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 January 2008
    Council Ski Weekends Jan. - Mar.
 

  • 1 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting - Winter Recess.
  • 4 (Fri.)      .. Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation on Jan. 11?-12-13.
  • 6 (Sun.)       Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre. Calendar.
  • 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.
    • Deadline to: Sign up here. Freeze-O-Ree Troop 174 Training Weekend on Jan 18-20.
  • 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.
  • 9 (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.
    • Deadline to register and pay is December 18.
    • More information is on the Ktemaque Lodge website and in the Beaver Tracks newsletter.
  • 11?-12-13(Fri.?-Sa-Su)..Troop 3-Day 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 Jan. 4.  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.
    • 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.
  • 12 (Sat.)        Merit Badge Seminar organized by Troop 911.
    • 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. at Temple Beth Am, 203 Church Place, Yorktown Heights.
    • (*) All Eagle Scout required merit badges must be approved by our Troop 174 Scoutmaster prior to signing up for the merit badge.
    • Scouts should read the merit badge booklet in advance, and complete all pre-requisities in advance.
    • Directions and pre-requisites will be forwarded with registration confirmation
    • Morning Session (8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
      • Citizenship in Nation
      • Electricity
      • Nuclear Science
      • Personal Management
      • Railroading
    • Afternoon Session (12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.)
      • Citizenship in Community
      • Communications
      • Dissability Awareness
      • Energy
      • First Aid
    • Pre-Registration is required via E-mail to DrexelJ@coned.com
    • Cost is $20 for the day (Payable at the door) and lunch(pizza/beverage) will be provided.
    • If all requirements are not met, you can get partial credit and recieve your merit badge when you finish the remaining requirements.
  • 14 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 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.
  • 18-20(F-Su)..Freeze-o-ree
    • 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. Freezoree at Durland Scout Reservation by Jan. 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.
    • Photos of Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake Lean-To Campout: Dec. 2004.
    • Photos of Freeze-O-Ree at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake on Jan. 2008, Dec. 2006, Feb. 2004.
  • 21 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
  • 21 (Mon.)    .. Klondike Preparation Meeting
    • 7:00 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 (when it is ready) 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.
  • 21 (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 the Troop Treasurer.
      • 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. ??? if you have questions.
  • Not Scheduled xx?? (Wed.)       Mercy College Basketball Scout Night.
  • 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.
  • 25-27(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. 30.  Scouts have priority. Space is limited.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Dec. 3.  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 for 2007:
      • Meet Fri. 4:00 p.m. at ???.
      • 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: 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. ??? 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. ???.
    • 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.
  • 26 (Sat.)    ..Manitoga Boy Scout Klondike.
  • 26-2/3(Sa-Su) Ski: Scout Week at Thunder Ridge Ski Area.
    • Location: 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."
  • 28 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 29 (Tues)    Mike S. Eagle Board of Review Jan. 2008.


 February 2008
    Council Ski Weekends Jan. - Mar. Details..
  • 1-2 (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.
  • 2 (Sat.)     .. Deadline to .Sign up here. Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults on Feb. 3
  • 3 (Sun.)     .. Scout Sunday Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Please be on hand to participate in the 12th point of our Scout Law, "A Scout is Reverent", as we provide our chartered sponsor with our traditional "thank you."
    • All scouts are expected to attend.  Scouts will be ushers, attend the service, and they will set up, serve, and clean up the brunch.
    • Parents are encouraged to be on hand to help cook if they are available. See Mr. ??? or the SPL.
    • Sign up here. Scout Sunday Pancake Brunch. Scouts and adults by Feb. 2
    • 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 ??? and ??? patrols should be on hand at 10:00 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The ??? and ??? and ??? 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, Yorktown Heights, NY.
    • 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. 2008, Feb. 2007, Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005, Feb. 2004, Feb. 2003, Feb. 2002.
  • 4 (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.
    • 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."
            • "Question: . .  How is Scout spirit defined and determined?

            • Answer: Scout spirit applies to how a Scout lives and conducts his daily life.  He shows Scout spirit by being a role model to his peers, living by the Scout Oath and Law.  The concept of Scout spirit is not based on how many Scouting events or outings a Scout attends, but rather by how he helps bring out the best in others as a reflection of his own character and attitude in his daily life."
          • "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,
  • .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.
  • 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.
  • 8 (Fri.)    Boy Scouts of America's Anniversary Day - 98th year.  How Scouting came to America.
  • 9 (Sat.)   ( ..)Webelos Klondike.
    • Will Troop 174 provide one of the stations?.
    • Location:  FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.  From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.
    • Meet at 8:00 a.m.?? in Parking Lot #1 (From the Taconic the first lot after turning left).
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Contact Mr.A if going.
  • 9 (Sat.)         Scout Sabbath
  • Not Scheduled xx?? (Sat.)      Scout Sabbath.
  • 8-10 (F-Su).. Ski Troop Weekend, (More information at Council)
    • Details from 2007 event below
      • 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 Dec. 3.
      • 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): $175
        • Adult: (18+):   $190
        • Non Skiers approx. $80 per person for lodging and breakfast.
        • 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. 2008, Feb. 2007 and Video and larger photos, Feb. 2006, Feb. 2005.
  • 10 (Sun.)         Ski: Scout Ski Day at Belleayre. Calendar
  • 11 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 12 (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.
  • 15-16(F-Sat) No Weekly Troop Campout.  Lakeland mid-winter recess.
  • 16-17(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
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to the Scoutmaster.
    • Boy Scouts arrive Sat. 10:00 a.m.- Pick-up 9:00 a.m. Sun
    • 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 The Scoutmaster, 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, :Pig Roast,Baked Turkey, Stuffing, Corn, Tossed salad, Soup,
      • 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. 2008, Feb. 2007, Feb. 2006, Jan. 2005, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003, Jan. 2002.
  • 11 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 12 (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.
  • 22-23(F-Sat) No Weekly Troop Campout.  Lakeland mid-winter recess.
  • 22 (Fri.)      .. Deadline to Sign up here. Troop Campout at Durland Scout Reservation on Feb. 29 - Mar. 1.
  • 23-24 (Sat-Sun)      Robert W.'s Eagle Scout Project:
    • Construct 20 Picnic tables and erect new flagpole at Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds
    • Scouts and adults should arrive at 80 MosemanRd. at 10am Sat. Bring bag lunch.
    • Scouts should bring??
    • Sleepover
    • Pick up??when
  • 25 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
  • 26 (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.
  • 29-3/1 (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.


 March 2008
  • 2 (Sun.)     .. Bowl-O-Ree.
      • 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 29
      • 11:45 PM scouts arrive at at Cortlandt Lanes, 2192 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. Bowl 12:00-2:00
      • Check in with Mrs. Karen M. and give her the Pledge Form, check (payable to "Westchester-Putnam Council.") or cash and a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
      • Wear an official uniform or last year's $100-plus-Club shirt.
      • 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 Mrs. Karen M., who is organizing our troop participation.
      • Photos of Bowl-O-Ree, Mar. 2007, Mar. 2006, Feb. 2004, May 2003, Nov. 2001.
      • Videos Mar. 2006 of Brian's Spare (0.3 MB), Jarryed's Strike (0.1 MB).3 (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. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Michael S., headcount for Dinner, on Mar. 7.
    • 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.
    • 8 (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 (????).  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.
    • 9  (Sun.)        .. Michael S.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
      • Please be on hand as we honor Michael, 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, Michael S., headcount for Dinner, by Feb. 24
        • Schedule
        • 1:30 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
        • 1:45 p.m.Others arrive
        • 2:00p.m. Ceremony in the Sanctuary
        • Dinner and dessert in Fellowship Hall immediately following
      • Families are welcome.
      • Photos and project details of Michael S.'s Eagle Project on Nov. 6, Dec. 2, 2006, Feb. 3, June 9, 2007.
    • 10 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 14-15 (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.
    • 15-16 (Sa-Su)  Ski: Scout Ski Days at Belleayre. Calendar.
    • Not Scheduled xx-xx?(Sa-Su)Ski: Scout Ski Days at Catamount.
    • 17 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 21-22 (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.
    • 24 (Mon.)  Troop Meeting - Bring   Back Packs for pack check
    • 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.
    • 26 (Wed.)     Robert W.'s Eagle Scout Board of Review?
    • 29-30 (Sat-Su) ..Troop 2-Day Campout at Durland.
      • Location: lean-to at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
      • Sperling Center map..
      • Drop off Saturday 9 a.m. at Sperling Center
      • Pick up Sun  ??
      • Sign up here. Weekly Troop Campout 7 days before this campout.  Or contact Dave Z.
      • All scouts going camping  must be at the troop meeting preceeding the overnight.
      • 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.
      • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
      • If you have questions, contact Mr. Dave Z.
    • 29 (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 15.
      • Everyone must register online
      • Registration for this event is $20
      • Adult training (More information)
        • Overview: Take six 45-minute courses in major areas of Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, and Scouting Resources.
        • Topics include: Boy Behavior,Planning the troop program, The patrol method, Advancement program, Troop Boards of Review, Scoutmaster Conferences, Life to Eagle, Camping hiking and backpacking, Service Projects, Healthy Meals, Why attend District Roundtables, Planning High Adventure/Super activity, Orienteering, GPS Geocaching and Letter Boxing, Read Scout Reservation, several Order of the Arrow topics, and more!"
    • 31 (Mon.)     .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting.


  •  April 2008
       Troop Swim Night?
    • 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
    • 3 (Thurs)    Swimming????
    • 3 ( Thurs.)   Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster training at Council Service Center Hawthorne 7 PM
    • 4-6 (F-Su)    National Youth Leader Training at Durland Scout Reservation
    • 4-6 (F-Su)   Order of the Arrow Fellowship Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake in Putnam Valley, NY.
    • 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.
    •  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.
    • 10 (Thurs.)   Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster training at Council Service Center Hawthorne 7 PM
    • 11-13 (f-Su)   National Youth Leader Training at Durland Scout Reservation
    • 12 (Sat)    General Seth Pomeroy Monument Dedication
      • The descendants of the Pomeroy family of Massachusetts recently placed a large elegant stone memorial at the Old Baptist burying ground in Van Cortlandtville near the unmarked gravesite of Revolutionary War hero General Seth Pomeroy.
      • Dedication begins at 11:00 a.m. at Cortlandt Town Hall, 1 Heady Street, Cortlandt Manor, NY.
      • Scouts can earn service hours and should be in full Class A uniforms.
      • Primary Speaker will be Peekskill City Historian John J. Curran.  Members of the Pomeroy family will also speak.
      • Following the introductory speakers, a procession will then march to the old cemetary where the dedication of the new memorial will take place.  The dedication will be lead by Rev. Carlye J. Hughes of St. Peter's Episcopal/Anglican Church of Peekskill.
      • The public is invited to tour Old St. Peter's Church (Locust Ave., Cortlandt Manor) and the Little Red Schoolhouse (Oregon Rd., Cortlandt Manor).
      • A luncheon will be provided at the Little Red Schoolhouse by the Committee to Restore Old St. Peter's Church.
    • 14 ( Mon)     Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster training at Council Service Center Hawthorne 7 PM
    • 14 (Mon.)      ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform
    • 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)  .. Indoor Rock Climbing.
      • Location: The Cliffs at Valhalla, 1 Commerce Park, Valhalla, NY.  (914) 328-ROCK.
      • Meet 5:45 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: 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
        •  Sign up here for Indoor Rock Climbing by April 10
      • Parents may climb, also.
      • Deadline to pay is April 14
      • The gear is included in the price of $25.00 per head with the exception of climbing shoes.
      • Bring -
        • 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.
      • Talk with Mr. Rick K. at a troop meeting if you have questions.
      • Photos of Indoor Rock Climbing on Mar. 2007, Feb. 2006.
    • 19 (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.
    • 19-20 (Sat-Su)   Scoutmaster & Assistant Scoutmaster training overnight at Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation @ Clear Lake  7AM
    • 21 (Mon.)     No Troop Meeting - Spring Recess.
    • 22 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting - SpringRecess.
    • 25-27 (F-Su) ..Manitoga District Spring Event
      • Location: Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton on Hudson, NY.  Park map.  Google map.
      • Sign up here. District Spring Event by Apr. 18 at noon.
      • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
      • Arrival after 4:00 p.m. on Friday or at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday at Croton Point Park - all participating Troop 174 scouts and adults.
      • Pick up will be Sunday at Croton Point Park at 9:00 a.m.
      • Trebuchet competition
      • Meals:
        • Friday Night - bag dinner.
        • Saturday Morning - Troop Breakfast (hot pancakes, sausage, etc.)
        • Saturday Afternoon - bag lunch, nothing that requires cooking.
        • Saturday Night - Dinner will be done by Patrol cooking.
          • 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.
        • Sunday Morning - Troop Breakfast (cold cereal, oatmeal, etc.)
      • List of what to bring:
        • Bag dinner for Friday and 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).
        • First-year scout's daypack should include the following items.
          • 10 Scout Outdoor Essentials
          • bag dinner and 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.
      • If you have questions contact our Senior Patrol Leader 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 Events on Apr. 2005, May 2004 and from Council May 2004Apr. 2002, cookout Nov. 2001.
    • 28 (Mon.)      ..Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • 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.

    May 2008
  • 3 (Sat.)   OA AmeriCares HomeFront Community Service Project
  • Open to all youths 14 and older and adults, not just Order of the Arrow members.  Unskilled as well as skilled people are needed.
      • A free HomeFront T-shirt, lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided to all who attend.
      • Location:  14 Maurice Ave., Ossining, NY.  To sign up contact 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.
      • 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.
      • 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 our OA Troop Representative, or our OA Troop Adviser.
      • Photos of OA AmeriCares, May 2007, May 2006, May 2005.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 12 (Mon.)    Council Recognition Dinner.
      • Please come and support our own Barbara C. who will be awarded the Silver Beaver Award!  Everyone is invited.
      • More information and registration form.  $50.00 per person.  RSVP by May 1.
      • Reception at 6:00 p.m. at the Westchester Marriott, 670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown, NY.  Dinner starts at 7:00 p.m.
      • Deadline to RSVP  to Council is May 1.
      • 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.
      • Barbara was very active with Troop 174 and held several positions over the years.  Currently, Barbara is serving as District Program Chair for the Manitoga District.
      • Photos of Silver Beaver awarded to Rob C. on May 14, 2007.
    • 9-11 (F-Su).Boston Troop Trip
      • Open to scouts, families, siblings, and friends.
      • Friday, drive to Boston, Saturday hike, Sunday hike and drive home.
      • Tell Peter H. your preferences for Boston Historic Trails and see estimated trip prices in the Planning Guide (PPT, 1.4 MB).
      • Assemble Friday at 2:00 p.m. at Peter H.'s house.
      • Sign up here.  Boston Troop Trip.  Sign up by Apr. 5.
      • Complete Trip Information.
      • Patrol Leaders:  See Camping Patrol Duty Roster in the Printable Forms section below.
      • Give a signed Permission Slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Peter H.
      • Tent Return Form.  Fill out online and print.  (Or print out and fill in by hand PDF.)  Return with tent after drying it out.
      • Photos of Troop Trips to Saratoga NHP, Fort Ticonderoga, Lake George, NY May 2006, Philadelphia and Valley Forge Apr. 2005, Boston Apr. 2004, Gettysburg June 2003.
    • 12 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 13 (Tues.)    .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodgeat Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • 16-17 (F-Sa) ..New Scout Troop CampoutPOSTPONED until next week due to inclement weather!!
    • 16-18(F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • 17-18 (Sa-Su).. Harriman State Park Lemon Squeezer Hike.
      • Location: Harriman State Parkmap.
      • 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 May 9.
      • Similar to hike on April 21-22, 2007.
      • Scouts must be 14 or older.
      • 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 Grace Lutheran Church.
      • 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 Mr. Rick K.
      • Photos of Harriman State Park Day Hike on Apr. 2007, May 2006, Dec. 2002.
    • 18 (Sun.)      Outdoor Rec Fest
    • 19 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 23-24 (F-Sa) ..New Scout Troop Campout. CANCELED - CLEAR LAKE IS CLOSED FOR MEMORIAL DAY
      • 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 by May 22.
      • This is a camp-out primarily for New Scouts working on advancement.
      • 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.
      • 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. Josh D. Sr.
    • 26 (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.
    • 26 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Memorial Day.
    • 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.


    June 2008
    • 2 (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.
    • 3 (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.  LAST PATROL MEETING OF THE YEAR.
    • 6-7 (F-Sa)  ..New Scout 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 by June 4.
      • This is a camp-out primarily for New Scouts working on advancement.
      • 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.
      • 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. Josh D. Sr. or Mr. Dave Z.
    • 6-8 (Fri-Sun)    Eager Beaver Weekend, Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation, Brant Lake, NY.
      • Each year hundreds of hours of volunteer labor are needed to open BSA camps.  Please consider taking another weekend of your busy schedule to ensure that the Read Scout Reservation is the best it can be for our Scouts this summer.
      • Lodging and meals for the weekend are offered at no cost.
      • Please send in your registration form by June 1 so meals and projects can be accurately prepared.
      • For safety reasons, all participants must be at least 18 years of age.
    • 9 (Mon.)    .. Troop Softball Game - Scouts vs Adults.
      • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Troop Softball Game at George Washington Elementary School, 3634 Lexington Avenue, Mohegan Lake, NY
        • 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.
        • Parents and siblings are invited to participate.
        • All available adults are needed for the adult team.
        • Photos of Troop Softball Game, June 2007, May 2005.
    • 11 (Wed.)   Westchester-Putnam Council Eagle Scout Recognition Dinner, Woman's Club of White Plains, 305 Ridgeway Ave., White Plains, NY
      • 6:00 p.m. Reception, 7:00 p.m. Dinner.
      • RSVP by May 30 would be appreciated.
      • Please join us as we gather to pay tribute to a very special group of young men.  A group that has risen through hard work and dedication to the highest level of Boy Scouting...the rank of Eagle Scout.
    • 13-14 (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 Jack Devito Memorial Field in Yorktown. ...  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.
    • 16 (Mon.)  .. Picnic and Court of Honor.
    • 17 (Tues.)  Manitoga District Annual Awards Dinner
    • 23 (Mon.)  .. Meeting for Camp Read Attendees, Summer Camp.
      • 7:30 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church. Wear an activity uniform.
      • All Scouts who will be attending either week 1 or 2 or both must attend along with a parent.
      • Before this meeting, parents should read the
      • and view the
      • Questions will be answered.
      • Turn in for both scouts and adults for all activities.
      • Also for Summer Camp
        • Merit badge booklets should be borrowed from our Troop Librarian.
        • After the meeting, complete prerequisites for the merit badges before summer camp.
        • 26 (Thurs.)      .. Theo M.'s Eagle Project.
            • We will be helping to fix up the back parking lot of the Grace Lutheran Church.  This is a great project because it gives back to the church that gives so much to us.  Please come out and help.  Even if you can only give one hour, any amount of time will be appreciated.
          • Time: 12:00 noon - 5:00 p.m.
          • Location: Grace Lutheran Church grounds, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
          • Sign up here. Theo M..'s Eagle Scout Project: Working on back parking lot of Grace Lutheran Church.
          • Sign in with Theo M.. 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
            • Shovels
            • Rakes
            • Snacks and water will be provided.
            • 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 Theo M. when you arrive.
          • Contact Theo M. if you have questions.


  • July 2008
      .Troop 174 Summer Activities
      • Select a program
        • Summer Camp
        • Lake Champlain Canoe Trek.
          • A week of kayaking and camping for older, more experienced scouts. 75 miles. Approx. $600 per person, meals and kayak rental included.
          • Dates: Week 1.
          • Sign up here. Troop Summer Canoe Trek by Dec. 21.
          • Canoeing or boating experience is helpful, but not needed.
          • Challenging conditions likely (“High Adventure”).
          • If you have questions, contact the Scoutmaster or the leader, Mr. Rick K.
          • Information
        • 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.
        • 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.
      • Turn in Mid-June for both scouts and adults for all activities.  Turn in at the Meeting for Camp Read Attendees in Mid-June.
      • Approximately June 20, double check your summer camp advancement registration on the password-protected pages.
    • 6-12 (Su-Sa) .. Canoe Trek Week 1  from Summit Base near Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • 6-12 (Su-Sa) .. Summer Camp Week 1 at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
      • Adult in charge is ???
    • 13-19 (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 ???
    • Weeks 3-6 of Boy Scout Summer Camp: You may go as an Individual Camper if you cannot make it Week 1 or Week 2.
    • 20  (Sun.)  .. Rob W.'s Eagle Scout Court of Honor.
      • Please be on hand as we honor Rob, and all of those who helped him attain this prestigious rank!
      • Location: Presbyterian Church, 705 South St., Peekskill.
      • Sign up here. Eagle Scout Court of Honor, Rob W., headcount for Refreshments, by July 15
      • Schedule
        • 1:15 p.m. Scouts and Leaders arrive for setup and rehearsal, wearing a full official uniform including merit badge sash.
        • 1:45 p.m.Others arrive
        • 2:00p.m. Ceremony
        • Refreshments immediately following
        Families are welcome.


     August 2008
     
  • 17  (Sun.)  Grange Fair Work Day
    • On this Sunday some members of the Yorktown Grange Fair Committee will be fixing up the fair grounds in preparation

    • for the 84th annual Yorktown Grange Fair.
    • Location: Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, 99 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights.
    • Counts towards community service hours.  Workers get free pass to Grange Fair in September.
    • Contact  for details.
    • Schedule
      • Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm, meet at the grange fair grounds gate.
      • Bring water
      • Dress in work cloths
      • No experience neccesary
      • Families are welcome.
  • 22-24 (F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Section Conclave, Camp Keowa, Ten Mile River Scout Camp, Narrowsburg, NY
  • 30  (Sat.)  Grange Fair Setup Day
      • On this Saturday all members of the Yorktown Grange Fair Committee and many other volunteer organizations will be setting up the livestock tents and the rest of fair grounds in preparation for the 84th annual Yorktown Grange Fair on Sept. 4-7, 2008.
      • Help participate in a great Yorktown tradition.
      • Location: Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds, 99 Moseman Road, Yorktown Heights.
      • All work counts towards community service hours.  Workers get free pass to Grange Fair in September.
      • Contact  for details.
      • Schedule
        • Sunday 9:00am-12:00pm, meet in the Yorktown Grange Building.
        • Drinks and a hot dog lunch will be provided
        • Dress in work cloths (painting cloths)
        • No experience neccesary
        • Families are welcome and encouraged to help.
    • 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 2008
    • 15 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 19-21 (F-Su) .Order of the Arrow Fall Service Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
    • 20 (Sat.)  Beaver Day at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake.
      • Each of us has a responsibility to assist in improving the condition of the BSA properties.  Beaver Day is a work day to do just that and enjoy working with others in a beautiful setting.  Click here for further details.
      • Lunch is provided.
      • Projects begin at 8:00 a.m. and end at 4:00 p.m.
      • Please call Camping Department at 845-773-1135 or e-mail shammonds@wpcbsa.org to reserve your meal and to help them plan the work.
      • Scheduled projects, in order of priority:
        • Split wood and stack for winter use
        • Construct boat equipment storage shed in site 40
        • Weed-wack all cabin areas
        • Clean and wash interior of all cabins and latrines
        • Apply stain to 4 bay garage
        • Apply clear wood finish to Archery shed
        • Cut, chip and block dead trees throughout camp
        • Repair picnic tables
        • Work on renovations to Ranger house kitchen
        • Stain on all picnic tables
        • Construct additional fishing docks at Sperling Pond and Clear Lake
        • Paint maintenance shed and garage
        • Install doors on Kiah House garage.
    • 22 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 24 (Wed.)     Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #1.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
    • 29 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 30 (Tues.)    .. No Patrol Meeting - Rosh Hashanah - Lakeland Schools Closed.


     October 2008
    • 1 (Wed.)        Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #2.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
    • 6 (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.
      • Thunderbird Games participants do menu planning.
      • Deadline to Sign up here. Thunderbird Games Weekend on Oct. 17-19.
      • Deadline to Pay Troop Dues by Oct. 6
        • $100 for the first youth, $75 each additional.
        • Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Treasurer.
        • 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.
    • 7 (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 (Tues.) Manitoga Roundtable for Adult Leaders 8:00pm-10:00pm Van Cortlandtville Elementry School.
    • 9 (Thurs.)      Schools Closed for Yom Kippur
    • 9 (Thurs.)      .. Theo M.'s Eagle Project.
        • We will be helping to fix up the back parking lot of the Grace Lutheran Church.  This is a great project because it gives back to the church that gives so much to us.  Please come out and help.  Even if you can only give one hour, any amount of time will be appreciated.
      • Time: 11:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
      • Location: Grace Lutheran Church grounds, 3830 Gomer St., Yorktown Heights.
      • Sign up here. Theo M..'s Eagle Scout Project: Working on back parking lot of Grace Lutheran Church.
      • Sign in with Theo M.. 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
        • Snacks and water will be provided.
        • Dress properly for being in a tick environment with poison ivy.
        • Wear old clothes, including long pants and a shirt with long sleeves.  You will get dirty.
        • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Theo M. when you arrive.
      • Contact Theo M. if you have questions.
    • 11 (Sat.) Scouting for Food: Fill your bags.
      • As Scouts, we have a duty to not only to “do a good turn daily”, but to “help other people at all times.” Please make a commitment to do your good turn today by participating in the 2008 Scouting for Food Good Turn. Each unit will collect food in their neighborhood for the hungry in our communities.
        • Scouting for Food bag offical distribution day is Saturday, October 11th. (Bag were distributed at the Oct. 6 Troop Meeting)
        • Scouting for Food offical collection day is Saturday, October 25th.
      • Return full bags at Troop Meeting Oct. 20 or at church Oct. 13.  Karen M.  will collect bags at Oct. 20th meeting.
      • Information.
    • 11 (Sat.)  - Sign up here Five Mile Hike for Advancement
      • Meet at S Sperling Center parking lot at 10:00 am See Map.
      • Bring FULL PACK and BAGGED LUNCH.
      • Bring TWO LITERS of water
      • Dress for the weather.
      • If you need a cooking requirement bring an uncooked meal and utensils.
      • Pickup at 5:00pm sharp.
      • Questions call Mr A. @ (914) 400-7496 (cell).
    • 11-12(Sa-Su).. Giant Ledge Mini Trek Overnighter in the Catskills.
      • Activities: Hike, cook, and hang out.  Come and fulfill your camping requirements.  Open to all of our Scouts and parents.
      • Location
        • A signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going must be given to the adult leader beforehand.
        • Meet at 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning at Grace Lutheran Church.
        • Return at 12:00 noon Sunday to Grace Lutheran Church.
        • Driver/camper parents welcome and needed.  It is a long way. Camp if you drive.
        • General information on the area.
        • Pictures, directions, and description of a hike to Giant Ledge: Click on this Panther Mtn. picture and click on "jump here" for directions and the purple foot at the top of the page for more on the hike
      • Sign up here Giant Ledge Mini Trek Overnighter by Oct 7.
      • Cooking
        • Bring your homemade lightweight alcohol Photon stove?
        • Each Scout plan his own food individually: Saturday bag lunch, Saturday supper, and Sunday breakfast.  As a "low impact, leave no trace" Troop, whatever you bring should produce minimal garbage, because you will be carrying it out with you.
        • Read: Low Impact Cooking handout from Margaret L. near the bottom of the password-protected pages.
      • Pack
        • Suggested equipment list.
        • No duffle bags.
        • Pack light and for low-impact camping.  Leave No Trace principles.  Pack In and Pack Out WasteCatholes: Disposal of Human Waste.
        • The Boy Scout Handbook's Camping chapter (pages 216-245) has a good discussion of what gear to bring and why.  Clothing lists (pages 203-204).  Note especially the "10 Scout Outdoor Essentials" (page 224).
        • It can get cold at night at 3,000-4,000 feet!  Be prepared.
        • Also be prepared for bugs.
        • Buddy camping, 2-3 scouts to a tent.
        • Leave room in your pack to divide up the tent and food for an even load..
        • Pack $5-$10 pocket money for beverage and snack.  We plan to stop at a store going each way.
      • Photos of Giant Ledge Mini-Treks, May 2006, Apr. 2004, Oct. 2003, May 2001.
    • 13 (Mon.)        No Troop Meeting - Columbus Day.
    • 14 (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 (Wed.)        Boy Scout Leader Basic Training #3.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  Free.
    • 17-19 (Fri-Sun) .. Thunderbird Games.
      • IMPORTANT All scouts must Email if you plan on attending Thuderbird Games.
      • Theme: "Raiders of the Lost Park"
      •  
      • Location:  Croton Point Park, 1A Croton Point Avenue, Croton on Hudson, NY.  Park map.  Google map.
      • Directions:  Route 9 north or south to Croton Point Avenue exit; head west over bridge into park.  Directions.
      • Detailed information from Council.
      • What to Do
        • Sign up here. Thunderbird Games 2-night Weekend.  Sign up by Oct. 6.  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 ????? 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 6 if you want to perform a skit, tell a joke, or sing a song solo or with other Boy Scouts.
      • Schedule
        • Friday,
          • After 5:00 p.m. Troop 174 scouts and adults who will camp overnight will arrive at tent campsite #???.
          • 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.
          • 9:30 - 11:00 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.
          • 9:30 - 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 Bouncy 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.
          • 7:30 - 9:00 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.
          • 10:00 p.m.              Lights Out
        • Sunday,
          • 7:00 a.m.                Reveille
          • 7:15 - 8:15 a.m.      Breakfast.
          • 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.      Non-denominational services at the campsite, led by Troop Chaplain Aide or another Scout.
          • 8:45 - 11:00 a.m.      Pack up gear.
          • 11:00 a.m.                Check-out with Mr. Bob A. and leave.  Parents pick up scouts at tent camp site #???.
      • 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.
    • 20 (Mon.)     ..Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
    • 21 (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.
    • 25-26 (Sat-Sun)      Boy Scout Leader Basic Training Outdoor Session.  (More Information, Registration Form)  For Assistant Scoutmasters and Scoutmasters.  $15.  Must have attended three prior indoor Basic Training Sessions.
    • 25 (Sat.) . Troop Hike POSTPONED Hudson Highland Bull Hill Hike is postponed until Nov. 1st due to inclimate weather forcasted for this Saturday.
      • WHERE: East Hudson Highlands - Bull Hill
      • DROP OFF: 9:00 am Saturday at Trailhead
      • PICK UP: 1:30 pm Saturday at Trailhead
      • DESCRIPTION: This loop hike steeply climbs Bull Hill, with many spectacular views over the Hudson River.
      • LENGTH: 5 Miles (counts towards advancement)
      • TIME: About four hours.
      • BRING: Day pack, lunch, and water (2 liters).
      • MAP: NY-NJTC East Hudson Trails Map #102
      • TRAIL HEAD: Take Route 9 north from the Annsville Circle.  Continue on Route 9 to intersection with Route 403.  Take Route 403 West to Garrison and Route 9D.  Take a Right on Route 9D.  Stay on Route 9D for about 5.5 miles to its intersection with N.Y. Route 301 (Main Street) in the Village of Cold Spring. Continue ahead on Route 9D for another 0.8 mile past the intersection with Route 301 to a parking area on the right side of the road, opposite the entrance to Little Stony Point.
      •  New York - New Jersey Trail Conference Link
    • 27 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 28 (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.

    • 30 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting (?) 7:30 -9:00 p.m. at the Yorktown Grange Building, 99 Moseman Road, Yorktown Hgts., NY



       November 2008
       

    • 1 (Sat.) . Troop HikeHudson Highland Bull Hill Hike 9:00 am Sign up here
      • Rescheduled from Oct. 25.
      • WHERE: East Hudson Highlands - Bull Hill
      • DROP OFF: 9:00 am Saturday at Trailhead
      • PICK UP: 1:30 pm Saturday at Trailhead
      • DESCRIPTION: This loop hike steeply climbs Bull Hill, with many spectacular views over the Hudson River.
      • LENGTH: 5 Miles (counts towards advancement)
      • TIME: About four hours.
      • BRING: Day pack, lunch, and water (2 liters).
      • MAP: NY-NJTC East Hudson Trails Map #102
      • TRAIL HEAD: Take Route 9 north from the Annsville Circle.  Continue on Route 9 to intersection with Route 403.  Take Route 403 West to Garrison and Route 9D.  Take a Right on Route 9D.  Stay on Route 9D for about 5.5 miles to its intersection with N.Y. Route 301 (Main Street) in the Village of Cold Spring. Continue ahead on Route 9D for another 0.8 mile past the intersection with Route 301 to a parking area on the right side of the road, opposite the entrance to Little Stony Point.
      •  New York - New Jersey Trail Conference Link
    • 2 (Sun.) .. Mack C.'s Eagle Project.
        • We will be building a shelter for the dog kennels for the Yorktown police K-9 Unit..  Please come out and help.  Even if you can only give one hour, any amount of time will be appreciated.
      • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Location: 1469 Nabby Hill Rd., Mohegan Lake.
      • Sign up here. Mack C..'s Eagle Scout Project: Building Dog Kennels for the Yorktown Police K-9.
      • Sign in with Mack C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
      • Bring:
        • Work gloves
        • Water Bottle
        • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Theo M. when you arrive.
      • Contact Mack C. if you have questions.
    • 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 7:00 p.m.
      • Scouting for Food collection TODAY food will be donated to St. Mary's Food Pantry for distribution on Nov. 22nd.
      • 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.
    • 4 (Tues.)      No Patrol Meeting - Election Day.  America expects parents to vote!
    • 4 (Tues.) Manitoga Roundtable for Adult Leaders 8:00pm-10:00pm Van Cortlandtville Elementry School.
    • 5 (Wed.) Personal Fitness Merit Badge - Week 1
      • Grace Luthern Church 7:30 pm
      • Given by Eric R. Sr..
      • Sign up here. Eagle-required Personal Fitness Merit Badge class.
    • 7-9 (F-Su) .. Manitoga District Fall Event.
      • Theme:

      • I SPY...
      • Each PATROL should have the following –

      • Compass, Matches/Homemade firestarters and/or flint and steel, Scout Handbook.
      • Each SCOUT should have

      • Day Pack, Bag Lunch / Water bottle, Hot Cup
      • Stations:

      • 1 - Camp Craft
        2 - First Aid
        3 - Compass Work
        4 - Fire Skills
        5 – Archery
        6 - Rock Climbing
      • Schedule:
        • Friday:

        • • Check-in 4:00pm-9:00pm @ Camp Master cabin
          • Bring roster (BS troops only)
        • Saturday:

        • • All Webelos and remainder of BS troops check in NO LATER
          than 8am.
          • 9:30am- Opening ceremonies, flag raising, announcements
          • 10:00am-12:00pm- Program
          • 12:00- Lunch break on the trail (bring a bag lunch)
          • 1:00-4:00pm- Program
          • 4:00-7:00pm- Free time & dinner
          • 7:30pm- Mass, Scouts Own Service
          • 8:30pm- Campfire, skits and songs; results of day’s competition
          • 10:00pm- Cracker Barrel for Adults, SPL’s and ASPL’s
          • 11:00pm- Lights out
        • Sunday:

        • • 9:00am- Check-out and site inspection
      • Location: Agatha A. Durland Scout Reservation at , 1 Clear Lake, Putnam Valley, NY  10579-1508.  Durland Scout Reservation Directions.
      • Meet Friday 6:00 p.m. at Sperling Center parking lot See Map.
        • Fee to attend the event is $15 per person.  Give to Troop Treasurer, Mr. Dave B.
      • Pickup will be Sunday at 9:00 a.m. iat Sperling Center parking lot.
      • Sign up here. Manitoga District Boy Scout Fall Event and campout by Nov 1st.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • 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.
    • 9 (Sun.)      .. Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve and the American Legion.
      • Meet at 1:30 p.m. directly in front of the Lakeland High School main entrance, 1349 East Main Street, Shrub Oak.  Parade starts at 2:00 p.m.  Scouts will be marching in the parade.  Attendance is expected. Rain or shine.
      • Parade ends at Veterans Memorial near Hart Library.  Ceremony after parade.  US, state & pack/troop flag bearers (no banners) will line up with the Marine 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. 3.
      • 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.
    • 10 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • Scouting for Food collection TODAY food will be donated to St. Mary's Food Pantry for distribution on Nov. 22nd.
      • Youth Protection Training - Today
        • Training will be offered to any registered adult that has not had training within the last Two (2) Years.
        • Mr. Athanasidy will run the training during the scout meeting.
    • 11 (Tues.)   No Patrol Meeting - Veterans Day
    • 14-15 (Fri.-Saturday) Don Long Funeral Arrangements
      • Visitation - Friday Nov. 14 7pm-9pm
        • Fellowship Hall of St Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
        • http://www.standrewsyorktown.org/
        • 2405 Crompton Road (same side of street as Yorktown Police Department)
        • Yorktown Heights, NY
        • (914) 962-9564
        • Wear Official Uniform
      • Memorial Service- Saturday Nov. 15 11:30am
        • St Andrew's Evangelical Lutheran Church
      • In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:
        • Donald W. Long Jr. Memorial Fund

        • Westchester-Putnam Council-BSA
          41 Sawm Mill River Road
          Hawthorne, NY 1532-1519
    • 15 (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.
    • 16 (Sun.) POSTPONED . Troop Hike Anthony's Nose 10:00 am Sign up here
      • WHERE: Anthony's Nose (eastern anchorage of the Bear Mountian Bridge)
      • DROP OFF: 10:00 am Sunday at Trailhead
      • PICK UP: 12:30 pm Sunday at Trailhead
      • DESCRIPTION: This loop hike climbs Anthony's Nose overlooking Bear Mountian and the Bear Mountian Bridge, with many spectacular views over the Hudson River. New York City Day Hike Link
      • LENGTH: 3 Miles
      • TIME: About two and a half hours.
      • BRING: Day pack, lunch, and water (2 liters).
      • MAP: NY-NJTC Hudson Trails Southern Section Map #1
      • TRAIL HEAD: Camp Smith Trail (blue blazes) which can be accessed 1.9 miles north of the old restored 1925 toll house on Bear Mountian Parkway (Route 6 & Route 202) as you drive towards the Bear Mountian Bridge.  Park in the small pull-off parking lot along the bend in the road
      • For further information contact Mr. Hank Gower (phone number can be found on password-protected pages)
    • 17 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • Activity: Knot tying.
      • Scouting for Food collection TODAY food will be donated to St. Mary's Food Pantry for distribution on Nov. 22nd.
      • Family Life Merit Badge class starts.
    • 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.) Personal Fitness Merit Badge - Week 3
      • Grace Luthern Church 7:30 pm
      • Given by Eric R. Sr..
      • Sign up here. Eagle-required Personal Fitness Merit Badge class
    • 20 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. at the Yorktown Grange Building, 99 Moseman Road, Yorktown Hgts., NY
    • 22 (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 Dec. 2007, Nov. 2007, Nov. 2006, Dec. 2005.
    • 24 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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.
    • 26 (Wed.) - 28 (Fri.) No School - Thanksgiving Break
    • 28 (Fri.) .. Mack C.'s Eagle Project.
      • We will be building a second shelter for the dog kennels for the Yorktown police K-9 Unit..  Please come out and help.  Even if you can only give one hour, any amount of time will be appreciated.
      • Older guys especially needed.
      • Time: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Location: 289 Linden Place, Yorktown NY. (Note: New Address for last time!)
      • Sign up here. Mack C..'s Eagle Scout Project: Building Dog Kennels for the Yorktown Police K-9.
      • Sign in with Mack C. when you arrive, and sign out when you leave.  This is important.
      • Bring:
        • Work gloves
        • Water Bottle
        • Scouts whose parents are not going must turn in a signed permission slip to Mack when you arrive.
        Contact Mack C. if you have questions.
         


       December 2008
       
    • 1 (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 7:00 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.
    • 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.
    • 8 (Mon.)    .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
    • 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
    • 10 (Wed.) Personal Fitness Merit Badge - Week 6
      • Grace Luthern Church 7:30 pm
      • Given by Eric R. Sr..
      • Sign up here. Eagle-required Personal Fitness Merit Badge class
    • 13-14 (Sat-Sun).. Freeze-O-Ree at Pound Ridge Sign up here
      • County Brochure
      • Location: Lean-To #5 at Michigan Road picnic area Map
      • Drop off Sat.. 9:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church Parking Lot.
      • Pick up Sun. 11:00 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Parking Lot.
      • Please bring some seasoned hard wood for shelter fireplaces.
      • Hike to Leatherman's Cave in Ward Pound Ridge Reservation.
      • Hike to Bear Rock Petroglyphs. Prehistoric petroglyphs are images created by removing part of a rock surface by incising, pecking, carving, and abrading.
      • Patrol Dutch Oven Cooking.
      • 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.
      • 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 Mr. Davies.
    • 13 (Sat.)          Council Rechartering Deadline.
    • 15 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an activity uniform.
      • Bring food, unwrapped toy donations, wrapping paper, and tape for Dec. 20 Food Pantry and Toy Drive.
    • 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
    • 17 (Wed.) (?) Personal Fitness Merit Badge - Week 7, (Check with Mr. R.)
      • Grace Luthern Church 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
      • Given by Eric R. Sr..
      • Sign up here. Eagle-required Personal Fitness Merit Badge class
    • 18 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting (?) 7:30 -9:00 p.m. at the Yorktown Grange Building, 99 Moseman Road, Yorktown Hgts., NY (please confirm with Mr. Czuy or Mr. Davies)
    • 20 (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. 15 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.
    • 22 (Mon.)    .. Court of Honor and Holiday Dessert Party.
    • 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.
    • 29 (Mon.)      No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess.
    • 30 (Tues.)     No Patrol Meeting - Winter Recess.


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