Philadelphia Trip

On March 22, 2019 Troop 125 went to Philadelphia, one of America’s very historical cities. When we first got to Philadelphia, we went to the US Mint where we learned how coins are made. Next, we went to the Franklin Institute one of the top science museums in the country.

On Saturday we first went to Independence Hall, this is where the Declaration of Independence was signed and where the US Constitution was made. After that we went to The Liberty Bell which was very cool to see. Next, we went to The National Constitutional Center which had three great activities. Also, we went to the Independence National Historic Park where many historical meetings and events went down. Lastly, we went to the Ben Franklin Museum where we explored Ben Franklin’s life and legacy.

The last day in Philadelphia we went to the Eastern State Penitentiary which was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world. Finally, the last place we went to was the Rocky Steps which was a great site to see to end off this memorable trip.

Written by Chris M.

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Scouting for Food

On March 3, 23 scouts from Troop 125 went to ShopRite in Commack to collect food for the Commack United Methodist Church pantry. We do this every year to help our community and to give back to the church, who have been sponsoring us for 50 years now.

The scouts that participated at the food drive said that they fun helping the community and meeting new people. In the hours we were at ShopRite we got 835 pounds of food collected and $543 in monetary donations for the church, that they will use to buy more supplies for their monthly peanut butter and jelly gang outreach program.

Written by Chris M.

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2019 Ski Trip

On Friday February 16, 2019, Troop 125 ventured into one of my favorite trips that I have ever been on. After the 3 hour drive up to Camp Minsi in Pennsylvania, we got set up and then went to bed. In the morning we ate breakfast and headed out to the Shawnee Mountain Ski Area.

This mountain was a very good beginner mountain for all the first- and second-time skiers and snow boarders. Before and after lunch some scouts had lessons on skiing or snowboarding, which was very helpful to some of the newer scouts, including myself, to help them out. A couple of the scouts worked on the requirements for the Snow Sports merit badge with the more experienced skiing and snowboarding scouts. The scouts ate lunch and had a great dinner at the restaurant in the lodge.

After that, we went night skiing which was very fun with all the lights on and not as many people on the slopes. Next, we drove back to the camp site and fell asleep. Finally, we woke up the next day and we ate breakfast and headed home. Even though everyone’s everything hurt after Skiing and snowboarding, it was an overall great trip.

Written by Chris M.

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Throne of Games Winter Camporee

The Winter Camporee is a competition between the patrols in the Boy Scout Troops and Venturing Crews in the Matinecock District.  The competition covers scout skills and scout spirit. It was held on January 19th, 2019 at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp.

The 2019 theme was based on medieval times called Throne of Games.  The stations included:

  • Knight’s Challenge – Obstacle Course
  • Take a “Bow” – Archery
  • Storm the Castle – Teamwork
  • En Guarde/On Guard – Jousting
  • Cure your ill humor – First Aid
  • Dragon’s Breath – Fire building
  • Hot Stuff/Lava Pit – Lunch Competition
  • The Great Sled Race

The host troop wore medieval-style capes with “fur” trim.

The winning troop got to sit in the Throne of Games.  This is a chair with tennis rackets, hockey sticks, and other sporting goods attached and sticking out to the sides.

Written by Chris M.

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Wilderness Survival Campout

On September 20-21, 2014 Boy Scout Troop 125 of Commack, NY went camping at Cedar Point Park in East Hampton. The scouts had to get an early start on Saturday, having to get from their homes in Commack to the campsite by 7:00 AM. Upon arriving at the campsite, the boys had to build their own shelters out of the surrounding foliage to sleep in for the night, although some just wanted to sleep in tents. They also had to make lunch without using stoves or matches. After lunch, everyone went on a hike along the beach to a nearby historic lighthouse. It was a bit run-down, and there wasn’t an actual light tower, but it was still cool to see. For dinner, the same rule applied as for lunch, and afterwards, the traditional campfire was held. One scout played guitar and sang, and did a really good job. The next morning, the scouts were allowed to use matches and a stove for breakfast, although some still didn’t. Then it was pack-up and clean-up time. The closing flag ceremony was held, and everyone headed home. All the scouts in Troop 125 had a great time on their wilderness survival campout. – Joseph D, Troop Historian

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Just Hiking in the Rain

Matthew R.

March 4 to 5, 2012

What do you like to do on a rainy weekend? Read? Shop? Clean? Well, if you are a Boy Scout, you have some options. You can go for a hike in the New Jersey woods!

My Boy Scout Troop 125 recently went for a hike in the Palisades along the Hudson River. When we arrived at the campsite, I did not know what to expect. I was already tired because a scout has to bring a lot of gear with him on any of his outings. I didn’t know it then, but I forgot to pack something very important. After taking the necessary supplies, we set out for the thirteen mile trek.

The weather was terrible, it was foggy and rainy. We walked on for a long time it seemed but I was told we only went one mile. Oh why did I go? The trail has a lot of hills and it goes up and down a lot so you need some strong legs to tackle this path. After a few hours, we stopped for a lunch break. I had packed this myself and it never looked better! I did have more energy after my meal and felt more upbeat to continue the trail. We began to notice some really neat sights. There are some beautiful cliffs that you walk along and we saw a bald eagle fly by! There are some old colonial type buildings to see and all kinds of birds. Once the rain let up, I had a chance to really see how beautiful the wooded areas were. By the time the next break came, I was so busy looking around I did not realize I had hiked six more miles.

The trail ends at the George Washington Bridge. As we approached the bridge, we started to see the familiar sights and sounds of the highway and the city. I was secretly relieved because that meant were near the end. I was also a bit sad because while on the hike, I did not feel like I was so close to the Bronx or New York City. It felt good to be lost a little. We walked to the gate at the end of the trail that is literally right under the bridge. It was there that we were able to get a ride back to camp from some of our Troop leaders. I was hiking about six hours.

Although I had more fun than I thought on that dreary morning, I do wish I had remembered to pack an extra pair of socks! It is very important to check your feet during a long hike to prevent blisters. A change of clean and dry socks at about noon would have been great! I still had a good time and I am so grateful that Boy Scouts gives me and my friends a chance to do interesting things. Try a hike in the rain, you might love it too!


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