Boy Scout Troop Camping Streak Hits 10 Years
December 9, 2018
WORCESTER - Boy Scout Troop 54 achieved another milestone this month - at least one overnight camping trip every month for 10 years (120 months). During that time, the troop has visited twenty six different Scout camps and lots of state parks, camped in various parts of six states and hiked numerous trails across the region. Each camping trip provides the setting for the Scouts to learn outdoor and leadership skills. Just as importantly, each trip provides fun, adventure and outdoor experiences for these city boys (and their adult leaders).
Troop 54 (t54.org) is sponsored by Epworth United Methodist Church, 64 Salisbury Street in Worcester, Massachusetts. First chartered one hundred and three years ago, Troop 54 is the oldest troop in the Heart of New England Council BSA. Epworth, which also hosts Cub Scout Pack 54 for younger youth, plans to start a girl troop in February 2019.
For its trip this month, the Troop camped at J. N. Webster Scout Reservation in Ashford, Connecticut, Friday, November 30 to Sunday, December 2. Temperatures dipped below freezing the first night, but there was no snow, and the Scouts actually had rain to contend with the last night and day. The Scouts cooked the meals they had planned during recent troop meetings. During the day that Saturday, the Troop visited the Connecticut Science Center in Hartford, Connecticut. The exhibits there were great - the Scouts tried to see the whole museum but didn't quite accomplish that. The Troop was joined on this trip by female Webelos/Arrow of Light Scouts from Cub Scout Pack 54, making this the first Troop 54 trip with female Scouts.
Each year's program in the Troop features a week long trip at a Boy Scout Summer Camp (soon to be Scouts BSA Summer Camp). Trips during some of the other months are "camporee" events in which several troops gather to compete and have fun along the lines of a theme or even larger "jamboree" events with thousands of Scouts. Still other trips are backpacking adventures, in which the Scouts live off what they carry for the weekend. During the Summer, the Scouts meet to plan out which event they will have each month.
A Troop 54 Boy Scout and Pack 54 Arrow of Light Scouts interact with exhibits at the Connecticut Science Center. (December 2018).
The level of activity offered in Troop 54 is a great alternative for youth who would otherwise spend too much time indoors with electronics. Troop 54 and its future sister troop welcome new members - boys and girls age 11 to 17.