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July 2017 – Summer Camp

The Scouts had a great week and learned a lot.  The Scouts earned of 50 merit badges combined.

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July 2017 - Bahamas High Adventure Sea Base

This summer the Troop sent a crew of 16 scouts and leaders to the Bahamas High Adventure Sea Base. They spent a week living aboard and learning how to operate a sailboat. Thanks to our captains and first mates for ensuring everyone had an amazing experience! Links below to see pictures and videos from the trip!


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June 2017 – Flag Day

Each year on June 14th, our nation celebrates Flag Day.  This year, Troop 221 once again participated in the Vestal Elks’ Flag Day Ceremony.  Our Scouts posted the different flags that have flown over our nation throughout our history.  A special thank you to the Vestal Elks Club for inviting us to participate in this unique ceremony.

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June 2017 – Marathon, NY Campout

Traditionally, June is our canoe campout.  But due to weather and river levels, we had to change our plans.  The Scouts decided to focus on advancement and practice First Aid and how to carry a “injured” Scout.  Everyone got in on the fun and challenged each other. 

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April 2017 - USS Slater

The USS Slater is a WWII Destroyer Escort moored on the Hudson River in Albany, NY.  ( Scouts had the opportunity to take a tour of the ship, eat at the mess deck, and spend the night in crew bunks below deck.  They also had free time which they really enjoyed.  How often to you get to play “hide and seek” on a WWII ship.  In addition, the Scouts went on a five mile hike through the Saratoga National Historical Park.


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March 2017 - Court of Honor

At the Court of Honor held on Wednesday, March 22nd, several Scouts were recognized for their work on merit badges and rank. 

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March 2017 - Washington D.C.

The Troop visited Washington D.C. and had the opportunity to visit several places including The National Museum of the Marine Corps, Arlington National Cemetery, National Archives, and take of tour of the United States Capitol.  The Scouts also got an impromptu tour of the ground floor of the Old Post Office Pavilion which was recently renovated into the Trump International Hotel. 

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February 2017 - Greek Peak

For the February campout, the Troop spent the weekend at Greek Peak Mountain Resort in Cortland, NY.  The Scouts stayed in the original resort lodge and spent time at the Outdoor Adventure Center taking part in tubing and the Nor’Easter Mountain Coaster.  The Troop also invited Arrow of Light candidates from Cub Scout Pack 221 and Cub Scout Pack 244 to let these future Boy Scouts see what Troop 221 is about. Click here to see more pictures from the campout!

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January 2016 – Kopernik Robotics Merit Badge Campout

Kopernik is a great supporter of the Scouting program and offers several programs for Boy Scouts.  During January, the Scouts completed the Robotics Merit Badge program.  In addition, the Scouts had the opportunity to work on advancement including building an appropriate fire put, utilize the telescopes to learn about “piggy backing” photography, and learn about winter stars.

December 2016 – Camp Barton Wood Cutting

The Wood Cutting Campout at Camp Barton is an annual tradition of hard work and outstanding food.  The Troop puts in over 100 service hours to support the camp with firewood.  After a long day, the Troop celebrates with a Thanksgiving feast which includes turkey, roasts, and plenty of sides.  Thanks to all the leaders and Scouts that make this event a huge success.8140

November 2016 – Scout Orienteering

The Scouts attended a Scout Orienteering program put on the Central New York Orienteering Club.  During the event, the Scouts learned how to read a map markers and follow a orienteering course.  They also had the opportunity to “run” a timed orienteering course.

October 2016 - Rhinebeck Aerodrome & FDR Museum

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September 2016 - Poconos

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July 2016 - Camp Barton Summer Camp

A great time at Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake! Check out the pictures here.
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June 2016 - Canoeing

We wrapped up the year with a canoe trip from Cortland to Marathon, NY down the Tioughnioga River. It was a great day on the river and everyone had a great time!

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May 2016 - Buck Farm

This month we headed back to Buck Farm for our annual shooting sports campout. All the scouts had a great time and they got a chance to practice their .22 rifle and archery skills. Thank you to all the shooting sports coaches who made this campout possible!

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April 2016 - Philadelphia, PA

This month we traveled to the historic city of Philadelphia, PA. We got a chance to visit the Liberty Bell and tour Independence Hall. Then we headed south to Geno's and Pat's for some cheesesteaks! Everyone decided that Geno's gets the crown for the best steaks. Some of us even got to meet Geno himself and get a tour into his kitchen! We then went to The Franklin Institute, a premier science museum that was founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin. We finished the day with a visit to the Rocky Statue at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and a trip up the Rocky Steps.

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March 2017 - Antietam and Washington D.C.

In March we camped on the Antietam National Battlefield in Maryland. On Friday we hiked around the battlefield and then traveled to Washington DC for dinner and to see the monuments. Then on Saturday we visited Arlington National Cemetery and saw the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Solider. Then we visited the National Archives and the Smithsonian museums. Saturday night we saw more monuments and Nate recited the Gettysburg Address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. This was a great campout, thank you to all the adult leaders that made it possible!

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January 2016 - Howe Caverns

Discovered by Lester Howe in May 1842, Howe Caverns is the second most visited attraction in New York State, topped only by Niagara Falls. The Troop enjoyed a tour of the Cavern, led by our excellent tour guide, Jeb. We traveled 156 feet below the surface to journey over a half mile through the cavern.

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December 2015 - Camp Barton

This December we traveled to Camp Barton in Trumansburg, NY. We worked all day in our annual wood cutting service project, totaling over 140 hours of service to the camp. The patrols competed in a dutch oven cooking completion. Special thanks to our guest judges Mr. Black, Mr. Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Blakely, and Mr. Hinrichsen. We finished the day with a HUGE Thanksgiving dinner complete with deep-fried turkey, pie and ice cream. Thank you to everyone that helped make this campout a success!

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November 2015 - West Point

For our November campout we traveled to the United States Military Academy at West Point. We visited Michie Stadium to see Army take on Tulane. The Black Knights entered the field carrying the American and French flags, showing their support after the attacks in Paris on Friday night. Challenger, a bald eagle trained to free fly into sporting events, took the field during halftime flying over an American flag that spanned the entire field. Challenger is named in honor of the crew of the space shuttle, and has been making educational appearances throughout the country since 1993. Read more about Challenger here.

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October 2015 - Buck Farm

This month we traveled back to Buck Farm to hold our shooting sports campout. We were happy to be back and to carry on the legacy of our dear friend Don Walker who passed away in May 2014. Buck Farm is owned by Don's family and this was always his favorite campout. Everyone had a great time at both the archery range and the rifle range. We would like to thank all who made this campout possible, especially Mr. Pipher, Mr. Sullivan, and Mr. Chan, our archery range officers, Mr. Carter, our rifle range safety officer, and Mr. Hinrichsen, Will Hinrichsen, and Jeremy Sansone, our rifle instructors.
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September 2015 - Adirondacks

Check out our recent trip to the Adirondacks. We visited The Wild Center in Tupper Lake, NY, here are a few pictures.

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July 2015 - Summer Camp

Summer Camp was held at Camp Barton in Trumansburg, NY. Camp Barton is located in the heart of the Finger Lakes on the shores of Cayuga Lake. The experience was compete with a movie night and even fried dough!

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August 2014 - Philmont

The Troop traveled to the Philmont High Adventure Base in New Mexico in August 2014.
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