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THUNDERBIRD TEPEE is a backpacking and camping specialty on line retail site. We have been in business since 1976, when we opened our retail shop in Brooklyn, New York. In November, 2008 we closed our store and went on line exclusively.

The Tepee is owned and operated by John A.Bianchi. John has ben involved in Scouting most of his life. He joined Cub Scout Pack 574 in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. At eleven years of age he became a Boy Scout in Troop 45 at Holy Cross Church in the Flatbush section of Brooklyn, a troop to which he still belongs. The troop has since moved to Our Lady Help Of Christians Church in the Midwood section of Brooklyn.

John earned the rank of Eagle Scout in 1958. In addition he has earned the Explorer Silver Award, Ad Altare Dei Award, Scouters Key, Scouters Award, St. George Award,District Award of Merit, Wood Badge (1968), Vigil Honor in the Order of the Arrow and the Silver Beaver Award.

During his Scouting life he has attended Philmont Scout Ranch and Maine Matagamon. John has led numerous 50 Mile Hikes and has hiked many trails around the country.While most of his camping and hiking have been Boy Scout oriented he has always been an avid outdoor person.

John was a teacher of Science at Bishop Ford High School in Brooklyn, New York from 1965 to 1994 serving as Science Department Chairperson. In 1994, he moved to Bishop Kearney High School serving as Science Department Chairperson until he retired in 2002.

This site is intended to provide information, ideas,and suggestions to enrich your Backpacking, Camping and Hiking experiences. In addition for those of you in Scouting we hope to give you some Scout ideas and items to provide some "food for thought" information.

We hope that you will find this useful. Thank you.

Thunderbird Tepee

718-634-5050    fax: 718-945-0870

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