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Scout Sabbath Calendar from Suffolk County Council
Click the link for a schedule of the upcoming Scout Sunday's and Scout Sabbaths.
Memorial Day Campout and Summer Camp Deposits are due!
As discussed at the Court of Honor the following deadlines exist for the Washington DC Memorial Day weekend trip and the summer camp from July 23-29 at Camp Workcoeman in New Hartford, CT:
Summer Camp - $100 deposit due by February 14, 2017
We need definitive responses by the dates noted that the scout will be attending either or both of these campouts, so that we can register/accommodate the proper number of attendees.
Email Ken Ceonzo.
Pearl Harbor Day - December 7th 1941 - 75 years ago.
Why this November's "supermoon" could be once in a lifetime
The next National Jamboree is coming up next summer.
For those interested in signing up to be part of the Troops that go to Jamboree. Remember you must be at least First Class by the time they depart for Jamboree
National Jamboree July 17 - 28, 2017.
The Suffolk County Council will be sending 4 troops to the National Jamboree. Each troop consists of 36 Boy Scouts and 4 adults. Boy Scouts who would like to attend the Jamboree must be the rank of First Class by the time we depart for the Jamboree. You can sign up now even if you haven't made the rank requirement yet!
The contingent will depart bright and early on Monday, July 17th.
All meals and park fee is included in the trip fee.We will join tens of thousands of Scouts from across the country and around the world.
Suffolk County Council Merit Badge Workshops
Suffolk County Council is excited to bring a year long merit badge program to the Boy Scouts. Through this program we will be partnering with various organizations and companies to offer unique merit badge opportunities. As information about the district summer merit badge programs become official in the spring we will have that information as well. For more information and to sign up for all merit badges we offer, For more information visit: https://www.sccbsa.org/MeritBadge
Horsemanship – Saturday and Sunday, October 15 & 16, 2016 2:30pm-5:00pm
Insect Study – Saturday, December 10, 2016 10:45am-12:15pm
Nature – Saturday, December 10, 2016 1:15pm-2:45pm
Firemanship & Search and Rescue
Forestry – Saturday, November 12, 2016 1:30pm-3:00pm
Bird Study – Saturday November 12, 2016 3:15pm-4:45pm
Ghoulies and ghosties, long-leggedy beasties and things that go bump in the night!
Join us at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp on Saturday, October 29th, 2016 on our Haunted Trail.
The trail is open from 8:00pm to midnight and will be open rain or shine.
Admission is $15 per person and includes a 90 minuite haunted trail walk, scary movies while you wait and a FREE hot dog & soda!
Please be sure to wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather.
New Troop Calendar now available: 10/18/2016.
Webelos Woods is coming up!
At next week's meeting we will be practicing the Cobra Stitch. In the meantime between now and the meeting please review the video link below to familiarize yourself with the Cobra Stitch. Practice your knots!
There will also be a new competition at Webelos Woods this year! Campfire Skit Competition!
Troop 174 Annual Wreath Sales!!!!
Here is another opportunity to fundraise for your scouting activities.
This week your scout will bring home sales brochures for our annual Troop 174 Wreath fundraiser. We have received high quality wreaths from our supplier. These often last for months. Three types of wreathes are available along with lite sets and hangers - pricing is detailed on the back of the brochures.
An electronic sales brochure was forwarded via email recently.
Deadline for the Wreath orders and money is October 25th to Mrs Soulias
Classes for scouts to earn the Catholic Scouting Emblems are starting soon!!!!
Information is below regarding qualifications. Dates and times of classes will be tailored to scouts interested in earning these religious emblems. Contact as soon as possible: Chris Coronesi, Catholic Committee, firstname.lastname@example.org Congratulations to 10 of our scouts for completing Ad Altare Dei Religious education last year and who will be receiving their Emblem in early October!!! Want to earn scouting Religious emblem but not Catholic - that is okay. Scouting has religious emblems for many other faiths. Contact either Chris Coronesi or myself and we will get you the information to work toward your faith's prestigious religious award.
Ad Altare Dei
About the emblem The purpose of the Ad Altare Dei (to the altar of God) program is to help Catholic Boy Scouts of the Roman Rite develop a fully Christian way of life in the faith community.The program is organized in chapters based on the seven Sacraments. The seven Sacraments are a primary means toward spiritual growth.Program objectives • The most important aspect of the program is that the Scout grows in his spiritual experience of his relationship to God and the church.
Eligibility • Registered Boy Scout of Catholic faith. • Designed for 13- to 14-year-old Scouts, but older boys may use the program. • Active member of the troop for six months. • Completed sixth grade before starting the program.
Pope Pius XII
About the emblem • Pope Pius XII is Catholic Scouting’s church-related ministries and vocation program. • The program deals with different life choices (single, married, religious, ordained), occupations, and ministries in the church as calls from God. • It includes youth-led discussions on current issues facing the church and society, which are normally included as part of a Pius XII retreat or day of recollection.
Eligibility • Registered Venture Crew Member or Boy Scout of Catholic faith. • Designed for age 15- to 16-year-olds, but all registered Venturers (male or female before their 21st birthday) and all registered Boy Scouts (in high school, before their 18th birthday) are eligible.
2 dates coming up for training:
September 14 at Walt Whitman 6:45-9 or
MEET THE WEBELOS!!
East Northport's Pack 5 has invited Troop 174 to participate in their
Our troop will be provided a station for the Scouts and their parents
Set up at 6:30 PM and Pack Night commences at 7:00 PM and concludes at 8:30 PM.
We have Committee members as the adult representatives but need scouts as well.
Summer Camp - Summer 2017
As many families are already planning their 2017 summer schedules, we wanted to let you know that Troop 174 will be participating in summer camp July 23-29 2017.
Dates: July 23-29 2017
For more information click the link: Camp Workcoeman
Cost: - 2017 fees are not available at this time
Community Service - Elwood Road Clean-Up
We are still in need of 1-2 scouts to participate in our Elwood road Clean up on Sunday Sept 25th early morning.
Mr. Ceonzo has volunteered to lead the clean up. Road clean ups are a good way to earn service hours towards rank advancement and an excellent way to give back to our community. Please let us know if you are available as soon as possible.
If you are not available on Sept 25th - we still need 3 families for October as well.
Suffolk County Council is running a COPE = Outdoor Challenge
Date: 10/1/16 (rain date 10/2/16) 8:00-5 PM at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp for scouts 13 and older.
Please see the linked flier for more information.
Here is a link to the BSA COPE and Climbing webpage for more information on COPE.
SHOTGUN merit badge
Suffolk County Council will be running a SHOTGUN SHOOTING Merit Badge Day
This activity is approved for Scouts 14 and older
All Scouts must get a Blue Card signed by the Scoutmaster before taking the class.
Registration is required (class is limited to 30)
New Rank Requirements from BSA (June 2016)
Thanks for all your support.
A map for parking can be found here: Cathedral Pines Parking Map
Annual Memorial Day Trip
year, the troop takes a trip. In the past we have gone to Gettysburg,
Washington, and Boston. For 2015, we are planning a visit to The City of Brotherly Love -
Philadelphia. Our plan is to try and stay at
a hostel in the city. Many of the hostels in Philly are small and they
fill quickly. We
would like to get a headcount for those planning on
in this year's trip ASAP so we can reserve rooms.
Hope you can make it.
Place: KOA Campground near
Attached is the permission slip for the September campout at the KOA near Newburgh. Below is the link to the KOA's website.
Address and directions to
Every scout going on a
outing must hand in a signed permission prior to the event. We need an
accurate final headcount for planning for food in time before the
Scouts have the option of arriving Friday night to the campground or Saturday morning. For those arriving on Saturday you need to be at the campground no later than 10am. We have a hike planned over at Lake Minnewaska on Saturday and cannot hold up everyone waiting for late arrivals.
We need a head count for those arriving Friday and those arriving Saturday morning so the Patrol Leaders can begin planning the menu and duty rosters at next week's meeting.
Please respond to Mr.Martino ASAP on whether or not you are going on the outing and what day you will be arriving
Bike Trip to Jones Beach
On Sunday Sept. 13th, Troop 174 will be doing a bike trek along the Wantagh Bike trail that goes from Cherry Creek Park all the way down to Tobay beach for a total of 16 miles round trip.
The entire ride is on a paved trail , does not cross any roads so there is no traffic to deal with. Only time you may encounter cars is when we have to cross the Jones Beach theater parking lot and even then you are riding on the side on designated bike lane
For those going on the
trip it will help toward the camping merit badge.
Street bikes or mountain bikes are both suitable for this ride. All riders must have a helmet. No exceptions! Filled water bottle and bagged lunch is also required. Sunscreen recommended as there is no shade the entire ride and if it is sunny you will need sunscreen and suglassses
We will meet in the first parking lot on the left after you enter into the Cedar Creek Park.
Parents be aware that there is a fee for parking. But if you tell them that you are just dropping off your son you may or may not have to pay the $10 fee.
Direction to Cedar Creek Park Take the Southern State Parkway to Exit 27 South (Wantagh Parkway). Exit off the Wantagh Parkway at W6 (Merrick Road East). Continue down Merrick Road for approximately half-mile and look for the park entrance on your right.
Drop off: 10am
Troop Elections are next week!
At this time all positions except SPL are up for grabs.
Each patrol will be voting for their new patrol leaders.
After the patrol leaders are chosen we will hold elections for the following positions:
Remember that the SPL will pick who gets each position.
If you plan on running for any of the positions you should be prepared to tell the rest of the troop why you would be the best scout for the position. If you have a position today and would like to keep it you still need to run for it.
The current Historian,
Librarian and Bugler should bring the troop scrapebook, the library and
bugle to the meeting next week.
Clean Beaches Day - Community Service Opportunity!!
The weatherman has predicted sunny and 75 degrees for Clean Beaches Day! Saturday, June 6 2015 from 8:15 a.m. - Noon
If you love the beach and enjoy a clean beach free from debris and trash, this is your chance to help give back to the community. Most of us enjoy going to the beach to relax or cool off, however, many of us take it for granted that the beach wil be clean enough for our use. All too often we see things on the beach that make it unappealing. Removing those undesirable items takes effort from people just like you.
And now you can help clean up the Town of Huntington beaches by volunteering to participate in the annual Clean Beaches Day! Bring your friends, bring the family. Community service hours will be awarded.
Kick off for the event begins at Centerport Beach where volunteers will enjoy a complimentary breakfast prior to the cleanup. Register to participate and for more information click the link below. link
Volunteers and Help Needed at SweetBriar Nature Preserve
The district has received a call for help from Sweetbriar Nature Center. The Sweetbriar Nature Center is a 54 acre preserve located at Landing Avenue and Eckernkamp Drive in Smithtown. (map) It is owned by the town of Smithtown and leased to the Environmental Center of Smithtown-Setauket, whose mission is to "provide natural science education services for Long Island residents of all ages and to engage in native wildlife rehabilitation services".
Sweetbriar is holding its annual Wildlife and Craft Festival on Saturday, June 6, from 10am to 5pm.
If you need service hours or just want to help out, it is a fun day for all. It is also the opening of our Butterfly House. There will be craft vendors, live music, wildlife presentations, face painting, children's crafts, and much more.
We need individuals in groups to help set up, direct traffic, person tables, keep the grounds clean throughout the day, and clean up. We could also use a group to help clean up the next day, Sunday, June 7.
Volunteer shifts are 7:30am to 11:30am, 11am to 2:30pm, or 2pm to 6pm.
Volunteers can do one
shift, two shifts or all shifts. Please contact Eric
Young at 631-979-6344, ext. 302,
Gettysburg Pre-Trip Update
Our Gettysburg trip is rapidly approaching!!
We will meet Friday
May 22nd at 9am in the parking lot of Elwood Public
Our first destination will be the Gettysburg National Military Park Museum and Visitor Center (map).
Please pack a lunch to eat on the way to Gettysburg. At the Visitor Center we will hike the Historic Gettysburg trail. You should have a day pack with: water healthy snacks compass sunscreen sunglasses rain gear (just in case), pen/pencil, camera and money for souvenirs. Make sure you wear comfortable footwear (sneakers are allowed all weekend). Pack all clothes, sleeping bag/pillows and toiletries in a duffle bag to save space. Sleeping pads are not necessary. Bring towels for showering. We will be doing lots of hiking so deodorant is also strongly suggested. .
All Scouts and Scout leaders are to be in Class A uniforms! Extra t-shirts to change out of your Class A's once back at camp.
Troop policy is no cell phones, Parents with a specific reason their son needs a cell phone should speak to me or Mrs Thailer prior to the trip. Mr,Martino's cell number is on the troop membership list and has been shared via email recently. For all those driving down to Gettysburg please send Mr.Martino your cell number to have available if necessary.
We are staying at:
Camp Tuckahoe (map)
Summer Camp Merit Badges
For all those going to summer camp with the Troop this year attached is the Camp's merit badge information. In it you will see all the merit badges that are available to work on during the week at summer camp as well as the pre-reqs that need to be completed before arriving at summer camp
As we get closer to summer and summer camp we will be reviewing this information during the troop meetings. But it is never too early to get a jump start on planning out your week at camp and making sure you get any pre-reqs done and out of the way
Elwood Road Clean-up starts soon!
The Troop 174 Elwood Road Clean Up begins will be starting with the arrival of Spring. We will be distributing a sign-up sheet via email again this year.
The road clean-up is scheduled once a month on any weekend during the assigned month. Clean up must take place on a Saturday or a Sunday usually starting at 7:00AM and estimated completion by 9:00AM. This time is the best time to complete the clean-up due to heavy traffic on Elwood Road starting around 9:00AM. It is safer for all participants (scouts and adults) to be completed by 9:00AM.
Class A-uniform are required for all scouts.
The road clean-up is divided into 3 parts. We clean a different part of Elwood Road each month. All supplies are provided by the troop (gloves, bright colored safety vest, garbage bags). One person on a clean-up team should bring a leaf rake to rake debris from the drain grates along the road.
We would like to begin next weekend (3/21-22). The weather forecast calls for sun and temperatures in the 40’s . This week's participants volunteered at the last troop meeting.
Please respond to Mrs.Prestipino via email if you and your son are available and what month you would like to participate. As each month approaches, a reminder email will be sent to those volunteers to coordinate with their fellow scouts on which weekend and specific day is mutually convenient for the entire team. Clean up supplies will be available (see email for details)
A "seasoned” road clean up supervisor will accompany the scouts at every clean-up in addition to any scout parent that would like to help. It is not necessary for every parent to be at the clean up, just one to help. After the clean up is complete, one parent must take the filled garbage bags to the “Road Clean up Sponsored by Scout Troop 174” sign on the corner of Jericho Tpke and Elwood Road (in front of the library). Someone from the team should contact Mrs. Prestipino after the clean-up is complete so she can contact the Town of Huntington to dispose of the collected refuse.
Boy Scout Medical Forms
Annual Medical Forms are due soon!
These are required for upcoming trips including Gettysburg, summer camp, camping trips and others.
The official BSA medical forms can be downloaded here.
Please use the official BSA form (A, B, and C). If you already have a medical form signed by the doctor’s office within one year of the planned event. As you know, scheduling physicals with the doctor’s office may take weeks so do not delay – schedule yours ASAP.
These must be turned in by
Leave No Trace Trainer Course
Attached is a signup for
the Leave No Trace Trainer Course.
Open to Scouts 14 or older.
This is a relatively new position in Scouting. First introduced in 2010, this is the first time the training is being offered in the Matinecock district
The Leave No Trace Trainer helps minimize impact on the land by teaching members the principles of Leave No Trace and improving Scouts’ outdoor ethics decision-making skills. The senior patrol leader may appoint a Scout, 14 years or older who has successfully completed the official 16-hour Leave No Trace Trainer training course, to serve as the troop Leave No Trace Trainer. A Scout under the age of 14, or who has not completed Leave No Trace Trainer training, may serve as an instructor teaching Leave No Trace skills until he obtains the necessary training. The position of Leave No Trace Trainer does count towards leaderships requirements.
If interested please see Mr.Martino and register by filling out and sending in the attached form
Brooklyn Cyclones Baseball Scout Night
The Brooklyn Cyclones, the NY Mets Single A
Affiliate have announced Cyclones Scout Scout Day 2015.
* Please note this is NOT an organized Troop 174 or Matinecock District activity.
The package would include:
Call Sal LaMonica 718-382-2674 for information and reservations. Cyclones website
Elwood Road Cleanup - Spring Schedule has been emailed!
to Mr. Smith for volunteering to help organize the Elwood Road
Remember that we have taken on the responsibility for cleaning a
Our Next Campout in March - Camp Minsi
For our next campout, we will be going to Camp Minsi in the Poconos.
Attached is the permission slip for the trip. The troop will be leaving early Saturday morning on the 16th of March.
Please hand in the permission slip ASAP so we can get a headcount on who is going so we can begin to plan the equipment, menu and shopping lists.
Remember we will be sleeping in special winter tents that have woodburning stoves in them. Just like they had back in the day.
Experience is looking for volunteers to help re-open a trail in Manor
Experience is looking for volunteers to help re-open a trail in Manor
Road Park. |
This would be a great way to do some community service for anyone who would like to help by volunteering. The clean-up will be held on Dec 3rd. If you do go and volunteer please have the StarFlower representative write a quick note for you to Mr.Martino indicating how long you were able to work.
Remember you must get a note and give me the note in order to get credit towards service hours
The trail needs a lot of clipping and probably some sawing of trees that leaned over from the hurricane.
Bring work gloves, clippers/loppers and lunch.
210 Manor Rd
Huntington, NY 11743
Contact: Laurie Farber at 516-938-6152 for more details on the cleanup