Well, the boys are home now from their week at Boy Scout Camp Yawgoog in Rhode Island. They had a great time and accomplished a lot while they were there. The troop won Honor Troop of the week this year and Nick was awarded the J. Harold Williams Award for Brotherhood for outstanding expression of Scouting’s ideals.
It was bittersweet since this was Alex’s last year at Summer Camp as a Boy Scout and I was only able to come up and share the last two days with them but I was proud of how both Alex and Nick have become such responsible and mature young men.
This past July Alex and I went on a multi-day canoe trip in the Adirondacks with his Boy Scout Troop, Troop 888 of Smithtown. The trip consisted of a 40 mile paddle spread out over 4 days and on day 2 a 1.5 mile canoe portage to get around a waterfall. The trip started on Long Lake in New York, and ended on Tupper Lake and we camped overnight along the way. There were about 6 boys from the troop and myself and one other adult. We all had a great time and the experience was amazing.
Once again, this past August the Troop went up to Rhode Island to Boy Scout Summer Camp at Camp Yawgoog. This year it was the Centennial Celebration for Yawgoog. They put together a great week of activities and events for the boys. It was also Nick’s first year going to Yawgoog. He had a great time and really got a lot accomplished while he was there. Alex also was the Senior Patrol Leader this year so he got to run the troop while we were up at Yawgoog. I think he did a great job and everyone seemed to have a good time. Here are some pictures from the week.
Alex’s Command Tent
One Rainy Morning – There was one day really early when a thunderstorm came through the camp. It was over by 8am and the rest of the week was sunny and beautiful.
In the end of June Alex, Nick and I went with the Boy Scouts to the White Mountains of NH for a 3 day backpacking trip along the Presidential Range.
Our trip started on Saturday June 26th at the Highland Lodge in Crawford NH. We stayed overnight at the lodge and got an early start on Sunday morning, unfortunately it was raining and would continue to rain for two days. We hiked up the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trail to Lakes of the Clouds Hut which is near the top of Mt Washington. It was a tough hike up but we were rewarded with a nice stay at the Lakes of the Clouds Hut and a warm welcome by the Hut Croo. We ate a hearty meal that night and slept well in our bunks. The next day we hiked Crawford Path / AT across Mt Monroe, Mt Franklin, Mt Eisenhower, and Mt Pierce to Mizpah Springs Hut where we stayed on our 3rd and final night. By the time we got to Mizpah Springs Hut everyone was ready to relax and we enjoyed good food and good company. The Hut Croo played a game of Jeopardy with everyone that night and all the boys enjoyed the competition.
Finally, we hiked down the Mizpah Cutoff to the Crawford Path and back to the Highland Center Lodge for our return trip home.
Even though the weather was rainy and the clouds kept us from seeing the spectacular views atop Mt Washington I think everyone had a good time. It was hard work but I am proud of everyone who did the hike and their accomplishments.
Here are a few pictures from the trip.
This past weekend was the Spring Camporee for the Benjamin Tallmadge District and our troop was out at Baiting Hollow to participate. This was the second campout for Nick and his buddies who had crossed over in Feb and their first time sleeping in tents as Boy Scouts. The boys all did very well, they set up their own tents and cooked their own meals. We decided as a troop that on Saturday night each patrol had to make a dutch oven meal so it would force them to try something different. I have to say all the meals came out really good and I was impressed with everyone’s recipes. The theme for the Camporee was Zombie Survival and they had all sorts of interesting stations that each troop got to participate in. Some of them included Tomahawk Throwing, BB Shooting, Fire Starting, and other team building exercises like raising a 30 foot tall antenna using only two ropes while not being able to step inside the circle that the antenna was in. The troop also built a ‘coffin racer’ to participate a race at the end of the day on Saturday. Here are some pictures.
The Coffin Racer
The Gateway that the boys created for our campsite
This past weekend Nicholas, Alex and I went with Troop 888 to Schiff Scout Camp and had an overnight campout. It was the first camp out for the new scouts from Nicholas’ Webelos Den. They all had a great time, even though it snowed again! They went for a hike in the woods, played around in the snow and even got to work on some of their Scout skills. They even completed their Totin’ Chip requirements! Then later in the evening on Saturday we had a big campfire and Alex had a special ceremony to award the new boys their first rank badge and to give them their official Troop 888 neckerchiefs. They all had earned the rank of Scout and are well on their way in Boy Scouts.
This past weekend Alex and I went backpacking with his Boy Scout troop in the Catskills. We hiked to the top of Hunter Mountain and explored the fire tower up there. The weather was cold and snowy, but the trek was really worth the effort.
This past weekend Alex and I went with his Boy Scout Troop on a backpacking trip up Slide Mountain in the Catskills. The weather was predicted to get down into the upper teens at night and there already had been a little snow on the mountain. We hiked in about 4 miles and made camp for the night, unfortunately we were in an area where campfires were not permitted. The boys all made their meals by using backpacking stoves and then we got ready for bed as it was really dark by 6pm and without a campfire it was pretty cold. The next morning we packed up and headed down the mountain back to the cars. It was a good adventure, and certainly a learning experience for some of the boys. Here are some pictures of the hike.
Last week Troop 888 attended their annual summer camp at Camp Yawgoog in Rockville, RI. I was lucky enough to be one of the adult leaders who went along. I have to say it was a great week, tough but a lot of fun. All the boys worked on different merit badges for their rank requirements but they also got some free time to have fun. Some boys tried stand-up paddle boarding, others shotgun shooting. The troop was challenged by Troop 454 to a game of water basketball, which was a lot of fun. Then we challenged Troop 454 to a game of water dodge ball. Some of the older boys hiked the trails at Yawgoog and worked toward the Yawgoog Hiker segment. Each night we had a great big campfire and everyone sat around and relaxed. On Friday night we had a Flag Retirement ceremony where we retired several old worn out American Flags. It was a very memorable week and I can’t wait to do it again next year. The best part is next year BOTH Alex and Nick will be going up.
This past Saturday Alex and I went with Troop 888 to a Shotgun Shooting merit badge clinic in Flanders, NY. The clinic was run by Ducks Unlimited and several Boy Scout Leaders. They did a great job and were very professional. Everyone had fun and learned a lot.