Routine details in the About Troop 174 section below.
  • 26-28(F-Su)..Council Klondike Winter Event.
    • New event this year.
    • Details at Council website.  Click on the Council Klondike Guide PDF for more details, copied below.
    • Location:  Camp Smith, 1 Camp Smith Drive, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
    • Drop off Friday is after 6:00 p.m. at Camp Smith.
      • Go to Registration area to find where Troop 174 is located.
      • Check in with Mr. Bob A. at our site and get your security wristband.
      • Bring Mr. Bob A.'s cellphone number from the password-protected pages in case you have trouble finding him
    • Friday 9:00 p.m. - Sled patrol leader meeting.  All sled patrol leaders must attend.
    • Drop off Saturday is before 7:00 a.m. at Camp Smith.
    • Saturday night: Wear your official uniform to the entertainment.
    • Sign up removed. Council Klondike Winter Event, Scouts and Adults by Dec. 15.
      • Older scouts who are volunteering as Staff should in addition to signing up online and noting that they are volunteering, also contact Barbara C. and also tell her if you will be staying overnight.
    • Activities:
      • Cold weather search and rescue competition
      • Emergency preparedness requirements.
      • CERT demonstrations by the NY National Guard.
      • Weapons demonstrations by the Veterans Corps of Artillery.
    • Adults will receive some introductory training in emergency response.
    • Individuals Bring
      • Sleeping bag.
      • Hot cup.
      • Water bottle.
      • Change of clothing.
      • Cold weather gear.
      • Dress for the weather.
      • official uniform.
      • Photo-id for adults will be required to gain access. Older scouts should bring high-school ID’s.
    • Each Patrol Brings
      • 12  6-foot poles.
      • 6  3-foot poles.
      • Large ziplog bag for the 8.5 x 11 map.
      • More items listed on the Council Klondike Guide PDF.
    • From Council --
      • Unit Registration Due Immediately
        • Cost $25 per scout, $35 per adult, includes all three meals on Saturday, Sunday breakfast, overnight accommodations in the Camp Smith barracks and the event patch. (Saturday day only is $5 for youth, $10 adult).
        • Deadline to pay is troop meeting on Jan. 22.
      • Skills:
        • Patrols, Troops and Districts will be competing in cold weather Search & Rescue and Emergency Preparedness requirements. Judging and demonstrations will be provided by the New York Guard and the Veteran Corps of Artillery.
        • Scout skills around Pioneering, Orienteering, First Aid are the core skills along with other tests based on First Class scouting requirements. Team work and quick thinking are also required.
      • Supplies:
        • A complete equipment list will be provided for the December Roundtables and available here. Sleds are encouraged.
      • Deadlines to pay Council
        • Unit deposit of $100 required now.
        • Final reservations due by Dec. 31, 2006.
        • Final Payments/adjustments due Jan. 12, 2007.
      • Registration:
        • Registration will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening.
      • Facilities:
        • All participants will be housed in the barracks at Camp Smith. The barracks have a total of 1200 beds. Camp Smith is currently under renovations. Lavatories in each building are ½ closed. Separate housing for females will be provided. We really need an accurate count of both males and females attending so we can ensure the best housing for everyone. If you haven’t registered yet please make sure to specify this. If you have registered then please contact Council with an update.
      • Meals:
        • ADULTS please understand that we will be feeding everyone in shifts. Mess halls will be opened by schedules and we will be feeding all adults last. Scouts will be rushed in and out for quick gobbling. By eating last, Adults can relax. Scouts will not have any choices during the meals. We do need to know in advance of any scouts with specific allergies. If we don’t know in advance we will be very limited in what we can do.
      • What Type of Event Is This?
        • The Klondike will be a competitive event to determine the best patrol by District and the best patrol in the Council. Scouts will be judged in tam work, following instructions, camping skills, communication skills, first aid skills obstacle challenges and basic Scout skills. Adults will be requested to resist the temptation to coach the scouts.
      • Security:
        • Drivers entering Camp Smith must present a valid drivers license. To prevent long traffic delays please have it out and ready to present at the main gate. Final security requirements will be confirmed at a later date. The Army National Guard currently requires a roster of all people entering the Base prior to the event.
      • Who Can Participate?
        • All Boy Scout Troops in the Westchester-Putnam Council are welcome to participate. Venture Crews are invited to take part as staff to help with the setup and running of the stations (please).
      • What is Camp Smith?
        • Camp Smith is an active military installation which is used by the NY National Guard, NY Guard, FBI and local police and fire agencies for training. We are using many areas of this facility, sleeping in the barracks and eating in the mess halls.
    • Dr Norm H. has agreed to coordinate the OA volunteers for the First Aid station.
      • The Manitoga district is organizing the First Aid station at the council Klondike.
      • Dr Norm H. has suggested that we outfit O/A volunteers to represent actual accident victims from a mock Helicopter crash
      • We are in need of O/A members come to the Klondike and help out.
      • We need volunteers from the O/A to sign up ASAP prior to Dec 31/ 2006.
      • All volunteers to email Dr Norm H. at nlherman@med.cornell.edu  or Mr. Rick K. with their Name, Troop #, Telephone and email address.
      • We also wants to know if you're coming for the day or spending the weekend.
        • If you (the volunteer victim) are just coming for the day it will be $10.00 to pay for food.
        • If you plan on spending the weekend, they sign up with their Troop and pay the $35.00 (which then takes care of sleeping arrangements also).
      • WE NEED TO COMPILE A LIST OF VOLUNTEERS: if you are interested you need to contact us so that your name goes on the list.
      • If you want to come for the entire event you will need to sign up w/ your troop to reserve a bunk spot.
    • 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.
    • Photos of Boy Scout Klondike on  Jan. 2007, Jan. 2006, Feb. 2005 and Council Photos, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003.
  • 26-28(F-Su)  Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 29 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Congratulations to Jason L. and Paul M. for passing their Eagle Scout Boards of Review.
  • 30 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Lodge in Peter H.'s backyard.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Bring a folding camp stool.
    • Donate hot chocolate and marshmallows.  We'll store any excess.
    • Please donate a tea kettle or a pot that pours for making hot chocolate.
    • Scouts who want to work on advancements must bring their Boy Scout Handbook.
    • Routine details in the About Troop 174 section below.


 February 2007
    Activities: Citizenship and Dodge Ball Game.
    Merit Badge: Personal ManagementWorksheets: PDF and MS Word.
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser.
  • 2-4 (F-Su)   Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 2 (Fri.)        Deadline to Sign up here. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Project: Woods, garden, wall at St. E.A.S. Church on Sat., Feb. 3.
  • 3 (Sat.)      .. Michael S.'s Eagle Project.
    • We shall be chipping up the downed branches and trees into mulch for future spreading. Mr. Keith W., the camp ranger at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, has volunteered his time to bring and operate the wood chipper.
      • Older scouts (15 and older) will assist Mr. W.
      • Younger scouts will help bring wood to the chipper.
    • Time: 10:00 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.
    • Sign in with Michael S.. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves.
      • Buckets
      • Saws
      • Eye and ear protection (especially when working near the wood chipper)
      • 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, Feb. 3, 2007.
  • 3 (Sat.)?      Deadline to Sign up here. Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults on Feb. 4.
  • 4 (Sun.)     .. Scout Sunday.
    • Location: 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. See Mr. Brian B. or Mr. Michael S.
    • Sign up here. Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults, on Feb. 5.
    • Parents who will be cooking arrive at 9:30 a.m. to cook sausage, bacon, and pancakes.
      • Need two shifts of parent volunteers, one shift to set up and another shift to clean up.
    • The Scorpion and Phoenix patrols should be on hand at 10:00 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The New Scouts and Dragon and Monkey 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 "A Scout Is Reverent" 1994 painting.  Norman Rockwell's "A Scout is Reverent" 1954 painting, Norman Rockwell's "A Scout is Reverent" 1940 painting.
    • Photos of Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch on Feb. 2007, Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 5 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Webelos Klondike 1st. Class and above Scouts and Adults on Feb. 10.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Stephen G. (headcount for refreshments) on Feb. 11.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter on Feb. 17-18.
    • Order of the Arrow election will be held.
      • All scouts should attend.
      • Order of the Arrow members should wear an official uniform with their OA sash (not merit badge sash).
      • Membership Requirements from the Order of the Arrow's "Guide for Officers and Advisers" and the National Boy Scouts of America's webpage about the Order of the Arrow.
        • Youth Membership Requirements
          • "Unit leader approval.  To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election.  The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit (i.e. his adherence to the Scout Oath and Law and active participation in unit activities).  The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meets all specified requirements at the time of this annual election."
          • "Youth membership qualifications.  All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements:
            • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America
            • Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
            • After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election.  The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America.  The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps."
          • "Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee."
        • Adult Membership Qualifications
          • "All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are 21 years of age or older and who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America shall be considered adult members or candidates for adult membership.  Individuals shall be selected as candidates based on the following:
            • Adult leaders in units:  Each year, upon holding a troop or team election for youth candidates that results in at least one youth candidate being elected, the unit committee may nominate one adult to the lodge adult selection committee, composed of the lodge adviser, the chairman of the council committee on which the lodge adviser serves, and the lodge staff adviser.  Troops or teams having more than 50 registered active youth members may nominate an additional adult for every 50 registered, active youth, or fraction thereof.  For example, a troop having 51 to 100 registered, active youths may nominate two adults each year if at least one youth has been elected.  Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire, will be candidates for induction, provided the following conditions are fulfilled:
              • Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and not for recognition of service, including current or prior achievement and positions.
              • The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
              • The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled.
              • The adult leader's membership will provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge."
        • Induction
          • "The induction process, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order.  During the experience, candidates maintain silence, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers.  The candidate is expected to use this time to strengthen his involvement in the unit and encourage Scout camping."
        • Brotherhood Membership
          • "After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and after fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order.  Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order."
      • The Ktemaque Lodge website has a calendar of events, newsletter, contact information, election guide, forms, etc.
      • Thank you Roger N. for donating 3 lanterns.
      • Congratulations to the following scouts who were elected to the Order of the Arrow:  Alex A., Rick D., Dan H., and Anthony S.  Also, congratulations to Jamie C. for being the adult who was nominated.
  • 6 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Routine details in the About Troop 174 section below.
  • 8 (Thurs.)    Congratulations Jason L. and Paul M. officially now Eagle Scouts!
  • 8 (Thurs.)    Boy Scouts of America's Anniversary Day - 97th year.  How Scouting came to America.
  • 9-11 (F-Su) Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 10 (Sat.)      Scout Sabbath.
  • 10 (Sat.)    .. Webelos Klondike.
    • Troop 174 will provide Kim's Game (memory, strategy, and teamwork game).
    • FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.  From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.
    • 1st. Class and above Scouts and some parents are needed to help out.  Contact the Scoutmaster if you have any questions.
    • Schedule
      • Meet at 8:30 a.m. in the left corner of Parking Lot #1 under the big pine trees.
      • The station will run from 9:50 a.m. - 12:30 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 and a filled water bottle.
    • Lunch, snacks, and hot cocoa will be provided for our troop volunteers.
    • Wear activity uniform, with Troop hat, with appropriate long underwear (if weather warrants), and boots MUST be worn.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Restrooms are located in the stone building near Parking Lot #1.
    • Sign up here. Webelos Klondike. 1st Class and above Scouts and Adults by Feb. 5.
    • Call the Scoutmaster if you have questions.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of Webelos Klondike: Feb. 2007 (and Council ), Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Mar. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 11 (Sun.)      .. Stephen G.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Stephen, 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, Stephen G. (headcount for refreshments) by Feb. 5.
    • 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  Stephen G.'s Eagle Project: Power washed, painted, stained exterior at North American Martyrs Church.
    • Photos of Stephen G.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Feb. 11, 2007.
  • 12 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Welcome Paul H. and Eric R. to Troop 174 from Pack 45 Blue and Gold on Feb. 11, 2007.
    • Welcome all new scouts amd parents from Pack 45, Pack 134, and Pack 144.
  • 13 (Tues.)   .. Deadline by Noon to Sign up here. I Tried SCUBA Scouts and Adults on Feb. 16.
  • 13 (Tues.)     Canceled Patrol Meeting.
    • This Patrol Meeting is canceled because the Lakeland Central School District has canceled all of its afternoon and evening activities.
    • Contact Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A. if you have questions.
  • 16 (Fri.)       .. I Tried SCUBA class.
    • This is a one evening program designed to introduce interested youth to SCUBA.  You will learn about equipment and techniques and have an opportunity to try out the equipment in the Durland pool (bring a bathing suit) under the leadership of certified SCUBA instructors.  One hour of instruction followed by one hour using SCUBA gear in the pool.
    • Location: Durland Scout Center at 310 Stuyvesant Ave., Rye, NY.
    • Scouts must be 12 years old or older.
    • BSA-registered parents may participate, if slots available.  Scouts have priority.
    • Sign up here. I Tried SCUBA Scouts and Adults by Noon Feb. 13.
    • Class will begin promptly at 7:30 p.m.  Allow extra time if this is your first time driving there. It is very important to arrive on time.
    • Class will end about 9:00 p.m.
    • It should take about 50 minutes to drive from Yorktown to Durland Scout Center.  It may take longer to drive from your point of departure.
    • Also, after you turn left on Stuyvesant Avenue the Durland Scout Center will be on your right just before the road ends.  It is in a residential neighborhood.
    • Park in the parking lot next to the Durland building.
    • Enter via the front door, turn right, and go to the classroom at the end of the hall.
    • Volunteer SCUBA instructors will provide our program.
    • Bring:
      • swimsuit.  Wear your swimsuit under your clothes for a quick change.
      • old t-shirt to wear in the pool in case the water is cool
      • towel
      • filled water bottle labeled with your name
      • camera, if desired.  If you bring a disposable camera please write your name on it.
      • plastic bag to bring home wet items
      • day pack or large bag to store your stuff
      • your own snacks, if desired.  Snacks and beverages are allowed in the classroom, but not in the pool area or locker rooms.
    • Must have 10 participants for this event to happen.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Margaret L.
    • I Tried SCUBA Waiver Form must be signed by a parent and brought to Durland Scout Center on Friday, February 16.
    • Signup is limited, but we need at least 10 participants.
    • Pre-registration and pre-payment required.
    • $7 per person.  Bring exact cash or check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Durland Scout Center on Friday, February 16.  A cancellation refund only if replacement participant available.
    • If you have questions, contact Mr. Manny A. or Mr. Dave Z.
    • Photos of I Tried SCUBA on Feb. 2007, Feb. 2004.
  • 16 (Fri.)         Scout Sabbath Celebration (Details)
  • 17-18(Sa-Su).. Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter
    • Garrison is a weekend off for the scouts with no special program.. They may goof off, play games, hike, skate if we have ice, whatever.
    • Parents are welcome too, but no siblings.  This is a great chance to relax with other parents in the troop.
    • New scouts and new parents are especially welcome.
    • People with peanut allergies should not attend!!
    • Sign up here. Garrison Fish and Game Club Overnighter by Feb. 5.
    • 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 if there is ice.
    • 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.
    • Fees are due by Feb. 5.
      • $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 labeled 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: Burgers / cheese burgers & Dogs, Beans, Pickles, Potato & Macaroni salads.
      • Saturday Supper, around 7:00 p.m, :Baked Turkey, Stuffing, Corn, Tossed salad, Soup, Brownies.
      • Sunday Breakfast: Pancakes, Eggs to order, Bacon & Sausage, assorted small cereal's, OJ / Milk / Coffee / tea.
    • If you have questions, contact our Scoutmaster.
    • Photos of Garrison Overnighter: Feb. 2007, Feb. 2006, Jan. 2005, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
  • 19 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting - Mid-Winter Recess and Washington's Birthday
  • 19 (Mon.)  .. Deadline to Sign up here. Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults on Mar. 4.
  • 19 (Mon.)  .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Tues., Feb. 20.
  • 20 (Tues.)    No Patrol Meeting - Mid-Winter Recess.
  • 20 (Tues.)  .. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project.  Day 1 of 3.
    • Paint and Repair Two Offices and Two Bathrooms.
      • Younger scouts for general work.
      • Adults and older scouts would be helpful to move the furniture.
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  I need to finish the school end of the project in the three day time period so we shall run late.
      • I shall be ordering pizza for anyone who is there during the dinner hours.
    • Location: St. Columbanus School, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Tues., Feb. 20.
    • Sign in with Patrick C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Brushes
      • Rollers
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Patrick C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Patrick C. if you have questions.
    • Photo of Patrick C.'s Eagle Project on Dec. 4, 2006, Feb. 20-22, 2007.
  • 20 (Tues.)  ..Deadline to .Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Wed., Feb. 21.
  • 21 (Wed.)   .. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project.  Day 2 of 3.
    • Paint and Repair Two Offices and Two Bathrooms.
      • Younger scouts for general work.
      • Adults and older scouts would be helpful to move the furniture.
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.  I need to finish the school end of the project in the three day time period so we shall run late.
      • I shall be ordering pizza for anyone who is there during the dinner hours.
    • Location: St. Columbanus School, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Wed., Feb. 21.
    • Sign in with Patrick C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Brushes
      • Rollers
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Patrick C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Patrick C. if you have questions.
    • Photo of Patrick C.'s Eagle Project on Dec. 4, 2006, Feb. 20-22, 2007.
  • 21 (Wed.)   .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Thurs., Feb. 22.
  • 22 (Thurs.) .. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project.  Day 3 of 3.
    • Paint and Repair Two Offices and Two Bathrooms.
      • Younger scouts for general work.
      • Adults amd older scouts would be helpful to move the furniture.
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  I need to finish the school end of the project in the three day time period so we shall run late.
      • I shall be ordering pizza for anyone who is there during the dinner hours.
    • Location: St. Columbanus School, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
    • Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Paint and repair at St. Columbanus on Thurs., Feb. 22.
    • Sign in with Patrick C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Brushes
      • Rollers
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Patrick C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Patrick C. if you have questions.
    • Photo of Patrick C.'s Eagle Project on Dec. 4, 2006, Feb. 20-22, 2007.
  • 23 (Fri.)      .. Deadline 11:59 p.m. to Sign up here. Indoor Rock Climbing on Mar. 15.
  • 23-25(F-Su).. Ski Troop Weekend.
    • (More information at Council)
    • Ski at: Gore Mtn  Ski orientation session will be available for beginners.
    • Sign up here. Troop Ski Weekend.  Sign up by Dec. 11.  A parent must go if a sibling goes.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Nov. and pay the balance by Feb. 5.
    • From the Council website
      • Lodging: At the new Farmhouse and Pearlman Building at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation. Cots and mattresses are provided, so bring a sleeping bag and pillow.
      • Meals: All meals, including bag lunches to take to the ski area and evening snacks, are provided. Dinner on Friday is on your own, but we shall stop on the way to camp.
      • Ski Staff: Qualified and experienced staff is provided for all trips.  If a unit is reserving a weekend adult supervision must be provided.
      • Ski Orientation: A get-acquainted ski orientation session will be given to all new skiers who desire it. Professional ski classes are available at an extra charge from the ski area.
      • Lift Tickets: Full mountain, all day lift tickets are included in the registration fee.
    • 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. 2007 and Video and larger photos, Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005.
  • 26 (Mon.)         CANCELED Troop Meeting  Lakeland Central School District is closed because of snow.
    • Deadline to pay for Indoor Rock Climbing on March 15.
  • 27 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Routine details in the About Troop 174 section below.


 March 2007
    Activity: Physical Fitness.
    Merit Badge: Personal Fitness.
    Add recipes to the TroopCookbook Fundraiser.
  • 2-4 (F-Su)   Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 3-4 (Sa-Su) Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
    • Groups of 15 or more.  Advance reservations are required.
  • 4 (Sun.)     .. Bowl-O-Ree - 27th anniversary in 2007.
    • 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. 19.
    • Bring a completed Pledge Form and pledged money as checks payable to "Westchester-Putnam Council." or cash, 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 or cash.
    • Wear an official uniform or last year's $100-plus-Club shirt.
    • We shall bowl with Venturing Crew 1005.
    • Parents may bowl too.
    • 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. 2007, Mar. 2006, Feb. 2004, May 2003, Nov. 2001.
  • 5 (Mon.)     .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Friends of Scouting presentation by Chris L.
    • No Public Speaking presentations tonight.  Please contact Mr. Bob R. if you have questions.  Also, contact Mr. Bob R. when you are ready to present.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Repair at St. Columbanus on Tues., Mar. 6.
  • 6 (Tues.)    .. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project.
    • Replace both ceilings in both bathrooms in Dillon Hall.
    • Time: 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
    • Location: St. Columbanus School, 122 Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor.
      • Dillon Hall is under the church.  Scouts can park in the back of the church go through the back doors then down the stairs.
    • Sign up here. Patrick C.'s Eagle Project: Repair at St. Columbanus on Tues., Mar. 6.
    • Sign in with Patrick C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Patrick C. when you arrive.
    • Contact Patrick C. if you have questions.
    • Photo of Patrick C.'s Eagle Project on Dec. 4, 2006, Feb. 20-22, 2007.
  • 6 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Make fire starters.
    • Bring one empty toilet paper cardboard roll and dryer lint.
    • Scouts needing to purchase a Boy Scout Handbook should tell Mr. Dave Z.
  • 9-11 (F-Su)   Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 10 (Sat.)        Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre.
  • 10-11(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
    • Groups of 15 or more.  Advance reservations are required.
  • 12 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Fundraiser committee meeting.  Contact Karen M. if you have questions.
  • 13 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 15 (Thurs.) .. Indoor Rock Climbing.
    • Location: The Cliffs at Valhalla, 1 Commerce Park, Valhalla, NY.  (914) 328-ROCK.
    • Meet 5:00 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.
      • Climb: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Indoor Rock Climbing by Feb. 23.
    • Parents may climb, also.
    • Deadline to pay is Mar. 5.
    • The gear is included in the price of $25.00 per head with the exception of climbing shoes.
    • Bing -
      • Please have your parent print out this waiver, sign it, and bring it with you to The Cliffs at Valhalla.
      • Bring a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going and give to Mr. Rick K.
    • 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!
    • Older boys are encouraged to take the belay test, but they need climbing and belay experience.
    • Check out The Cliffs at Valhalla's website at www.thecliffsclimbing.com.
    • Once we see how many scouts will be participating, we shall finalize rides and all details after the troop meeting on March 12.
    • Talk with Mr. Rick K. at a troop meeting if you have questions.
    • Photos of Indoor Rock Climbing on Mar. 2007, Feb. 2006.
  • 16 (Fri.)     SCUBA Certification Course Postponed to Mar. 30
    • If possible, Tom the dive instructor would like those who signed up to come to the Beneath the Sea Dive and Travel Exposition so that all the paper work can be completed in advance.  Beneath the Sea is March 23, 24, and 25, 2007 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
    • If you can't make it to Beneath the Sea let Manny know and he will pick up your forms.
  • 16 (Fri.)      Deadline to sign up for the University of Scouting on Mar. 31.
  • 16-18(F-Su)Ski: Council Ski Weekend, (More information)
  • 17 (Sat.)        Merit Badge Seminar, hosted by Troop 99, Scarsdale.
    • See "Merit Badge Availability and Requirements" and "FAQ."
    • All Eagle Scout required merit badges must be approved by our Troop 174 Scoutmaster prior to signing up for the merit badge.
  • 19 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline? to Sign up here. Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Mar. 24-25.
    • Troop Hats will be available for those who signed up.  Adrianne D. will sell them for $11.  This is more than the $7 that many people paid, so please bring an additional $4.
    • 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, which includes 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.
  • 20 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 24-25(Sa-Su).. Service Weekend.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  MapQuest mapGoogle mapDirections.
    • Sign up here. Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Mar. 24-25.
    • Arrival

    • - Meet at Sperling Center at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday
      *** Mr. Czuy has to know if you are not going to be there at 9:00 a.m. ***

      Pickup
      - All pickups will be at the Sperling Center, Pickup times are:
      - - Saturday at 4:00 p.m. for those not eating dinner or sleeping over
      - - Saturday at 7:00 p.m. for those eating over but not sleeping over
      - - Sunday at 9:00 am for those sleeping over

      Suggestions on what to bring:
      *** READ YOUR BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK, PAGES 216 - 245 ***
      - Bag Lunch for Saturday
      - Mess kits (something to eat off / with)
      - Hot Cup (for hot chocolate and coffee)
      - Change of clothes (it is going to be wet)
      - Nalgene (or water bottle or canteen)
      - Boots (can bring sneakers to change into when boots get wet but need BOOTS for all hiking and working)
      - Sleeping bag (if sleeping over)
      - Work Gloves
      - Poncho or other rain gear

      Schedule:
      - Meet at Sperling Center at 9:00 a.m.
      - Hike in to the Lean-tos at Site #41 (about 1/2 mile) and setup till around 11:00 a.m.
      - At 11:00  a.m. older scouts and adults hike out to the Campmaster Cabin to meet Keith, the Ranger.
      - Younger scouts stay with Mr. H. to do Totin' Chip and Firem'n Chit
      - Work until around 4:00 p.m. (the work will be clearing out Site #9 along with splitting wood)
      - At 4:00 p.m. hike back to lean-tos at Site #41 and have dinner and a fire
      - Sunday morning up and out to Sperling by 9:00 a.m.

      Food:
      - People will have to bring bag lunches for Saturday lunch
      - Mr. H. will be doing snack with the younger scouts
      - The adults will be preparing a Dutch oven stew for about 30 people for Saturday dinner
      - Sunday breakfast will be just oatmeal

      Fee:
      - The camp site will be paid for by the Troop
      - The cost of the food will be split amongst the people who eat

    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going or not staying the entire weekend to the Scoutmaster.
    • 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).
    • If you have questions, contact Jamie C.
    • Photos of Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Mar.  2007.
  • 26 (Mon.)    .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
  • 27 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27 (Tues.)   .. Deadline to Sign up here. Hike at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Apr. 3.
  • 30 (Fri.)      .. SCUBA Certification Course starts.
    • Do not any more Sign up here. for SCUBA Certification Course by noon Mar. 6.  Class is full.
    • Location: YMCA White Plains
    • 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. weekly on Friday nights for about 10 weeks.
    • See details here.
    • If possible, Tom the dive instructor would like those who signed up to come to the Beneath the Sea Dive and Travel Exposition so that all the paper work can be completed in advance.
      • Beneath the Sea is March 23, 24, and 25, 2007 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.
      • If you can't make it to Beneath the Sea let Manny know and he will pick up your forms.
    • $195 youths and BSA-registered adults and siblings.
    • 14 years old and older
    • Limited spaces restricted to 12.  BSA-registered parents may participate if there is space available after the Scouts sign up.
    • Price includes open water dive, gear during lessons, course book and materials????  There will be an addition fee for rental during open water dive.
    • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to the Scoutmaster by Mar. 13.
    • If you have questions, contact Mr. Manny A. or Mr. Dave Z.
    • Photos of SCUBA Certification Course on Mar. 30 - June, 2007.  Thank you Rick K.
  • 31 (Sat.)       University of Scouting (More information)
    • The University program is designed to offer over 30 supplemental training seminars. This program is open to all registered adults and also Scouts who want Den Chief Training. Participants may choose to take any of the various seminars offered in the College of Program. The College of Commissioner Science is for those who are registered as Commissioners.
    • Location: Concordia College, Bronxville, NY, Google map, Campus map.
    • Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
    • The deadline for registrations is March 23.  After you have registered, payment for the event should be sent to the Council Service Center using the form available on the web site
    • Adult training (More information)
      • Overview: Take six 45-minute courses in major areas of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouting Resources.
      • Topics include advancement, games, skits, attracting parents, ceremonies, character, committee secrets, bridging, junior leaders, keeping scouts, outings, leave no  trace, first aid, high adventure, Order of the Arrow, Webelos to Scout, Life to Eagle, Unit funding, Eagle Board of Review, volunteer support, local camp properties.
    • Youth Den Chief training (More information including flyer and registration form)
      • This one day training experience is intended for those Boys Scouts who are First Class Scout or above and would like to serve in a leadership position while giving service to brother Cub Scouts. Elements of the this training include:
        • 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
      • 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 Boys 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! Thank You!
      • Requisite: Scout MUST be recommended by Scoutmaster. Signature is required on the registration form. 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.
      • On Mar. 31: Registration - 8:45 AM
      • Fee - $10.00 (includes training materials, Den Chief Cord, Den Chief Handbook)
      • Lunch Fee - $5.00 (optional)




 April 2007
    Activity: Forestry.
    Merit Badge: Orienteering.
    Plant pumpkins in May for sale on Oct. 20-21.
    Add recipes to the Troop Cookbook Fundraiser.

  • 2 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting - Spring Recess.
  • 2 (Mon.)   .. Deadline to Sign up here. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Project: Cut trees, mulch, wall at St. E.A.S. Church. on Apr. 3.
  • 3 (Tues.)    No Patrol Meeting - Spring Recess
  • 3 (Tues.)  .. Michael S.'s Eagle Project.
    • We shall be helping load tree cuttings into Mr. Keith W.'s truck. Afterwards, we'll be  picking up trash, chipping up some smaller branches and twigs, and spreading mulch over the side woods. Time permitting, we may start repairing the damaged part of the stone wall and collecting stones to extend it.
    • We shall especially need older scouts (15 and up) today, but younger scouts are also welcome.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 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: Cut trees, mulch, wall at St. E.A.S. Church.
    • Sign in with Michael S.. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves.
      • Rakes
      • Shovels
      • Wheelbarrows
      • Eye and ear protection for scouts 15 and up who will be helping with the chipper
      • 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, Feb. 3, 2007.
  • 3 (Tues.)  .. Five Mile Hike at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Meet 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.  Pick up at about 3:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Hike at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake by Mar. 27.
    • Bob A is planning the hike.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
    • Pack for a Day hike
      • 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).
      • Other day-pack items:
        • Lots of water
        • Snack
        • Hat
        • Layers of clothing
        • Gloves
        • Two or more wool or acrylic socks on each foot
        • Broken-in boots
        • Moleskin to treat blisters and hotspots
        • Poncho
        • Knife. Totin' Chip card required.  (pages 85 and 412 in the "Boy Scout Handbook")
      • Follow the recommendations on these items in the Backpacking Equipment Recommendations.
  • 5 (Thurs.)    Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 5 (Thurs.). Deadline to Sign up here. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Project:  Statue, clean pathway, weed. at St. E.A.S. Church on Apr. 6.
  • 6 (Fri.)   .. Michael S.'s Eagle Project.
    • We shall finish spreading the remaining mulch.  We'll also clean out and sweep back any debris left uncovered by the mulch on the upper part of the hill.  We should have time to start rebuilding the stone wall along the sidewalk and extend it to the end of the property.  (It is unlikely that we shall be able to work on the garden in the back today.)
    • All scouts are welcome.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 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:  Statue, clean pathway, weed. at St. E.A.S. Church.
    • Sign in with Michael S.. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves.
      • Rakes
      • Shovels
      • 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, Feb. 3, 2007.
  • 9 (Mon.)      Green Bar Meeting at 7:00 p.m.
    • Green Bars only - No Troop Meeting - Spring Recess
  • 9 (Mon.)     .. Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Jason L. (headcount for dinner)
  • 9 (Mon.)?   .. Deadline? to Sign up here. Summer Camp and Trek, July 1-14, Step-by-Step 2007 Checklist for Troop 174.
  • 10 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.
  • 12 (Thurs.)   Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2. (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 13 (Fri.)      .. Jason L.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Jason and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
      • Do not park in front of the church.  Park in the upper parking lot off of Campbell Road (the next right after Gomer street).  We are expecting approx. 170 guest's, and it would be helpful to fill up the upper lot first.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Jason L. (headcount for dinner) by Apr. 9.
    • Wear an official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Schedule
      • 6:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive to setup and rehearse.
      • 7:00 p.m. Dinner in the Fellowship Hall.  Please use online signup, so that we may plan the food.
      • 8:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary.
    • Cake and coffee in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Photos of Jason's Eagle Project - Bridge, stream, sidewalks, flower beds at The Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Photos of Jason L.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Apr. 13, 2007.
  • 13 (Fri.)      No SCUBA Certification Course tonight
    • The class scheduled for Friday April 13, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. has been rescheduled for Monday April 16, 2007 at 7:00 p.m.
    • Unfortunately, this was the only available day and time to reschedule the class and it is important that everyone attend.  If you have any questions, please call Manny at 516-924-3230 or 914-739-7726.
  • 14 (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.
    • Bring work gloves.
    • More details.  "If you want more information about the clean-up, please call 245-4438, email Kima@yorktownny.org, or stop by the office.  It's important that we register and assign your group to clean a specific area then give you plenty of  bright orange litter bags and safety vests. The hamlets in the Town of Yorktown: Crompond, Croton Heights, Huntersville, Jefferson Valley, Kitchawan, Mohegan Lake, Shrub Oak, Sparkle Lake, Teatown and Yorktown Heights will be cleaner & greener because of your efforts."
    • The Environmental Conservation Department is at 2279 Crompond Rd., Yorktown Heights.
  • 13-15(F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
  • 16 (Mon.)    Postponed to Apr. 23 Parent and Troop Meetingsbecause Lakeland Central School District is closed.
    • Green Bars meeting Postponed to Apr. 23.
  • 16 (Mon.)     Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3. (More Information)
  • 16 (Mon.)    Scuba Class Going Forward This Evening at 7:00 p.m.
  • 16 (Mon.)    Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) on Apr. 18.
  • 17 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 18 (Wed.)   .. Troop Swim Night
    • New location: Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, 3401 Old Yorktown Road (Rt. 132), Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
      • Do not park in the marked fire lane in front of the building.
      • Walk in the front door.
      • At the first right turn right.
      • At the first left turn left.
      • Follow signs to the pool.
    • Time: 7:00-8:45 p.m.
    • Venturers and adults from Venturing Crew 1005 are invited.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) on Apr. 18.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
    • 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.
    • Ben C. will teach the programs with help from other Boy Scouts.
    • Swim Night will be canceled if the Lakeland Central School District schools are closed, or if driving conditions are hazardous.
    • If you have questions contact our Senior Patrol Leader, Mrs. Adrienne D. or Mr. Manny A.
    • 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.
  • 20-22(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - #1 of 2 weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley, NY.  (more information).
    •  For Scouts who are Junior Leaders or who will become Junior Leaders in your troop. This excellent course instructs each Scout in assisting the Scoutmaster in running a troop and helps the Scout develop personal skills by teaching him organizational and managerial techniques that are applicable to Scouting and to his everyday life.
    • Scouts must be at least 13 years of age and have completed the First Class Rank at the time of the course.
  • 21-22 (Sa-Su).. Harriman State Park Lemon Squeezer Hike.
    • Location: Harriman State Park.  map.
    • This backpacking 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.
    • Sign up here. Harriman St. Park Lemon Squeezer Hike by Apr. x??.
    • Similar to hike on May 20, 2006.
    • Meet Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the troop's shed at Grace Lutheran Church to get troop gear.  Leave the church at 8:00 a.m.  Anyone not there by 8:00 a.m. will be left behind.
    • Bring a bag lunch (nothing to be cooked) for Saturday.
    • Bring your own dinner for Saturday and breakfast for Sunday.
    • Scouts will be driven home or parents may pickup Scouts at Ben C.'s home.
    • Read the "Low Impact Cooking Handout" on the password-protected webpage.
    • Backpack instructions
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • If you have questions contact Ben C.
    • Photos of Harriman State Park Day Hike on Apr. 2007, May 2006, Dec. 2002.
  • 21-22(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."
  • 23 (Mon.) . Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • We shall discuss District Spring Event food.
    • 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, which includes 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.
    • Congratulations to Kevin K. and Karl R. who passed their Eagle Scout Boards of Review!
  • 24 (Tues.)  .. Deadline to Sign up here. District Spring Event on Apr. 28-29.  Deadline is noon on the 24th.
  • 24 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 26 (Thurs.) .. Deadline to call Vinny D.: Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Rick D. (headcount for refreshments) on May 26.
  • 27-29(F-Su)  National Youth Leader Training - #2 of 2 weekends, Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, Putnam Valley, NY.
    • Second of two required weekends.
  • 28 (Sat.)       NO CPR Course today - Moved to May 12.
  • 28-29(Sa-Su)..District Spring Event.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  MapQuest mapGoogle mapDirections.
    • Sign up here. District Spring Event by Apr. 24 at noon.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
    • Drop off will be Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church at 8:00 a.m.  Get troop gear.
    • Pick up will be Sunday at Sperling Center at 9:00 a.m.
    • Trek
      • We shall be trekking in two groups one on the Standard trek of 5.2 miles and another on the Challenge trek of 9 miles.  Click here for trek directions on page 1 and map on page 2.  At the end of the trek, check-in at Site #34.
        • All first-year scouts will be doing the Standard trek (the Standard trek pace will be geared toward the First-year scouts).
          • First-year scouts will hike with daypacks.  The rest of their gear will be transported to Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake by car.
          • We need adults to drive the first-year scouts' gear to Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
        • All other scouts have their choice, Standard or Challenge.
        • Each group will stay together on the trail.
    • We shall do Patrol cooking.  Three patrols: Scout 5-mile hikers, Scout 9-mile hikers, Adults.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283) has a lot of helpful information about patrol cooking.
      • Also, see the "Low Impact Cooking Handout" on the password-protected webpage.
    • List of what to bring:
      • Bag lunch for Saturday.  Nothing that requires cooking.
      • 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.
      • GPS if you have it.
      • Swimming suit.
      • First-year scout's daypack should include the following items.
        • 10 Scout Outdoor Essentials
        • bag lunch (nothing that requires cooking)
        • pocketknife only for those Scouts who have earned Totin' Chip
        • extra pair of hiking socks and extra pair of liner socks
        • quart-sized (or one liter) filled water bottle
      • Reminder to wear well-broken in hiking boots and avoid wearing cotton clothing and socks, and do not bring electronic devices (radio, Gameboy, etc.) except Walkman or radio with headphones.
    • Details at Council - See especially "Spring Event Directions and Maps."
      • Trek the Appalachian Trail, details above.
      • Boating - Fishing - GPS Course - Campfire
      • Trek/hike begins between 9:00-10:00 am
      • Groups can either trek in gear or bring it to Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake
      • Contact Barbara Conciatori for more information at Mothercon174optonline.net
      • Troops need to register to the Council camping office NO LATER than April 20, 2007.
      • Late registrations will not be accepted and walk-ins will not be permitted!
      • Cost for the event is $6.00/person.  The scouts and adults will have to pay for themselves and for food.
      • Events
        • Trek will begin between 9:00-10:00 am
        • Standard trek 5.2 miles
        • Challenge trek 9 miles, pre-registration required
        • Troops provide own supervision at boating (must have Safety Afloat training). Our troop's Safety-Afloat-Trained adult must have their certification card with them.
        • Limited GPS units available on a first come, first serve basis (troops may bring own equipment if they have it)
    • If you have questions contact our SPL Roderick K. or Scoutmaster Jamie C.  First-year scouts should contact Dave Z. or Bob A. if they have questions.
    • Photos of Boy Scout District Spring Event (Camp-O-Ree) on Apr. 2005, May 2004 and from Council May 2004Apr. 2002, cookout Nov. 2001.
    • 30 (Mon.)    ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • Sign up here to give Public Speaking Merit Badge speech at this Troop Meeting.


 May 2007
    Activity: Special cooking.
  • 1 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 4 (Fri.)         Deadline to RSVP for Council Recognition Dinner honoring our own Mr. Rob C. on May 14.
  • 5 (Sat.)        OA AmeriCares HomeFront 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.
    • We shall be painting inside and outside the house, replacing windows, fixing up the bathroom plumbing, renovating the deck and stairs, replacing the front doors, replacing screen doors, and digging the flower beds.
    • Rachel C. will be working on her Girl Scout Gold Award, too.
    • A free HomeFront T-shirt, lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided to all who attend.
    • Location:  240 Red Mill Road, Cortlandt Manor.  It is near the intersection of Lexington Avenue and Strawberry Road.
    • Sign up in advance so food and supplies can be planned appropriately.  To sign up contact Tucker W., AmeriCares Chairman at Mrbeetzaol.com, or Mr. Norm Herman, AmeriCares Adviser at (914) 850-4391.
    • Time 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.  Rain or shine.  Come for as many hours as you choose.
    • Scouts may earn service hours for rank advancement.
    • Park on MacArthur Boulevard.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Wear work clothes.  Bring work gloves and, if you want to paint, plastic painting gloves.
    • This is the only community service project authorized by the Lodge Executive Committee to fulfill a requirement for the Leadership in Service Award.  The Leadership in Service Award may be earned by OA members only.
    • 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.
    • If you have a question, contact Joe P., our OA Troop Representative, or Mr. Rob C., our OA Troop Adviser.
    • Photos of OA AmeriCares, May 2007, May 2006, May 2005.
  • 5-6 (Sa-Su)    Whitewater Rafting at Read
    • Spring river rafting (Class III and IV rapids) on the Indian and Hudson Rivers.
      • Total drop: Approx. 650 feet
      • Length of trip: 17 miles, 5 hours
    • Must be BSA registered adult or youth at least 13 years of age.
    • Fee: $135.00 per youth//per adult.  This includes lodging, meals, wet suits, licensed guides, transportation and rafting trip.  A $50.00 non-refundable deposit (per person) is required with application.
    • Depart Saturday at 1:00 p.m. from Council and return Sunday about 9:00 p.m.
    • Space is limited.
    • More informationRegistration form.
  • 7 (Mon.)    .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Sign up here to give Public Speaking Merit Badge speech at this Troop Meeting.
    • Parents give Scrip Orders and their check to Mrs. Jamie D. or Rita S.
    • Deadline for Summer Camp Registration Form and payment in full to Mrs. Janet T.  Best to turn in Medical Form too.
    • Deadline to register for Den Chief training on May 12.
  • 8 (Tues.)    .. Deadline 12:00 noon to Sign up here. Troop Gym Night, and tell what gear you will bring, on May 14.
  • 8 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. CPR Both New Certification and Recertification Class on May 12.
  • 12 (Sat.)     .. CPR Course - Both New certification and Recertification - Star Scouts and above
    • Rescheduled from Apr. 28 to here.
    • For STAR scouts and above with parents and adults being secondary to the scouts and leaders.
    • Location: Mohegan Lake Fire Dept. 2nd floor room, 1975 East Main St. in Mohegan Lake, just east on Rt. 6 where it intersects Lexington Ave.
    • The class will start at 9:00 a.m. sharp and be at least 4 hours.
    • Suggest that 14 be the minimum age cut off as the new CPR is rather tough.
    • We can do re-certification as well as first time people at the same time.
    • Sign up here. CPR Both New Certification and Recertification Class by May 8.
      • We do need to know a count as we have to make sure we have enough instructors present as well as enough equipment.
    • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
    • Bring a bag lunch.  Bring a pen or pencil and paper to take notes.
    • Photos of CPR Training, Mar. 2005, Dec. 2001.
  • 12 (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 May 7, 2007.  No walk-ins.
    • Fees:
      • $10 training fee (includes training materials, Den Chief cord, 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.
  • 14 (Mon.)   .. Troop Gym Night
    • Location: Thomas Jefferson Elementary School Gym, 3636 Gomer Street, Yorktown Heights.
    • Time: 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Troop Gym Night, and tell what gear you will bring, by May 8 at 12:00 noon.
    • Bring a basketball, volleyball, jump rope, soccer ball, dodge ball, kick ball, etc.
    • Bring a water bottle labeled with your name.
    • Photos of Gym Night on Nov. 2005.
  • 14 (Mon.)    No Troop Meeting. Gym night.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Family Scout Weekend on May 19-20.
  • 14 (Mon.)   Council Recognition Dinner
    • Please come and support our own Mr. Rob C. who will be awarded the Silver Beaver Award!  Everyone is invited.
    • More information and registration form.  $45.00 per person.  Write "Carlson table" on your registration form.  RSVP by May 4.
    • 6:15 p.m. at Crowne Plaza Hotel, 66 Hale Avenue, White Plains, NY.  Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.
    • Deadline to RSVP  to Council is May 4.
    • Established in 1931, the Silver Beaver Award is presented for distinguished service to young people within a BSA local council.  Only about 50,000 recognitions have been conferred to date.
    • Rob has been registered with the BSA for more than 35 years and has served in several positions over the years.  Currently, Rob is serving as an Assistant Scoutmaster in our troop, as the Venturing Advisor for Venturing Crew 1005 in Yorktown, and as the Lodge Adviser for the Council Order of the Arrow Lodge.
    • Photos of Silver Beaver awarded to Rob C. on May 14, 2007.
  • 15 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 17 (Thurs.)  Congratulations to Joe P. on passing his Eagle Board of Review.
  • 18-20(F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
  • 19-20(Sa-Su).. Family Scout Weekend
    • Objective:  Plant Pumpkins for a fall harvest.  If successful we shall follow up with a fall harvest to sell the pumpkins to raise money for the troop.
    • Location: Mr. Brian B.s' farm near Cobleskill NY, about 2-3 hours north of here.  Directions.
    • Suggested time to leave 7:00 a.m. from the Church.
    • All Troop 174 family members are welcome overnight or for the day.
    • Sign up here. Family Scout Weekend by May 14.
    • Tent camping.  There is an outhouse on site and a gas station down the road.
    • Pay Rita, Troop Treasurer, (approx) $10??
    • Troop cooking.  Troop will buy food.  Water will be hauled to the site in jugs.
    • Saturday May 19th
      • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Meet at Grace Lutheran Church
      • 8:00 a.m.               Leave for Camping
      • 11:00 -11:30 a.m.  Arrive at Camp
      • 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.   Lunch, Hamburgs, Hot Dogs, Salads
      • 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.     Plant Pumpkin Seeds
      • 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.     Dinner, Chicken, Sausage, Corn, Potatoes
      • 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.     Free time   Fishing, Hiking gather wood for camp fire.
      • 8:00 - 11:00 p.m.   Camp fire
    • Sunday
      • 7:00 - 8:00 a.m.     Breakfast, Pancakes, sausage
      • 11:30 - 12:30 p.m. Lunch Optional
      • 1:00 p.m.               Home
    • Things to do
      • Fishing- Pond       On the property
      • Howe's Caverns    3 miles away
      • Cooperstown        20 Miles away
  • 20 (Sun.)       Hudson Valley Orienteering at Fahnstock 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 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Location: Taconic Outdoor Center in Fahnestock State Park, Putnam County, NY, TOEC Assembly Area (driving directions. See Moneyhole TOEC Assembly Area).
    • More information.  Beginner courses (white and yellow, maybe orange too).
    • 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.
  • 20 (Sun.)       Free Kayak Instructional Program 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.
  • 21 (Mon.)   .. Dutch Oven Cooking
    • Time: 7:00 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Bring a Dutch Oven if you have one.
    • Sign up here to give Public Speaking Merit Badge speech at this Troop Meeting.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.
      • Sign up here. Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • If you need a Scoutmaster Conference be at the church by 6:30 p.m., not the usual time.
      • The Board of Review will be after the troop meeting.
      • Be sure that you ...
        • are in full official uniforms, which includes a merit badge sash,
        • have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
        • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
  • 22 (Tues.)  .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 26 (Sat.)     .. Rick D.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Rick and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
    • Time: 10:00 a.m.
    • Location: onboard USS OSCAR AUSTIN DDG 79 at Homeport Pier, 455 Front Street, Staten Island NY, about 1.5 hours south of Yorktown with no traffic.  Directions.
    • Call Vinny D.: Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Rick D. (headcount for hors d'oeuvres) by Apr. 26th
    • Wear an official uniform including merit badge sash (over shoulder, not on belt).  If not wearing an official uniform, wear casual dress.
    • Photos and videos of Rick’s Eagle Project, Power wash and stain fence at The Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Rick D. on May 26, 2007.
  • 28 (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 2007, May 2006, May 2005, May 2004, May 2003, May 2002, May 2001.
  • 28 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Memorial Day
  • 28 (Mon.)    .. Deadline?? to Sign up here. NYC Historic Trail Troop Trip on June 2.
  • 29 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.


 June 2007
    Activity: Leadership.
    Merit Badge: Backpacking and Camping.
  • 2 (Sat.)       CANCELED NYC Historic Trail Troop Day Trip.
  • 4 (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.
      • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
      • 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.
      • The adults lost 22 to 20.  First time since 1994.
      • Photos of Troop Softball Game, June 2007, May 2005.
    • Parents give Scrip Orders and their check to Mrs. Jamie D. or Rita S.
    • Sign up here to give Public Speaking Merit Badge speech at this Troop Meeting.
    • Deadline? to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Kevin K., headcount for dinner, on June 7.
    • Deadline? to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Joe P., headcount for refreshments, on June 8.
    • Deadline? to Sign up here. End of Year Picnic and Courts of Honor, including Paul M. Eagle Court, on June 11.
    • Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review??
      • Sign up here.  Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review.  Sign up before this meeting.
      • For Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review – Contact the Scoutmaster.
      • Be sure that you ...
        • are in full official uniforms, which includes 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.
  • 5 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 7 (Thurs.)  .. Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor
    • Location:  Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant at 714 Old Albany Post Rd, Cortlandt Manor, NY, 10567.
    • Schedule
      • 6:00 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive to setup and rehearse.
      • 6:30 p.m. Dinner.  Please use online signup, so that we may plan the food.
      • 7:30 p.m. Ceremony.
      • Cake and coffee in the immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Kevin K., headcount for dinner, by June 4?
    • Wear an official uniform including merit badge sash.
    • Photos and videos of Kevin K.'s project, Bench, bridge, wood chips at Hudson Highlands Gateway Park.
    • Photos of Kevin K.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on June 7, 2007.
  • 8 (Fri.)       .. Joe P.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor
    • Location:  Grace Lutheran Church
    • Schedule
      • 6:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive to setup and rehearse.
      • 7:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary.
      • Cake and coffee in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Joe P., headcount for refreshments, by June 4?
    • Photos and videos of Joseph P.'s project, A-frame, broad jump, catwalk, crawl for Yorktown K-9 training.
    • Photos of Joe P.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor on June 8, 2007.
  • 9 (Sat.)      . Michael S.'s Eagle Project.
    • We shall finish raking wood chips in the side woods, and then we will be spraying and pulling out weeds growing in the chips. We'll also be cleaning up the brick path in the small garden in the back of the church.
    • All scouts are welcome. Please make an effort to be here.
    • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., or until the project is finished.
    • 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:  Statue, clean pathway, weed. at St. E.A.S. Church.
    • Sign in with Michael S.. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Bring:
      • Scouts should bring work gloves, shovels, rakes (preferably hard), buckets, hedge trimmers/clippers, a lunch, and a labeled and filled water bottle.
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • 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, Feb. 3, June 9, 2007.
  • 11 (Mon.)  .. Picnic, Court of Honor, and Paul M's Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
  • 13 (Wed.)    Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner.
  • 15-16(F-Sa).. Troop Senior Campout.  By invitation only.
    • Troop 174 High School Seniors camp out with Chris L.  Chris will call you with details
    • Photos of Troop Senior Campout on June 2007.
  • 15-16(F-Sa) Relay for Life cancer fundraiser.
    • "Relay for Life is an overnight event where volunteers work in teams of 10 and take turns walking around the track of Walter Panas High School in Cortlandt Manor. ...  This is a fundraising event but it also is an important way to raise awareness in the local community, and for the community to celebrate survivors of cancer, support individuals dealing with cancer, and remember those who have passed away."
    • More Information.
    • Time: Fri. 7:00 p.m. - Sat. 7:000 a.m.  Held rain or shine.
    • Location: Jack Devito Memorial Field, 250 Veterans Road, Yorktown.
    • This is a family event; the general public is welcome.
    • American Cancer Society.
    • Photos from June 2001.
  • 18 (Mon.)    .. Deadline? to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Karl R., headcount for dinner, on June 25.
  • 18 (Mon.)    .. Meeting for Camp Read Attendees, Summer Camp.
  • 19 (Tues.)    Congratulations to Jarryed S., Troop 174's 61st Eagle.....Soar on Eagle.....Soar on!
  • 25 (Mon.)    .. Karl R.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor
    • Location:  Grace Lutheran Church
    • Schedule
      • 6:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive to setup and rehearse.
      • 7:00 p.m. Dinner.  Please use online signup, so that we may plan the food.
      • 8:00 p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary.
      • Cake and coffee in the Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Karl R., headcount for dinner, by June 18?
    • Photos and videos of Karl R.'s project, Green Trail Loopback at Hunterbrook Linear Park.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Karl R. on June 25, 2007.
  • 28 (Thurs.) ..Picnic Table-Making Service Project
    • Please help out Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake by putting together and painting new Picnic Tables.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  MapQuest mapGoogle mapDirections.
    • Meet at Sperling Center at 6:00 pm.
    • Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
    • Wear work / paint clothes and bring work gloves.
    • Scouts get service hours for time spent.


 July 2007
 
    .Troop 174 Summer Activities
    1. Select a program
      1. Summer Camp
        1. 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 to rank advancement cannot be stated too strongly.
        2. What to Expect.  See activity photos
        3. See Fees for 2007.
        4. Overview of what to sign up for
          • New scouts select the First-Year Camper Tenderfoot-to-First-Class: Anthony Long program plus some of Basketry, Leatherwork, and Woodcarving and a few other events during the day.
          • Older scouts select the Regular Camp Merit Badge program plus the day events.
        5. Do what is in the Step-by-Step 2007 Checklist for Troop 174 (revised Mar. 26, 2007) to sign up, plan for, and pay for summer camp.
        6. Read the Camp Read Parents' Guide for 2007.
        7. Find more information at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation website.
        8. Summer Camp Merit Badge Registration Results will be posted on the password-protected pages.
        9. More Summer Camp Activities to consider: Adirondack Rock Climbing, Chimney Mt. Caving, Caving at Waubeeka, and others.
      2. 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.
      3. 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.
      4. (No Trek this year)
    2. Sign up here. Summer Camp and Trek, July 1-14, by Apr. 9?
    3. Turn in Mid-June for both scouts and adults for all activities.  Turn in at the Meeting for Camp Read Attendees in Mid-June.
    4. Approximately June 20, double check your summer camp advancement registration on the password-protected pages.
  • 1-7 (Su-Sa) .. Summer Camp Week 1 at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • Adult in charge is Bob A.
  • 8-14(Su-Sa).. Summer Camp Week 2.  This is our primary week at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • Adult in charge is Jamie C.
  • Weeks 3-6 of Boy Scout Summer Camp: Go as an Individual Camper if you cannot make it Week 1 or Week 2.
  • 27-8/8 (F-W) 21st World Scout Jamboree in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, England
    • Celebrating the 100th anniversary of scouting.  The History of Scouting from a British scouting website.
    • The World Scout Jamboree is a gathering of about 40,000 Scouts from around the world for 10 days of adventurous activities, memorable events, and international friendship in a campsite big enough to accommodate tens of thousands of young people.
    • There is "One World, One Promise".
    • More information from the Boy Scouts of America website.
    • More information from the World Scout Jamboree 2007 website.
    • A live replica of the original Scout camp will be running on Brownsea Island.  Today's Scouts will discover the lifestyle and activities of the Scouts of 1907 – they will learn how to make huts and find their way by the stars, how to save lives and their duties as citizens.
    • Participants:
      • Youth
        • Be a registered Boy Scout at least 14 years of age and of First Class rank by July 27, 2007. That is specifically those born between July 28, 1989, and July 27, 1993, may take part in the jamboree.
        • Participate in the prejamboree training experience.
        • File a Personal Health and Medical form, No. WSJ-34412-05, before prejamboree training.
        • Be active in a troop for at least six months prior to July 23, 2007.
        • Be approved by the Scoutmaster.
        • Be approved by the local council.
        • Be approved by the region.
      • Leaders
        • All Boy Scouts of America leadership must meet the requirements listed on the adult application form.
        • Councils must first give their approval to applicants.
        • Once regions have selected potential leaders, regional jamboree committees and the national office will conduct in-person interviews for final selection.
    • How to apply:
      • Youth who would like to participate in the world jamboree should complete the World Scout Jamboree Scout application form.  Return it with a check or money order for $500.00 made out to the "Boy Scouts of America" (national office). Your application, which must be approved by your local council, will be sent to the regional and national office for final approval and selection.
      • Adults who would like to participate as unit leaders or staff in the World Scout Jamboree must be at least 18 years of age by July 23, 2007 and should complete this adult application form.  Return it with a check or money order for $500.00 made out to the "Boy Scouts of America" (national office). Your application, which must be approved by your local council, will be sent to the regional and national office for final approval and selection.
    • Estimated cost is $3,975.00 per person.  The cost includes the jamboree fee established by the Boy Scouts of America, travel and tour cost, all meals, lodging, unit and patrol equipment, accident and sickness insurance, prejamboree weekend training, regional/national office administrative/program support, and buses for ground transportation prior to and after the jamboree. Cost does not include travel to or from the prejamboree training site, travel to and from the gateway city, or ticketing due to early or late departure from the world jamboree site or while on tour due to medical emergencies, family emergencies, and/or problems based on our code of conduct.
    • The Northeast Region contingent will depart from their gateway city the evening of Monday, July 23.  On Wednesday morning, August 8, the contingent will depart the jamboree site for home, arriving in the United States on the same day.
    • This activity requires a Personal Health and Medical Record, No. WSJ-34412-05, filed before the prejamboree training, completed within the past 12 months.
    • Deadlines as of Feb. 2006
      • This notice is for any Scout, Venturer, or Scouter who may be interested in attending the World Jamboree in England during the summer of 2007.

        If you are planning on applying to be an adult leader at the World Jamboree, you must do it immediately. The Northeast Region is holding interviews for troop leaders and members of the International Service Team. The interviews wil be held on April 7th (Friday) and 8th (Saturday).  They will be held at the Holiday Inn next to Exit 8A of the New Jersey Turnpike. Any person who wishes to be a leader or be on the IST team must be interviewed during that weekend.

        Please go online and download an application from the World Jamboree site or pick one up at the Westchester-Putnam Council Service Center. Send in the application with your $500.00 deposit to the Service Center at 41 Saw Mill River Road, Hawthorne, NY 10532. The Northeast Region staff will interview for troop leaders, and the National staff will interview for IST staff.

        Any scout or Venturer who plans on attending and has not yet made out an application for the World Jamboree should do it in early Spring. The Northeast Region will be reassigning openings in May or June to councils who are waiting for more openings. If we do not fill up our allotment of 12 youth, we shall lose the opportunity. The North East Region has been assigned 16 troops and one Venturing Crew. The opportunity to attend the World Jamboree is still open. Pick up an application at council or download an application on the Jamboree web site. Send in your application with $500.00 deposit to our council. Good luck.

        Robert Walker , 2007 World Jamboree Council Chairman

    • Day visitor information.
  • 31 (Tues.) .. Troop Boating Merit Badge Course begins.
    • For Troop 174 scouts.
    • Dates: Every Tuesday and Thursday, ending Aug. 30.
    • Time: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Peekskill Yacht Club at 1 Travis Point, Peekskill, NY 10566.
    • The course will include boating safety and maintenance.
    • Scouts will earn merit badges in Small-boat Sailing and Motorboating.
    • Scouts must successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
    • Sign up here. to request approval for the Boating Course given by Mr. Dave Z. by July 30.
      • Scouts approved for the course will be picked from the signup list.
      • Mr. Z and his assistants expect that a group of 5 or 6 trainees will be manageable, so sign-up ASAP.
    • Bring a signed permission slip.
    • Photos of Troop Boating Merit Badge Course, Summer, 2007.


 August 2007
  • 1 (Wed.)    Scouting Sunrise Ceremonies.
    •        On 1 August 1907, Scouting’s Founder Robert Baden-Powell blew his kudu horn on Brownsea Island at 8:00 a.m. to open the world’s first Scout camp.  Soon thereafter, Scouting began to quickly spread around the world and now exists in 216 countries and territories.
             Today as the sun rises, Scouts and former Scouts worldwide will mark the centenary of Scouting.  They will join together on their nearest high ground and in public places, and as the dawn breaks they will renew their Scout Promise and commit themselves to live by the ideals of Scouting.
             Starting from Kiribati, Kamchatka, Fiji and New Zealand, sweeping westwards round the globe through the World Scout Jamboree and Brownsea Island, and finally reaching Hawaii, Alaska and Western Samoa, the Sunrise Ceremony will circle around the globe.  Shared through the Internet and by satellite, Scouts worldwide will join together in the celebrations with their 28 million brother and sister Scouts in every country as the events happen.
             Brownsea Island, the site of the first experimental Scout camp with twenty boys, will host a Sunrise Camp for two Scouts from every Scouting country, to mark the Sunrise Ceremony. The African kudu horn used by Robert Baden-Powell at 8:00 a.m.will be blown on August 1, 1907 to open his experimental camp will sound again as dawn breaks on Brownsea Island.
    • Photos in 1907 of first Scout camp on Brownsea Island.
  • 5 (Sun.)      River Day.
    • "An event celebrating man’s relationship to the Hudson and Croton Rivers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, River Day programs include such hands-on activities as fishing, boat-building, hearth cooking, and brick-making from clay dug from the riverbank. Visitors will enjoy kayaking music, picnic food, and storytelling.  914-631-8200"
    • Location: Tarrytown, just north of the Tappan Zee Bridge, Map.
  • 24-26(F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Section Conclave at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • late Aug         Photos of Matt's Trail Project in late Aug., 2007.
  • Other Summer Activities
    • Weeks 3-6 of Boy Scout Summer Camp: Go as an Individual Camper if you cannot make it Week 1 or Week 2.
    • 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 2007
  • 3 (Mon.)         No Troop Meeting - Labor Day.
  • 8 (Sat.)         .. Troop Flag Raising at the Yorktown Grange Fair.
    • Mr. Josh D. offered to have some of our scouts do the flag raising.
    • Location: Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds at 80 Moseman Rd., Yorktown Heights, 10598
    • Time: 10:00 a.m.
    • All we need is scouts for a color guard, the more the better.
    • Anyone interested in participating in the flag raising should contact either Josh D. Jr. or Josh D. Sr.  See the password-protected pages for phone numbers.
    • Photos of Yorktown Grange Fair Flag Raising on Sept. 8, 2007.
  • 9 (Sun.)         Hudson Valley Orienteering (Monthly schedule) at Westmoreland Sanctuary.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Details.  Juniors do not pregister.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Location: Westmoreland Sanctuary near Mt. Kisco.  Map and directions.
    • Registration for juniors is $5?
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit)?
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
  • 10 (Mon.)     .. First Fall Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  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 by Oct. 1, but pay tonight if possible.
      • $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.
      • Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Treasurer.
      • New Troop Treasurer is Mr. Dave B.
    • All Scouts and BSA-registered adults turn in Class 1 Personal Health and Medical History form by the Oct. Parent Meeting.
    • Congratulations to James H. whose Eagle Proposal was approved by the Troop Committee.
  • 10 (Mon.)      SCUBA Training Course Starts
    • Organized by Venturing Crew 53.
    • Must be 14 years old by Oct. 1.
    • Details here.
  • 11 (Tues.)     .. First Fall Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 11 (Tues.)     .. No Troop Boating Course Tuesdays starting today.
    • For Troop 174 scouts who have signed up.
    • Dates: Thursdays only. Every Thursday only from now on.
  • 13 (Thurs.)       No Troop Boating Course today.  Schools are closed for Rosh Hashanah.
  • 14 (Fri.)           BSA Swimming Merit Badge Course Starts.
    • Scoutmaster Jon Fatone of Troop 89 will be offering a BSA Swimming Merit Badge Course.
    • Location: Club Fit in Jefferson Valley on Friday nights.
    • Times: From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • The course will run through September, including the 14th, the 21st and ending the 28th.
    • The fee is $145 for Club Fit members and $155 for non-members.  If you are interested, contact Revita or Adrienne at Club Fit (914) 245-4040 extension 1140 as soon as possible.
  • 14 (Fri.)          CANCELED - James H. Eagle Scout Project.
  • 14 (Fri.)        .. Deadline to .Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project: Honor garden, Methodist Church, Shurb Oak, Sat., Sept. 15.
  • 15 (Sat.)        .. James H. Eagle Scout Project.
    • Make an Honor Garden.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, 1176 East Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588.
    • Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project.  Sept. 15.  Or call James H.
    • Sign in with James H. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Drinks and snacks provided.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Hoes
      • Pick Axes
      • Rakes (garden dirt)
      • First aid kit
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
    • Contact James H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of James H. Eagle Project on Sept. 10, 15, 2007.  Video of Presentation (0.8 MB).
  • 14-16 (Fr-Su).. Order of the Arrow Fall Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
  • 17 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform, except Board of Review candidates, see below.
    • Troop tents and stoves will set up and checked, and each patrol will be assigned two tents for the year.
    • Each patrol will decide the menu for the Hillsdale campout.
    • Deadline for Patrols to know the total number of people attending the September 29-30 camping trip so they can do meal planning.
    • 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, which includes 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 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 19 (Wed.)       Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.
  • 21 (Fri.)        .. Deadline to Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project: Honor garden, Methodist Church, Shurb Oak, Sat., Sept. 22.
  • 22 (Sat.)        .. James H. Eagle Scout Project.
    • Make an Honor Garden.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, 1176 East Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588.
    • Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project. Sept. 22.  Or call James H.
    • Sign in with James H. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Drinks and snacks provided.
    • Bring
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Hoes
      • Pick Axes
      • Rakes (garden dirt)
      • First aid kit
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
      • Scouts to use power tools must bring a signed Power Tools permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
    • Contact James H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of James H. Eagle Project on Sept. 10, 15, 22, 2007.  Video of Presentation (0.8 MB).
  • 24 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Everyone: bring your backpack packed for a campout, so it can be checked for appropriate items.
      • See at the bottom of the home page under Camping Equipment, What to pack.
    • Patrol knot tying competition.
    • Sniper game.
    • Voted on honor patrols, patrol flags, patrol competitions every other meeting, and a patrol yell.
    • Deadline to turn in Troop 174 Adult and Scout Personal Data sheets to Mr. Bob A.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Campout at the Stephen G.'s Property in Hillsdale on Sept. 20-30.
  • 25 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 29 (Sat.)          CANCELED: James H. Eagle Scout Project.
  • 29-30(Sa-Su).. Campout at the Stephen G.'s Property in Hillsdale NY.
    • Sign up here. Troop Campout at the Stephen G.'s Property in Hillsdale by Sept. 24.
    • Location: 877 Wolf Hill Road, Hillsdale, NY <-- Click on the link and print the directions there.
      • Arrive in Hillsdale at about 10:00 a.m.
      • Hillsdale is about 1 hour 40 minutes drive north on the Taconic.
      • On Wolf Hill, shortly after you pass Henich Lane, you will pass a white corral and then make a right at wooden sign showing “877”.  Please stay on car tracks through field.  We will have signs in field pointing toward campsite.
      • When parking, please do not park on tall grass.  Be careful of electric wire.  Do not block either path entrance into woods.  Do not park near horse corral nor small house in field as neither belongs to us.
      • (518) 325-5710 house phone
      • (914) 497-0972 Mrs. G.'s cellular telephone
    • If any youth needs a ride, call the the adults who are going.
    • Schedule:
      • Saturday
        • 7:30 a.m. meet at the Troop Shed in the Grace Lutheran Church's parking lot.
        • Get troop gear and drive to Stephen G.'s property.
        • Set up camp after arrival.
        • Hike 2 miles.
        • Eat brown bag lunch.
        • If the weather is good, Scouts can go for a swim after the hike.
        • Lashing projects in the afternoon.
        • If younger scouts need help with other Scout Skills, older Scouts will be available to help out.  Bring your Boy Scout Handbook and let Stephen G. know ahead of time if there is something special you want to work on.
        • Dinner will be by Patrol Method.  Each Patrol will be responsible for planning, supplying, preparing and cleaning up their own meal.  Also, if any parent(s) come along, the Patrol that their son belongs to will be responsible for that parent's meal.  Scouts will have a choice whether they want to cook on a stove or over the fire but stoves will be provided to all the patrols.  There is a campfire pit at the campsite for cooking.
        • Campfire in the evening.
      • Sunday
        • Breakfast will also be by Patrol Method.
        • Clean up and pack up.
        • Leave by 11:00 a.m.
    • Bring
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip when you arrive.
      • Brown bag lunch for Saturday.
      • Two Nalgene bottles of water.
      • Swimming suit (optional)
      • 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).
    • The Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283) has a lot of helpful information about patrol cooking.  Also, see the "Low Impact Cooking Handout" on the password-protected web page of this troop web site.
    • As meals will be by the Patrol Method and each Patrol will be responsible for all adults that come with them, each Patrol must be certain of who will be attending no later than the September 17 Troop meeting so that they can plan their meals and make both travel and sleeping arrangements in advance.
    • There is no latrine.  "Urine does not hurt plants and soil directly.  Sometimes, the salt in urine may attract wildlife.  Animals can defoliate plants and dig up soil to get at the salts.  It is best to urinate on rocks and in places that will not attract wildlife."  Dig a cat hole to dispose of human waste (bowel movement).  More informaton, such as where and how to dig a cat hole, is on the BSA's Teaching Leave No Trace - Catholes web page.
    • No siblings.
    • If you have questions, contact Stephen G.
    • Photos of Campout at the Stephen G.'s Property in Hillsdale NY on Sept. 29-30, 2007.


 October 2007
  • 1 (Mon.)      .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a MB Sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Patrol leaders meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Bring your backpack packed for a campout, so it can be checked for appropriate items.
      • Unless you were checked on Sept. 24.
      • See at the bottom of the home page under Camping Equipment, What to pack.
    • Boy Scout Skills Q and A, and First Aid activites.
    • Fall Popcorn Fundraiser presentation by Ian Yearwood, Manitoga District Executive.
      • If you have questions about our Popcorn Fundraiser, contact Karen M.
    • Thunderbird Games participants do menu planning.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Thunderbird Games Weekend on Oct. 12-14.
    • Deadline to Pay Troop Dues by Oct. 1
      • $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.
      • Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Treasurer.
      • New Troop Treasurer is Mr. Dave B.
    • 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, which includes a merit badge sash,
        • have all of your rank requirement paperwork including Board of Review Applications filled out, and
        • have your Boy Scout Handbook,
        • ... because without these you will be granted neither a conference nor a Board of Review.
    • Photos of Popcorn Fundraiser distribution on Oct. 1, 2007.
    • Photo of Pat. C.'s Eagle Board of Review on Oct. 1, 2007.
  • 2 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 3 (Wed.)        Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 5 (Fri.)           BSA Lifesaving Merit Badge Course Starts.
    • Scoutmaster Jon Fatone of Troop 89 will be offering a BSA Lifesaving Merit Badge Course.
    • Location: Club Fit in Jefferson Valley on Friday nights.
    • Times: From 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    • The course will run through October, including the 5th, the 12th, the 19th and ending the 26th.
    • The fee is $145 for Club Fit members and $155 for non-members.  If you are interested, contact Revita or Adrienne at Club Fit (914) 245-4040 extension 1140 as soon as possible.
  • 5 (Fri.)         .. Deadline to .Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project: Honor garden, Methodist Church, Shurb Oak, Sat., Oct 6.
  • 6 (Sat.)        .. James H. Eagle Scout Project.
    • Make an Honor Garden.
    • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
    • Location: Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, 1176 East Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588.
    • Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project by Oct. 5.  Or call James H.
    • Sign in with James H. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Drinks and snacks provided.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Hoes
      • Pick Axes
      • Rakes (garden dirt)
      • First aid kit
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
      • Scouts using power tools must bring a signed Power Tools permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
    • Contact James H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of James H. Eagle Project on Sept. 10, 15, 22, Oct. 6, 2007.
  • 6 (Sat.)        .. Deadline to Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project: Honor garden, Methodist Church, Shurb Oak on Oct. 7.
  • 7 (Sun.)       .. James H. Eagle Scout Project.
    • Make an Honor Garden.
    • Time: 1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
    • Location: Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, 1176 East Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588.
    • Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project by Oct. 6.  Or call James H.
    • Sign in with James H. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Drinks and snacks provided.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Hoes
      • Pick Axes
      • Rakes (garden dirt)
      • First aid kit
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
      • Scouts using power tools must bring a signed Power Tools permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
    • Contact James H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of James H. Eagle Project on Sept. 10, 15, 22, Oct. 6-7, 2007.
  • 8 (Mon.)        No Troop Meeting - Columbus Day.
  • 9 (Tues.)     .. Meeting for all Scouts who are staying overnight at the Thunderbird Games 4:30-5:00 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.
  • 9 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 12-14 (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.
    • Open fires are now allowed, as it has rained recently.
    • What to Do
      • Sign up here. Thunderbird Games 2-night Weekend.  Sign up by Oct. 1.  Please list all the rank requirements that you want to work on in the Comments section when you sign up.
      • 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 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 Mr. Bob A. by October 1 if you want to perform a skit, tell a joke, or sing a song solo or with other Boy Scouts.
    • Theme: "Pirates - Shiver me timbers!"
    • Schedule
      • Friday,
        • After 5:00 p.m. Troop 174 scouts and adults who will camp overnight will arrive at tent campsite #1.
        • Give signed permission form to Mr. Bob A .if your parent is not staying.
        • Evening - Troop 174 scouts may work on rank requirements.
      • Saturday,
        • 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 .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.
          • Wear your official uniform as the top (outside) layer of clothing, if possible, during the games.
        • 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 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 camp site.
      • Sunday,
        • 7:00 a.m.                Reveille
        • 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.      Breakfast.
        • 8:15 - 8:20 a.m.      Non-denominational services at the campsite, led by Troop Chaplain Aide or another Scout.
        • 8:20 - 9:00 a.m.      Pack up gear.
        • 9:00 a.m.                Check-out with Mr. Bob A. and leave.  Parents pick up scouts at tent camp site #1.
    • What to Bring
      • 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
          • Do not wear jeans or other cotton clothing.  Wear and bring quick drying synthetic pants, shirts, and outer layers.  Dress in layers.
          • Official uniform and activity uniform.
      • 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.
    • Cooking by patrols.
      • Each Patrol will be responsible for planning, supplying, preparing and cleaning up their own meals.  Also, if any parent(s) come along, the Patrol that their son belongs to will be responsible for that parent's meal.  Scouts will have a choice whether they want to cook on a stove or over the fire but stoves will be provided to all the patrols.  There is a campfire pit at the camp site for cooking.
      • Patrols must provide their own firewood.
      • The Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283) has a lot of helpful information about patrol cooking.  Also, see the "Low Impact Cooking Handout" on the password-protected web page of this troop web site.
      • Cost for food will be divided among participants.
    • Everyone will be given a wristband to wear for security reasons.
    • Port-O-Johns are in the game/activity and tent camping areas.  Flush toilets are in the game/activity area, the RV camping area on the road to the tent camping area, and in the white building next to the swimming pool near tent camp site #1.
    • If you have questions contact Mr. Bob A.
    • "See You at the Games" article from Scouting Magazine, September 2004.
    • Photos of Thunderbird Games on Oct. 2007, Oct. 2006, Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004.
    • Council photos Oct. 2007, Oct. 2006, Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004 with two of our scouts here and here, Oct. 2003.
  • 13 (Sat.)         CANCELED: James H.'s Eagle Scout Project is canceled for today.
  • 13 (Sat.)        Hudson Valley Orienteering  (Monthly schedule) at Harriman State Park.
    • This non-Boy Scout event can meet First Class requirement #2 for completing an orienteering course.
    • Details.
    • Navigate through the woods.  Levels: Beginners to Advanced.  Instruction at 10:30 a.m.  Starts at 11:00 a.m.
    • Families are welcome.
    • Location: Sebago Beach in Harriman State Park (map and driving directions) just South of Bear Mountain State Park., NY.
    • Registration for juniors is $5?
    • Bring a compass.  A few compasses for rent for $1 (plus refundable $10 deposit)?
    • Map cases: to protect map from rain and sweaty hands: 25¢ (or just bring a large clear plastic bag, at least gallon size).
    • Contact Robert B. for details on map instruction and hike sign-off. Orienteering Map Symbols.
  • 15 (Mon.)     .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
  • 16 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 18 (Thurs)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
  • 19 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project on Oct. 20.
  • 19 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. Bike Trip on North Country Trailway on Oct. 21.
  • 20 (Sat.)      .. James H. Eagle Scout Project.
    • Make an Honor Garden.
    • Time: 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
    • Location: Shrub Oak United Methodist Church, 1176 East Main St., Shrub Oak, NY 10588.
    • Sign up here. James H.'s Eagle Project by Oct. 19.  Or call James H.
    • Sign in with James H. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
    • Drinks and snacks provided.
    • Bring:
      • Filled water bottle, such as a Nalgene bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Work gloves
      • Shovels
      • Hoes
      • Pick Axes
      • Rakes (garden dirt)
      • First aid kit
      • Wear old clothes, including long pants.  You will get dirty.
      • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
      • Scouts using power tools must bring a signed Power Tools permission slip to James H. when you arrive.
    • Contact James H. if you have questions.
    • Photos of James H. Eagle Project on Sept. 10, 15, 22, Oct. 6-7, 20, 2007.
  • 20 (Sat.)      .. Scouting for Food: Fill your bags.
    • Fill your bags starting today.
    • Return full bags at Troop Meeting Oct. 22 or at church Oct. 27.
    • Information.
  • 20 (Sat.)        CANCELED: Troop Pumpkin Fest.
  • 21 (Sun.)     .. Bike Trip on North County Trailway.
    • 1:00 p.m. leave - 4:00 p.m. return.
    • Round trip from the Jilco Window Corporation Parking Lot, 135 Mahopac Ave, Granite Springs, NY.
    • Sign up here. Bike Trip on North County Trailway by Friday, Oct 19th.
    • We shall follow the North County Trailway (2 pages) south over the Croton Reservoir Bridge and on to the Taconic State Parkway in Millwood and back for a total of 21 miles round trip.
    • Must bring
      • Bike
      • Helmet
      • Filled water bottle
      • Weather-appropriate attire
    • Recommended but not required
      • Tire patch kit
      • Small bike tool kit
      • Small first aid kit
      • Light snack
    • This activity can be used to fulfill one of the requirements towards the Cycling Merit Badge, which is in the Eagle Required group of Cycling, Hiking, or Swimming.
      • Requirements include two rides of 10 miles each, two rides of 15 miles each, and two rides of 25 miles each.
    • If questions, see Josh D. Sr. or Dave Z.
    • Photos of Bike Trip on North County Trailway on Oct. 2007.
  • 22 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Return full Scouting for Food bags if ready, otherwise return them at Grace Lutheran Church on Oct. 27.
    • Work on den flag design.  Prepare for Manitoga District Fall Event: Scout Olympics.
  • 23 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 27 (Sat.)       .. Scouting for Food - Return Full Bags.
    • 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
    • Grace Lutheran Church
    • Return full bags to Karen M.
  • 29 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Webelos Night, Pack 45.  Senior Webelos from Pack 144 will also be invited.
    • Prepare for Manitoga District Fall Event: Scout Olympics.
  • 30 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.


 November 2007
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge class resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Peter H.  Starts Nov. 5.
  • Personal Management Merit Badge class resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Peter H.  Starts Nov. 19.
  • Public Speaking Merit Badge class  resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Bob R.  Starts ??
  • Family Life - Merit Badge class resources.  Open to scouts of all ages.  Given by Charlie D.  Starts Nov. 26.
  • 2-4 (F-Su) .. Manitoga District Fall Event.
    • "Scout Olympics" theme.
      • Participate in a variety of Scout skills and personal fitness activities, including a marathon, relay races, throwing, camping, campfire, and more.
      • See Station Details and Event Schedule links at Council when available.
      • 1st and 2nd year Webelos are invited to attend.
    • Location: Blue Mountain Reservation at 495 Welcher Ave., Peekskill, NY.  Blue Mountain Reservation map.
    • Meet Friday 5:00 p.m. at the Troop Shed at Grace Lutheran Church.
      • Pick up and distribute Troop gear.
      • Fee to attend the event is $15 per person.  Give to Troop Treasurer, Mr. Dave B.
      • Figure out who needs a ride.
      • Leave the shed at 5:30 p.m.
    • Pickup will be Sunday at 9:30 a.m. in the Blue Mountain Reservation at parking lot near the park entrance.  It is the oval parking lot south of the Park Entranceon the Blue Mountain Reservation map above.
    • Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout by Oct 15??
    • Food
      • Each person brings his own Friday supper.
      • Adults will provide Sat. breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and Sunday breakfast.
      • Bring a hot cup and a filled durable (e.g. Nalgene) water bottle, labeled with your name.
      • Fires must be above and off the ground.
    • Do not bring electronic devices (radios, Gameboys, etc.), except Walkman or radio with headphones.
    • Dress for the weather.  Expect it to be cold.  Wear layers.
    • Activities include…
      • Marathon
      • Relay Races
      • Throwing
      • Tent Camping
      • Campfire
      • Each Troop will be asked to set up a model camp site which will be judged during the day of the events.  The idea is to have a model camp site for the Webelos so they can get a tour and understanding of a Boy Scouting Camp site. Some idea for the campsite are presentation of knots, lashings, backpacks, different type of camping and hiking gear, first aid, laying out the set up for different types of fires, the concept of leave no trace, etc.
    • 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.  Yahoo mapBlue Mountain Reservation map.
    • The Boy Scout Handbook's Cooking chapter (pages 247-283) has a lot of helpful information about patrol cooking.  Also, see the "Low Impact Cooking Handout" on the password-protected web page of this troop web site.
    • If you have questions, ask Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Josh D.
    • Photos of Fall Events: Scout Olympics Nov. 2-4, 2007, Survivor Nov. 2006, Orient-O-Ree Nov. 2005, Emergency Preparedness Oct. 2003, Camp B. Cookout Nov. 2001.
  • 3 (Sat.)         Dedication of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake
    • Clear Lake Scout Reservation will be renamed Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation at a dedication ceremony at 10:00 a.m.
    • Park at Camp Site 6, which is located on the right, just beyond the Visitor’s Center.
    • Ceremony will be at the Visitor's Center (Campmaster Cabin) area.

    •         "In recognition of the legacy of Agatha A. Durland, our Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley will be re-named the Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation.  All Scouters, Scout families, and friends are invited to attend a dedication ceremony at the reservation on November 3, 2007.  The ceremony will take place at the front entrance of the property."
              "The name change is in accordance with the intent of the will of Agatha Durland, who gave the land and endowment fund that built the Durland Scout Center and funded its operation since 1964.  The trust fund has grown since her initial gift and has made possible many of the programs we take for granted in our Council.  Mrs. Durland donated her property in Rye, New York to the Scout Council to be used as a camp for Scouts.  The Council worked with the City of Rye to build an aquatic center on the property.  The Durland Scout Center began its operation in 1964 and since then many different activities have taken place at the Center including unit swimming, merit badge instruction, scuba training programs as well as summer aquatics, sailing and Cub Day Camp."
              "The 2003 Strategic Plan of the Council recommended that the Council sell the facility in Rye in order to better meet the camping and program needs of the Council.  Upon the sale of the Rye property, the Council Executive Board voted to change the name of Clear Lake to the Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation.  It is fitting and proper that the name of the entire reservation at Clear Lake be changed to honor this woman who has had the greatest impact on our Council of any single person or corporation."
  • 4 (Sun.)      .  Patrol Leader Development
    • All present or future patrol leaders and assistant patrol leaders are invited to attend.
    • Some topics covered:
      • Responsibilities of the Patrol Leader
      • Communicating
      • Setting goals
      • Planning
      • Dealing with conflict
    • Location:  Archbishop Stepinac High School, 950 Mamaroneck Ave., White Plains, NY.
    • Time:  12 noon to 5:00 p.m.
    • Free.  Participants will receive a patch.
    • Lunch is not provided.
    • If you have questions, contact Scoutmaster Jamie C. or Mr. Fred Gervat at FGervat@gmail.com or (914) 738-4532.
  • 4?? (Sun.??).. Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle-required Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge class, starts Nov. 5.
  • 5 (Mon.)      .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a merit badge sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Popcorn orders due.  See Karen M. for samples and forms.
    • Deadline for all Scouts and BSA-registered adults to turn in a Class 1 Personal Health and Medical History form to Mr. Bob A.  Only the Class 1 portion (page one) is to be completed.  A parent should complete the Class 1 form and sign it in the designated area at the bottom of page one.  A physician's signature and examination are not required.  Do not complete the Class 2 Medical Evaluation section on page 2.
    • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge class begins after the troop meeting.  Given by Peter H.
  • 5 (Mon.)    .. Deadline to Sign up here. Veterans Day Parade (headcount for refreshments) on Nov. 12.
  • 6 (Tues.)      No Patrol Meeting - Election Day.
  • 8 (Thurs.)  .. Popcorn order forms, money, and unused samples due at Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Leave envelope in office for Karen M.
  • 8 (Thurs.)  .. Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout.  Or contact Dave Z., Nov. 9-10.
  • 9-10 (F-Sa)..Weekly Troop Campout.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • We shall hike to the site from the Sperling Center at the end of Clear Lake Road.
    • Time for Drop off and Pick up??
    • Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout 7 days before this campout.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • This will be a "Bring your own"  overnight.  Scouts should prepare their own menu's and be prepared to cook with the MSR stoves.
    • All scouts must bring their scout manual and be familiar with chapters 9 and 10.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
  • 9 (Fri.)       ..  Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation on Nov. 17-18.
  • 10 (Sat.)      Ski: Snow Sports Merit Badge, Downhill skiing or Snowboarding, Day 1 at Thunder Ridge Ski Area.
    • Location: 20 miles North East of Yorktown, Thunder Ridge is the closest ski resort (map).
    • Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  Pre-season workshop at the Lodge at Thunder Ridge.
    • Thunder Ridge.
    • Snow Sports Merit Badge at scouting.org, meritbadge.com, and usscouts.org.  See worksheet.
    • Before the season complete all the off-snow requirements, including winter sports safety, how to get ready for the slopes, responsibility code, trail marking, lift safety, types of equipment, an dbinding release and maintenance.
    • Then spend a day on the slopes with the instructors on Jan. 5 or Jan. 6.
    • Cost per scout $40 without rental, $55 with rental.
    • Pre-registration is required: Meryl at Thunder Ridge, 645-878-4100x301.
  • 11 (Sun.)      .. Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve and the American Legion.
    • Meet at 1:30 p.m. directly in front of the Lakeland High School main entrance, 1349 East Main Street, Shrub Oak.  Parade starts at 2:00 p.m.  Scouts will be marching in the parade.  Attendance is expected. Rain or shine.
    • Parade ends at Veterans Memorial near Hart Library.  Ceremony after parade.  US, state & pack/troop flag bearers (no banners) will line up with the Marine 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.
    • Sign up here. Veterans Day Parade (headcount for refreshments) by Nov. 5.
    • Two of our troop's Eagle Scouts, Dan W. and Chris L., recently 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.
    • The parade is always held the second Sunday in November.
    • Photos of Veterans Day Parades, Nov. 2007, Nov. 2006, Nov. 2005, Nov. 2004, Nov. 2003, Nov. 2002, Nov. 2001.
  • 12 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Veterans Day
  • 13 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 16 (Fri.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Jarryed S., headcount for refreshments, on Nov. 23.
  • 16-17(F-Sat)..Troop Campout.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • We shall hike to the site from the Sperling Center at the end of Clear Lake Road.
    • Time for Drop off and Pick up??
    • Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation by Nov. 10.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • All scouts must bring their scout manual and be familiar with chapters 9 and 10.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
  • 17 (Sat.)      .. Food Pantry.
    • Come help the community with the troop, since 2003.
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Location: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1836 E Main Street Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
    • Set up, carry bags, and clean up.
    • Optional: Bring food donations, which will go to the needy people of Mohegan Lake.
    • Wear an official uniform but with no merit badge sash.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Photos of Food Pantry at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, on Nov. 2007, Nov. 2006, Dec. 2005.
  • 17 (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 (??Get From Council??).  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.
  • 18 (Sun.)      .. Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle-required Personal Management Merit Badge class, starts Nov. 19.
    • Scouts should be at least First Class.
  • 19 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Activity: Knot tying.
    • Personal Management Merit Badge class starts.
  • 20 (Tues.)       Patrol Meeting Canceled because of inclement weather.  The cooking that was supposed to have happened today will be done next Tuesday.  Contact Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A. if you have questions.
  • 22 (Thurs.)   .. Deadline to Sign up here. Public Speaking Merit Badge class given by Bob R., starts When??
  • 23 (Fri.)        .. Jarryed S. Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Jarryed, 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, Jarryed S. (headcount for refreshments) by Nov. 16.
    • Schedule
      • 5:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
      • 5:45 p.m. Others arrive
      • 6:00-7:30 p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary.
      • 7:30 p.m. Refreshments in Fellowship Hall immediately following the ceremony.
    • Families are welcome
    • Photos of Jarryed's Eagle Project: Sidewalks, patios, plantings, flower beds at The Seabury at the Field Home.
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Jarryed S. on Nov. 2007.
  • 23 (Fri.)         .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout at Durland Scout Res. at Clear Lake on Nov. 30 - Dec. 1.
  • 25 (Sun.)       .. Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle-required Family Life Merit Badge class, starts Nov. 26.
  • 26 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Activity: Knot tying and lashing
    • Public Speaking Merit Badge class for Scouts finishing the last course.
      • Last call for 2007-08 new recruits for the Public Speaking Merit Badge.
      • Please be prepared to stay 30 min after the Troop meeting Monday to review your requirements for the public speaking merit badge. Those who can not make this meeting please call Bob R. directly to discuss your remaining requirements.
    • Eagle-required Family Life Merit Badge class starts.
  • 27 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • The cooking to be done today was scheduled for last Tuesday but was canceled because of inclement weather  Contact Mr. Dave Z. or Mr. Bob A. if you have questions.
    • Dutch oven dessert.
    • Check back to see about rain cancellation.
  • 29 (Thurs.)     .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Popcorn Distribution at Grace Lutheran Church on Dec. 1.
  • 30 (Fri.)          .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 25-27. Must be 14, First Class, SM approval.
  • 30-12/1 (F-Sa)..Weekly Troop Campout.
    • Location: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Sperling Center map..
    • Drop off Friday 5:30 p.m. at the small dirt parking lot on the left near Site 9 after garage on the left, which is opposite the Hammond house on the right.
    • Pick up Sat. noon at the same parking lot.
    • Site 12 or site 14.
    • Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout 7 days before this campout.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • 5-mile hike, weather permitting.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • All scouts must bring their scout manual and be familiar with chapters 9 and 10.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
    • Follow cold weather advice in the Camping Gear section at the bottom of the troop home page.
    • Tent Return Form.  Fill out online and print.  (Or print out and fill in by hand PDF.)  Return with tent after drying it out.


 December 2007
  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge class resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Peter H.  Starts Nov. 5.
  • Personal Management Merit Badge class resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Peter H.  Starts Nov. 19.
  • Public Speaking Merit Badge class  resources.  Scouts should be at least First Class.  Given by Bob R.  Starts ??
  • Family Life - Merit Badge class resources.  Open to scouts of all ages.  Given by Charlie D.  Starts Nov. 26.
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  • 1 (Sat.)        .. Popcorn Product Distribution. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    • Volunteers are needed to help the Westchester-Putnam Council's popcorn product distribution.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Order of the Arrow members should wear their OA sash.
  • 3 (Mon.)      .. Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform, which includes a merit badge sash.  Attendance is expected.
    • Green Bars meet at 6:45 p.m.
    • Personal Information Data Sheets need to be turned in.
    • At least one adult from every family should register with the BSA.  The fee is $11.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.  Contact Peter H. if you have questions.
    • For both Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 25 and Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 8.
      • Deadline to pay $50 nonrefundable deposit each.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • For tentative Family Boston Troop Trip in mid-late May, Peter H. bringing list of hikes.
    • Activities: A-Frame lashing used for walking giant steps.  Discuss cold-weather camping.
  • 4 (Tues.)     .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Deadline to Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Pat C., headcount for refreshments, on Dec. 7.
  • 7 (Fri.)        .. Patrick C.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
    • Please be on hand as we honor Patrick, 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, Pat C. (headcount for refreshments) by Dec. 7.
    • Schedule
      • 6:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
      • 6:45 p.m. Others arrive at
      • 7:00 p.m. Dinner in Fellowship Hall.
      • 8:00-9:30 p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary.
      • 9:30 p.m. Coffee an dessert in Fellowship Hall.
    • Families are welcome
    • Photos of Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Patrick C. on Dec.7, 2007.
  • 7 (Fri.)         .. Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation on Dec. 14-15-16
  • 8 (Sat.)          Council Rechartering Deadline.
  • 10 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • Deadline for Popcorn Funds at Council.
    • Past the Deadine: For both Ice Climbing Weekend on Jan. 25 and Troop Ski Weekend on Feb. 8.
      • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit each.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Continuation of cold-weather camping discussion.
    • Patrols plan Freeze-O-Ree Patrol Cooking.
    • Scouts working on Merit Badges with Mr. Peter H. should bring their materials.
  • 11 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome
  • 11 (Tues.)   ..By Dec. 11?.Sign up here. Ski Weekend on Feb. 8-10.
  • 14-16(F-Su).. Freeze-O-Ree.(POSTPONED!!!)
    • Location: Site 31 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Drop off Fri. 6:00 p.m. at Sperling Center at the end of Clear Lake Road.
      • We shall hike to the site from the Sperling Center at the end of Clear Lake Road.
    • Pick up Sun. 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Patrol Cooking.
    • Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation by Dec. 7.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • Turn in a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • All scouts must be familiar with chapters 9 and 10 in the Boy Scout Handbook.
    • Scouts working on Rank Advancement must bring their Boy Scout Handbooks.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
    • Follow cold weather advice in the Camping Gear section at the bottom of the troop home page.
    • Tent Return Form.  Fill out online and print.  (Or print out and fill in by hand PDF.)  Return with tent after drying it out.
    • If your have questions, see Jamie C.
    14 (Fri.)       ..  Deadline to .Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout at Durland Scout Res. at Clear Lake on Dec. 21-22.
     
  • 17 (Mon.)    .. Court of Honor and Holiday Dessert Party.
  • 18 (Tues.)   .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 19 (Wed.)    .. Troop Swim Night.(CANCELLED)
    • Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, 3401 Old Yorktown Road (Rt. 132), Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
      • Do not park in the marked fire lane in front of the building.
      • Directions to pool
        • Walk in the front door.
        • At the first right turn right.
        • At the first left turn left.
        • Follow signs to the pool.
    • Time: 7:00-8:45 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) by Dec. 17.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
    • 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 Adriene D. and ??.
    • ???? will teach the programs with help from other Boy Scouts.
    • Swim Night will be canceled if the Lakeland Central School District schools are closed, or if driving conditions are hazardous.
    • If you have questions contact our Senior Patrol Leader, Mrs. Adrienne D. or Mr. Manny A.
    • 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.
  • 19 (Wed.)    .. Troop Swim Night.(CANCELLED)
    • Lakeland Copper Beech Middle School, 3401 Old Yorktown Road (Rt. 132), Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.
      • Do not park in the marked fire lane in front of the building.
      • Directions to pool
        • Walk in the front door.
        • At the first right turn right.
        • At the first left turn left.
        • Follow signs to the pool.
    • Time: 7:00-8:45 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Troop Swim Night (scouts and adults) by Dec. 17.
      • Only Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturers, and BSA-registered adults may swim.
    • 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 Adriene D. and ??.
    • ???? will teach the programs with help from other Boy Scouts.
    • Swim Night will be canceled if the Lakeland Central School District schools are closed, or if driving conditions are hazardous.
    • If you have questions contact our Senior Patrol Leader, Mrs. Adrienne D. or Mr. Manny A.
    • 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.
  • 21-22 (F-Sa)..Weekly Troop Campout.(Cancelled)
    • Location: Site 13 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Sperling Center map..
    • Drop off Friday 5:30 p.m. at the small dirt parking lot on the left near Site 9 after garage on the left, which is opposite the Hammond house on the right.
    • Pick up Sat. noon at the same parking lot.
    • Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout 7 days before this campout.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • Bring food for Fri. supper and Sat. breakfast (oatmeal or hard-boild eggs).  Leave before lunch.
    • All scouts must be familiar with chapters 9 and 10 in the Boy Scout Handbook.
    • Scouts working on Rank Advancement must bring their Boy Scout Handbooks.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
    • Follow cold weather advice in the Camping Gear section at the bottom of the troop home page.
    • Tent Return Form.  Fill out online and print.  (Or print out and fill in by hand PDF.)  Return with tent after drying it out.

    • If you have questions, contact Mr. Dave Z.
    • 21 (Fri.)       ..  Deadline to .Sign up here. Troop Summer Kayak Trek on July 6-12.
    • 21 (Fri.)       ..  Deadline to .Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout at Durland Scout Res. at Clear Lake on Dec. 28-29.
  • 22 (Sat.)      .. Food Pantry and Toy Drive.
    • Come help the needy in the Mohegan Lake.community.  Troop particpation since 2003.
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Location: Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, 1836 E Main Street Mohegan Lake, NY 10547.
    • Set up, carry bags, wrap toys, and clean up.
    • Optional: Bring food, unwrapped toy donations, wrapping paper, and tape, preferably to Dec. 17 troop meeting.
    • Wear an official uniform but with no merit badge sash.
    • Scouts may earn service hours.
    • Photos of Food Pantry at Saint Mary's Episcopal Church, on Nov. 2007, Nov. 2006, Dec. 2005.
  • 24 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess.
  • 25 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting - Winter Recess.
  • 28-29 (F-Sa)..Weekly Troop Campout.
    • Location: Site 13 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Sperling Center map..
    • Drop off Friday 5:30 p.m. at the small dirt parking lot on the left near Site 9 after garage on the left, which is opposite the Hammond house on the right.
    • Pick up Sat. noon at the same parking lot.
    • Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout 7 days before this campout.  Or contact Dave Z.
    • All scouts going camping on Friday must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
    • Bring food for Fri. supper and Sat. breakfast (oatmeal or hard-boild eggs).  Leave before lunch.
    • All scouts must be familiar with chapters 9 and 10 in the Boy Scout Handbook.
    • Scouts working on Rank Advancement must bring their Boy Scout Handbooks.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gear section of the website.
    • Follow cold weather advice in the Camping Gear section at the bottom of the troop home page.
    • Tent Return Form.  Fill out online and print.  (Or print out and fill in by hand PDF.)  Return with tent after drying it out.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • If you have questions, contact Mr. Dave Z.
  • 28 (Fri.)       ..  Deadline to .Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout at Durland Scout Res. at Clear Lake on Jan. 4-5.
  • 31 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess.




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