Canoe Trip and Campout along the Farmington River

Troop 174 started out above People’s Forest in Barkhamstead, and canoed roughly 8 miles down the Farmington River, ending in New Hartford. The boys brought their families to enjoy the end-of-summer weather, and stopped halfway down the river to have lunch together and play in the water. At the end of the canoe trip, everyone returned to People’s Forest to enjoy a night of camping.

Although this canoe trip was enjoyable, the boys used this time to work on their merit badges and rank advancement by working on things like their cooking, knot-tying, and camping skills.

Simsbury Trip 174 meets every Wednesday at 7pm at the Simsbury United Methodist Church. Feel free to come by and join the fun!

Boy Scout Troop 174 Outing to Smuggler’s Notch

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 arrived at the ski resort in Stowe, VT, on Friday. We first enjoyed a high-ropes challenge course involving cargo ropes, tightropes, and swings, and ended with the boys and their families ziplining through the trees. After the fun in the trees, they set up camp, cooked, and enjoyed each other’s company.

On Saturday, the boys hiked up Mount Mansfield to enjoy the view, and upon returning went for a dip in the pond. On Sunday, the trip was rounded out with a tour of Ben & Jerry’s before heading home. You can check out the images from the event here.

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 meets every Wednesday at 7pm Simsbury United Methodist Church in Hopemeadow Street. Feel free to come and join the fun!

Simsbury Boy Scout Troop 174 Trek Through New Mexico Wilderness

New Mexico, 2016
From left to right: Jim Wielebnicki (Advisor), Tom Mylander (Advisor), Bob Beckius (Advisor), Kyle Beckius, Marshall Sornborger, Andrew Mylander, Myles Sornborger, Matt Locandro, Alex Wielebnicki, Nate Sornborger (Advisor), Dade Crofton and Nick Beckius

A crew of 12 teenage Boy Scouts from Simsbury and their leaders went on a life changing summer trek in early August through the Sangre de Cristo Mountains at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico. Philmont covers 214 square miles of vast wilderness with trails that climb from 6,500 feet to as high as 12,441. During their trek Boy Scout Troop #174, who meet at Simsbury Methodist Church hiked 88 miles over 12 days.

The Scouts and their advisors carried everything they needed to survive during the trek on their backs while hiking from camp to camp. They participated in backcountry programs along the way including horseback riding, panning for gold, log splitting, and firing muzzle loading rifles. The troop even had the assistance of a burro on the last day which they named “John”. The trek included a conservation project where the Scouts helped build a future hiking trail. Over the course of two weeks Scouts endured tough challenges including backpacking in bear and mountain lion territory, steeps climbs and inclement weather every day with lightening and even hail.

The crew made what amounts to a Scouting pilgrimage with their trip to Philmont. Philmont Scout Ranch is the Boy Scouts of America’s premier high adventure camp and the largest youth camp in the world serving nearly one million participants since 1938.

Original article from the Hartford Courant, by Jim Roberts.

Boy Scout Troop 174 mourns the passing of George Fogle, Jr.


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George Cicero Fogle Jr. died Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in Little Rock, AK, where he was undergoing treatment at The University of Arkansas’ Multiple Myeloma Institute.

George was born Jan. 21, 1947, at Ft. McKinley, Quezon City, Manila, Philippine Islands, where his mother, Modena Adair was an Army nurse; and his father, Brigadier General George C. Fogle, was an Army Artillery officer. Growing up, George lived on numerous Army posts and attended nine different primary and secondary schools before graduating from Yorktown High School in Arlington, Va.

George graduated from the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., Class of 1969 (“The Best of the Line”). He earned an MBA from Campbell University, Buies Creek, NC. George’s first Army assignment was an extended tour in Vietnam where he served in multiple positions: Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and Battalion Assistant Operations Officer. It was during this tour that he was exposed to Agent Orange the precursor to his multiple myeloma diagnosis. George’s other assignments included tours in Berlin and Nuremberg, Germany; the USMA Prep School, Ft. Monmouth, N.J.; and 96th Civil Affairs Battalion, Ft. Bragg, N.C.

George remained active in the Reserves, retiring in 2007 as a Lt. Colonel with 28 years of combined active-duty and reserve service. His military awards include: National Defense Service Ribbon, Vietnam Service Medal (two Campaign Stars), Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Bronze Star (1st Oak Leaf Cluster), Air Medal, Army Occupation Medal (Berlin), Expert and Combat Infantryman Badge, Ranger Tab, Parachutist Badge, Meritorious Service Medal (First Oak Leaf Cluster), Humanitarian Service Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal.

George retired from The Hartford Financial Services Company–Commercial Property/Casualty in 2012. His 29-year career with The Hartford took him to offices in Baltimore, Boston, Indianapolis, San Antonio, and Hartford. George was a member of the USMA Association of Graduates and the VFW. He was an Assistant Scout Master and Crew Advisor to Boy Scout Troop 174 of Simsbury, until his illness forced him to step down.

Though not an accomplished golfer, George loved the game, its challenges, and the many friends he made along the way. An admirer of the architecture of Frank Lloyd Wright, he and his wife, Lynda, traveled throughout the country visiting many of Wright’s masterpieces; the last being the Bachman-Wilson House recently rescued and rebuilt in Bentonville, AK. George is survived by his wife of 39 years, and his two sons: George Garrett Fogle of Ft. Worth TX, and Zachary Pratt Fogle of McCordsville IN. Other survivors include Garrett’s fiancée Tracey Stevens and her daughter, Ally Dicenta of Ft. Worth, TX; George’s brother, William C. Fogle of Orlando, FL; and his sister, Kimberly Brusatori, Kingwood, TX.

There will be a celebration of George’s life at a time yet to be determined by the family. Memorials to George’s life can be made to: Chrysalis Center, Inc., P.O. Box 320613, Hartford CT 06132-0613 (chrysaliscenter.org); Caringbridge.Org, or the donor’s charity of choice.

Throughout his life George upheld the West Point Creed: Duty, Honor, Country. GO ARMY!