2019 News

Holiday Party!

Start: Tuesday, Dec 17 2019 at 07:00 PM

End: Tuesday, Dec 17 2019 at 08:30 PM

Location: Upper Gwynedd Community Center

Alumni, Family, Scouts, Leaders: you are invited to our annual Holiday Party!

  • Bring Board Games! The Holiday Party is a great time to get a game in with your frieds.
  • Bring Snacks, Desert, & Drinks As usual, the Troop will have Pizza and Hoagies. But, we would appreciate it if anyone brings deserts, snacks, or drinks. Ask Mr. Nagele what to bring or let him know if you've already decided.
  • The Ugly Sweater Contest is Back Scouts, wear your ugliest sweater. Mom's will judge the winner, who will get a $10 WaWa gift card and the warm and fuzzy feeling of knowing their sweater was the ugliest of all.
  • Find Out Who Won the First Patrol Competition The Macaroni Penguins are in the lead, but the race is neck and neck.
  • Adopt a Family The Troop is collecting gift cards, particularly Walmart, Amazon, and Visa. Help make it a happy holiday for a family in need.

We'll see you there.

Scoutmaster's Corner

Camping at Musser, Scouting for Food, Wreath pickup, and Cub Scout visits, oh my! It's the holiday season with Troop 152 and things are as exciting as ever.

Starting off the month, we camped in beautiful spot east of the river in Heart. Our small group of campers braved the cold to have huge fires and delicious food. If you weren't there, you seriously missed out on a great trip! But there's more tent-partner cooking coming in 2020, so you'll get another chance.

Scouting for Food dropoff was a bit short of volunteers again this year. A big thank you to Justin and Aedan for organizing extra groups to go out on Sunday.

However despite the rough start, we had a great showing on pickup day. And most importantly, we had a great haul for Sheperd's Shelf in Harleysville: 3200+ items! So, thank you again to everyone for making the food drive a success.

Later in the month, we also finished the wreath sale and picked up our orders. Hopefully everyone has happy customers who will be ordering again next year. Here too, thank you all for making the fundraiser a success.

And even with all that going on, we've had some pretty great meeting activities. We're bringing back some old traditions like firestarters, blind-folded tent races, patrol relays. And we're spicing it up with unique games thanks to Shane. So, give a big round of applause to Justin for keeping it lively.

Is there anything you've always wanted to do at a meeting? Let me or Justin know. We're always on the hunt for another great activity.

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.

Dowload Permission Slip

Scoutmaster's Corner

As summer turns to Fall, we entering a time of new beginnings for the Troop. Justin Gartner will be serving as Senior Patrol Leader with the support of the rest of youth leadership team. I am also stepping in as Scoutmaster. So first, I would like to thank Dave Gartner for his tremendous dedication guiding the Troop for the last two years. I hope that I can live up to his example.

September was a time for recognizing our achievements at Family Night. Coming off of a busy summer camp, you all earned a slew of merit badges and awards. So, give yourselves a pat on the back and start planning the next leg in your Scouting journey.

We have a lot to look forward to in October. Cub-O-Ree is a few weeks away, and we have a great gateway and activity planned. That's good, because we have the Bradbury Cup to defend! The theme is "Western", and we encourage everyone to dress the part. So, bring your spurs and ten gallon hat, partner.

Later in the month, we'll be going to Knoebels and camping at Hickory Run State Park. This is a perfect opportunity for a fun, relaxing trip in the cool October weather. Fall is my favorite time for camping, and it doesn't get much better than eating a deep fried Oreo in line for a wild ride on a wooden coaster.

So sign up early and often!

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.

Dowload Permission Slip

Cub-O-Ree

Start: Friday, Oct 11 2019 at 06:30 PM

End: Sunday, Oct 13 2019 at 12:00 PM

Dropoff: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Pickup: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Howdy Partner! The Cub-O-Ree is coming up again. Friday evening, we'll build the gateway. And Saturday, we'll entertain the cubs all day with a lasso toss game and capture the flag: cowboys vs. robbers.

Cub-O-Ree Group Picture

Dowload Permission Slip

September Trip: Turnpike Tunnels

Start: Friday, Sep 13 2019 at 06:30 PM

End: Sunday, Sep 15 2019 at 12:00 PM

Dropoff: Upper Gwynedd Pavilion

Pickup: Upper Gwynedd Community Center

Join Troop 152 on its second trip to the abandoned turnpike tunnels in Central Pennsylvania. A great weekend camping trip and bike ride through the tunnels constructed by a railroad competing with the PPR, and almost used by the turnpike.

Watch for the permission slip and more info from Fran Belfield.

Scoutmaster's Corner

In mid-July, sixteen scouts and four leaders braved the heat for summer camp at Rodney Scout Reservation in Maryland. With long distances to travel and the heat index over 100 degrees each day, we lived the mantra “Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!” With ample water breaks and trips to the trading post for ice-cream and air-conditioning we made it through!

On Saturday as we packed to leave our harsh environment, it happened to be the 50th anniversary of two scouts traveling into a much harsher environment. On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed their little ship, the "Eagle", on the moon. The following day, Eagle Scout Neil Armstrong became the first man to walk on the moon.

Of the twelve men to walk on the moon, eleven of them were scouts, two of which were Eagles (Charles Duke on Apollo 16 was the second)! NASA later estimated that it took over 400,000 scientist, engineers, and technicians to make the moon landing possible. This is probably one of the most epic support teams of all time!

So, when it comes time for you to land your "Eagle", who will be part of your support team? Parents? Leaders? Merit badge counselors? Camp staff? Fellow scouts? How many people will it take for a successful landing?