October was team-building month at Troop 48! Started with some teamwork challenges!
MS City-to-Shore Trip
by Scout Scoutly
In September, Troop 48 headed down toward the shore to participate in another year of the MS City-to-Shore Ride. On Saturday, we went to the Sweetwater Fire Company, where we spent the morning running the rest stop for more than 1,000 riders, setting up tables, handing out water and food, and then breaking everything down again.
Meanwhile, Magnus rode 100 miles from Cherry Hill to Ocean City, raising over $1,500 for the Multiple Sclerosis Society in the process.
That night, we headed to Ocean City Boardwalk for a night of spaghetti and fun.
On Sunday, we were up early, broke camp, and headed to Hammonton. There, Troop 48 spent all morning and part of the afternoon helping out all over again, as thousands of riders headed from Ocean City to Cherry Hill.
Overall, the riders and the MS Society could not have been more thankful for all
the great help that Troop 48 provided. Great job Scouts
Congrats to James on passing his Eagle Board of Review at the end of September! James becomes Eagle Scout #125 for Troop 48.
For his project, he built a new stairwell at historic Fort Mifflin in Philadelphia.
A flag flew over the grounds of the US Capitol building the day of James’s Board of Review in honor of his achievement, which is pretty awesome.
We’re back! New year = new Senior Patrol Elections, congrats Magnus!
The patrols resorted themselves into two patrols – Moose and Eagle. Congrats to the two Tims for being elected patrol leaders.
In the meantime, Logan got an answer to his letter to a Congressman from Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge!
This was another great day. We spent most of the day climbing Cadillac Mountain, a tough climb with some stunning views of Mount Desert Island and the Atlantic Ocean. We then dropped down into a chasm before tackling the steep climb out and over Dorr Mountain before heading out at Sieur de Mont.
That night, we went to the Ranger Program on geology, where James did a great job as magma while Magnus did his best impression of a sedimentary rock.
On our fifth day in the park, we started our day by driving out on the Acadia National Park loop road. We started at the Visitor’s Center, then drove over to Sand Beach. We walked on the rocks and checked out Thunder Hole. We drove over to Jordan Pond, where the Scouts got a view of Bubble Pond.
After checking out the park, we headed into Bar Harbor. The patrols split up and went on their own adventures. Some got ice cream. Others walked out on the sand bar that gives Bar Harbor its name. Some bought super annoying (also, funny) chicken toys.
The Bar bought some lobsters to eat that night, which made them the best fed patrol of the week.
On Day 2 of our adventure, we went to Acadia Arial Park and Ropes Course in Bar Harbor, where we went up on the three level high ropes course. It was fun (or terrifying)!
Afterwards, we did mini-golf, go karts, the trampoline, and the rock wall.
We then went back to camp for dinner, then ventured out to Bass Harbor Lighthouse for a world class sunset.
Our last full day in Acadia National Park, we woke up to a wet and rainy day. We pulled out our rainy day plan, which was a trip to the nearby Seal Cove Auto Museum, which houses one of the finest collections of early automobiles anywhere in the country.
After touring the museum and doing the scavenger hunt, the director offered to show the Scouts the back garage where they do maintenance on the cars, where one of the cars was started up and the Scouts had a chance to sit in a car that was having its interior restored. It was really something.
Afterwards, the rain had let up, so we spent a few hours tidepooling on the Ship Harbor Trail. We found sea stars, crabs, and some other interesting sea life.
Then it was dinner and packing up the camp before one final ranger program.
For Day 3, we woke up late and had breakfast. We then went to Echo Lake. A few of the leaders climbed straight up the Echo Lake Trail (four ladders!) while the Scouts and a few leaders went directly to swim in Echo Lake, where everyone ended up eventually. It was a hot day, and the usually cold lake was perfect!
That evening, we drove to Bar Harbor and kayaked out around Bar Island and one of the Porcupine Islands. We saw the beautiful islands, plus the departure of a cruise ship and A BALD EAGLE!
We woke up bright and early, catching a beautiful sunrise at 5 AM on our way out of the campground. It was then a loooooooooooooong drive back to New Jersey. Part of our group stopped at the World’s Largest (Rotating and Revolving) Globe in Yarmouth, Maine, another car stopped at the Palisades in New Jersey, and everyone arrived back at the shed by dinner time.
Great summer trip, can’t wait to see where we go next year!