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 - firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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!
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.
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 -
Dsperling4@aol.com - 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 -
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.
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 - http://www.troop48berlin.org/
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!
I'd like to extend my congratulations to Paul Iacovonni, Troop 48's newest Eagle Scout.
Paul passed his Eagle Board of Review last night. Paul's been an important part of Troop 48 the last few years, helping a large number of our younger Scouts work their way through their rank advancements. For his project, he repainted the Long-a-Coming Historical Society at the historic Berlin Train Station.
The time has come, as it does every year, for the beginning of the Troop 48 Super Bowl Hoagie Sale!
The hoagie sale for those who are new to this, is a major fundraiser for the troop. During hoagie sale season, all scouts spread out far and wide to gather orders for hoagies on Super Bowl Sunday, which this year is, February 5th. For each order an order form must be filled out and the money must be taken upon the placement of the order, not the when the hoagies are delivered.
On the morning of Super Bowl Sunday, we will all meet to build all the hoagies ordered. By around 11 in the morning we will finish up and the scouts can go out and deliver their hoagies.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will continue to help keep down the costs of trips and allow for new and replacement equipment to be bought for the patrols, but it's success relies on your participation so go sell some hoagies!
The annual Troop 48 Court of Honor is right upon us. On the evening of Wednesday the 14th at a new location this year (Holy Communion Lutheran Church, Berlin, NJ), we will be acknowledging the achievements of the troop and scouts. As always, Class A uniforms are required, so make sure all your patches are up to date. In addition, the meeting of the 7th will be an advancement night to help all scouts get those last minute requirements done.
• Candy for the Troops – November 2 to 9 -Bring your extra Halloween
Candy to the troop meetings on November 2 or 9th!
All candy will be sent to our troops overseas.
• Scouting for Food – November 2 to 21 - collect canned and non-perishable food from your friends, family, and neighbors and bring them to Scouts between November 2 and 21. All food will be given to the food bank at Holy Communion Church.
• Erik L’s Eagle Project – Nov 6 & 10 –
Day 1 will take place on Sunday, November 6 from 9 AM to 3 PM. Day 2 will take place on Tuesday, November 8 from 9 AM to 3 PM (most students have off for elections that day), again from 9 am to 3 pm. The rain dates will be 11/10, 11/11, or 11/12.
Erik will be building a fenced in area for the dogs to play in.
Please make sure to wear long pants, long sleeves, and work gloves (the troop will have pairs to lend out for those who need them) for both days, as there is poison ivy in the vicinity that we are working in!
This will be our last Eagle Project of 2011, I hope that everyone can help make it as sucessful as the first three this year! Please come out and donate any time that you can to this worthy project!
• Tree Farm Day – November 11 – Grand Teton Crew helps out at the tree farm in New Egypt to raise money for their trip.
• Batona Campground Trip – November 18 to 20 – the Cub Scouts come to visit as we build an obstacle course, have a short hike, play manhunt, and build a monkey bridge. Fun times for all at our traditional, long-running November campout! So long-running that I attended this trip as a Cub! (Scoutmaster Mike)
• Scouting for Food Distribution – November 21 – 5 PM to 9 PM at Holy
Communion Church – Come help put together Thanksgiving meal packages and distribute them to the less fortunate!
• Feed the Troops Rally – November 24 – 2389 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ 08002. We'll meet at the church at 9:30 to carpool over for anyone interested. Bring flags to wave as we thank (and surprise) hundreds of young men and women, currently training at Fort Dix to be deployed overseas, who can't be with their families on Thanksgiving.
Please wear “Class A” uniforms.
Now that our adventures at Sandy Hook have come to a close this month, we move forward towards the next events of the years.
First of foremost, this weekend, Saturday the 22st and Sunday the 23rd) is Paul' s Eagle Scout project. He will be working on the rail road station a block away from the shed (I'm sure you've all seen it at some point). Everyone who is available should be in attendance to support Paul as he helps restore the station to its original gleam. This means we will be painting so please wear appropriate old clothing. This will be from 9 AM to 3 PM at the station.
Next up on the calendar is next months trip to Goshen Pond, or not really Goshen Pond, but Bodine field, but we never really change the name. The cub scouts will be attending this trip, so we will, pulling out the usual stops of rope courses, hikes, and maybe some new additions. Also, we will also be trying to deplete the copious amounts of wood stashed on the side of the shed. The trip will be from Friday the 18th of November to Sunday the 20th. If you're planning on attending, let your patrol leader know, so they can have an accurate head count.