Congrats to Steve and Luke for making Eagle Scout!

HUGE congratulations to Stephen and Luke for each earning their Eagle Scout rank this week!

For his project, Steve built a new block long retaining wall at St Cecilia School in Pennsauken. He’s had quite a Scouting career, earning three 50 miler awards on the Appalachian Trail (Shenandoah, Vermont/Massachusetts, and Maryland), the BSA Camping Award, and was 2015’s Memorial Award recipient. He served for several years as Patrol Leader, and is currently an Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. In one of those “this will never be repeated” achievements, Steve came up from Delaware to be in Troop 48… nearly six years of an hour trip each way for the meetings! He’s not done either, as he is slated to go out to Washington State with the troop this summer! Stephen becomes our 118th Eagle Scout!

For his project, Luke sanded and painted a score of picnic tables at Camp FAC (the former YMCA Camp Moore) in Marlton, cleaned up the trails, pulled weeds from the volleyball court, and did a few other odd jobs. Luke also had quite the Scouting career. He camped out with the troop for 136 nights, including making seven summer trips and earning the Silver Bullet Award twice! He also earned FIVE 50 Miler Awards (Batona Trail, Grand Tetons, Shenandoah, Batona Trail [again], and Vermont/Massachusetts) and finished his career with just over 400 miles of backpacking with the troop. He aged out this Spring, and is set to go to Rowan University in the Fall. Luke becomes our 119th Eagle Scout!

We’re all very proud of your achievements and the men you have grown up to be. Congrats to each of you from all of us here at Troop 48!

Emergency Drill

In the spirit of “Be Prepared”, Troop 48 held an emergency drill two weeks ago. Notification was sent out via our text message system of the time and place to meet in Berlin, giving twenty minutes warning. Fifteen Scouts and numerous adults responded to the assigned location (the Berlin Historical Society).

The Boy Scouts have a long history of helping with disaster relief in all corners of the United States. Were Berlin to be struck by a disaster, Troop 48 will be mobilized to help with the relief efforts. This practice drill was one step in making sure that we are ready if, God forbid, disaster was ever to strike the town.

If you didn’t receive the message, talk to Mike and get on the text message list!

Skippy teaches ITOLS

A hearty “well done” to Skippy, who finished his 50 Miler in only three days so that he could… go teach adults about Scouting! He was dropped off directly from three days on the trail (no visit home for you) to the Council Introduction to Outdoor Leadership Skills course, where he helped teach the adult leaders several Scout skills (including, of course, backpacking). For all reports, he did a very impressive job.

Troop 48 Backpacks all of Maryland (plus some of PA and WV)

Over Spring Break, eight Scouts and three adults hiked 50 miles on the Appalachian Trail. We started Tuesday night, hiking 1/4 mile in to the Antietam Creek Shelter in Michaux State Forest in Pennsylvania.

Day 1 saw us hike 7 miles through Pennsylvania to the Maryland border, where we crossed the Mason-Dixon Line and plowed South for another 6 miles to the shelter.

Day 2 we hiked another 12 miles across Maryland.

Day 3, Troop 48 put an impressive 17 miles in on the Appalachian Trail, including the last few miles through the rain to arrive at the Ed Garvey Shelter. Skippy and Sherveer had to hike out at this point, finishing with just over 20 miles for the day, and completing their 50 Miler in just three days!

Our fourth and final day, we did our final eight miles, completing the the Appalachian Trail through Maryland and entering West Virginia. From there, we hiked less than a mile to the Appalachian Trail Conference Center, the official end of our 50 Miler. It was then a short stroll into Harpers Ferry where we devoured burgers before heading back to New Jersey. Overall, 7 of our 8 Scouts finished their 50 Miler – Skippy, Sherveer, Jason, Vinny, Tim, Stephen, and Magnus. Extra congrats to Vinny and Jason for finishing their first 50! Good job to Will also, who finished with “only” 44 miles as he had to miss our first day’s hiking.

BIG thank you to Paul and Danny for being the adults on the hike, and to Ken, Bob and Suzanne, Steve, Ann, and Liz for helping coordinate the many rides to make this thing happen!

Backpacking Presentation

At the end of March, Stephen and Magnus visited their fellow Scouts in Merchantville to give a little presentation on backpacking. Our Scouts showed what gear to bring and how to pack it, and answered questions from “How heavy is your pack?” to “How do you handle pooping?” Sadly, Troop 118 had their April backpacking trip snowed out (seriously, in April), but they are all set to give it a try in June. Best of luck!