Boy Scout Troop Camping Streak Hits 9 Years
December 20, 2017
WORCESTER - Boy Scout Troop 54 achieved another milestone this month - at least one overnight camping trip every month for 9 years (108 months). During that time, the troop has visited twenty two 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. First chartered one hundred and two years ago, Troop 54 is the oldest troop in the Mohegan Council BSA.
For its trip this month, the Troop camped at Horace Moses Scout Reservation in Russell, Massachusetts, Friday, December 8 to Sunday, December 10. With temperatures below freezing and several inches of snow falling during the trip , this was a great time to reinforce cold weather camping skills. The Scouts cooked the meals they had planned during recent troop meetings. In the afternoon that Saturday, the Troop visited the Springfield Armory National Historic Site in Springfield, Massachusetts. This museum has lots of interesting guns, as one would expect. It also brings to life some key elements of early manufacturing technology. While there, the troop attended a presentation on the 1903 Springfield infantry rifle.
Each year's program in the Troop features a week long trip at a Boy Scout 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. 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.
The level of activity offered in Troop 54 is a great alternative for boys who would otherwise spend too much time watching TV or playing video games. The Troop welcomes new members - boys age 11 to 17.