Hello all,

Attached are the map and permission form for the upcoming hike at Heritage Rail Trail County Park Hike this coming Sunday, 11/2/14. We will meet at the Troop trailer at 6am. Time will be a factor on this 20 mile hike. It is important we get an early start Sunday so we can finish before dark. This merit badge is a real accomplishment for the scouts and you should be proud. We will start in York City (Colonial Courthouse on the attached map) and finish at New Freedom.



When we start out the temp will be in the mid 30s.
The high will be 50 with some brisk wind throughout the day.
Dress in layers for the cold in the morning with the option and taking a few layers off as the temp rises.

Check the weather Saturday for any changes.


  • Make sure to bring 2 meals with you as we will be out in the field for 10 to 11 hours.
  • Bring plenty of water. We plan to have a vehicle at the half way point (Hanover Junction) so you can refill your water supply.
  • Personal 1st Aid Kit
  • Extra socks
  • Mole skin for feet
  • Rain gear just in case
  • Flash light – we will start at dawn and end at dusk
  • Weather appropriate clothing


I would like to have a short meeting with the adult drivers sometime Saturday to arrange vehicle logistics. Scouts are welcome also. We want to get the scouts to the starting point in York asap Sunday morning so we can get the hike started without them being involved in the vehicle placement.

Please respond to this email or call me if you plan on attending and what time the adults can meet Saturday.

See you then!


10 Mile Hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest.  Hike from Big Flat near Shippensburg Road to Caledonia State Park.  Meet at St. Joseph Church at 7 a.m..  Please contact Tour Leader Paul Race for more information (717-630-9930; 717-817-4553; 410-356-3108)

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

Troop 103 has organized a day trip to Washington D.C. to visit some of the museums.  The Scouts have chosen to visit the following museums which are all within walking distance of each other:

  • The Air and Space Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • The Holocaust Museum

There is no admission cost to these museums, but if Scouts want to bring any spending money for gift shops or snacks that is permissible.

Please see the attached documents for the permission slip, itinerary, and packing list.

Jamie Goulden and  Alina Henninger will provide leadership for this activity

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

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

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents & Committee,

Sat., 9/27/14:

            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!

Sun., 9/28/14:

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.

Thank you.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

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,

– Jeff


Photos of the event


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Sat., May 31, 2014

8 am: Drop-off at the St. Joseph Church Picnic Grove  Eat Breakfast first and bring a sack lunch.
11 am-4 pm: Lunch, Exploring Camden, NJ or Philadelphia, PA
Adventure Aquarium [$18.95 (ages 2-12) – $24.95]
                    http://www.adventureaquarium.comUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology [$10 (ages 6-17) – $15]
                     http://www.penn.museumFranklin Institute [$14 (ages 3-11) – $16.50]http://www2.fi.eduPhiladelphia Zoo [$18 (ages 2-11) – $20]
Independence National Historic Park(Independence Hall, Liberty Bell [free])
                     http://www.nps.gov/inde/index.htmBenjamin Franklin Museum [$2 (ages 4-16) – $5]
                            http://www.nps.gov/inde/planyourvisit/benjaminfranklinmuseum.htmConstitution Center [$8 (ages 4-12); $13 (ages 13-18 &
                     students; $14.50 (adults)]
4-5 pm: Requested Arrival time at the Camden Parking Authority Garage
4 – 6:30 pm: Encampment Check-In at the Battleship New Jersey.
Camden Waterfront, Camden, New Jersey
http://www.battleshipnewjersey.orgIncludes: Guided Tour, Flight Simulator, Merit Badge
            Includes: Sleepover on the Battleship New Jersey
            Includes: Saturday Supper & Sunday Breakfast

 Sun., June 1, 2014


            7:15 am: Reveille

8:00 am:

Morning Colors

8:15 am:



9 am – Noon: Radio Merit Badge


TBD: Religious Observance.  See attachment for some options.

1:00 p.m.:

       “”        “” Mandatory NYLT Meeting for Parents & NYLT Participants
Hidden Valley Scout Reseration in Loysville, PA
(3 hour drive)

4:00 p.m.:

Pickup (approx. time)

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee and Friends,

Clint_Wright - Eagle ScoutLast 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.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

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GetCookingCooking 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.  Jamie Goulden

subsaleSell 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 15, 2014
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2014 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:45PM)

Click here for the April Sub Sale Form

GetCookingThe 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.

Click here for The complete Information Packet

Click here for the Permission Slip


Troop 103 Scouts,

OA4Order 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.

More information about the Order of the Arrow can be found on the Official National Order of the Arrow Web Site: https://oa-bsa.org/  

The Local Sasquesahanough Lodge web site is here: http://lodge.newbirthoffreedom.org/http://newbirthoffreedom.org/oa/


– Jeff


Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee and Friends,

Eagle Scouts Jacob Grove & Mark Evich

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.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster BSA Troop 103


Sell 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 11, 2014
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:45PM)

Click here for the February Sub Sale Form

Prepare for the Troop Elections by reviewing positions available.

The scout indicates his preference for up to three positions.
Bring your form to the Troop meeting on Tuesday, February 11, 2014.
If your son cannot attend the meeting but is interested in a leadership position, then email Jeff Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster with your top three choices at sm@bsatroop103.org



This is the first sub-sale of the season. Wrap up 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 11, 2014
  • Distribution Date: Wednesday, Feb 19, 2014 (Pickup between 3:30PM and 5:45PM)

Click here for the February Sub Sale Form

Dear Parents, Scouts, and Leaders:

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 mailto:cc@bsatroop103.org .

Thank you for your consideration,

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair

Click here for the Permission Slip.
Click here for printable Itinerary


Date: January 17-19, 2014

Cost: $12 Aquarium Admission Fee Plus $15 for food = $27 for the Weekend)

Departure: Fri. January 17

Time: 5 pm
Depart: St. Joseph’s Church parking lot
Other important info: Either eat a dinner before you come or pack one for the trip
The drive is about 1 hour and 10 minutes

Drive to the National Aquarium
501 E Pratt St, Baltimore, MD 21202
(410) 576-3800

Depart from Baltimore Aquarium at about 9:30PM
Drive to Harper Hill Cabin (Property of Jamie Goulden)
55 harpers hill Lane, Gettysburg, PA 17325

Saturday, January 17

Practice and Develop Tracking Skills at the Cabin

Return: Sun. January 19

Depart Cabin at 9:00AM
Return to St. Joseph’s Church parking lot for 10:00AM Mass

 Emergency Contact Phone Numbers:

  • Paul Seymour (c)
  • Jamie Goulden 717-476-3044 (c)
  • Geoffrey Schaefer 443-340-7639 (c)

Nearby Hospitals:           

The Johns Hopkins Hospital  (410) 955-5000
1800 Orleans St
Baltimore, MD 21287

Gettysburg Hospital  (717) 334-2121
147 Gettys St,
Gettysburg, PA 17325

Online registration begins on Weds., Dec. 4, 2013.  Merit Badge classes will be on Sat., Jan. 25, 2014 & Sat., Feb. 22, 2014.  Cost is $15 for up to 4 classes and includes lunch.  For adults, CPR Training will be offered & Blood Donations will be accepted.  More details available at https://newbirthoffreedom.org/districts/2013/2014harrisburg-mb/.

Boy Scout Troop 103 of Hanover, Pennsylvania attended the Eco Adventure program at Florida Sea Base located in the Florida Keys.  During the week-long adventure the Troop was aboard two 41′ Morgan Out Island sailboats named Morning Dance and Island Dreamer.  We sailed about 96 miles, kayaked over 5 miles, and snorkeled 2 miles of reefs while discovering areas in both the Florida Bay and the straits of Florida.

From the sailboats we explored marine fish, animals and plant-life by snorkeling and sea kayaks. Our journey included exploring and learning about the various types of mangroves and sea grasses that populate the Florida Keys.  During the super-moon phase we kayaked at night to Channel Key.  This small mangrove island is home to herons, cormorants, turkey vultures, and white ibis. The key was added to the Florida Keys Ecosystem Project in 2003.

Dive spots include places with interesting names like Coffins Patch, Sombrero Reef and Lignumvitae Key. The captains and first-mate aboard the vessels had vast experience of the area.  Each evening every participant would report on at least one significant fish, plant, bird or animal they saw during the day’s exploration. Materials were available on the boats to do additional research on things they saw.

Some of the marine life seen  by the group included Great Barracudas, Green Sea Turtles, Stingrays, Spiny Lobsters, Needlefish, Moray Eels, Bluehead Wrasses, jellyfish, Sergeant Major fish, Bermuda Chubs, Yellowtail Snappers, Parrotfish, Blue Tangs, and many more.

We kayaked from our sailboats to the Dolphin Research Center.  There we were given a tour of the facility and learned more about the anatomy and habits of the dolphin.  The dolphins demonstrated their intelligence and abilities by doing acrobatic tricks and flips.

Daily temperatures ranged from 83º to 91º.   The snorkeling activities each day kept the scouts cool.

We finished up the the week by exploring the everglades full of alligators, snakes and Great Egrets while on a airboat that glides along the shallow swamps propelled by a giant rear propeller fan.

Although the Troop began the week knowing little about sailing and the ecology of the Florida Keys, we returned as seasoned explorers with lasting memories and greater appreciation for the environment, marine and wildlife that populates the tropical keys of Florida.

Photo Gallery

Click here for the on-line Photo Gallery

Video Summary

Florida Sea Base – The Adventure Begins

Exploring the Matecumbe Mangroves by Kayak

Snorkeling at Craig Key; Night Kayaking around Channel Key

Sombrero Key Sanctuary Preservation Area

Coffins Patch Sanctuary Preservation Area

The joy of Sailing – The Troop Sailing as viewed from the air