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Patrol Competition Leaderboard

In a test of scout skills and teamwork, which patrol will come out on top? Our first patrol competition is on, and ultimate glory is on the line! In addition to bragging rights and a sense of pride and accomplishment, the winning patrol will get a prize of their choice. The first round ends at our Holiday Party, Tuesday December 17th 2019.

Name Total Points
Macaroni Penguins 195
Pepes 190
Cougars 138

Latest News

January Trip: Salt Springs

Start: Friday, Jan 17 2020 at 06:30 PM

End: Sunday, Jan 19 2020 at 02:00 PM

Dropoff: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Pickup: Upper Gwynedd Community Center

At our January trip we'll visit Salt Springs State Park in Northern Pennsylvania. The park has a lot to offer: winter hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, sledding, and frozen waterfall viewing. There's huge Hemlock trees in a picturesque gorge. And at the bottom is the salt spring on Fall Brook. Legend has it that the water is just the right saltiness to cook pasta. So you know what Saturday dinner will be!

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Scoutmaster's Corner

October has been an exciting month! We were blessed to have good weather at both the Cub-O-Ree and the Knoebels camping trip. And speaking of Cub-O-Ree, we had another year with a great gateway and a fun activity for the Cub Scouts. Thank you to everyone who came out to make sure the Cub Scouts have a good time. Many hands make light work.

Knoebels was also a great trip. The wooden coasters were a thrill. Many of the scouts brought their Hammocks, and we settled once and for all how to attach the tent elastic to the wishbone!

This tent wishbone is a perfect example of what my Scoutmaster's Minutes this month have focused on: history and passing down knowledge. The troop has a tremendous amount of collective experience. But, passing down this knowledge is something I think we have to work on.

So, I'll take this as another chance to say that I am starting a wiki on our website to document these things. If there is something you know about scout skills or how the Troop does something, send me an email with a some of that wisdom. I've already started articles on: the 3-pot cleaning system, our monster boxes, and the trailer. So, I challenge each scout and leader to think of one thing that we do well and write about it! Even if it's only a couple of sentences, we can start small and before too long, we'll have a formidable compendium of Troop 152 know-how.

November Trip: Delmont

Start: Friday, Nov 08 2019 at 06:30 PM

End: Sunday, Nov 10 2019 at 02:00 PM

Dropoff: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Pickup: Upper Gwynedd Community Center

At our November trip we'll have a relaxing weekend at Delmont. We will return Saturday morning to distribute Scouting for Food bags, but spend the rest of the morning and all afternoon exploring Delmont.

Dinner Saturday night will start our return to tent-partner cooking with an instructional demonstration of gourmet foil packed dinners. The campfire will burn late into the night with old camp stories and of course our traditional fire-roasted Peeps.

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October Trip: Knoebels

Start: Friday, Oct 18 2019 at 06:30 PM

End: Sunday, Oct 20 2019 at 02:00 PM

Dropoff: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Pickup: Upper Gwynedd Community Center

We'll be camping at Hickory Run State Park and visiting Knoebels. Hold on to your hat, because the wooden coasters are a wild ride and the fair food is a delicious.

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Events

Wreath Sale

It’s that time of the year again! The troop’s fundraiser has kicked off. This is the only fundraiser we have to fund the Troop’s activities. What is unique is that this fundraiser can fund your trips as well! We would like every scout to sell at least 12 wreaths.

Wreaths are $20 and stands are $2. These are Douglas Fir Wreaths grown in Pennsylvania, and delivered to us the day after Thanksgiving.

As usual, you can earn Scout Points for each wreath you sell. The point distribution is as follows:

Wreaths Points
1-24 2 / wreath
25+ 3 / wreath

Wreath sales from a family of Scouts/Scouters will be combined to establish point awards. However, each scout/scouter must report their sales individually to establish scout point distribution among family members.

Points can be redeemed for scouting trips. Scouts have been known to pay for summer camp from wreath sales! This is a busy time of year, but work now can result in a lot of free trips! The money from this fundraiser supports the troop and is mainly used to purchase equipment.

Selling Tips

Smile and be friendly. Be sure to explain that the wreath is a quality product; not only is the customer getting a beautiful holiday decoration but is supporting a good cause as well!

Personalize it! Let your customer know that the proceeds help the troop buy and maintain camping equipment and helps defray costs of scouting activities. (Tell them about the great trips we take!)

Please get cash or check in advance. Checks should be payable to "BSA Troop 152". Though, previous customers accustomed to pay on delivery are also acceptable.

Turning in Sales

Hooray! You've made a sale. When you go to turn in you sales, you need to put everything in an envelope with the following information:

Then, you can drop it all off on the wreath table at the weekly scout meeting. For example, the front of your envelope should look like this:

Wreath Money Envelope Example