On Saturday, 28 March, the Troop and family members gathered together at the Babylon Village Pool to provide the work force for Sean's Eagle project. His project was to plant Beach Grass to reduce erosion in the sandy areas after the pools was destoryed and rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy. The project was challenging because the grass had to be planted at a certain time so it had time to grow in the spring. That meant that the job had to be done in snowy and cold conditions. Despite one little hitch, Sean did a grat job leding us through the planting and the jobs was very well done.
Troop 1 has spent a good deal of time in the cold this winter so far. A lot of the Troop went to Camp Mattatuck in CT for a weekend in the snow. We carried all of out equipment on sleds and backpacks then spent the day cooking, sledding and we had a tug of war in the snow. That evening, we watched a movie, read some poetry and then the older boys and adults slept out in tents (5 degree weather) while the younger Scouts slept in the cabin. We also instituted 2 new awards within the troop this year...The Polar Bear for those who sleep in a tent in below freezing weather...and the Blue Nose for those who go on a camp out in below freezing weather, but don't sleep in a tent. So congratulations to all the new Polar Bears and Blue Noses.
We also just finished our annual New York City hike. We explored Central park with Troop 1 Manhattan this year. Not only did we get to see a lot of the park (some that even the New Yorkers weren't familiar with) but we also learned some things that were different for the city boys that the boys from Babylon needed to learn (like where am I compared to which buildings).
I am excited to be receiving requests to do merit badges about things Boys are interested in.
I thought I'd take a few minutes to let you know how I think this process is going to work.
1) The first step is to get a blue card from one of the Scout Masters and fill it out with what you know (your name, address, MB you are working on). The Scout Master will sign the first portion of it.
2) Send an e-mail to Mr Gruskin (on the CC Line) and let him know what MB you want to work on. He will return your email with the name and number of a Merit Badge Counsellor that handles your specific MB.
3) You and your parents need to contact the MB and set up a time and place to meet to go over the MB requirements. You can use the work sheets at Meritbadge.com to help you get organized and for resources to use in your research for the MB. Your goal when taking an MB is to get really get to know the subject and put all your knowledge down on paper.
4) Once the MB Counsellor is satisfied you have met the requirements of the MB, he will sign it as complete. You can then bring that MB Blue Card back to a Scout master and heve them sign it as complete and they will turn it in for recording and at the next Court of Honor you will be given your MB.
If you are working on Troop Sponsored MBs, then we will take care of helping with Blue Cards and providing the counsellors. If you are taking advantage of the summer MB series, you will need to get a Blue Card signed by a Scout master before you show up on the first night and you should go in the first meeting having done some reasearch and having your MB Worksheet filled out.
Every once in a while, you will run into an MB that has "Pre-Requisites" These are requirements that have to be done before you show up to start your MB. Some MBs at Summer Camp have Pre-Requisites, some of the Summer Series have them and some of the Troop Sponsored MBs have them as well. Keep an eye open for them and come prepared by completing them before the first meeting.
Hopefully this is helpful to you and I look forward to getting a lot of MB requests on cool and different Merit Badges. One more thing...you might want to see if a friend in the Troop wants to take it with you so you can help each other and enjoy learning something new with another Scout.
The troop just got back from Camp Yawgoog where 14 boys earned 43 Merit Badges and 7 of them advanced in rank. The troop also had a great fishing trip courtesy of Capt Gillen. There are at least 2 boys actively working towards their Eagle and another one that is just getting started. On top of all of this, we have an exciting year planned with visits to West point, New York City and a canoe trip next summer as wella s our usual host of monthly hikes, campouts and activities.
Congratulations to Timmy M and his Parents!!
Tonight Tim passed his Board of Review. This is the last step before his package is sent off to the National Headquarters for approval.
Tim's Eagle Project was the development of a trail and a video showing several historical spots in Babylon. The link for it is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDhdx2q3eFg
Tim should get to wear his Eagle badge in a couple of weeks.
Here is an answer I put together for new scouts and older ones that may have forgotten...
The 10 essentials are the sorts of things that you could find yourself needing at anytime. You can look them up in the Scout book...unfortunately, I don't know what page they are on...but they are basically, water, a snack to eat along the trail, appropriate clothing...not too much and not too little, rain gear if it might happen, compass, flashlight/Headlight, matches/lighter and firestarter, first aid kit, whistle to signal with if you get lost, shelter in the form of a plastic sheet could also be included as could some sort of nylon cord and depending on the weather...bug repellent, sun screen and/or chapstick. All of this should go in a small day pack.
They boys will usually keep their 10 essentials in the day pack and throw that in their bigger pack when they go camping so they can get to it easily when they are out running around.
Congrats to the boys and Dads who came out to brave to elements and the Zombies this weekend. Older Scouts were allowed to sleep out on Friday night and the younger Scouts came out on Saturday morning. The Scouts worked on land navigation skills, shelter building, 2 man carry and other Zombie protection related activities. At the end of the day, the Zombes did break through the camp's defenses, btu were held at bey until a cure was found. Temperatures were between 9 and 36 degrees...and of course we slept in tents.
Check out the pictures of the camporee and the meeting we have with Webelos from Pack 87 who were with us as we reviewed cold weather clothing with a relay race in snow gear.
Troop 1's accomplishments were featured in local papers and online with this article:
Boy Scout Troop 1 recently completed its Scouting Year with a Court of Honor on June 6, with many scouts earning new honors to close out the year.
The Court of Honor recognized three new Tenderfoot Scouts – Patrick G., Peter G., and Luke H., three new Second Class Scouts – Thomas I., Rasheed A., and Nicholas M., one new First Class Scout – Robert G. and four new Life Scouts – Jose P., Hollis H, Sean M,. and Dominic F.
Three Scouts were also singled out for special recognition.
Robert G. was selected for the Mr. Arnold Leonard Award for the most advancement in the Scouting Year and Sean M. and Timothy M. were co-selected for the Mr. Walter Haff Memorial Award for the best participation in the troop activities throughout the year.
Over the past year, the troop, chartered to Babylon United Methodist Church, spent 24 days in the woods associated with camping, hiked almost 50 miles of trails, and conducted 15 hours of service to the community which included a major clean up of Southard's Pond.
Troop 1 is always looking for new members – if you are interested or know others that might be, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 631-517-0396 for more information.
Troop 1 is in the Babylon West Islip Pennysaver on page 31
Troop 1 is in the South Bay Neighbor Babylon/West Babylon Edition Page 3
We have recently had DJ F, Hollis H, Sean M and Jose P complete the requirements for Life Scouts and pass their Board of Review. We are expecting serveral more advancements later this spring with boys moving to First Class, Second Class and Tenderfoot.
We also had 2 boys attend the National Youth Leadership Training held over 2 weekends at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. Hollis and Jose both spent the time meeting new boys and learning different leadership styles, methods and considerations. Their new experiences will help them and our troop in the future as they assume positions of greater responsibility.
We had a good campout this weekend at Baiting Hollow. We did a Service Project and moved a bunch of wood chips into the climbing area. The Camp Director e-mailed me and said how much he appreciated our help. We also did patrol cooking and Robby G. did a great job on his menu and cooking and finished one of the harder requirements for First Class. We also did some orienteering or map and compass work. Everyone did very well and one group learned a valuable lesson.
It was cold and dark, so we went to bed early after a pretty fund session of question and answers. Tim M. was the first one up and the first one to have his tent and personal gear packed up...which is an amazing accomplishment. And I forgot to recognize that Zhenya P. turned a year older last week...so Happy Birthday Z!
Check out the pictures on the website.