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Hey...my first camporee at Southhaven Park on Long Island held 4/26-/4/28 and had a blast. With the exception of the chilly nights at 38 degrees, I watched my son get involved in the activities as did many of the scouts and I witnessed individual growth where those scouts who are 16-17 took charge. It was the Brookhaven Troop 4 boys who cooked breakfast and dinner and integrated the younger scouts in that troop take on some responsibilities. Great time and happy my son is into scouting. He will spend a week at the camp here on Long Island this summer and I am sure he will have a good time and learn. Thanks to all of you who work hard and put these events together.
Parent, Brookhaven, NY
Someone stole our trailer! The event was so publicized; it was a high priority case! Various dignitaries and the public were looking for our trailer. Four days later it was found one town over with minor things missing. We received many offers from all over the country. It was a great feeling, that so many people helped us. These cubs all experienced the bad and the good of people. and not letting it get them down..only to look ahead!
Cubmaster, Pack 370, Islip
I remember when my Troop 175 of West Babylon helped at the Hurricane Sandy at Harding Avenue School in Lindenhurst.
Scouting is in our soul. It is part of your everyday life no matter how old you are.
As we travel from state to state we are always welcome in the scouting community. You tell someone you are a scout and there are always stories to tell.
My memory is walking thru Pennsylvania in our Class B uniforms and another troop was sitting by a monument. Our troop had no problem going up to them and saying hello and asking where they where from. Also 2010 Jamboree when I spoke to scouts from England. It is so welcoming as you travel and see others in uniform. In this year 2013 we are moving from Long Island to Tennessee. The move is a far one but I know we already have a scouting family waiting for us to meet.
Venture Crew Leader
Last summer at week one summer camp at Baiting Hollow. It was a long week. Many of the boys were tired and I was as well. It was time for "Anything Floats" which the boys in my troop had some trouble making a raft. I was really doubting the whole week long camp, and wanted to just go home. So I mustered up the best spirit that I could and got the boys to the lake. Which was the best decision that I made all week long. There was a Provo scout from Nassau county who was only 12 years old. He showed up to "Anything Floats" with a log and a rake to represent the Provo troop. His name was Jake and with true determination he set out on the lake. He never gave up and kept on going. By the time he rounded the first marker the rest of the troops had finished the race. But he never stopped. He was asked if he wanted a ride on the row boat to return and simply smiled and said "No, I started and I am going to finish". As he returned to the finish line the winners were forgotten about and all the troops were chanting for Jake to complete the race on his own. Jakes super-fantastic boat (a log) was displayed on the rock in the middle of the lake for the rest of the week. Every time Jake was seen for the rest of the week he was congratulated by everyone. It was so great to see a scout with sprit and determination and to feel so excited it really put my role as a Scoutmaster in check. It reaffirmed why I was there and how important it is to the boys to learn and grow in a safe environment. So stop and look around - don't lose focus of the program it is all for the boys!
We went to "Camp Bulldog" on Sunday, November 18th. "Camp Bulldog" was set up as a staging point for food, clothing, and donations for residents of Lindenhurst. It was on Wellwood Avenue and Cherry Street in the heart of Lindenhurst where the flooding from Hurricane Sandy crushed the neighborhood.
We met the night before at a church and prepped all the food. We cooked it the next day (four 30-pound turkeys with all the trimmings) and set up and served over two hundred dinners to the residents!
The boys also helped unload trucks delivering supplies, helped set up tables, and assisted the "Camp Bulldog" people all day.
It was a great experience for the boys - http://www.newsday.com/long-island/towns/lindenhurst-site-a-hub-for-sandy-victims-1.4210193
Scoutmaster, Troop 41
Even though I had been a Girl Scout growing up and enjoyed Scouting, I never thought of enrolling my 3 boys in Scouts. I was a busy working Mom and didn't know how I would find the time to be involved. Well, my middle son brought home a flyer to join the Cub Scouts. We went to the recruitment meeting and he joined. Two weeks later my oldest son decided he too wanted to be a Scout, and joined Boy Scouts. Two weeks after that, seeing both his older brothers in uniform, my youngest joined as a Tiger. Two weeks later I was asked to be an Assistant Tiger Leader and I didn't know how I would do it, but I accepted. That was 2005. I stayed with my youngest son in Cub Scouts and was his Tiger, Wolf, Bear and Webelos leader. Once he bridged into Boy Scouts it was time to move on. I am the Committee Chair and a trained Assistant Scoutmaster. My oldest is an Eagle Scout, my middle son is a Life Scout and working on his Eagle project and my youngest is a First class Scout. I enjoy camping with the Troop and all the adventures that Scouting has to offer. Scouting has been the BEST experience, not only for my sons but for myself.
Troop 74, Coram
My oldest daughter Meagan always wanted to do the same stuff as the Boy Scouts did. She even wanted me to start a Venturing Crew, but with being a Scoutmaster and volunteering elsewhere, I just couldn't. So, we found a local Crew for her to join and they planned trips. I was able to go on one of these trips with Meagan, a winter backpacking trip to Slide Mountain in the Catskills. We planned accordingly, got up early, early on a Saturday morning and the group drove to the Catskills. We made a climb up the mountain, my knees aching, a bit of huffing and puffing, and a lot of "Dad, are you going to be okay?" That was the difference between an athlete and a desk jockey. We made it to the top, and what wonderful views we had!!
After a bit of rest and some lunch, we continued our hike, eventually finding a place to camp for the night. Depending on the level of experience there were folks that slept tents to those that slept on tarps in the open. We all had a great time, and I had the best time of all because I got to spend some very high quality time with Meagan!
It wasn't too long after that, that Crew 64 was formed and all of my family has participated in Venturing.
Vice President for Venturing at Suffolk County Council
It was another Saturday morning getting up early and driving almost an hour to watch our oldest son Anthony compete in a high school 5K cross country meet. Anthony started running about a year ago and is an average runner with so much potential. He finally found a sport that he liked and could be competitive in. There weren't too many rules that needed to be followed - basically run fast! You see, Anthony has a seizure disorder that has affected his learning ability, he is intellectually delayed. Give him too many instructions and he will get confused. Running has given him the freedom to interact with typical kids his age and make friends.
The race started as usual - chaotic. Time went by and the first runners came in as usual. Then we started to get a little worried when Anthony did not come out of the running trails in his usual time. Then a few minutes later he came running out past the finish line directly to the medical staff. He was yelling for them to help - a runner was down. The medical staff ran back with Anthony to the edge of the trails where a young man from another team was laying on the ground. The runner had an asthma attack and passed out on the course about a half mile from the finish line. Anthony came upon the downed runner and without thought stopped to help him. The runner was unconscious and face down in the dirt. While other runners kept on going to finish their race, Anthony's only concern was for the athlete on the ground. Anthony shook the young man to wake him and saw that he had a rescue inhaler, which he helped the young man take. He then stopped a teammate of his and the two of them carried this young man about a half mile to the edge of the trail so that he could get help.
When the medical staff finally arrived, they debriefed Anthony about where and how he found the young man and what first aid he administered. They said that they didn't know what would have happened if the young man hadn't been helped as quickly as he was.
Anthony remembered his training from Boy Scouts. He administered basic first aid training that he learned while earning his First Aid and Life Saving Merit Badges. He credits Boy Scouts with helping him save this young mans life.
I first joined the Cub Scouts when I was in the second grade. I remember a bunch of fun trips that I went on with my family (my twin brother was also a Scout) like fishing out at Captree, and tours of the local police and fire departments. When I was old enough, I finally joined the Boy Scouts of Troop 117 in Stony Brook, where over many years I grew and developed into the man I am today. I'll never forget the weeks I spent at summer camp with my friends, the annual trips to the White Mountains in New Hampshire, or my weeks spent at the BSA High Adventure bases (Philmont and Northern Tier). After I became an Eagle Scout and went to college, it was not long before I was once again bitten by the Scouting bug. At age 19 I joined the staff at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp, and today I serve as the camp's Program Director. In 2012, I graduated from Lafayette College and decided to pursue the position of District Executive for the Benjamin Tallmadge District back home; a position that I currently hold. It is amazing to look back on my life and reflect on how Scouting has helped me grow. The time I spent with my friends, the advice and examples I received from my leaders, and the opportunity to develop and refine my leadership skills have all proven to be invaluable. I have truly never been able to express with words how thankful I am that my mother signed me up for Cub Scouts that one day when I was just in the second grade. I can decidedly say that in my life it was not school, or sports, or clubs (all of which I excelled in), but Scouting that has made all the difference. I love this program and plan on being a member for my entire life.
Yours in Scouting, Chris
District Executive, Suffolk County Council
VENTURING ESTABLISHED IN AUGUST 1998
TIGER CUBS ESTABLISHED IN 1982
Scouting has been such a big part of my life since I joined Cub Scouts in second grade. As I type this I am looking at a picture on my wall of me in my Cub Scout uniform that very first year. The memories that come to mind. Pinewood derbies and Blue and Gold they were always fun. My best memories of Cub Scouting was a Cub-Parent weekend with my dad. He didn't really want to camp but he went maybe because he didn't want me to miss out, but more likely because mom made him go. My father is 80 years old now and we sit and talk about that trip like we just got home from camp yesterday. Then it was Boy Scouting and my love for camping just continued to grow. So many great trips and thousands of memories. I'll never forget my first Scoutmaster; he was the best. I learned so many things from him about Scouting and about life. I am who I am today because of all those leaders I had along the way. I wish I could go back and find them all and let them know how much I appreciate all they did for me.
Suffolk County Council Program Director and
Venture Crew Adviser
Oh to be young again. To feel the freedom, the joy and the pride that first time I dressed in my new blue and gold scouting uniform with my parents by my side. With guidance, I quickly rose up the ranks of scouting, but not before learning the lessons that each area of scouting had to offer. In Cub Scouts I learned the scout motto - To Do Your Best. At the time these were just words on a paper, but in time they will become a way of life.
As I passed from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, a man made that journey with me. He became my friend, my guide, my Scoutmaster, my idol - he was my father. As we ventured forth together into uncharted waters we learned to live by the scout motto, "Be Prepared" and the scout slogan, "To do a good turn Daily". We spent our summers at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp bonding over fires while sharing stories of events gone by. As time grew old so did we. With his help, I went onto earn my Eagle badge in the spring of 1982 and soon moved out to spread my wings on my own.
I soon found myself following a bird of a different nature as I joined the United States Air Force and later became a New York State Trooper. There were many times in my life that I was scared and confused, but I always remembered my teachings in scouting and they helped me make it through.
I later returned to scouting and became the assistant to the man that started it all for my, my father. He stayed with scouting long after I left, as if to hold a spot for me when I returned. We went on to enjoy many a venture through scouting till the day of his passing.
Looking back I have scouting to thank for the strong bond I had with my father and the lessons it brought to us both. I am still active in scouting today and look forward to the future where I can pass on to others what my what my father taught me... and that is to "Do my Best, To be Prepared, and To do a Good Turn Daily".
Yours in scouting,
Richard Castello, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 229, Selden, New York
Troop 229, Selden, New York
As a Cub Scout and Boy Scout, my favorite time of the month was when Boys' Life magazine arrived in the mail. I'd read it cover-to-cover and then read it again after my brothers finished reading it.
The most memorable article for me came out in the late 1960's and started my lifelong fascination with computing. It was a simple article, really, but it hooked me on technology. The article explained how computers added and subtracted numbers using binary math - zeros and ones. There was a hands-on project for the Scout to construct involving index cards, a hole punch, a pair of scissors, and a knitting needle. Holes were punched at regular intervals just below the top edge of the index cards. Those positions that corresponded to a zero had the little piece of index card above the punched hole cut out with the scissors. The cards were then stacked so the holes lined up. When the knitting needle was inserted into a hole and lifted, the zero cards fell away. By following the instructions in the magazine article (the steps of a program!) the correct result of an addition or subtraction occurred when a single card remained.
My very first Nerd-Alert moment! Who knew Scouting supported STEM back in the 60's?!!!
Vice President for Program at Suffolk County Council
WOOD BADGE TRAINING ESTABLISHED IN 1958
CUB SCOUTS FORMED IN 1930
BAITING HOLLOW SCOUT CAMP ESTABLISHED IN 1926
SUFFOLK COUNTY COUNCIL FOUNDED ON APRIL 6, 1919
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA FOUNDED ON FEBRUARY 8, 1910