By Christopher Sokol
Boy Scout Troop 27 recently visited the Durland Scout Reservation in Putnam Valley, New York. They hiked Candlewood Mountain and in the process of climbing, they collected litter from the trail to honor the "Leave No Trace" motto. Steven Phenicie graciously carried the bag of trash for the entire 5 mile hike up and down the rough terrain.
The troop searched for scavenger hunt items that Mr. Backus listed. Leonid Funaro and Steven Phenicie won the scavenger hunt. During the hike we also successfully followed directions for geocaching which is a hunting game where you use your GPS to find a hidden treasure. We hiked around Clear Lake and found a pump with spring-fed water where we all filled our water bottles and took a break. On our way back to our cabin, we found a salamander and snakes.
Cooking was a big part of our weekend and for breakfast we cooked eggs and Canadian bacon outside using propane griddles. For dinner Steven and Shane Phenicie made a venison stew over a fire using a dutch oven. The venison was from a deer Steven had shot on a hunting trip. It was really good.
Later we had game night and played all kinds of board games and cards.
Christopher Sokol and Joey Venables slept outside in their tent on the second night trying to earn their Polar Bear badge, but the weather did not cooperate because the temperature stayed just above the freezing mark.
Everyone enjoyed the winter weekend.