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 January 2012

  • 1 (Sun.) HAPPY NEW YEAR - New Advancement Requirements in Effect
  • 2 (Mon.) No Meeting Schools Closed
  • 3 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 8:00 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School
  • 4 (Wed.) 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 November and December Troop Meetings.
      • Plan January and February Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 5 (Thurs.) Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. location at the Grace Lutheran Church
    • Review Calendar
  • 7 (Sat) .. Eagle Project - Dan H.
    • Saturday January 7th I will be working on my Eagle Project
    • FDR State Park Fishing Pier
    • From 10:00am to 2:00pm 
    • Woodworking.
  • 6-8 (F-Su).. Ice Climbing Troop Weekend. Sign up here. by Dec.19.
    • 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 $240 by Dec. 19. 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. Reyes by Dec. 19.
    • 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. Reyes or Mr. Alves.
    • 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.
  • 9 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Klondike Stations (Beat T173)
        • 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
  • 11 (Wed.) .. Order of the Arrow Lodge Banquet
    • 6:30PM
    • The Polish Center in the Polonaise Ballroom
    • 92 Waverly Street, Yonkers, NY
    • Fee -$25/person
    • Pre-registration is required by Dec. 16th
    • 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.
  • 15 (Sun.)  Josh D.'s Eagle COH Signup Here
    • The Ceremony starts at 3:00 PM.
    • Scouts should come early to setup at 2:30 pm.
    • At the Unitarian Church on Strawberry Rd.. Mohegan Lake
    • All Scouts new and old are encouraged and expected to attend.
    • Scouts should be at church in Dress Uniform by 2:30
    • Food will be served after ceremony.
  • 16 (Mon.) No School - Dr. Martin Luther King Day
  • 16 (Mon.) Klondike Prep Meeting (Beat T173)
    • 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.
  • 21 (Sat.) ..Manitoga Boy Scout Klondike. (Beat T173) Sign Up
    • NEW LOCATION: Corton Point Park. From Route 9 South take the exit for the Croton-Harmon train station.
    • Croton Point Park
      • Registration: 8 to 9AM
      • Stations Open: 9 AM
      • Lunch: 12 - 12:30 PM
      • Stations Close: 2PM
      • Sled Races: 2:15PM (Beat T173)
      • Closing: 3 PM
    • Emergency First Aid Is located at Klondike HQ.
    • 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.
  • 23 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Teach Patrol Cooking / Outing Prep
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 28-29 (Sat. - Sun.) .. Troop Overnight Durlandt Scout Reservation at Clear Lake - Site LT2 SIGN UP HERE
    • Meet at Sperling Center at 8:30-9:00 am Saturday Morning.
    • Pickup Sunday Morning 8:30-9:00am Sunday Morning.
    • Snow Shoeing (Weather and Snow Permitting).
    • Snow Cave Camping/Lean-Too Camping
    • Pyro Night
    • Astronomy Night (Clear Skies Permitting), view nebulas and planetary moons.
    • Patrol Cooking
      • Eat Saturday Breakfast before you arrive
      • Bring Saturday Lunch (Hot or Cold)
      • Patrols Cook Dinner Saturday (Contact your Patrol Leader)
Boy Scout Troop 174, Yorktown, NY.  http://troop174.info
  • 30 (Mon.) .. Troop & Parent Meeting  7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Hobby Fair
    • Parent Meeting:
      • TBD


        February 2012 - Theme - Public Service

  • 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: TBD
    • Agenda:
      • Review Program so far, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
      • Plan February Troop Meetings.
      • Plan February and 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.
  • 5 (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. Athanasidy 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 Flying Squirrels, Prisims, & Dr. Gas should be on hand at 7:30 a.m. to set up tables and chairs.
    • The Wookies, Vapire Teddybears, & Cobra 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.
  • 6 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting& Parents 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
  • 7 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementry School
  • 11 (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.
  • 13 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Guest Speaker - Goverment/Public Service
      • How to take a Merit Badge
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 17-20 (Fri.-Mon.) No School Lakeland Central School District
  • 20-24 (Mon.-Fri.) Winter Break No School Yorktown Central School District
  • 20 (Mon.) President's Day No Troop meeting this Monday
  • 24 (Fri.)  ..Scout Shabbat.
    • 8:00 PM - At the Reform Temple of Putnam Valley www.rtpv.org/
    • Church Road, Putnam Valley (RTPV).
    • The Temple has members who are in Troop 174
    • The Boys will participate in an Oneg Shabbat, “Joy of Sabbath ”.
    • An Oneg at RTPV takes place after the services and  people bring various desert dishes from home to share. .
    • 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 or Howard Davidson
  • 27 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • 3rd Annual Nerf War - Cops and Robbers
        • Wear Activity Shirt.
        • Bring Nerf Guns,  Nerf Ammo and Eye Protection (Sun Glasses).
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 28 (Tue.) .. Indoor Rock Climbing Confirmed Signup
    • 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. 27.
    • Parents may climb, also.
    • Deadline to pay is Feb. 27.
    • 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. 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 Feb 27.
    • Talk with Mr. Eric R. at a troop meeting if you have questions.
    • Photos of Indoor Rock Climbing on Mar. 2007, Feb. 2006.
  • 29 (Wed.) Leap Day
  • 29 (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.

  

            March 2012

  • 1 (Thurs.) St. David's Day - Patron Saint of Wales.
  • 1 (Thurs.)    Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m.
    • At the Unitarian Church on Strawberry Directions
    • All adults interested helping with our scout program are welcome to attend.
  • 5 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. Wear Activity Shirt. Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 6 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School
  • 28 (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 April Troop Meetings.
      • Plan April Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 29 (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.
  • 30 - 1 (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 Friday March 23th postmark deadline.
    • Join us for our Lodge Fellowship Weekend on March 30- April 1, 2012 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
  • 31 (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.


  • April 2012

  • 2-6 (Mon.-Fri.) Lakeland and Yorktown School District's Spring Break
  • 8 (Sun.) Easter Sunday
  • 9 (Mon.) Lakeland Schools Closed
  • 9 (Mon.)   Informal Troop Meeting
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 10 (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.
  • 10 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementry School
  • 13-15 (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.
    • 2012 Tuition is $200 if registered and paid in full by Friday, March 16. $250 after March 16.
    • Tuition includes all food, training materials, NYLT tee shirt, water bottle, NYLT patch and certificate.
    • More information and registration HERE
  • 16 (Mon.) .. Parent and Troop Meetings  7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt (Special Occation).  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • Patrol Meetings:
      • TBD
  • 17 (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.
  • 20-22 (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.
    • 2012 Tuition is $200 if registered and paid in full by Friday, March 16. $250 after March 16.
    • More information and registration HERE
  • 21 (Sat) .. 1st Annual Battle of Yorktown Jamboree
  • What: Celebrate Yorktown History, Service and Community at the Battle of Yorktown Scout Jamboree
  • Where: Yorktown Grange Fair Grounds
  • When: Saturday April 21st
  • "Battle of Yorktown Litter Clean Up Day"
  • Saturday
    • 08:00 Drop off Gear at Grange
    • 09:00 - 12:00 Troops spend the morning at their assigned cleanup spot
    • 12:00 Lunch is either eaten at the cleanup work site or at the Grange depending on how long the cleanups are expected to last.
    • 13:00 Troops regroup at the Grange Fair Grounds and set up camps by Troop.
    • 14:00 Jamboree Flag Ceremony Opening
    • 14:00 - 18:00 Activities/Competitions at the Grange Fair Grounds (Historical interest, Local Interest)
    • 16:00 - 20:00 Dinner By Troop (Dutch Oven Competition)
    • 20:00 - 22:00 Night Entertainment (?) (Historical interest, Local Interest)
    • 22:00 - 24:00 Retire
  • Sunday
    • 06:00 Breakfast
    • 08:00 Closing
    • 09:00 Break Camps
  • 22 (Sun.) Earth Day
  • 23 (Mon.)     .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  TBD
  • 24 (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.
  • 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 so far, discuss any Troop concerns or issues.
      • Plan May Troop Meetings.
      • Plan May Events (overnights, hikes, etc.).
      • Patrols Leaders Report on progress.
  • 26 (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.
  • 27-29 (Fri-Sun).. Troop Trip to Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Valley Forge, PA. Sign up here

    • Saturday, April 28: Hike the "Colonial Philadelphia Tour" portion of the BSA "Colonial Patriot Award".
    • Sunday, April 29: Hike the 9 mile BSA "Valley Forge Historical Trail" and complete the requirements to earn the medal, and go to the World of Scouting Museum in Valley Forge.
    • We shall camp at the Scout tent camping area at the Valley Forge Volunteer Fire Company in Valley Forge.
    • Read this if you plan to go.
    • Cost:
      • Fee (approximate) of $40 per person covering the campsite, admissions, and Saturday supper.
      • Parking: $25 per car in Philadelphia.
      • Cost of driving our cars plus the food we pack.
    • Pennsylvania Troop Trip.  Sign up by Apr. 9.
    • Give a signed Permission Slip for scouts whose parents are not going, to Mr. Rathschmidt.
    • Photos of Troop Trips to Philadelphia and Valley Forge Apr. 2005.
  • 27-29 (Fri-Sun) .. 50th Anniversary West Point Camp-O-Ree . Sign up here
    • We are honored to be able to participate in this years 50th Annviersary West Point Camporee at Lake Frederick on the West Point Reservation.
    • 6,000 Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Venture Scouts from 175 Units 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. 
    • 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.
30 (Mon.) .Troop Meeting  7:30 p.m. 8:30 pm  Wear Dress Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
  • Troop Meeting:
    • TBD
  • Patrol Meeting
    • TBD

           

            May 2012

  • 1 (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.1 (Tues.) Manitoga District Round Table
    • 7:30 p.m.
    • For Adult Uniformed Leaders
    • Van Cortlandt Elementary School

 

  • 4-6 (Fri.-Sun.)   .. Spring District Event - Camporee   CANCELLED
    • Details - TBA
  • 5(Sat.) Ktemaque Lodge Community Service Project
    Saturday, May 5, 2012
    732 Mercer Court
    Yorktown Heights, NY
    8:00 a.m. until about 4:30 p.m.
    Rain or shine

    The Order of the Arrow Ktemaque Lodge will be doing lots of yard work, painting, as well as hanging some sheetrock at our Community Service Project on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 732 Mercer Court in Yorktown Heights near the Yorktown High School.


 

  • 7 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • Patrol Meetings:
      •  Creat Patrol Flag
  • 8 (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.
  • 13 (Sun.) Mothers Day, forget at your peril.
  • 14 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
      • TBD
    • 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.  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.
  • 18-20 (F-Su).. Order of the Arrow Service Weekend, Ordeal, and Brotherhood Quest at Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • See Mr. A for details.


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

           

            May 2012

  • 20 (Sun) Alex Alves Eagle projectt at Annsville Creek Trail

    • Project Description: The project will involve clearingand renovating the Annsville  Creek  Trail.  The majority of the work will be clearing debris from the trail to ensure that people can remain on the trailand not  contribute to further erosion  of the park by creating theirown trails .

    •  What to Bring:


      • Gloves 
      • Sneakers or boots 
      • Long shirts and pants are recommended for protection from both poison ivy and ticks.
      • Water  
      • Sunscreen  
      • Goggles (optional)
      • Insect repellant (optional)
    • If you have labeled snips or handsaws, please bring thembecause I am only able to provide a few.

       Parking/ Drop off

      ·        The entrance on Doris Lee Drive is the closest to thework site, however it can only fit a few cars so it will mainly be used fordrop off of scouts and tools.

      ·        The other entrance is on Sprout Brook Road and can holdall the  other cars.  Fromthis trail head the work area is only a half mile after taking 2 lefts on thetrail.

  • 20 (Sun.)  Marek S.  Eagle COH SIGN UP HERE
    • The Ceremony starts at 2:00 PM.
    • Scouts should come early to setup at 1:30 pm.
    • At the Grace Lutheran Church
    • All Scouts new and old are encouraged and expected to attend.
    • Scouts should be at church in Full Dress Uniform by 1:30
    • Food will be served after ceremony.
  • 21 (Mon.)  .. Troop Meeting  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • Troop Meeting:
    • Equiptment Presentations
  • 22 (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.
  • 25-27 (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
  • 26 (Sat.) Kitchawan Preserve Hike SIGN UP HERE
    • 6 and 10 mile distances for the scouts choosing.
    • ALL scouts not going on the trek ARE going.
    • Both hikes will begin at 9:00 AM at the Kitchawan parking area, 712 Kitchawan Rd. (Ossining)
    • Please Bring:
      • Appropriate clothing
      • WATER
      • Lunch
      • Snacks
      • Permission Slip
    • The hikes will be led by Mrs. Cole and Mr. A
  • 28 (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.
  • 28 (Mon.) No Troop Meeting Memorial Day
  • 29 (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. LAST PATROL MEETING OF THE YEAR.
  • 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
    • Agenda:  
      • Review Program, disscuss any Toop concerns or issues.
      • Prepare for summer camp.
      • Plan meetings over the summer.
      • Plan events over the summer.
  • 31 (Thurs.)Adult Leader Meeting 8:00 -9:30 p.m. location Unitarian Church

       
June 2012

  • 3 (Sun) Alex Alves Eagle projectt at Annsville Creek Trail
    • Project Description: The project will involve clearingand renovating the Annsville  Creek  Trail.  The majority of the work will be clearing debris from the trail to ensure that people can remain on the trailand not  contribute to further erosion  of the park by creating theirown trails .

    •  What to Bring:


      • Gloves 
      • Sneakers or boots 
      • Long shirts and pants are recommended for protection from both poison ivy and ticks.
      • Water  
      • Sunscreen  
      • Goggles (optional)
      • Insect repellant (optional)
    • If you have labeled snips or handsaws, please bring thembecause I am only able to provide a few.

       Parking/ Drop off

      ·        The entrance on Doris Lee Drive is the closest to thework site, however it can only fit a few cars so it will mainly be used fordrop off of scouts and tools.

      ·        The other entrance is on Sprout Brook Road and can holdall the  other cars.  Fromthis trail head the work area is only a half mile after taking 2 lefts on thetrail.

  • 4 (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.
  • 8-10 (Fri.-Sun.) Site 40 Cub Family Camping SIGN UP HERE
    • Treasure Hunt to be arranged by Andrew Coleman and all else is up to further input from the troop.
    • Please forward any ideas to Andrew Coleman.
    • Individual or Patrol cooking for each meal
    • Drop off Friday 6 PM, saturday pickup, dependant on intrest, 6 PM, or Sunday pick up 9 AM.
  • 8-10 (Fri.-Sun.) .. Section NE-2B Conclave
    • Section NE-2B Conclave
    • Onteora Scout Reservation
    • 3 Old Hunter Road  Directions
      • Livingston Manor, NY in Catskill Mountains
      • Map of Onteora Scout Reservation
      • All youth and adult Ktemaque Lodge members are invited and encouraged to attend the Section NE-2B Conclave.  New Ordeal members and new Brotherhood members are especially encouraged to attend.  It'll be a great weekend!
      • The theme is "Planet Arrowmen - Servant Leaders to the World".
      • Go to the Section NE-2B web site for details, registration and medical forms, online registration, and registration deadlines.
      • If you have questions, contact our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser Rob Carlson.
  • 11 (Mon.)  .. Picnic and Court of Honor.
  • 16 (Sat). U.S. Flag Retirement Ceremony
    • Location: Carnival grounds behind the Yorktown Fire Station located on Commerce St
    • Saturday: 3:30PM. Scouts should arrive 15 minutes before at 3:15PM.
    • Please wear your full Class A uniform
    • NOTE: Bring your worn, unserviceable US Flags to the American Legion Post on Veterans Road PRIOR to this date for solemn retirement at the Ceremony.

  • 17 (Sun). Troop Rifle Shooting
    • Location: Blue Mountain Reservation Directions Here
    • Sunday: 9:45AM, Shooting 22 caliber rifles.
    • Scout must be 12 or older.

  • 18 (Mon.)  .. Meeting for Camp Read Attendees, Summer Camp / 2012-2013 Special Election.
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church
    • ELECTION special time 7pm All Scouts 1st class and above are encouraged (expected) to attend Troop elections, including voting for our new SPL.
    • 7:30 p.m. CAMP MEETING . Wear an activity uniform.
    • All Scouts who will be attending either week 1 or 2 or both must attend along with a parent.
    • Questions will be answered.

      
            July 2012

  • .Troop 174 Summer Activities
  • June 24 - 30 (Su-Sa) ..Summit Base Trek Week 0 - High Adventure
    •  Hiking, Camping, Canoeing, Caving, etc.
    • Activities to be determined for First Class Scouts age 14 and older (13 year olds with Scoutmaster approval).
    • Adult in charge is Eric Reyes
  • July 1-7 (Su-Sa) .. Summer Camp Week 1 at the Curtis S. Read Scout Reservation in Brant Lake, NY.
    • Ranger Camp Site
    • Adult in charge is TBD
  • July 8-14 (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.
  • 17 (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.
  • July 30-August 4 (Sat.-Wed) .. National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)
    • National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)
    • Michigan State University
    • East Lansing, Michigan
    •  Video   Another lodge created this very good video about NOAC 2012.  Please click on the link and watch the video, which lasts about seven minutes.
    • The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow.  It is Scouting's second-largest national program event.  Over 8,000 Arrowmen from across our nation and the world will gather for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fun, fellowship, training, adventure, patch trading, and awesome evening shows!


September 2012

    • 10 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Attendance is expected.
      • Leadership Class and Video
    • 11 (Tues.) .9/11 memorial observance - (CHANGE FROM REGULAR LODGE MEETING)
      • there will be a special 9/11 memorial observance in Shrub Oak at the veteran's memorial that is between the John C Hart Library and the Lakeland Administration Building.
      • It is requested that we arrive by 4:45 for the ceremony at 5.
      • Please come in full Class A dress uniform.
    • 17 (Mon.) .. Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  (Attendance at your discretion. This is a school holiday for  Rosh Hashanah)
      • Leadership Continued

      • Positions of Responsibility
      • Patrol Meeting Skills for member 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.
      • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
  • 19 (Wed.)   Patrol Leader's Council (PLC)
    • Patrol Leader 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.
    • Who: All Scoutmasters and Assistant Scoutmasters, direct contact leaders or those who will be assuming one of these positions within the year.
    • What: Specific training for one of the positions above plus Outdoor Session
    • When:  Thursday, Sep. 20, 2012, Thursday, Sep. 27, 2012, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
    • Outdoor Session Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 - Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012
  • 26 (Weds.) Monthly Troop 174 Adult Leaders Meeting  - location TBD

    • October 2012

      • 1 (Mon.)   .. Troop Meeting/Parent Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
      • (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.
        • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
       
      • 1 (Mon.)     .. Court of Honor and Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m. AT GRACE LUTHERAN Wear an Official Uniform (formerly known as "Class A").
      • 6-7 (Sat. to Sun.) Giant Ledge Campout.                                                                                                                                                                            
      • 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
        • 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 Waste.  Catholes: 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.
    • 8 (Mon.)   Informal Troop/Patrol Meetings 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is optional due to Columbus Day holiday.
      • Troop Meeting: Thunderbird Preparation.
      • All scouts attending or thinking of attending the Thunderbirds has to attend the meeting.
    • (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.
      • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.

  • 13 (Sat.)..Thunderbird Games XX Sign up Here

    • 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).
  • 15 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
  • 16 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
    • 20 (Sat.) .. Troop Hike to Doodletown and Fort Montgomery 09:00 am Sign up here
          
    • WHERE: Hike to Fort Montomery near Bear Mountain State Park. 
    • DROP OFF: 09:00 am Saturday at Annesville Circle commuter lot (next to Gas Station)  PICK UP: 2:00 pm 
    • DESCRIPTION: Fort Montgomery is the name of a fortification built on the Hudson River during the American Revolution. It was one of the first major investments by the Americans in strategic construction projects. It is a National Historic Landmark and is owned and operated by the state of New York as Fort Montgomery State Historic Site.  We will start south of the Bear Mountian Inn hike along the 1777 Trail used by 2,100 British, Loyalist and Hessian troops on Oct. 6, 1777 as they stormed Forts Clinton and Montgomery.  We will stop at a Museum honoring early Boy Scout Leaders and after hiking under the Bear Mountian bridge end up at the Fort Montgomery fort and museum. 
    • TIME: About four hours without travel.
    • BRING: Day pack, lunch, and water (2 liters).
    • MAP: NY-NJTC Map #4 (Harriman-Bear Mtn. Trails)
    • 22 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • 23 (Tues.) .. New Scout Patrol Meeting
    • Special activities for new scout advancement.
    • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.
    • 24 ( Wed). PLC Meeting .
      • This meeting will take place at Mr.A's house. 
      • 7-8:30 PM. 
      • His address is located in the Password Protected page.
    • 27 (Sat.)  District Event at Durland
      • The event is based on a Pioneering theme.
      • The event will include different types of skills learned prior to the this event. Ex. Knot Typing.
    • 29 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
    • 30 (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.
      • All scouts are welcome, especially scouts under First Class.


  •  November 2012
    • 11 (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 Proposed 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. 2007Nov. 2006Nov. 2005Nov. 2004Nov. 2003Nov. 2002Nov. 2001.
    • 12 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
      • Troop Meeting:
        • Six Backpacking Stations 
    • 13 (Tues.) .New Scout Patrol Meeting Cancelled   
    • 17 (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. 2007Nov. 2006Dec. 2005.
     
    • 17 (Sat.)    .FDR PARK SERVICE PROJECT.
      • Come help the community with the troop
      • Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
      • Location: Join others who love FDR Park and help clean up the mess Sandy left behind. Any time you can spend will be appreciated.
      •  Move branches to the road for pick up  

      • Rake debris into piles for removal

      • Dress in layers of work clothes

        Bring work gloves


         

                                     

     

     

     

    • 19(Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Activity Shirt.  Attendance is expected.
      • Troop Meeting:
        • Continuation Backpacking
        • Demonstrations and Presentations
      • Patrol Meetings:
        • Preparation for Upcoming Campouts.
    • 20 (Tues.) .New Scout Patrol Meeting (last meeting of the year) 
      • 5:00-6:30 p.m. at the Lodge at Mr. Terhunes House
      • 22-23 (Thu-Fri) Thanksgiving Holiday - No School
    • 26 (Mon.)   .Troop Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Uniform (see Troop Uniform Guidelines). 
      • Troop Meeting:
    • 28 (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: Mr A's HouseAgenda:  
        • 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 2012
  • 1-2 (Sat. - Sun.) .Troop Camping - Survival Camping & Pyro Night SIGN UP HERE
    •  
    • Durland Scout Reservation at Clear Lake, 1 Clear Lake Rd., Putnam Valley, NY.  Google map.  Directions.
    • Winter survival camping and Pyro Night.
    • COLD WEATHER EXPECTED review: Warm TipsThrill to the Chill (see "Internet Sources"), Cold Weather Camping Word Document from Peter H.
    • Drop off Saturday 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center at the end of Clear Lake Road.
      • We shall hike to site LT#2  from the Sperling Center.
    • Pick up Sun. 9:00 a.m. at Sperling Center.
    • Patrol 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.
    • It is also essential to familiarize yourself with the "Low-impact camping" information in the Camping Gearsection 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.
    • Items to bring.
    • 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
    • If your have questions, see Mr. Athanasidy
 
3 (Mon.)   .Troop and Parent Meeting 7:30 p.m.  Wear Dress Uniform (see Proposed Troop Uniform Guidelines). 
    • Troop Meeting:
      • Cold Weather Camping
      • Patrol Meetings:
      • Overnight Preparation
      • Advancement Status
      • Cooking Preparation
    • Parents Meeting:
      • Review Calendar
      • Plan for COH
  • 8 (Sat.) 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.
    • County Brochure
    • Location: Lean-To #23 - 24 at Pell Hill 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.
    • 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.
    • Pictures from last year
    • If your have questions, see Mr. Athanasidy
  • 10 ( Mon.) Troop Meeting 
    • Class B 
    • Boards of Review

                                       
15 ( Sat.) Bobby's Eagle Court of Honor   Sign up here
  • The Ceremony starts at 2:00 PM.
  • Scouts should come early to setup at 1:30 pm. 
  • At the Grace Lutheran Church
  • All Scouts new and old are encouraged and expected  to attend.
  • Scouts should be at church in Dress Uniform by 1:30 pm.
  • Food will be served after ceremony (please sign up need to know for food)
  • 17 (Mon.)    .Court of Honor and Holiday Party.
    • Time: 7:30 p.m
    • Location: Grace Lutheran Church.
    • Returning Troop 174 graduates are encouraged to attend.
    • Wear an official uniform with sash.
    • Party after COH
      • Bring a dessert and a 2-liter beverage bottle.
      • Holiday Desert COMPETITON
        • Best Adult and Best Scout Deserts will be aknowledged
      • Your entire family is welcome and encouraged to attend.
    • Bring Blankets and Comforters for Animal Shelter
    • Court of Honor.
      • Wear an official uniform, which includes the Merit Badge sash.  Official placement of insignia for Boy Scouts, and Scout Leader.
      • The Boy Scouts of America's Insignia Guide states, "A merit badge sash is never worn on the belt.
      • 22 ( Sat) St. Mary's 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. 2007Nov. 2006Dec. 2005.
  • 24 ( Mon.) - NO MEETING
  • 31 (Mon.)  -  NO MEETING
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