You can view all photos of each trip in 2010 by clicking on the thumbnail images below.
|December 3-5 - Planning Weekend and Orienteering at Camp Conewago|
Boy Scout Troop 103 will be camping at the Camp Conewago Lodge. The weekend will include a session to plan activities for the upcoming year including a budget.
Scouts will also participate in an orienteering course using map and compass skills.
|Fall Troop Elections - November 23, 2010|
Troop Elections will occur next Tuesday, November 23, 2010 at our regular Troop meeting. It is very important that all scouts review the information below and attend next Tuesday to both place their vote and submit your Leadership Position Application Form. for various positions available.
In preparation, each scout should review his current and next Rank requirements that may include holding a position of responsibility. Troop Elections are only held every 6 months so it is important to take advantage of this opportunity. Scout should again review the various Leadership Positions indicated on the following web page: Scout Leadership Positions Complete the following "Leadership Position Application form" this week and bring it to the Election Meeting on Tuesday. Indicate on the form your first, second and third choices for positions.
Click here for the Leadership Position Application form.
|Appalachian Trail Hike - Center Point Knob/White Rocks - November 12-14, 2010|
The Troop camped at the Native American Village at Camp Tuckahoe on Friday night. at about 8:30PM most members of the Troop saw a very large meteor with a fire tail that was traveling North through the sky. This same meteor was spotted by others in Gaithersburg, Maryland and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
Saturday morning began at sunrise as scouts setup their stoves and prepared their breakfast meals. The camp was struck and the packs were loaded as the Troop began their backpacking trip just after 9:00AM.
The initial agenda for the day was to hike about 6.3 to and see the following sights and stay at a shelter along the Appalachian Trail.
As we got to the Alec Kennedy shelter at 2 PM, the senior patrol leader realized from a posted sign that no open fires were allowed during this time of year. A quick decision was made to camp at the Native American Village within Camp Tuckahoe where open fires were allowed. The total trip amounted to 7.78 miles as recorded by one of the scouts navigating with a GPS. Check out the Photos and Video to see the highlights of the weekend backpacking adventure where scouts experienced the independence of carrying their own gear along the historic Appalachian Trail.
|Joseph Cirabisi's Eagle Ceremony - 10/30/2010|
Joseph Cirabisi was presented the rank of Eagle Scout on October 30, 2010 at the 6:00PM mass. A gathering followed at the Social Hall.
Joey's Eagle Project consisted of building a prayer/reflection area at St. Joseph Church in Hanover. The weather and other elements forced a relocation of Joey's project once it had begun. At its first site, Joey's project required removal of a tree stump, grading and eventually seeding with grass seed. Once relocated, Joey's project required excavating for and pouring a concrete sidewalk and base for a statue of the Holy Family, constructing benches and planting shrubbery. Click Here to see the Photos of the event!
|Centennial Wizard Safari - October 1-3, 2010|
Update: On October 2, 2010 the Guinness World Record for "Longest knotted rope chain in 5 minutes" was smashed by scouts of Troop 103 (along with many other scouts, leaders, and family members at the event.). The previous record of 6788 ft. was surpassed by almost 3,000 ft!! The new record (when confirmed by Guinness) will be 9,774 ft 2 inches. John Conrad, the organizer of the record breaking event said "Great job to all who participated in making it such a successful event!! A commemorative 4x6 card along with sections of cord to each scout and leader who participated will be distributed."
This year's program was set in our "Wild West" town of Deadwood. Boy Scout units are invited to our great council encampment for the weekend, complete with gateways, featuring the "Great Scouting Centennial." Saturday's evenings activities include a Pass In Review for all the units, followed by the famous Wizard Safari campfire show for the entire encampment and visitors, topped off with a fireworks display that will leave you breathless.
6:30 p.m.: Gear Drop off & Grocery Shopping (You may drop off gear at the Troop Meeting on Tues., 9/28 if you wish)
5:30 pm: Drop Off in St. Joseph Picnic Grove
Bring a sack dinner or eat dinner before we meet
1 - 2 p.m.: Pickup (approx.)
|Joey Cirabisi, Troop 103's 75th Eagle Scout - August 17, 2010|
I am proud to report that Troop 103 Life Scout Joey Cirabisi was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout tonight (8/17/10). Joey's Eagle Project consisted of building a prayer/reflection area at St. Joseph Church in Hanover. The weather and other elements forced a relocation of Joey's project once it had begun. At its first site, Joey's project required removal of a tree stump, grading and eventually seeding with grass seed. Once relocated, Joey's project required excavating for and pouring a concrete sidewalk and base for a statue of the Holy Family, constructing benches and planting shrubbery. Please join me in congratulating Joey and in thanking St. Joseph Church and Joey's family, friends, leaders and others who helped make Joey's accomplishment possible. Attached is a photo of Troop 103's 75th Eagle Scout with his proud family.
|August 2010 Dates to Remember|
Scouts and Parents:
Mark your Calendars!
|Alan Boyle, Troop 103's 74th Eagle Scout - July 20, 2010|
I am proud to report that Troop 103 Life Scout Alan Boyle was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout tonight (7/20/10). Alan's Eagle Project consisted of restoring the original springhouse in the Lutheran Retirement Village at Utz Terrace. The restoration included clearing away brush and replacing the roof on the 150 year old structure. Please join me in congratulating Alan and in thanking his family, friends, leaders and others who helped make his accomplishment possible. Attached is a photo of Troop 103's 74th Eagle Scout with his proud parents.
|2010 BSA Centennial Jamboree, July 29-August 1, 2010|
| Fredericksburg, Virginia
||2010 Jamboree Activities
||2010 National Scout Jamboree Centennial Arena Show
Troop 103 is visiting the National Scout Jamboree on the dates of Thursday, July 29 through Sunday, August 1, 2010.
Official Jamboree Visitor Site
- Youth Protection Training must be completed by all attending adults
- Return the signed Troop Permission Slip and Jamboree Trip Guidelines
- Final review of Itinerary, What to Pack, Logistics, Last minute reminders
- Distribute Jamboree T-Shirts
Time: 6:30PM - 7:00PM Scout meeting Room (or nearby room)
Final Cost Estimates, T-Shirt Order Request, and July 6th Organization Meeting
Time: 6:30PM at the Scout Room
General Estimated CostsGenerally the cost to attend is about $240 per scout. Separate emails have been sent out to each family/attendee on June 29, 2010 with specific final estimated costs. Cost vary depending upon hotel room arrangements and T-Shirt orders.
Room: $50.45 (Adult room prices vary based on special selections). A follow-up email with provide details in any price variation.) Entrance Fees/Patch: 3 days @ $10 = $30 (we may opt to attend 2 days instead of 3 and tour historic Fredericksburg, VA) T-Shirt $8 (Adult Golf Shirts are priced at $14) Breakfast: Included Lunches: 4 lunches @ $12 = $48 Dinner: 4 dinners @ $15 = $60 Snacks: $12 (estimated) Souvenirs: $30 (estimated) ------------------------------------------------------ TOTALS: $238.45
|Summer Camp - July 11-17, 2010|
1. General Troop Meeting Next Tuesday, July 6th. Next Tuesday's PLC (Patrol Leader's Council) has been converted to a general Troop Meeting. It is our last opportunity to meet before leaving for summer camp on Sunday, July 11th. We'll be completing blue Merit Badge Cards, reviewing schedules and finalizing summer camp details. Position patches will be distributed; please sew them onto your Class A uniforms before gear drop-off on Friday, July 9th (see below).
2. Packing List, Summer Camp Gear Drop off. A Packing List is available here. Please drop off your summer camp gear on Friday evening, July 9th at 7 pm and contact me directly if this presents a problem. Please note the following:
a. Low Profile Plastic Storage Tote, Backpack, Hat. These items do not appear on the Packing List but are recommended. The low profile plastic storage tote fits under your cot and contains your gear and keeps it dry.3. Family Night. Family Night is Friday, July 16th. Parents and family are invited to join us for a hot dinner at 5:15 pm in the Dining Hall, followed by Retreat at 6:00 pm at the Main Parade Field, social hour in our campsite (Susquehannock) and an evening Campfire Program at 8:45 pm. The cost is $7.50. A dinner reservation form (click here for the dinner reservation form) is required. Please bring both when you drop off your scout's gear.
4. Permission Slip & Itinerary. Click here for the Permission Slip and Itinerary. Please return the signed Permission Slip at gear drop-off.
5. Directions to Camp, Camp Map. Directions to Rodney Scout Reservation and a camp map are here in the event you choose to visit with us at camp on Family Night.
6. Departure & Return. We will depart for camp on Sunday, July 11th at approximately 10:00 a.m., after the 8:30 a.m. Mass. Please arrive by 9:30 a.m. Please wear your bathing suit, Class B troop shirt and scout socks. Please bring a backpack containing your towel, sack lunch and (filled) water bottle. We will return home the following Saturday, July 17th in the early afternoon.
7. No Troop Meeting on Tuesday, July 20th. We will not be meeting on the Tuesday immediately following summer camp. Rest up and prepare for the 100th Jamboree! Our next meeting will be on Tues., July 27th.
8. July 4th. Have a great Independence Day!
Summary of Documents
Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 103
Hanover, Pennsylvania 17331
(717) 630-8451 (h)
(410) 580-5240 (w)
(717) 968-6533 (c)
|Beach Weekend - June 25-27, 2010|
This weekend's event includes camping at Tom's Cove Park in Chincoteague, Virginia. Scouts will be fishing, crabbing, and enjoying the beach.
Please complete the permission slip and review the Itinerary Information listed below.
|Erick von Sas Eagle Ceremony - 6/13/2010|
Erick von Sas was presented the rank of Eagle Scout on June 13, 2010 at the 10:15AM mass. A gathering followed at the Social Hall.
Erick's Eagle Project consisted of improving the walking path leading to the pavilion in the St. Joseph Church Picnic Grove. Improvements included replacing rotted landscape timbers, replacing walking stones with gravel, and planting shrubs. Click Here to see the Photos of the event!
|Eagle Scout Gabi Rosenbrien - June 15, 2010|
I am proud to report that Troop 103 Life Scout Gabriel Rosenbrien was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Tuesday night (6/15/10). Gabi's Eagle Project consisted of restoring and improving the Kemp Nature Laboratory at Hanover High School. He designed and led others in the construction and installation of a floating dock at the Lab's pond to facilitate the observation and collection of samples. He also took steps to eradicate phragmites australis, an invasive species of wetland reed, and planted grass in its place. Please join me in congratulating Gabi and in thanking his family, friends, leaders and others who helped make his accomplishment possible. Attached is a photo of Troop 103's 73rd Eagle Scout with his proud parents and Troop 103 Advancement Co-Chairs Dave Smith and Gene Huff.
PS - After his Eagle Board of Review, Gabi squawked, "Last week I graduated a [Hanover] Night Hawk, tonight I became an Eagle, and in the fall I'll be a [Lehigh] Mountain Hawk".
| Memorial Day Parade - May 31, 2010
Bravery honored by Troop 103
Many scouts participated in the Memorial Day Parade where veterans were honored. The Troop also attended the ceremony that was held following the parade at Mount Olivet Cemetery.
The Hanover Evening Sun newspaper reporter Travis Lau interviewed some of the scouts.
After the parade and ceremony, scouts attended a cook-out at Earl Hertz's home.
Click here to see photos of the event!
|Hanover's Best & Brightest from Boy Scout Troop 103|
|Troop 103 Eagle Scout Erick Von Sas, and Eagle Scout candidates Gabi Rosenbrien and Alan Boyle were recognized among Hanover Area's 2010's Best & Brightest students on May 2nd in a ceremony sponsored by the Hanover Chamber of Commerce.|
|Old Rag Mountain Weekend - May 14-16, 2010|
Photos Available Here!
This outing event includes camping in the Shenandoah National Park and then Hiking up the famous Old Rag Mountain by completing the 8.8 mile Circuit Hike. Details are in the Itinerary document listed below.
Please complete permission slips and review the Itinerary Information listed below. A video may be available on the NPS website below that shows details and images of trail.
GPS and Google Earth files
|Order of the Arrow Ordeal Weekend - May 1, 2010|
Three scouts attended the induction ceremony of the Order of the Arrow over the weekend. The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. The Order of the Arrow is recognized as Scouting's National Honor Society. Congratulations scouts!
|Biking Weekend - April 23-25, 2010|
This weekend's event includes camping at the church picnic grove and cycling on the Heritage Rail Trail.
|Summer Camp Payment Due April 20, 2010|
RODNEY SCOUT RESERVATION
JULY 11-17, 2010 (Sunday - Saturday)
$305 Balance due by
Tues., April 20, 2010*
[no meeting on Tues., April 27, 2010]
(Scouts who paid no deposit owe $330.00)
*thereafter, cost will increase from $330 discount rate to $355 regular rate
Summer Camp Payment Flyer
|Summer Camp Merit Badge Selections Due April 20, 2010|
Electronic Merit Badge registration for summer camp will be conducted by the Troop and begins this Saturday morning (personal attendance not necessary). Merit Badge Classes fill up, and the early birds get the worms!!!
Scouts & parents should prepare by reviewing the attached Program Opportunities and Program Schedule. See links below. New Scouts will automatically be registered in the Brownsea Program and do not require selecting merit badges.
As soon as possible, scouts should indicate their Merit Badge preferences on the attached Program Planning Sheet, being sure to consult the Program Schedule for Merit Badge class availability and to avoid scheduling conflicts.
Please bring Merit Badge preferences to tomorrow's scout meeting or email them to firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com ASAP (especially for older scouts).
There is no scout meeting on Tues., April 27th.
|April 11, 2010 - Eagle Scout Award Ceremony for Cortlin Dell|
|Climbing & Camping Weekend - Sat. - Sun., March 13-14, 2010|
225 Thomas Dam Rd.
Millmont, PA 17845
(570) 922-1236 (Camp Ranger)
Susquehanna Council BSA (Williamsport, PA):
Please complete both permission slips and review the Itinerary Information listed below.
|February 27, 2010 - Blue & Grey Scout Show|
Automotive Maintenance Merit Badge was presented at this year's Scout Show by Troop 103.
|February 19-21, 2010: Klondike Derby|
The Troop spent a wintry weekend in the northern wilderness of Camp Tuckahoe (Maple Lodge) to participate in the annual Klondike Derby.
The 2010 Klondike Derby was held on February 19-21, 2010. Scouts from the Blue & Grey District and the First Capital District were challenged to Scout Olympics on Saturday during the activity portion of the Klondike.
Details are provided below.
|Scout Sunday - 8:30AM Mass on February 14, 2010|
Scouting celebrated its 100th Anniversary and three scouts were awarded the Ad Altare Dei Religious Emblem during the 8:30AM Mass. Click here to read the presentation at the 8:30AM Mass.
Other awards were presented to two of our long-time leaders.
Click on the above recipient's name to revisit the presentations.
Click here to see photos of the presentations.
|2009 Scout of the Year|
Each year we recognize the top three Scouts in our Troop for the Scout of the Year Award.
This year we recognized and congratulate the Scouts of the Year Mark (Gold Emblem), David (Silver Emblem) and Joey (Bronze Emblem) for their dedication to scouting and living the scout oath and laws in their daily life. The Scouts earn points throughout the year for participation in various activities, and payment of dues.
The points from each scout are tallied up for the year.
A sub committee is formed to review the results with a focus on the top 5 scouts.
In addition to points earned, CHARACTER is an important element that is considered in the final selections for Scout of the Year.
|January 26, 2010 - Summer Camp Deposits are Due|
Summer Camp deposits of $25 are due by Tuesday, January 26, 2010. Deposits are required to secure your son's participation in this very important week of scouting fun and advancement opportunity. Deposits will be collected at this Saturday's Court of Honor or at next Tuesday's Troop meeting.
Please review the Summer Camp Deposit Flyer (/documents/2010_Summer_Camp_Deposit_Flyer.pdf) to see additional payment schedule amounts and dates beyond this current deposit.
|January 23, 2010 - Winter Court of Honor - Scout of the Year|
Our annual winter Court of Honor is this Saturday, January 23, 2010 at 7:15PM in the Social Hall.
Please attend and show support to our Scouts being recognized for their achievements. The Scout-of-the-Year award will be announced.
Additionally, We will review activities on our Troop Calendar /documents/2010_scout_calendar.pdf
In 2009 Scouts collectively earned 82 merit badges, 18 rank badges, 18 Special Awards.
Adults collectively completed 35 training courses.
|January 19, 2010- Eagle Scout Erick Von Sas|
A message from our Scoutmaster.....
I am proud to report that Troop 103 Life Scout Erick Von Sas was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout Tuesday night (1/19/2010).
Erick's Eagle Project consisted of improving the walking path leading to the pavilion in the St. Joseph Church Picnic Grove. Improvements included replacing rotted landscape timbers, replacing walking stones with gravel, and planting shrubs.
Please join me in congratulating Erick and in thanking his family, friends, leaders and others who helped make his accomplishment possible. Attached is a photo of our clearly relieved Eagle Scout with his clearly proud mom. (click here to see more photos)
|January 19, 2010: OA Election Night|
Scouts of Troop 103,
Please make a strong effort to attend this Tuesday's Troop meeting. Tuesday night's agenda includes elections of your fellow 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!
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.
There are specific eligibility requirements for those who can be elected into the OA. Our Scoutmaster 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.
|January 22: Snow Tubing Night|
The Troop will be Snow Tubing at Ski Liberty on Friday night, January 22, 2010. We will be meeting at the Church parking lot at 5:30PM. See the itinerary for details and complete the two permission slips listed below.
|January 23, 2010 Blood Drive - Troop Service|