Scout Sunday – February 7, 2016

ScoutSundayDear Parents, Scouts, and Leaders:

In coordination with Pack 103, the Troop will be celebrating Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 7 at the 9:00 AM mass.  Scouts are encouraged to participate in uniform.

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair

January Activities – Snow Tubing, Skills – 1/31/2016

St. Joseph’s Troop 103 didn’t let the overabundance of snow in January keep them from outdoor adventure or skill advancements.  The Troop was scheduled to go camping over the weekend of the 2016 blizzard, but since the cabin and tents were covered in snow and were inaccessible, the Troop spent a weekend of snow tubing and indoor skill review instead.

The weekend started off with snow tubing at Ski Liberty’s Boulder Mountain.  The leaders and Scouts had fun competing to see who could get down the hill the fastest.  There were races, spins, and belly flops on the inner tubes and then everyone enjoyed warming up by the fire in the lodge.

On Saturday morning Scouts had a day of skill review at the Hanover Church of the Brethren.  They practiced knot tying, rope fusing, and had more races to see who could set tents up the most quickly and accurately.  Some even slept in the tents indoors for fun.  They practiced their first aid skills by role playing different scenarios and enjoyed cooking meals with their patrols.

In February the Troop will be attending Sky Zone in Mechanicsburg and Klondike in Dillsburg to practice some search and rescue techniques.

The Scouts will be coordinating with Schultz’s Deli to hold monthly sub sales from now until June to raise money for summer camp.  If anyone is interested in purchasing subs, please contact and scout in the Troop.

Summer Activities, Adventure and Exploration – 10/1/2015

Troop 103 had a summer filled with opportunities for adventure, excitement, and exploration. The Scouts were exposed to whitewater rafting, earned multiple
merit badges at summer camp, refined their fishing and canoeing skills in Canada, and learned about coal mining.In June, Troop 103 traveled to River Riders in West Virginia to experience the thrills and spills among the rapids on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Because we had experienced so much rain the week prior to the trip, the rapids were even more thrilling than expected. After the morning of riding the
rapids, the Troop went to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to see Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights and heard an explanation of the battle
along with a demonstration of cannon fire. It was interesting to hear how accurate the cannons could be and deafening to hear the actual explosion.

Nine Scouts attend summer camp in July at Camp Rodney in North East, MD. Those nine Scouts earned a total of 29 merit badges during the week and worked
hard to earn the coveted honor troop award as well exceeding the number of points that they needed. They also completed a service project for the camp and
cleared a drainage area for water to flow more efficiently.

After being home from camp for one night, the Scouts left for another trip to Puzzle Lake in Canada. It was a long drive, but well worth the trip to be so
far away from everything. The lake was beautiful, fish plentiful, stars abundant, and the loons gave off a peaceful, but melancholy sound each evening. The
Scouts worked on their fishing and canoeing merit badges while there and enjoyed hiking, spelunking, and star gazing when the clouds cooperated. On the way
home we visited Niagara Falls and rode on the Maid of the Mist and then visited the Corning Museum in New York. While at the museum the Scouts participated
in several workshops where they tried their own hand a glassblowing. The final products were amazing. We have some talented Scouts!

2015-Puzzle Lake

In August the Troop went camping at Knoebles Amusement Park and visited the Pioneer Coal Mine in Ashland PA. The Scouts enjoyed the rides and Knoebles, but
were especially impressed with the vastness of the tunnel systems at the coal mine. They also visited Centralia where the coal mine fires have been burning
since 1962. It is hard to imagine that the mines were once so active and that a fire could burn for that duration.

The Scouts of Troop 103 are thankful for the many opportunities that were afforded to them over the summer months and look forward to many more adventures
in the future.

St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103 is proud to served the greater Hanover Area since 1918. We provide outdoor fun, adventure, leadership, advancement and achievement for area youth. The Troop meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph Middle School on Grandview Road, Hanover. For more information about the adventures of Troop 103, please visit our website at . Boys interested in joining our Troop or Cub Pack can contact our Scoutmaster Jeff Rosenzweig at 717-630-8451 or by email at .

Winter Court of Honor — 1/24/2015

Dear Parents, Scouts, and Leaders:

The Winter Court of Honor is this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Baltimore Street School.  All scouts are encouraged to attend and support those who are receiving rank advancements, merit badges and the Scout of the Year award. A detail schedule and locations for the day is provided below.

  • Setup              3:00PM  St. Joseph Elementary School at 236 Baltimore Street.  
  • Mass               5:00PM – 6:00PM at the Church
  • Court of Honor 6:30PM St. Joseph Elementary School at 236 Baltimore Street.  

At the Court of Honor there will be a Friends of Scouting Campaign presentation conducted by Ken Zinn.   This is the annual giving campaign to support our local Scout council.  As members of the New Birth of Freedom Council, our voluntary financial support is important.  The Friends of Scouting campaign helps fund items such as maintenance of our camping facilities, professional support services, program administration, and volunteer training.


Each family is encouraged to support the Friends of Scouting Campaign, so please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the campaign that is meaningful to you.  We are striving to have 100% participation.

If you have any questions before the presentation, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for your consideration,

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair


20-Mile Hike on the York Heritage Rail Trail — 11/2/2014

Hello all,

Attached are the map and permission form for the upcoming hike at Heritage Rail Trail County Park Hike this coming Sunday, 11/2/14. We will meet at the Troop trailer at 6am. Time will be a factor on this 20 mile hike. It is important we get an early start Sunday so we can finish before dark. This merit badge is a real accomplishment for the scouts and you should be proud. We will start in York City (Colonial Courthouse on the attached map) and finish at New Freedom.


When we start out the temp will be in the mid 30s.
The high will be 50 with some brisk wind throughout the day.
Dress in layers for the cold in the morning with the option and taking a few layers off as the temp rises.

Check the weather Saturday for any changes.


  • Make sure to bring 2 meals with you as we will be out in the field for 10 to 11 hours.
  • Bring plenty of water. We plan to have a vehicle at the half way point (Hanover Junction) so you can refill your water supply.
  • Personal 1st Aid Kit
  • Extra socks
  • Mole skin for feet
  • Rain gear just in case
  • Flash light – we will start at dawn and end at dusk
  • Weather appropriate clothing


I would like to have a short meeting with the adult drivers sometime Saturday to arrange vehicle logistics. Scouts are welcome also. We want to get the scouts to the starting point in York asap Sunday morning so we can get the hike started without them being involved in the vehicle placement.

Please respond to this email or call me if you plan on attending and what time the adults can meet Saturday.

See you then!


Appalachian Trail Hike — 10/19/2014

10 Mile Hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest.  Hike from Big Flat near Shippensburg Road to Caledonia State Park.  Meet at St. Joseph Church at 7 a.m..  Please contact Tour Leader Paul Race for more information (717-630-9930; 717-817-4553; 410-356-3108)

Washington DC Day Trip – 10/11/2014

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

Troop 103 has organized a day trip to Washington D.C. to visit some of the museums.  The Scouts have chosen to visit the following museums which are all within walking distance of each other:

  • The Air and Space Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • The Holocaust Museum

There is no admission cost to these museums, but if Scouts want to bring any spending money for gift shops or snacks that is permissible.

Please see the attached documents for the permission slip, itinerary, and packing list.

Jamie Goulden  (717) 476-3044  and  Alina Henninger: (717) 515-7236 will provide leadership for this activity

Appalachian Trail Hike — Oct. 4-5, 2014

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

The scouts have selected the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest as their next hiking destination and Oct. 4-5th as the dates. On Sat., Oct. 4, 2014, they will hike approx. 10 miles south on the AT from Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Birch Run Shelter, where they will spend the night. The next morning they will continue to hike south for another 10 miles and end at Caledonia State Park. Each hiker will need a sleeping bag and food for Saturday and Sunday. Further details will follow

Court of Honor on Saturday, 9/27; Parish Picnic on Sun., 9/28

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents & Committee,

Sat., 9/27/14:

            3:30 pm Court of Honor Setup:  Scouts should meet at 3:30 pm to set up & rehearse skits for the Court of Honor as well as to clear sticks/limbs from the Picnic Grove in preparation for the Parish Picnic.

            6:00 pm Court of Honor:  Please join scouts Ethan Martin and Ben Schaefer as they host our Summer/Fall 2014 Court of Honor this coming Saturday, 9/27/14 at 6 pm in the Social Hall at St. Joseph Church.  Scouts will be recognized for their accomplishments and we will all be entertained!

Sun., 9/28/14:

1:00 pm:  The scouts agreed to help patrol the grounds and conduct trash detail during the Parish Picnic between 1 and 6 pm.  Each scout should be prepared to assist from 1 pm to 6 pm unless the scouts create a schedule that will ensure constant coverage.

Thank you.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

Billy Yank 10 Mile Hike — 9/20/14

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

Please join us this coming Saturday, 9/20/14, for a 10 mile hike on the Billy Yank Trail in Gettysburg.  Meet at at 7 a.m. at St. Joseph Church.  Itinerary/Packing List and Permission Slip attached.  Although the Hiking Merit Badge scouts selected this hike, it is open to all who wish to join.  Thank you,

- Jeff