Newest Eagle Scout - Paul Iacovonni

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.

Congrats Paul!

Mike McCormick

Troop 48 Super Bowl Hoagie Sale!

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!



Court of Honor

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.

Upcoming November Event Information

• 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.

Some Upcoming Events

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.