Welcome to the Troop One Family of Scouting

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

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Welcome to a new year of Scouting. We are looking forward to a rebuilding year and getting back to outdoor camping, learning scout skills, and having fun.

It has been a challenging year and a half 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 at the General Clinton Canoe Regatta, watching hawks on the flyway at Derby Hill, canoeing on the Barge Canal, and biking around Onondaga Lake.

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

Scout Meetings:

We have moved our weekly meetings back to the church as it was getting too dark and cold to continue meeting outside in Thornden Park. Unless you you hear from us otherwise , our regular meetings will be held on Tuesdays in Friendship Hall at Erwin First United Methodist Church and start at 7:00 pm. as they did in the past Don't forget to bring and wear a mask as you have done at all our meetings. For meeting focus see link for meeting materials.

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 camping trip took us to the Connie Fisk Lean-Too the Troop built at BSA Camp Woodland in Constantia on the weekend of October 15th-17th. 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 held at Highland Forest (November 13th -14th) which we did as a day event on Saturday, Nov 13th. The weather was reasonable and a lot of basic orienteering skills were mastered.

We are continuing to work on a calendar for camping and other outdoor activities for the rest of the program year. Some trips we are considering include:

A lock-in at the Central Rock climbing gym in Syracuse

Cabin camping and sledding at Highland Forest (January)

A Family trip next spring to New York City or other location

the General Clinton Canoe Regatta in next May

… and more

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.