The Assateauge camping trip was very fun. We went to the Maryland-Virginia border, and camped out and pitched tents. We got there at around seven o’clock. It took about five hours to get there. This was the first camping trip for some of the scouts who just recently joined, so they learned how to pitch tents. That night we just ate mashed potatoes with beef. We couldn’t do much that day because we had just got there in the late afternoon. The next morning we ate and couple of hours later we went two person kayaking because some of us, the new scouts had not enough strength. After that we came back, changed then in about an hour we got ready to go biking. We rented bikes nearby and bicycled around the park, and on the road. We also visited the lighthouse nearby, and saw wild horses. When we came back we cooked for a while because we were making sloppy Jose for everyone. Every one had helped at least a little in the cooking, and they turned out to be so warm and tasty. We made these in a dutch oven. The next day we packed up and got ready to leave. I loved this trip but the only thing I wanted to see was to, have more scouts come.
June 1, 2014
The boys were picked up by the council Yukons. Clay’s mother stopped by to deliver a cake for his surprise birthday party. We successfully hid the cake in a black bag that was said to be “ for after dinner”. On our way up to Gore Mountain we shared jokes, stories and stopped at rest stops until we finally arrived. Everyone got ready for bed and a great day of skiing ahead. 6:00 A.M. Finally , The scouts prepared for the great day ahead. We grabbed our lunches and got into the Yukons. Experienced scouts started off by going on trails while the beginners took classes with instructors. By the end of the class we knew the proper way to ski. Then everyone had their lunch eventually and we left at 4;00. When we went back to our cabins in camp read we watched movies, had Clay’s surprise party, then went off to bed. At the crack of dawn everyone packed up and headed over to Gore for the last time. After 4 hours of skiing everyone headed back to Bronxville.
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January 11, 2014
On Saturday, November 15, Troop 5 traveled to Steamtown National Historic site in Scranton, PA to look at the steam powered and locomotive trains. We had a tour guide who was very knowledgeable about the trains. The first train we saw was the Illinois Central R.R. no.790, the only steam train preserved to survive they diesel age. Afterwards we looked at the train tracks and the way the levers could change the track direction. We even got on a locomotive passenger train for a 3 mile ride! During the ride, the tour guide told us how the train operated and how the conductor can see what is in front of him to avoid accidents. After the train ride, the tour guide led us to our lunch and I had a delicious hoagie. When lunch was finished we went into a small room to work on our train merit badge.
Next we entered the theatre to watch a fascinating movie about this person who loved trains so much that when he grew up he always rode on it for his work. As a boy when a train stopped, he went in front of the train to look at the face of the train. At the end of the movie he still did the same thing as an adult.
The movie also showed the trains could do many things like transport passengers, resources to factories, and military supplies when they where needed.
After the movie we went to the two museums, they both showed how the train operated and who worked on it and what they did. Before we left we thanked the tour guide for his tour. Most of us found it fun especially Mr. Rabsey, Mr. Schneir, Mr. Landy, Francis, Sasha and Dave.
When we got back to our campsite, we started to cook our dinner. Liamﾒs patrol cooked chili and my patrol cooked a simple stew that was easier to clean up than the chili because when we were finished , Sasha had to scrape and clean the chili pot for a very long time. Then we started a big bonfire and enjoyed the peach cobbler the adults prepared, and even better, that pot was easy to clean up.
The next morning we woke up at 7:15 and started to take down the tents before breakfast. Mr. Landy said the person who took down the most tents would get a ﾓprizeﾔ. Before we left we made sure to sweep and leave no trace of our stay since it was a national park.
Then we headed out to go to the Lackawanna coal mine where we watched a short movie about the mine. Before we started the film, Mr. Landy gave prizes for the most cheerful person on the trip to David and for taking down the most tents, Sasha. After the short film we went on the tour and the tour guide who took us down into the coal mine. When we were down there the tour guide told us the conditions of the coal mine were very harsh for poor immigrant workers as young as 8 to 30. When we got out of the coal mine we took a picture of Troop 5 at the entrance. We thanked our tour guide for his help and left to go home so I could write this wonderful summary of our trip.
January 11, 2014
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August 15, 2013
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POCONO’S WHITEWATER RAFTING AND PAINTBALL EXTRAVAGANZA
June 21, 2013
On June 21, 2013, 17 scouts and 7 intrepid adults from Troop 5 Bronxville decided to engage in their version of Army Ranger training. It was the troop’s whitewater rafting and paintball trip in the Pocono’s which was resurrected after 6 years of abandonment. Members of the Border Patrol, which won this year’s Patrol Points competition, were awarded with an all expenses paid trip. Members of that patrol included James King, Michael Landy, Clay Layton, Tim Cushman and Sasha Capasso.
The weekend started with a lot of traffic on Route 80 turning a two hour drive into a 3 ½ hour drive. Eventually we travelled through the town of Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, which was named after the Native American Sports Legend after a relative sold his body to the municipality with the highest bid – Anything goes in America. The campsite at Lake Mauch was a short jaunt up the road from the town, which met us with six very nice, albeit rocky, campsites. We set our tents up and hit the hay well past quiet time. Mr. Landy reminded us of the need to remain quiet when camping amidst the public by asking us all to whisper the Scout Law the following evening.
After an early breakfast, we jumped in the cars and headed out to go rafting on the Lehigh River. We had 4 rafts of 5 to 6 Troop 5 participants that accompanied about 15 other boats in the convoy (aka more targets for our bucket brigades). While the sun beat down early, the games began almost immediately with the water guns and the buckets. It didn’t take long for us all to drench one another (and most of the other rafters who we didn’t know). For miles we traded off ambushing one another with futile attempts to create alliances with other vessels. No one dared go near Macho Men Mikey and Miles Bartley’s boat which was stocked with rowing weapons, Mssrs. “Jimmy Hendrix” Taylor and General “I Love the Smell of Napalm in the Morning” Bartley, and a whining Scoutmaster (He reminded me more of Major Frank Burns than anything) who actually threatened to withhold rank advancement from us if we got him wet. Mr. Schnier, who took a face first header into the water on the first rapid to all of our great delight, bested Tommy Meade, who was in the water every time we turned around. The scenery was beautiful, the valley walls soared to majestic heights, and the rapids were plentiful. It seemed like forever but we finally pulled over to eat a well-deserved lunch before finishing on the water at around 4:00 in the afternoon. What a great day we all had.
We arrived back at the campsite and immediately started preparing our first official Dutch Oven meal as a troop. James King and Sasha Capasso cut vegetables while Karsten Schnier manned the bed of charcoal that was needed to cook in the Dutch Oven. The food was a resounding success. We had “Sloppy Scoutmaster Joe’s”, with broccoli and salad (Yes mom, we had broccoli and salad) which we washed down with a delicious peach cobbler. We can’t wait for the next Dutch Oven cookout!!!!!!
Bedtime came early as we all were very tired from our day on the water. We woke at daybreak, packed, ate breakfast and hit the road again for the paintball fields. Mr. Landy led the way and slammed his breaks on to let a bear cross the road (wish we had our paintball guns!). We all suited up, picked teams and argued as to whether Mr. Layton (aka Rambo) or Mr. Schnier (aka “Rambo with a Crew Cut”) were going to be on our sides. Our guide called himself Cuban B and drilled us in gun safety. In the competitions, we crawled through long tick-infested weeds, stalked one another through shipping containers, shimmied through pipes and finished the day laying siege to a castle. While no one was hurt (too badly anyway), our camo’s were drenched in the 100 degree heat, our lips were parched, our skin was bruised where the paintballs pelted us, and some of us got a face full of paint to swallow. Hey, what’s not to like?
Warrior of the weekend goes to Mrs. “Joan of Arc” Kaneko who not only was one of the first mom’s to join our weekend fun, but she played in every paintball game and took not a little mercy on any of us. We’re hoping to exact revenge by convincing her Girl Scout troop to suit up next time on the opposing team.
The Pocono’s Extravaganza is one we all hope to repeat.
June 2, 2013
This year’s West Point camporee was as big and fun as the previous years. We started off by meeting up in the church parking lot and heading off to West Point. Soon after arriving, we hiked into the woods on a trail about three miles long up a mountain to reach the campsite. We soon arrived a little before dark and set up our tents, boiled some hot water to put in our freeze dried food, and went to bed. Early next morning, we all woke up to do some physical training with a cadet. We ran around, did some push-ups and some jumping jacks among other things. After breakfast, our day of work began. We had to go to several sites around West Point and we would have to complete tasks to earn points in that task. We did really well in many of the sites but had an amazing performance in the physical fitness site when we won out of everyone in the entire camporee. The team of Savino Brusco, Obehi Abudor, Michael Landy, and Patrick Bisconti did an amazing job. It was a tough day but we finally finished and ate and went to bed. The next morning was the awards ceremony. Sadly, we did not place but we felt as though we did very well. We hiked out the same way we came in for the conclusion of a great trip.
June 2, 2013
Bicycling Day Trip
It was a warm sunny day when the first cycling trip for the cycling merit badge began. It was a difficult trek of about 25 miles with some challenging hills. The trip began in Tuckahoe when a few scouts and parents began their long journey to Valhalla at the Kensico Dam. First, the scouts went over bicycle safety and they checked their bikes for the ride. Along the way there were occasional stops for water and rest but other than that is was an uneventful trip. When everyone reached the dam, they ate a good, wholesome lunch to reenergize. Afterwards, everyone traveled back to complete one part of their cycling merit badge.
Scout Field Trip
The scout field camporee was a new experience that had some bumps along the way. Our troop was the first one to be settled in with our tents pitched and fire going. More than ten troops were scheduled to come but only about 3 showed up. Activities were a little disorganized but the adult leaders still tried to hold things together. Activities included fire building, first aid, walking machine, and knots. The troop cooked by patrol and duties were given out to individual scouts. The evening campfire was hosted inside the scout cabin and included skits and awards. Our troop got first and third place in the human walking machine. As the festivities came to an end we had our own campfire inside of our portable stove. The next morning we left before 11 am and said our goodbyes.
Ice Climbing Trip
The Ice Climbing Trip was an amazing experience that I hope many scouts will be able to attend next year. We stayed in a hostel about 20 minutes from the actual site and right next door to the outfitters. We were fortunate enough to have an actual certified chef come and cook our meals. From omelette casserole to 6 hour roasted pork. The guides were very experienced and helpful with making sure we were prepared for climbing. We received specialized boots, carabiners, harnesses, and helmets for our endeavors. Once at the climbing wall three people at a time were allowed to climb the three walls. Ice climbing is a tiring yet fun activity that test your muscles endurance and your aerobic strength. We climbed for two days before leaving the beautiful Lake Placid Area.
Six Flags Trip with the Webelos
On April 19 to April 21 the troop attended the Six Flags campout. On this trip, about six scouts from our troop attended along with Mr. Ferguson and Mr. Landy. When we first arrived, we had dinner and then began setting up tents before it got dark. We learned the correct way to set them up and made sure that all of them had all of their pieces. We also learned how to correctly set up a new tarp that was bought. On the second day the Webelos arrived. Our goal was to help them feel comfortable and welcome in our troop. There were about six Webelos there. We spent our day going on rides and conversing with them. They soon became more comfortable and had a lot of fun. On Sunday we took down the tents and again made sure they had all the pieces and were put away correctly. We did a police line, but found no trash because that Webelos cleaned up the night before.