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.

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Thanksgiving Baskets

All the Troop 125 scouts worked with their patrols to choose different items to contribute to the Thanksgiving baskets that we donated to community outreach program at our sponsor, the Commack United Methodist Church.

Each basket included stuffing, mashed potatoes, cranberries, gravy, corn, fried onions, corn muffins, brownies, napkins, and a gift card to purchase a turkey, which was donated by Troop 125. All the items fit inside an aluminum tray, which was to be used to cook the turkey at Thanksgiving.

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North-South Lake Backpacking

On November 2nd Troop 125 went to backpacking in North-South lake in the Catskills, NY. This campout was a great opportunity for the newer scouts to experience the outdoors.

We went on a 4.5 mile hike with day packs for most of the day and then went back to the camp and had pros and cons.

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George Washington Bridge Hike

On October 12th Troop 125 went to the Palisades by the GW Bridge. We crossed the George Washington Bridge on foot then we took a 2.4 mile hike.

Then we went to Fort Lee Historic Park and ate lunch. Finally we did the Peanut Leap Cascade Trail and the Women’s Federation Monument.

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50th Anniversary Celebration

On Sunday, September 15 2019 Boy Scout Troop 125 of Commack, NY celebrated its 5oth year as a Troop at Constantino Brumidi Lodge in Deer Park.

As we always start every scout meeting, we did the flag ceremony and Scout Oath.

Then we welcomed all the past alumni and family that came to celebrate with us.

We gave thanks to our sponsor organization, the Commack United Methodist Church and Pastor Roslyn Lee said the Invocation.

Town of Huntington Councilmember Susan Berland delivered the Proclamation to Troop 125.

Then we had dinner, there was food like penne alla vodka and chicken parmigiana.

Scouts handed out raffle baskets to the lucky winners.

We also had all past and present Eagle Scouts assemble in the front of the room like a Court of Honor.

Then there was dessert including an American flag made from cupcakes and a make your own ice cream sundae station.

We wanted to thank former Scoutmaster Fred Troll and his wife Lucille who donated coffee mugs as parting gifts so that every family could have a piece of Troop 125 and scouting history.

We also wanted to recognize Phyllis Stein for being the longest time someone has been active in the troop- over 20 years!

After that we did things like dance to the DJ music, played musical chairs and had a conga line.

There was a slide show playing in the background of pictures from events over the past 50 years. Finally, we ended off the evening with the Scoutmaster Minute, closing flags, closing prayer by the Chaplain Aide, and circle up with Scout Law and Vespers.

A memorable and enjoyable evening was had by all to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Troop 125 .

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9/11 Ceremony

Every year for the anniversary of September 11th the Commack School District hosts a very special remembrance ceremony for the community.

Before the solum ceremony began Troop 125 handed out the printed programs and small battery operated candles to the attendees.

During the memorial ceremony a few scouts in our troop brought up wreaths for some of the families who had lost loved ones on 9/11/01.

At the end of the ceremony we handed out white flowers so people could place them in the reflection pools. We also collected the candles so that they could be reused for next year.

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CUMC Church Cleanup Day

On Saturday September 7 Troop 125 helped their sponsor Commack United Methodist Church to clean up their land and to pay it forward and so everything will look good for the fall season.

We trimmed the bushes and made them look better. We also got the grass and weeds out of the parking lot.

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Cardboard Boat Race

The Goat and Baby Shark patrols built their own water resistant boats out of cardboard, duct tape, and paint. They raced in the 11th annual Riverhead Cardboard Boat Race on the Peconic Riverfront on August 10th, a first time event for The Troop.

At the end of the event, they got to watch their creations get smashed and hauled away by bulldozers!

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Suffolk County 100th Anniversary Camporee

On the 3rd to 5th of May 2019 Suffolk County NY celebrated their 100th year of scouting. That weekend all the troops and packs in Suffolk County went to Southaven County Park to camp out. The first night we went on a bus and went to one of the must fun carnivals I have ever been to.

The second day of camping there were many fun games set up like frisbee, bow and arrow, monkey bridge, pioneering, orienteering, bike trails and more. There were water activities like canoes and kayaks. Then in the afternoon we went to go watch some live acts like a magic show and a music band.

Finally to finish off the 100th Anniversary Camporee there was an amazing light show with music at night that lasted for about 20 minutes and then there was a Scouts Got Talent show. It was a really fun weekend, despite the rainy weather.

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New Scout Campout

On April 6th & 7th 2019 Troop 125 went to Blydenburgh County Park for the New Scout Campout. In total 42 scouts attended including 17 brand new scouts who crossed over to Troop 125 this year. It’s important for new scouts to attended this spring campout with the troop so they get to know the scouts and leaders and basic camping foundations. They also learn the skills to earn their Totin’ Chip.

This campout is very important for rank advancement. New scouts at the campout do activities taught by the older scouts to help them advance to the Scout rank, and the older scouts can complete the requirements for teaching using the EDGE method. When the scouts weren’t getting requirements signed off, we were playing many fun games like capture the flag.

With all this interaction older and newer scouts were able to make good connections with each other. After all the learning was done and the sun was starting to set, we started skits by the campfire that everyone enjoyed.

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