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You can view all photos of each trip in 2008 by clicking on the thumbnail images below.
|November 21-23 - Planning Weekend 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.
|October 31-Nov. 2nd.: Fall Camporee
The Fall Camporee will be held at Camp Tuckahoe. We will be leaving at 5:00PM from the Church Parking area. Details are below.
|90th Anniversary Event
|September 23: Eagle Scout Announcement re: Anthony Eltz
I am pleased to report that Anthony Eltz, former Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 103, was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout this evening (9/23/08). Tony's Eagle Project consisted of preparing a Prayer Path and Reflection Area alongside the existing path in the Picnic Grove at St. Joseph Church in Hanover. Please join me in congratulating Tony and in thanking his family, friends and leaders who helped make it possible. The attached photo of proud mother and son was taken moments after Tony received his award.
- Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
|September 19-21: Catholic Scout Retreat at Camp Bashore
The 2008 Diocesan Catholic Scout Retreat will be held at Camp Bashore, Lebanon County. Boy Scout Religious Emblems earned since last year's retreat will be presented at Saturday evening Mass. A new C.O.P.E. course is offered for scouts aged 14-17. See links below for more information.
Note that there are two (2) permission slips - Our (Troop 103) Permission Slip and the Diocesan Permission Slip
Cost of the event: Adults and scouts under 14 is $20. Scouts 14-17 is $25.00.
|August 16: Re-creation of Devil's Den Troop Group Photo
In preparation for our 90th Anniversary Celebration, the Troop is recreating the Devil's Den photo that was originally taken in 1919.
This gathering for the photo at Gettysburg is for the scouts and their families, leaders and all formers scouts, former leaders.
At least two photos will be taken at the event. The first photo will recreate the original that includes current scouts (including those who just turned 18 this year) and the core leadership. Another photo will be taken that all other attending the event including family, committee members and past leaders of the troop.
Scouts and Leaders should dress in their Class A uniforms for the photo.
Event Date: Sat., Aug. 16 (the same day as the Court of Honor); meet at 9 am at St. Joseph Church on Grandview.
Scouts will be returning to the Church parking lot around 12:00 noon. If families are traveling to Gettysburg on their own, they may wish to participate in other activities in the Gettysburg area that are outlined below.
Rain Date: Sat., Aug. 23; meet at 9 am at St. Joseph Church on Grandview.
The following events also scheduled in Gettysburg:
Sat., Aug. 16:
- Huckstep's Artillery,
Society of Civil War Surgeons
|August 16-17: Court of Honor - 7:15PM and Campout following the Court of Honor
The summer Court of Honor will be held Saturday, August 16th at 7:15PM at the Church Picnic Grove. The rain location will be in the Social Hall. All scouts are encouraged to attend. A campout at the Picnic grove will follow the Court of Honor event. Scouts camping out can be picked up on Sunday morning at 10:00AM.
|August 8-10: Skills Building Weekend
The Poe Paddy tubing event is being replaced with this Skills Building Weekend because of low water levels.
This fun-filled weekend will include camping out at the Church Picnic Grove and will focus on building basic scouting skills including fire building, map and compass, orienteering, knot tying, First Aid, etc. Some scouts will be participating in a 5-mile hike. Older scouts are encouraged to participate to assist with training younger scouts.
|June 17: Eagle Scout Announcement re: Nathaniel Smith
I am proud to report that Nathaniel Smith of Troop 103 was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout last night (June 17, 2008). His Eagle Service Project was to plan, obtain materials for and lead the construction of a paved fire pit in the Picnic Grove at St. Joseph Church on Grandview Road. Thanks to all scouts, leaders, donors, family and friends who helped make this possible. Please congratulate Nathaniel on his accomplishment when you next see him and check out his Project if you have not already done so!
- Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
|July 13-19: Summer Camp at Rodney Scout Reservation Preparation
|June 6-8: Shenandoah/Potomac Whitewater Raft Trip
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A firm attendance of scouts and adults is requested on Tuesday, May 27th for the upcoming June 6-8 Rafting trip on the Shenandoah/Potomac Rivers. Please Complete the Troop's and Outfitters Outing Permission slips and Waiver. See links below.
WHAT: Shenandoah/Potomac Whitewater Raft Trip
WHEN: Friday June 6th - Sunday, June 8th:
SAFETY AFLOAT - SWIMMERS TEST REQUIREMENTS
Although the rafting trip does not include plans for swimming, all scouts must pass a "swimmer" test within the last year. Many scouts have taken this test at summer camp. For those scouts who have not taken the test, the Troop will try to arrange a test within the next few weeks.
The cost is estimated to be $86. The breakdown is shown below.PERMISSION SLIPS and WAIVERS (Complete all three)
|May 16-18: Backpacking along the Appalachian Trail
The Troop backpacked an 11.85 mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail from the Old Forge Area (NE of Waynesboro) To Caledonia State Park located West of Gettysburg along US Route 30. Details are provided below.
The rain subsided at 6:00PM on Friday night as we arrived at the Tumbling Run parking area. The shelters at Tumbling Run we occupied by other AT hikers. The lower sites right along the creek were flooded out from recent rains. A few light showers passed over and the sky cleared just after dark. The moon was almost full and filtered through the trees as we settled down to sleep. The temperatures at night were in the low 40s.
On Saturday morning, the day be gain with beautiful sunshine filtering through the trees. We broke camp at about 9:00AM and began our 11.60 mile hike.
The first stop included a visit to Chimney Rocks overlook. The views there were great and the trees were fresh bright green with their new spring leaves. A slight morning haze was present from moisture of the recent rains.
We stopped for a 25 minute lunch break near Snowy Mountain, the highest point in the Michaux State Forest. Our elevation at the high point on the trail topped off at 2030 feet. A half mile down the trail we picked up water at Snowy Mountain Tower Road from a support vehicle. Thunder could be heard in the distance to the west and we soon hit the trail again.
A mile later, we crossed over Route 233 and hiked along Rocky Mountain Ridge. The hike continued for another mile and a half to the Rocky Mountain Shelter side trail where we took another short break.
The hike continued another 3 miles to US Route 30 and entered into Caledonia State Park at the 9.85 mile mark. The group dropped off their packs on the support vehicle and hiked another 3/4 of mile to the Caledonia Iron Furnace.
The tired hikers hike the final mile to the Hosack Camp Sites 148-151 and arrived at about 5:00PM. The elevation profile for the trip is included below.
Showers again passed though starting at about 8:00PM.
On Sunday morning, a steady rain began at about 8:00AM and continued through breakfast. We departed at 10:05AM and attended the 10:30 Mass at the historic St. Ignatius Loyola Parish. Father Kenneth Smith Celebrated Mass.
Scouts were dropped off at St. Joseph Church at 12:20PM.
|May 4: Zack and Aaron are presented with their Eagle Awards
|Click on the photo to the left to see the photo gallery.
Tue. April 1: PLC Meeting at 7:00PM Fri-Sun April 4-6: Caving Outing Tue. April 8: Troop Meeting at 7:00PM Tue. April 15: No Troop Meeting- Forty Hours Tue. April 22: Troop Meeting at 7:00PM Fri. April 25: Parish Gala Setup Sun. April 27: Parish Gala Tear-down
|April 4-6: Caving at Crystal Cave Park; Hawk Mountain Sanctuary; Cabela’s
The Troop will be camping out at Camp Meade at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation (HMSR) in Schuylkill Co. On Saturday, we will tour the both the Hawk Mountain Sanctuary and Crystal Cave Park in Kutztown, PA. On Sunday we will attend Mass at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Hamburg, PA and then stop off at Cabela’s in Hamburg, PA. on the trip home. Details are provided below.
Sat. March 1: Stuff Bulletins for Flower Sale/Blue and Gold Banquet Tue. March 4th: PLC Meeting at 7:00PM Fri-Sun March 7-9: Rancho Kelley/Tubing Sun March 9: Basket Bingo Setup Tue. March 11: Troop Meeting and OA Elections at 7:00PM, Sat. March 15: Flower Sale after Saturday Mass 6:00PM Sun. March 16: Flower Sale after each Mass Tue. March 18: Troop Meeting at 7:00PM Holy Thurs. March 20: Wrap Flowers at Baltimore Street 6:00PM Good Friday March 21: Flower Sale at Baltimore Street 7AM -4PM
Easter Mass Chair Setup
Tue. March 25: Troop Meeting at 7:00PM
|March 20, 2008 Easter Flower Sales
| Scouts and many volunteers help sell flowers for the Troop's main fundraising event. Thanks to Tim Homa, Lori Green and the others to help make this event possible.
Click on the photo to the left to see the photo gallery.
|3/7/2008 - Nathaniel Smith organizes and executes his Eagle Project
|Nathaniel Smith organizes and executes his Eagle Project. The project includes creating a fire circle at the church picnic grounds. Click here to see photos of the work. More Photos to come as the project progresses.
|March 7-9: “Rancho Kelly” / Boulder Ridge Snow Tubing Weekend
The Troop will be camping out at the Church Picnic Grove and go snow tubing either at Ski Liberty or locally. Notice! Because of Global warming, the troop has altered their plans and will go bowling instead. Details are provided below.
|March 1, 2008 - Blue and Gold Banquet
| 5 Webelo Scouts Crossed over to the Troop at the closing ceremonies of the Blue and Gold Banquet.
Click on the photo to the left to see the photo gallery.
|February 19, 2008: Zack and Aaron Earn the Rank of Eagle
Troop Committee, and Parents & Friends of Troop 103,
I am pleased to announce that on February 19, 2008, Troop 103 Scouts, Zach and Aaron, passed their Eagle Boards of Review and were awarded the rank of Eagle Scout. Congratulations to each scout and thanks to the parents, leaders, and others who helped these scouts make this achievement possible.
- Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
|February 15-17: Klondike Weekend
The Troop will be spending the wintry weekend in the northern wilderness of Camp Tuckahoe to participate in the annual Klondike adventure. Details are provided below.
|Troop 103 Demonstrates Collection Merit Badge at the scout show
|Troop 103 Demonstrates Collection Merit Badge at the scout show Click here to see photos of the event.
|Pete Slusser Recognized for his Outstanding Service
|The Troop Recognized Pete Slusser for his dedicated and outstanding service to the troop over many years. Click here for an account of the recognition.
|January Court of Honor and Scout of the Year
|Troop 103 honored scouts who received merit badges, earned rank advancements, or received special awards including the coveted Scout of the Year Award.
|January 26 Blood Drive - Troop Service
Troop 103 showed strong support at the Boy Scout Sponsored Blood Drive in Hanover, PA. The event was well attended.
|2008 Quality Unit Award
Quality Unit AwardTroop 103 is proud to have been recognized as a Quality Unit for many years running. In 2007, The National Council began a special 4 year Centennial Quality Unit Award program in preparation for the 100th anniversary in 2010. Again, Troop 103 rose to the challenge and exceeded the new requirements needed to be designated as a Quality Unit for 2008.
|January 18-20 - U. S. Naval Academy, Merit Badge Jamboree
Scouts of age 14 and over may attend the Merit Badge Jamboree at the U. S. Naval Academy located in Annapolis, Maryland. Details as listed below.
Note: Permission Slip only applies to those scouts who were selected to attend based on age requirements.
|January 5: Indoor Rock Climbing at the Climbnasium Day Outing
The Troop will be spending the day at the Climbnasium located in Mechanicsburg, PA. Details are provided below.