Scouts visited New York City for our November campout. Scouts visited the Liberty Science Center, Ellis Island and Statue of Liberty. Camp Alpine served as the Troop’s campsite and offered great views of the palisades.
The Troop invited Webelos from Pack’s 221 and 244 to camp with the Scouts for the weekend. The Scouts helped the Webelos with outdoor advancement requirements as well as showed how the Troop operates on a campout.
Scouts returned to in-person summer camp and the Troop spent the week at Camp Tuscarora this year. Scouts worked on a variety of programs and earned over 40 merit badges during the week. Merit badges ranged from outdoor skills like Camping, Cooking and Pioneering, to emergency skills for Frist Aid and Emergency Prep, and life skills like Wood Carving, Forestry and Pioneering to name a few.
Each year, the Vestal Elks Lodge hosts an event to discuss the history of the American Flag. Troop 221 joins with other area Troop to support this event and serve as color guard for the different flags throughout the ceremony.
Scouts travelled to Cortland, NY to canoe down the Tioughnioga River to Marathon, NY. The trip is approximately 15 miles, but with currents, wind and paddling skills, Scouts and adults can pick up a few extra miles along the trip.
The Troop returned to Buck Farm for the annual shooting sports weekend. COVID caused the cancellation in 2020, so Scouts were excited to return to this campout and participate in archery, rifle and shotgun ranges. BSA / NRA trained leaders instruct the Scouts on proper techniques as well as ensure safety protocols are followed om each of the ranges.
With COVID restrictions in place on several venues, the Scouts decided to stay local and hold their campouts at Camp Ellis for February, March and April campouts. During the three campouts, Scouts worked on outdoor skills including building camp gadgets; knife, saw and ax safety; safe hiking; shelter building and skills related to rank advancement. The patrols also returned to the patrol method for cooking.
The Troop returned to Greek Peak to take part in their Learn to Ski program. Troop leadership provided lunch “tail-gate” style in the parking lot while the Scouts utilized the all-day lift ticket to ski as much as they wanted.