Tim Smith – Eagle Scout

Congrats to Tim Smith for earning his Eagle Scout rank back the end of February.  For his project, Tim resurfaced the Red Lake Trail at Batsto in Wharton State Forest.  He also had a great run in Troop 48, including being one of the scouts who went to Washington State last summer.

Tim becomes our 120th Eagle Scout!  Congrats again Tim!

Front Page News!

Who has six thumbs and made the front page of The Berlin Sun in February? Troop 48 did, or at least one of our patrols.  Fame and fortune, here we co… I mean, great job guys!

Thank you to Kristin over at the Sun for such a great article on the Klondike Derby!

The Return of Pictures!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the return of the pictures archive to the website. With thousands on thousands of photographs (just around 310GB) spanning the fifty years plus years the troop has been around, this has been no small task. I hope everyone finds the new setup relatively error free and easy to use.

Climbing Night


Friendly reminder – no regular meeting this Wednesday! Instead, we’ll be at Elite Climbing at 67 Old Kings Highway, Maple Shade, NJ 08052 from 7 PM to 9 PM!

Cost for 5 to 9 climbers is $20, so please bring $20 in cash or a check made out to Troop 48. If we get more than that, then the cost per Scout will go down.

All climbers (Scouts or adults) should bring a signed wavier:

If you plan on attending and climbing, please let Paul know – pascu@verizon.net

See you Wednesday!

White Horse District Klondike Winners!

Congrats to the Phoenix Patrol – John, Stephen, and Magnus – for winning the 2017 White Horse District Klondike Derby!  They beat out 25 other patrols from 18 other Troops from all over Camden County.

The Beaver Patrol also took a major step up in the standings from last year, which was great.

Overall, it was a fun day for all involved!  Big thank you to all the adults from the White Horse District who made it such a great day!

We also had a great write up on the event in The Berlin Sun. Thanks to that fine paper for coming out to the Klondike!


Join Troop 48 today!


Troop 48 is for all boys aged 11 to 17 (or Arrow of Light Scouts aged 10 and older who have finished the Arrow of Light Award).  You don’t need to have any Scouting experience.  You don’t need to be from Berlin (we have scouts from Berlin, Voorhees, Pine Hill, Barrington, and other area towns).  You just need to have a spirit of adventure!

Joining is easy, just come check us out (risk free!) at a meeting at “the shed” at Holy Communion Lutheran Church (442 South Route 73 Berlin, NJ 08009).  The boy can go get his hands dirty with the other Scouts.  The parent can ask as many questions as their heart desires.

For more info, contact Scoutmaster Mike McCormick at michaelmccormick26@gmail.com or call him at 856-287-2155!

Troop48Berlin.org 4.0

Welcome to the latest, and hopefully, greatest iteration of the Troop’s website. The fan favorite photo section will be forthcoming soon as I go through and manually add our massive archive of photos to the new platform (if it makes you feel better, I am all the way through 2008 from 1964).

The calendar section will be added shortly as well.

Please let me know if you find things that are out of place (such as non-function newsletter links).

Washington = amazing adventure of a lifetime!

Well, the Washington crew is also back from their two week adventure in the Pacific Northwest! Seven scouts and four leaders spent three days exploring Olympic National Park by car, backpacked for 6 days and 61 miles through some of the most isolated parts of the park, and then enjoyed all the Seattle had to offer, from a sunset kayaking trip to the Space Needle to touring a active duty missile destroyer during Fleet Week.

For me, the highlight had to be the backpacking. I’m very proud of everyone who made it through the backpacking (smiling pretty much the whole time). We had bees stings, blisters, bruises, and sunburn. We climbed some big ridges, dodged a wildfire, went for a swim in an ice cold river, balanced on logs across rivers, and a few accidentally went sledding on their packs down a snow bank. We had amazing views from mountain passes, slept next to a river every night (four nights without company!), and went 36 hours without seeing another person.

Olympic National Park, you were an amazing adventure.

Summer trip is back!

The summer trip has returned from a week of fun at Michaux State Forest in Central Pennsylvania! They hiked the Appalachian Trail, kayaked and rowboated around the lake, visited Pine Grove Furnace State Park (the center of the Appalachian Trail and home to our 1995 summer trip), and attacked a poor, helpless chocolate bar man at Hershey Park. Can’t wait to hear the stories guys!

Congrats to Vinny on finishing his Eagle Project!

Congrats to Vinny for finishing up his Eagle Project on Saturday! Vinny did a magnificent job overhauling the veterans’ memorials area at the Barrington Municipal Building, moving the flagpoles, trimming the trees, redoing all of the gardening, replacing the brickwork, rebuilding the two benches there, and probably doing more things that I forgot to mention. The finished project looks great!