Troop 1 enjoyed its largest recruiting class ever with 16 new Scouts joining this troop this spring. This brings the troop to a whopping 36 members. This year in order to provide solid leadership to so many new Scouts, there will be 3 new patrol leaders for New Scouts. This is a different approach than years past where all the new scouts were put into a single patrol with a single patrol leader. Good luck to all our new Scouts and welcome to them and their families.
The first weekend of August, many of hte boys in the troop and various parents conducted a kayaking campout in the Great South Bay. They met early on Saturday, got to know their kayaks and then paddled about a mile to the camp ground on another island. During the day, the boys worked on Kayaking skills, explored the island they were on and Bird Island. They searched for food like clams and scungili. At night they were treated to a Blue Moon and fireworks. The next day they paddled back where they started. Overall it was a great experience and one the troop will do againin the future.
Six boys and 2 Adults went on the Troop's first high adventure trip this summer. They went on a 4 day trek at Floodwood Mountain Reservation. During the week long experience they arrived and met their guide, did a shakedown of their gear so they didn't take what they didn't need, paddled on Lake Saranac for 4 days, hiked a 5000 foot mountain (Mt Ampersand) and spent a day rock climbing, repelling and tubing.
Patrick G and Peter G both earned the Ad Alteri Dei Catholic Religious Scouting Awards last week when they successfully passed their boards of review after a year long effort. During the year, they both learned about how their Faith and Scouting intersect and support them in their daily lives. We are very proud of them and hope they continue on to earn their Pope Pius the XII award for older Scouts.
On 6 June, 8 boys left babylopn with everything they would use for the next 24 hours on their backs. Some of the packs were heavy. Some of the boys looked like backpacks with feet from the back. But they all successfull hiked almost 8 miles, camped at a beautiful location and had an experience unlike any trip they had been on before. Now that we have done it once, we will certainly do it again and do it better because we learned some lessons along the way.
Ten of the Troop's Scouts and 4 parents endured an exhausting adventure where we visited historic sites in Boston, watched the re-enactment of the patriots stand at the Noth Bridge in Concord, re-enacted the British withdrawal along the Battle Road and then watched a re-enactment of the Battle of Lexington...all on foot and all in just 2 days. We had some fun along the way too. In order to make more time for hiking, we had pizza one night and went to Bently University for the ultimate buffet the next night...and we watched a good movie...Second Hand Lions...after our first day on the trail. We stayed at Nobscot Scout Camp near Sudbury MA in a huge cabin. I think a great time was had by all.
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.
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