Berlin's Boy Scout Troop 48, founded in 1964, has one of the most active Scout programs in South Jersey. For the last fifty-one years, the troop has centered around our monthly camping trips: canoeing the Wading River, hiking the Delaware Water Gap, whitewater rafting in the Poconos, or exploring the battlefields at Gettysburg and Antietam, just to name a few.
Each summer, Troop 48 goes on a week long adventure, most recently a split to Olympic National Park in Washington (not DC) and Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania!. In Washington, we backpacked 61 miles through the national park and did a sunset kayak trip in the Puget Sound, while the scouts in Pennsylvania hiked the Appalachian Trail, visited Hershey Park, and boated around at Pine Grove State Park. Where will the summer of 2017 take us?
In addition to the camping, adventure, and fun, Troop 48 strives have our young men develop leadership abilities, teamwork, outdoor skills, and good citizenship, all in accordance with the principles of Scouting. How? By having Scouts work together in teams called patrols. Through their patrols, the Scouts work together to choose and run their own program, from planning their own menus and buying their own groceries, to choosing and then planning the trips and activities that we do each year. We are a troop "of the scouts, by the scouts, for the scouts". It's not always pretty to look at, but it offers young men a chance to really learn how to lead and how to be part of a team.
Historically, Troop 48 has drawn its members largely from Berlin Borough, Berlin Township, Voorhees, Atco, Gibbsboro, and Pine Hill, but (as boys can join any troop regardless of where they live) we've had members join from as far as Barrington, Cherry Hill, Mullica Hill, Hammonton, Camden, and even Newark, Delaware!
We meet each Wednesday night from 7 pm until 8:30 pm at the shed behind Holy Communion Lutheran Church (442 South Route 73 in Berlin, NJ, directly across from the Wawa gas station).
So, what are you waiting for? A boy between the ages of 11 and 17 may join at any time of the year, just e-mail Scoutmaster Mike McCormick at email@example.com or call 856-287-2155 to find out how to join!