Scoutmaster's Corner

With the start of March we had longer days and a rescheduled First Aid meet, due to winter’s last attempt at bringing us some measurable snow. Once again winter has disappointed leaving us with very few total inches of snow. At the rescheduled First Aid Meet, our combined patrol “Treat for Shock”, consisting of only four scouts, was able to bring home the third-place trophy! With only seven points separating first and third place, this is a great achievement. Congratulations gentlemen on your hard work! Earlier in March we took on the Big Apple! We set up cabin at William Pouch Scout camp on Staten Island. Saturday morning, we headed for the boat dock and rode the Staten Island Ferry to the southern tip of Manhattan. From there we started out cement hike north, taking in the sites as we went. We checked out Wall Street, the stock exchange, several modern art pieces, and came across some rare antiques called ‘payphones’. We reflected at the 9/11 memorial and trekked north, up West Street, to Chelsea Market where we stopped for lunch. After lunch we walked the ‘High Line’, a former raised rail line turned park, marveling at the varied architecture along the way. We checked out the U.S.S. Intrepid Aircraft Carrier and worked our way to Time Square and then Central Park. After the park, we worked our way back south to Rockefeller Center and then took the subway back to the boat dock catching the ferry back to Staten Island. On Sunday we spent the morning at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island before heading home. If you have not been to either of these, I highly recommend a visit!

With April comes warmer weather and more sunlight at troop meetings. We will be doing more activities outside for advancement and in preparation for warmer camping trips.

See you on the trail.

Dave Gartner