Outdoor Program

Connecting kids with nature and the great outdoors!

Outdoor Adventure is the promise made to young people when they join Scouting.  

In the outdoors, Scouts get opportunities to acquire skills that make them more self-reliant. They can explore hiking trails and complete challenges they first thought were beyond their ability. Attributes of good character become part of them as they learn to cooperate to meet outdoor challenges such as extreme weather, difficult trails and portages, physical and mental exertion, and unexpected surprises.  They come to understand that good leadership, communication, and teamwork are essential for carrying out plans and achieving goals.  Where else can one have fun and learn valuable experiential lessons at the same time?

Near Term Outdoor Program:

The outdoor program we are planning for the spring would progressively introduce Scouts to camping in the outdoors.  It would move from day trips to overnights (perhaps in a cabin) and then to longer overnight stays in the Adirondacks anad other locations.

These  trips include:

a day activity to welcome new scouts and their parents possibly to Beaver Lake, Green Lakes,  Highland Forest or other location.  Perhaps learn a basic skill like fire building from scratch.  Currently we are considering  a day hike for Saturday, May 4th (or Sunday May 5th ) to the Tinkers Falls/Labrador Pond area.

an overnight  to a cabin or campground at Scout Camp Woodland in Oswego County or other location.  Alternative might be a bike day trip on the Erie Canal.  We will work on camping skills and simple menu planning and cooking techniques.  Our first overnight was held May 18-19th and took us to Highland Forest in southern Onondaga County. 

A second overnight, June 15-16th, took us to the Western Adirondacks in the Old Forge area.  We  camped at Limekiln NYS Campground and climbed Bald Mountain (a short mile long hike) to explore the Rondaxe fire tower which sits on its summit.

Our next activity will be a half day rafting trip on the Salmon River on July 21st with Adventure Calls Outfitters.  We will meet at the church at 9:00 am, drive to Altmar, and be on the water for two hours starting at 10:30 am.  The cost is $50 per person.  Click here for more information.

Other Summer Activities:

Longer Term Outdoor Program 

Think of things we have done or could do.

Things Troop One has done !

Whitewater Rafting

Rock Ventures Climbing Gym

General Clinton Canoe Regatta

Caving and Rock Climbing

Snow Shoeing/Winter Camping

Beaver & Moose River Canoe Trips

Adirondack High Peak Treks

Orienteering & Sledding at Highland Forest

Overnights to Lean-Too at Camp Woodland

Bike Trips along the Erie Canal

Service Projects on the Morningside Trail

Places Troop One has gone!

Adirondack Mountains

Washington, DC

New York City and Ellis Island

Gettysburg/Volley Forge

Battleship Massachusetts

West Point

Mayflower and The Freedom Trail

Mystic River Seaport

Steam Town and Letchworth Park

Summertime high adventure!

Summer Camp at Sabattis in the Adirondacks

50-Mile Canoe Trips in the Adirondacks

Presidential Range (New Hampshire)

Olympic National Park (Washington)

Rocky Mountain National Park (Colorado)

Devil’s Dome in Northern Cascades (Washington)

Kings Canyon in High Sierras (California)

Grand Tetons and Wind Rivers (Wyoming)

 Click on Troop One Information Memo for to see more information on Troop One camping traditions and equiment needs