Family Camping Trip

We took our pop up camper on a dry run this past weekend and went camping out in the Poconos. It was a great weekend with nice weather and the entire family had a good time. We learned a lot about the camper and how to use it as well. I think both Paula and I have nice long lists of things we want to do to make the camper even better!

High Adventure Canoe Trip

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.

Camp Yawgoog 2015

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.

Meal Time

Waiter Duty

Nap Time

Ashaway Aquatics Center

Saturday Night Show

Boy Scouts Spring Camporee

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

The Zombies attacking Nick at camp.

Our campfire on Friday night

Nick’s first campout with the Boy Scouts

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.

Congrats Bacon Ninja Patrol!

Schiff Scout Camp

Nick chopping wood

Snow

Nick in the snow

Snowy Trails

Webelos Woods

This past weekend Nick and I camped out at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp for Webelos Woods. Webelos Woods is where the Webelos (Cub Scouts) get to camp out for a weekend with the Boy Scouts and they have all sorts of cool stations that the Boy Scouts run for them. The weather was pretty lousy, it rained all day Saturday but Nick had a good time with his friends.

Our Tent


The boys eating dinner

Camping at the cape…

The family and I recently went camping in Cape Cod, MA at Nickerson State Park. It was a great (albeit) short weekend camping trip. We got a late start due to some rainy weather, and then of course we hit traffic on our way up. But once we got there and set up everyone enjoyed the park and the bicycle trails all around the area.

Camp Yawgoog

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.

Camp Yawgoog Gate

Leaders Tent

Yawgoog Pond Sunset

Sunset

Bonfire

Backpacking Trip with the Boy Scouts

This past weekend Alex and I went backpacking in Harriman State Park with the Boy Scouts (Troop 888).  It was a great experience to hike 4 miles into the woods with your gear on your back and set up a campsite.  We hiked around Pine Meadow Lake and found a nice clearing to camp by around 2pm on Saturday.  We had set up camp and explored a bit before setting our sights on making our dinner and relaxing around the campfire.  Everyone brought a different type of ‘backpacking meal’ from simple soups, to MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat), to Freeze Dried meals that you just add hot water to.  We had a lot of fun tasting and trying all the different foods, and the boys enjoyed sitting by the lake.  It was different from “car camping” in the sense that you had to bring everything you would need in your backpack, where as in a regular campsite you could always go to your car for an extra blanket or that nice big cooler full of ice and drinks.  Here we actually had to filter fresh water from the lake to use for drinking and cooking.  And everything we packed had to be as light as possible to keep the weight of the backpacks down.  As it was, when we were packing for the trip Alex had weighed both our packs and his weighed in at 40lbs, and mine came in at 35lbs!  That’s a lot of weight to carry.  After spending a night in the woods we packed up our camp and hiked another 3.5 miles back out Sunday morning.  Our hike out brought us up and over Diamond Mountain where we got a great view of the park and even a little bit of the NYC skyline off in the distance.  It was a lot of fun and we both can’t wait to do it again soon.