Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee and Friends,
 

Scoutmaster Jeff Rosenzweig (left) , John Helfrick (Right and Eagle Board of Review member) congratulate Eagle Scout Andrew Wetzel

This evening (6/15/2021) Troop 103 Scout Andrew Wetzel was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103’s 88th Eagle Scout.  Andrew’s Eagle Scout Service Project was called “Helping Hands”.  Andrew designed a food can rotator system for the Food Pantry at the Hanover Council of Churches, where he has volunteered over the years.  He then led others in the construction of the can rotator system.  He was proud to report this evening that his Project was well-received by the Council of Churches.  

 
Andrew is a former Troop 103 Senior Patrol Leader and has a gift working with younger scouts.  He has loved camping with the Troop.  His favorite Troop outings were to Puzzle Lake in Canada, Sea Base in the Florida Keys, and to Virginia Beach.  Anyone who knows Andrew can attest to his enthusiasm for his scouting experience!  
 
Andrew and his dad.

Andrew and his dad.

Andrew graduated from South Western High School and will be studying Aviation Maintenance and Technology at the Pennsylvania College of Technology (Penn Tech) in Williamsport, PA, in the fall.  Please join me in congratulating Andrew and in thanking the Hanover Council of Churches, donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible.  Please enjoy the attached photos of our proud Eagle Scout (and his dad).  We are very proud of you Andrew, keep up the great work!  

Thank you,

– Jeff
 
Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 103

Troop 103 participated in a Virtual Escape Room adventure named Gold Rush.   Congratulations to the  team that finished the 60 minutes adventure and escaped with the gold with less than 2 minutes to spare.  

Gold Rush Game Description

For nearly 200 years, the allure of priceless gold has drawn hopeful diggers to the hills of Northern California. No one was captivated more than Clyde Hamilton, a greedy, gambling, gold prospector. But Clyde made too many bets with some dangerous folks and now he’s missing! You and your team have discovered the cabin where he stashed his loot…but so has the local mob, and they don’t take kindly to people messing with their money. Find the gold first or suffer the same fate as Clyde!
 

The Team Picture

Start selling subs and sandwiches for this next round to save for Summer Camp and other weekend events.  

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by R&K Subs.

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103 or St. Joseph Pack 103.
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, March 9, 2021
  • Distribution Date: Tuesday, March 16, 2021 (Pickup at the Troop or Pack meeting between 6:00PM and 6:30PM)

FORM

A single form is used to order Subs and Sandwiches.

This evening (2/16/2021) Troop 103 Life Scout Matthew Nawn was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103’s 87th Eagle Scout. 
 
Eagle Scout: Matthew NawnMathew’s Eagle Scout Service Project was to lead others in restoring the PTC Snow Sweeper C-145 for the Baltimore Streetcar Museum.  The C-145 was built in 1923 and had been in great need of restoration as it neared its 100th anniversary.  Matthew’s project started in February 2019 and ended in September 2020.  Matthew encountered disruptions from the outset.  In May 2019 a CSX train derailment caused a 4 month closure at the the project site.
 
In 2020 the COVID-19 pandemic prevented Matthew from crossing into Maryland to reach his project site.  Matthew’s dedication and perseverance paid off; 1,200 volunteer hours later, photos & videos of a remarkable Eagle Project may be seen at https://www.baltimorestreetcarmuseum.org/donate/#c145 
 
Matthew is a former Troop 103 Senior Patrol Leader and Scout of the Year.  He has been an usher at St. Vincent Church in Hanover for the past four years.  He is a student at Hanover High School, where is maintains a rigorous academic schedule, serves as class Secretary and is captain of the Brainbusters/Quizbowl Team.  He is an avid golfer and runs Track & Field in the spring.  Matthew aspires toward a naval career after ROTC/college.
 
Please join me in congratulating Matthew and in thanking the Baltimore Streetcar Museum, the Friends of Philadelphia Trolleys, donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible.  Please enjoy the attached photo of our proud Eagle Scout!  Great job, Matthew!  Thank you,
 
– Jeff
 
Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

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

Subs and Sandwiches are made fresh by R&K Subs.

  • Please make checks payable to: St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103 or St. Joseph Pack 103.
  • Order and Money Due Date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021
  • Distribution Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2021 (Pickup at the Troop or Pack meeting between 6:30PM and 7:00PM)

FORM

A single form is used to order Subs and Sandwiches.

The Troop 103 Committee has decided to postponed the 2021 Easter Flower Sale until next year because of the uncertainty of the COVID-19 recovery.   The Troop plans to continue the tradition of offering flower to the parish and community next year.  

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.

Areas where the Troop excelled:

  • 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. 
  • Retention of scouts in the troop exceeded the 85% target set for Nation standards.
  • Webelos–to-scout transition: We had three Webelos cross-over into the Troop.
  • 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:  In addition to the Scoutmaster, the troop had 3 Assistant Scoutmasters, 7 Committee Members, and at least 4 other registered and 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. 
  • 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.