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Troop 301 Events in December and January

Here is a quick rundown of events coming up for Troop 301. Please note that the two Troop meetings in December will be held at our usual location, the St. James Lutheran Church:

Dec. 1: PLC for Scout leadership

Dec. 3: Troop meeting at St. James Lutheran Church. Permission slips due for Harriman campout

Dec. 10: Troop meeting at St. James Lutheran Church

Dec. 12-13: Backpacking campout at Harriman State Park. Full details will be posted separately

Dec. 17: Community service at the Mills Pond Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, 6:30-8:00 pm

Jan. 5: PLC

Jan. 7: Troop meeting

Jan. 9: Eagle Court of Honor

Jan. 14: Troop meeting. Permission slips due for Winter Camporee

Jan. 21: Troop meeting

Jan. 22-24: Winter Camporee, Baiting Hollow

Jan. 28: Troop meeting

Please note that the full schedule of upcoming events is always available on the Calendar page on the website.

Turkey Cookout Nov. 14

Troop 301’s annual Turkey Cookout will be held this Saturday, Nov. 14, at the Smithtown Historical Society.

The address is 239 E. Main Street in the Village of the Branch (directly across from the Smithtown United Methodist Church). General parking for all (non-handicapped) is in the field to the left of the front of the Blacksmith Shop.

Here is the schedule:

Friday night, 3:00 p.m. until dark: Scouts are needed to begin setup on the grounds. We will be building a trebuchet and doing other setup.

Saturday, 7:30 a.m.: Scouts are needed to continue setup.

Saturday, 12:00 noon: Anyone who has given a home to a turkey needs to bring it to the site washed and ready to cook. Webelos and their families are welcome to join us at this time.

Saturday, 2:30 p.m.: Families arrive for dinner. Troop 301 families are asked to bring a dessert to share.

Saturday, 5:00 p.m.: Dinner ends. All Scouts must clean up. Parents will have to come pick up Scouts after KP.

In addition to setup, each patrol is responsible for a side dish. The Troop is buying the sides and will distribute to the patrols on Saturday. Patrols will need cooking gear from the quartermaster. Here is what each patrol is responsible for:

Eagles: corn
Black Ravens: stuffing
Grizzlies: gravy
Cobras: potatoes
SPL: cranberry sauce

Details for Webelos Woods

Troop 301 is looking forward to hosting Webelos from Pack 228 and Pack 57 at this weekend’s Webelos Woods event at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp.

Check-in for Troop 301 Scouts begins Friday, Nov. 6, at 5:30pm at BHSC. We will prepare the campsite and build a monkey bridge. The Troop is camping in Paddy Clarkin Field, located between the Office and the Dining Hall.

Webelos Scouts will arrive at 7:30 Saturday morning. Our Scouts will help Webelos and parents with unloading and setup.

The Troop will provide breakfast Saturday to ALL Troop 301 Scouts, as well as dinner Saturday and breakfast Sunday to ALL Troop 301 Scouts and our guest Webelos and parents. Patrols are on the hook for desserts after dinner on Saturday.

Please bring your own bag lunch and drink for Saturday, as Scouts will be on the trail. Class B uniform (Troop T-shirt, scout pants, green fleece) is appropriate for Saturday.

Closing ceremony is Sunday at 9:15am.

Leave cell phones at home or in your pack.

Save That Halloween Candy!

As you trick-or-treat, or hand out candy this Halloween, please keep in mind that uneaten candy doesn’t have to go to waste. This year Troop 301 will be sending candy to deployed U.S. soldiers.

Bring any candy you would like to donate to the Nov. 5 Troop meeting so that it can be packaged. We are working with Operation Gratitude to get the candy to the troops.

Please see the attached flyer for more details:



Last chance for popcorn orders

The Troop meeting this Thursday, Oct. 29, will be the last chance to get popcorn fundraising orders in.

Remember that a portion of the proceeds go directly into the selling Scout’s “Scout account,” which can be used to pay for any Troop fees, including campouts and summer camp.

Also, please remember that annual dues of $85 per Scout and $24 per registered adult must be turned in as well.

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