GIFT Food Drive!

Thank you to Dan and Timmy for representing Troop 48 at the GIFT Thanksgiving Food Distribution this Saturday! We were split between two projects at once, but I heard that these young men did a great job representing us and worked very hard. Great job guys!

Overall, GIFT provides over 150 families with Thanksgiving meals.

Week of service! Need help with service projects Friday, Saturday, and Sunday! Two projects Saturday!

Big, Huge, Major Problem #1 – Due to a time change, Troop 48 has been double booked for service hours this Saturday. Tim’s Eagle Project (which he needs a ton of help on) will be taking place, but at the exact same time the GIFT Food Pantry at Holy Communion Lutheran Church is distributing Thanksgiving meals and needs our help with carrying things.

Dropping out of either one of these is not an option, so we really need all hands on deck to help with one location or the other on Saturday. PLEASE let me know via e-mail or tonight in person if your scout and/or you can help with either of the events this Saturday! Details below…

Eight days of Scouting Service

– Scouting for Food is in high gear. Bags should have been distributed at this time to friends and neighbors with a note asking for non-perishable food donations (the note is already made up, and was distributed in a past e-mail. All you have to do is print and put a date on there!). All donations will go to support Berlin’s G.I.F.T Food Pantry at our own Holy Communion Lutheran Church. There are three days/times to drop off food:
* Tonight at the shed during our regular meeting times.
* This Friday, November 20 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church between 4 and 5 PM.
* This Saturday, November 21 at Holy Communion Lutheran Church between 11 AM and Noon for the meal distribution.

If you end up not dropping the food off on time, still bring it in! The Food Pantry is open year round, so will happily take food after our Scouting for Food Drive officially closes!

– This Friday, November 20 – Holy Communion Church @ 4 PM – The GIFT Food Pantry needs help putting together their Thanksgiving meal packages. This will go on until the work is finished.

– This Saturday, November 21 – Holy Communion Church @ 11 AM to 12 PM. The GIFT Food Pantry needs strong Scouts to help carry Thanksgiving meals to cars during their pickup event. Please wear your “Class A” uniform and make sure to bring gloves (frozen turkeys are COLD!)

– This Saturday, November 21 9 AM to 4 PM – Tim S’s Eagle Project @ Batsto. “Please plan on attending my Eagle Scout Project on Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22 at 9 AM to 4 PM. We will be resurfacing a trail in Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest. Please bring gloves, shoves, rakes, and wheelbarrows if you have them. Lunch will be provided of course. Thank you for your support.”

– This Sunday, November 22 – 9 AM to 4 PM – Tim S’s Eagle Project @ Batsto. “Please plan on attending my Eagle Scout Project on Saturday November 21 and Sunday November 22 at 9 AM to 4 PM. We will be resurfacing a trail in Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest. Please bring gloves, shoves, rakes, and wheelbarrows if you have them. Lunch will be provided of course. Thank you for your support.”

District Rocketry Competition

A reminder that registration for the White Horse District Reach for the Stars Rocketry Competition ends this Friday, November 20th! The event itself is Saturday, December 12.

What? – A rocketry competition where Scouts will build and launch their own model rocket. This is part of the larger Reach for the Stars National Rocketry Contest, and winners may qualify for a no-expense paid trip down to Florida for the national finals!

National information can be found at http://www.therocketman.net/ (not an Elton John fan site)

When?: Saturday, December 12 10 AM to 4 PM.

Where? Pine Hill Scout Reservation in Pine Hill, NJ.

Each participant will receive:
« Registration in the national competition
« A rocket kit to build and keep
« Supplies for 2 launches
« Full color Certificate of Achievement bearing Christa McAuliffe’s quote and artwork of astronaut & moonwalker, Alan Bean

Who can participate?: All registered Boy Scouts are eligible! Participating Scouts may also bring a friend (who must also register in advance).

Cost – $15 per Scout (paid to White Horse District through their website, NOT through Troop 48).

How do I register?:
http://dk.gardenstatescouting.org/event/reach-for-the-stars-national-roc…

Registration closes on November 20th!

Pack a lunch that day and make sure to dress warm!

Note – this is NOT a Troop activity, and none of our leaders are part of the organization or running of the event (although some may attend with their Scouts). If your Scout is interested, make sure to register him via the link provided! Any Scouts who go that day, please take pictures!

Congrats to our newest Eagle Scout- Don Shamilov!

Congrats to Don Shamilov for making Eagle Scout tonight! His project was at the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, where he installed gutters and rain barrels on the pavilion. Don ends his Scouting career not only with Scouting’s highest rank, but also more than 400 miles of backpacking under his belt!

And to think it all started because he brought a flyer home from school…

Congrats again!

Sherveer’s Hornaday project featured on nj.com!

For those that don’t know, a Hornaday Project is an Eagle Scout project level undertaking with an environmental focus that is part of trying to earn the Hornaday Award. The Hornaday Award, which is bestowed, not earned, has many different levels and requires earning several environmental merit badges in addition to the project.

Sherveer is wrapping up the last stages of his award before he applies for consideration. Fingers crossed!

http://www.nj.com/camden/index.ssf/2015/10/eagle_at_12_eco-hero_at_14_wh…

Monkey Bridge

Fun trip last weekend to Goshen Pond! We had seven cubs come out to visit, who enjoyed an obstacle course, a hike around Atsion, helping to cook and lash, and a game of manhunt at night! The highlight of the weekend, though, was definitely the monkey bridge! We haven’t made one of these in a while, and Skippy opted for a new design that we’d never tried, but it worked beautifully. We didn’t even need to use a truck to keep the tension up! I’m sure more big lashing projects will be in the works for the future.

Yard Sale a BIG success!

Busy day! Huge thank you to everyone who helped out with the yard sale today! We have a few bigger items that we are going to throw up on Craigslist still, but we cleared $1,001 today!

The Scouts also worked out their schedule of activities for year! I’ll have these included in the next weekly e-mail, and will get them up on the website as well.

Finally, the shed and patrol shelves are super neat and organized thanks to a lot of hard work by the Scouts.

The only downside – we weren’t able to get the remaining yard sale items donated to Hope Thrift today. At the moment, the plan is to load up the extra stuff on Monday (since many of the Scouts are off for Columbus Day) and take it over then. I’ll shoot out an e-mail and a text when we have a time, but if anyone can spare an hour (at the most) on Monday to help out, it would be greatly appreciated!