Summer Trip deposits due this Wednesday!

Lovely Shenandoah National Park


The summer trip fast approaches – Saturday, August 3 to Friday, August 9! $100 deposit is due by Wednesday, June 26! The balance of payment ($130 for a total of $230) is due by August 1! Our annual summer trip is the highlight of our year, and has been the best part of Scouting for generations of Troop 48ers. Why should your Scout be going? Action, adventure, and fun!

What will all the Scouts be doing? – a hike up the mountain overlooking the camp, tubing down the Shenandoah River, visiting Harper’s Ferry National Historic Site, and more!

What will base camp be doing in addition to all that? – swimming, checking out the beautiful waterfalls and overlooks of Shenandoah National Park, caving for half a day, all day rock climbing with a guide, and a gorgeous hike through the national park!

We’ll also have a backpacking crew trekking through some of the most beautiful land in the East for four lovely days!

All inclusive – food, campsite, all activities – $230. Dirt cheap!

If you family has concerns about payments, please talk to Mike McCormick (Scoutmaster) or Bob Faust (Treasurer). Payment plans, discounts, and/or scholarships will be arranged. Troop 48 firmly believes that no Scout should ever miss out on the Scouting experience due to financial concerns, all you have to do is talk to us.

Summer Schedule is Here!

Summer is just around the corner! The highlight of our summer is, of course, our week long trip to Shenandoah National Park in August (see calendar). We’ll also be offering every last required merit badge and a slew of nonrequired ones! Here is just a start to our schedule:

Wednesday, June 5 – Wilderness Survival – Day 1 – Brian Murphy at the shed.
Wednesday, June 12 – Wilderness Survival – Day 2 – Brian Murphy at the shed.
Friday to Sunday, June 14-16 – Wilderness Survival Merit Badge while on trip with Brian Murphy.
Monday, June 24 – Family Life Merit Badge – Day 1 – 6 PM- 9 PM – Camden County Library, Voorhees, NJ with Deb Sperling
Tuesday, June 25 – Family Life Merit Badge- Day 2 – 6 PM – 9 PM – Camden Country Library, Voorhees, NJ with Deb Sperling
Wednesday, June 26 – Communications – Day 1 – 7 PM to 9 PM – the shed with Ken Smith
Wednesday, July 3 – Camping – Day 1 – 7 PM to 9 PM – the shed with Mike McCormick
Sunday, July 7, 2013 – Troop BBQ/Swim Day – Atsion Lake – Tom (Swimming), Mike Thompson? (Swimming/Lifesaving), Brandon Lee – Swimming – Mike Smith – Canoeing.
Monday, July 8 – First Aid – Day 1 – with Steven Hale @ 7:30 PM at the shed.
Tuesday, July 9 – Camping – Day 2 – with Mike McCormick @ 7 PM at the shed.
Wednesday, July 10 – Communications – Day 2 – 7 PM to 9 PM – the shed with Ken Smith
Fingerprinting at the shed with Officer Gillespie.
American Heritage with Mike McCormick
Monday, July 15 – First Aid – Day 2 – with Steven Hale @ 7:30 at the shed.
Tuesday, July 16 – Music – Day 1 – with Steven Hale @ 7:30 at the shed.
Camping – Day 3 – with Mike McCormick at the shed.
Wednesday, July 17 – Aviation – Day 1 – the shed with Mr. Smith
Citizenship in the Nation– Day 1 – Mike McCormick & Jiff Gillespie. The shed.
Saturday, July 20 – Citizenship in Nation – Day 2 – Mike McCormick & Jiff Gillespie – Philadelphia, PA.
Monday, July 22 – First Aid – Day 3 – with Steven Hale @ 7:30 at the shed.
Tuesday, July 23 – Music – Day 2 – with Steven Hale @ 7:30 at the shed.
Wednesday, July 24 – Aviation – Day 2 – the shed with Mr. Smith.
American Labor – Day 1 – the shed with Mr. Murphy.
Architecture – Day 1 – the shed with Mike McCormick
Tuesday, August 20 – Hiking – Day 1 – the shed with Mike McCormick
Wednesday, August 21 – Hiking – Day 2 – the shed with Mike McCormick

Much more to come!

Troop 48’s Newest Eagle Scout!

Congratulations to Mr. Danny Smith, who completed his Eagle Scout rank tonight! Danny is our 110th Eagle Scout.

Danny’s Eagle Project was to plant trees and help with an updated, media-heavy phone tour of Batsto. He served just about every leadership position in the troop from “the only kid who listens (thanks Danny Ballas)” to Assistant Patrol Leader to Assistant Senior Patrol Leader to Senior Patrol Leader to Junior Assistant Scoutmaster, as well as Scribe and Webmaster on the side. He has been a big part of helping to revitalize the Troop, especially on the high adventure end of things.

Danny, we couldn’t be prouder of you. Congrats!

November is almost here!

Another busy month!

– Sunday, November 4- Our 2nd Chance Yard Sale will be held at the Berlin Farmers Market in Berlin, NJ ofrom 8 AM to 2 PM.  Adult and Scout volunteers are needed to help set up, man the booth (taking hour shifts), break down, and transport all remaining stuff to the Lindenwold Goodwill.  If you can help, e-mail Ann Gillespie –

– Today to Wednesday, November 7 – Candy For the Troops has begun!  Bring all extra candy from Halloween to the next meeting!  We, along with kids and adults from all over South Jersey, will be shipping the candy out to soldiers overseas and in hospitals on the home front!

– Friday to Sunday, November 9 to 11 Next campout – Goshen Pond Campout!

– Now until Monday, November 19 – Scouting For Food!  Collect non-perishable groceries for the G.I.F.T Food Pantry in Berlin, NJ!

– Monday, November 19 – G.I.F.T. Food distribution!  Passing out food to families in need at Holy Communion Lutheran Church from 5 PM to 9 PMish!

Danny Smith’s Eagle Scout Project!

Hello everyone!

Guess what is this Sunday, October 14th.

My Eagle Scout project of course.


You might be asking yourself, where is this Eagle Project of Danny Smith?

Well, it is in the great historical village of Batsto!

What will we be doing?

We will be planting trees, about 10 of them, and we will be replacing the current phone tour around the village with a new QR code tour.

What do you need?

I would recommend bringing some clothes you don’t mind using in gardening situations. Food and beverages will be provided, but a personal water bottle is a good suggestions as you may be a farther walk than you feel like walking for some refreshment.

Eagle Scout Project Permission Slip

TMR Summer Trip, Troop Swim Day/BBQ, and Eagle Scout Court of Honor

TMR Summer Trip

Summer is right around the corner and Troop 48’s summer program is filling up quickly. Our big high light this summer will be our week long summer trip to Ten Mile River Scout Camp in New York! This trip is a must for all who want an awesome week that you’ll remember and reminisce about. Even members of the Grand Teton backpacking trip will be attending, driving up the day after they get off the plane from Wyoming. The trip is from Friday, August 17th to Friday, August 24th. Details about the trip are below as well as on the calendar.

Trooo 48 Swim Day/BBQ

Troop 48 Swim Day and BBQ! Family and friends
(provided they have an adult taking responsibility for them) are
invited! For those carpooling, we’ll be meeting at 9:15 at the shed
and leaving by 9:30 AM! The event is at Atsion Lake on Route 206 in
Shamong Township, NJ! The cost is $5 per head to help offset the cost
of the event. Wharton State Forest also charges $10 per carload to
enter, so carpooling = saving money! Families are also asked to bring
an item to share.

Our Summer Merit Badge program continues with Lifesaving (Tom
Ferrari), Swimming (Marc Talucci), and 1st/2nd Class Swimming
Requirements (Mike McCormick) will be offered! We are hoping to line
up a counselor for canoeing for that day!

For complete info, see the attached flyers! For a list of suggested
items to bring, also see attached! Please RSVP to Deb Sperling – – so we can get a head count!

Eagle Scout Court of Honor

A much neareris the Eagle Court of Honor. This year 4 scouts will be recognized for attaining the highest rank in scouting, Eagle with a ceremony on the Battleship New Jersey. Setup starts at 2pm and the ceremony starts promptly at 3pm. All scouts should come in their Class-A uniform with nice pants (no jeans).

TMR – Info

Where? – Ten Mile River Scout Camp, Narrowsburg, NY

What are we doing? – Visiting Fort Delaware, hiking to Sam’s Point and Verkeerderkill Falls (includes caves with ice in them and a waterfall), zip-lining at Kitattinny, canoeing the beautiful Upper
Delaware National Scenic River, visiting Carousel Water & Fun Park,
and visiting High Point State Park, the highest point in New Jersey!

There is also a Beginner Backpacking Trip with Marc Talucci (see above).

Camping, Wilderness Surival, and Hiking Merit Badges (Mike
McCormick) and Hiking and Backpacking Merit Badges (Marc Talucci) can also be worked on.

Cost? – A mere $230. A $100 deposit is due by Wednesday, June 27 and the balance is due by Wednesday, August 1. A $20 late fee will be charged for late deposits and/or late final payments (a total of $40 extra if both are late).

Exceptions will be made for Scouts joining the troop after the deposit day.

Adults cost $115 for this trip!

Hearing all about the wonders of backpacking? Want to give it a try
for yourself? Marc Talucci and Kavi Pannu will be leading a 25-30
mile expedition of three days and two nights on this summer’s Ten Mile
River Summer Trip! Interested? Contact Marc –

Newest Eagle Scout – Erik Lee

The troop would like to congratulate our newest Eagle Scout, Erik Lee.  He passed his board of review last night with flying colors. Erik constructed a new exercise yard for the Animal Orphanage in Voorhees for his Eagle Scout project.  He now joins Kamran Naidoo, Paul Iacovonni, and Steven Hale in receiving their Eagle Scout Awards at a ceremony sometime in June.


Congrats to Troop 48’s Newest Eagle Scout – Steven Hale!

Our heartiest congratulations to Troop 48’s newest Eagle Scout – Steven Hale – who passed his Eagle Board.  Steven has been a very active Scout with us for the last seven years, and currently serves as a Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.  For his Eagle Project, Steven painted the victorian porch at the Evesham Historical Society, as well as repairing and repainting the old butcher shop on the property.

Pictures from Steven’s Project –

This was a big week for Steven, as he was also accepted into Rutgers this week.

Again, congratulations and best of luck in the future!