Troop 4 Paddles through Lockport Locks

On Sept 22nd scouts from Troop 4 paddled through Locks 34 & 35 of the Erie canal system in Lockport NY. 17 scouts and 7 leaders make the trip. Scouts were traveling via canoe from Nine Mile Island camp ground in Amherst along the canal to the Elks Club.  The trip was designed to begin scouts in canoeing safety and use in preparation of their up coming Summer High Adventure 2019 where they will accomplish a 6 day back country canoe trip in Canada.  Interested in troop 4 contact us at info@itctroop4.org

 

Summer Camp at Camp Merz

Troop 4 attended Summer resident camp at Camp Merz. Camp Merz is located along Chautauqua lake. 21 scouts and 4 leaders spent the week there. Scouts earned over 90 merit badges. Most of those scouts biked the 100+ miles to camp (see other article on Century Trek). Troop 4 had  85% of all our scouts go to summer camp.

  

Century Trek 2018 100+ Miles to camp

Our Century Trek 2017 was covered in an article on Boys Life Magazine.

Or watch the Boys Life Video about the century trek

Once again Troop 4 accomplished it’s annual Century Trek and rode their bikes to summer camp.  This is a special trip because it is over 100 miles and takes three days. This year we had 18 scouts bike to camp 8 of which were first time Century Trekers.  Coverage of the 2017 Century Trek was in Boys Life Magazine.

As shown below we traveled about 106.52 miles in three days. Scout who accomplish the Century trek and the training rides that go before it will have the required trips for the Cycling Merit Badge.  Interested? Contact us at info@itctroop4.org

 

Troop 4 Invest in National Youth Leadership for 6 scouts

Troop 4 sent 6 of it’s scouts to National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) for a week.  NYLT is an intensive week long camp that teaches scout youth how to implement patrol methods and become youth leaders in the troop. As part of our commitment Troop 4 paid half the cost for these 6 scouts to attend this program. By properly training and mentoring the scouts a stronger boy lead troop is achieved.

Cranberry Lake 50 Mile Backpacking Trip

Each year troop 4 has a our annual High Adventure trip. In July 2018 scouts from Troop 4 accomplished the Cranberry lake 50 trip. This was a 6 day 50 mile backpacking trip in the back country. The trip  circumnavigates Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks.   The total cost to each scout was $8. High adventure does not need to be high cost. Interested? Contact us at info@itctroop4.org

 

Schoellkopf Shootout Day Trip

On May 5th scouts from Troop4 traveled to Schoellkopf Scout Camp to participate in the Schoellkopf shoot out. All the shooting ranges were open and scouts could go between shotgun, rifle, arrow, air bb gun, tomhawk toss, and knife toss stations.  Just a fun day of target practice.

   

Amazing Race Scouthaven campout

The week end of April 13-15 scouts from Troop 4 camped at Scouthaven Scout camp. The Saturday activity was an Amazing Race theme event were scouts had to go to certain stations and could only get the clue to advance to the next station when the current challenge was completed. Challenges included sending Morse code via smoke signals after building a fire and a simulated medial emergency that needed treatment.

 

Snowshoe Shuffle camp out

Feb 16-18 scouts from Troop 4 cabin camped at Scouthaven. Saturday activity was scheduled to be a snow shoe     hike but the snow was not cooperating. Instead Troop 4 did a day hike along the hiking trails and found the one of the few patches of snow to practice snow shoe lacing and utilization. Maybe next year we’ll have more snow.

   

Troop 4 wins Polaris District Klondike Derby

On Jan 28 2018 Troop 4 participated in the Polaris District Klondike Derby at Stonehaen Scout camp.  While tent camping in Jan each of the troops 3 patrols entered one sled each. Troop 4  dominated the field and won not only numerous individual competition awards but also won the overall Klondike Derby award with the highest combined score. Congratulations to all the scouts that were on that camp-out and helped the Troop win the Schultz Cup.