Welcome to the Troop One Family of Scouting

Boys, Girls, and Adults, Come Join the Excitement of Scouting with Troop and Pack One

Consider joining us for the General Clinton Canoe Regatta on Memorial Day Weekend

Welcome to Scouting and Troop 1. We are in the midst of a rebuilding year and getting back to outdoor camping, learning scout skills, and having fun.

It has been a challenging couple of years. Yet during that time many have learned new skills, made progress in ranks, earned Eagle Scout, and ventured into the outdoors on day trips (e.g. snow shoeing at Beaver Lake, hiking at Tinkers Falls, racing in the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, watching hawks at Derby Hill, navigating with compasses Highland Forest, canoeing on the Barge Canal, and biking around Onondaga Lake).

Troop One continues to operate in a fashion that is consistent with COVID 19 Requirements and Guidelines (masks, social distancing, small groups/affinity pods, etc.).

Scout Meetings:

Since late fall, we have been meeting at the church as it was getting too dark and cold to continue meeting outside in Thornden Park. Our regular meetings are held on Tuesdays at 7:00 pm in Friendship Hall at Erwin First United Methodist Church. Don't forget to bring and wear a mask as we have done at all our meetings. For meeting focus see link for meeting materials.

We've missed some of you since we moved meetings inside, so it would be great to see Scouts we haven't seen recently. Come give us another try. No matter what, we do completely understand if you're not yet comfortable with indoor meetings.

NOTE: When the weather improves, we will begin to have some meetings outside in Thornden Park like we did last Spring and Fall.

How can I Join?

Just show up at any meeting or contact our scout leader Terry Richmond at gmrichsyr@aol.com or (315) 446-1136. You can also join at BeAScout.org. It is never too lake to join Scouting!

On-line Support:

For those concerned about having their Scout attend in-person meetings, we will post meeting and requirement related materials on this site so that all scouts are able to advance in rank (See Meeting Materials/Topics Tab) . Like last spring, we encourage parents to work with their children on rank and merit badge requirements on an individual basis and to track progress by sending notes to instructors, sharing pictures or videos of Scouts completing "show" or "demonstrate" requirements (e.g. tying knots, doing first aid carries using other family members, cooking a meal), or by checking off completed requirements on Scoutbook. (We’ll provide instructions on how to do this as well as information on requirements that can readily be done at home.)

Outdoor Program:

Unfortunately, we were not able to operate our bouldering/climbing wall at the Westcott Street Cultural Fair on Sunday, September 26th. (We discovered after 30 years, one of the the panels was longer safe and it was time to retire the entire wall/tower). Instead, the scouts on the spur of the moment came up with a "Plan B" that involved designing and constructing an impressive tower using lashings (See pictures below). Congratulations Scouts!!!

Our first trip (October 15-17th) took us to the Connie Fisk Lean-Too that the Troop built at BSA Camp Woodland in Constantia. The Lean-too site at Woodland is also known as Camp Lee. We had a great weekend, passed basic cooking skills, and learned what rain fall can really mean.

Our second trip took us to the Scout-O Orienteering event at Highland Forest which we did as a day event on Saturday, Nov 13th. The weather was reasonable and a lot of basic orienteering skills were mastered.

Our third trip was a winter day hike on January 22nd at Green Lakes State Park. (See trail map at: https://parks.ny.gov/documents/parks/GreenLakesTrailMap.pdf )

Our fourth trip was a winter overnight, March 5-6th, in the Adirondacks. On Saturday, we climbed Bald Mountain (1+ mile hike), ate lunch on Top under the Rondax Fire Tower, took in great views, hiked down and drove to Moss Lake (near Eagle Bay) where we set-up camp and spent the night (with a fanastic night trek across the Lake), and then drove back to Syracuse Sunday morning.

Our fifth outing was a weekend overnight, April 23rd -24th. On Saturday, we camped at Lock #21 on The NYS Barge Canal near Rome NY and then on Sunday, we cycled 12.5 miles along the Old Erie Canal from Canastota to Green Lakes State Park where we had Lunch and took in some blue sky and sunshine as the the temperature climbed to 70 degrees.

Future Trips:

the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in on Memorial Day Weekend (May 27th-29th) in Bainbridge, NY.

Boy Scout summer camp at Sabattis (July 24th - 30th). We will have a small contingent going for a week. Let us know if you are interested in joining us.

Note: It is now a lot easier for Troops to camp as COVID requirements have been relaxed. At the present time, we now can sleep more than one person in a tent, do traditional patrol style cooking, and travel in “family pods” or “multi-family clusters” using masks

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Finally, we ask everyone to provide suggestions about other ways to help Scouts be active, have fun, and achieve goals.

Working on the Lashing Tower at the Westcott Cultural Fair

ScoutBook is Here!

ScoutBook is a relatively new web-based application designed to help Scouts, parents and guardians, and unit leaders better update records, track advancement, communicate, and manage activities. To access to the system, parents and leaders will need to have a user account with my.scouting.org. The Troop or Pack will then link you to your Scouts records and send you an invitation to join ScoutBook. For additional help you can go to the National BSA Help Page

Leader's Challenge: While you are at home, why not complete some requirements by cooking meals, tracking chores, and holding a family activity night? Click here for details.