November 21, 2020: Holiday in the Woods

Holiday in the Woods was quite different this year because of social distancing and NY State limits on how many people can get together. This year we had parents at a different campsite. The Webelos parents were briefed on how the troop works. We did a lot of fun activities: monkey bridge, lashings, first aid, capture the flag, tug of war. We didn’t have dinner, garbage can turkeys, obstacle course, hike, skits and no overnighting. The day ended at 4pm.

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November 9, 2020: Food Drive

We collected 1,207.2 pounds of food for the pantry at the church. We collected from 9am-3pm. Shop Rite had only one exit this year which was different.

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November 1, 2020: Greenbelt Trail Cleanup

We went to Lakeland County Park in Islandia to clean up part of the Greenbelt Trail. We split up into two groups so that we could cover more ground and for social distancing. We were there for three hours and collected probably around 10 bags of garbage total. My group found most of the front part of a car and the other group found a broken tv.

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October 6, 2020: 1st Troop Meeting at Church

Our first meeting at the Church since the quarantine was outdoors. It was well organized. We put cones on the lawn for social distancing. There were 3 stations on the topic of weird sports. At the end of the meeting we circled up while social distancing. I crossed my hands with the air instead of holding hands. It was a really big circle.

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October 4, 2020: Webelos Woods

Webelos Woods was very different this year. We used the field where the Webelos always camp out in instead of the giant field on the other side of the tree line.  Less troops were here and also less Webelos. It wasn’t an overnight and we didn’t do skits around the fire. It was still a fun day. We did the 3 stations that we always do: fire starting, a blind maze, and bottlerockets.

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October 13, 2020: Adventure Park

Instead of a troop meeting, we went to the Adventure Park. It was really fun. A lot of people were there, including their siblings and parents.

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August 23, 2020: Surfing

The troop went for the first time for surfing lessons in Long Beach. Two people were paired with one instructor to teach them surfing. Everyone thought it was really fun.

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July 28, 2020: Kayak at Nissequogue River

This was a two-hour kayak trip down the river. It was hard work but in the end, everyone had a great time. We saw some ducks and ducklings.

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May 23, 2020: Memorial Day Flag Placement

Half of our troop did flag placement at St. Patrick’s Cemetery and the other half of our troop went to Huntington Rural Cemetery. It was really fun and it was the one of the first times we had seen each other in person since the quarantine began. Things that were different from the past were: we wore masks, had to stay 6 feet apart from each other, we didn’t have as many Scouts there as we usually do because of social distancing and the Troop split up going to 2 different cemeteries instead of everyone going to both cemeteries together. Normally we eat breakfast with the Veterans and after flag placement we eat lunch with the Veterans but this year we didn’t get to see the Veterans.

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Holiday in the Woods

On November 23rd Boy Scout Troop 125 of Commack went to West Hills County Park for the annual Thanksgiving celebration with their troop family. During the day Troop 125 Scouts taught visiting Webelos from Packs 403, 329 and 406 scout skills like lashings, orienteering, first aid and team building activities.

Monkey Bridge

Then the scouts and the Webelos went on a nature hike with a fun obstacle course in the middle.

Going on a nature hike

The parents relaxed and socialized by the big fire pit.

Parents relaxing by the fire pit

In the late afternoon the scout patrols made deserts like dump cakes and cookies in dutch ovens. Some of the parents cooked turkey and ham in metal garbage cans and baked potatoes on a charcoal grill.

Trash Can Turkeys

A few scout patrols made the side dishes such as corn, stuffing and gravy.

Patrol cooking stuffing, corn, and gravy

At 5pm everyone was invited into the S-shelter building and had a great Thanksgiving dinner along with the desserts the scouts made.

Dinner is served!
Troop 125 Holiday in the Woods Thanksgiving dinner and dessert
Troop 125 Holiday in the Woods dinner

After dinner and dessert the scouts took out the dining tables and rearranged the chairs for the audience to watch the skits that the scouts performed. The scouts also broke down and packed up the outdoor car ports before it rained for the rest of the night. Finally, the day ended with the scouts watching a movie and sleeping over inside the shelter.

Written by Chris M.

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