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Troup 66 hosts 23rd annual 'All Scouting Outing'

The camp is located just off of Route 175 in Marcellus and is available for use for any scout, outdoor or other youth organization at no charge, as long as the organization has insurance. While there is no fee for use of the camp, the Marcellus Citizens generally ask the group to complete a service project or to perform some maintenance.

"The scouts have been instrumental in developing and maintaining the camp," said Riefler. "Several scouts have performed their Eagle Scout project here, building an Adirondack style lean to, picnic tables, benches, bridges and clearing trails." Prior to the All Scouting Outing, the scouts and leaders from Troop 66 cleared trails, removed downed trees from the campsites, and chopped firewood for use by campers.

The camp's proximity to Marcellus Park is an added benefit. The cub scouts met at the park at noon on Saturday, and walked up to the camp.

"In addition to giving the kids some exercise, the hike satisfies a number of rank requirements," Winoski said. "I'd like to tell you that it wears them out so they get to sleep faster at night, but this is my fourth year camping out with the boys and it hasn't worked yet."

Of course, that could be because the cubs earn candy during the day by completing all of the scouting skill stations.

"If you did all six stations and had the person sign your card, you could turn it in at the end and get a piece of candy," Quinlan said.

Or maybe it was the rousing Saturday night campfire, which is filled with skits and songs.

"Boy scouting is a boy led boy organization," said Gooden. "Our senior patrol leader served as master of ceremonies, and the boys planned and performed almost all of the skits and songs."

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