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West Point Camporee 2017: April 28th – 30th

From April 28th – 30th, Troop 106 went to West Point, New York to attend the West Point Camporee 2017.

We drove down in the morning and once we got to West Point, started a difficult hike which was about 3 miles. It sure didn’t feel like it! Many scouts became very tired and barely finished the hike.

The rest of the day Friday was uneventful. There was a SPL and Scoutmaster’s meeting, both of which lasted for 1 hour.


Saturday Morning was when the fun began! Scouts woke up at 6 AM to be ready for Physical Training (PT) at 6:15 AM. That lasted from about 30 – 45 minutes and then the Troop started to cook breakfast. After that, we went to the Opening Ceremony, where scouts saw cadets parachute onto the field where everyone was standing.

After the opening, the Troop split up into 2 West Point ‘patrols,’ one led by Rahul H. and the other by James A.

Patrols went through ‘graded events,’ where they were graded on how well they completed the task and how they worked together.

The graded events were: Camouflage, First Aid, Knot Tying, Drill, LRC, Fire Building, Wilderness Survival, Ranger Challenge, Swiss Seat, Kim’s Game, Commander’s Challenge, Zodiac Challenge, Fitness Challenge, Weapons, Knowledge Baseball, and TAC Challenge.

After the sites closed, our scorecards were turned in, and then we had dinner at our campsites.

Later in the night, there was a campfire for all of the Troops at West Point. It was really big. There was a DJ and music playing in the background as well. Once the campfire was over, Troop 106 went back to the campsite, waiting for the Scouts that went missing for most of the campfire (All of them made it back safely).


Sunday, the final day of the Camporee, was used to award the winners of the graded events. Troop 106 did not win any of the events.

After that, we headed back to the campsite, and while some Scouts made the lunches for the rest of the Troop, everyone else packed up their things and cleaned up the campsite.

We ate lunch at a rest stop, and reached back at St. Mary’s Church all muddy and dirty. Parents must have been surprised to see the Scouts so muddy!


Court of Honor: March 29th, 2017

On March 29th, 2017, the Troop had the March Court of Honor. The MC’s for the Court of Honor were Joshua R and Rahul H.

At this Court of Honor,  all the new positions were sworn in for this term. Scoutmaster Alderton swore in the new Senior Patrol Leader – James A, while James swore in all the Patrol Leaders – Cole A, Ryan G, and Melvin H. Also getting a important role in the Troop are the Assistant Senior Patrol Leaders, who are John G and Rahul H.

For other positions in the Troop, the Historian is Paul N, Scribe is Alex H, the Chaplin’s Aide is Nick C, the Webmaster is Rahul H, the Quartermaster is Josh R, the Librarian is John G, and the Bugler is Josh R as well.

At the Court of Honor:

We had the Sporktacular Scout Awards! These awards are given to Scouts by their Patrol Leader that have done an amazing job as a member of their Patrols. Rajat B, Teddy J, and Nick C earned these awards!

John G also earned his Den Chief Service Award. Congratulations!

Many Scouts also moved up in rank. Congratulations for advancing closer to Eagle!

The Troop would also like to thank Mr. Leclair for being the Fundraising Chair since the Troop started back in 2013. The Troop’s new Fundraising Chair will now be Ms. Noel. Good Luck!

As a start to fundraising for Seabase in 2018, Ms. Noel gladly put together a basket full of amazing things! This basket was then auctioned in order to gain some funds for our Seabase trip! Mr. Anderson was the auctioneer for this basket. It winded up going for a hundred dollars!

Thank you to everyone that was there! We hope you all had a great time!

Skills Day 2017, March 25th, 2017

On March 25th, 2017, the Troop had a Skills Day at Lion’s Club in Grafton. Lots of the scouts got requirements signed off and many learned new skills!

The day started at 9 AM, when Scouts arrived at St. Mary’s Church in Grafton in order to load the trailer for the day. This took approximately 45 minutes. Once we finished this, Scouts got into their cars and were driven to Lion’s Club.

There were 4 time slots where Scouts could get scheduled times for each requirement. These included from 10 AM – 11 AM, 11 AM – 12 PM, 1 PM – 2 PM, 2 PM – 3 PM. From 12 PM – 1 PM, Scouts cooked lunch and ate it. There was a 1 hour time slot for Patrols to cook, eat, AND clean. All of the patrols were able to accomplish this.

During the times that Scouts were free from doing requirements, they were able to work on other requirements and if they wanted, learn again from requirements they’ve already done.

After Lunch from 12 – 1, there was one more time slot that Scouts took seriously! From 2 – 3, there was a major snowball fight that lasted an hour! It was lots of fun watching Scouts throw snowballs at each other!

Once everything was calmed down around 3, Scouts helped load the trailer again, and went back to St. Mary’s to be picked up by their parents. We got back at St. Mary’s around 3:30 – 3:45.

Overall, the event went really well! And it will be great to do it again in a couple of months!