12/26/2006: New and larger Eagle Recipient Plaque Installed.
In 2006, a project was led by Committee Member Frank Sanders to have a new plaque of Eagle Scouts created and mounted. There was no space for additional names of Eagle Scouts available on the existing plaque. John and Lois Zinn donated the plaque to the Troop and parish community. The plaque was installed in the hallway of the St. Joseph Middle School by John Zinn, Richard Slusser, and Frank Sanders. Others were on hand for the event. Click on the Plaque image to see more photos of the event.
12/12/2006: Christmas Caroling at Homewood on Plum Creek.
Troop 103 voices provide Christmas cheer at Homewood at Plum Creek Click on the image to see more photos of the event.
11/19/2006 - Planning Conference Weekend - Events Established for 2007
11/18/2006 through 12/6/2006: Phase II of Greg Stevens' Eagle Project.
11/18/2006 through 12/6/2006: Phase II of Greg Stevens' Eagle Project. Scouts build park benches for use at Codorus State Park. Bird seed bins are constructed and delivered for installation at the Park Administration Building. Click the image to see the gallery.
Other December Events.
Tuesday Dec. 19 6:30PM: Regular Troop Meeting.
Bring your Scout Handbook and verify that your advancement/activities records are correct in TroopMaster.
Tues., Nov. 7: Troop Meeting for all scouts (PLC meeting will occur next month)
Thurs., Nov. 9: Subs distributed
Fri, Nov. 10 (4:30) Setup for Christmas Bazaar
Sun, Nov. 12 (noon) Tear down for Christmas Bazaar
Tues. Nov. 14: Troop Meeting
Fri.-Sun. Nov. 17-19: Planning Weekend at Camp Conewago
Tues. Nov. 21: Troop Meeting
Sun. Nov. 26: John Mulder's Eagle Award Presentation. At the 10:15AM Mass. Celebration following at the Social Hall.
Tues, Nov. 28: Elections at Troop Meeting
10/28/2006 - Scouts backpack and hike the Appalachian Trail from PenMar Park to Tumbling Run Shelters
10/28/2006 - Scouts backpack and hike the Appalachian Trail from PenMar Park to Tumbling Run Shelters Click the image to see the gallery.
Sat.- Sun. Oct. 28-29: Backpacking the Appalachian Trail. We will be hiking South to North. Mass at National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes in Emmitsburg. Setup for Pack Halloween party on Sunday (late afternoon) after Mass.
10/29/2006 - Chimney Rocks - Michaux State Forest Click the image to see the gallery.
10/29/2006 - Troop 103 visits the National Shrine Grotto of Lourdes and assists during Mass. Click the image to see the gallery.
10/14/2006: Eagle Project lead by Greg Stevens begins at Codorus State Park.
10/14/2006 - Troop 103 under the leadership of Greg Stevens Improves a nature path near the administration building of Codorus State Park.. Click the image to see the gallery.
Other Activities in October
Sat. Oct. 14: Eagle project (9am-3pm) at Codorus Ranger Station. New! Service Project at the Community Health Center on York Street from 4:00PM - 7:00PM
Sun Oct. 15 (6pm-7pm): Mandatory parent & scout meeting at Annunciation Church in McSherrystown for all scouts interested in Ad Altare Dei & Pope Pius XII Religious Emblems
Tues. Oct. 17: No Troop Meeting (Mission Week); Eagle BOR in Bonneauville
Sat. Oct. 21: Camp Conewago Cleanup; Cooking for Halloween Parade
Mon Oct. 23: Troop Meeting at Church Picnic Grove. Monday meeting instead of on Tues Oct. 24 (Trick or Treat); Shakedown for Appalachian Trail Backpacking Hike (see Oct. 28-29); bring packed backpacks, including food (4 meals & snack); bring Concession Stand supplies for Halloween parade
Tues Oct. 24: No Meeting (Trick or Treat. Troop Meeting held on Monday Oct 23.)
Weds. Oct. 25: Cook for Halloween Parade Concession stand
Fall Camporee Event Report held on September 29-30:
As reported by Scoutmaster, Jeff Rosenzweig:
"We sent two patrols (10 Scouts) to the 2006 Fall Camporee at Camp Conewago this past weekend, which was hosted by Troop 105 with assistance from Troop 101. A total of 12 patrols participated (I don't recall how many Troops attended). The theme was "Lewis & Clark" and the scouts were tested in several areas including Lewis & Clark trivia, first aid, fire-building with flint & steel, cooking authentic Hoe Cakes, mapping/orienteering, ropes/knots/lashings,
The program began Friday evening with a big-screen showing of National Geographic's Lewis & Clark IMAX movie. Stations consumed most of Saturday. A Catholic Mass was held Saturday evening followed
by Campfire & skits. An Interfaith worship service was held Sunday morning which included singing, psalms and prayers/readings from several faith backgrounds (Native American, Hebrew, Bahai, etc.). We participated in all of the events.
Our patrols brought home several beautiful, hand-made plaques and ribbons (click on photo of awards to see enlargements) including the coveted awards for Best Overall and Most Spirited. Patrols were penalized if they received assistance from the adults. I can say with confidence that Troop 103's scouts received no adult assistance and their awards resulted from their own skills and knowledge. All awards will be on display at tomorrow's PLC. Our scouts are very proud. Here is an approximate breakdown of their successes:
1st Place: Mapping, Ropework, Translation, Firebuilding, Pine Cone Toss, Keelboat;
Summer camp at Camp
Rodney was a busy and exciting week for Troop 103. Here are some
statistics about our week-long activities.
Badges - The scouts collectively earned approximately 55 merit
Program - Three first year scouts completed the Brownsea
program. This premier, high energy camper program teaches scouts to
work as a patrol while learning many of the skills needed for advancement to
First Class. They are exposed to skills such as swimming, boating,
shooting archery, nature and basketry. I would like to thank Richard
Slusser and Dave Mulder for their detailed assistance with this excellent
program throughout the week. All three scouts earned their Totin' Chip
and Firem'n Chit awards.
Project - The entire Troop participated in a service project at the
camp where a dangerous hole was filled and a service road was repaired from
water runoff damage. The road was improved to divert future runoff from
damaging the road further.
Wednesday Night - The Troop had the honor of retiring the flag on
Wednesday night during Retreat Ceremonies.
- The Troop received the following awards and
Troop Award - The Troop received the coveted honor Troop Award
which is awarded to outstanding troops who show excellence in participation,
skills and service throughout the week. Some of the activities used to
determine this include participation in nightly retreat
ceremonies, service projects, high level of campsite inspections,
polar bear swims, volleyball competition, camp wide games, adult leader
Baden-Powell Patrol Award - The
Brownsea Patrol made up of members from our troop received the
Baden-Powell Patrol Award. This award is named
after scouting's founding father, Lord Robert Baden-Powell and is awarded to
patrols that go that extra mile and show heightened enthusiasm and scout
Trace Education - The entire troop (and Friday night visitors)
participated in the "Leave no trace" program presented to our troop at our
campsite. The program educates scouts on minimizing the impact on our
environment while conducting camping and other scouting
Games Winner - One of our patrols was a divisional winner of the
Camp wide games event.
Volleyball Champions - Our troop
remained undefeated all week long and trounced the Camp Staff team too
during the Volleyball games.
Bear Swim - 14 Scouts and 4 adults completed the requirements to
earn the Polar Bear Swim patch.
Bike Patch - 1 scout successfully completed the requirements
for the Mountain Bike patch.
Patch - 1 scout successfully completed the requirements for the
Iron Man triathalon event that included 1500 meter kayaking, 5K Running and
5k Mountain Biking.
Leader Training and Certification - During the week, the following
adults completed training or are certified merit badge counselors in the
Protection Training - Jeff Rosenzweig, Charlie Grove, Bob Zinn
Leave No Trace
Training - Jeff Rosenzweig, Charlie Grove, Bob Zinn
Trek on Safely -
Charlie Grove, Bob Zinn
Climb on Safely
Training - Jeff Rosenzweig, Bob Zinn
Safe Swim Defense
- Dave Mulder, Charlie Grove
Safety Afloat -
Dave Mulder, Charlie Grove
Badge Counselors: Dave Mulder, Richard Slusser
Badge Counselors: Dave Mulder, Richard
6/17/2006 - Tubing down Penns Creek at Poe Paddy State Park. Click the image to see the gallery.
Meet at the Church on Friday at 12:00 Noon
Bring your own Tube, Life Vest, Bike Helmet, Sunscreen and an extra pair of Protective Shoes for use in the water
Troop Cooking as one Group
Cost: $15 per youth traveling with others, or $10 per Youth or Parent. Includes food and Travel.
Class B Uniforms to be worn to and from the event. Service to be attended near Poe Valley.
5/29/2006 - Hanover Area Memorial Day Parade. Click the image to see the gallery.
5/28/2006 - Erik Smith's Eagle Ceremony. Click the image to see the gallery.
5/20/2006 - Pine Grove Furnace Camp Weekend / Climbnasium. Click the image to see the gallery.
5/2/2006 - Celebration of Service - Tribute to Andy Groft. Click the image to see the gallery.
4/14/2006 - Easter Flower Sales
4/1/2006 - Outdoor Leader Skills Weekend at Camp Conewago
3/26/2006 - Jeff Rosenzweig, takes on the committment and challenge of Scoutmaster responsibilities. Andy Groft retires after 8 1/2 years of outstanding service. Click the image to see photos of the Scoutmaster Transition Announcement and Presentation.