Great weekend at Rodney!







Great weekend at Rodney!  We stayed in the Wilderness Cabin for two nights (and it went down to 17 degrees, so were happy to have it!).

Saturday, Troop 48 went on a hike in Elk Neck State Park on the Beaver Marsh Trail, then took part in a scavenger hunt in camp, which Eagle Patrol won!

Later that night, we cooked dinner by a beautiful sunset, caught a glimpse of the International Space Station, and had a few rounds of Risk and the Weird NJ game.

On our way home on Sunday, we stopped at the Conowingo Dam on the Susquehanna River.  Sadly, we didn’t spot any bald eagles (on the right winter day, you can spot a hundred at a time fishing by the dam), but it was pretty impressive nonetheless.

Next trip – Wilderness Survival at Halgas Scout Camp!

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!