This evening (8/21/2018) Troop 103 Life Scout Justin Henninger was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103’s 85th Eagle Scout.
Justin is a junior at South Western High School and plans to attend college to study psychology and business in pursuit of a career in entrepreneurship. Justin’s Eagle Scout Service Project consisted of renovating an unused kitchen/storage area at Olivia’s House, a grief and loss center for children. He supervised the removal of old cabinets and appliances and the installation of new cabinets and shelving. This provided needed storage and workspace. As a child, Justin benefitted from the services of Olivia’s House after the untimely loss of his father.
When asked at his Eagle Scout Board of Review about the most important lesson he had learned in scouting, Justin responded “hard work pays wonders”. Scouting provided Justin with the opportunities to sleep on a battleship, a submarine and an aircraft carrier, and Justin’s message to younger scouts is, “It’s worth it.”
Please join me in congratulating Justin and in thanking Olivia’s House, the many other donors (especially Justin’s fellow congregants at Hanover Church of the Brethren), family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible. Please enjoy the attached photo of our proud Eagle Scout with mom and other supportive members of Troop 103! Thank you,
Boy Scout Troop 103 of St. Joseph Catholic Church is honored to announce the celebration of its 100th anniversary of serving our youth and our community. In conjunction with our celebration, we will also be recognizing the 95 years of service to God and St. Joseph Catholic Church by the troop’s sponsoring organization, The Holy Name Society.
The celebration will be held on Saturday, June 16, 2018 in the Msgr. Gribbin Parish Social Hall at St. Joseph Catholic Church and School on Grandview Road. Our celebration is scheduled to begin at 6:15 pm with dinner being served at 6:30 pm. The dinner will be catered by Boneyard BBQ.
The Troop program has continued to thrive and flourish through the years due to three vitally important reasons. First, there is the long-standing dedication of time and concern of our adult leaders. Second, there is an ongoing commitment of our troop committee to develop and offer a program that promotes worth and value in being a member of Troop 103. Finally, there are those timeless human values offered to the youth by the scouting program. Come celebrate with us.
We will give thanks to all of you who have helped in the first 100 years, as we look forward to the next one hundred.
Please complete the accompanied Reservation Form to confirm your reservation. Bring your family or friends. Meals can be purchased at a cost of $18.00 each.
Join us for a memorable occasion and meet some of the people who made these fine organizations great and those who continue to carry on the tradition.
Please join us next Saturday in Washington DC for Smithsonian – A Day at the Museums. Itinerary, Packing List and Permission Slip are attached. Please RSVP so we can ensure adequate seating. Thank you,
Troop 103 has earned GOLD status for three consecutive years. “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.
The Troop has qualified for the Journey to Excellence Award each year since its inception and for many consecutive years prior with the Quality Unit Award that was replaced by the Journey to Excellence Award.
Troop 103 is proud of providing and offering an excellent Scouting Program that provides opportunities to our youth to experience the outdoors and grow both morally and physically into strong leaders of the future. This scout led program is a partnership of both youth and adults.
In 2017, the Troop excelled in the following award objectives:
Planning and Budgeting. The scouts plan activities for the entire year at a planning outing each year. Our planning calendar is published on our website.
Service Projects: The Troop Participated in over 18 Service projects that benefited the community without any financial benefit to the Troop or scouts.
Following the Patrol Method. The troop has patrols, and each has a patrol leader. Our Troop’s youth leadership includes a Senior Patrol Leader and his assistant, We have patrols that are led by a Patrol Leader. The Troop also elects many other officers including the Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, etc.. The youth leadership (Patrol Leaders Council) meets each month.
Leadership and Family Engagement. Troop 103’s leadership is made up of 20 adult leaders with well over 400 years of combined experience. It includes a Scoutmaster and his 4 Assistant Scoutmasters. The Troop is fully supported by 15 additional committee members.
Trained Adult Leaders: All adult leaders including all committee members are fully trained in their positions. Three members of our leadership have also taken a week-long Wood-badge training. Multiple members of the committee support the district in planning and executing district activities.
Scouts are challenged to defeat and escape from a room at Escape Confusion located at downtown Hanover.
When: Monday 1/15/2018 at 7pm
The various rooms are carefully crafted with unique themes and each puzzle is designed to fit the experience and enhance your escape. You’ll have just 60 minutes and once you’re in there, you’ll see how fast the clock can tick! What do you think? Do you have what it takes?
Can you Escape Confusion?
The Exchange Club of Hanover, Pennsylvania presented Mathew Nawn, our Senior Patrol Leader with the “Young Citizenship Award” for the First Quarter of the School Year. Matthew appears to the right in the attached photo along with another student in the Hanover Public School District. More information about the Exchange Club and youth awards/scholarships may be found at http://www.hanoverexchangeclub.com/index.html.
The Exchange’s Young Citizenship Award rewards worthwhile, hard working youths at the middle school level. This program is designed to honor pre-high school students who daily demonstrate good citizenship both at school and at home. It does not necessarily seek to salute star scholastic or athletic performers. Instead, it singles out and encourages young people who, although they may not be at the head of their class, are hones, hard-working, helpful and fair. Students are selected by their teachers and are given an application to submit for the award.
Christmas caroling at Hanover Hall is scheduled for this coming Tuesday, December 12, 2017. Please meet at Hanover Hall (267 Frederick Street) at 6:30 pm. We will be caroling with Pack 103 and should be finished by 8 pm. Parents & siblings are invited!
This evening (11/14//2017) Troop 103 Life Scout Tommy Seymour was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103’s 84th Eagle Scout.
Tommy is a senior at Hanover Senior High School and is looking forward to a career as an author and English teacher. Tommy’s Eagle Scout Service Project consisted of renovating the St. Joseph Church Prayer Path/Garden, which had been vandalized and fallen into disrepair. The Prayer Path/Garden was created by Anthony Eltz, Troop 103’s 68th Eagle Scout, for his Eagle Scout Service Project in 2008.
Please join me in congratulating Tommy and in thanking St. Joseph Church, the many other donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible. Please enjoy the attached photo of our proud Eagle Scout and his equally proud parents!
Pack 103 has invited Troop 103 and siblings to the Pack’s Solar Eclipse Party this coming Monday, August 21, 2017. It will be held at the St. Joseph Church Picnic Grove pavilion from 12:45 pm – 3 pm. This party will be one small part of a national Boy Scouts of America event. There will be BSA Solar Eclipse parties all over the country (at varying times based off the Eclipse path). The partial eclipse in Hanover, PA begins at 1:17pm, is at maximum eclipse at 2:41 and ends at 3:58pm.
The Pack will have different, fun Eclipse related projects, learning lessons and refreshments during the party. There is a national BSA patch for the event; information is available at