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 January 2011
  • 1 (Sat.) HAPPY NEW YEAR
  • 3 (Mon.) . .. Parent and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Demonstration of Web Site
      • Wilderness Shelters
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • Review Advancement Status
  • 4 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 8:00 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School
  • (Wed.)   .. Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet
    • 6:30 pm - Cortlandt Colonial Restaurant, Cortlandt Manor, NY
    • Fee -$22/person
    • Pre-registration is required by Dec. 15th
    • All Order of the Arrow members and their family members are invited.
    • Everyone who completed their Ordeal or Brotherhood Quest last year should attend, there will be recognition of your achievement.
    • More information is on the Ktemaque Lodge website and in the Beaver Tracks newsletter.
  • 10 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Klondike Stations
        • 1) First aid
        • 2) Ice rescue
        • 3) Boiling water with a fire
        • 4) Emergency carry
        • 5) Axes and knives (includes sharpening and proper use of)
        • 6) Orienteering
  • 15 (Sat)...Troop Rifle Shooting  - CANCELED DUE TO EXCESSIVE SNOW ON THE RANGE (Quantity of snow makes it unsafe to shoot)
  • 17 (Mon.)    No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • 17 (Mon.)   Klondike Prep Meeting
    • This is a Klondike prep meeting to prepare the Klondike sleds and supplies for the Saturday event.  
    • The church will be open at 7:30pm.  
    • All scouts available on Wednesday and attending the Klondike are encouraged to attend.
  • 22 (Sat.)    ..Manitoga Boy Scout KlondikeSign Up Here
    • Location:  FDR State Park in Yorktown Heights.  From the Taconic State Parkway south of Route 202, take the "FDR State Park" exit.
    • Click on this Council Klondike Guide PDF for detailed information about:
    • F.D.R. State Park
      • Registration: 8 to 9AM
      • Stations Open: 9 AM
      • Lunch: 12 - 12:30 PM
      • Stations Close: 2PM
      • Sled Races: 2:15PM
      • Closing: 3 PM
    • Emergency First Aid Is located at Klondike HQ (Stone Building near parking Lot #1)
    • Klondike HQ will be heated by fireplace & portable heaters and will be available to anyone needing to warm-up.
    • Scoring will be on a 10 point basis per station. 100 Total Points. Check-in and Lunch are considered stations.
    • Hot Chocolate will be available all day at Klondike HQ. ALL Participants MUST bring their own mug, no. throw·aways!!  F.D.R. Park is a carry in/carry out Park.
    • Patches will be distributed to all paid participants. Participation ribbons will be presented to all patrols and troops. Trophies will be awarded to the top Three (3) Patrols.
    • PARTICIPANT CONDUCT AND SPORTSMANSHIP WILL BE BASED ON THE BOY SCOUT OATH AND LAW.
    • The goals of our Klondike Derby are to give our scouts the opportunity to interact with scouts from other troops. to test our scout skills and to have
    • Photos of Boy Scout Klondike on Jan. 2008, Jan. 2007, Jan. 2006, Feb. 2005 and Council Photos, Jan. 2004, Jan. 2003.
  • 24 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Wilderness Survival Kit
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • Rank advancement
  • 26 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council - CANCELLED DUE TO SNOW, postponed to Feb. 2nd (see below)
  • 27 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. at the Grace Lutheran Church, all adults interested helping with our scout program are welcome to attend.
  • 28-30 (F-Su).. Ice Climbing Troop Weekend.
    • Sign up here. for Ice Climbing Weekend by Dec.20.  Space is limited to 10 Scouts and Adults.
    • (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.
    • Pay $50 nonrefundable deposit by Dec. 20.  Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to the Troop Treasurer.
    • Pay the balance of the total fee of $240 by Jan. 24.  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:
      • 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 10 scouts and adults.
    • Bring (list revised Jan. 15): Refer to your "Clothing for Winter Hiking" handouts.  Overview: Slippers or moccasins for the hostel, Nalgene bottle of water upside down in a wool sock, optional brown bag Friday supper or eat where the group stops, money for Sunday lunch and supper ($25 cash recommended), rain gear, wind-proof jacket, a day pack, fleece, hand and foot warmers, hot cup labeled with your name, rubber-soled pac boots good to -40 deg. F., hat over the ears, face mask or some other face covering, ski goggles, mittens and gloves both, personal first aid kit, toothbrush, spoon, sunglasses, etc.  No cotton clothing.  More clothing requirements at More information at Council.  Bring sweat pants and sweat shirt to sleep in and a change of clothes.  Optional folding camp stool.  Layers from inside out: underarmor or polypropelene, insulating layer maybe fleece, waterproof pants and top for climbing, and heavily-insulated outer layer.  During climbing, use inexpensive waterproof pants because pants legs may be accidentally cut by the crampons during climbing.
    • This activity requires a Class 3 Medical Form completed within the past 12 months.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Mr. Repetto 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. Repetto.
    • 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.
  • 31 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting and Parents Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • NOTE: New Day for Parent Meeting for the remaining months of the year the Parent meeting will be held on the last Monday of the month.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Special Guest Speaker - Dr.William Flank (from Leave No Trace training) will give a presentation on Water Purification.
        Dr. William H. Flank
        Adjunct Professor, Chemistry & Environmental Science
        Pace University
    • Parent Meeting:
      • Schedule update
      • Presentation to the parents on "Friends of Scouting".  This is a way for your family to help our council fulfill it's mission.  If you are able to contribute any amount please bring your checkbook.
         
           

            February 2011

  • 1 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementry School
  • 2 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program so far, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
      • Plan February Troop Meetings.
      • Plan February Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 5 (Sat.)  Webelos Klondike.POSTPONED until March 5
  • 7 (Mon.) .Troop Meeting  7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • 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,
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBA
  • 11 (Fri.)  ..Scout ShabbatSIGN UP HERE
    • 8:00 PM - At the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley
    • Church Road, Putnam Valley (RTPV)
    • The Temple has a few boys who are, or were in Troop 174 or 164.
    • The Boys will participate in an Oneg Shabbat, “Joy of Sabbath ”.
    • An Oneg at RTPV is like a pot luck dinner, where people bring various dishes from home to share, and the Rabbi often speaks about an upcoming holiday or scripture.
    • During the Oneg the Rabbi or the boys will discuss a little about the Jewish religion, what it stand for, building relations with other religions, etc.
    • All Scouts and Scout Volunteers, please come in uniform.
    • For further information, please call
      Bob Repetto 845-737-5113, or 845-661-4534
  • 13 (Sun.)  .. Scout Sunday Grace Lutheran Church. Sign Up Here
    • 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. Davies or the SPL.
    • Parents who will be cooking arrive at 7:00 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 Pheonix, Killer Rabbit and Bulldog patrols should be on hand at 7:30 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The Swine Flu, Purple Penguin and Thundercat patrols will help clean up.
    • All other adults not planning on helping to set up, please be on hand by 9:30 a.m.
    • Brunch will begin at approximately 9:45 a.m., after the 8:30 a.m. service and before the 11:00 am 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.
  • 14 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Knots
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • Camping Preparation
  • 16 (Wed.)     Philmont Planning Meeting 7:00-8:30 p.m. 
    • At Grace Lutheran.
    • For Philmont Scouts and Parents.
    • Plan and finalize travel arrangements.
    • Schedule CPR training and conditioning hikes.
  • 16 (Wed.)   Clear lake Campout Prep Meeting 7:00-8:00 p.m. 
    • At Grace Lutheran.
    • For Scouts looking for advancement at the upcomming overnight.
  • 19-20 (Sat. - Sun.)  .Troop Overnight at Clear Lake  Sign Up Here
    • The Troop has reserved a cabin at Durlandt Scout Reservation.
    • TIMES:
      • Drop off  at the Cabin any time on or after 6:00 pm Friday.
      • Pick up on Sunday 8:30 am.  
      • Scouts can be picked up and dropped off for sporting events anytime during the weekend.  Please inform the scoutrmaster of your plans in advance.
      • We will be completely out of the cabin at 9:00 am (a second group has the cabin at 10:00 am).
    • FOOD:
      • Eat dinner before being dropped off on Friday
      • Saturday Morning Breakfast supplied by Troop or cook by Patrol
      • Saturday Lunch - Bring a Bagged Lunch or cook by Patrol.
      • Saturday Dinner by Patrol.  Old Goat Patrol will eat together.
      • Sunday Morning Hot Chocolate and Oatmeal.
      • Note: Patrol cooking requirement requires cooking outside.
    • BRING:
      • Board games and cards
      • flash lights or head lamps
      • Sleeping bag & pillow
      • Change of clothes, extra socks.
      • Snacks to share
      • Toiletries
    • All scouts without parents need a signed Permission Slip, (Click here).
    • The CEDAR cabin has 30 bunks.  Scout can sleep in a bunk, on the floor or outside in a tent.
    • Please note: Only tent camping counts towards overnight camping requirements for advancement and merit badges.
    • We may have the opportunity for Snow Shoeing.
    • Bring your winter activity clothes and equipment.
    • Last oppertunity to get Patrol Cooking Requirement before COH in March
  • 21-25 (Mon. - Fri.) Winter Break No School
  • 21 (Mon.)  No Troop meeting this Monday
  • 26 (Sat.)     Philmont Conditioning NEW TIME 1:00pm-3:00pm 
    • At FDR State Park.  Parking Lot #1
    • For Philmont Scouts.
    • Bring boots, water bottle and packpack between 25# & 30# of weight.
  • 28 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting & Parents Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • NOTE: New Day for Parent Meeting for the remaining months of the year the Parent meeting will be held on the last Monday of the month.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Lashing
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • Patrol Flags
             
  • 1 (Tues.) St. David's Day - Patron Saint of Wales.
  • 1 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School
  • 2 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
    • Where: Grace Lutheran Church
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program so far, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
      • Plan March Troop Meetings.
      • Plan March Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 3 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m.
    • NEW LOCATION - At the Unitarian Church on Strawberry Directions
    • All adults interested helping with our scout program are welcome to attend.
  • 4 (Fri.) .. Indoor Rock ClimbingSign up here.
    • Location: The Cliffs at Valhalla, 1 Commerce Park, Valhalla, NY.  (914) 328-ROCK.
    • Meet 6:45 p.m. at the Cliffs
      • Climb: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
    • Sign up here. Indoor Rock Climbing by Feb. 22.
    • Parents may climb, also.
    • Deadline to pay is Feb. 28.
    • The gear is included in the price of $25.00 per head with the exception of climbing shoes.
    • Bing -
      • Please have your parent print out this waiver, sign it, and bring it with you to The Cliffs at Valhalla.
      • Bring a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going and give to Mr. Eric R.
    • All scouts should bring or wear sneakers.  No boots allowed for climbing.
    • This is a great opportunity for scouts of all ages to rock climb at a supervised “Top Rope belay” indoor climbing wall.
    • There will be a 5 to 1 ratio of Scout to staff supervision, not including our Troop leaders.
      • Over 13,000 sq. ft. of climbing terrain.
      • Over 50 top rope stations and tons of lead climbing.
      • Over 2500 sq. ft of bouldering with top-outs.
      • Roofs, overhangs, slabs, arêtes, you name it.
      • Rappel tower.
      • Expertly set routes for all ability levels (from kids to pros).
    • This is a great opportunity for our boys under the age of 14 to get a “taste” of High Adventure Scouting!  Please take advantage of it!
    • Older boys are encouraged to take the belay test, but they need climbing and belay experience.
    • Check out The Cliffs at Valhalla's website at www.thecliffsclimbing.com.
    • Once we see how many scouts will be participating, we shall finalize rides and all details after the troop meeting on March 12.
    • Talk with Mr. Eric R. at a troop meeting if you have questions.
    • Photos of Indoor Rock Climbing on Mar. 2007, Feb. 2006.
  • 5 (Sat.) Webelos Klondike.Sign up Here
    • 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).
    • Competition Starts at 9 am
    • Boy Scouts will help with one Klondike Station
    • Boy Scouts can work all day (9am-3pm) or one two hour shift
    • This effort counts towards community service for Rank Advancement
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
  • 5 (Sat)     Philmont Conditioning 2:00pm-4:00pm. 
    • At FDR State Park.  South end of Parking Lot #1
    • We will be walking for 5 miles.
    • For Philmont Scouts.
    • Bring boots, water bottle and backpack with between 30# & 40# of weight.
  • 6 (Sun.) Pack 144 Blue & Gold at St.Columbanus Sign up here to help
  • 6 (Sun.) Pack 38 Blue & Gold at Cortlandt Colonial Sign up here to help
  • 7 (Mon.)  .Spring Court of Honor.
  • 12 (Sat.)     Philmont Conditioning 2:00pm-4:00pm 
    • At Blue Mountian Reservation Parking Lot (where we parked during the Centennial Camporee last year).
    • For Philmont Scouts.
    • Bring your Philmont boots, water bottle and Philmont backpack with between 30# & 40# of weight.
    • We will hike at least 7 miles.
  • 13 (Sun.) .. Bowl-O-Ree - Sign Up Here
    • Bowl-O-Ree Scouts and Adults, Sign up by March 7th.
    • Parents may bowl too.
    • 2:00 p.m. at Cortlandt Lanes, 2192 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor.
    • The Bowl-O-Ree supports Scouting programs for youths with special needs in the Yonkers and Mount Vernon school districts (more information).
    • 1:45 PM scouts arrive at at Cortlandt Lanes, 2192 Crompond Road, Cortlandt Manor. Bowl 2:00 PM
    • Check in with Mrs. Gambro. 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.
    • 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. Gambro, who is organizing our troop participation.  Her phone number is on the Protected Pages.
    • Photos of Bowl-O-Ree,Mar. 2008, 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).
  • 14 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting  7:30 pm -9:00 pm
    Grace Lutheran Church on Gomer and Curry
    Wear Activity Shirt.  An activity shirt can be any boy scout tee shirt.  
    New scouts can wear their Webelo shirts.  
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Cold weather camping.
      • Backpack Demonstration.
      Patrol Meetings:
      • Advancement
  • 20 (Sun.)   Five Mile Requirement, Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 5 Mile & 10 Mile Hike along Appalachian Trail from the Bear Mountian Bridge to Canopus Hill Road.
    • 5 Mile Hike
      • Young scouts pickup at 3:00pm at Appalachian Market.
    • 10 Mile Hike
      • Older scouts will hike to Canopus Hollow Road, ten (10) Miles.
      • Pick up at corner of Canopus Hill Road and  Canopus Hollow Road at 5:00pm.
    • All will meet at the Annesville Circle at the Gravel Parking lot between the Duncan Donuts Gas Station and the old State Police building.
      • We will car pool to Route 9D just north of Bear Mountian Bridge.
    • Hike can be used for 5-Mile rank requirement or Reqirement #5 towards Hiking Merit Badge or Both.
    • Philmont Trekers should bring Philmont Hiking Boots and Philmont Backpack.
    • See Mr. Davies or Mr. Gower for details.
  • 21 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear an activity uniform. 
    • Troop Meeting: 
      • Campout preparation
      • Tents 
      • Stoves 
      • Pack Check
    • Patrol Meetings: 
      • Pack Check for Green Horns 
  • 23 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council

  • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
  • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
  • Where: Grange Hall (Church Not Available)
  • Agenda:  
    • Review Program so far, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
    • Plan April Troop Meetings.
    • Plan April Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
    • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 25 - 27 (Fi-Sa-Su)..Green Horn Overnight  Signup here
    • Location: Site #37 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google mapDirections.
    • Sperling Center map..
    • Older Scout Friday Night Campout, meet at Sperling 6pm, Hike into camp
    • New Scout Drop off Saturday 9 a.m. at Sperling Center
    • Pick up Sun  9 am
    • Schedule and Personal Equipment List
    • All scouts going camping  must be at the troop meeting preceding 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. Athanasidy or Mr. Davies.
  • 27 (Sun.)   Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 10 Mile Hike along Appalachian Trail from the Old Albany Post Road to State Road 301.
      • Scouts will hike to Canopus Lake on State Road 301, ten (10) Miles.
      • Pick up at corner of Canopus Hill Road and  Canopus Hollow Road at 5:00pm.
    • All will meet at the corner of Old Albany Post Road and Chapman Rd.
    • Philmont Trekers should bring Philmont Hiking Boots and Philmont Backpack.
    • See Mr. Davies or Mr. Gower for details.
  • 28 (Mon.)     .Troop Meeting & Parents Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • NOTE: New Day for Parent Meeting for the remaining months of the year the Parent meeting will be held on the last Monday of the month.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Camping Meeting
      • Scout Law Presentation
      • Leave No Trace
  • 30 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Church.
    • If you wish to be an Adult Leader (a uniformed program leader or uniformed committee member) please attend this meeting.
    • Welcome new Adult Leaders disscuss organization.
    • Plan balance of year and organization changes with new scouts.
           

            April 2011

  • 1-3 (Fri-Sun) .. Order of the Arrow - Lodge Fellowship Weekend
    • Lodge Fellowship Weekend
      • Cabins (Jones, Nardone, and Schutt)
      • Durland Scout Reservation
      • Clear Lake Road
      • Putnam Valley, NY 
    • See http://www.ktemaque.org/ for more information.
    • Check in on Friday from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Jones Cabin.  We shall be staying in the Jones, Nardone, and Schutt cabins.  If you have any conflicts in your calendar and can only attend for part of the weekend, that's okay.  For those who can attend Saturday only, mark the Saturday-only box on the registration form, and check in anytime on Saturday at the Jones Cabin.
    • THREE FORMS are required to register (registration form, and Part A and C of the BSA medical form). All three forms in fillable format are on Ktemaque Lodge's Forms web page at www.Ktemaque.org/forms.html.  Remember to mail your registration form, medical forms (two pages), and payment before the March 25th postmark deadline.
    • Join us for our Lodge Fellowship Weekend on April 1-3, 2011 at Durland Scout Reservation.  All youth and adult members are invited.  New members are especially encouraged to attend.  It is too much fun to miss!  Unlike most Lodge events we participate in, the only people we are serving this weekend are OURSELVES!!  We're together to have fun, laughs, and lots of delicious food that will be cooked by the adults!  
    • This is also a great opportunity for Ordeal members eligible for Brotherhood to complete their Brotherhood Quest, which is different from the Ordeal.  Brothers wanting to do their Brotherhood Quest must mark that on their registration form and MUST be present for the entire Saturday program from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.  The requirements are simple:
  • - Ten month's service as an Ordeal member
  • - Registered active membership in Scouting
  • - Registered active membership in the Order of the Arrow
  • - Memorization of the Obligation, the OA Song, and the Admonition (See your "Order of the Arrow Handbook")
    • Pick up Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at the Jones Cabin.
  • 2 (Sat.)   Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 10 Mile Hike along Appalachian Trail from the State Road 301 to Miller Hill Road.
    • Philmont Trekers should bring Philmont Hiking Boots and Philmont Backpack.
    • See Mr. Davies or Mr. Gower for details.
  • 4 (Mon.) .. Parent and Troop Meetings  7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt (Special Occation).  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • 2nd Annual Nerf Gun War
        • Wear Activity Shirt.
        • Bring Nerf Guns,  Nerf Ammo and Eye Protection (Sun Glasses).
  • 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
  • 5 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementry School
  • 9 (Sat.)   Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00pm - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 10 Mile Hike along Appalachian Trail from the Miller Hill Road to I-84 Underpass.
    • Philmont Trekers should bring Philmont Hiking Boots and Philmont Backpack.
    • See Mr. Davies or Mr. Gower for details.
  • 8-10 (Fri-Sun) NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training - Weekend 1 of 2
    • National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
    • 2011 Tuition is $200 if registered by March 15.  $250 after March 15.
    • More information and registration HERE
  • 11 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • West Point Prep and Training
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  Advancement
  • 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
  • 15-17 (Fri-Sun) NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training - Weekend 2 of 2
    • National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.
    • 2011 Tuition is $200 if registered by March 15.  $250 after March 15.
    • More information and registration HERE
  • 17 (Sun)..Troop Rifle Shooting  Sign Up Here
    • Location: Blue Mountain Reservation Directions Here
    • Sunday: 10:00 am - 2:00 pm,  Shooting 22 caliber rifles.
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Scout must be 12 or older.
  • 17 (Sun.)   Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00pm - 6:00pm Sign Up Here
  • 18-22 (Mon-Fri) Lakeland and Yorktown Schools Recess - NOTE: Scheduled school closing may change due to excessive snow days.
  • 18 (Mon.)   Informal Troop Meeting
    • For Scouts and Adults Participating in the West Point Camporee.
    • We will be organizing equipment and making plans for travel to the USMA at West Point.
    • Parents of scouts attending should also be available to talk about early dismissal from school on April 29th.
  • 19 (Tues.)   No Patrol Meeting - Schools Closed
  • 23 (Sat.) .. Food Pantry at St. Mary's.
    • 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.
  • 23 (Sat.)  Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike Canceled Due to Rain
  • 24 (Sun) Easter Sunday
  • 25 (Mon.) .. Parent and Troop Meetings  7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • West Point Camp-o-ree preparation
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  Practice Skills 
  • 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
  • 27 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program so far, discuss any Troop concerns or issues.
      • Plan May Troop Meetings.
      • Plan May Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 28 (Thurs.)   West Point Scouts pack drop off – Grace Church 6:45pm – 7:45pm
    • This is only a pack drop off.  No meeting
    • Please tag your bag
  • 28 (Thurs.)   Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. 
    • Location at Grace Lutheran.
    • Plan balance of year and organization changes with new scouts.
    • Summer Camp Preparation
  • 29 (Fri) Lakeland Schools in Session (Because of Snow Days)
  • 30 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Marek S.
    • This activity is restricted to adults and older Scouts only.
    • Marek is poring footings for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with dirt and concrete wear old clothes
    • Saturday at FDR State Park from 12pm to 6pm.
    • Meet at parking lot #1. 
    • .
  • 29-1 (Fri-Sun) .. West Point Camp-O-Ree
    • We are honored to be able to participate in this years West Point Camporee at Lake Frederick on the West Point Reservation.
    • 6,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venture Scouts will be participating this year.
    • The mission of West Point's Scoutmaster's Council is to provide scouts with positive role models and opportunities for personal growth through cadet/scout interaction, while at the same time enhancing West Point’s public relations and providing cadets with leadership opportunities.  Nearly 200 cadets volunteer to participate in scouting events over the course of the year and the camporee serves as the culminating event. 
    • Schedule
      • Thursday April 28
        • Scouts pack drop off – Grace Church 6:45 – 7:45
        • This is only a pack drop off.  No meeting
        • Please tag your bag
      • Friday April 29
        • Troop / parent pick up Scouts from school for earlier dismissal.  If you need someone to pick up your son from middle school, you must send your son’s name and school to rncshaw@optonline.net no later than Wednesday night.  There will be no troop pickups from elementary or high school.
        • Elementary / Middle School arrive at Grace Church no later than 2:00 pm.
        • High school students may arrive as late as 2:30 pm.
        • Prepare equipment and scouts for departure.
        • Depart Grace at 3:00.
        • Arrive at Camp Natural Bridge approximately 4:00 pm (West Point registration area).
      • Sunday May 1st
        • Troop will hike out at 11:30am; pick up at Camp Natural Bridge will be approximately 2:00pm.  We are currently evaluating whether we have sufficient cars and space to bring the boys back to the Church for pickup rather than having all parents come to Camp Natural Bridge; until you hear otherwise, please plan on picking your son up at Camp Natural Bridge.  If you are interested in volunteering with your minivan or other large vehicles (no mini Coopers), please email rncshaw@optonline.net.
    • What to Pack
      • We will have a challenging (but very doable) hike on Friday afternoon and Sunday morning…
      •  Please make sure the boys do not over pack (30 lbs at most and remember to leave room for food and equipment which will be provided by the Troop Friday at Grace Lutheran Church)
      •  The Troop maintains a comprehensive list if what to bring… http://troop174.info/History/YEveryYear/BackpackChecklist.html
      •  NO ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT WILL BE PERMITTED! Cell phones to be used in an emergency only.  West Point does not allow cell phone usage in many areas on campus.
      • Here are some suggestions regarding specific items:
      • Packs
        •  Nothing may be in the Scouts hands or hanging off / swinging on the pack.  Everything must be inside or attached securely to the pack.
        • Leave room for food and equipment
      • Uniform / clothes
        •  The boys must have a COMPLETE dress uniform (class A) packed neatly in their pack. (Shirt, neckerchief, hat, belt, and pants that are either official or look /seem official)
        • No jeans, sport (basketball) shorts or military fatigues.
        • All other shirts must be Scout activity shirts (class B) – NO Motley Crue, Lucky brand, etc t-shirts.  T-shirts from camp Read, Durland (Clear Lake), Troop 174 (prefer) and Bowloree are all acceptable activity shirts.  Jeans and sports shorts are NOT acceptable
        • Activity uniform and hiking boots must be worn on Friday – if your son wished to bring his sneakers, please remind him of the hike and to avoid over packing – it is his choice.
        •  Extra socks are always important. At least 2 pair.
        •  Please keep an eye on the weather forecast up until Thursday when you drop off your packs – as of now (Tues afternoon) they are forecasting temps ranging from mid 40’s to mid 60’s.   West Point zip code = 10996 
      • Water
        •  The boys need water only for the initial hike into camp Friday afternoon in their water bottle.  The campsite will have water trucks available throughout the weekend for refill
      • Food
        •  The boys must bring (or eat at school) lunch for Friday afternoon.
        •  The boys must bring their own lunch for Saturday afternoon - high in calories but not requiring any heating or significant preparation.  Remember to keep in mind there is no refrigeration, do not send them with perishable lunches, e.g., tuna fish.
        • DO NOT PACK FOOD IN THE PACKS FOR DROP OFF THURSDAY NIGHT, HAVE THE BOYS BRING THE LUNCH TO SCHOOL ON FRIDAY.\
        •  The boys may bring their own snacks - healthy, high in calories and protein, but not sugar --- Snickers bars are not good, granola bars are good, beef jerky is good.
        •  The troop will be providing food for Friday evening, Saturday breakfast, Saturday snack and dinner and Sunday breakfast.  Hot cocoa will be available as well.
        • Scouts will be cooking themselves, but the troop will provide equipment, including stoves and fuel (THERE ARE NO OPEN FLAMES AT LAKE FREDERICK).
    • Graded Events (Round-Robin):
      • Camouflage - At this site Scouts will learn how to properly apply US Army camouflage. They will be graded on their ability to apply what they have learned to a time standard.
      • Litter/First Aid - At this site Scouts will fashion a litter and perform first aid techniques. Scouts will have to apply what they know to an “emergency” situation. They will be graded on proficiency and time.
      • Knot Tying - At this site Scouts will tie various knots. They will be graded on their ability to correctly tie the knots.
      • Leadership Reaction Course - At this site Scouts will be given a specific problem to solve using given materials. The Scouts will be graded by time with time added to their score for errors (touching minefield).
      • Drill - This site is mandatory for every Scout in attendance.  The Scouts will learn the US Army drill and ceremonies techniques that they will use for the closing review.
      • Fire Building -     At this site the Scouts will have to build a fire to burn a string that is at a given height. The Scouts will be graded on how fast they are able to burn through the string and the materials they use to build their fire.
      • Fitness Challenge - Fitness being a very important aspect of military life the Scouts will be graded on the relative fitness of their patrol.
      • Grenade Toss - Scouts will be taught various techniques for throwing grenades. After they are taught they will throw a dummy grenade for accuracy. The most accurate patrol at different ranges will win.
      • Swiss Seat/One-Rope Bridge -     Scouts will be taught how to tie a US Army rappel seat and will be graded on their ability to re-tie the seat in 90 seconds.  They will then have the opportunity to cross a One-Rope Bridge using their seat.
      • Land Navigation - Using very basic Land Navigation Techniques Scouts will negotiate a Land Nav course for time.
      • Commander’s Challenge - This event will not be announced until the Camporee. It will be tough and of a military nature.
      • RB-15 - The RB-15 is a US Army raft. If these are not available due to supply issues, we will use canoes.  The Scouts will have to negotiate a course on the lake. The fastest patrol will win this site.
    • Non-Graded Events:
      • Static Display - The contents of the static display will be United States Military weapons and accessories.  
      • Demonstrations – There will be a variety of cadet club demonstrations for the scouts throughout the weekend.
    • Other Graded Events:
      • Campsite Inspection:  Each troop will be judged on the neatness of their campsite.  We are a Lightfighter troop and will be graded with the expectation that every item could have been brought by them over the trail; deductions will be made for items that could not have been brought in a scout’s backpack (i.e. folding picnic tables, picnic gazebos, or the RV Camper with cable TV parked in the middle of the patrol’s site).
        The minimum uniform for all scouts throughout the camporee will be a class B uniform with scout pants and a scout T-shirt or scout polo shirt.  
    • The class A uniform will be required for reveille and retreat formations, formation on Saturday and all subsequent activities Saturday evening, for the religious services, and the awards ceremony on Sunday.  
      • Gym clothes and shoes are the uniform for Saturday morning PT, be prepared to get them dirty and not be able use them for the rest of the weekend.
      • We ask scouts not to wear elements of a military uniform, such as physical training pants, while at West Point.
    • Absolutely no open flames are permitted at Lake Frederick.  All cooking needs to be done with camp stoves.
    • No locking knives with blades longer than six inches, or butterfly knives.
           

            May 2011

  • 2 (Mon.) .Troop Meeting  7:30 p.m. 8:30 pm  Wear Dress Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Poisonous Plants - Experience with Poison Ivy by Saro, Alves, Hoernes et al.
      • Foot Care - Mr. Reppeto
    • Patrol Meeting
      • Equipment Checkin
  • 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
  • 3 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School
  • 7 (Sat.)   Hiking Merit Badge 20 Mile Hike 10:00pm - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 20 Mile Hike along North County Trailway from East View to Somers (the Jilco Window Factory on Mahopac Ave.).
      • Scouts will start at Eastview parking lot off of the Saw Mill River Parkway at 10:00 am.
      • Scouts will finish at the Jilco Window Factory on Mahopac Ave, at appoximately 5:00 pm.
    • See  Mr. Gower or Mr. Davies for details.
  • 7 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Ian T.
    • Ian is building picnic tables for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with wood and wrenches.
    • Bring gloves and outdoor clothes.
    • Saturday at FDR State Park from (Note new time) 9:00 am - 1:00 pm.
    • Meet at parking lot #1. 
  • 8 (Sun.) Mothers Day, forget at your peril.
  • 9 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Orienteering - Greg Zedlovich
      • Map Reading
      • Foot Care - Mr. Repetto
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  Spring Camporee Planning.
        • Duty Roster
        • Menu Planning
  • 10 (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.
  • 13-15 (Fri.-Sun.)   .. Spring District Event  The Troop has decided not to participate
  • 14 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Ian T.
    • Saturday at FDR State Park from (Note new time) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
    • Ian is building picnic tables for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with wood and wrenches.
    • Bring gloves and outdoor clothes.
    • Meet at parking lot #1. 
  • 14 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Ariel B.
    • 1pm-5pm at the Montrose Ambulance Corps 
        Address: 6 Kings Ferry Road
                  Montrose, NY 10548
    • Scouts need to bring gloves, shovels, and hand trowels if they have them. 
    • Scouts should come prepared for the sun, wearing sunblock and a sun hat if they want. 
    • Look for the traffic cones & red tape along the road to keep the scouts off the road and alert drivers to people working there.
    • Ariel will supply drinks and food.
  • 16 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Scouting Skills Quiz-o-ree
      • Summer Activities Pep Rally
        • Slide Show
        • Camp Read
        • Philmont
        • Pre-requisites
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  Equipment Checkin
      • Advancement
  • 17 (Tues.) .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome
  • 20-22 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • See Mr. Davies for details.
  • 21 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Ian T.
    • Saturday at FDR State Park from (Note new time) 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
    • Ian is building picnic tables for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with wood and wrenches.
    • Bring gloves and outdoor clothes.
    • Meet at parking lot #5. 
  • 21 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Ariel B.
    • 10am-5pm at the Montrose Ambulance Corps 
        Address: 6 Kings Ferry Road
                  Montrose, NY 10548
    • Scouts need to bring gloves, shovels, and hand trowels if they have them. 
    • Scouts should come prepared for the sun, wearing sunblock and a sun hat if they want. 
    • Ariel will supply drinks and food.
  • 22 (Sun.)   Hiking Merit Badge, & Philmont Conditioning Hike 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sign Up Here
  • 23 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Dutch Oven Cooking.
      • Scouting Quiz
      • Trebuchet Demonstration or Lashing.
      • Final BOR's 
  • 24 (Tues.) .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Peter H.'s house.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome
  • 25 (Wed.) .. Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
      • Prepare for summer camp.
      • Plan meetings over the summer.
      • Plan events over the summer.
  • 26 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. location Unitarian Church
  • 27-29 (Fri-Sun) ..  Appalachian Trail Trek Sign Up Here
    • Appalachian Trail Trek - Arden Valley Rd. to Bear Mountain Bridge
    • This is a High Adventure Long Distance hike for the experienced scout (Star Scout or higher). We will be hiking a total of 20 miles over three days with full packs and sleeping over two nights. 
      Gear must be light weight (35lbs Max). Pack checks are mandatory the week before the overnight.
    • This will be a light backpack/long distance hike.
      • Sleeping bag
      • Single man tent
      • Sleeping mat
      • (2) One Liter Bottles of Water
      • Food (Must Bring or Share). Food should be light and not perishable.
        • Light Dinner for Friday Night or eat before
        • Oatmeal Saturday Morning
        • Trail mix or granola bars for hike
        • Bagged Lunch Saturday
        • High Carb (Rice or Noddles) dinner Saturday Night
        • Oatmeal Sunday Morning
        • Bagged Lunch Sunday (or money to buy Lunch at Bear Mountain Carousel)
      • Change of clothes and three/four pairs of socks (Quick Dry Clothes are best)
      • Rain gear or poncho
      • Headlamp
      • Butane stove
      • Personal cooking/eating  gear
    • Itinerary
      • Car pool from the Annesville Circle (Gravel lot south of the Mobil Gas Station/Dunkan Doughnuts) at 5:30pm Friday
      • Meet at Elk Pen Parking Area at 6:00 pm Friday evening (MAP of Parking Area)
      •   3.0 Mile hike to Lemon Squeezer for Friday night camp above Island Pond.
      • 10.0 Mile hike to West Mountain Shelter Side Trail, NY for Saturday night Camp.
      •   7.0 Mile hike over Bear Mountain to Bear Mountain Bridge for Pickup at 2:00pm Sunday.
    • Total Miles - 20 Miles
  • 30 (Mon.) .. Memorial Day Parade.
    • Meet 10:45 a.m. at the Yorktown Highway Dept. between Commerce Street and Front Street.
    • Attendance is MANDITORY.  If you are in town you are expected to attend.  Rain or shine.
    • We are the largest Troop in Yorktown we will have the largest participation in the parade.
    • 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.
  • 30 (Mon.) No Troop Meeting Memorial Day
  • 31 (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.

                        
             June 2011

  • 6 (Mon.)    .. Troop Softball Game - Scouts vs Adults.
    • 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Troop Softball Game at Willow Park on Curry and Tulip Drive half a mile south on Curry from the Grace Lutheran Church.
      • The Undefeated Adults vs. the Underdog Scouts.
      • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going to Mr A..
      • 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.
      • To have enough sunshine we will start early at 6:30pm. 
      • Photos of Troop Softball Game, June 2007, May 2005.
  • 10-12(F-Su) .. Order of the Arrow Section NE-7B Conclave at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, 1774 Sound Avenue, Calverton, NY (Long Island)
    • Section Conclaves are a very good OA event for youth and adult OA members.  All OA members are encouraged to attend, especially new Ordeal members.
    • Payments received by May 15th will qualify for the discounted rate of $30.00.  Ordeal members who are newly inducted in the Spring of 2011 (after May 16th) may continue to register for the Conclave until June 5th for the normal registration fee of $30.00.  
    • See the registration form on the Section Conclave web site for all the registration fees and deadlines.  Online registration is available.  See the Section Conclave web site for more details about the Section Conclave.  People who want to carpool should contact Rob Carlson.
    • Scouts must have completed their Ordeal to attend a Section Conclave.  Scouts who were elected this year but will take their Ordeal in the Fall must wait until after they complete their Ordeal to attend the Section Conclave.
    • Please contact Margaret Lipscomb or Rob Carlson if you have questions.

      
           July 2011

  • .Troop 174 Summer Activities
  • Jun 28 - July 11 (Su-Sa)  Philmont 2011 at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico,
    • Philmont Scout Crew - Alex A., Chris A., Nick A., Robert B., Josh D., Mike G., Dan H., Matt R., Marek S. & Matthew S.
    • Philmont Adults - Mr. Bruce, Mr. Repetto, and Mr. Davies.
  • July 3-9 (Su-Sa) .. Summer Camp Week 1 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • Ranger Camp Site
    • Adult in charge is Rich Shaw Sr.
  • July 10-16 (Su-Sa).. Summer Camp Week 2 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • Ranger Camp Site
    • Adult in charge is Bill Terhune
  • 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.
  • 19 (Tues.) Summer Camp Closeout Meeting.
    • 7:30 pm at Grace Lutheran.
    • All summer camp adult leaders are expected to attend.
    • Meeting to close out summer camp accounts, blue cards, etc. 
  • Other Summer ActivitiesSpace Camp in Florida and Alabama offers one-week programs, ages 9-18.  Examples:
  • Westchester Parks: Events, camping, environment, fishing/boating, trailways, sports, swimming, summer camps.
  • Yorktown Recreation Programs: Aquatics programs, summer day camp, and youth programs.
  • Aviation Challenge Mach II qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Aviation merit badge as well as partials in First Aid, Fire Safety, and Orienteering.
  • Space Academy qualifies scouts ages 12-14 for the Space Exploration merit badge.  Check for programs for other ages and for possible discount for registering before Dec. 31 for the summer programs.


August 2011
  • 6 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Josh D.
    • Saturday at the Grange Fair Grounds 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
    • Josh is building a new Grange Fair Stage for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with wood, nails and hammers
    • Parents will be cutting wood.
    • Bring gloves and outdoor clothes.
    • Meet at the Yorktown Grange. 
  • 17 (Wed.)  Green Bar Meeting
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: All scouts First Class and higher
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda: Disscuss the organization of the Troop for September.  How should we split the Patrols, what events should we plan, etc.
  • 20 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Josh D.
    • Saturday at the Grange Fair Grounds 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
    • Josh is building a new Grange Fair Stage for his project.  Scouts and adults will be working with wood, nails and hammers
    • Parents will be cutting wood.
    • Bring gloves and outdoor clothes.
    • Meet at the Yorktown Grange. 
  • 27 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Josh D.
    • Saturday at the Grange Fair Grounds 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.
    • Decking is scheduled for this weekend.
    • Parents will be cutting wood.
    • Bring cordless drills
    • Meet at the Yorktown Grange. 
  • 31 (Wed.)   Patrol Leader's Council   (Second Meeting)
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: Senior Scout Leadership
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda: Continue to disscuss the future of Troop 174 and what you want in the Troop's program.


September 2011
  • 3  (Sat.)  Annual Grange Fair Work 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 86th annual Yorktown Grange Fair on Sept. 8-11, 2011.
    • 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 gate pass to Grange Fair next week.
    • Contact  for details.
    • Schedule
      • Saturday 9:00am-12:00pm, meet in the Yorktown Grange Building.
      • Drinks and a hot dog lunch will be provided
      • Dress in work clothes (there may be some painting)
      • No experience neccesary
    • Families are welcome and encouraged to help.
  • 3 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Matt R.
    • Saturday September 3rd I will be working on my Eagle Project
    • Reform Temple of Putnam Valley (Church St. Putnam Valley) 
    • From 10:00am to 2:00pm 
    • If possible please bring pants, gardening tools (rakes, clippers, shovels) and work gloves.
  • 5 (Mon) Labor Day Holiday
  • 6 (Tues)  Lakeland Schools & Yorktown (K-9)- First Day of School
  • 6 (Tues) .. First Fall Parent and Troop Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform.  Attendance is expected.
  • Troop Meeting: 
    • The Troop will be divided into patrols.
    • The Senior Scouts will talk about their planning meetings (PLC's)
    • The first election will be for SPL followed by ASPL
    • Advancement Chair will talk about Scout Master Conferences, Board of Reviews, and Court of Honors
  • Patrol Meetings:
    • The troop will split into patrols.
    • The Patrols will vote for Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders.
    • The Patrols will choose their Patrol Names.
  • Parent's Meetings:
    • Pay Troop Dues by October Parent Meeting, but pay tonight if possible.
      • $120 for the first youth, $95 each additional.
      • Give check payable to "BSA Troop 174" to Treasurer, Mr. Dave B.
    • All Scouts and BSA-registered adults turn in Annual Health and Medical Record (writable format) by the October Parent Meeting.
  • 8-11 (Thur-Sun) 86th Annual Yorktown Grange Fair 
  • 10 (Sat.) .. Annual Grange Fair Flag Raising
    • When: From 10:00am - 10:30am
      • Arrive by 9:45am to set up
    • What: Annual Flag Raising Ceremony by Troop 174
    • Where: Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds
    • How: In Dress Uniform
    • The flag pole used at the Yorktown Grange Fair was donated in 2008 by Rob Woods as a part of his Eagle project.
  • 11 (Sun.) .Grange Fair  9/11 Flag Raising
    • Special Ceremony for 10th Aniversary of 9/11, Patriots Day
    • The day has been designated as a day that the US flag should be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sundown, not just until noon as is done on Memorial Day. In addition the people of the United States are asked to observe a moment of silence on Patriot Day in remembrance of the victims. (reference)
    • When: From 11:30am - 12:30am
      • Arrive by 9:45am to set up
    • Where: Yorktown Grange Fairgrounds
    • How: In Dress Uniform
  • 12 (Mon.) No Meeting - Church Synod at Grace Lutheran
  • 13 (Tue.) District Roundtable at Van Cortlandt Elementry School
  • Van Cortlandtville Elementary School in Mohegan Lake.
  • We start at 7:30pm and must finish before 9:30pm.
  • We meet in a room near the middle of the right (easterly) side of the building.
  • 14 (Wed.)   Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: Senior Scout Leadership, SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders and Assistant Patrol Leaders.
    • Where: GRACE LUTHERAN
    • Agenda:  Troop Schedule with newly elected Leadership Council.
  • 17-18 (Sa-Su) North/South Lake Mini Trek Overnighter in the Catskills. - CANCELED STORM DAMAGE
  • 18 (Sun) .. Eagle Project - Matt R.
    • Reform Temple of Putnam Valley (Church St. Putnam Valley) 
    • From 9:00am to 1:00pm 
    • If possible please bring pants, gardening tools (rakes, clippers, shovels) and work gloves.
  • 19 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
  • This Month's Theme: Leadership
  • Troop Meeting:
    • Philmont Slide Show
    • Summer Camp Slide Show
    • Senior Leadership will discuss Troop Organization and Troop Leadership
  • Patrol Meetings:
    • Patrol House keeping
    • Handbook Sign Off from Summer Camp
  • Activity
    • Human Knot
  • 20 (Tues.) .. Patrol Meeting 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • 22 (Thu.)  Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
  • 24 (Sat) .Troop Leadership Training - Sign up Here
    • Where: The Grange Building at  the Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds
    • What: A structured leadership course to teach the skills necessary to properly manage groups of people.
    • The term "leadership" can be defined as:
      “The ability of an individual to influence, motivate, and enable others to contribute toward the effectiveness and success of the organizations of which they are members.”
    • When: 
      • Begin 9:00 am Saturday
      • End 7:00 pm Saturday
    • Who:
      • Scouts Assuming Leadership Positions
      • Scouts who want leadership skills for the future
      • First Class or Higher
    • Food will be supplied.
    • Dress Casually (Activity Shirts) and a jacket or sweatshirt for when we are outdoors.
    • Most of the training will be inside.  Some cope activities will be outside.
    • Things to Bring:
      1) a note book
      2) a pen or pencil
      3) a comfortable chair (camp chair)
      4) water proof shoes, we might be outside in wet grass.
    • We have extra supplies at the Grange if you forget something.  
    • We will not be sleeping over on Saturday there're enough campouts planed in the next four weeks.  
    • We have a good program planned.  
    • Looking forward to seeing you all.
  • 23-25 (Fri-Sun) .. Lodge Fall Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley, NY
    • Last chance this year for OA candidates to take their Ordeal
    • Those scouts voted in as OA candidates and not yet taken their Ordeal must participate this weekend.
  • 24 (Sun) .. Eagle Project - Matt R.
    • Reform Temple of Putnam Valley (Church St. Putnam Valley) 
    • From 9:00am to 1:00pm 
    • If possible please bring pants, gardening tools (rakes, clippers, shovels) and work gloves.
  • 26 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
  • This Month's Theme: Leadership
  • Troop Meeting:
    • Campout Planning
  • Patrol Meetings:
    • Campout Planning - By combined patrols
  • 27 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting 
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • Special activities for new scout advancement.
  • See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 28 (Wed.)  .. Monthly Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe
    • Where: Grace Lutheran
    • Agenda: 
      • Review Program so far.
      • Plan October and November Troop Meetings.
      • Plan October and November Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 29 (Thu.) Monthly Troop 174 Adult Leaders Meeting 
  • 29 (Thu.) Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training
  • 30-2 (Fri-Sun).. Troop Campout site #43 at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear lake. Sign up Here
    • For older scouts arriving on Friday night.
      • Meet at Durland Scout Reservation - Sperling Center at 6:00 pm
      • Bring your own dinner and breakfast.
      • You can bring your own tent or just sleep in Lean-too or Pavilion. 
    • For all other scouts arriving on Saturday: 
      • Meet at Durland Scout Reservation - Sperling Center at 9:00 am 
      • Bring a bagged lunch. 
      • The troop will supply dinner and Sunday morning breakfast 
      • Scouts that are looking to earn cooking requirements can bring ingredients to cook a hot lunch or dinner.
      • Pick will be at Sperling Center on Sunday at 9:00 am sharp.
    • Bring:
      • Sleeping bag 
      •  Ground mat
      • Flash light or head lamp
      •  Mess Kit
      • Hot cup\
      • Utensils
      •  Change of clothing (especially socks)
      •  Water Bottle
      • Toilet Paper
      • Jacket and hat
      • Backpack for above  (we will be hiking in about ½ mile)
    • Advancement Activities: 
      • 5 Mile Hike
      • Rank Advancement


  • October 2011
  • 3 (Mon.)     .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. AT GRACE LUTHERAN Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
  • 4 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
  • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
  • Special activities for new scout advancement.
  • See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 8-9 (Sat.-Sun.) .North/South Lake Mini Trek Overnighter in the Catskills. Signup Here
    • Activities: Hike, Low Impact Camping.  Come and fulfill your camping requirements.  Open to our experienced Scouts and Parents.
    • Location North/South Lake
      • Home of Katerskill Falls.  James Fenimore Cooper, Washington Irving, Herman Melville, and Mark Twain all considered it one of the most beautiful spots in the world. 
      • In James Fenimore Cooper’s, 'The Pioneers,' Leatherstocking remarked that "you could 'see all of creation' from the top of the falls."
      • Site of the old Catskill Mountain House.
      • 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 1:00 pm Sunday to Grace Lutheran Church.
      • General information on the area.
      • 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
  • 10 (Mon.)  Columbus Day - Schools Closed
  • 10 (Mon.)   Informal Troop/Patrol Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is optional due to Columbus Day holiday.
    • Troop Meeting: Thunderbird Preparation.
  • 11(Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 15 (Sat.)..Thunderbird Games XIX Sign up Here

    • Theme: Rock n' Roll all Weekend Long
    • 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
      • Youths and adults from Boy Scouting and Venturing are the volunteer staff running the activities for this Cub Scouting event.
      • Troop 174 will be camping overnight Friday and Saturday night.  PLEASE SIGN UP ON WEB SITE.
      • 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 Bouncy Ball and Stilt activity station for the Cub Scouts.  All Boy Scouts and adults who 
      • Adults are needed.
      • Opportunity for scouts to gain service hours.
    • Arrive from 5:00pm - 6:00pm for Friday Night Camping.
      • Food:
        • Bring you own Dinner Friday Night, Bagged Lunch Saturday, and breakfast Sunday morning.
        • Patrols will cook Saturday Breakfast and Saturday Dinner.
    • Arrive before 12:00 noon for running troop activity (Bouncey Balls and Walking Stilts).
    • Fire Works Saturday night by the Grucci Brothers
    • Photos of Thunderbird Games on Oct. 2007, Oct. 2006, Oct. 2005, Oct. 2004.
    • Videos Oct. 2007 of Go (0.4 MB), End (0.3 MB).
    • Videos Oct. 2006 of Throw (0.2 MB), You Are Really Close (0.7 MB), Wipe Out (0.4 MB).
  • 17 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Theme Engineering
      • Four Stations
        • Engineering
        • Physics
        • Science
        • Games
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • Advancement
  • 18 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 22 (Sat.)  .October Sky Rocket Day
    • 9:30 (til about noon) 
    • We will launch low-power model rockets until we lose interest (or hopefully not, all our rockets) at the Yorktown Grange Fair.  
    • I have dozens of engines of every useable impulse and many rockets for our participants to use.   
    • You are welcome to bring anything you might have built or purchased, but it is not necessary.  
    • I have multiple launch capabilities so no other launchers are necessary.  
    • Our goal is a safe launch and recovery so adherence to NAR guidelines is mandated.  
    • I hope you are available to come, bring a friend/sibling and dress appropriately.    Contact Mr. A with any questions/comments. 
  • 24 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Engineering
        • Lashing
    • Patrol Meetings
      • Advancement Review
  • 25 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome.
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • See address in the password-protected pages.  All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 28-30 (Fri.-Sun.)  .. Manitoga District Fall Event Trek-O-Ree Sign up here
    • Theme: Trek-O-Ree
    • Two hikes will be available for participants at varying skill levels. 
      • The shorter hike will take place entirely on the Durland property and cover approximately 4 miles. 
      • The longer hike will lead into Fahnestock and feature part of the Appalachian Trail and be about 10 miles long. 
    • The event will be capped off by a Campfire on Saturday evening. 
      • Where: Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake 
      • When: Friday, October 28 to Sunday, October 30. Registration will begin at 4:30 PM Friday, and all units should plan on leaving by 11:00 AM on Sunday. 
      • What: Day hike with your fellow Scouts, bring a lunch for the trail, challenges along the way, campfire for your entertainment on Saturday evening, SM/SPL cracker barrel each evening
      • Location: Durlandt Scout Reservation
  • 29-30 (Sat-Sun) Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmaster Training - Weekend Overnight
  • 31 (Mon.)   .. Informal Troop Meeting CANCELLED DUE TO SCHOOL CLOSINGS AND STORM DAMAGE 


 November 2011
  • (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting - CANCELED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE
  • 1 (Tues.)  Manitoga Roundtable for Adult Leaders 8:00pm-10:00pm Van Cortlandtville Elementry School. - CANCELED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE
  • 2 (Wed.)  .. Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe
    • Where: Unitarian Fellowship on Strawberry
    • Agenda: 
      • Review Program so far.
      • Plan November and December Troop Meetings (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 3 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. 
    • Plan Activities for November and balance of 2011
    • Location: Unitarian Fellowship on Strawberry.
  • 5 (Sat)..Troop Rifle Shooting  Sign Up Here
    • Location: Blue Mountain Reservation Directions Here
    • Saturday: 09:00 am - 2:00 pm,  Shooting 22 caliber rifles and 50mm Black Powder..
    • Give a signed permission slip for scouts whose parents are not going.
    • Scout must be 12 or older.
    • Bring bagged lunch.
    • Mothers and siblings welcome and encouraged to attend.
    • Please sign up
  • 7 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Shirt. 
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Webelos Pack 164 Visitation
      • Marching and Drilling
        • Marching up and down the hall properly.
        • Following commands
        • Saluting while marching and not falling over.
        • Partol Competition with Prizes
      • Preparation for Veterans Day Parade
      • Plan for Les Stroud Survivor Weekend
    • Parents Meeting:
      • Review Calendar for balance of Year.
      • Talk about opportunities to help the troop.
  • 8 (Tues.) Election Day - Public Schools Closed
  • 8 (Tues.)  Good Turn Project - 10:00 am - 11:00 am
    • John & Rose Kozarits' Front Lawn
    • 3136 Quinlan St, Yorktown, NY
    • Help repair their front lawn ruined by cars driving around a fallen tree that was blocking the road.
  • 8 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • SPECIAL TIME: 4:00-5:00 pm 
    • NEW LOCATION: Grace Lutheran Church Parking Lot.
    • All scouts are welcome.
    • Service work to clean shed and repair/repack tents.
  • 11 (Fri.) .Veterans Day - Public Schools Closed
  • 12-13 (Sat-Sun).. Les Stroud Survivor Weekend at Durland Scout Reservation at Clear lake. Sign up Here
    • Survivor Camping for older scouts.  First Class or higher and with Scoutmaster's permision.
      • Meet at Durland Scout Reservation - Sperling Center Saturday at 9:00 am
      • Pickup Sunday at 9:00am at Sperling Center
      • Bring only TEN (10) essential items. 
      • Minimal camping
      • Survival shelters
      • Soda not permitted
      • Lunch and Dinner count together
    • Bring only ten items from this list:
  • pocket knife
  • flint and steel(matches permitted)
  • If cooking, each item is there one must bring if you wish to use them
  • breakfast
  • water bottles (more than 2 will count as additional items)
  • compass
  • flashlight
  • rope
  • black garbage bag
  • beef jerky/trail mix
  • homeade fire starters
  • candle
    • Tarp not included in 10 items
  • 13 (Sun.)      .. Veterans Day Parade sponsored by the Marine Corps Reserve and the American Legion. Signup Here
    • Attendance is expected.
    • Wear full official uniform, which includes merit badge sash and hat. see Troop Uniform Guidelines
    • 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.
    • Three of our troop's Eagle Scouts, Roderick K., Dan W. and Chris L., recently in service, are all 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.
  • 14 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • High Adventure Theme
        • Stations on Ice Climbing, Skiing, Summer Treks, National High Adventure Camps.
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 15 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 19 (Sat.)      .. Food Pantry at St. Mary's.
    • 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.
  • 21 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Cold Weather Camping Stations
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 22 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • 5:00-6:00 p.m. at the Terhune residence.  See address in the password-protected pages.
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 24-25 (Thu-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
  • 25 (Fri) Blood Drive Service Project at Grace Lutheran 10 am - 7:30 pm Signup Here
    • BLOOD DRIVES SAVE LIVES
    • Troop 174 Eagle Scout Michael R. Saccomanno is running a Blood Drive at the Grace Lutheran Church
    • Mike is depending on Troop 174 to help set up and clean up and help during the day
    • All time spent helping with the Blood Drive counts towards service hours
      • The drive itself runs from 12PM until 6PM, 
      • Set-up begins at 10AM
      • Clean-up finishes at about 7:30PM.
      • Scouts are needed throughout the day
      • Help when you can
    • Who can donate blood or platelets?
      • Anyone age 17 (16 with parents' written permission) to 75*
      • Must weigh a minimum of 110 pounds.
      • Must be in good health. 
      • *People age 76 and older can donate if they meet all donor eligibility requirements and they present a doctor's written permission note.
  • 28 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Uniform (see Troop Uniform Guidelines). 
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Webelos Visitation Night
        • Slide Show Presentation of Troop 174 Activities
        • Four Stations
          • Camping
          • FirstAid
          • Stoves, Fire and Cooking
          • Knots
      • Prospective Parent's Meeting with Troop Committee
  • 30 (Wed.)  Patrol Leader's Council
    • When: 7:00 - 8:30 pm 
    • Who: SPL, ASPL, Patrol Leaders, Asst. Patrol Leaders & Scribe.  Scouts are expected to wear dress shirt.
    • Where: GRACE LUTHERAN CHURCH
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program so far, discuss any Troop concerns or issues.
      • Plan December Troop Meetings.
      • Plan December and January Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
 
       
      December 2011
  • 1 (Thurs.)    Adult Program Leader's Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. Location: Grace Lutheran, the room next to Pastor Kennedy's office.
    • Start filling Calendar for 2012
    • Review Program.
    • Firm up dates for camping weekends and special events.
  • 3 (Sat.)   Hiking Merit Badge 20 Mile Hike 9:00am - 5:00pm Sign Up Here
    • 20 Mile Hike along North County Trailway from the East View exit on the Sawmill Parkway to the Chili's Restaurant at the Somers Commons.
      • Scouts will start at Eastview commuter parking lot on Saw Mill River Road off of the Saw Mill River Parkway at 9:00 am.
      • Scouts will finish at the Chili's Restaurant at approximately 5:00 pm we will share a dinner in celebration.
      • Bring a day pack with a packed lunch and at least two liters of water.
      • Bring comfortable hiking shoes.
      • Dess for the weather.
    • See  Mr. Gower or Mr. Davies for details.
  • 3 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Dan H.
    • Saturday December 3rd I will be working on my Eagle Project
    • FDR State Park Fishing Pier
    • From 10:00am to 2:00pm 
    • Woodworking, adding decking to joists.
  • (Sat.)   .. Council's Popcorn distribution -  8:30 a.m. to 12 noon
    • Ktemaque Lodge needs volunteers (youths and adults) to help with Council's Popcorn distribution on Saturday, December 3.  
    • Volunteers will move boxes of popcorn from the storage area to a dolly that is then rolled outdoors, and load the boxes into the vehicles that are picking up their popcorn order.  
    • The boxes are not too heavy.  Even a first-year Scout can move them.
    • Scouts may earn service hours for rank advancement.  
    • Volunteers do not have to be OA members.  
    • Anyone may help Council to move the popcorn boxes.  Yes, we have even had parents and sisters help in the past.
    • There are four locations. The Food Bank of Westchester location in Millwood is the closest location for Troop 174.  
      • It is a short drive east of the Taconic State Parkway northbound on Route 100.  From Route 100 take a driveway down to a commercial building where the Food Bank is located on the right (southern) side of the building.  Go to the loading dock area.  The other locations are in Brewster, Hawthorne, and Yonkers.  Best Plumbing in Yorktown is not one of the locations this year.
        Food Bank of Westchester
        358 Saw Mill River Road
        Millwood, NY
      • The Millwood hours are  Volunteers may come whenever they can and stay for as long as they can.  It would be best for volunteers to sign-up in advance so we'll know who is coming, when they'll arrive, and when they plan to leave.  Volunteers should sign in and out on December 3.
    • There will be FREE food for volunteers.  In the past it has been donuts, bagels, coffee, and hot cocoa.
    • Volunteers should dress for working outdoors.  It is always cold, especially before 11 a.m.  Winter coat with warm layers beneath, gloves, hat, warm socks, etc. should be encouraged.
    • Volunteers should wear their OA sash on top of their winter coat.
    • Bring a folding chair if they want a comfortable place to sit.
    • Bring your own water bottle labeled with your name, if you want water to drink
  • 5 (Mon.)   .Troop and Parent Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Uniform (see Proposed Troop Uniform Guidelines). 
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Pound Ridge Preparation
        • Dutch Oven Iron Chef Competition
        • Patrols Create Meal Plan for the Campout based on list Robert B. Provides
      • Outdoorsmanship
        • Hike Preparation/Planning
    • Parents Meeting:
      • Presentation to the parents on "Friends of Scouting".  This is a way for your family to help our council fulfill it's mission.  If you are able to contribute any amount please bring your checkbook.
      • Eagle Project Presentations
      • Review Calendar
      • Plan for COH
    • Last opportunity for Scoutmaster Conferences before COH
    • Bring Blankets and Comforters for Animal Shelter
  • 10 (Sat.) Council Rechartering Deadline.
  • 10-11 (Sat. - Sun.) .Troop Overnight Camping Pound Ridge Reservation Sign up here
    • At Ward Poundridge Reservation in Pound Ridge, NY
      • The 4,315-acre park makes Ward Pound Ridge Reservation the county’s largest park. With its varied terrain and landscapes and miles of wooded trails, the park provides a variety of activities in all seasons. Originally part of Cortlandt Manor, the reservation was settled by farmers from Connecticut. The name Pound Ridge is credited to the Indians who originally lived in the area. They had a local pound in which they kept game on the hoof until they needed it for food. The Indians built an enclosure of saplings driven into the ground and drove their game into the pound. The name was spelled “Poundridge” until 1938, when the county bought the property and added the “Ward” to honor William Lukens Ward, Westchester’s Republican county leader from 1896 to 1933.
    • Location: Wood Lean-To #20on Pell Hill
    • 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 fire circle.
    • Patrol Dutch Oven Cooking from last meeting.
    • 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.
    • Pictures from 2008
    • If your have questions, see Mr. Athanasidy or Mr. Davies.
    • Save the Ward Pound Ridge Trailside Museum.
      • Scheduled for closure January 1st, 2012 due to County Budget cuts.
  • 12 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Klondike Training. (Preparing to beat T173)
        • Demos
          1. Sharpening Axes and Saws
          2. Lashing (Water Rescue)
        • Stations
          1. First Aid I - Splints, Broken Bones and Trama
          2. First Aid II - Winter First Aid (Hypothermia, Shock, Frostbite)
          3. First Aid III - Burns, Blisters, Bites, 'Brasions and Bears
          4. Lunch and Planning
        • Activity
          1. First Aid Carries (litters)
    • Board of Reviews
    • Bring Blankets and Comforters for Animal Shelter
  • 17 (Sat.)      .. Food Pantry at St. Mary's.
    • Come help the community with the troop, since 2003.
    • Time: 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 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.
  • 19 (Mon.)    .. Court of Honor and Holiday Party.
  • 25 (Sun.) Christmas
  • 26 (Mon.)  No Troop Meeting - Winter Recess.
Boy Scout Troop 174, Yorktown, NY.  http://troop174.info
   
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