White Water Rafting
1919 - Devil's Den, Gettysburg
AT Vista - Pole Steeple
Underwater Exploration - Florida Keys
1918 - Troop's Victory Garden
Troop 103 - Sailing the Florida Keys
Retiring the Colors - Fort McHenry
2006 Events
2006 Events Photo Gallery for Troop 103

  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
  • Tubing/Skiing and Rancho Kelley
  • Klondike
  • Caving
  • Kings Gap Scout Day
  • District Spring Camporall-Sports
  • Ricketts Glen
  • Ockanickon Scout Reservation (Second Summer Camp)
  • Camp Rodney
  • Beach Outing
  • Camp Bashore
  • Wizard Safari
  • Bike Hike at Gettysburg (Ghost Tour)
  • Troop Planning Weekend


  • Click here to see the complete 2007 Calendar.
    Click here to see photos Troop Planning Weekend.
      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.

    Past dues should be paid up by this meeting.

  • Sunday Dec. 23 8:00AM: Setup for overflow Mass

  • Tuesday, Dec. 26 8:00AM: Tear down of overflow Mass at Social Hall. Click here to see photos.

  •   11/26/2006: John Mulder is Presented his Eagle Award.
    11/26/2006: John Mulder is Presented his Eagle Award.
    Click the image to see the gallery.
      11/04/2006: Punkin Chunkin in Millsboro, Delaware and a visit to the beach.
    11/04/2006: Punkin Chunkin in Millsboro, Delaware and a visit to the beach.
    Click the image to see the gallery.
      Other November Events.
  • Sat.-Sun. Nov. 4-5: Punkin Chunk in Millsboro, Delaware. Click for Tour details.
  • 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.
  • View Tour Permit Details for AT Hike.
  • Topo Map of trail from PenMar to Old Forge Area.
  • Detail Topo Map of Old Forge Area
  • Elevation Profile Sheet
  • Weather for the Area

  • 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
  • Thurs. Oct. 26: Concession Stand @ Hanover Halloween Parade - chili, smores, baked apples, cider
  •   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, etc.

    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;
  • 2nd Place: Tomahawk, Footrace, Obstacle Course, Flag Raising, Quotes (ring toss), Trivia;
  • 3rd Place: Tomahawk



  •   9/16/2006: Scout Retreat at Camp Bashore
    9/16/2006 - Troop 103 attends the Scout Retreat at Camp Bashore.
    Click the image to see the gallery.

    8/5/2006 - John Mulder Leads the troop and friends on repair and improvement work along the La-Ho Trail at Codorus State Park. Click the image to see the gallery.
      7/9/2006 - Summer Camp at Camp Rodney

  • Photos from this year's event
  • The Camp Rodney Website
  • Summer camp at Camp Rodney was a busy and exciting week for Troop 103.  Here are some statistics about our week-long activities. 
    • Merit Badges - The scouts collectively earned approximately 55 merit badges. 
    • Brownsea 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.
    • Service 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.
    • Retreat on Wednesday Night - The Troop had the honor of retiring the flag on Wednesday night during Retreat Ceremonies.
    • Awards - The Troop received the following awards and accomplishments
      • Honor 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 training, etc..
      • 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 spirit.
      • Leave No 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 activities.
      • Camp Wide 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.
      • Polar Bear Swim - 14 Scouts and 4 adults completed the requirements to earn the Polar Bear Swim patch.
      • Mountain Bike Patch - 1 scout successfully completed the requirements for the Mountain Bike patch.
      • Iron Man Patch - 1 scout successfully completed the requirements for the Iron Man triathalon event that included 1500 meter kayaking, 5K Running and 5k Mountain Biking.
    • Adult Leader Training and Certification - During the week, the following adults completed training or are certified merit badge counselors in the following areas.
      • BSA Youth Protection Training - Jeff Rosenzweig, Charlie Grove, Bob Zinn
      • Leave No Trace Training - Jeff Rosenzweig, Charlie Grove, Bob Zinn
      • Trek on Safely - Jeff Rosenzweig, 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
      • Nature Merit Badge Counselors: Dave Mulder, Richard Slusser
      • Basketry Merit Badge Counselors: Dave Mulder, Richard Slusser

    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.
    • Park Map Location:Group Tent Area "A",

    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.
     2/18/2006 - Iditarod Weekend at Camp Tuckahoe
     1/28/2006 - Court of Honor
     1/22/2006 - Cameron Dell Eagle Award Presentation