Ski Trip!

The Ski/Snowboard/Tubing outing to Jack Frost on Sunday was a blast! While the 40 degree weather and heavy fog was a little strange for January in the mountains, all the skiiers looked like they'd had a great morning when I saw them at lunch. I know everyone I was with had a great time tubing (or "Weeeee choo-choo" as my little buddy called it) over with my group.

Thanks to Ann for helping coordinate everything!

Ski Trip Info for Sunday!

For Ann:

Happy New Year!

As of right now we have 23 people attending the trip. We need to have at least 15 to keep the group rate so if any one needs to drop out, please let me know ASAP. Jack Frost opens 8 AM, however the snow tubers cannot tube until 10AM. So the happy medium is that we arrive by 8:15 AM. Hopefully, we get everyone paid for and geared up and on the slopes by 9. If anyone needs a ride, we will meet at the shed at 5:45 AM. Otherwise, we will meet in the lodge at Jack Frost by 8:15 AM. The only scout so far that needs a ride is Austin which I can bring. Please let me know if anyone else needs a ride or would like to carpool.

Please bring cash. The bill is due at the time of arrival. I need to pay the bill in full to get everyone's tickets. Attached are all of the permission forms. If you are skiing/snowboarding you need to fill out and sign the group rental form and helmet form. EVERYONE SKIING/SNOWBOARDING MUST WEAR A HELMET. For those who are snow tubing, there is also a waiver form. Please bring your forms signed. It makes processing paperwork faster and easier.

In the lodge, there is a cafeteria. However, food is expensive. You may want to pack snacks and a lunch. I will be remaining in the lodge and can "guard" all extra clothes and food.

See you Sunday!

50th Anniversary Video! Now online!

Our 50th Anniversary video is now available for online viewing! Thanks again to Dan Smith, Ed Madden, Tom Ferrari, and Ken Smith for all the hard work!

Ski Trip is this weekend! (Snowboarding and tubing too!)

Our annual Troop 48 Ski, Snowboarding, and Tubing Trip is this Sunday!

Please let Ann Gillespie know if your Scout and/or family are attending! - gillespiejas@comcast.net.

Cost for skiing or snowboarding is $39 per person plus helmet rental (everyone, Scout or adult, is required to wear a helmet if attending through the troop), which includes all day ski lift pass, equipment rental (minus helmet), and a lesson! Age restriction is 8 an up (their rule, not ours).

Tubing is $27 for a half day (3 hours) or $47 for the whole day. Abe and I will see you out there on the tubing hill!

As stated, friends and family are invited! All friends under the age of 18 must have an adult who will be responsible for them that day (does NOT have to be their parent, just someone who'll keep track of them.) Carpools can be arranged for Scouts who would like to attend with families who do not want to attend.

New lashing poles!

Hey look, new lashing poles!

Big thank you to Harold and Dambly's Garden Center (http://www.damblysgardencenter.com/) for the help! Thanks to our own Assistant Scoutmaster Paul Purcell for helping cut them down and transporting them!

Nice thank you from the MS Society

Got a package a few days ago in the mail! Nice to be appreciated! We first volunteered with the MS Society in the late 90s and have been manning a rest stop on the City to Shore Ride for more than 10 years. This year, we raised $1300 for the MS Society and contributed in the neighborhood of 500 man hours.

Happy holidays from Troop 48!

Wishing everyone a happy holidays and a happy New Year!

The Scouts celebrated a few weeks ago with buck buck, a fire, junk food, and a showing of the classic Santa Claus Defeats the Martians.

Monmouth Battlefield Trip

Great trip to Monmouth Battlefield last weekend! Went on a short hike, played capture the flag and manhunt, had a big fire, and were visited by a Confederate soldier (yes, we know we were at a Revolutionary War battlefield... thanks Captain Dorrell for visiting!). Overall, great last camping trip for 2014, looking forward to many more in 2015!

Memorial Award Winner - Skippy

Each year, Troop 48 chooses a Scout or Scouts as the recipient of the Walter Kowalewski III and Andrew Baldyga Memorial Award. Walt and Andrew were each Scouts with Troop 48, and each died very young, Walt of cancer and Andrew during an accident while climbing. They each embraced the best that the troop had to offer from the brotherhood to the adventures, from the successes to the failures. Each year, we honor both of these fallen scouts as best we can by each year linking their names to other scouts in Troop 48 that wake each day exhibiting a scouting spirit that we can all try to live up to.

This year's recipient is Bryan "Skippy" G. Congrats Skippy.

For the full story, please see the history section of our website.

Court of Honor

Took me a week to write this, but wow, what a way to celebrate 50 years! We had a huge turnout from both our current Scouting families and our past members, and the place was packed. The Scouts did a great job with running the ceremony, the slide show was as good as ever, and the 50 years of Troop 48 video came out far better than we had hoped (Note: Should soon be available for streaming on the website). Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to pull this thing together, whether it was picking up the PA system at my house, getting the advancements squared away, coordinating the food and pollyanna, or sewing badges on shirts. An especially big thanks to Dan Smith for putting 30 hours into creating the video in only about a week and half's time span, and then missing the big night because of a group presentation for his college class (No word on the grade yet, but we suspect it was an A.)

We also need to stop and thank everyone who helped make the last 50 years possible, from the late Joe Derr and Joe Schaffer who founded Troop 48, to Gary Lake and his loyal band of adults who kept things going from the 80s through the turn of the century, to Chris Farrell for bridging the gap and pushing Troop 48's adventure possibilities further than ever, to all of the alumni, parents, and leaders who got this thing back on track half a dozen years ago. Watch the video when it goes up, it pretty much says it all.

The biggest thank you goes to the last 50 years of Scouts who've called Troop 48 home. Without the Scouts, there would have been no adventures to go on and no stories to tell.

As Mr. Madden said at the close of the movie, "There have been a lot of great memories over the last fifty years. Tonight, we start making memories for the next fifty."

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