Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Some Cooking Adventures inspired by  Felix Immler to warm our bones this Autumn

So we cooked up some:

Hot Stone Pumpkin Soup

Here was our attempt:
Hot Stone Pumpkin Soup with apples, a dab of butter, brown sugar and a bit of milk. Absolutely delicious by the campfire on this cold camp morning. 😋

Our pumpkin roasting by the coals, simmering with delicious ingredients and a hot stone pulled red from the fire.

 A peek in side...just add cream.

Serve warm...


Saturday, September 2, 2017

Monarch Migration

Metamorphosis and migration:
 We have enjoyed many visitors to the butterfly bush this year. Check out these fascinating moments as the Monarchs prepare for their migration to Mexico.
Photo credit: Pathfinder, Shaw Summa

Friday, September 1, 2017

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Congratulation to Pathfinders Victor and Shaw

Pathfinders Victor and Shaw Pass 1st Class Tests

Both Victor and Shaw have NOT ONLY earned their 1st Class Badges BUT ALSO have both earned the Green & Yellow Cord ALONG with Bushman's Thong. Give a HOOT-Hoot-hoo to these two Owl Patrol Pathfinders.  As different as they are, one thing is for sure: they enjoy acquiring traditional scout skills.   

Congratulations on your continuing advancement, Pathfinders!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Delaware River Expedition

Pathfinder/Troop Leader, Victor and his Scoutmaster, Nancy bouncing and laughing through the rapids, during our canoe expedition on the Upper Delaware River today. Pathfinder Master, Brian and Pathfinder, Michael were kind enough to film the action after their run. Victor fished, we paddled, got a bit of sun and had ourselves a great time! Can't wait to go again! Whose up for a grand adventure?

A nice little catch by Pathfinder Victor!

Pathfinder Michael always smiling, whistling and laughing. 

GSM Nancy & Pathfinder Victor making their way through a rapid shelf on the Delaware River before our lunch break. I must say, a nice turn and landing being preformed by the two in the strong river current. Well done.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

A Little Old School Tomahawk Throwing

Owl Patrol Leader, Shaw demonstrates a nice technique.

*Warning* Do not attempt without proper instruction. Always practice range awareness.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

4th Annual BPSA-US Northeast All-Sections Moot

Friday, June 16th - Sunday, June 18th 2017

BPSA-US Northeast Region Moot Headquarters
welcomed 142 Chipmunks, Otters, Timberwolves, Pathfinders, Leaders, Rovers and parents.

First Strike Search and Rescue led these Pathfinders and many others through First Aid Proficiency requirements.

The Grimme family was kind enough to make charming signs like these to mark activities for the very young non-readers at the Moot.  Here we are at the entrance to the nature hike.

68th Frost Hollow Pathfinder, Victor lead the way through the cycling obstacle course like a pro.

We all had fun at the campfire, enjoying skits, songs, jokes, and even skills.  The Otters surprised us with "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" in American Sign Language, while the Timberwolves did a grand job of signaling to us in Semaphore.  
Myself?  I shared a campfire song my grandmother taught many years ago as a counselor: "Catalina Magdalena Hoopensteiner Wallenbanger Hogan Bogan Logan was Her Name."

Above we see 17th Black Bear Pathfinder, Mya receiving her silver arrow award for leadership.  She is the first Pathfinder east of the Mississippi to earn this award.

A special hand-carved voyageur canoe paddle is offered by Commissioners, Rick and David to Lackawanna State Park Ranger Bacon for all his help behind the scenes keeping us all safe and comfortable.  The campfire crowd exploded with cheers for him.

2017 Moot patch

Everyone together for one final picture.  A good time was had by all.  Can't wait until the next moot!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Rover Adventure

Throwing knives, tomahawks, and Soviet shovels

at the French Azilum, along the Susquehanna

We had such a wonderful afternoon spent with these generous and knowledgeable folks who taught us how to throw knives, tomahawks and even a Soviet shovel. Great laughter, learning and engaging conversations...what an incredible day! 

Pathfinder Master Brian learning to throw a tomahawk.  While usually held during close combat situations along with a knife, occasionally there was a need to be able to throw the tomahawk precisely to distract or delay an opponent. 

Well, this was an odd strike! Look carefully at the position of the tomahawk.

Group Scoutmaster, Nancy's first try with the throwing knife.  She was just thrilled to hit the target.

Beautiful examples of some primitive items.  Our two favorites were the spiraled peace pipe and handsome packbasket.

Encampment - such a great set up.

French Azilum (Asylum,) hidden in the valley along the Susquehanna River with such a fascinating history. 

View off the valley...just stunning!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Rover Paddle - Susquehanna River

Rover River Trip 

Canoeing on the north branch of the Susquehanna River with lunch on one of the many islands. This beautiful branch of the Susquehanna river was used extensively by Native Americans and colonials for travel. It was this branch that General Sullivan led his expedition up into the Iroquois Nation during the American Revolution.

Monday, May 29, 2017

With deepest RESPECT and GRATITUDE, we will ALWAYS REMEMBER those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedoms.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Hive Inspection ...a little old school scouting.

First Comprehensive Hive Inspection 

G.S.M. Nancy Muller demonstrates what progress we are looking for with our new honey bee hives.

68th Frost Hollow hives are buzzing! All is well and thriving.
"First comprehensive hive fascinating to me. I need a good magnifying glass to watch these engineers more closely."

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Bee Farmer Badge 

A little traditional fun with old-school proficiency badges...

🐝 Bee Farmer Badge 🐝 1914 Scout Tests & How to Pass Them. While not a part of our program, we decided to raise two hives of honey bees. Our first 2 bee packages arrive in 3 days! Hope your inspired to try an old school badge. 😉
Painting frames with additional beeswax to help our new friends get started.