2011 Fall Camporee
Nearly 300 Scouts and Leaders hiked the entire 21-mile Benjamin Tallmadge Historic Trail over the October 15-16 weekend. Nineteen Scout Units, including one from the Sagtikos District and our own Venturing Crew, participated in an event not done District-wide for over twenty years. Hikers started from Cedar Beach in Mount Sinai and finished their first day at Cathedral Pines County Park. There were colonial game stations, a cooking contest, Religious services and a presentation done by Brookhaven Town Historian, Barbara Russell.
On the second day, the hikers were treated to the vintage Yaphank Garage and structures operated by the Yaphank Historical Society. COPE officers from the 7th Precinct ensured safe travel over the Sunrise Highway at the William Floyd Parkway interchange. The hikers continued through the Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge and finished at the historic Manor of St. George in Mastic.
Along the route, Scouts were challenged with an unusual type of quiz. Because Benjamin Tallmadge was also a spy during the Revolutionary War, the quiz utilized the popular QR (Quick Response) code technology. Hikers using their smartphones could access the quiz questions and submit their answers.
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Bob Winowitch and Dave Clemens of the The Brigade of the American Revolution provided the Scouts with some
history and background of Benjamin Tallmadge and the rifles that his Light Dragoons used.
Hikers could use their smartphones to access the Quiz questions using the posted "QR" codes along the route.
Scouts played some traditional colonial games at the stations at Cathedral Pines County Park.
Suffolk County Legislator Sarah Anker dropped by to the Quill & Ink station while members of Troop 433 & 377 practiced their writing skills!
After the religious services, Town Councilwoman Connie Kepert introduced Town Historian Barbara Russell who did a
Powerpoint presentation on Benjamin Tallmadge utilizing four Scouts that portrayed Tallmadge at various times in his life.
On Sunday morning, the first members to leave Cathedral Pines were the Venturers led by Tim Green, Donna Dunn and Dan Johnson.
Scouts stopped to visit the Police Museum at the Yaphank Garage on Main Street.
Bob Kessler of the Yaphank Historical Society treated the Scouts to apples and apple cider. He also escorted Troops
through the Mary Louise Booth historic house in Yaphank. Here, Troop 45 stops to say hello.
Hikers walk down River Road along side Southaven County Park.
The Scouts arrive at the Manor of St. George in Mastic!
Members of Troop 161 rest their weary feet.
The Scouts also had the opportunity to see the style of whaleboat used by Benjamin Tallmadge to cross Long Island Sound.
Troops 433 and 565 get a chance to reflect on the whole weekend's adventure.