Summer Activities, Adventure and Exploration – 10/1/2015

Troop 103 had a summer filled with opportunities for adventure, excitement, and exploration. The Scouts were exposed to whitewater rafting, earned multiple
merit badges at summer camp, refined their fishing and canoeing skills in Canada, and learned about coal mining.In June, Troop 103 traveled to River Riders in West Virginia to experience the thrills and spills among the rapids on the Potomac and Shenandoah Rivers.
Because we had experienced so much rain the week prior to the trip, the rapids were even more thrilling than expected. After the morning of riding the
rapids, the Troop went to Harpers Ferry National Historical Park to see Under Fire: The Battle of Bolivar Heights and heard an explanation of the battle
along with a demonstration of cannon fire. It was interesting to hear how accurate the cannons could be and deafening to hear the actual explosion.

Nine Scouts attend summer camp in July at Camp Rodney in North East, MD. Those nine Scouts earned a total of 29 merit badges during the week and worked
hard to earn the coveted honor troop award as well exceeding the number of points that they needed. They also completed a service project for the camp and
cleared a drainage area for water to flow more efficiently.

After being home from camp for one night, the Scouts left for another trip to Puzzle Lake in Canada. It was a long drive, but well worth the trip to be so
far away from everything. The lake was beautiful, fish plentiful, stars abundant, and the loons gave off a peaceful, but melancholy sound each evening. The
Scouts worked on their fishing and canoeing merit badges while there and enjoyed hiking, spelunking, and star gazing when the clouds cooperated. On the way
home we visited Niagara Falls and rode on the Maid of the Mist and then visited the Corning Museum in New York. While at the museum the Scouts participated
in several workshops where they tried their own hand a glassblowing. The final products were amazing. We have some talented Scouts!

2015-Puzzle Lake

In August the Troop went camping at Knoebles Amusement Park and visited the Pioneer Coal Mine in Ashland PA. The Scouts enjoyed the rides and Knoebles, but
were especially impressed with the vastness of the tunnel systems at the coal mine. They also visited Centralia where the coal mine fires have been burning
since 1962. It is hard to imagine that the mines were once so active and that a fire could burn for that duration.

The Scouts of Troop 103 are thankful for the many opportunities that were afforded to them over the summer months and look forward to many more adventures
in the future.

St. Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103 is proud to served the greater Hanover Area since 1918. We provide outdoor fun, adventure, leadership, advancement and achievement for area youth. The Troop meets every Tuesday night at 7:00 PM at St. Joseph Middle School on Grandview Road, Hanover. For more information about the adventures of Troop 103, please visit our website at . Boys interested in joining our Troop or Cub Pack can contact our Scoutmaster Jeff Rosenzweig at 717-630-8451 or by email at .

Winter Court of Honor — 1/24/2015

Dear Parents, Scouts, and Leaders:

The Winter Court of Honor is this Saturday, January 24, 2015 at the Baltimore Street School.  All scouts are encouraged to attend and support those who are receiving rank advancements, merit badges and the Scout of the Year award. A detail schedule and locations for the day is provided below.

  • Setup              3:00PM  St. Joseph Elementary School at 236 Baltimore Street.  
  • Mass               5:00PM – 6:00PM at the Church
  • Court of Honor 6:30PM St. Joseph Elementary School at 236 Baltimore Street.  

At the Court of Honor there will be a Friends of Scouting Campaign presentation conducted by Ken Zinn.   This is the annual giving campaign to support our local Scout council.  As members of the New Birth of Freedom Council, our voluntary financial support is important.  The Friends of Scouting campaign helps fund items such as maintenance of our camping facilities, professional support services, program administration, and volunteer training.


Each family is encouraged to support the Friends of Scouting Campaign, so please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the campaign that is meaningful to you.  We are striving to have 100% participation.

If you have any questions before the presentation, please feel free to contact me at

Thank you for your consideration,

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair


20-Mile Hike on the York Heritage Rail Trail — 11/2/2014

Hello all,

Attached are the map and permission form for the upcoming hike at Heritage Rail Trail County Park Hike this coming Sunday, 11/2/14. We will meet at the Troop trailer at 6am. Time will be a factor on this 20 mile hike. It is important we get an early start Sunday so we can finish before dark. This merit badge is a real accomplishment for the scouts and you should be proud. We will start in York City (Colonial Courthouse on the attached map) and finish at New Freedom.


When we start out the temp will be in the mid 30s.
The high will be 50 with some brisk wind throughout the day.
Dress in layers for the cold in the morning with the option and taking a few layers off as the temp rises.

Check the weather Saturday for any changes.


  • Make sure to bring 2 meals with you as we will be out in the field for 10 to 11 hours.
  • Bring plenty of water. We plan to have a vehicle at the half way point (Hanover Junction) so you can refill your water supply.
  • Personal 1st Aid Kit
  • Extra socks
  • Mole skin for feet
  • Rain gear just in case
  • Flash light – we will start at dawn and end at dusk
  • Weather appropriate clothing


I would like to have a short meeting with the adult drivers sometime Saturday to arrange vehicle logistics. Scouts are welcome also. We want to get the scouts to the starting point in York asap Sunday morning so we can get the hike started without them being involved in the vehicle placement.

Please respond to this email or call me if you plan on attending and what time the adults can meet Saturday.

See you then!


Appalachian Trail Hike — 10/19/2014

10 Mile Hike on the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest.  Hike from Big Flat near Shippensburg Road to Caledonia State Park.  Meet at St. Joseph Church at 7 a.m..  Please contact Tour Leader Paul Race for more information (717-630-9930; 717-817-4553; 410-356-3108)

Washington DC Day Trip – 10/11/2014

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

Troop 103 has organized a day trip to Washington D.C. to visit some of the museums.  The Scouts have chosen to visit the following museums which are all within walking distance of each other:

  • The Air and Space Museum
  • The Natural History Museum
  • The Holocaust Museum

There is no admission cost to these museums, but if Scouts want to bring any spending money for gift shops or snacks that is permissible.

Please see the attached documents for the permission slip, itinerary, and packing list.

Jamie Goulden  (717) 476-3044  and  Alina Henninger: (717) 515-7236 will provide leadership for this activity

Appalachian Trail Hike — Oct. 4-5, 2014

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

The scouts have selected the Appalachian Trail in the Michaux State Forest as their next hiking destination and Oct. 4-5th as the dates. On Sat., Oct. 4, 2014, they will hike approx. 10 miles south on the AT from Pine Grove Furnace State Park to Birch Run Shelter, where they will spend the night. The next morning they will continue to hike south for another 10 miles and end at Caledonia State Park. Each hiker will need a sleeping bag and food for Saturday and Sunday. Further details will follow

Court of Honor on Saturday, 9/27; Parish Picnic on Sun., 9/28

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents & Committee,

Sat., 9/27/14:

            3:30 pm Court of Honor Setup:  Scouts should meet at 3:30 pm to set up & rehearse skits for the Court of Honor as well as to clear sticks/limbs from the Picnic Grove in preparation for the Parish Picnic.

            6:00 pm Court of Honor:  Please join scouts Ethan Martin and Ben Schaefer as they host our Summer/Fall 2014 Court of Honor this coming Saturday, 9/27/14 at 6 pm in the Social Hall at St. Joseph Church.  Scouts will be recognized for their accomplishments and we will all be entertained!

Sun., 9/28/14:

1:00 pm:  The scouts agreed to help patrol the grounds and conduct trash detail during the Parish Picnic between 1 and 6 pm.  Each scout should be prepared to assist from 1 pm to 6 pm unless the scouts create a schedule that will ensure constant coverage.

Thank you.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

Billy Yank 10 Mile Hike — 9/20/14

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee,

Please join us this coming Saturday, 9/20/14, for a 10 mile hike on the Billy Yank Trail in Gettysburg.  Meet at at 7 a.m. at St. Joseph Church.  Itinerary/Packing List and Permission Slip attached.  Although the Hiking Merit Badge scouts selected this hike, it is open to all who wish to join.  Thank you,

- Jeff



USS New Jersey Battleship Weekend — 5/31 to 6/1/2014

Photos of the event


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Sat., May 31, 2014

8 am: Drop-off at the St. Joseph Church Picnic Grove  Eat Breakfast first and bring a sack lunch.
11 am-4 pm: Lunch, Exploring Camden, NJ or Philadelphia, PA
Adventure Aquarium [$18.95 (ages 2-12) - $24.95]
                    http://www.adventureaquarium.comUniversity of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology & Anthropology [$10 (ages 6-17) - $15]
                     http://www.penn.museumFranklin Institute [$14 (ages 3-11) - $16.50] Zoo [$18 (ages 2-11) - $20]
Independence National Historic Park(Independence Hall, Liberty Bell [free])
            Franklin Museum [$2 (ages 4-16) - $5]
                   Center [$8 (ages 4-12); $13 (ages 13-18 &
                     students; $14.50 (adults)]
4-5 pm: Requested Arrival time at the Camden Parking Authority Garage
4 – 6:30 pm: Encampment Check-In at the Battleship New Jersey.
Camden Waterfront, Camden, New Jersey
http://www.battleshipnewjersey.orgIncludes: Guided Tour, Flight Simulator, Merit Badge
            Includes: Sleepover on the Battleship New Jersey
            Includes: Saturday Supper & Sunday Breakfast

 Sun., June 1, 2014


            7:15 am: Reveille

8:00 am:

Morning Colors

8:15 am:



9 am – Noon: Radio Merit Badge


TBD: Religious Observance.  See attachment for some options.

1:00 p.m.:

       “”        “” Mandatory NYLT Meeting for Parents & NYLT Participants
Hidden Valley Scout Reseration in Loysville, PA
(3 hour drive)

4:00 p.m.:

Pickup (approx. time)

Eagle Scout Clint Wright — 05/20/2014

Troop 103 Scouts, Parents, Committee and Friends,

Clint_Wright - Eagle ScoutLast evening (5/20/2014) Troop 103 Life Scout & Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Clint Wright was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103′s 81st Eagle Scout.  Clint’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved leading others in creating and installing new signs on the Mary Ann Furnace Trail at Codorus State Park, as well as clearing and widening the trails and taking steps to control water erosion.  Clint will be entering his senior year at Southwest High School in the fall.  He hopes to continue his wrestling career in college, where he expects to major in political science en route to a career as a political analyst and/or campaign manager.  Please join me in congratulating Clint and in thanking the beneficiary organization (Codorus State Park), the Exchange Club of Hanover and other donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible.

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster

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