Boy Scout Troop 23 Camps on Staten Island

(above) Scouts of Troop 23, Elizabeth, spent a snowy weekend in February in Beech Cabin in William H. Pouch Scout Camp on Staten Island.

Troop 23 Camps on Staten Island

Submitted by Daniel Bernier

The William H. Pouch Scout Camp is a forested oasis surrounding a pond in the middle of Staten Island. When Boy Scout Troop 23 spent a weekend there in the middle of February, it was hard for them to tell that they were in one of the five boroughs of New York City.

The Scouts stayed in Beech Cabin, where they learned about and practiced knot tying and orienteering. They cooked eggs and bacon, hot dogs, and spaghetti and meatballs, and they baked a gluten-free cake in a Dutch Oven in the cabin’s fireplace. The highlight of the weekend was waking up on Saturday morning to find the camp blanketed in four inches of snow – perfect for making snowballs and snowmen.

Boy Scout Troop 23, sponsored by St. Genevieve’s Church of Elizabeth, welcomes any boys who are at least 11 years old or graduated from the fifth grade to join them on upcoming camping trips and hikes, a 4-day trip on Memorial Day weekend to Gettysburg, and a week-long summer camp in July. Contact Scoutmaster Dan Bernier at 908-451-1948 for more details.

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