Troop 485 went to Theodore Roosevelt Council’s Schiff Scout Reservation on Long Island to stay in a cabin. We were in Kniffen Cabin near the parking lot and although the weather was raining the scouts made the journey. The Scouts that went were: Sean, Kyle, Chris N, Mekhi, Daniel, Louie, Andrew R, Thomas, Scott, Andrew T, Nick, and Paulie. The leaders and adults in attendance were Glenn, Deb and Gary.
The evening activities included hanging around the cabin because it was raining and activities were limited to staying indoors. The next morning the weather was clear so the troop was able to get some of the planned activities in. We cooked pancakes and sausage, and our Webelo visitor and his dad showed up as we were cleaning. We set up the tarp, and worked on the fire ring for later in the afternoon.
We then used compasses to navigate our way to the sunken lake trail by the Hayden Hall building. Practice measuring distances and heights was reviewed and taught for rank requirements and as we were completing the trail it began to rain. We headed back for lunch which was grilled cheese, tomato or chicken noodle soup and pudding. It was raining steadily when the troop formed 3 groups to challenge SM Gary to a fire building contest.
Because of the weather, 5 matches were given to each group. The first group to light the fire and burn the string would win. Despite the weather one group successfully started their fire. Congratulations Kyle, Mekhi, Daniel and our Webelo visitor for starting the fire. A li gh twei gh t backpacking stove demonstration was conducted for additional rank requirements later in the afternoon.
The remaining time was spent indoors due to the rain. It was decided that dinner would not be as planned and SM Gary went down the road with Glenn to get pizza from a local place. This turned out to be the highlight of the weekend.
All had a good time despite the weather.
Chris and Gary