Klondike Derby!

Scouts had a great time at this year’s White Horse District Klondike Derby.  Each of our patrols did better than last year, and Skeleton Patrol (pictured below) took third place over all!  Good job guys!

Big thank you to all of the units who ran events for the Scouts, and the Brian, Nancy, and Kevin for helping run our event this year!

James’s Eagle Court of Honor

New Eagle Scout James Bilella joined by a crew of other Troop 48 Eagle Scouts.

Thank you to everyone who came out last week to celebrate Jame’s earning of Eagle Scout!  The ceremony was held at St Simon Stock Parish in Berlin and was well attended by well-wishers of James.

If you want to learn more about James’s Scouting career and project, please take a look at the article about him published in the Berlin Sun!

James Bilella III reaches Eagle Scout after project at Ft. Mifflin by Matthew Shinkle

2018… good year!

We wrapped up 2018 with our annual Court of Honor, celebrating Troop 48’s 54th birthday!  Scouts were recognized for their accomplishments, a slide show of absurd pictures was hollared at, and many sugary snacks were eaten.  Thank you everyone for a great year!

2018 memories:

Cold? Wet? December? Must be time to camp

Had a great (wet) time at Antietam in December!  We camped (swam) in the Appalachian Mountains of Maryland for two nights.  Saturday, we explored (boated?  swam more?) 6 miles around Antietam Battlefield.

Hardtack lunch?

Sadly, the Memorial Lights planned for the battlefield were rained out, but we  stopped by to visit the Appalachian Trail Conference headquarters in Harpers Ferry, West Virginia, because why not go to two more states on this trip?

Despite the rain and cold, it was a pretty great way to end our camping for 2018!

Turkey Hand-out Saturday – help needed!

This Saturday, November 17th, is the final part of our November service, as GIFT Food Pantry, needs help with their annual Thanksgiving Food Handout, where they provide 125 Thanksgiving meals for the less fortunate in our community.

Help is needed starting at 8:30 AM until 11:00 AM at the church (442 South Route 73, Berlin, NJ) to help pack food bags, and then to help carry bags and frozen turkeys to cars. Scouts are asked to wear their “Class A” Scout uniforms if they have them, and winter gloves are HIGHLY recommended for carrying turkeys! Please come out and help if you can!

Food drive!

Troop 48 is collecting food for the food pantry in Berlin! How can you help?

We put out 1000 bags today in Berlin Borough and Township. If you received a bag, just leave it out on your steps (feel free to add more bags to it!) next Sunday, November 11th, and we’ll pick it up from you!

If we didn’t leave bags at your door, you can…

1) Drop them off the Wednesday night (11/7) at “the shed” at Holy Communion Lutheran Church on Route 73 in Berlin between 7 and 8 PM. If you don’t know where “the shed” is, call Mike at 856-287-2155 when you pull into the church parking lot and we’ll come grab your donations! We cannot collect donations at this location other days,

2) Drop them off Thursday night (11/8) at the Berlin VFW (34 Chestnut Ave, Berlin, NJ) between 7 PM and 7:45 PM! We cannot collect donations at this location other days or times.

3) If you are in Berlin Borough or Township, contact Scoutmaster Mike McCormick via email michaelmccormick26@gmail.com or text 856-287-2155 by Friday night with your address and which town you are in, and we’ll have someone pick bagged donations up off of your porch on Sunday morning!

Thank you everyone for any donations you can help with! Shares on social media also appreciated!

Scouting for Food!

Troop 48 and Pack 48 spent our morning (after packing up camp!) distributing 1000 flyers and bags for Scouting for Food across Berlin Borough and Township.

We will be returning next Sunday to collect!

Huge thank you to Brian, Logan, Matt, and James for all the help with the bags, as well as our Pack 48 friends!