West Point football

Troop 301 has reserved a group of tickets for a West Point football game.  It’s Scout Day at West Point, meaning there are tours, demonstrations, and interactive displays throughout the day.

We are attending the Oct. 11 game of Army vs. Rice.  Tickets are $25 each.  Families are welcome to attend, but everyone needs a ticket.  This is a single day event; we are not camping overnight. The game starts at noon, but the activities usually begin at 8 or 9 AM.

Listed as Sports Illustrated’s #7 Top College Venue, Michie Stadium provides the perfect venue for Scout Day at Army Football. $25 discounted tickets for Scouts, friends and family include:
•    Game Admission
•    Cadet Review/Military Parade
•    Cadet-led Walking Tours
•    Cadet Club Activities Display
•    Black Knights Alley Fan Festival
•    Pregame Parachute Demonstration
•    Army Football Scout Day Patch
•    Post-Game Autograph Session

In order to attend, you have to buy a ticket yourself, online,  from the group ticket window that has been setup for the troop.  You must purchase tickets before Sept. 25.  After then, West Point must close the ticket window. The tickets are limited, so buy now before they are sold out.

How to purchase tickets:

Contact Jeff Caruso or Brian Bindert to get the username and password, then follow this link. Follow the prompts to purchase your tickets.

West Point will provide an itinerary once we are closer to game day.  Since families will attend, we will not meet at the church before the event.  Plan on arranging a ride for yourself.  We recommend making travel arrangements before buying the tickets.

Who:        Open to all 301 Scouts and families
What:        West Point Football (vs. Rice)
Where:        U.S. Military Academy at West Point
When:        October 11, 2014 ( The game starts at noon, but the activities usually begin at 8 or 9 AM.)
How much:     $25 per person (bring money for lunch, or pack a lunch)  Parking will be an extra charge
Deadline:    Buy tickets online before September 25, 2014

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Annual dues

As we start off the new Scouting year, we need to address dues. Troop 301 collects dues once a year at the start of the Scouting year.

A large portion of your dues is paid to Suffolk County Council when we re-charter and then is forwarded on to BSA National. That portion covers things like registration, insurance and Boy’s Life.

The portion of your dues that remains with the troop goes into the troop’s general fund, which pays for things like merit badges and rank advancements.

Dues for Scouts are $85 and dues for registered adults are $24. If you have money in your Scout account, that can be used to pay your dues.

In summary:

Scouts $85

Registered adult leaders $24

Due Oct. 1, 2014


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Alpine Campout September 13-14, 2014

We will meet at the Church parking lot at 6:30am on Saturday, Dec. 13, and leave at 6:45 sharp.

Bring a trail lunch.

Here are directions and an aerial view of the parking lot with GPS coordinates.

We will hike about 1,700 feet from the parking lot to campsites Slater #15 and #16 (see map).

For the hike we start at the State Line Lookout or hike there from camp (see trail map). Hike north along the edge of the Palisades to Peanut Leap Cascade then south along the shore to Giant Rock Scramble then back up to the starting point. Approximately 5 miles with difficult passages. We cross the NY/NJ State line. We have a Plan B if it rains or snows, per the trail reviews. Bring your cameras.

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The first meeting and the first campout of the school year

As the school year all too rapidly approaches, you’re probably wondering two things: When is the first Troop meeting? When is the first campout?

The first Troop meeting is Thursday, Sept. 4.

The first campout is Sept. 13-14. The troop is going to Alpine Scout Camp (just over the George Washington Bridge in Alpine, N.J.).  This is a trip we missed due to weather last year.  We have reserved the Slater 15 and Slater 16 sites and will hike down toward the Hudson River.  Permission slips are due at the first meeting.  The event fee is $7.

Of course, you may have already known the answers to these questions if you have consulted the Troop calendar, which is updated regularly.

We’re looking forward to another great year!

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Bird Study and Nature merit badges offered

It’s late notice, but if anyone is interested in pursuing the Bird Study and Nature merit badges, the Town of Brookhaven will be offering an opportunity this weekend. See event details in the flyer below.




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