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.