BSA Troop 273 — Fairport, NY, USA
To simplify and cut costs, the troop requires only one short sleeve class A scout shirt. In colder weather, we accent this with our custom-printed class B tee shirt or a turtleneck. We have replaced the scout pants with blue jeans. The traditional scout hat is replaced with a custom-printed baseball cap that carries the troop's emblem on the front. Our “B” uniform is a custom-printed tee shirt, which also features the troop emblem.
During the holiday season, the troop sells wreaths and poinsettias to the community. A portion of sales is used to offset the cost of trips, uniforms, and other Scout equipment. The remainder goes to fund troop activities and purchases. (We donated our old tents to the earthquake victims in Haiti.)
Community service is an important part of scouting and Troop 273 takes this commitment seriously. We have provided Christmas gifts to needy families, assisted the elderly in our community, and completed many service projects in the town. Troop members ring the Salvation Army bells during the holidays. We help during Fairport Canal Days. We have helped clear the Crescent Hiking Trail, painted park tables and benches, cleared brush along school walkways, and much more. Eagle service projects have benefited our sponsoring organization, the Fairport Baptist Home, as well as many organizations in the area, and the community at large.
Activities / Camping
Troop 273 has its own campsite on a beautiful 80-acre wooded lot on property owned by leader Chip Rieck. On this land in Walworth, our scouts have built a 16' x 20' Adirondack style lean-to and cleared areas for tents, cooking areas, and more. The site features a range for rifle, shotgun, and bow & arrow shooting. There's a small pond for fishing and extensive trails for hiking, horseback riding, orienteering, and cross-country skiing. (We also have badge counselors for many of the associated merit badges.)
The troop chooses different locations for its annual summer camping trip. The troop has visited Camp Russell, Camp Babcock-Hovey, Camp Gorton, Camp Massawepie, and more. In alternate years, the troop will attend a non-council sponsored location such as Kelly's Point on Long Lake, Sodus Point on Lake Ontario, Raquette Lake, Canandaigua Lake, and more.
Traditionally to celebrate its founding in 1970, the troop has taken a lengthy trip every five years instead of attending summer camp. Past trips have been to Gettysburg, Washington, D.C. and northern Virginia as well as Boston and Delaware. COVID interrupted our pattern and we plan to return to trips every five years beginning in 2023.
We feel this variety offers boys a greater range of experiences and opportunities than if we revisited the same camp every year. We hope you agree and will join us in the fun!