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2014

December 12-14
2014
Long weekend at Russell: (wait for it... wait for it...)
Nov. 15-16
2014
Camp Boyhaven, near Saratoga Springs: This camp is a gem.  Fantastic weather, a rousing game of ultimate Frisbee, and split cooking opportunities for 3 scouts working on their Cooking Merit Badges.  A banner weekend!
November 9th
2014
There and Back Again Documentary at Munson Williams Proctor Institute: This was the cherry on the cake for our KickStarter campaign, and we were delighted to have over 150 people attend this special showing.  Super kudos to Herr Bauer for putting together this movie.
October 25
2014
Catskills Day Hike: It was supposed to be an overnight trip, but the lean-to was full and there was no place to set up our tents.  :-(
October 7
2014
Court of Honor: Evan makes Eagle!
October 4-5
2014
Cedarlands Campout:
September 11
2014
Annual 9/11 Remembrance: We were pleased and honored to be part of this.
August 24 through September 3rd
2014

Germany trip!

July 27 - Aug. 2
2014

Summer Camp at Henderson: Our attendance here was modest, but worthwhile none the less. Many thanks to Mr. Abbadessa and Mr. Dwyer for helping make this possible.

July 13
2014
Boilermaker Cleanup: The threat of early day storms seemed to keep the party crowd size small, and made pick-up a breeze!
June 28-29
2014

Windy Beach and Mt. Masters: Bringing along a couple of extra adults, the troop made the fabled ascent up this Cedarlands classic.  They were rewarded with fantastic views, and followed up with swimming and a great meal.

June 8
2014
Pancakes at Applebees: Organized by James S., this fundraiser was well attended by the scouts, and we had plenty of advanced ticket sales.  Certainly one of our better fundraisers in some time.
May 23-25
2014

Antietam!  John Koslosky lead the charge to bring the troop to the battle field of the bloodiest battle of the civil war.  We made camp right on the field, and completing a 10 mile historical hike awarded everybody a special commemorative patch.

May 10
2014
Hot dogs at Bass Pro: Organized by Hunter and his dad, we had great turnout from the scouts and wonderful (but breezy) weather.  A good event (but we secretly prefer Herbs).
April 26-27
2014

Windy Beach at Cedarlands: Considered by many to be the ancestral home of Troop 14, we hiked in 4 miles to get to this beautiful camp site.  A nice retreat for the many that had never been here before.

April 12
2014
Hot Dogs at Herb Phillipsons:  We might finally be getting the hang of this!  This was the smoothest team effort we've ever done, finishing the day with only 32 hot dogs un-eaten.  It's great to have Herb's as a key part of our scouting community.
April 5-6
2014

Kingsley (& lots of snow): While the ground may have been clear at home, there was certainly a LOT of snow still on the ground up at Kingsley for our overnight in lean-tos.

March 15-16
2014
Alder Creek & Turkey! This place has become a favorite for us, as demonstrated by the tenacity of 6 scouts, 3 adults (and one dog) to trudge through 2+ feet of snow to get there!
February 8-9
2014

Camp Henderson Training Lodge (& tents): Even though most of us were "inside", it was still colder than the dickens up there.  Would we go back?  Oh, heck yeah!

January 16
2014
Launched our KickStarter campaign: There and Back Again - A Boy Scout Documentary. Lessons learned and shared about getting 16 teenagers to Europe and back: on time, within budget, and without loss of life (or sanity)
January 11-12
2014

Alder Creek at Cedarlands: 8 Scouts, 2 grown-ups, and a weather hardened pooch.  Check out the web page, done entirely by two scouts... one for the photos, and the other for the page itself.

2014

2013

December 21-22
2013
Weekend at Russell
December 5
2013

CPR and First Aid Training: We had fantastic turnout (11 scouts and 10 adults) for important training provided by our friends at Edwards Ambulance in Chadwicks.  Let's hope we never have to use what we learned.

November 29
2013
Black Friday Popcorn Sales: The people at KMart were very generous in letting us set up a table in their store to help catch some of the post-Thanksgiving shopping rush.  It was well worth the time.  Thanks to all.
November 23-24
2013
Winter Camping in Tents: Eight scouts and four adults braved the elements and returned... not only alive, but with the same number of fingers and toes that they left with!
November 5
2013

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, 14 scouts recited the speech against a backdrop of memorials and gravesites from Oneida County.  The video is available on YouTube, and this lends a nice historical perspective to one of the greatest speeches in American history.

October 25-27
2013
Henderson and Clark Sports Center: This was two nights well spent, with clear crisp skies at night, LOTS of wood for campfires, staggering amounts of food, and great exercise during the day.  It doesn't get much better than this.
September 28-29
2013

Puffer Pond:  This was the largest crowd for a simple hike & overnight that we've had in many, many years, due in no small part to having a lot of parental involvement (including two moms!). Fantastic weather, great food, & good times for all.

August 17-18
2013
West Kill Falls: 5 young men (and 6 older ones), and an ever-ready dog made the trek to & fro West Kill Falls in the Catskills.  Fantastic weather and surprise special guest made for a great weekend escape.
July 14
2013
Boilermaker cleanup: Once again, we teamed up with our friends from Troop 20 in Poland to help clean up after this classic Utica event. Many hands make light work, so it only took us about 3 hours this time.  Yahoo!
July 11
2013
Raffle Results: We held the drawing, and here's who won...
  • Versamax 12ga ... John R. (New Hartford, NY)
  • Marlin 30-30 ... Chuck T. (Broadalbin, NY)
  • Gift card ... Mark A. (Cleveland, NY)
  • Ammo ... Sean D. (New Hartford)
June 29 - July 6
2013
Camp Roosevelt & Maine High Adventure! A total of 21 people (3 adults, 2 alumni, and 16(!) scouts) went to Maine for an amazing week of camp and adventure.
June 15
2013

Canoe Practice: About 18 of us got together and practiced our skills in Old Forge. Even better than having no drownings, there were no bugs!

June 8 & 9
2013
Utica Gun Show: Our last gun show of the season (yahoo!).  Special thanks to Evan, Ian, and Brendan for their support with this one.  Time to hold the drawing.
May 11
2013
Hot Dog Sales at Gander Mt: We had a lot of help for this one, and it was a great opportunity to help get rid of some of the extra food we bought for the sale we did at Herbs.
April 23
2013

Court of Honor: In addition to the standard compliment of merit badges and rank advancements, we were delighted to award Jared with the rank of Eagle.  Congrats!

April 20-21
2013
Campout at BoyHaven: We'd not been here since 2002, and decided to introduce it to a new crop of scouts.  Surprisingly good attendance, especially when you notice that we had other things going on this same weekend.

Blue & Gold: Special thanks go to the Bedell's and Mojave's for representing us as a group of Cubs transitioned to Scouts. We look forward to them joining us.

Syracuse Gun Show: And of course, the biggest fundraising effort by T14 continued with support from Mr. I & Mr. F (and a couple of scouts to boot).

April 13
2013
Hot Dog Sale at Herb's: An annual event for us, and another great success.  Many T14 alumni swung by to show their support (and eat a few dogs).
March 23-24
2013

Champion Riggies at Alder Creek: We may just have a new recipe to add to our collection... a gigantic portion of Chicken Riggies cooked in a gigantic fry pan over a campfire. (In winter!)

March 16-17 Saratoga Springs Gun Show: It's a bit of a drive, but it's always proved worthwhile.  Good show, with a lot of support.
February 17
2013
Winter Sports @ Song Mountain: One of the largest crowds ever (~34 people) got treated to a great day of snowboarding and skiing at an amazing price.  Thanks to Mr. Fitzsimmons for organizing, and thanks to Song Mt. for treating us so well.
February 9-10
2013
Chili at Henderson: The original plan was to go back to Alder Creek, but a major snow storm (Nemo) hit the area, forcing us to change our plans. No problemo... we ended up at Henderson and had a great time.
January 26-27
2013

Albany Gun Show: A group of dedicated adults lead by the intrepid Mr. F. spent two days at the Albany Gun Show to sell Raffle Tickets.  It was our most successful weekend ever.

January 12-13
2013
Campout at Alder Creek: This was a fantastic way to start the year, with some fresh scouts, some new adult participation, two great dogs, cooperative weather, and a lot of sleds to haul stuff to our site for some Trash Can Turkey.  Life is good.
2013

2012

December 14-16
2012

Weekend at Russell! These annual events seem to have less and less snow each year, but there's never a shortage of food, fun, and board games. We also have video of an amazing sound that can come from a freshly frozen lake.  Check it out.

October 27-28
2012
Overnight at Henderson (with Clark Sports Center): Seven fine scouts, three adult leaders, and one fine dog had a great overnight at one of our favorite sites.
September 9
2012
Root Glen Scavenger Hunt: This was a general purpose family event held at the famous Root Glen on the Hamilton campus.  The goal was to find as many of these things as possible, and everyone had a great time.
Aug. 31 - Sept. 1
2012

Assault on Mt. Marcy!  We had quite a crowd... both experienced and novice scouts.  Mr. Fitzsimmons lead the charge, and we came back with the same number we left with (usually a good thing).

August 4-12
2012

July 28
2012
White water rafting. Lead by Brian Pratt, a brave and eager number of our troop went for a ride on the mighty Hudson. We were joined by a number of parents and siblings, making this one of our larger headcount adventures!
July 12-15
2012
50 Mile Hike - sort of... Unfortunately circumstances forced us to put good intentions aside and call this one a bit short.  Better luck next time.
July 7 & 8
2012
Boilermaker Clean-up - a classic event done in partnership with our friends... the troop from Poland. Good weather, and lots of participation.  Thanks to all.
July 1-7
2012
A week at Russell! Several of our finest young scouts spent a week at this classic camp, and brought home the award for Honor Troop!  We couldn't be more proud!
June 19
2012
Court of Awards: Well attended, and a lot of fun... this was the first formal ceremony for many of our new scouts, and the un-official end of T14's meetings before the summer break.
June 2
2012
Sea Base practice swim test: Organized by our very own Sam N., the majority of our brave sailors got together to cheer each other on with a practice swim test before we head down to Florida. (all survived!)
May 27-28
2012

Memorial Day Weekend: An informative our de force of historical sites right here in NY... the walking bridge over the Hudson, FDR's home and final resting place, and an overnight on the USS Slater in Albany.  20+ scouts and family members were able to enjoy and learn about Memorial Day.

May 25
2012
Campfire program: Organized by Mike M. and kindly hosted by Mr. Dwyer, a couple dozen scouts and adults had a great evening of skits and food around a campfire, completed by a flag retirement ceremony.
April 21-22
2012

Kopernik Observatory: Going where no Troop 14 Boy Scout have gone before, 6 of our scouts attended the space exploration at Kopernik Observatory with Mr. Bedell. There, sixty scouts built rockets, studied satellites, and got to look through the observatory's telescope.

April 14
2012
Hot Dogs at Herbs: Our signature, annual event... selling hot dogs (and soda, and candy, and baked goods) in front of one of the best stores in the area... Herb Phillipsons.  We go together like, well, hot dogs and katsup!
April 3
2012

Pack 41's Court of Honor: Pack 41 of S. Utica had a Court of Honor and we were guests. Seven Webelos scouts are eligible to join the Troop and we look forward to them coming on board! Chris Sleys, John Klimacek, Sam N., Josiah A. and Scott T. participated.

March 1 - April 2
2012
Outdoor Show at Turning Stone: Once again, Mr. F. spear-headed a small group of people to help sell raffle tickets at the Turning Stone Casino.  Our thanks to all that helped.
March 24-25
2012

A BIG crowd at Alder Creek: Special thanks go to Mr. Dwyer for bringing us such a fine assortment of new recruits and their fathers. It's a great addition to T14, and we have high expectations for all of them.

March 20
2012
Court of Honor - Kudos Brandon:
March 14
2012

Pi Day: About 23 groups of families and friends banded together to visit the local UNOs for lunch or dinner.  We netted just about $280 from this event.  Thanks to all.

February 11-12
2012
Alder Creek Cabin: Five scouts and four adults braved the cold temps (but minimal snow) to cook a turkey and hike across a lake.
February 4-5,
2012

Albany Gun Show: Our best fundraising event to date.  Special thanks go to Mr. F. (of course), but also Nick M., Evan. M., Ethan K. and their various fathers for their commitment to this effort.

January 28-29,
2012
Saratoga Springs Gun Show: A nice mix of adults and scouts helped out with this weekend of ticket sales in Saratoga, including Nick M., Josia A., and Sam N..  Our thanks to all.  It's this type of help that makes all the difference with our fundraising and the benefits we get from it.
2012

2011

December 9-10
2011
Winter(?) Weekend at Russell:
November 12-13
2011
Camp Woodworth: A large crowd, great weather, wonderful food... even spool bowling! What more could you ask for as parts of our first trip to this camp (as suggested to us by Mr. A.)  Definitely a good time.
October 25
2011
Another Eagle - Kudos Chris!
October 22
2011
Community Cleanup:
October 15-16
2011
Henderson & Cooperstown:
October, 2011 Even cooler than the award they received, the November issue of Boy's Life was kind enough to recognized the actions of two of our own (Brian F. and Dale R.) by illustrating them in the Scouts in Action section, with an estimated monthly readership of about 6 million people.
September 24
2011

Black Bear Mountain:

July 31 - Aug. 6
2011

A Week at Cedarlands (more or less):

July 10
2011

Boilermaker Cleanup:

July 1-3
2011

Wolf Jaws Hike: Lead by Mr. Fitzsimmons and his son Mike Jr., this team spent 3 days and two nights working through the various peaks and trails known as Wolf Jaws.  It was a nice challenge, and everybody did great.

June 21
2011

Court of Honor!

June 4
2011

Rifles with Mr. Fitzsimmons!

May 7-8
2011

Weekend at Cedarlands:

April 9
2011
Hot Dogs at Herbs:
April 2
2011
Merit Badge Blitz:
March 26-27
2011
Alder Creek Cabin!
February 12-13
2011
Alder Creek Cabin @ Cedarlands: Our first visit back to Cedarlands in almost 3 years.  The snow was a challenge, but not enough to deter the 5 brave scouts (& 3 adults / 1 dog) of Troop 14!
February 1
2011
Eagle Scout Hat Trick!  We were honored to present three of our finest with the rank of Eagle Scout in one smooth ceremony.  Well attended by many friends and family members, on a cold and snowy night.  Stand proud, gentlemen!
January 29-30
2011
Gun Show - Saratoga Springs: Lead by the ever diligent Mr. Fitzsimmons, three adult leaders spent two days selling raffle tickets in Saratoga Springs.  Part of the proceeds go to the Freedom Guide Dogs, and T14 gets rest.

January 22
2011

Winter skills practice: A beautiful, clear (and brisk!) day outside at Camp Sitrin.  Kudos to the 5 scouts, and even greater kudos to the 4 adult leaders that each gave up a Saturday to make this happen.
   :-)
2011

2010

December 17-19
2010
Campout at Henderson: We decided to try something a little different this time around, and went to the Cooperstown area instead of Russell.  It worked out great with over a dozen people enjoying good food, games, and the Clark Sports Center.
December 16
2010
Honor Medal with Crossed Palms: Two of our finest were presented with the rarest heroism award possible through the Boy Scouts for their actions in April of 2009. Stand tall, Brian and Dale - we're proud of you.
November
2010
Men's Health Magazine!?!? Yup... It seems we're famous enough to have gotten almost an entire page in this month's issue of Men's Health Magazine, featuring our method for cooking Trash Can Turkey.  Pretty darned cool!
October 23,
2010
Yard work / community clean-up: As a result of great stewardship from Mr. Fee, our troop came out in force to help do yard cleanup for two local homes.  Kudos to all!
October 1-3,
2010
The local Jamboree: Held at the Herkimer Fair grounds, this was a banner event, especially for some of the younger scouts.  Our boys even got featured in photos and quotes from the Observer Dispatch.  Go T14!
September 18
2010
Kayaks on the Moose: The weather could not have been better for what's becoming an annual event for us... taking the train from Utica to Old Forge, then having a day on the Moose River with kayaks and canoes.  It was great to see some fresh faces with us for this event!
August 14-22
2010
Yellowstone and The Grand Tetons: Our biggest trip ever!  It took a full year of planning and fundraising to allow 28 of our finest to travel out to visit Utah, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.  We saw bison, bears, eagles, moose, geysers, mountains, and water falls.  We visited temples, made friends with a biker gang, took a gondola ride to the top of a mountain, and ate dinner in a teepee!
July 26 - August 4
2010

Jamboree!  Two of our scouts (Ben D. and John K.) were able to join in this once in a lifetime event.  They joined a crew of other scouts to attend this amazing event on the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts in America.

June 12-13
2010
20 mile hike to/fro Spruce Lake: 3 scouts, 5 adults (and 0 dogs) made the 20+ mile hike and overnight to Spruce Lake from Piseco along the Northland Placid Trail.  Although the weather was wet, spirits were high, and we all survived just fine! Kudos to all, and special thanks to Mr. F. for a fine pot of stew to warm our wet and weary bodies.
June 23
2010
Court of Honor: Held at the new Hartford Town Park, and very well attended, we honored both Brian F. and Emmett L. for having earned the rank of Eagle.  Kudos, gentlemen!
May 7-8
2010
Mount Algonquin Overnight & Hike: 15 of our finest survived a rainy overnight, then several hours of challenging hiking to scale the 2nd highest peak in NY.  Winds at the top were estimated in excess of 40-50 miles an hour, with the final mile having snow cover most of the trail. 
April 24
2010
Siamese Ponds Hike: This was a delightful hike in great weather, with some special guests (Mrs. I. on her first scout hike, and Mike's sister Cara!).  A nice day for all (despite the long uphills and rocky course).
April 24
2010
Community Cleanup: While some of the troop was out hiking in the Adirondacks (see above) a fine crew lead by Mr. Fee helped clean up yardage for some elderly / handicapped people in the area.  A banner weekend for Troop 14!  This is what scouting is all about.
April 18
2010
Middle Branch Hike: 3rd in a series, but still with pretty good turn out.  This time we went to Middle Branch Lake, not too far from Old Forge.  It ended up being a long 12+ mile trek rather than the 10 we expected, but we're a tough crowd!
April 17
2010
Hot Dogs at Herbs: Hands down, this was our best hot dog sale ever, bringing in more than the last two sales combined.  Once again, the people at Herb Philipsons were fantastic hosts.  It's heartwarming to get such great support from a local business.  Special thanks to Chris S. for helping organize.
April 10
2010
CPR Training: Special thanks to Mr. Sill of Faxton St. Lukes for providing training (& certification) for an impressive crowd of nineteen of our scouts, parents, and siblings.  We hope we never have to use these new skills, but as we say, it's always good to be prepared.
March 26-28
2010
Outdoor Show at Turning Stone: Mike Fitzsimmons lead a short list of adult volunteers to sell the final set of raffle tickets for our friends at the Midstate Emerald Society
March 21
2010
Hike Along the Canal Trail: This is the 2nd in the series of hikes we're doing. Another 10 miler, but this time along a wonderful groomed path next to the famous Erie Canal, complete with Geocaching.
March 13
2010
10 Mile Hike: A near record breaking 13 scouts and 10 adults(!) joined us on the first 10 mile hike of the season.  Part of this was for the Hiking Merit Badge, and part was prep for our big trip to Yellowstone.
March 6
2010
Heart Run & Walk: Although not strictly a "boy scout" event, its one our troop tries to support through the leadership of Mike M. - for this year he raised nearly $1,200.
February 6
2010
Skiing at Song Mountain: We had a nice crowd of 17 people for this event.  The conditions were perfect, as was the price, and everyone came home with all their limbs and memories!
January 30
2010
Of Eagles and Palms: Graciously hosted by the Rosemont Inn, we gathered to present Matt Sleys with his Eagle Scout Rank, and to give yet another Palm to Jeremy Rose.  A beautiful setting for the 50+ people in attendance (complete with dinner!)
January 30-31
2010
Raffle Ticket Sales at Saratoga Gun Show: Four of our adult leaders gave up their weekend to help sell raffle tickets from the Emerald Society towards helping fund our Yellowstone trip.
January 27
2010
Lifesaving Award Presentation: In April of 2009, a young man was critically injured in front of the high school.  Fortunately, two of our scouts were on the scene and took immediate and decisive action.  Their heroism was formally recognized by the New Hartford Police.
   :-)
2010

2009

December 18-20
2009
Camp Russell Weekend: Despite a very smoky beginning the first evening, we managed to eventually get warm, play games, go x-country skiing on the BREIA trails, and eat like kings all weekend.
December 5
2009
Gift Wrapping at Barnes & Noble: Johnna Meltzer did a fine job coordinating and managing this fundraising event.  It's all a team effort, and we appreciate the extra help.
December 3
2009
Unos! We raised well over $250 simply by encouraging friends and co-workers to eat at Pizzaria Uno in New Hartford.  We'll definitely be doing this again; the staff there was great!
November 14-15
2009
Hike to Middle Branch Lake: Wonderful spirit and good humor were the hallmarks of this trip (especially since some of the scouts ended up hiking a lot further than originally advertised).
November 1
2009
Hot Dog Sale at Gander Mountain:  The 1st in a series of fundraisers for our trip to Yellowstone was very well attended, and included a new young man (Josh) that will most likely be joining the troop. Well done!
October 17-18
2009
Weekend at Henderson: This camp is becoming more popular with us than camps closer to home.  We even managed to make a great hike searching for a geocache, and send up some sky lanterns!
September 26
2009
Canoe & Train Trip: Organized by John Koslosky and Mike Fitzsimmons, it was a fine way to spend an early Autumn Day.
August 15
2009
Caving: It was a bit startling to notice that the inside of Eagle Caves has actually changed around a little bit since our last visit.  Even so, we managed to come back home with the same number we left with.
August 7
2009
Boilermaker Clean-up: No rain storms this time, and a fine cookout at the end to help celebrate our good efforts.  This event is something Utica does really well.
July 25 - August 2
2009
Camp Ottari (in Virginia!): We did tons and tons of things for this event, with a great group of scouts.  The Zip Line was one of a dozen highlights, with a nice back-to-the basics merit badge based scout week (finishing with Hershey Park on the way back home).
July 10
2009
Syracuse Chiefs Game:  Another great family outing organized by Mr. Fitzsimmons.  Nice crowd of people for a classic American pastime.
June 9
2009
Court of Honor: A nice way to finish up the normal scouting year, with numerous advancements and merit badges, followed by baseball games for the scouts and families.
May 22-25
2009
Trip to New York City!  Months of planning paid off as we spent our nights at a scout camp in NJ, then our days in NYC, seeing everything from Ground Zero to Chinatown, to Times Square and the Intrepid.  Over 20 people were able to join us for this excellent weekend.
May 16
2009
Firehouse in Deerfield: Coordinated by the Dooley family, we helped clean up after a big event at the Deerfield Firehouse, and they responded in kind with a generous donation to the troop.  Many thanks to all that helped out.
May 15
2009
Brewery Tour - Arranged by Toasty, we had very good turnout by scouts and families alike as we learned about this staple for the Utica region.
May 2
2009
Weekend at Russell: The weather could not have been better for this simple overnight.  It was not only the first overnight for some of the newer scouts, but also the first for Trip (a Dalmatian mix). The highlight was stopping traffic on Rt. 28 by sending up Sky Lanterns!
April 18
2009
Hot Dog Sales: The good people at Herb Philipsons asked us to come once more to help draw (and feed) a crowd at their Spring special event.  It was a good fundraiser, with lots of great support by the scouts and their families.
March 22
2009
Geocaching on a Spring Day: 7 scouts and 5 adults had a great time hiking along the bike trail to the east of Little Falls, finding 2 of the three geocaches we looked for, planting one of our own, and poking around Moss Island before cooking hot dogs and calling it a day!
March 7
2009
Heart Run & Walk: With Mike M. leading the charge, and with help from the Pratt's, over $1,000 to this worthy cause.  Kudos to everybody, but Toasty in particular.  His dad would be as proud as we are.
February 22
2009
Blue & Gold: Held at Valentinos again, this well run ceremony saw three cubs graduate from Webelos to become new scouts for our troop.
February 7
2009
Skiing at Song Mountain! We got a wonderful deal which included rentals.  Combined with great weather, everyone had fun.
January 17
2009
Syracuse CRUNCH Time: Once again, Mr. Fitzsimmons brought us all together to cheer on the mighty team from Syracuse.
January 10
2009
Bottle Drive: Matt S. championed the cause this time, organizing all aspects of this fund raising event on a cold winter's day.
  :-)
2009

2008

Christmas,
2008
Troop 14 Elf Movie: One of our more industrious scouts (who shall go nameless, but has the initials JK) managed to work with some options from JibJab and come up with this silly movie in the Holiday Spirit.
December 22
2008
Ropes Course at Clarks Sports Center: Pretty darned impressive day, especially considering that we had a lot of newbies with us this time... both young and old.
December 17
2008
Jeremy the Eagle!  We held a very well attended Court of Honor to formally recognize Jeremy's contribution to scouting and the community by awarding him his Eagle Badge.
December 12-14
2008
Russell Weekend:  We drew a large crowd, with many first timers, to this annual event, complete with cross country skiing, work with ham radios, and some emergency preparedness training!  One of our best yet.
October 10-12
2008
Henderson & Clark & Geocaching (oh my!): This was a great multi-purpose weekend in one of our favorite areas, capped nicely by finding 2 of the 3 Geocaches we searched for.
October 4th
2008
Canoeing in Old Forge: A fine day out on the water was made even better by setting down our own Geocache and riding on the scenic railroad.
September 6th,
2008
Shooting Clays: An annual event that improves on each pass.  Thanks to Mr. Fitzsimmons for all his help again in pulling this off.
August 20,
2008
Another Eagle in the Nest: Congrats go to Nick Decker, as we gather to present and celebrate for his last night in town before heading off to college.
August 2-9,
2008
Pax River & DC! The MANY months of planning paid off as one of the largest and most complicated trips our troop's taken - this time to Pax River Naval Air Station and multiple trips to the surrounding area.
July 13
2008
Boilermaker Cleanup: Hey... somebody's gotta do it, right?  Once again we teamed with our scouting friends from Poland and pulled it off, despite the rainy weather.  Way to go, guys!
May 23-26
2008
Boston & Deep Sea Fishing: Another full scale trip to New England for the scouts and their families.  Good fishing, good weather, good times.
May 18
2008
Whitewater Rafting! We'd been wanting to do this one for quite a while.  At one point or another, everybody got into the water.  Lots of really good pictures here. Yahoo!
May 15/16
2008
Divide and conquer - Some of our young men helped set up for this annual Ride for Missing Children awareness ride, while others were able to help out at the Deerfield Fire Department for one of their fine fundraisers.
May 3-4
2008
Overnight at Cedarlands: We were one of the first troops to see first hand some of the recent changes to Cedarlands, and this was a good first overnight for some of our scouts.
April 4
2008
Tour of Remington: There have been a few changes at this valley staple, and our guys were given a personalized tour of how rifles are made.  (The adults often get more out of this than the boys!)
February 2,
2008
Skiing at Gore Mt:  Organized by Mr. Fitzsimmons as an upgrade from our normal trip to Woods Valley.  This is a much bigger hill, and everyone had a blast.
January 18,
2008
Astronomy & Hockey!  We did double duty on this trip, visiting the MOST to help complete the Astronomy Merit Badge, then seeing a Syracuse Crunch hockey game, including a great photo op with their cheerleaders!
  :-)
2008

2007

December 21-23,
2007
Russell Weekend: People thought we were nuts to go because of an impending blizzard, but we had great food and fun at Thendara, treated to an impromptu air show by a local pilot!
December 18,
2007
Court of Honor: The last one this year.  Aside from the normal rank advancements and merit badges, it was a great excuse to just get together and share some Christmas Cookies!
November 17-18,
2007
Early Winter Hike: A brave group of us went on a 15 mile hike and overnight as part of the Backpacking Merit Badge.  Cold night, but great location and good food.  Well worth it!
November 10,
2007
Scouting for Food: An annual event for us, this time organized by Ben D.  All went well.
October 24,
2007
Another Eagle!  Special congratulations go out to Patrick D, for receiving the Rank of Eagle.  Among his many achievements with our troop over the years, most notable was his Eagle Scout Project... gathering goods for the Veteran's Hospital in Syracuse; the beginning of an annual event for us.
October 16,
2007
Special Court of Honor!  Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, and this evening was dedicated to recognizing Brandon B. for having saved his sister's life (while he was still a Webelo!) with the Medal of Merit!
October 13
2007
Eagle Caves and Chimney Mountain.  11 adults and 14 scouts and extras spent the day hiking and exploring in one of our largest groups yet.  Lots of new people, and lots of new adventures.  This was a blast, and we'll be doing it again!
September 21-23,
2007
ROPES Course at Clark Sports Center.  This was definitely an adventure.  A couple of beautiful evenings spent at Henderson in lean-tos, topped off with testing our skill and nerve on the ROPES course.
September 17,
2007
Shelby passes on.  We're sorry to mark the passing of the Derrane family dog.  He'd joined us on a number of trips, and spent more time with our troop than some scouts or parents have.  We're all sorry to see him go.
September 8,
2007
New Hartford Town Park.  Some of our younger scouts took the lead in helping out with the annual fundraiser for the New Hartford Library.
Jul 29 - Aug 4,
2007
CEDARLANDS Scout Camp - back to basics!  The cast and crew keep evolving, but it's always a great time.  In addition to the standards (Nudda Buhda, Buttermilk Falls, etc) we also checked out the new Adirondack Natural History Museum in Tupper Lake.
July 8,
2007

Boilermaker Cleanup!  Our troop came out in force, and working with the troop from Poland NY, we turned chaos into order after the 30th running of the world famous  Boilermaker.  Many thanks to all!

June 30
2007
Ready, aim, FIRE!  With Mr. Fitzsimmons leading the charge, we participated in the 4th annual charity event in honor of David Philipson, held at the Clinton Fish and Game Club.
June 21,
2007

Court of Honor: A nice large crowd of scouts and their families (and lots and lots of food!) gathered at the New Hartford Town Park.  The headline event was Matthew Ivory receiving his Eagle rank.
(Congratulations, son!)

May 25-28,
2007
Memorial Day Weekend
Deep Sea Fishing, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Boston, and the Aquarium!  A trip similar to the one we took a full three years ago, but with a fresh cast of characters, with a couple of extra moms and family members thrown in!
May 19,
2007

Town Cleanup: Several of our civic minded scouts, following the direction and encouragement of Mrs. Derrane, did their part to help keep sections of New Hartford clean and safe.  Well done, everyone!

May 18,
2007
Ride for Missing Children SAFETY Presentation: Organized and managed by Patrick D. (the younger) and John K., this event was well received and appreciated.
May 5-6,
2007
Weekend at Cedarlands: Once again back to the ancestral homelands for Troop 14.  A smaller crowd than usual, but without a loss of energy or camaraderie.
March 2-4,
2007
ROPES course in Cooperstown: Although the big event at the Clark Sports Center was what brought us together, we also had a great couple of nights doing winter camping in lean-tos at Camp Henderson.  An excellent weekend.
February 24,
2007
Skiing at Woods Valley: Organized again by Mr. Fitzsimmons, we had scouts and families alike.  There were about 26 of us all together, and everyone had a great time despite (or because of) a couple of good crashes on the hill.
January 30,
2007
Court of Honor:  A special treat was the attendance of a few new scouts to our ranks.
  :-)
2007

2006

December 28,
2006
The annual Eagle Scout Dinner:  An important event, paying tribute to the many fine young men who earned the Eagle rank this year.  Troop 14, of course, was represented by our very own Brian F. (the elder).  Congrats to all.
December 15-17,
2006
Winter Weekend at Russell: Great food, a-typical weather, good fishing(!), good times, a couple of dogs, and a new friend.  A good time was had by all.
December 3
2006
Buffalo Bill's Game!  This was a wonderful full day event.  Special thanks to Mike Fitzsimmons for organizing it, and to John Dooley for putting together the tail gate party.  Everyone had a great time, injuries and all!
December 2
2006
Bell Ringing for Salvation Army:  A wonderful tradition, this time nicely coordinated by Ben D.  Thanks go to all the scouts who helped out for showing the proper Holiday Spirit!
November 18-19,
2006
Overnight at Cedarlands:  A small crowd, but it's always worth it no matter how many go along.  Cedarlands is a magical place, filled with strange woodland creatures and excitement and good friends.
November 11
2006
Scouting for food: An annual event for the troop.  It wasn't as cold and blustery as usual, but it did manage to at least rain.  We had almost 100% participation for the scouts!  Jonathan A., Marshal C., Patrick D. (the elder), Ben D., Patrick D. (the younger), Brian F. (the younger), Brian F. (the elder), Bryce H., Matt I., John K., Jonathan M., Jason M., David M., Jeremy R., Matt S., and Chris S.
October 27(-28),
2006
Extreme Bowling: This had almost nothing to do with scouting other than having a good time.  :-)  The late hours (11pm-2am) may have contributed to the light turnout.  Even so, the Derranes, Roses, and Ivorys all had a great time.  Thanks to the Derranes for organizing the event.
October 7
2006
30+ Mile Bike Trip: Two scouts and four adults had a wonderful time along Rt 12 and the environs for a full day of biking and enjoying the Autumn scenery.  We'll have to do this again, but with a larger crew.
October 1,
2006
Canoes & Trains: A wonderful day with spectacular views as Autumn colors begin to change.  John Koslosky coordinated a wonderful day out canoeing out of Old Forge and a ride back on the Adirondack Railway.  Too bad there were no photos for him and Patrick D. (the elder), Ben D., Sarah D., Nick D., Bryce H., Mike and Carol Fitzsimmons, and Jim Derrane.
September 14
2006
Skeet Shooting: Special Thanks to Mike Fitzsimmons and the good people at the Ilion Fish and Game Club for letting our young (& older) men (& ladies) shoot a few rounds and learn a few things.
August 3-15,
2006
July 18th
2006
Backpack review: This was our final big meeting to go over what everybody has packed for the trip.  Thanks to John Dooley, we even had a reporter (Allissa Kline) from the Utica Observer Dispatch there to interview scouts and parents!  Here's a link to the online copy of the article, but the near full page spread in the paper was very impressive.
July 8
2006
Final Bottle Drive: This was our last fund-raising effort for the big Yosemite trip.  Special thanks to all the scouts and adults that helped out... Chris & Matt S., both Brian F.'s, Nick D., Ben & Patrick D., Patrick D. (the younger), and John K. (grownups included John Koslosky, Bill & Patty Klimacek, Rita Sleys, Mike Fitzsimmons, John Dooley, Kevin Fee, Jim Derrane, Cliff Rose, and Bob Decker.
June 17
2006
Sporting Clays: Nice turnout for a well managed Scout event, sponsored by Herb Philipsons.  Seven Scouts were able to join us, for this cost-free event, where they learned good shooting and safety skills.
June 13
2006
Court of Honor: Where in addition to a record number of Merit Badges, we also had the opportunity to honor one of our finest with becoming an Eagle.  Congratulations Brian!
June 11
2006
20 Mile Hike:  We did it!  We finished the Hiking Merit Badge!  This final trek took all day on the Northville-Placid Trail, but it was worth it.  10 miles out, 10 miles back, 20 people, no losses.  Special kudos for Jon K., and what a great job he did!  Never gave up, never lightened his load.
June 9
2006
Sky Chiefs Baseball! Another fine event organized by Mike Fitzsimmons.  We even got our troop name posted up on the billboard!
May 20
2006
Washing Pots & Pans at the Deerfield Fire House:  This actually ended up being quite a bit of fun for all involved, and it scored us much more money than we originally expected for our trip.  Special thanks to John Dooley for giving us this opportunity.
May 13
2006
Make-up Ten Mile Hike:  Kudos to Mike Fitzsimmons for sponsoring a make-up hike for the benefit of the two scouts that attended... John K. and Patrick D. (the younger).  It was a great little trek along the path by Rt. 840.
April 22
2006
Hot Dog Sales at Herb Philipsons:  This was organized at the last minute, and we still managed an excellent turnout.  Special thanks go to Mike Fitzsimmons for leading the charge to make this happen, and to John Dooley for standing by the cooker all afternoon!  We we especially impressed with John K. for wanting to put in all his extra effort.
April 9
2006
The 5th Ten Mile Hike: The end is in site!  Our fifth trek (Red Hill Road), complete with loaded backpacks turned out just fine.  Kudos to all that joined us... Arjun A., Patrick D. (the elder), Ben D., Patrick D. (the younger), Brian F. (the younger), Brian F. (the elder), Matt I., John K., Mike L., Jeremy R., Dustin T., Matt S., and Chris S.
April 1-2
2006
Weekend at Henderson!  This was our second visit to this fine camp, and we combined it with a trip to the Clark Sports Center, and a full turkey dinner!
March 26
2006

The 4th Ten Mile Hike:
 This time along the famous Erie Canal.  In order to toughen up the guys, we asked that they bring a loaded backpack for this one!
March 25
2006
Another Bottle Drive!  This time near Packy's Pub, and it made all the difference.  Scouts included... Brian F. (the elder), Brian F. (the younger) Matt S., Chris S., Matt I., Patrick D. (the elder), Patrick D. (the younger), Ben D., Jeremy R., Dustin T., Nick D., Jonathan A., Mike L., John K;, and Marshal C.   (Remember, you can always bring your bottles/can direct to the redemption center.)
March 12
2006
3rd Ten Mile Hike: Well, it worked before, so we did it again.  The weather even held out, never getting any worse than a sprinkle.  The scouts included Matt I., Brians F. & F., Patrick, Sara, and Ben D., Bryce H., Jeremy R., Dustin T., Matt and Chris S., and Max the dog.  (Assorted adults joined in the fun as well. :-)
March 4th
2006
Utica Heart Run: Partly as thanks for their help with our Raffle, and partly because it's just a good cause, a number our our scouts joined Team Remington. 
Feb 28
2006
Raffle Drawing for the Shotguns!  And the winners were...
Prize Who Area
Code
Ticket
1100 Shotgun Dennis Schafer 315 1400
870 Shotgun Matt Money 315 407
$50.00 Gift Cert Esther Czyoski 508 855
Feb 25,
2006
Raffle Tickets at Gander Mountain.  Near perfect turnout from the scouts and parents made all the difference in the world, as we worked to sell of the last of the raffle tickets.
January 27
2006
Skiing at Woods Valley: Organized again by Mr. Fitzsimmons, we had scouts and families alike enjoying one of the few good skiing days of the season so far.
January 14
2006
2nd ten Mile Hike: Bitter cold... 10 degrees and serious wind chill effects didn't slow our group.  We hiked the route used for the Boilermaker.
January 7
2006
Bottle Drive & Ten Mile Hike: The bottle drive was a great success (organized by Mr. Fee!), with us pulling in about $400 for only a few hours of work in the morning.  We followed this up with a ten mile hike (round trip from the church to Saquoit HS & back). (Remember, you can always bring your bottles/can direct to the redemption center.)
2006

2005

December 16 - 18
2005
Camp Russell Dining Hall!  Our annual treat to ourselves.  This year we enjoyed good food, snowshoeing, food, great weather, food, Max the Mascot Dog, and mixing Mentos with Diet Soda.  Oh... and we ate well, too.
November, 2005 Bill gets his rewards!  Only 3 people in the entire history of the Revolutionary Trails Council (& all the former councils therein: Land of the Oneidas, General Herkimer, Upper Mohawk, Iroquois, Ft. Stanwix) have received the Whitney M. Young, Jr. Service Award. Our very own Bill Koslosky was so honored at the Council Recognition Dinner at Dibbles Inn.
September 16-18
2005
Hiking Algonquin: New York’s second highest peak (5114’)! We stay at ADK Wilderness Campground at Heart Lake. Round trip was 9.6 miles, and took approximately 9 hours of hiking total. High winds at the top made it all the more interesting.
September 17
2005
Hiking the Switchbacks: The original plan was to scale Mt. Marcy again, but the weather didn't work out well, so we canceled that and the Derranes were good enough to organize and lead a 5+ mile hike through the Utica Switchbacks.
July 31 - August 6, 2005 Cedarlands!  Tons of scouts (many for their first time out with us), plenty of adults, and fantastic weather.  Canoeing, trebuchets, swimming, and many, many pictures!
June 14
2005
Court of Honor: We had wonderful attendance, and are again proud of our scouts!
June 8th,
2005
Syracuse Chiefs: Your basic good time... more of a family event than a scout activity.  Attendees included Brian F. (the elder), Brian F. (the younger), Dustin T., Josh T., John Koslosky, Mike Fitzsimmons, Patrick D. (the elder), Patrick D. (the younger), John Dooley, and John K., and Jeremy R.  Unfortunately, no pictures.  Pity because they put our troop name up on the billboard.
May 28-30
2005
(Memorial Day)
Hershey Park!  We had a HUGE turnout for this trip... lots of moms, dads, and little sisters.  A number of people even extended the weekend to see Gettysburg and Neal Armstrong!
April 12
2005
Carrier Dome Tour & Lacrosse Game: A bunch of our scouts and dads got together to enjoy a tour of the Syracuse Carrier Dome and watch a lacrosse game!  Free food, too!
April 8-10
2005
Trash Can Turkey at Cedarlands: We finally did it... in addition to just having a great camping weekend, we made a turkey in a trash can.  Click here to learn how! We also found out what happened when you mixed dry ice with dish washing soap.  :-)
March 4
2005
Skiing at Woods Valley: Special thanks go to Mike Fitzsimmons for organizing a fantastic evening of skiing for everybody.  The weather was fantastic, and everybody came back with limbs intact.
February 6
2005
Blue & Gold: Once again, it was our honor to attend the Cub Scout Blue & Gold dinner and receive a fresh set of Webelos into our ranks.  This was one of the largest incoming groups in recent history, and we look forward to great things from them.
2005

2004

December 27
2004
Eagle Scout Dinner: A fine and formal dinner was held at the Radison to honor all the recipients of Eagle Rank for the district.  Our own Chris Ivory was asked to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the evening(!).  It was impressive to be in the company of so many fine young men, and a little sad that Dean Prichard was not able to make the trip north to attend.
December 17-19
2004
Inside at Russell!  A winter tradition, but this time with a LOT of new folks and a new critter; Max!  This was a great outing for many of the incoming Webelos.  Follow the link for the full set of names.
December 4
2004
Rifles with Mr. Fitzsimmons: Eight scouts and three adults had a great time learning about rifle safety and shooting 22's and shotguns at the Deerfield Firearms Training FacilityFull report by Guest Webmaster Brian F. (the elder).
November 27-28
2004
Overnight at Russell: What has a cramped car and a dog on one end, a shishkabob and geocache in the middle, and hugs and hot cocoa on the end?  A special tip to Russell with a Guest Webmaster of Patrick D.  One of the best trip reports ever!
November 5,
2004
Bill Koslosky: Silver Beaver - At a celebratory dinner at Dibbles, Bill was surprised at the honor of receiving the Silver Beaver award... the highest honor out council can award.  Kudos to you, Bill, and thanks for all that you do.
November 13,
2004
Scouting for food - Your standard yearly event, that went off as you'd expect.  And also as part of the annual food drive, it was cold and blustery!  Thanks to Matt I., Brian F. (the elder), Kevin F., Dustin T. and Josh T. (a smaller turnout than usual, which speaks even more for the scouts who did come to help!)
October 31,
2004
Geocaching - We hit up 3 spots right in a row...
Valley View Cache - Ye Olde Canal Lock - The Glen Cache.
This turned out to be particularly fun, as a number of the incoming Webelos decided us to join us for the day.  These GeoCaches are a wonderful excuse to find and see things that you wouldn't normally discover about our region.
October 23,
2004
Remembering Smokey - A fine man's days ended in the Spring of this year, and many, many people gathered time and resources to make sure his contributions were remembered.  Smokey left a mark on many lives in this valley, and we did our best to return and honor that by planting a tree in his memory.
September 29,
2004
Remington in Ilion - 8 scouts and 4-5 adults had the privilege of getting a special guided tour of the Remington plant in Ilion.  It was fascinating, and it's unclear who enjoyed it more... the scouts or the adults.  In addition to seeing the full manufacturing flow (from where the raw steel enters the building all the way through the complete assembly of finished guns) we learned a lot about the history of the plant.  Special thanks go to Mike Fitzsimmons for coordinating this event, and also to Glen Sietsema for acting as our tour guide for the evening.
August 1-7,
2004
Cedarlands, 2004! Nine scouts (Nick D., Brian F. (the elder), Brian F. (the younger), Patrick D., Matt I., Jeremy R., Josh T., Dustin T., & Chris D.) enjoyed one of the best weeks ever at Cedarlands, where we had the place almost entirely to ourselves!  Canoeing, rock climbing, swimming, cooking great food... we did it all!  Click on the photo to see and hear more about our adventures.
July 16-18,
2004
Scaling Mt. Marcy - The highest peak in NY.  It took 5.5 hours up, and 4.5 hours (2 in rain) to do the full 16-17 mile round trip.  Click here to see a left/right scrollable 360 degree panorama from the top.
May 28-31, 2004
Memorial Day Weekend.
The Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Deep Sea Fishing, and the Boston Freedom Trail... what didn't we do this weekend!?  Nicely arranged by Jim Derrane, we went and did it all with a large crowd of scouts, and a very supportive and helpful contingent of adults.  Note: when you visit this page, it may take a while to load... there are a LOT of pictures.
April 30 - May 2
2004
Emergency Preparedness Expo - Matt I., and Brian F. led a well formed team of scouts, consisting of Brian F., Chris D., Dustin T., Phil F., Jeremy R., Arjun A., and Patrick D. for the biggest scout event our area has ever hosted - nearly a thousand scouts!
April 13, 2004 Rifles at Remington - Mike Fitzsimmons was kind enough to take Brian F., Nick D., Jeremy R., Patrick D., and the three F's (Phil, Mark, and Dave) to learn first-hand about rifles from one of America's premier manufacturers.
March 27-28, 2004 Camp Henderson - Despite some anxiety from a couple of the new mothers, we had five new scouts join us for their first camping trip with us.  That made nine total (Matt I., Brian F., Jeremy R., Arjun A., Dustin T., Josh T., Brian F., Bryce H., and Chris D.) for what was also our first trip to wonderful new place.
March 20th, 2004 Merit Badge Mania - 5 scouts were bright enough to recognize a good opportunity when they saw it, and took advantage of this program.  Between Matt I., Nick D., Patrick D., Brian F. and Arjun A, they collectively earned 9 merit badges!
January 31 - February 1, 2004 Frozen Assets - Brave?  Courageous?  Crazy?  Or, maybe a little bit of each.  Four adults (John, John, Jim & Cliff) spent the night in tents, while 3 Scouts (Matt I., Patrick D., and Jeremy R.) were more industrious, and warmer by spending the night in a snow cave they built.  Brian F. also earns respect for spending the full day with us, just for the fun of it.
2004

2003

December 19-21
2003
Retreat at Russell - An annual tradition, marked by snowshoeing, x-country skiing, board games, and lots and lots of food!  Our count was down a bit due to the flue season, but than only meant more food for the rest of us.  Matt I, Chris I, Arjun A, Phil F., Dean P., Jeremy R., and the adults of John Koslosky, John Ivory, Cliff Rose, and Doc Amernath!
November 22
2003
10 Mile Hike: Chris I, Nick D, Arjun A, Vinny R, as well as John Ivory, Bob Decker, John Koslosky and Zephyr.  We marched from Riverside to Sangertown in about 3 1/2 hours.  Although not your typical wilderness hike, it was certainly enjoyable and interesting, taking everybody through the heart of the cities they live in.  We'd strongly recommend that other troops consider it, especially if you've got young scouts new to hiking.
November 8
2003
Scouting for food!  An annual, and important, event.  We brought nearly all our scouts and many of our adults through the neighborhoods in search of bags of food for the needy (on one of the coldest days we've seen this season).
September 21
2003
Adirondack Railway: Matt & Chris I., Arjun A., Mark & Phil F., Nick D., Brian F., Pat D., Dave S., Jeremy R. & Matt B. - beautiful weather to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of autumn in the Adirondacks.
July 20-26
2003
Cedarlands!  8 scouts (Patrick D., Jeremy R., Dean P., Matt and Chris I., Nick D., John C., and Brian F.) and a fistful of adults spent the week at Cedarlands.  It was one of our smaller crowds, but you'll be hard pressed to find a better crowd!
June 12
2003
HEAR YE, HEAR YE & HEAR YE!!!!!! Congratulations to Angela Derrane as she was honored at the Sunrise District Recognition Dinner, where she received the District Award of Merit, the highest award a district can give to a volunteer. She does us proud!
May 10
2003
GeoCaching: 7 scouts and three adults (Phil F., Brian F., Nick D., Matt I., Vinny R., Chris I., Jeremy R.) when on our first GeoCache hunt, and it was a blast.  You can read about our adventure by reviewing the log we left on the GeoCaching.com web site.
March 29-30
2003
Camping at Russell: This was an excellent first outing for three of our new scouts... Jake L., John C., Arjun A... and they were well lead by Matt I., Brian F., Jeremy R., Patrick D., and Nick D.
March 25,
2003
OA Voting: Four of our finest were voted to represent us at the Order of the Arrow - Justin D., George J., Matt B., and Dean P.
February, 2003 Pack 14's Blue & Gold: 6 fine young men graduated up from Webelo to join us at Troop 14.  We are proud and excited to count them amongst our numbers.
2003

2002

December 27-29
2002
Camp Russell: Check here for pictures from our annual winter outing at the dining hall of Camp Russell... Snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, great food... you get the idea.
November 23-24
2002
Lean-to overnight at Kingsley.  Only a small (but dedicated) crowd was able to join us for an excellent overnight.  The food was excellent, and there was almost no clean-up!
Fall, 2002 Camp Boyhaven, Middle Grove, NY.  This was our first time visiting this site, and we all left very impressed with the campgrounds.  We'll definitely be back.
Fall, 2002 Cooperstown Camporee.  We got back into the good habit of attending some of the local Camporees, and enjoyed the Baseball Hall of Fame and the Farmer's Village where we got to shoot muskets!
July 21 - 27,
2002
Cedarlands 2002!  Our biggest summer outing experience yet!  16 of our scouts and a new young man, along with a half dozen or better of anxious and eager adults.
??? Bike Trip: (Working on getting the details)
June 26,
2002
Court of Honor: A special ceremony allowed us honor three of our young men into the select group of Eagles... Matt Astafan, Brian Byrnes, and Dan Adsit.  We wish them each the very best as the pursue their dreams. 
May 31 - June 2,
2002
The Battleship Massachusetts and an all purpose trip to Boston and its famous Museum of Science. 
April 27/28,
2002
Farewell Ballou: 6 Scouts and two adults spent a full day at what might have been our last visit to Camp Ballou (2 of the scouts weren't able to stay 'till morning). We had excellent food for all meals, including peach cobbler in the dutch oven at night.  The big win was having almost no cleanup!  Sadly, we have no pictures.  John I. and Cliff R. lead, while Matt I., Jeremy R., Brian F., Vincent R., Mark and Dave F. followed.
April 20,
2002
10 Mile bike ride: We went 10.5 miles & had the following participants: George & Matt T., Justin D. & David F... Compton Road, Old Paris Road, 12S, Brimfield Street, 12B, Merritt Place, 12S, Old Paris Road & Compton Road. Everyone did well.  (sorry - no map this time)
2002

2001

December 28,29,30
2001
End of year camping at Russell: Excellent food, and a chance for Zephyr to get used to all of us were the key points of this 2 nighter at Russell.  6 Scouts and 3 adults, with a guest appearance by the Brothers Koslosky.  (Chris and Matt I., Ben and Matt T, Justin D., and Dean P.)
November 10-11
2001
Overnight at Ballou: (Sorry, no pictures this time).  The weather could not have been better for a weekend at our favorite local campsite.  We sought found an overland route to the waterfalls using topo-maps and compasses.  A nice diversion of human powered slingshots helped fill out the afternoon, and great food supplied and cooked by our two youngest scouts help round out the day.  Chris and Matt I., Ben T., Mark F., Justin D., Brian F., Nick D., and Brandon T. 
October 28th
2001
Church Dinner: The Messiah United Church of Christ (our troop sponsor) held a dinner, and 4 of our fine scouts helped serve and clean up: Ben T., Brian F., and both Mark and Dave F.  Thanks, and job well done.
September 30th
2001

Major bike ride! To get Eagle, a scout must complete either the hiking or cycling merit badges.  As part of the later, John K. lead a 30 mile trip (29.89 miles, but close enough).  There were originally going to be 4 scouts, but last minute changes yielded a trip for only Dave and Mark F.  Clicking on the map will show you the following route... Compton Rd, Old Paris Road, Rt 12, Kellogg Street, Rt 12B, College Hill Road, Rt 233 (a/k/a Harding Rd), Rt 12B, Rt 315, White Street (Waterville), North Elmwood, South Elmwood, E. Bacon Street, Rt. 12, Old Paris Rd and Compton Road.  During the course of the 2 hours and fifty minutes, the temperature rose from an initial 36 degrees up into the 60's.  Well done!

July 22 - July 28
2001

Week at Cedarlands: 11 scouts enjoyed a fantastic week at our adopted summer home.  Highlights include sea-plane rides, trebuchet competitions (see photo), a 15 mile bike ride, and climbing Mt. Masters.  These things just keep getting better and better.

June 29 - July 1,
2001
Battleships & Boston:  9 scouts and 5 adults braved traffic and the "Big Dig" to spend a night on the Battleship Massachusetts and a day in Boston.  630 miles, 3 days, 2 nights, and 1 wonderful swimming pool!
June 26
2001
Court of Honor:  We were pleased to be able to honor Paul Balzano by officially presenting him with his Eagle badge, which he actually earned quite some number of months ago.
May 11
2001
Bill Koslosky was awarded the District Award of Merit at the 34th annual recognition dinner.  It was a surprise to Bill.  The award is meant to honor and recognize the numerous and varied contributions Bill has made to youth, both in and out of scouting.  Congratulations Bill!
May 5-6
2001
Backpack to far side of Cedarlands:  The weather could not have been more perfect for this backpack trip to the ancestral home of Troop 14.  Note: This page has some excellent photos and maps.
March 30
2001
WUTR-20 Tour: We were able to get a behind the scenes tour of WUTR-20 studios from Anchorwoman Christine Webb, and watch the filming of the 5:00 news, live!
March 29
2001
Court of Honor:  Special recognition goes to two of our fine scouts for their promotion to Life Rank - Casey Russo, and Dan A. - Well done!
March 23
2001
It was Scout Night at the Syracuse War Memorial for watching the CRUNCH play.  A good time was had by everyone that went!
February 11
2001
Cubscout Pack 14 had their Blue and Gold dinner. Johns K. & I. attended and were proud to see 7 fine young men receive their Arrow of Light Badge.  We are happy to have them join our Troop!
January 27-28
2001
In tents at Russell: 9 scouts and 3 adults braved the snow and below freezing weather in tents for an overnight.
2001

2000

December 19
2000
Holiday Party: Pizza, music, a random gift exchange, and special appearances by old scouts and old leaders made for a great time.  It was a nice way to wrap up a good year for Troop 14.
December 15-17
2000
2 nights at Russell: Excellent food, X-country skiing, indoor contests, and board games kept 5 adults and 10 scouts busy for the weekend.
November,
2000
We brought in a record $5,100 dollars in popcorn sales.  This is exceptionally good!  We held the record for troop sales last year by bringing in $3,400, so we should have the record locked in easily for 2000.
November 18-19
2000
Overnight at Ballou: 10 scouts, good weather (for the season).  Hiking, orienteering, waterfalls, cooking... a good time for all.
November 11
2000
Scouting for food: Excellent turnout.  Thanks to everyone, including the Webelos of Pack 14.  I understand that we even got coverage on TV!  :-)
October 29
2000
20 Mile Hike: 6 scouts (Chris I., Brian B., Dean P., Nick W., and Dan A.) and two adults (John K. and John I.) completed the most difficult of the requirements for the Hiking Merit Badge (necessary for Eagle Scout).  We started from mid-way on Paris Hill Road at 7:50 am, went through Clinton down to Deansboro, turned around, and got back at 3:00 pm.  Click here to see a map. <whew>
October 21-22
2000
Camporee 2000: Crystal perfect weather and high attendance yielded a successful fall Camporee.
July 29-31
2000
Chadwicks Firemans Field Days
We were invited to clean up the fair grounds each of the mornings in return for a $300 donation.  Many hands made light work, and we appreciate the help of each of the scouts and their parents.
July 9-15
2000
Cedarlands Scout Camp
16 scouts and 4 adults stayed the full week.  Check out the photos and read about some of what we did.
June 30 - July 2
2000
Darian Lake
Altogether, 37 people came to this event.  This included a number of parents, family members, and friends of the troop.  We took lots of photos!
2000

1968

February
1968
Bill Koslosky Makes Eagle!  As reported on the front page of the Binghamton Evening News, right next to emerging details about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, and news of another 48,000 soldiers being drafted for the war.