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Historian Notes: April 2019 Camping Trip

posted May 9, 2019, 6:19 AM by Troop Webmaster

We left the church at 5:45 pm on April 12th and we would come back at April 14th.  It was a two-hour drive to Worthington State Forest.  When we got there was no one there because there was a traffic jam the way the others were going, we had to wait hours for everyone to get to the campsite.  When everyone got there, we got our ponchos on and got tent boxes and setup the tents in five minutes so they wouldn't get wet on the inside.  After everyone set up the tents, we got our stuff and unpacked but some of the tents were so wet that you had to put a tarp inside.  We had a troop assembly and then we went to sleep because we were all wet, tried and cold. 
We woke up at 7am and started cooking breakfast.  The people that were backpacking got their packs ready for the hike.  When we were all ready to go hiking we rode to the parking lot for the hike.  When we got there, the backpackers split off and went up the Mount Tammany Trail which was 1.5 miles of steep trail to the peak of Mt Tammany.  The hikers went on the Pahaquarry Trail which was 1.4 miles long of steep hills and rocks.  When we got to the top of the Mountain we had lunch for like 30 minutes and then hiked back down. We took the cars to the campsite and when we got back we were supposed to start dinner.  Once we finished we had free time and by 9 pm we had hot dogs and cocoa.  Scouts were tired and went to bed around 9:30pm 
The next day we woke up at 6 am to get breakfast ready.  At 7 am we packed up and were waiting for the backpackers to get back.  When they got back we left at 10am.

Historian Notes: March 2019 Camping Trip

posted May 1, 2019, 6:59 PM by Troop Webmaster

It is the Golden Skillet and 4 patrols are fighting over it. The Golden Skillet is a cooking challenge based on theme or culture. Scoring is based from points on decor, food and presentation. It is March 22, 5:30 pm and there are 25 scouts going. The only bad thing about this camping trip is the two and a half hours drive.

As we got there, we got out of the cars and got into patrol lines. We got split off into lentoos it was very windy so when we got cold and couldn't bare the wind we went inside the lentoos. Around 9:30 pm, we had hot dogs and cocoa. When we were finished, we went to sleep and the Patrol leaders went to a PLC (patrol leader conference). That's when they tell the Patrol leaders what we are doing tomorrow and then they tell the people in their patrol. Everyone was in bed by 10:15 pm.

It was 7am on Saturday when everyone had to be awake and get wood to start the fire. After we ate, we did the dishes and relaxed and wood collected some more then went to the trading post and then played football on the way back. When we got back, we started to cook for the golden skillet after we finished the food we needed to get judged. Then we cleaned the plates and relaxed or got our skits ready. At around 7:30 we had the campfire and then we had the OA ceremony when people got picked to join the OA. Then everyone had cookies and cocoa and then we went to bed around 10:20 pm.

In the morning we used propane to cook and after we ate and cleaned we packed up. The winners of the Golden Skillet were announced. The winners were the Senior patrol. Their theme was Mexican. They made homemade guacamole, salsa with chips, and they cooked chicken and beef fajitas. After we walked up to our cars and then went home.

Historian Report: Scout Sunday 2019

posted Mar 16, 2019, 9:41 AM by Troop66 Webmaster

On Sunday February 17 , once a year, scouts and families were invited to attend a service at
our place of meeting (United Matawan Methodist Church). The Troop led the precession with a
color guard before the mass started officially. There was much singing and friendship among
everyone that was there. The children that were going to Sunday school were also given a special
moment in the mass. The pastor recognized the troop for its contributions and was very happy in
chartering with us.

After the mass, everyone was asked to meet for refreshments and to chat.

Historian Report: TMR troop camping February 8th-10th 2019

posted Mar 16, 2019, 9:40 AM by Troop66 Webmaster

    We left the Church around 5:45 pm on February 8th, there was 27 scouts
attending this trip. We were on the road for about 2 hours and 15 minutes and
got to Narrowsburg NY around 8:20 pm. The temperature was cold around 15
degrees and very icy. We got out of the car and went inside the heated cabin
which we all loved. We unpacked and it was 9:00 pm when we were ready for
hot dogs and hot cocoa, after we ate we had about 30 minutes before the
younger scouts went to sleep and the patrol leaders have a PLC which is “patrol
leader conference” when they explain everything we’ll be doing the next day.
When they finish we all went to sleep, except some adults because the night
was so windy and the door kept opening and getting cold air in.

    We all woke up at 6:30-7:00 and we played outside or inside with cards
and the older scouts played Risk. Around 8:15 we had breakfast which was
bacon, muffins, corn beef hash, and fruit. We had to do our own dishes, then we
all went outside to the frozen lake to practice frozen lake rescues, we went
running on the lake that was 2 feet deep frozen. Later we went hiking and had
to go back because there was a river in our way. After we got back we had free
time and had lunch which was soup and chicken nuggets. Afterwards we played
some board games and had a campfire and some skits, we made yummy dutch
oven desserts and around 6:00 we had dinner which was mashed potatoes,
baked potatoes, BBQ turkey, and roasted turkey and carrots. Later we did
dishes and then we were allowed to go to the trading post. We went to bed
around 10:15 and woke up at 7:00 had breakfast and packed up our stuff and
packed everything in the cabins and left around 10:00 am.

Historian report: November 2018 Camping Trip

posted Mar 16, 2019, 9:36 AM by Troop66 Webmaster

From Friday to Sunday, November 16 to November 18, the troop went on a camping trip to
the Citta scout reservation. It was the same as always with how smoothly camping trips go. Tent
camping and scout skills were staples that happened as always. There were even a few weblos
visiting. But, despite the cold weather, the troop got to engage in numerous fun activities. The
BYOFD (Bring Your Own Frying Desert) made its rounds. That, of course, led to numerous
scouts frying almost every desert possible (Twinkies, Oreos, Cookies, Brownies, Etc).

During the trip, there were numerous other fun activities that the troop engaged in. There
was a knot relay between patrols, which got competitive as many games usually do. There was
also a similar game with a lashing relay. The camp games proved to be popular additions to the
camping trip once again. Overall reactions were very positive of this trip, hopefully we will return
soon!

October 2018 Camping Trip in November 2018

posted Nov 14, 2018, 8:00 PM by Troop Webmaster

The October 2018 camping trip was, although a bit rocky, a very fun camping trip for everyone involved. The trip was supposed to be held in October in the end of the month. However, because of the adverse weather, it had to be postponed until November 2nd to November 4th. This was certainly one of the only trips in a very long time that had to be postponed because of the weather conditions. This trip was also the first trip of the year, as the September camping trip had to be cancelled because of Hurricane Florence.

Nonetheless, the trip it self proved to be quite popular. Troop 66 was camping in Sandy Hook, New Jersey, after not having been there for a few years. Troop 101 was also joining us for the trip, which was refreshing as it meant that there would be new people to camp with. The rest of the camping trip went on fairly normally, as there was the typical tent camping, scout and patrol cooking, and some fun scout oriented games. There was also a hike on that Saturday.

Not only was Troop 101 joining us for this trip, but some Webelos scouts were also with us! They seemed to enjoy the trip as much as the scouts did. The camping trip soon took another interesting turn as the troop eventually had to leave early on that Saturday. Despite all these set backs and cancellations, the troop still loved going to sandy hook, and this proved to be another great weekend for the boys. Great success for our first camping trip!

Forestburg 2018

posted Aug 19, 2018, 6:10 AM by Troop Webmaster

Forestburg scout reservation is basically the troops home during the summer. For one week, the troop goes to New York to earn merit badges, learn scout skills, and to go camping with their patrol. Many important events happen during that week, such as the election of the new senior patrol leader. One of the main events is the earning of merit badges, which helps the scouts achieve the rank of Eagle.

At the start of Forestburg, the troop hikes over to our summer camping site, onondaga. After getting there, the troop goes to take its swim test, and then proceeds to go on a tour of forest burg, which helps the newer scouts learn how to get around. The first day is usually very straight forward, but the rest of the week starts right after that.

During the week, for a chunk of the day, everything is the same. The troop gets up, sends people to go grub hustling, makes some breakfast, then goes out to their merit badge classes. After that, they go to back to the camp and make lunch. However, the afternoons are always different, and there is always something new to do every day. For instance, there is a junior leader and adult volleyball game (the adults won this year), the troop flag retirement ceremony, and the constant rank advancement. Theres also everyones favorite activity, wood collecting to build fires to cook food.

Once the bulk of the week is over, there is a final ceremony of the week, and the troop gets to go home. Many members of the troop love going to forest burg, as it is essentially a home away from home for many people. Forestburg 2018 was a success!

2018 Cake Auction

posted May 9, 2018, 4:09 PM by Troop66 Webmaster

Pierce G.
Troop 66
May 7, 2018

2018 Cake Auction

The cake auction is troop 66’s yearly fund raiser. It is the single fund raiser that the troop does, and the money goes toward things such as camping trips and free gear. This year, there were many cakes with many different themes. There was also a pot luck dinner before the bidding took place, Surprisingly, the bidding was fierce, as one cake in particular sold for over $200. The troop was able to raise a lot of money, and it is all thanks to the newer scouts and their parents. Some of the kids bid on the cakes, and by doing so, it insured that some of the cakes would sell for very high prices. The cake auction did not take place at at the high school, which it normally does. It instead took place at an event hall, located in Cliffwood.

April 2018 Camping Notes

posted May 1, 2018, 5:10 PM by Troop66 Webmaster   [ updated May 1, 2018, 5:11 PM ]

Pierce G.
Troop 66
April 23, 2018

Valley Forge
April 2018

Everybody has to learn about Valley Forge in school. However, not many people actually go to visit. From April 20 to the 22nd, Troop 66 went to stay at Valley Forge. Overall, the weather was decent and the camping space was very large. There were many historical monuments that the troop came across during it's 9 mile hike. The younger scouts got to be a little more versed in American history then they would've expected. They also got to use their skills with a map and compass.

As stated above, the Troop went on a 9 mile hike throughout the park. They were able to maintain a very consistent pace while hiking. They also went on an official path throughout the park. Along the hike, they got to see the houses that the troops stayed in. The living conditions we're not that comfortable! The scouts also got to see an Archway monument, with its sister arch located in New York City. Stone monuments were sprinkled along the trail. Many we're dedicated to the lives of the troops that stayed in Valley Forge.

When the troop arrived back, Jack Bland and the junior leaders did a presentation about how to build a good fire for camping and cooking. However, they did not have to use this skill because they cooked on propane. There was also a campfire later that night with some old but classic skits. The next day, the scouts packed up and left. Everyone on the camping trip said they loved the the hike and would do it again.

March 2018 Camping

posted Apr 2, 2018, 2:53 PM by Troop66 Webmaster

Pierce G
Historian Report 2018
March 20, 2018

March 2018 Camping
Camping at the Horseshoe Scouting Reservation.

Troop 66 went to the horseshoe Scouting reservation March 16 to the 18th. The camping
trip featured a hike (pictured below) as well as the Golden skillet competition. There was only two
patrols as they had to be combined because of how many people want.

The hike was a few miles and the troop was able to see the Mason-Dixen Line (The border
between the Pennsylvania). Members of the troops that went described the hike as rewarding.
They also said that the orienteering course was very helpful. After the hike, the troops started
getting ready for the Golden skillet competition. After hours of cooking and preparing, the
overall winners were the great food patrol. There theme for the Golden skillet winners was an
Indian food theme. The main course was chicken curry rice and broccoli. Their patrols in the
great food patrol were the pop tart and bagel patrol.

Many of the people that want said that they loved the camping trip. The Golden skillet was,
as always, a tough competition. The continuation of this challenge has helped many people learn
how to cook their own meals. The hike was also helpful because of the skills required to hike
along the path. Overall, this camping trip was a success.

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