As we do each year, Troop 48 went to the Berlin Cemetery this morning to help place flags on veteran's graves. Almost a dozen Scouts, along with other youth groups from the area, covered huge parts of the cemetery with flags. Thank you to everyone who helped out, as well as the Berlin VFW and Berlin Cemetery Association for putting this on each year!
Between the BBQs and the nice weather (and the service projects) this weekend, take a moment to remember those men and women who have died in the service of their country.
A BIG thank you to everyone who helped out with Stephen's Eagle project today! There was a really great turnout from the troop, and everyone worked very hard. Stephen managed to finish the wall and clean up the parking lot!
He'll have one more day (TBA) of work to wrap up the gardening, but the hardest part of the project is all done.
Great trip last weekend to Knoebels Amusement Park! While not the normal sort of trip for the Troop, the Scouts had a great time camping out in the warm weather and going on the rides. We even made it back to the car several seconds before the thunderstorms hit in the afternoon!
Thank you to Paul, Paul, and Rich for helping out on this one!
At last night's meeting, our own James B. was presented with a Certificate of Merit from Garden State Council and the Boy Scouts of America. Several months ago, James was attending a luncheon after a family funeral, where he noticed that his grandfather was acting strangely and slurring his speech. Immediately recognizing the signs of a stroke, James alerted his family members of what was happening. Thanks to James quick thinking and quick actions, his grandfather received immediate medical attention and has been recovering well since.
While James was not eligible for a heroism medal from the Boy Scouts (which requires risk to oneself), his actions went through the process at the council and national level and was deemed worthy of recognition from the Boy Scouts of America. This is no little recognition, as James is the first scout from Garden State Council to ever receive this certificate, and either the first or second Scout from this area (records aren't clear) to receive this award since the merger that created Southern New Jersey Council in 1998.
James, we're all very proud of you.
Congrats to Josh on finishing his Eagle Project! Josh put in brand new trails at Hale Memorial Park in Voorhees, where the project turned into much more than he had expected. Despite eight work days and a lot of weather setbacks, he stuck with it and finished it off last Sunday. Only a few merit badges to go for Eagle!
Sadly, I couldn't make it to Pequea this weekend with the troop, but we had a report from one of our Committee Members...
"We had a great time this weekend as we always do when we go to Pequea. This time 14 scouts attended, we had no rain (a definite plus), and we spent a little more time at the cave which gave the scouts an opportunity to explore deeper than they were able to do in the past." ~ Paul
There are an awful lot of Troop 48 stories from the last 50 years. A totally scientific poll estimates that roughly half of all stories have to do with just one place... Pequea Gorge.
This weekend, we return to the legendary Pequea. They'll be a crazy hike up the Conestoga Trail to High Rock, hours of crawling through Wind Cave, the worst climb imaginable (the driveway up to the campsite), and make tons of new stories. If you go on just one trip ever, make sure that it's Pequea.
Don't forget your water bottles, your hiking boots, a helmet (bike helmet is fine), a flashlight, and all the excitement that comes from heading to the greatest place in the entire universe.
Cost is $25 by 4/22, $35 after that. We'll meet at the shed at 5:30 on Friday night, aiming to leave around 6:30. We'll be back Sunday around lunch.
The spring backpacking trip on the AT in North Jersey/New York was simply absurd. Endless rock climbs, places where the trail went straight up, views forever (thanks no leaves yet!), and the descent of Agony Grind that took out four adult knees (the Scouts, of course, were fine)... what a trip! We did have to call it short after three days due to all of the adults keeling over (thanks knees, you owe me), but the Scouts made 30 of the toughest backpacking miles I've ever seen. And they would have finished it too. We'll totally be back!
The Spring backpacking trip fast approaches! We'll be backpacking 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail from New Jersey into New York. The crew sets our very early the morning of Wednesday, April 8 and will be back the night of Saturday, April 11.
Highlights of the trip will include crossing the Hudson on a hiking-only bridge (longest on the AT), walking through one of the best built trails in the US according to Backpacker Magazine, snagging views of Manhattan from Bear Mountain, and backpacking through the middle of a zoo. That's right, a zoo. It should an awesome time!
Cost is $10 per Scout. Scouts are expected to provide three dehydrated meals for dinner. If you have not done a 50 miler before, please talk to Mike before signing up!
Fun weekend out at Gettysburg this weekend! The rain on Friday night made it pretty interesting to set up, but it died down in time for us to take a ten mile hike around the battlefield on Saturday. Highlights including boulder hopping at Devil's Den and reenacting Pickett's Charge!
Next month is a double camping month, backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail in the beginning of the month and hiking and caving at Pequea Gorge, which is always everyone's favorite trip for all time ever.