The John Sherman Hoyt Scout Reservation is located on 170 acres of pristine forest and fields in West Redding, Connecticut. This is primarily a tent camping facility, and trails circumscribe the camp which provide for rigorous hikes and up close encounters with myriad wild creatures and native trees and plants. Troop 431 will be camping from Friday, September 22nd till Sunday, September 24th. We have numerous activities planned including lighting campfires, playing games, teaching skills, backcountry cooking, setting up bearbags, and many more.
We welcome you to join us: camp with us, or if time does not permit, join us for part of the day (Saturday, September 23rd). Please contact our Scoutmaster Josh Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more details and directions.
We headed out of town after school on Friday, ate dinner along the way, and had our campsite setup at Nickerson State Park by quarter after ten. The next morning the boys cooked breakfast, cleaned up and we were on our way, picking up bike rentals and taking to the rail trail for the ten-mile ride to Cape Cod National Seashore. The cool breeze greeting us at the shore felt fantastic after the ride and we enjoyed the sand, surf and seals for a good while until the boys got hungry for lunch. After a meal at the Lobster Shanty, we biked the trail back to our starting point, returned the bikes and snuck in a little pre-dinner ice cream from Hot Chocolate Sparrow. Back at the campground, we wound down the daylight at a beautiful beach on glacially formed Flax Pond, complete with freshwater mussels. Dinner and sitting around the campfire finished off a great day. We were back in Ridgefield by one-thirty on Sunday.
A crew including 8 scouts and 4 adult leaders made their way to the famous Philmont Scout Ranch for a 7 day trek this July 16th. Starting at the Rayado Trailhead we hiked over 40 miles through the southern section of the ranch. The highlights were climbing the “Tooth of Time” Peak, Schaeffers Peak, and Urraca Mesa finally making our way to Clarks Fork. Apart from enjoying the beauty of the Rocky Mountains, we learnt to throw tomahawks, completed an obstacle course, rock climbing, a conservation project (extending a new trail), toured a forestry experiment with a State Ranger, and finally rode horses on a wrangling tour!
Everyone had a great time. It was a bitter-sweet goodbye, we hope to be back soon!!