December 2021 – Camp Barton Wood Cutting Service Project

The Troop returned to Camp Barton to complete our annual service project.  Scouts and adults help with clearing down trees as well as cut, split, and stack firewood for the camp to use throughout the year. Adult leaders prepare a large meal for the Scouts and volunteers to help celebrate the year and giving thanks for the opportunity to give back to the camp.

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November 2021 – New York City

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.

November 2021 – Fall Court of Honor

The Troop hosted its Fall Court on Honor in November to celebrate the advancement and merit badge work the Scouts have competed over the past few months.  This was also an opportunity to recognize the work completed during Summer Camp at Camp Tuscarora and Philmont Scout Ranch.


October 2021 – Camp Ellis

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.

September 2021 – Annapolis, MD

September 11th, 2021 marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center and Pentagon.  The mark this sober occasion, the Air Force Academy played the Naval Academy for their annual football game.  Before and throughout the game,  tributes we paid to those that lost their lives during the attacks and the first responders that rushed in to help those in need.


July 2021 – Philmont Scout Ranch

Scouts from Troop 221 were joined by Scouts from Troop 152 from a high adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  During the course of their 10 day 70 mile backpacking trek, Scouts had the opportunity to participate in several activities including shooting sports events, spar pole climbing, forestry service project and may others.   The hardest day included in a 13 mile trek up and over Baldy Mountain which offer an indescribable view of the surrounding area. 

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July 2021 – Summer Camp at Camp Tuscarora

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. 

Flag Day 2021

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. 

June 2021 – Canoe Trip

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. 

May 2021 - Buck Farm Shooting Sports Weekend

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.

March and April 2021 – Camp Ellis

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.

February 2021 – Greek Peak

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. 

January 2021 – Camp Tuscarora

Scouts travelled to Camp Tuscarora for a day hike and used the snow shoes.  Camp Tuscarora, located in Windsor, NY is one of two camps supported by the Baden-Powell Council.  With fresh snow on the ground, Scouts had the opportunity to experience using snow shoes to travel though the woods and up and down hills.  Camp Tuscarora offers some great views of the surrounding area from the tops of several hills.


January 2021 – Court of Honor

On Wednesday, January 13th, the Troop held is first every hybrid Court of Honor.  With restrictions on the number able to attend in person, the Troop invited families to attend via Zoom.  Senior Patrol Leader Elie and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader Nathan hosted the ceremony while Carson , Nick, Joe, Tristan, Michael Juriga, Peterson, Riley, and Ryan served as MC’s as part of their work for Communication Merit Badge.  Viggo, Simal, Kohle and Peterson served as the color guard.  In total, over 70 merit badges and 29 ranks were awarded.  Work on the merit badges and ranks was completed over the last 12 months in a combination of in-person and virtual sessions.
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