Troop 103 has earned GOLD status for the “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” Award.  The award 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, 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 2019, the Troop excelled in the following award objectives:

  1. Planning and Budgeting:  The scouts plan activities for the entire year at a planning outing each year.  These plans are reviewed at PLC meeting throughout the year.  Our planning calendar is published on our website. 
  2. Retention of scouts in the troop 100% according to Nation standards, but we did lose one scout in 2019.
  3. Webelos–to-scout transition: We had two Webelos cross-over into the Troop.
  4. Sort-Term Camping: The troop members participated in 9 overnight outings plus three other activities.
  5. Long-Term Camping Participation (62% participation rate). Up from the prior year.
  6. Advancement:  71% of our scouts advanced a rank this past year.  This is one area where we need improvement.
  7. Service Projects:  The Troop Participated in at least 6 Service projects that benefited the community or parish without any financial benefit to the Troop or scouts.
  8. 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.
  9. Leadership and Family Engagement:  In addition to the Scoutmaster, the troop has 3 Assistant Scoutmasters, 7 Committee Members, and at least 5 other registered and supporting adults.  The Troop held 3 Courts of Honor for scouts this past year.  We present the annual Troop Calendar to parents each year outlining the plans of the troop for the upcoming year. 
  10. Trained Adult Leaders: All adult leaders including all committee members are fully trained in their positions.  Two 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. 


Troop 103 participated in the weekend event celebrated the 100 years at Camp Conewago. The Battlefield District had their Spring Camporee with an Emergency Preparedness and First Aid theme.

Scouts attended 7 different topic stations throughout the day including, First Aid, Fire Responders, Drones and Emergency Services, History of Camp Conewago. The event was commemorated with a presentation from Andy Lawrence covering the historical fun times at Camp Conewago over the years and the importance of the Camp to youth over the last 100 years.

Here is a video of scenes at the camp. 

subsale

This is the final sub-sale of the season. Start Selling subs now and save for Summer Camp and other weekend events.  

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by Shultz’s Delicatessen

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday May 29, 2019 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:00PM)

Click here for this month’s form: Sub Sale Form

Scouts from Troop 103 watch the International Space Station streak across the sky at over 17,100 miles per hour on Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 8:08PM.  The space station became visible at 41 degrees above the horizon looking west and crossed the sky in just 4 minutes until it disappeared to the east.    The space station orbits the earth every 92 minutes at an altitude of  about 250 miles above the earth.   

Around the time that we were watching, the Expedition 59 crew continued more brain and breath research aboard the International Space Station today. Along with a variety of other life science activities, the crew also filmed a virtual reality experience inside the station.

The next sighting is April 26 at 5:41AM for 3 minutes appearing 10° above S and disappearing 16° above the ESE.

subsale

This is the third sub-sale of the season. Start Selling subs now and save for Summer Camp and other weekend events.  

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by Shultz’s Delicatessen

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday April 17, 2019 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:00PM)

Click here for this month’s form: Sub Sale Form

subsale

This is the second sub-sale of the season. Start Selling subs now and save for Summer Camp and other weekend events.  

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by Shultz’s Delicatessen

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, March 12, 2019
  • Distribution Date: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:45PM)

Click here for this month’s form: Sub Sale Form

subsale

This is the first sub-sale of the season. Start Selling subs now and save for Summer Camp and other weekend events.  

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by Shultz’s Delicatessen

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, February 19, 2019
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:45PM)

Click here for this month’s form: Sub Sale Form

Both the Troop and Pack 103 will be participating in Scout Sunday of February 3, 2019 at the 10:30AM mass at St Joseph Church.  Father Morelli will be celebrating mass.   Please arrive 20 minutes early in full uniform and assemble in the Narthex.

Troop 103 has earned GOLD status for the “Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” Award.  The award 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, 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 2018, the Troop excelled in the following award objectives:

  1. 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. 
  2. Retention of scouts in the troop (85%
  3. Long-Term Camping Participation (60% participation rate)
  4. Advancement:  80% of our scouts advanced a rank this past year including 2 scouts that earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
  5. Service Projects:  The Troop Participated in at least 6 Service projects that benefited the community or parish without any financial benefit to the Troop or scouts.
  6. 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.
  7. Leadership and Family Engagement:  In addition to the Scoutmaster, the troop had 4 Assistant Scoutmasters, 10 Committee Members, and at least 7 other supporting adults.  The Troop held 2 Courts of Honor for scouts this past year.  We present the annual Troop Calendar to parents each year outlining the plans of the troop for the upcoming year. 
  8. 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. 

Despite receiving the GOLD status, the Troop can still improve in the following objective areas.

  • Membership Growth:  Improve scout membership numbers.  Conduct Improved membership drives.  Better interact with the Webelos and the Cub Pack and retain more Webelos that cross-over to the Troop. 
  • Short-Term Camping: Including more tent camping opportunities vs. cabin camping.

Here is the official Troop 103  – 2018 JTE Scorecard (PDF)