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2020 VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, OSR was forced to close its facility for the summer of 2020, but fortunately is providing VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMP.  This program will allow Scouts to earn up to 5 merit badges a week as well as participate in other activities in between classes.  

Troop 71 leadership strongly encourages Scouts to participate in OSR virtual summer camp not only to have a fun summer, but to maintain opportunities at Scout advancement, especially with merit badges.  Otherwise, it will be easy to fall behind when the regular program starts up again.

Since Troop 71 was registered to attend OSR July 12-18, 2020, we suggest Scouts register for that same week so they can participate together.  But, Scouts may register for additional weeks as well.

The program agenda, including the list of merit badges, is available here.  
  • Classes will be limited to 40 Scouts max, one hour long and interactive.
  • For some classes, Scouts must get the materials they need and do pre-requisites ahead of time to participate.
  • Scouts must have the age appropriate Cyber Chip already or take the Cyber Chip lesson offered each Monday morning of camp week to participate.
Registration is now open so Scouts should choose their merit badges now so we can sign them up right away to get the merit badge classes they want.  

Scouts who want to attend should email ASM Simone at chris@plandometroop71.com.  He will follow up about registration.



FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

  • WHAT WILL THE VIRTUAL PROGRAM LOOK LIKE?
    We want our virtual program to look as much like the Onteora experience as possible. It will run for five days each week, from Monday through Friday. We plan on offering around 50 merit badges for Scouts to choose from – many that would be run at OSR, and some that will be unique to many Scouts. Scouts will have the ability to sign up for as many as five merit badge sessions per week. There will also be designated Troop/Patrol time with assistance and support from OSR staff. Camp-wide games, campfire programs, a movie night and informational/training sessions will also be available. And because Scouting is designed for the outdoors, there will designated times each day for Scouts to work on merit badge requirements and other activities outdoors. While there are many aspects of OSR that cannot translate to a virtual format, we wanted to provide the Scouts with as much of the OSR experience as possible.
 
  • IS THIS PROGRAM DESIGNED FOR SCOUTS TO GO WITH A TROOP OR AS “PROVISIONAL” ATTENDEES?
    Either. We encourage all Troops to attend as a Troop on their normally scheduled week at OSR. As mentioned above, we will give Troop time daily for youth and adult leaders to work with the Scouts in their Troop, just as they would at camp. But we will also allow Scouts to attend without their Troop, or “provisionally”. Our registration for Troop attendees will open first, followed soon after by provisional registration. More information to come.

  • CAN A SCOUT ATTEND MORE THAN ONE WEEK?
Yes. Scouts can attend multiple weeks if they choose.

  • WHAT IS THE FEE FOR SCOUTS?
    The fee is $150 per Scout per week. With that, the Scouts get access to up to five merit badge sessions per week, along with camp-wide games, campfire programs, informational and training sessions and more. We will provide between 6 – 8 hours of program daily – and not all of it is meant to take place indoors sitting at a desk. Scouts will also receive a camp patch.
 
  • IS THERE A CHARGE FOR ADULT LEADERS?
    There is no charge for adult leaders. We encourage all Troop leadership to “attend” as much as their schedule will allow, even on weeks where their Troop may not be attending. And we will be offering a Scoutmaster Merit Badge recognition for adults that participate throughout the week. In order to participate, adults must have an up to date, completed Youth Protection Certification.
 
  • WHAT PLATFORM WILL BE USED FOR THE PROGRAM?
    Zoom will be used to facilitate our program this summer. Many Scouts and Scouters have grown familiar with Zoom over the last several weeks and we feel that will make this implementation easier for all. Prior to the week, schedules with appropriate links will be sent out to Leaders, Scouts and Parents so they can connect to their appropriate virtual meeting place.
 
  • WHAT MERIT BADGES WILL BE OFFERED?
    Around 50 merit badges will be offered. We are in the process of finalizing that list now, but it will be available soon through an updated Program Guide, which will be published before registration opens. That will provide Leaders, Scouts and Parents the opportunity to select the badges that best fit the interests and needs of the Scouts. Many merit badges that were typically offered at OSR (and that were originally slated to be offered in our previous Program Guide) do not fit a virtual instruction format – most specifically, Shooting Sports, Aquatics and Climbing, and thus will not be offered through this program. Our goal is the maintain the integrity of the merit badge program. The badges that will be offered this summer are all able to be instructed online. 
 
  • ARE THERE GOING TO BE ADDITIONAL COSTS FOR SOME MERIT BADGES LIKE THERE WERE AT OSR?
    We will not be charging any additional fees for any merit badges. There are certain badges that will require the Scouts to have access to materials necessary to fulfill requirements. In many cases, those materials can be found around the house. Some might require parents to purchase those materials independently before the week. The Program Guide will outline the necessary materials needed (if any) and also provide online resources to make the purchases. That is one of the reasons we will be publishing the Program Guide before registration is open. We encourage all leaders and parents to review the badges and their specific needs before making any selections. 
 
  • WILL THE SCOUTS SPEND ALL THEIR TIME “INSIDE” CONNECTED TO A DEVICE?
    No, our plan is to have every Scout spend time away from their device and (weather permitting) outdoors. There will be some requirements that the Scouts will need to complete away from their computers. Many of our badges will have designated class time that is meant to be spent outdoors. We are also laying out specific time daily that is meant for breaks away from devices to enjoy the outdoors.
 
  • ARE “PRE-REQUISITES” FOR MERIT BADGES GOING TO BE THE SAME AS THEY WERE IN THE PREVIOUS PROGRAM GUIDE?
    The short answer is no. There will be changes. Some merit badge requirements that we were able to complete while at OSR will not be possible to complete in this virtual program. But, some requirements (and even some badges) that were not feasible or appropriate to complete at OSR, will be possible online. Our upcoming Program Guide will lay out the specific requirements that will need to be completed outside of the week-long program, either ahead of time, or afterwards.
 
  • WILL MERIT BADGE CLASSES HAVE A CAPACITY?
Yes, although those capacities will be different than they were at OSR. For most badges, the capacities could be higher than what we have been accustomed to. But we believe that it is important for Scouts to be able to participate in the badges, not just because the requirements call for discussion and feedback, but also because we believe that the Scouts will get more out of the badges if they are engaged within a manageable-sized class.
 
  • WHO WILL BE INSTRUCTING THE MERIT BADGES?
    We will still be using the amazingly talented and dedicated OSR staff to facilitate this program. They will be present instructing merit badges, helping Scouts, supporting Troop leadership and implementing our campfires and camp-wide programs. Other Unit, District and Council volunteers will also be assisting with the program. The virtual format will enable the assistance many people that would have liked to help at OSR but couldn’t because of schedule and geography.
 
  • WILL PARENTS AND LEADERS BE INVOLVED?
    Yes, just as they would in all other aspects of the Scouting program. Parents should take note of the specific requirements pertaining to the merit badges/programs that their Scout signed up for. There will be some that will encourage parent/family participation or supervision. While our staff will remind Scouts to engage their parents/guardians, we want to stress that all parents should review the specific requirements for their Scouts ahead of time. We also encourage all leaders to participate as often as they like, and their schedule allows. Our Scoutmaster Merit Badge will recognize those leaders that assist in the implementation of the program. We also encourage Troops and Patrols to work on some of their specific program during their week and throughout the summer, whether that be small gatherings (when permitted), service projects, Scout Advancement or future planning.
 
  • IS THERE AN OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER TO HELP FACILITATE THE PROGRAM?
    Yes. We will soon be sending out information on how and when to assist. The more involvement we have from dedicated volunteers, the better the experience will be for our Scouts. Please stay tuned for more information to follow.
 
  • WHEN AND HOW WILL REGISTRATION TAKE PLACE?
    Registration should open the first week in June. It will open for those Troops and Scouts that had made reservations and payments for OSR first and will then open for additional “provisional” or Troop attendees soon after. We will continue to use our OSR website to handle payments and registration. We will outline that process, including any changes to the process in light of the new program, in a later communication.
 
  • WILL THERE BE AN ONLINE TRADING POST?
    We are currently working on the details, but yes, you will have the ability to purchase OSR gear and other items online throughout the summer. More information to follow.
 
  • WILL THERE BE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR SCOUTS TO WORK ON CERTAIN MERIT BADGES THAT ARE NOT AVAILABLE ONLINE WHEN CAMPS RE-OPEN?
    Yes, we believe there will be. Planning will soon begin on how to best provide Scouts with the opportunity to take advantage of all our properties have to offer. More information regarding that will be available shortly after the camps are able to legally and safely re-open.
 
  • WILL THERE BE A “30-DAY” MEETING FOR LEADERS FOR THE VIRTUAL CAMP?
    Yes, we will have a meeting for leaders via Zoom shortly. Currently we are working to put together the Program Guide and infrastructure for this summer in anticipation of the needs of our parents and leaders. We will soon be in touch regarding date and time for our meeting to give you more information and address questions or concerns you may have.



Troop 71 will be attending Onteora Scout Reservation (OSR): July 12-18, 2020 (Sunday to Saturday) 


  • Our campsite is called Flathead.  Scouts tent in pairs in the canvas platform tents.  The theme this year To Be Determined (TBD).  Please review the Program Guide below for details about this year's many programs, events and activities at camp.
  • Cost: $440 if paid by 5/07/20; $490 if paid after 5/07/20.  Scouts who made a deposit or paid early (click here for list) will have access to online registration a month before the rest.  Some programs like Paintball and ATV as well as certain merit badges require additional fees, which should be included with payment.  Adults are free, but must be fully trained/registered ASMs to attend or take the training course at Onteora. 
  • Scouts must select their merit badges months before so we can register them.  The merit badge schedule is below.  Scouts should complete the registration form themselves.
  • NOTE: Scouts are expected to stay the entire week of camping, unless they have received clearance ahead of time to leave early for exceptional circumstances.
  • Scouts and leaders attending camp must supply BSA health/medical forms Parts A, B & C PLUS - if applicable - a letter indicating any prescription medication the Scout will take at camp.  Start at our Quick Tips page before submitting any health forms.
  • SUMMER CAMP FINAL PLANNING MEETING: 6/25/20 at 7:15, Plandome Village Hall 
    DEADLINES (earlier is appreciated):
Provide the above to ASM Simone in person or mail/drop off . Once the Scout is registered with the camp, payment is not refundable.

*MAKE M.D. APPOINTMENTS/GET PART C FORM TO M.D. NOW.  Issues concerning late medical forms may have to be addressed directly with Theodore Roosevelt Council.  

Meningitis Letter/Form



(First year Scouts will be registered in the Dan Beard Program for new Scouts and are strongly encouraged to take the Swimming MB, along with one or two other age appropriate badges such as woodwork, woodcarving, etc.  See page 16 of the program guide.)







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Harriman Trip from March 2018 - Wiebe's place, somewhat strenuous

We then hike from the Inn to Popoloken Creek/Gorge, past Queensboro Lake to Turkey Hill Lake (5 miles), where we will make camp.  The hike out on Sunday is Sunday .85 miles to parking lot to then grab the solo care at the Inn.

Directions:
Bear Mountain Inn: 3020 Seven Lakes Drive, Tomkins Cove, NY 10986.
Palisades Parkway North (US-6 E) to US-202 W/US-9W S.  At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto US-202 W/US-9W S, turn right onto Seven Lakes Drive, the stay to the right to the Inn.


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  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
  • Cross Bronx Exp (I-295) to I-95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
  • KEEP RIGHT & take first exit onto Palisades Parkway N
  • Take Exit 9W and merge onto I-287 W / I-87 N, continuing on I-87 N
  • Take exit 15A for NY-17 toward NY-59
  • After about 4.5 miles turn left onto NY-17 N/Orange Turnpike (signs for Tuxedo Park/Renaissance Faire/Sloatsburg)
  • After about 2.5 miles turn right onto New York State Reference Rte 981G/Seven Lakes Dr
  • After almost a mile turn left onto Johnsontown Rd, then turn right to stay on Johnsontown Rd.
  • Continue about 1.3 miles to parking circle



Fishing Trip: 11/11 from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm with:
405 Main Street
Port Washington, NY
  • MUST arrive at dock by 6:30 for boarding
  • Rods are welcome but are available on the boat for a $5 rental
  • Bait and tackle provided
  • Bagels, coffee, juice included.  Bring bag lunch.
  • Dress appropriately for cold (layers), wind and/or rain 
  • $60 per person (checks payable BSA Troop 71) and  Permission Slip due 11/3.
Contact Jeff Phelps for details.

TO BALD ROCKS IN HARRIMAN

ddress:
1186 County Highway 106/Kanawauke Rd (parking area along road)
Southfields, NY 10975

We will hike in to Bald Rocks Shelter.

Directions:
  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
  • Cross Bronx Exp (I-295) to I-95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
  • KEEP RIGHT & take first exit onto Palisades Parkway N to Exit 14
  • Turn left onto Willow Grove Road
  • Continue about 4.8 miles on Willow Grove/Kanawauke Rd/Route 106 to traffic circle
  • Take second exit around circle to continue on Kanawauke Rd/Route 106
  • Continue about 1.5 miles to roadway parking area


Camp Yawgoog: June 28 - July 5 (Sunday to Sunday)
Leaders: ASMs JP Leonardi (516) 698-6107 & Sibo Wang

For over ninety years Camp Yawgoog has hosted Boy Scouts on its 1800 acres of beautiful wilderness located in Rockville, RI.  Yawgoog is divided into three separate camps and we stay at Camp Three Point.  Our campsite, “Scott”, is situated on Wincheck Pond. Camp Three Point’s Dining Hall, located next to Yawgoog Pond, has its own traditions, songs and cheers. Camp Yawgoog provides a unique opportunity and camping experience for the Scouts.

Yawgoog Merit Badge Schedule
(For Yawgoog, first year Scouts should expect to take Swimming, but otherwise their MB schedule will be set up by the New Frontier Program.) 

Yawgoog Medical Form

Yawgoog Permission Slip

The cost per Scout is $420 ($380 each for brothers). Because we now have plenty of coverage, adults are $175 (even if staying for only one day), and MUST complete online Youth Protection training (no exceptions).


Whitewater Rafting: 5/16-5/17

Schedule / Directions
7:45am: Meet in the parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club

8:00am:  Depart to 288 North Stagecoach Road Weatherly, PA 18255.  Take Route 80 west into PA to Exit 273. Go west on Route 940 for 1/2 mile. Turn left onto Lehigh Gorge Drive. Go 4.8 miles and turn right onto Buck Mountain Road. Go 1 mile to first intersection. Turn right again onto North Stagecoach Road. Go 300 yards to the entrance on the right.
 
10:30 – 11:00am: Set up tents at our site [leave valuables in cars] and designate raft assignments.
11:00 – 11:30am:  pick up wetsuits and them bring back to site
11:20am: [C. Maass checks in and picks up the bus tickets]
11:30 – 11:55am: put on wetsuits over bathing suits
11:55am: bring lunches and gear to life jacket station
12:00pm: line up for life jackets and then get on the bus
About 12:45pm: start rafting
About 3:00pm: break for lunch
About 5:00pm: arrive back at camp
About 5:45pm: we are served dinner at camp (and breakfast next morning)
After dinner: free time for night activities

What to Pack
Keep in mind that this is car camping as our cars will be right on our site.
Tent (Scouts should make tenting arrangements themselves) sleeping bag, sleeping pad, pillow.
Water bottles and snacks (we'll have a campfire in the evening)
Bagged lunch (zip lock) that we will take down the river in sealed 5-gallon buckets (no glass bottles allowed)
Old sneakers or sturdy sandals / water shoes (flip-flops, loose fitting sandals, crocs, and bare feet are NOT permitted on the river)
Water gun/cannon
Bathing suit to be worn under rental wetsuits
Change of clothes
Towel/toiletries for showering
Some spending money for snacks and arcade games plus about $15 cash for wetsuit rental
Volleyballs, soccer balls, basketballs, frisbees, kickballs
sunblock, hat, and insect repellent
head lamp/flashlight
Adults: drivers' License and credit card for wetsuit rental (adults will need to rent for Scouts)
Poncho/rain jacket
ADULTS ATTENDING MUST TAKE ONLINE YOUTH PROTECTION AND SAFETY AFLOAT TRAINING

Leader Contact Info:
Charles Maass: (917) 825-4435
Tom Wiebe: (516) 578-4866



1.    Alpine Scout Camp - 4/18-19/15

Everyone attending must RSVP via reply email to the Scoutmaster by 4/8.  PLEASE RESPECT THIS DEADLINE. This trip involves a LOT of planning, so we need a headcount early.

This is the first Troop and an important camping trip for our new Scouts. So, they should attend. Parents are welcome to attend, but Scouts should tent with other Scouts, not their parent. Instructors and Troop Guides are also expected to attend.

Departure/Return:
We will meet at our usual LIRR parking lot across from the Plandome CC at 8:00 am on Saturday morning. We will depart Alpine late morning so should arrive back in Manhasset by midday on Sunday. 

Activities:
Our first-year Scouts will be trained by our Scout Instructors and Troop Guides on how to build a campfire, properly use a pocketknife, make lashings, and safely cut firewood.

The rest of the Scouts will conquer the 32' high outdoor climbing wall and/or earn the First Class requirement for orienteering by navigating the course that Troop 71 created two years ago. They will also compete in Patrols in our Second Annual Khaki Chef Competition for the coveted prize of a tray of fudge brownies freshly baked in a cardboard box oven!

There also will be free time, campfire skits and a flag retirement ceremony.

Meals:
All participants must bring their lunch for Saturday, but dinner (hamburger/hot dogs/dump cakes or cookies for dessert) and breakfast (pancakes, sausage, cereal, fruit) will be provided.

What to Bring:
Treat this as a regular camping trip, but cars will be close by. (We will monitor the weather up to our departure for last minute updates.)
Scout Spirit
frame pack (Troop has several to loan)
floored tent with rain fly (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with another Scout; the Troop has tents to loan. LIMIT TWO TO A TENT)
sleeping pad/roll
sleeping bag/pillow
water bottle
sunscreen/Deep Woods Off
mess kit w/ utensils, cup
flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
compass
poncho/rain gear
hiking boots/hiking socks
Scout pants/shorts/Class B shirt
fleece top/jacket/windbreaker
change of clothes & extra socks
warm clothes to sleep in
OPTIONS: camping chair (recommended), frisbee/football/soccer ball

Click for Mr. Maass' Tips.

Cost & Paperwork:
$25 per person.  Parents and Scouts who have not camped with us within a year (including Chris Morley Park) will need to fill out Parts A and B of BSA's medical form that are good for one year and do NOT have to be filled out by a doctor.

Permission Slip, completed medical forms (if needed), and the fee is due no later than the 4/16 Troop meeting -- BUT WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED EARLY.

NOTE: WE WILL NOT HAVE TIME TO SEND REMINDERS OR CHASE ANYONE DOWN FOR PAYMENT AND PAPERWORK.  SO, IF YOU'RE NOT GOING TO THE 4/16 MEETING, PLEASE MAIL IT OR DROP IT OFF TO ME (38 Marino Ave, PW, 11050) OR MR. MAASS (58 Strathmore Rd, Manhasset) BEFORE THEN . PLEASE UNDERSTAND THAT IF WE DON'T HAVE IT BY 4/16, YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED TO ATTEND.  Sorry for being so strict, but we all have day jobs and can't be scrambling at the last minute.  There's plenty of time to get this done early. 

Directions:
Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge to George Washington Bridge (UPPER level)
First exit on right in New Jersey - Palisades N
Travel about 9 miles to Exit 3 on LEFT towards Rt 9W
Follow exit around onto Palisades Pkwy S.  About 1/10 mile turn right into Alpine Scout Camp
We are staying at site Cub World One, so park in the lot across from the main building
Leaders:
SM Chris Simone: 917-446-1775
ASM Charles Maass: 917-825-4435


1.    Day Hike on 3/22: Blydenburgh County Park
(rescheduled from 3/15)

Our next outing is on Sunday morning, 3/22 for a 5.5-mile day hike in Blydenburgh County Park in Smithtown on the Stump Pond Loop trail.

The 627-acre Blydenburgh is richly forested with hills and valleys at the headwaters of the Nissequogue River.  Younger Scouts can bring a compass and map to fulfill one of the Second Class rank advancement requirements for a five-mile hike.  Regardless, all Scouts and parents are welcome to get out and stretch their legs as (hopefully) we start to enter Spring. Wear comfortable footwear suitable for a hike.

We will meet at 8:30 am in the usual parking lot across from the Plandome Country Club and expect to be back by Noon.  Lunch is not necessary, but bring snacks and a full water bottle for the hike.

Permission slip is due no later than the 3/19 meeting.

Leader: Kevin Watson (516) 317-2801

Directions (from website):

The main (southern) entrance to the park is on the north side of Veterans Memorial Highway, opposite the H. Lee Dennison County Center in Smithtown. The northern entrance can be reached by following Route 347 to Brooksite Drive North; turn left on New Mill Road and follow to park entrance at end.

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Friday-Sunday, February 6-8, 2015

Cost:
  • $150 per person (two days of skiing)
  • $110 per person (Saturday skiing only)
  • Includes lodging, two-day weekend lift ticket, and three meals
Meals:
Troop will provide breakfast on Saturday and Sunday, dinner on Saturday. Scouts should bring $50 for lunch at the ski lodge for both Sat. and Sun. and dinner on the way home.

Lodging:
104 Vermont Route 100
West Dover, VT 05356
(802) 464-1195

We will be staying in the basement.  It features a large, open 30’ x 35’ room than can host up to 24 people on cots that are provided. Please bring your sleeping bag/pillow etc.

They have a large flat screen cable color television and a Wii. There are two separate restrooms on the upper floor, and a brand new, fully renovated bathroom with shower and two sinks in the activity center. There is a full kitchen with two stoves and ovens, a microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and a full set of pots, pans, dishes, and utensils.

Transportation:
This is a drive-up trip, so drivers will be leaving at different times. Please make your own driving arrangements.  If assistance is needed please contact Mr. Bosse or Mr. Cox.

Driving Directions:
Take Route 95 to Route 91. In Vermont take Exit #2 off I-91. Go right off the exit on Route 9 west, and follow this 19 miles until you come to the only stoplight in Wilmington. Go right at the light on Route 100 North.  Follow 6 miles. West Dover Village is on your right, and there is the church.
 
Ski/Snowboard Rentals (additional cost):
47 Northern Blvd.
Greenvale, NY.
Go to Rentals, ask for Boy Scout rate ($30.00 for skis, $35.00 for snowboards) -- please go Monday or Tuesday before trip.

Ski/Snowboard Lessons (additional cost):
Must be arranged by parent/guardian.

Any new or beginner skier/snowboarder must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. This trip is for skiers/snowboarders only. Adults may attend regardless if they ski or not (lodging and food cost $50).

Trip is limited to 24 participants. Sign-up early!

Permission slip and payment must be given to Mr. Maass by Thursday Jan. 29, 2015.

Adult Leader:
George Coxcell 516-603-3268

Watch Hill

  • Meet on Saturday 9/6 at 10:15 am at usual Plandome Station parking lot, then drive to Patchogue to catch 12:15 ferry to Watch Hill (directions).
  • We will sleep in tents at the group site at the Watch Hill group camping site and arrive back in Manhasset at approximately 12:30 pm on Sunday 9/7.
  • This trip will take place weather permitting only as we will cancel it if rain is forecast.  The Scouts can hang out at the beach and will also be encouraged to bring their fishing poles to fish off of the docks from the bay side OR fish in the surf from the ocean side.
  • Gear: Standard camping gear required (there is a water source on site and bathrooms nearby)
  • Cost: $15 per person (includes dinner, breakfast, site fees)
  • Leader: Charles Maass
  • Scouts and parents wishing to attend must bring a check payable to "BSA Troop 71" and completed Permission Slip to our first Troop Meeting on Thursday, September 4th.
  • Each attendee will also need $16 cash for round-trip ferry fees.
  • PARENTS WISHING TO ATTEND please advise Mr. Maass ASAP so he can complete the Tour Permit.


NYC Urban Day Hike: December 7 (Sat)

Details:
Meet at the Roslyn Train Station at 8:35 a.m.
Take the 8:49 a.m. train to Jamaica and the J train to Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Hewes Street Station)
Walk through Williamsburg and across the Williamsburg Bridge into Manhattan
Eat brunch
Walk to Washington Square Park
Go to Forbidden Planet (comic book store)
Walk through Union Square Park
Visit the National Historic Site at the home of Teddy Roosevelt's birthplace
Eat at Shake Shack at Madison Square Park
Walk to Penn Station and take the 4:22 p.m. train back to Roslyn, arriving at 5:16 p.m.  
The hike will total about six miles of walking spread over the day.  Scouts and parents going should bring:
Good walking shoes / sneakers
Appropriate (layered) clothing
Water bottle, snacks
A round-trip train ticket from Roslyn to Penn Station with one subway fare ($2.50) on it
Approximately $40 in cash each.
Please bring a completed Permission Slip to the 12/5 Troop Meeting.

SPECIAL FOR HIGH SCHOOL JR & SR SCOUTS ONLY: Ravenswood LIC Power Plant Tour: December 8 (Sun)
Limited to 8 Scouts
Boots and school ID, without these you cannot enter
Meet at the Village Hall, Sunday, 12/8 at Noon; takes ½ hour to get there
Bring bag lunch, will review the systems while eating, 1 hour
Plant tour approx. 2-3 hours
Returning around 5:30 p.m.
No cost
Permission Slip
Adults Attending:
Mr. Bourguet
Mr. Bernic
Mr. Cox (H-516-621-2921 / C-516-603-3268)
Mr. Sheehan


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1.    NYC Urban Day Hike: Sunday, December 7, 2014

Departure/Travel:
Meet at Manhasset Train Station at 8:20 AM sharp; board 8:46 AM train to Penn Station; take the "C" subway to 81st Street-Museum station.
  
SCOUTS MUST HAVE A ROUNDTRIP LIRR TICKET TO/FROM PENN STATION AND THREE SUBWAY RIDES BEFORE MEETING TIME. 

Itinerary:
  • American Museum of Natural History private tour of Dinosaurs Hall & Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Hall (special admission and tour by Bob Reilly)
  • Lunch at Patsy's Pizza at 61 West 74th Street (price includes 2 slices, salad serving and soft drink)
  • Hike to Central Park (Central Park West and 72nd Street); visit Sheep Meadow, The Mall, Shakespeare and Balto statues; pass through the Central Park Zoo; exit at Fifth Avenue and 60th Street.
  • Hike to First Avenue and board the Tram for ride over East River to Roosevelt Island
  • Hike to southern tip of Roosevelt Island to visit the Four Freedoms State Park dedicated to Franklin Delano Roosevelt.*
  • Take "F" subway to Roosevelt Avenue/74th Street (Jackson Heights)
  • Take "7" elevated train to Woodside-81st Street
  • Board next LIRR PW line train to Manhasset
Estimated time of return to Manhasset is 3:00-4:00 PM.  Please wear comfortable shoes as we will cover several miles walking.

Cost:
$12 (pre-paid CASH for lunch) due with permission slip at 11/20 or 12/4 Troop meeting PLUS Scouts must purchase their roundtrip LIRR ticket and three subway rides before meeting time (approx. $25). Suggested personal spending money $20-$40.

*The four-acre park stands at the southernmost point of Roosevelt Island. Looking south, the visitor has a clear view of the United Nations building; to the north of the park is the Queensboro Bridge, which spans the East River. Approaching from the north, the visitor passes between a double row of trees that narrow as they approach the point, framing views of the New York skyline and the harbor. The memorial is a procession of elegant open-air spaces, culminating in a 3,600-square-foot plaza surrounded by 28 blocks of North Carolina granite, each weighing 36 tons. The courtyard contains a bust of Roosevelt, sculpted in 1933 by Jo Davidson.

At the point, the monument itself is a simplified, roofless version of a Greek temple in granite. Excerpts from Roosevelt's Four Freedoms speech are carved on the walls of this room-like space, which is open to the sky above.

The memorial is constructed entirely in Mount Airy Granite sourced from the North Carolina Granite Corporation. Over 140,000 cubic feet of Mount Airy Granite was used in the memorial's construction. In contrast with the hard granite forms, Kahn placed five copper-beech trees at the memorial's entrance and 120 little-leaf lindens in allées leading up to the monument.

Leader: Bob Reilly (516) 242-2039



 Greenkill/YMCA Winter Weekend: January 10-11, 2015

Mr. Maass has our next trip planned: cabin camping at Greenkill YMCA in Huguenot, NY.  This has been one of our most popular trips because it is the only one where the Scouts are permitted to use their electronic devices / gaming systems (please keep it reasonable, no excessively large screens) and enjoy playoff football on television.

During the day, we'll have a session in gigantic gymnasium with volleyball, basketball and dodgeball courts and a supervised climbing wall.  We will also go snow tubing / ice skating if the weather permits or do an alternative activity such as a survival training course.  Scouts will prepare dinner / dessert on Saturday night and breakfast on Sunday.

For the second straight year we are booked in Kleinstuber Lodge, which sleeps 44, has 8 bedrooms, a kitchen area, a central lobby with a fireplace and a living room type area with a television.

Departure/Return:
We will meet at the usual parking lot across from the Plandome CC at 9:00 am on Saturday, 1/10 and leave no later than 9:30.  Please be prompt. We will arrive back in Manhasset mid-day on Sunday.  Mr. Maass will figure out car/passenger assignments.

Cost:
The cost is $80/person attending, which includes dinner (chicken fajitas), dessert (apple & peach dump cakes) and breakfast (mountain man egg casserole). 

Anyone wanting to attend who has not done so already should please bring a permission slip and check for $80 (payable, "BSA Troop 71") to the 1/8 Troop meeting.

What to bring:
Bag lunch for Saturday
Sleeping bag / blanket and a pillow, if desired
Winter/warm coat, gloves and hat
Boots for hiking / sneakers for gymnasium 
Warm clothes suitable for snowy, cold conditions, such as fleece and layers of synthetics
Pajamas and a change of clothes
Personal toiletries
Water bottle
MESS KIT with fork, knife, spoon in a 1 gallon ziplock bag (we will not have any utensils or plates, so if you don't bring a mess kit you might not eat).
Football, frisbee, etc
Electronics are permitted, but only for later in the day after Troop activities.  
Directions:

New York YMCA Camp
160 Big Pond Road
Huguenot, NY 12746

GPS Address: 160 Big Pond Road, Huguenot, NY 12746
GW Bridge UPPER level to Palisades Pkwy N
New York State Thruway (I-87) north to Exit 16 (Harriman).
Take Route 6 and 17W to exit 121W. Follow I-84W to Exit 1 (Port Jervis, NY). At the end of the exit ramp, make a left turn at the stop sign onto Route 6W. Bear slight right at the next traffic light continuing on Route 6W.
Continue for two more lights and at second light turn right onto N Maple Avenue / Neversink Drive (you will not need to cross the green bridge).
Continue on Neversink Drive for 4.8 miles.
Turn right onto Route 209 and continue for 0.6 miles. Look for the YMCA Camps sign on the right side of the road, directing you to turn left in 1/10th mile onto Peenpack Trail. Take the next right on to Grange Road. Take the next left on to Big Pond Road. Follow Big Pond Road for 0.7 miles to our entrance (on the right).
Please contact me or Mr. Maass if you have any questions.

Leaders:
Charles Maass: 917-825-4435
Chris Simone: 917-446-1775


1.  Harriman State Park - April 26-27, 2014:  

We will be camping just south of Silver Mine Lake in the northern part of Harriman State Park.  This backpacking trip is generally appropriate for all Scouts, BUT note there is about a 1 mile hike along rocky terrain to the campsite, we carry in all the water and supplies we will use and there are no bathrooms.

No cost.  Permission Slip due by 4/24.  We will also need BSA Medical Forms (Parts A & B) for any new Scouts and parents of new Scouts who did not attend Alpine, as well as any other Scouts or parents whose forms may have expired.

Clothing: Weather can vary this time of year, so proper clothing (layers of synthetic) is a must.
hiking/work boots
1-2 pairs of socks
long pants
long sleeve shirts
fleece top
jacket (windproof & water resistant)
full change of clothes & extra socks
rain gear
For sleeping:  sweat suit or long underwear; wool or fleece cap
Gear:
frame pack (w/ padded straps and hip belt)
small day pack (optional)
sunscreen
two-person floored tent w/ fly and ground cover
warm sleeping bag; bed roll; camping pillow
mess kit w/ utensils
two bottles of water (liter or quart size)
flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper) and first-aid kit
lighter/kitchen matches w/ striker (in ziplock bag)
large black trash bag
pocket knife; compass; work gloves
NOTE:  ALL GEAR MUST FIT IN/ON YOUR FRAME PACK

Meals: Bring a bag lunch (for before hike), "foil broil" meal to warm up over fire for dinner and simple (cold) breakfast.  NO COOKING GEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE. So, cook something at home for dinner, freeze it in heavy foil and a ziplock bag and put frozen in your pack before leaving home.  Then it will slowly thaw and can be warmed in the foil for dinner.  

Departure/Return:
We leave at 10:30 a.m. (please arrive by 10:15) from LIRR parking lot across from Plandome Country Club and should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

Address:
(For yellow trail to Letterrock)
2801-2839 Seven lakes Parkway
Highland Falls, NY 10928

Directions:
Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
Cross Bronx Exp (I295) to I95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
Take first exit onto Palisades Parkway to LEFT EXIT 18
Follow to circle/roundabout
Take Seven Lakes Drive 1/2 mile to parking lot for Silver Mine Lake (left side)
We will follow yellow trail to camp
Leaders:
Chris Simone - (917) 446-1775
Tom Wiebe - (516) 578-4866
Raul Rodriguez - (516) 319-5690

2. Our next trip to Harriman is 11/15-16:

We will be camping at the Fingerboard Shelter on Fingerboard Mountain in Northern Harriman State Parknear Tiorati Circle. This backpacking trip is generally appropriate for all Scouts, BUT there is about a 1-1.5 mile hike along rocky terrain to the campsite, we carry in all the water and supplies we will use and there are no bathrooms.  We will also be hiking for two hours after arrival to visit several old iron mines - Bradley and Greenwood.

No cost.  Permission Slip due by 11/6.  We will also need BSA Medical Forms (Parts A & B) for any new Scouts and parents of new Scouts who did not attend Summer Camp or Alpine, as well as any other Scouts or parents whose forms may have expired.

Clothing: Weather can vary this time of year, so proper clothing (layers of synthetic) is a must.
hiking boots
hiking socks
long pants
long sleeve shirt
fleece top
jacket (windproof & water resistant)
change of clothes & extra socks
poncho/rain gear
for sleeping: warm clothes/long underwear & wool or fleece cap
Gear:
frame pack (w/ padded straps and hip belt)
sunscreen
floored tent w/ fly and ground cover (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with other Scouts) 
warm sleeping bag; bed roll; camping pillow
mess kit w/ utensils
AT LEAST TWO bottles of water (min 32 oz each)
flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
personal first-aid kit
lighter/matches w/ striker (in ziplock bag)
large black trash bag
pocket knife; compass; work gloves
power/granola bars
NOTE:  ALL GEAR/CLOTHING MUST FIT IN/ON YOUR FRAME PACK

Meals: Eat a good breakfast before we leave.  Bring power/granola bars, a bag  lunch, "foil broil" meal to warm up over fire for dinner and simple (cold) breakfast.  NO COOKING GEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE. So, cook something at home for dinner, freeze it in heavy foil and a ziplock bag and put frozen in your pack before leaving home.  Then it will slowly thaw and can be warmed in the foil for dinner.  DO NOT BRING UNCOOKED/RAW FOOD.

Garbage: THERE WILL BE NO COMMUNITY GARBAGE BAG AT THE SITE.  EACH SCOUT MUST BRING A 1-1.5 GALLON ZIP LOCK BAG FOR THEIR OWN GARBAGE.EACH SCOUT WILL CARRY OUT WHATEVER GARBAGE HE MAKES.

Departure/Return:
We leave at 7:30 a.m. (please arrive by 7:15) from LIRR parking lot across from Plandome Country Club and should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

Address:
3200 Seven Lakes Drive
Southfields, NY 10975

Directions:
Directions:
Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
Cross Bronx Exp (I295) to I95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
Take first exit onto Palisades Parkway to Exit 16 on left onto Lake Welch Dr. (Tiorati Brook Road) Keep right on Cedar Pond Rd.  At Roundabout, take third exit to Seven Lakes Pkwy to Tiorati Circle picnic area

Leaders:
Chris Simone - (917) 446-1775
Tom Wiebe - (516) 578-4866
Taconic

Taconic State Park/Catamount Aerial Adventure: 10/11-12

On Columbus Day weekend will we camp at Taconic State Park in Dutchess County, go cycling and do the Catamount Aerial Adventure Park.

Departure/Return: We will leave from the usual Plandome Parking Lot (across from CC) at 9:30 am on Saturday (10/11) and will return late afternoon on Sunday (10/12).

Activities: On Saturday afternoon we will cycle the scenic Harlem Valley Rail Trail which is directly accessible from our campground. Our older Scouts will have the opportunity to fulfill a key requirement for the Camping Merit Badge by cycling 15 miles while our other Scouts will do about half that.   For dinner each Scout Patrol will cook their own meal in their own campsite. On Sunday morning we will go to Catamount Aerial Adventure Park, located just six miles away from our campground. We will leave for home from there with a stop for pizza. 

Cost: 
$80 per Scout and $35 per adult.
  
Fees include include dinner on Saturday, breakfast and lunch on Sunday, campground reservations, and tickets to Catamount Aerial Adventure Park. 
Scouts and adults will need to provide their own bicycles that we will transport using our Troop trailer and pick up, but parents can take the bikes themselves if they have room (recommended).

Food/Gear:
Bring brown bag lunch for Saturday and standard camping gear, mindful that it could be cold at night.  Although vehicles will be on site, Scouts should bring backpacks for their gear.

We will be collecting checks, waiver forms, and permissions slips at the 10/2 Troop meeting.

For those adults who plan on attending this trip, please email Mr. Maass soon to let him know.
Permission Slip

Catamount Waiver Form

Harriman State Park: 5/2-3/15 - overnight camping

We will be camping at the William Brien Memorial (Letterrock) area. This backpacking trip is appropriate for all Scouts EXCEPT new Scouts who have not yet camped with the Troop.  There is about a 1-1.5 mile hike along rocky terrain to the campsite, we carry in all the water and supplies we will use and there are no bathrooms.  We will also be hiking for two hours after arrival to visit the Cranberry Iron Mine.

No cost.

Permission Slip due by 4/23.  We will also need BSA Medical Forms (Parts A & B) for any Scouts and parents whose forms may have expired (we will let you know).

Required Clothing/Gear: Weather can vary this time of year so we will continue to monitor it.  Proper clothing (layers of synthetic) and hiking boots are a MUST.  (Scouts wearing something other than proper hiking footwear will not be permitted to go.)

Clothing:
  • hiking boots
  • hiking socks
  • long pants
  • long sleeve shirt
  • fleece top
  • jacket (windproof & water resistant)
  • change of clothes & extra socks
  • poncho/rain gear
  • for sleeping: warm clothes/long underwear & wool or fleece cap
Gear:
  • frame pack (w/ padded straps and hip belt; the Troop has some to loan)
  • sunscreen
  • floored tent w/ fly and ground cover (Scouts can sleep in their own tent or make tenting arrangements with other Scouts; the Troop has tents to loan) 
  • cool weather sleeping bag; bed roll; camping pillow
  • mess kit w/ utensils
  • AT LEAST TWO bottles of water (min 32 oz each)
  • flashlight/headlamp w/ fresh batteries
  • personal toiletries (including 1/2 roll toilet paper)
  • personal first-aid kit
  • lighter/matches w/ striker (in ziplock bag)
  • large black trash bag
  • pocket knife; compass; work gloves
  • power/granola bars
NOTE:  ALL GEAR/CLOTHING MUST FIT IN/ON YOUR FRAME PACK

Meals:
Eat a hefty breakfast before we leave.  Bring power/granola bars, a bag  lunch, "foil broil" meal to warm up over fire for dinner and simple (cold) breakfast.  NO COOKING GEAR WILL BE AVAILABLE. So, cook something at home for dinner, freeze it in heavy foil and a ziplock bag and put frozen in your pack before leaving home.  Then it will slowly thaw and can be warmed in the foil for dinner.  DO NOT BRING UNCOOKED/RAW FOOD.

Garbage:
THERE WILL BE NO COMMUNITY GARBAGE BAG AT THE SITE.  EACH SCOUT MUST BRING A 1-1.5 GALLON ZIP LOCK BAG FOR THEIR OWN GARBAGE. (Keep your food in this bag for travel.) EACH SCOUT WILL CARRY OUT WHATEVER GARBAGE HE MAKES.

Departure/Return:
We leave at 7:30 a.m. (please arrive by 7:15) from LIRR parking lot across from Plandome Country Club and should be back in Manhasset midday Sunday.

Address:
2801-2839 Seven Lakes Parkway
Highland Falls, NY 10928

Directions:
  • Cross Island Parkway to Throgs Neck Bridge N
  • Cross Bronx Exp (I295) to I95 towards George Washington Bridge, UPPER LEVEL
  • Take first exit onto Palisades Parkway to LEFT EXIT 18
  • Follow to circle/roundabout
  • Take Seven Lakes Drive 1/2 mile to parking lot for Silver Mine Lake (left side)
  • We will follow yellow trail to camp
Leaders:
Chris Simone - (917) 446-1775
Tom Wiebe - (516) 578-4866