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Troop Calendar:  Troop Year 2018-2019
Please visit the full troop year Calendar here



Congrats to Joe, Jack, Jackson, and all the scouts recognized for their accomplishments this past troop year.  Thanks to Paul Puskuldjian (Advancement Chair), Scott Rudegeair (Scoutmaster), and Christine Busse (Committee Chair) for developing and carrying out a great agenda for the Troop 195 Court of Honor last month.  Thanks to Mike Vanchieri (Communications Chair) for getting the word out about this great Troop 195 event to our local community via NorthWordnews (link below).  Thanks to John Capobianco and TR Kelly, our alumni guest speakers, who both delivered strong positive messages to scouts, scout parents, and alumni.  Finally, thanks once again, to the Weil family for donating and presenting the troop’s annual leadership award that recognizes the scout leader that demonstrates Mike’s enduring legacy in the culture of Troop 195.

NorthWordnews Article




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With spring finally here, we wanted to remind you that we’ll be repeating our very successful Troop 195 Yard Sale Fundraiser. The date of the event this year is Saturday, June 3rd in Sea Cliff during the annual Sea Cliff Yard Sale Day.

Please put this troop event on your calendars so we can have as many of the boys available to participate as possible.

As you do your spring cleaning, please put aside any unwanted items that could be sold at our yard sale. We can take household items, toys, tools, bicycles and sporting goods, clothing and shoes, as well as electronics and virtually anything else you no longer have a use for but someone else might.

Michelle Yadoo will accept donations at her house during the month of May, and provide further instructions about coordinating this in a subsequent email in early May. We will accept anything in good working order. Again, some suggestions: clothing, toys, shoes, games, electronics, bicycles, scooters, skateboards, household goods, small appliances, clothes, tools, etc.

Please email Michelle Yadoo to volunteer in any way to help us out – prior to sale, during the sale, and after the sale for clean up.

Please use the Yard Sale Flyer to drive awareness about our event, and, for those who use social media, please post a simple “Support our scouts! Come shop the Troop 195 / Pack 278 Yard Sale in Sea Cliff on June 3rd 8am-4pm” in your status.

This has been a very successful one-day fundraiser for us in the past and were looking forward to another great day!


By now all scouts should have selected the merit badges that they will take at Onteora this Summer.  Some badges require pre-work, pre-requisites and materials PRIOR to attending Onteora.  Please be sure to double check this and have everything completed before camp.  This important information can be found here:

Onteora 2017 Merit Badge Schedule and pre-work, pre-requisites, materials needed



All Scouts should be at this meeting to finalize their Onteora Merit Badge Choices.

This Friday we will be offering the First Aid Merit Badge to all scouts.  

In addition, any scout that has a First Aid requirement for a rank advancement can get both the sign off for rank requirements and earn the First Aid Merit Badge.

Mr Ickowitz will be running the Merit Badge session and will sign off on those who complete the requirements.

Scouts who already have the First Aid Merit Badge will assist.

There are 2 Prerequisites that need to be complete before the meeting Friday:

1. Assemble a personal first-aid kit –  See the attached links for suggested items. YOU MUST BRING THIS WITH YOU ON FRIDAY.

2.  Review the attached materials (link and attachment) prior to the meeting Friday.



It’s time to start thinking about the Merit Badges that each Scout will take at Onteora…Please see link for full schedule:

Please review with your scout at home . Peter Ickowicz will bring hard copies of this to our Scout Meeting on March 31st, where we will go over and select classes together We are hoping that all the Scouts can attend the meeting on the 31st, since it is our last meeting before registrations are due (because of spring break).
The troop needs to submit everyone’s registration on the morning of April 15th, so that we are sure not to get locked out of classes.
Please email Peter Ickowicz with any questions.
 Ps.  If you haven’t seen it already, here is a link to a  promotional video for Onteora – Onteora Scout Reservation 2017 Promotional Video  (thanks Ed Arboleda for finding this !)


Summer Camp at Onteora is right around the corner…

This years summer camp at Onteora scout reservation in Livingston Manor NY will be from Sunday July 23 to Sat July 29.  Earlybird registration deadline will be on March 15. By registering early, we can get a discount of about $40 ($400 for the week instead of $440(Last year’s prices)).  Please let Peter Ickowicz know the name of your child and if your child 1-will be attending, 2- not attending or 3-if he is not sure.
Peter will be collecting deposits this Friday March 3rd and next Friday March10th at our meeting. Please make checks for the amount of $100 payable to “BSA Troop 195”.
Peter will keep you informed and will provide you will more information on in the upcoming weeks to online sites/links to Onteora.
Peter will also need to know how many parents are going, and for which nights.
The following links are the required health forms that will need to be submitted to Council for each Scout:

Troop 195 January Newsletter1

Troop 195 January Newsletter2



It is that time of year again, time for our annual Poinsettia Sale Fundraiser. Again this year we would like see if we can pre-sell some of these gorgeous plants using the attached pre-sale form. Please take a moment to distribute this form to your friends and family.

This is typically our biggest fundraiser for the troop and your participation is greatly appreciated.  The profit we generate from this sale will go toward expanding our training & leadership development program, funding community service projects performed by our scouts, and contributing to our high adventure trip next summer.

We can begin pick ups and local delivery on 11/25/16. Our sale will take place from 9-5 on Friday November 25th at the Glen Head Post Office, then again on Saturday November 26th at North Shore Farms.

Veronica Attina- Poinsettia Sale Coordinator

Poinsettia Pre-Sale Form 2016 copy

OCTOBER 21-22 Troop Scavenger Hunt

We will begin on Friday, October 21 at 8:00 pm at the community center, and will end on Saturday, October 22 at 4:00 pm at the picnic area at Tappen Beach.  In the event of bad weather, an alternate end point will be selected and you will be notified.
The purpose of this event is to connect the scouts with their local community’s cultural and natural history, apply their problem solving and leadership skills, and have a great time with their friends.
Friday night, the boys will form teams of 3-5 scouts and will stay with their team for the duration of the event.  Each team must have at least one smart phone with the Instagram app installed.  Teams will travel on foot around the GH/GWL/SC area collecting points by posting “selfies” of their entire team at various points of interest, while answering trivia questions or performing tasks at the each site.  The team with the most points wins.  There will be nominal scouting / camping related prizes for the highest scoring teams.
There will be two check-ins during the event.  The first one will be Friday night when the boys turn in for the night, the other Saturday morning at select delis in the area where the boys can grab breakfast.
We are looking for 3-4 parents to host scouts in backyards on Friday night.  Ideally, these sites would be spread out over the north shore area.  They will need space for a tent, access to electricity (power strip) and a bathroom.  Also, we are looking for volunteers for the Saturday morning check ins from 8:00 to 10:00 and to help out at the end point on Saturday evening.  Please reply to if you can help out here.
Please direct any questions or concerns to
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Troop Newsletter:  September-October

Training & Development Program:   Scavenger Hunt

The scavenger hunt, organized by Peter Benchimol, was a great success. Scouts, divided into teams, were challenged to find as many landmarks throughout the neighboring towns over the span of two days, all on foot.  I was impressed by the effort the scouts gave in completing this event.  One scout, tracking the distance walked with his PDA, reported that his group traveled a total of 16 miles over the course of the event, amazing.  All who endured the full duration of the event met before 7PM at the final destination, Tappen Beach Park where they enjoyed a pizza dinner as the results were tallied.


Camping Program:  Delaware River Trip

What a great day on the Delaware river.  We launched before noon 15 miles upriver of our destination.  Small groups of paddlers spread out as we made our way down the river.  The troop regrouped for a PB&J lunch on the rocks and some general antics, then we set back off.


After a 5+ hour paddle we came to our destination and took the obligatory group photo….


The troop headed to the Weil’s property to setup camp….


Scott enjoying a Rapidachino by our gracious host Ms. Weil….


Chris Weil orchestrated a powerful symbolic representation of the troop’s lineage with Chinese lanterns.  It was a provoking moment that had to be witnesses first hand….


Of course the massive bonfire ignited the inner pyro in the participants….


The Delaware River trip is such a great trip.  The Weil family is very special and it’s a great pleasure to spend time with all of them, including the dogs.

Upcoming Events

October 17-18 Fundraising: Pumpkin Sale @ Community Center 11-3 Saturday, 10-3 Sunday
October 25-26 Camping: Alder Lake Trip
November 7 Training & Development: Junior Leadership Workshop at the Council (patrol leaders and up)
November 14-15 Camping: Giant Ledge Trip
November 28-29 Fundraising: Poinsettia Sale
December 12-13 Camping: Ward Pound Ridge Trip
December 18 Community Service: Holiday Caroling at Atria Senior Living

Please visit the full troop year Calendar here.
Troop Newsletter:  November-December

Camping Program: Alder Lake Trip

This year’s fall Alder Lake trip started with a hike into the lake from the opposite direction of the previous year. It was
a perfect day for hiking and the terrain was challenging.  After reaching the camp and setting up we were treated to an acoustic jam by Scott and Eric Mingorance with others jumping in.

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Camping Program:  Giant Ledge Trip

What a great place for a hike.  It’s craggy, some steep climbs and an awesome overlook.  Saturday was a bit surprising with some snow on the ground and then realizing our regular campsite was inhabited.  We found a new unofficial spot to camp and it worked out great.  The experimental dinner was a hit and with a drizzle of sriracha sauce, fuggedaboutit.










The actual ledges….


Camping Program:   Ward Pound Ridge Trip

This gem of a place is only 1.5 hours from home. There are big lean-to shelters up on slopes, open fields and many trails with interesting destinations. We spent the early part of the first day hiking to an overlook and then to Leatherman’s cave.  Leatherman was a legendary guy who hiked a loop throughout New England and slept in caves along his loop.  He gets his name from the garments he made for himself out of donated swatches of leather, interesting fella. The brisket for dinner was phenomenal.


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Fundraising Program:  Pumpkin Sale

Fall, pumpkins, soccer, money, what’s not to like?  The pumpkin sale was a new fundraising effort for this year and if anything, it generated some very interesting sales ideas and some money.  This was a big effort on part of the scouts and all that participated were very helpful.



Fundraising Program:  Poinsettia Sale

My poinsettias are still alive at this writing, that should say it all, but I will add that there were no kittens killed and the troop raised a considerable amount of money.  Another big effort by the scouts who are really instrumental in these fundraising efforts.



Community Service:  Holiday Caroling at the Atria

Wow, there is some real entertainment talent in this troop.  The scouts did their best to entertain and bring holiday cheer to the residents of the Atria and they succeeded!  We were joined by scouts from Pack 278 and their families.  All had a great time.

A brass and woodwind ensemble, under the direction of alumni Scott Hoefling was a great new addition.  And that trombone and tuba duet, what?  It’s all about that bass clef!


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A raucous pizza party at Stangos topped off the night.  Bye to Stangos but hi to the new year!

Adding this alumni pic, just because it’s great….










Upcoming Events

January 8 Training & Development: Troop Meeting / Klondike Derby Skills Training
January 15-17 Training & Development: Leadership Development Camping Trip
January 22 Training & Development: Troop Meeting / Klondike Derby Skills Training
January 29 Training & Development: Troop Meeting / Klondike Derby Skills Training
January 30 Training & Development: Klondike Derby @ Muttontown Preserve
February 5 Camping: Ski Trip / Friday Departure
Please visit the full troop year Calendar here.