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
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!
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.
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,
Scouts are hiking the York heritage Rail Trail on Saturday. The 10-mile hike begins at Hanover Junction and will meander to New Freedom. The hike begins at 8AM. Meet at the Church at 7AM and bring your lunch.
In honor of this achievement, we have scheduled an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for 5PM Saturday, August 16, 2014 at Codorus State Park Visitor Center, corner of Smith Station Road and #216. Hanover, PA.
Last evening (5/20/2014) Troop 103 Life Scout & Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Clint Wright was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103′s 81st Eagle Scout. Clint’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved leading others in creating and installing new signs on the Mary Ann Furnace Trail at Codorus State Park, as well as clearing and widening the trails and taking steps to control water erosion. Clint will be entering his senior year at Southwest High School in the fall. He hopes to continue his wrestling career in college, where he expects to major in political science en route to a career as a political analyst and/or campaign manager. Please join me in congratulating Clint and in thanking the beneficiary organization (Codorus State Park), the Exchange Club of Hanover and other donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible.
Cooking Merit Badge Sat. May 17, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. at St. Joseph Church. Bring Mess Kit, Water bottle and utensils. We will not be able to get all of the requirements completed Saturday. morning, so we will need to schedule another class to finish up the cooking requirements. Please call me with any questions. 717-476-3044 Jamie Goulden
The Battlefield District Activities Committee is hosting the 2014 Spring Cookoree from April 25-27.. This Cookoree is open to all Packs, Troops and Crews. We would like to thank Christ United Church of Christ in Littlestown, PA for allowing our district to use their picnic grove for this event.
Theme: This event will be based on “Cooking”. Saturday’s program stations will be a cooking related competition. Troops and Crews will have the same program. Cub Packs will have a separate but similar program.
Order of the Arrow (OA) Elections will be conducted at the Troop Meeting on Tuesday, April 8th. Please make a strong effort to attend Tuesday’s Troop meeting. Tuesday night’s agenda includes elections of your fellow eligible scouts into the Order of the Arrow. At least 50% of the members of Troop 103 must be present to conduct the elections so your attendance is important! Existing members of the OA should wear their OA sash.
The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the national honor society of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). It uses American Indian-styled traditions and ceremonies to bestow recognition on scouts selected by their peers as best exemplifying the ideals of Scouting.
The Purpose of the OA is to:
* Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
* Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
* Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
* Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
There are specific eligibility requirements for those who can be elected into the OA. I will contact those eligible scouts to see if they are interested in being considered for this OA election. More details about the election will be presented on Tuesday night.
The Order of the Arrow membership requirements are:
* Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
* After registration with a troop or team, have experienced 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy
Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
* Youth must be under the age of 21, hold the BSA First Class rank or higher, and following approval by the Scoutmaster or Varsity team Coach, be elected by the youth members of their troop or team.
* Adults (age 21 or older) who are registered in the BSA and meet the camping requirements may be selected following nomination to the lodge adult selection committee. Adult selection is based on their ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and is not for recognition of service, including current or prior positions. Selected adults must be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities, and must provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the lodge.
Tuesday evening (2/18/2014) Troop 103 Life Scouts Jacob Grove and Mark Evich were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103′s 79th and 80th Eagle Scouts.
Jacob’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved leading others in the construction of new information kiosks for Codorus State Park. Jacob is a senior at South Western High School and is acquiring proficiency in the welding trade. During his Eagle Scout Board of Review, Jacob credited scouting with teaching him patience, planning skills and thriftiness. He credited his parents, friends and brother (Ethan Grove, Troop 103 Eagle Scout No. 76) with encouraging him to achieve Scouting’s highest honor.
Mark’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved leading others in adding a reflection area to the St. Joseph Infant Section of Mt. Olivet Cemetery. A cement platform was installed for an angel statue; benches were installed; and, trees were planted to offer visitors privacy from the neighbors and traffic. Mark is a junior at Delone Catholic High School, active in student government, wrestling and cross country. Mark credited scouting with teaching him important outdoor skills. His future plans include attending college and ROTC.
Please join me in congratulating Jacob and Mark and in thanking the beneficiary organizations (Codorus State Park, St. Joseph Church/Mt. Olivet Cemetery), all donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible.
Here is the upcoming schedule for next weekend events.
Court of Honor: Saturday, February 1, 2014 at 6:15 PM
Scout Sunday: Sunday, February 2, 2014 at 9:00 AM mass
In coordination with Pack 103, the Troop will be celebrating Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 2 at the 9:00 AM mass.
The Winter Court of Honor will be held the night before on Saturday, February 1 beginning at 6:15PM. All scouts are encouraged to attend and support those who are receiving rank advancements, merit badges and the Scout of the Year award. More details about the Court of Honor program will be communicated on Tuesday to the scouts at the troop meeting.
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 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .