GREAT trip to Cape Henlopen this weekend! Paddled from the Delaware Bay into the Atlantic Ocean (3 1/2 miles total), checking out a lighthouse, watching the Cape May-Lewes Ferry, and finding some dolphins on the way. Afterwards, there was hiking, climbing a WWII observation tower, checking out the gun emplacements at Fort Miles, and a rousing game of Ultimate Frisbee. Sunday morning, most of the troop stopped by to take a quick look at the lightship in Lewes, but ended up with the full tour even before the place officially opened thanks to some of the super nice, awesome guides there (http://www.overfalls.org/). While this was our first time camping out at Cape Henlopen, I’m sure that it won’t be our last.
BIG thank yous to the Chiassons and Gillespies for booking the campsites and kayaks, and of course to Paul and Paul for spending the weekend helping with the trip.
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.
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