Saturday Mr. Moore led a winter hike to the top of Sawtooth Mountain, one of Adirondacks’ 46 tallest peaks, for scouts preparing for Philmont next summer. It was a strenuous hike, but sunny weather and good teamwork made for a summit success. Here’s a quick trip report by Mr. Moore (and more pictures are in the Photo Albums section of the troop website):
A great winter hike with 6 Scouts and 5 Adults from Troop 45. This was the first time I hiked in the Adirdonack Moutain Reserve. This is private land that was purchased in the mid-1800′s to protect the beautiful Ausable lake area from logging. Though this is private land, hikers are allowed to through hike to the trail head. We left Clifton Park at 6:15am, arrived at the trail head at 8am, and were on our way around 8:20am. Temps at first were in the single digits but “warmed up” to the mid 20′s which was good for hiking. The first 4 miles were along the Lake Road to Ausable lake. At the boat house we took the Weld or “New Trail” (cut in 1966) to the col between Pyramid and Sawteeth mountain. Before our ascent, we put on micro-spikes and had a snack to get our energy level back up. The trail up the mountain was fairly steep and snow covered. Not too far in we stopped to see the frozen rainbow falls. We stopped for lunch around 1:30pm at the trail divide between the two peaks. The last 1/2 mile was steep with two fairly large scrambles up ice covered cliffs. We summitted around 2pm and the views didn’t disappoint. We had excellent views of Pyramid Moutain and the Great Range. Beautiful! As daylight was getting short, we didn’t stay long. The trek down was unremarkable and we signed out at the trail register at 5pm. We then enjoyed a well deserved dinner at the Noonmark diner. Yum!
(12.1 Total Miles, 4100′ Max elevation, 2400′ Total Ascent, 2.2 miles average speed)
In lieu of our regular Troop meeting Wednesday Nov. 27th, we will be participating in a service project at the Regional Food Bank in Latham, NY. The event is from 6-8 PM and here is the address:
Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York
965 Albany-Shaker Road, Latham (786-3691)
- Please dress in layers – warehouse is cool (no need to wear Class A uniforms, wear warm workclothes instead)
- Closed-toe shoes required
- Will give a tour of warehouse to anyone interested.
Allowing 40 Volunteers maximum, and it looks like we have a good bit of interest. If we get too many, we may ask some of the adults to step aside so the Scouts can work and earn Service Hours.
WEATHER: Also, looks like we might have a coastal storm Wednesday. If the weather is bad and we need to cancel, I will send an email out to the group by 4PM with an update.
See you Wednesday!
- Mr. Moore
Tonight (Tuesday 10/15) is the Troop 45 Committee Meeting. If you’re an parent and not already involved in the committee, please stop by and learn more about how the committee helps support the troops activities.
Tomorrow (Wednesday, 10/16) the Troop will helping with “Scouting for Food” as the activity for it’s troop meeting. Please don’t forget: this starts at 6pm instead of the regular 7pm! We should be meeting on the fellowship hall unless there is a group in there already, in which case we may move temporarily to the Hearth Room on the other side of the church.
And, finally, this weekend is our Skye Farm Camping Trip. We’ll be meeting Friday (10/18) at 6pm at the church and heading out to the campsite. Please make sure you’ve carefully followed the packing list already sent out, and bring a copy of your signed permission slip! Click here for a copy of the packing list /permission slip: Skye Farm 2013-10-18 Packing List and Permission.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Shenendehowa United Methodist Church
Starting at 6:00 pm (an hour earlier than normal)
Parents and Scouts,
Please join us for the first Court of Honor for the 2013-14 Scouting year,
as we congratulate everyone who has advanced in rank and earned merit badges
over the summer and since our last Court of Honor in June.
All Patrols: please bring some appetizers to share
(hot or cold, but something hearty).
(The Troop will provide coffee, tea, juice and plates/utensils.)
Just a reminder that tonight is our weekly troop meeting at 7pm.
Also this Sunday at 7:00 pm is our first fall Patrol Leaders Council meeting — in the past sometimes referred to as a Junior Leaders meeting. This meeting is for all Scouts in leadership positions (and any other Scouts who want to contribute) to plan upcoming troop meetings and events. So bring your enthusiasm and your ideas this Sunday.
Finally, today is 9/11, a good day to reflect on the true meaning of heroism and dedication to helping others. Here’s an article from Boy Scout Chief Executive Wayne Brock on the subject: http://www.bsachief.com/?p=407
As you can see from our handy countdown timer on the right, summer camp at Camp Wakpominee is almost here!
On Sunday families will be travelling on their own to camp, and we’ll all meet in the camp parking lot at 1:00 p.m. to walk up to our campsite.
For everyone staying don’t forget a fully completed BSA medical form if you haven’t turned one in already!!!
For more information about camp — including a handy packing list — look for the 2013 Summer Camp packet in the Forms section of this website.
[Tip:as it says in the packet, you may want to bring a little extra money on Sunday to pay for a copy of the camp troop photo ($10), purchase tickets for Wednesday night's family dinner ($10 for visiting adults, $5 for children), or for an extra Class B shirt for your son,]
This Sunday scouts from Troop 45 helped build a water-themed float for the upcoming Clifton Park 4th of July Parade (pics were just added to the photos section of the troop website).
Come join your troop walking in the parade! The parade kicks off at noon from the front of the Shen Campus going to Clifton Commons. The troop will meet around early around 11:15-11:30 under the trees in front of Shen (across the street from the Shen United Methodist Church where we usually meet). Wear your Class A uniform and bring some water in case it is hot!