The Scouts had the opportunity to travel to the Ithaca area and earn the Aviation Merit Badge. Requirements included understanding to look for on a pre-flight checklist, different types of aviation, careers in the aviation industry, and how to read navigation carts.
Scouts attended Merit Badge Madness at SUNY Delhi hosted by the Leatherstocking Council. Between a morning and afternoon session, Scouts earned a total of 19 merit badges. Scouts camp at Camp Henderson in Maryland, NY and took advantage of the snow for a some fun and games.
Once again, the Troop completed an annual service project at Camp Barton. Scouts and adults work on cutting, splitting and stacking wood to provide the camp with enough firewood for the season. Scouts earn conservation service hours for the work they complete on Saturday.
The Troop traveled to West Point to take a tour of the United States Military Academy and attend a Army Black Nights football game. Army defeated Lafayette 31 to 13 and produced over 400 yards of offense.
Scouts camped at Camp Ellis in Vestal and helped teach Scouts skills to Arrow of Light Scouts from Packs 221 and 244. Scouts use this campsite to complete rank requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class.
For May, the Troop went to Buck Farms for a shooting sports weekend. The Troop is fortunate to have several trained leaders to run both Archery and Rifle ranges. Scouts are trained on the equipment and given the opportunity to practice with a bow and rifle.
The Troop camped at Gettysburg, PA for April and hiked 10 miles through the Gettysburg National Military Park.
For March, the Troop visit the Washington DC area and stayed at Camp William B. Snyder. Scouts started the Campout by visiting the White House and the White House Visitors center and Museum. After the White House, Scouts visited different monuments and memorials including Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, WWII, Korean and Vietnam. The Troop also toured the home of George Washington at Mount Vernon, VA.
The Troop returned to Greek Peak this year and the Scouts were able to participate in a learn to ski program and all-day lift ticket.
The Troop spent the weekend at the Kopernik Observatory and Science Center working with the staff on two merit badges. Scouts earned both the Digital Technology merit badge and Electronics Merit badge. In addition, scouts were able to utilize the observatory telescopes.
For December, the Troop continued its tradition of completing a service project by cutting fire wood at Camp Barton in Trumansburg, NY. The wood the Leaders and Scouts cut supplies to majority of the firewood for the Camp through the year.
The Troop traveled to Annapolis, Maryland to attend a Naval Academy football game on Veterans Day. In addition, Scout, Leaders, and families were given a tour of the academy by a Academy Cadet.
The Scouts camped by the canal and either participated on a 10 mile hike or a 25 mile bike ride.
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!
A great time at Camp Barton on Cayuga Lake! Check out the pictures here.
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!Click here for pictures from the trip!
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!Check out pictures from the campout here!
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!Check out the videos and pictures by clicking here!
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.Click here to check out the pictures from the weekend
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!Click here to check out the pictures from the weekend
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. Click here to see more pictures.
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. Click here to check out the pictures from the weekend.
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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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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The Troop traveled to the Philmont High Adventure Base in New Mexico in August 2014. Check out some pictures from the trip here