Well, the Washington crew is also back from their two week adventure in the Pacific Northwest! Seven scouts and four leaders spent three days exploring Olympic National Park by car, backpacked for 6 days and 61 miles through some of the most isolated parts of the park, and then enjoyed all the Seattle had to offer, from a sunset kayaking trip to the Space Needle to touring a active duty missile destroyer during Fleet Week.
For me, the highlight had to be the backpacking. I'm very proud of everyone who made it through the backpacking (smiling pretty much the whole time). We had bees stings, blisters, bruises, and sunburn. We climbed some big ridges, dodged a wildfire, went for a swim in an ice cold river, balanced on logs across rivers, and a few accidentally went sledding on their packs down a snow bank. We had amazing views from mountain passes, slept next to a river every night (four nights without company!), and went 36 hours without seeing another person.
Olympic National Park, you were an amazing adventure.
The summer trip has returned from a week of fun at Michaux State Forest in Central Pennsylvania! They hiked the Appalachian Trail, kayaked and rowboated around the lake, visited Pine Grove Furnace State Park (the center of the Appalachian Trail and home to our 1995 summer trip), and attacked a poor, helpless chocolate bar man at Hershey Park. Can't wait to hear the stories guys!
Congrats to Vinny for finishing up his Eagle Project on Saturday! Vinny did a magnificent job overhauling the veterans' memorials area at the Barrington Municipal Building, moving the flagpoles, trimming the trees, redoing all of the gardening, replacing the brickwork, rebuilding the two benches there, and probably doing more things that I forgot to mention. The finished project looks great!
This Saturday and Sunday, June 25 & 26 - Vinny's Eagle Project @ Barrington Municipal Hall - Barrington, NJ. 8 AM to 4:30 PM each day! Lunch will be served! If anyone can bring shovels, rakes, pitch forks, lopping shears, concrete trowels, wheel barrels, gloves, scrub brushes, or post hole diggers, it would be much appreciated! Just let Vinny know by e-mailing him at firstname.lastname@example.org . GREAT start last week, but Vinny needs help placing the brings and gravel and reinstalling the flag poles! The more help, the better!
Pictures from Day #1 of his project:
On Tuesday, six scouts and two leaders held a flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day. This was held at the White Horse District Roundtable Meeting at Pine Hill Scout Reservation.
The scouts all did a really nice job, especially since most of them had only a few hours notice!
Thank you to Assistant Scoutmaster Steve Teti for putting the ceremony together and taking care of the logistics!
First Aid Extravaganza Night at the shed. June 1, 2016. Fun!
The Berlin VFW and Troop 48 spent the Saturday of Memorial Day weekend placing flags on the veterans graves at Berlin Cemetery.