Troop 24 Activities

Moose Mt Pond

October

Historian: Ethan Lyons

 

This weekend, our troop hiked from the trailhead to Moose Mtn. Pond. We stopped for breakfast at a village close to the mountain. It was about 2.7 miles long from the trailhead to the pond. We saw lots of wonderful things including a waterfall and the wonderful colors of the trees on the way up. When we arrived at the lean-to, we ate lunch and set up camp. One of our scouts even started to build a teepee. We discovered a cliff was near our campsite and you could see an amazing view from there! After we ate dinner, we set up the bearbag. A few boys stayed up to play cards while the others went to bed. The next day we ate breakfast, packed up, and were on our way. We all had an amazing experience.  

Fall Camporee

September

Historian: Logan Bruno

 

On the first day, we set up our tents and ate a cracker barrel. On the second day, we walked around the fair grounds and did the scavenger hunt. Eventually, we  gave up and started looking at other things. We built and raced lego cars, played games and even got to see a train. On the last day, we packed and left

 

Canoe Trip

 

August

Historian: Logan Bruno

 

Day 1: We set off from the beach and started canoeing. We canoed 6 miles that day. It was a lot of fun. Late in the day, we arrived at the campsite and set up tents and collected firewood. After, we ate dinner and played cards. Finally, we hung the bear bag and went to bed

Day 2: We woke up and had breakfast. Packed, and started in our kayaks and canoes. We had to cross a beaver dam on the river, and Ethan fell right in. We got him back in the kayak, and he was fine(excluding the beaver muck all over him). Eventually, we made it to the campsite, and had a little fun swimming. 

Day 3:In the morning, we broke camp and had a portage to a canoe access point north of Buttermilk Falls. We had lunch at Catlin Bay and continued past some islands. We even passed our final destination at the boat launch. Eventually, we made it to the campsite and set up.

Day 4: Everyone woke up today and started to pack up for our last trip. We went back down the way we came the day before, to the boat launch. When we got there, everyone was very happy and we all had a great time. 

Wilton Bicentennial

 May 2018

Historian: Logan Bruno

 

When we got to camp, we set up the tents, patrol boxes and got water. On Saturday, nobody showed up. We made a gateway to camp and some people went on a hike and worked on rank advancements. There was a lot of ice cream involved. On Sunday, people showed up for the ribbon cutting ceremony. We worked on more rank advancement and took the gateway apart. We packed up and left.

Canoe Trip Long Lake to Forked Lake

August 2017

Historian: Logan Bruno

 

When we got to the boat launch we started to put the boats in the water and assign people who came alone to a boat. Some people were slightly upset that we didn’t bring the canoe Ouch with us. As we started to cross long lake the waves and wind were very strong and made some people go 360 degrees in the water. We took a few brakes because some scouts were having trouble keeping up because of the waves. When we got to the end of the lake we were all very hungry. After a short distance down a river we beached ourselves and eat lunch while staring at the stream. We then started to carry our canoes and kayaks up and a stone “stair case”. As soon as we loaded everything into the cars we headed to forked lake and canoed to our camping spot. By the time we finished setting up our tents it was time for dinner. We enjoyed it with soda provided by Mr. Hoffman. After dinner we went to sit on some rocks and Kai’s food packet that slid off the rock and fell in the water. We all tried to get it out of the water but it was Treven that got it out. The next day we headed out of the camp and started for forked lake. The wind made it difficult but at the end of the lake we loaded our boats onto the cars and went to Stewarts. 

 

 

 

Family Trip To Philadelphia

April 19-22

Historian: Trevor Borden

 

We left Dorthy Nolan school at just about 8:00AM with 26 people.   As an entire campout I believe I speak for everyone in saying that the Philly campout was a blast.  We saw many historical sites including The Liberty Bell, a great but wet, baseball game, a fire house museum (which for, me,  had seemingly lifesaving benches), and the house of the very kind,  Betsy Ross. 

 

On the first day of site seeing we saw the Betsy Ross house, the Constitution Museum, the grave of Ben Franklin, the tomb of the unknown soldier of the Revolutionary War,  The Liberty Bell, and the fire house museum.  The first stop was the Constitution Museum which was very nice with a circular theater and some nice exhibits.  At the Betsy Ross house we were told that we were permitted to take photos as long as there was no flash. This was true up till we actually came to something picture worthy.  This item was a parchment of paper held in a glass case which happened to be the will of Betsy’s first husband.  The “Betsy” who was in the building talking to us about how she made flags was apparently very protective of this will and did not let you even take a picture with or without flash.  Unknown to Mr. Bruno he attempted to get 3 feet away from the will with phone in hand.  But “Betsy” wasn’t having any of that in an attempt to stay in character she yells harshly at poor unsuspecting Mr. Bruno.  I guess it is safe to say Betsy Ross was quite a scary person.  After the Betsy Ross house we went to the fire house museum.  Luckily, they were much nicer than Betsy.  After a man invited us in I set out to find a place to sit as I was somewhat sick and got tired quickly.  After a few minutes, the upstairs had cleared out of a previous party; we headed up to find the coolest stained glass window of all time.  It depicted a scene where multiple fire men were fighting a massive fire but that wasn’t the cool part.  The part I found cool was they made the firemen look 3D by arranging the glass differently and making the glass panes pop out.  Next up was the grave of Benjamin Franklin.  The only problem was that you couldn’t see it is they were doing construction on the grave.    We ended the day visiting the tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the Revolutionary War, which was not nearly as cool as the one in D.C.  That was pretty much the main highlights of the first day if I missed any I am sorry I was a little busy trying not to die of the heat. 

 

On the second day we saw the Museum of the American Revolution which was interesting as it reviewed the entire Revolutionary War; why it started, the different battles , how it ended and the turmoil after the war was finished.  We were able to see the tent that George Washington used during the war as well.  We had lunch at the Old City Pizzeria.  At first the waitress wasn’t too happy to see us but when she realized there was 7 pizzas to be sold she changed her tune.  The next  place we saw independence Hall.  A somewhat short stay informing us of the two important rooms where the first Congress met and the Declaration of Independence was signed.  We then trekked through the streets of Philadelphia and ate at Geno’s (famous cheese steak sandwhiches).  To top it all off, we saw a great baseball game between the Phillies and the Braves where Mr. Hoffman found the perfect seats.  My main issue with the second day was that I learned that Geno’s was created by a guy named Joey now what’s up with that?  Otherwise as I said earlier this campout was a great deal of fun and was a blast for all of the people and families who went.

 

Curtis Reed

March 25-26

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

Well, right off the bat, I'm going to say that everyone h,ad a great time. After arriving and getting settled on Friday night, we played a little Magic. We kicked off Saturday with some more magic and we "collected firewood". Then we had a huge 7 way magic game that lasted 2 hours. It was rainy with a chance of freezing rain at night, so everyone enjoyed the fire. After this, we all sat down, got comfy and watched Doctor Strange, an amazing movie. So, everyone enjoyed the games, food and just had a blast!

 

Lake Desolation Campout

October 28-30 2016

Historian: Trevor Borden

 

Let me first say that this camp out housed what was probably the most eventful three hours of my life.  It all started with us showing up at the Burkey’s driveway for dinner which may or may not have consisted of cold pizza.  Could it have been an omen saying turn back?  Possibly… After “dinner” our tiny group of three started to unload the truck.  We threw our gear into the Burkey’s row boat and row out. Once at the tiny island we found ourselves struggling to make land.  So we all had to lean back in order to have our bow raise.  Though we had gotten closer we still had to jump out of the boat in order to get on the island luckily none of us ended up in the water. We then started to unload our gear and set up tent then after two of our three tents were up we realized that we were being signaled back to the main land so we hop in the row boat and push off.  After zig-zagging across the lake a bit we finally get to the dock to meet the source of our signals: Cody and his brother Wyatt.  Once upon land we go up to his house to fetch fire wood and some batteries.  Cody had to get new clothes on because he had already fallen in once.  After we had a sufficient amount of wood and a few batteries we wanted to head out.  Except the problem was that one of the kayaks had floated out so Cody hopped in a different one to get the one that drifted out once he had gotten it we loaded up the row boat and a kayak with gear.  But someone decided to go into the kayak but left their paddles on land which caused them to go a little bit away from the dock.  Our trusty adult had to go help Mrs. Burkey with something so they left us for all of two minutes and that is when it all started.  One of our scouts decided to help the person in the kayak to the dock but instead falls in to the water due to the icy dock.  This scout proceeds to land on the kayak he was trying to help thus flipping it and the gear inside.  Now we had two wet scouts and wet gear.  Next our trusty adult shows up and tries to pull up the kayaks thus leading to said adult falling in as well then angrily pulling them out of the water through the weeds and mud.  Our next conflict was whether or not we should stay so due to the fact that the majority of us were soaked we decided to seek refuge in the warmth of Mr. Burkey’s home.  We ended up playing Paw Patrol UNO and drinking hot cider in order to kill the time while our clothes were dried and Treven’s Mom showed up.  The rest of the trip went smoothly we rowed out to the island, pitched Mrs. Foster’s tent and fell asleep to the sound of the party in a house near by…

Mount Mckenzie+ Haystack Camping Trip

October 14-15 2016

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

So when we started, we walked about 1-2 miles in 'Thank the Gods' someone found a shortcut. The
short cut took our mileage for the walking from 9 miles to 11 miles. (Best shortcut ever) So we started
hiking Mt. McKenzie and I was thinking this is going to be easy.All of the sudden we were rock
climbing to get to the summit. Literally, when we get to the top, Danny made lunch for “everyone”.
He even tried to make a sandwich for a dog. Then, we went down and back by Haystack, which is
around a half a mile. Mt Haystack is only about 800 ft in elevation where as Mt McKenzie was around
2800 ft in elevation. It was a nice day and a great time of year for the view because the leaves were
changing. We enjoyed the camping and had a great day of hiking.

 

Sliver Jubilee

September 29- October 1   2016

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

So first thing to start off the weekend with a great start is when we got there, mother nature decided it
was the perfect time to water the exact place we were standing in. Pretty sure everyone got at least a
little soaked. Then we set up our tents and went to bed. Oh, we set up everything else first too.
But at least the next day kicked off to a great start. When we woke up, it was cold but that's okay
because we fought the cold and still had fun. Like at the Civil War Reenactment, they showed
blacksmithing and showed cannons and muskets fire. At one point, they let you shoot the musket; and
if you did, it left a ringing in your ears. They also had games such as chess, shooting sports, giant
jenga, human pinball, OAwarrior, and gaga ball. As well as, we could earn a pin by doing hand's on
interactive things such as the monkey bridge. After everything, there was a magician and he did some
pretty interesting things. At the end, we had dunkin donuts and a pretty awesome camping trip.

 

Canoe/ Kayaking Trip

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

 

 

Moffit Beach

Historian: Billy Jobmann

Spring Camporee

 May 20-22 2016

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

At the camporee, everyone had fun and everyone liked the theme of the camporee, which was of a course, a zombie apocalypse.One event there was where we separated into two groups, humans and zombies where humans had to build walls out of sticks and rope while the zombies had to put makeup on, duck tape their knees together and try to break down the walls. After, the humans went to an event where you had to work together to put a "toxic brain" into a bucket that could be used as a cure while the zombies played games with a ball. At the end, there was the O.A. initiation ceremony where people got chosen to be candidates to join the O.A. Overall, this was a great camp out!

Klondike Derby

February 5- 7

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

 

The Klondike Derby was the first weekend of February, the 5th, 6th and 7th.  There was a lot of cheering and fun to be had.  Everyone had a good time.  We got together prior to the event and built a new sled as we were having two teams for the derby.  The new sled looks really cool and it was seriously light, making it easy to push or pull.

 

For the derby, the courses included, ice rescue, orienteering, sled racing, shelter building and knot’s gorge cross, ladder step thing, and first aid to name a few.  Both teams did well.  The first team won the race and overall derby.  Congratulations.  The younger team worked together and worked hard to use their skills towards the challenges.

 

A funny thing that happened at one part (though he didn’t think so) was that Eric fell into the mud, grabbed the sled, but was still dragged down the mud.  The next day, we saw his tracks frozen in the ground.

 

For our group, we felt that crossing the gorge was the hardest part.  The first aid portion required us to make a stretcher.  When we first tried to pick it up, we had to improvise because the stick broke in half.  So we rebuilt it and kept going.  The younger group did well with the shelter building.  

 

The older group got five chips in almost every event leading to their win.

Overall, it was a lot of fun and we used a lot of skills that we have been learning along with having to work as a team to problem solve the challenges.

WAKPOMINNE

January 2016

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

                       It was a cold weekend. There was a nice warm cabin but still people slept outside. I would have liked to but I was under fourteen. I'm not sure if everyone else feels the same way though. After dinner we had cleanup but after that we transitioned into games. The next day we went sledding. We had a lot of fun especially after Troop seventy got there. I knew a couple of kids in their troop from school. At one point kids from Troop seventy made a snowman and pushed him down the hill after they 1.)made him 2.)got him on the sled 3.)had the grueling job of pushing him up the hill. The first time he went down he went slow and didn’t go off the jump. The next time he went much faster and went off the jump, broke in half and his top part exploded when it hit the ground. However the bottom part stayed on the sled... but eventually it was dumped off too. Then we went back for lunch and a couple of younger scouts went out and did their lashings to try to earn first class rank. We all worked together to make dinner and slept for the night before having breakfast. The weekend trip went by pretty fast but I still enjoyed it and I think most everyone else had same thoughts.

Y- Lock In

Dec 4-5 2015

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

The Y-Lock in was very fun and everyone had a good time. ( Sorry reeeeaaaaalllllyyyyy fun ). There were a couple things bad things ( like the lack of sleep ) about it but overall, it was great. First, we had a chance to swim in the pool from 10:00 P.M to 1:30 P.M. We also had huge nerf wars in the halls. There was also consoles with Super Smash Bros and Minecraft. There was pizza and soda for everyone at 1:00 P.M. The Y -Lock In was great.

Wilton Wildlife

Nov 13-14 2015

Historian: Billy Jobmann

 

The Wilton Wildlife trip had it's ups sides and it's down sides. One of the down sides was that my feet hurt from walking around but it was a very good orienteering course. The course was very easy except for one of the points, we could not find it because in the area it was swampy, so we thought the flag was buried, but it was actually a orange flag on a twig. We did not know it was the marker so it took us a long time. Nonetheless everyone finished and we played games. I think we all had a great time.

St. Regis backpacking trip

 

(10/18-10/19) We went on a St. Regis backpacking trip. First we stopped for breakfast at the Black Bear diner, it was delicious. After breakfast we headed out to the mountain. When we got there we got all our stuff out of the cars and unfortunately someone took a wrong turn and they had people’s food in the car. After three hours of hiking up we reached the top. We stopped to take a break and have a snack. Finally the people that took the wrong turn showed up at the top. When we started to go down the mountain it was a whole lot easier. When we got down it started to rain. Then we went to a camp that had an amazing heated bathroom. Again I would like to thank leadership and adults for a wonderful campout.

 

Evan Davis 10-29-14

Salmon river Fall 2014

Friday

 

We arrived to the camp late, setting up at about 9:00. After we were done setting up the tents and dining canopy we set up our fishing tackle for the next day. Then we all went to bed.

 

Saturday

 

Woke up at 4:30. We had bagels for breakfast. We then split up into our fishing groups and then headed out. We got to the river and started to fish. Many people lost their lines due to rocks, logs, etc., but no fish. We stopped fishing at about 11:30 to eat lunch back at camp. Since the fish weren’t biting we stayed back and went to the camp store.  While at the camp store some of us got snacks. After that we went to the lake shore and hung out there. We went back to camp and the scouts that wanted to continue fishing went back to the river and continued to fish, though still none were caught, so we headed back to camp. We had spaghetti and garlic bread for dinner. We sat by the fire and roasted marshmallows and Jiffy pop. And then we all went to bad after a long day.

 

Sunday

 

We woke up at 7:00 and had hobo’s stew for breakfast. We packed up and went to the salmon fish hatchery. At the salmon fish hatchery we were able to gaze in awe at the fish we could have caught. Although none of us caught any fish we had lots of fun!

 

Fall Camporee

            On Friday, October 4, 2013, Troop 24 went to the Council’s Fall Camporee at Fulton County Airport. The theme of the Camporee was Aviation because the Merit badge and Aviation themed activities were the main goal of the Camporee.

            On Friday we left at Dorothy Nolan Elementary, our usual meeting place, to go to the Fulton County Airport for the Camporee. When we arrived at our designated camping area on the airfield we prioritized the tarp pavilion due to the forecast of rain that night. The Troop tents were set up in the cramped area that we were given and we went to bed before it started raining. The next morning it had still not rained so we took advantage and got some of the activities out of the way after the opening ceremony and breakfast. Planes were around for people to earn the merit badge, as well as anything you needed to finish the merit badge. But having that I already had the merit badge, I went around doing other activities such as a rope bridge obstacle, tomahawk throwing, flying RC planes, and etc. It eventually began to rain from noon till we left, but luckily none of our tents or campsites got ‘swamped’ due to the downpour.

            I really liked this Camporee even if I had the merit badge and it rained. Camporees are always great for the troop and I like going to them. Any scout or adult is recommended to go because they’re fun for the scout and parent, even when it rains.

Shelving rock backpacking trip

            On September 21, 2013 Troop 24 had a Backpacking trip on the Shelving rock trail near Lake George. 6 scouts and 2 adults were on the backpacking trip from Saturday to Sunday.

            So the trip started around our usual meeting spot at Dorothy Nolan Elementary school at 7 am. We loaded into the cars and headed towards a small diner called the ‘log house’ diner for breakfast before going on the trail. The troop then went to the trail head and we loaded our backpacks onto our backs. Because it was an overnight campout our packs were fairly light for a backpacking trip. The trail began with a steep uphill path, then went downhill, and finally flat for the rest of the trail. I think we did around 4 to 5 miles but on steep terrain. Once at our destination, we ate lunch but had to move due to a group of people being at the site before us. We did an extra half mile to arrive at another site where we set up tents, collected fire wood, ate dinner, and went to bed as it started to rain. The next morning Josh and I had flooded tents from the rain but we were leaving so it wasn’t so bad. The hike back was harder because of the downhill portion that we did yesterday was very steep.  In the end we managed and went home.

            I really liked this campout despite being flooded at night. Anyone who wants to do a 4 to 5 mile hike I would recommend this trail. Day hikes would be easier than backpacking on this trail especially due to the steep terrain.

Summer camp

                  Summer camp is a great place for scouts due to the multiple interesting merit badges that scouts can earn. This year’s summer camp for Troop 24 was at Camp Massawepie near Tupper Lake, New York. For a week in July, the Troop would be at the summer camp learning new skills along with other Troops from around North East.

            Camp Massawepie is a good camp for new scouts in a Troop. It is fairly small for a Boy Scout summer camp (I’ve seen much larger), offers a wide variety of aquatic activities, and has a very good staff. The food was okay for summer camp food but was very repetitive. The end of the day activities, and Troop challenges were lacking in creativity in my opinion. A big turn off for this camp was that there were no proper latrines and the port-a-potties they had instead were very dirty even for a summer camp. But overall this is a good campout for new scouts to get their first merit badges because the merit badge counselors are very good.

 
 

Spring Camporee

On may 17th to may 19th at Camp Boy Haven was the spring camporee. The challenges were all scout related activities but formulated into a race just like the show "The Amazing Race." The race started on may 18th on the merit badges, burn a hole in a paper without matches, walk around a tree with soda cans balanced on top of one another, fill a bucket with water by using soda cans, throw whiffle balls into a tube, measure the hight of a biulding without tape measure, stack 20 cans on a base of 4 cans, a race to grab teh cans in a run, mark a bucket at the 5 gallon mark, find a shell casing, walk backwards from one point to another, and lash sticks together to knock down a soda can. We finished first in the race to compleat the challenges before everybody elce But there was a finals round that the top three had to coompete in to min a 50 dollar gift card for our troop. We lost the finals and didn't win anything. but in the end, everybody enjoyed themselves and we all learned to work together under a common goal in mind.
 

Stony Pond May Backpacking

On Friday May 4, 2013, Troop 24 went on a backpacking trip to Stony Pond for a weekend of backpacking.
We arrived at the trail, put on our backpacks, and signed in on the trail while the adults parked their cars. We began the trail and quickly realized that the trail was wet and muddy. Being that the trail was muddy many of us got out hiking shoes lodged in mud which wasn't enjoyable. We arrived at camp to be greeted by the beautiful reflecting lake Stony Pond (I don't consider it a pond due to its size). On saterday we took our daily hike down one of the trails to reach the top of a hill sized moutain. We enjoyed lunch at a large stream which was shaded and cool. When we got back to camp, we gathered wood to burn for that night's fire. At the camp there were canoes in which we paddled in to visit the small island in the middle of the lake. At night time we had a successful fire and went to sleep after dinner. On Sunday we woke up packed our gear, ate breakfast, and started to hike back down a different trail than the one we came in on, because it led to the parking lot in which the cars were. the hike back was fun because it was mostly downhill. After everyone was back at the cars we selebrated by going to Martha's and eating an 8 inch tall ice-cream.
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March Backpacking

On saturday, March 23, 2013, the March backpacking trip took place at Lake George. We ate breakfast at a resturant where there was an all you can eat breakfast. The hike was fairly easy and shoes weren't needed even though there was snow. Once we arrived at camp we put up our tents and climbed the moutain to look for logs. We made josh haul all of the logs back to camp because we couldn't. This was Danny's and Eric's first backpacking trip with the troop and they enjoyed it. At dinner time everyone took out their Mountain House meals and Mr.pelchar joined us at the campsite. Our fire was quite successful due to all the wood we had gathered and Danny cracked jokes while around the fire.
The next day we woke up, and packed our tents and camping gear. We hiked back with no difficulty due to the snow being packed down by snowmobilers. We got back to the cars drove to Stewarts and then headed home.
 
 

 Herkimer Campout

 
On April 19, 2013, Troop 24 met at Dorothy Nolan Elementary for the April camping trip. This camping trip is special because we went mining for the Herkimer Diamond.
After an hour long drive, Troop 24 arrived at KOA campgrounds at Herkimer. it began to rain as we pulled in, which was unfortunate, because setting up camp in the rain is undisirable. We set up both pavilions but the wind had begun to send the rain at an angle still drenching us under thepavilions. We then decided it was no use and decided to set up camp under a large open air building that was available to us.
The next morning, breakfast was made in a hurry because everyone was excited teh mines opened and 9 o'clock. Once meal cleanup was finished, we headed twards the Herkimer Diamond lodge where we learned about the diamonds. We then mined  and search for the Herkimer diamonds until 5 o'clock when the mines closed. Everyone left with some dimaonds.
I really enjoyed the campout, despite the weather, and I recommend any Scout or Parent to atend this great campout.
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Siamese Pond January Hiking 

          On January 5, 2013, Scouts and Adults met at Dorothy Nolan at 7:30 a.m. to hike Siamese Pond trail. We got into cars and drove to the trail, but before beginning the trail we stopped at a cozy restaurant for breakfast. After finishing breakfast we drove to the trail and strapped on our snow shoes for there was 6 inches to a foot of snow on the trail. The beginning was hard because we had to labor up a slope. The rest of the hike was straight forward but it was still difficult with the snow shoes. The hike was about 3.5 miles. Once at the campsite we ate lunch, took off the snowshoes, and searched for wood. The campsite had one lean-to, a fire pit, a bridge, and pond with running water, despite the cold temperature. DJ and William made a snow shelter to sleep in. For Dinner everyone ate the freeze-dried Mountain House meals. The temperature dropped at night and we woke to a frozen mourning. As soon as everyone ate breakfast and packed their bag, we set off one the trail and back to the cars. The way back was harder than hiking in due to the gradual slope. Once we finished the trial we went to Stewarts and then went home.