Boy Scout Troop 31 
Rochester, New York



Spring Camping Trips


Spring Camping Trips are an excellent opportunity for the Scout to experience areas of the United States that they may or may not travel to as they grow older.  They have the opportunity to see, experience, partake, and are part of history as they travel to historical places, national parks, museums, and cultural centers.  Let's not forget about the fun either.  They will have chances to whitewater raft, climb in caverns, and backpack across mountains and plains, climb mountains, and see spectacular views. The process starts six months to a year from the time the Troop travels.  The Scouts began the process by deciding from two types of trips: Adventure or Educational.  Then they brainstorm the location and the type of program.  From that point, a group of boys form a committee to plan the logistics of the trip with the assistance of one or two Assistant Scoutmasters.  The trip is a learning experience for the scouts in logistical planning, including: finance, transportation, lodging, program and food.  Trips are on a four year rotation; three years in a row are Northeast Regional trips and the fourth year is a "Big Trip" to one of the National Parks. 

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Past trips have taken the Troop to:

-Washington D.C as Highlanders w/Troop 19 (Spring 2001)

-Zion & Bryce Canyon National Parks (Spring 2002) 

-Cleveland & the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Spring 2003) 

-Great Smokey Mountains National Park (Spring 2004) 

-Boston, MA & the Freedom Trail (Spring 2005)

-Grand Canyon & Hoover Dam (Spring 2006)

-Washington D.C.  & Fort Dietrich, MD (Spring 2007) 

-Whitewater Rafting, Falling Water & Laurel Caverns, Pittsburgh PA (Spring 2008)

-Gettysburg & Antietam National Battlefields (Spring 2009) 

-Yosemite National Park & San Francisco, CA (Summer 2010) 

-West Virginia, Zip-lining and Caving (Spring 2011) 

-Boston, MA Freedom Trail and Celtics Game (Spring 2012)

-Falling Water & Laurel Caverns, Pirates BB Game and Tour of River River Stadium, in Pittsburgh PA (Spring 2013) 

-Williamsburg, VA; Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, Norfolk Harbor Cruise (Spring 2014)


Scouts may attend the Spring Trip if they have been active in the troop for one full year, show Scout Spirit, and have participated in one Tree Sale.  Funding for the program of the trips is typically funded by the Troop while the Transportation and lodging is funded by the scout.  Costs vary between $100 to $700 per scout.  Financial aid is available based on scout need.  If your scout or you know of a scout who maybe in need, please speak with either the Scoutmaster or Committee Chairman about the situation confidentially.