THE FIRST YEAR
The first year is spent mostly on getting acquainted with the program, how it works, who is who in the troop, and what the expectation
of being a scout are. All the while having fun and experiencing different outdoor activities.
SCOUT – This is the joining, typically a boy can achieve this within a month’s time.
TENDERFOOT – This is the first badge of rank and may take your son up to a year to achieve, it will depend on his own motivation and active
participation in activities.
The requirements offer a taste of the great adventures that await your son in Scouting and expose him to the very basic
introductory skills he needs to master before taking part in those adventures.
Many of the requirements ask that he helps or assists with certain skills such as: sleep in a tent you have helped pitch;
or assist in preparing and cooking your patrol’s meal. The purpose of these requirements is for him to learn by doing
things with more experienced scouts and to participate as an active member of a team, the patrol.
CAMPING TRIPS – Once a month the troop goes camping, mostly to Boy Scout camps. We
leave on Friday nights and return on Sunday afternoons; occasionally it is an educational
touring trip like Philadelphia, Boston or Washington DC.
Your son will share duties and responsibilities
within his patrol. They will work as a team: to
plan, prepare, and pack for the trip; set up
camp within the troop campsite; plan, buy,
cook their meals and clean up as a patrol. He
will also work on his personal advancements.
During the trip time is set aside for fun activities such as games or other events. In the
summer and warm weather months we use tents; in the cooler months of the spring and fall
we may also use lean-tos; and in the winter we use heated cabins.
DAY ACTIVITIES – We go to: the LaGuardia College swimming pool at least twice a month for swimming sessions on Saturday afternoons;
Orienteering meets nearby; Wollman rink in Central Park for ice skating; The Liberty Science Center; The Fahnestock Winter fest; The
Taconic outdoor Recfest; and more…
SUMMER CAMP –Two weeks of pure fun: Field Sports; The Marina; Handicrafts; Aquatics twice a day; Scoutcraft; Mountain Bikes;
Climbing/Rappelling; The Nature Lodge and more. The Troop holds a special meeting with the parents in the spring to discuss this
tremendous outdoor opportunity scheduled for early July.