Order your Troop Shirts Now! – Due 7-26-2016


Order Shirts, Sweatshirts, Neckerchiefs, and hats!  New to this year’s order form is a Performance  100% Polyester, Dry wicking, Anti Microbial short sleeve shirt.  We also have both Adult ladies and men’s polo shirts.

We have in-stock existing neckerchiefs notated with the 95th milestone.   We will not be ordering new 100th versions of the neckerchiefs until 2018.   The same is true for hats.  We have plenty of 90th anniversary hats in stock and do not plan on ordering 100th anniversary hats at this time.

Orders are due by July 26th, 2016

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Eagle Scout – Jonathon Timmons — 5/17/2016

Eagle MedalThis evening (5/17/2016) Troop 103 Life Scout & former Senior Patrol Leader Jonathon Timmons was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout, becoming Troop 103′s 82nd Eagle Scout.

Jon is a member of the National Honor Society, the Cross Country and the Track & Field teams at Southwest High School.  He ran a personal best of 4:43 in the mile run at last weekend’s championships, placing 6th overall, and last year his teammates voted that he receive the 2015 Sportsmanship Award.  Jon plans to attend college and earn a degree in Biomedical Engineering.  His career goal is to develop prosthetics as a biomedical engineer.

Jon’s Eagle Scout Service Project involved leading others in renovating a portion of the Homeless Shelter at the Hanover Area Council of Churches.  Floors were replaced, walls were painted, signs were hung and furniture was added.  One of the members of Jon’s Eagle Scout Board of Review was so impressed with the quality of Jon’s Project and Project Binder that he declared Jon to be well on his way to meeting his career goal!!!

Please join me in congratulating Jon and in thanking the Hanover Council of Churches, the many donors, family members, friends, leaders, scouts and others who helped make these accomplishments possible. 

- Jeff

Jeffrey Rosenzweig, Scoutmaster
BSA Troop 103

Stone Wall Fish Farm Outing 4-22-2016

Fun Filled Fishing Extravaganza

Scout-Fishing-at-Stonewall-Fish-FarmOver a weekend in April, the Saint Joseph Boy Scout Troop 103 was afforded the opportunity to camp out and fish at Stonewall Fish Farm in Glenville, PA.   Along with his family, one of the boys in the Troop, Ryan Small, owns and operates the fish farm that is open to the public for fee fishing on Sundays.

The scouts were able to complete the fishing merit badge that included learning multiple fishing knots, the proper safety and first aid measures associated with the sport, fishing techniques, and the right equipment to use to be a successful fisherman for various types of fishing.  The Scouts successfully caught an array of fish to include rainbow trout, palomino trout, crappies, blue gill, catfish, and bass. Scouts learned to filet the fish that they caught.  They also learned to set traps for crayfish.  Later that evening, the boys engaged in a crayfish boil and large fish fry that was a first time experience for many and improved their cooking skills and accommodated everyone’s hungry appetites.

A Waterways Conservation Officer with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boating Commission visited the troop during the weekend events.  The officer gave an overview about his exciting and rewarding job and also an outline of the training and background that is needed for a career with the Pennsylvania Fishing and Boating Commission.

In the months ahead, the scouts of Troop 103 have plans to bicycle along the C&O Canal in West Virginia, participate in a week-long camping adventure in June at Puzzle Lake in Canada, and spend a week in July at the Rodney Scout Reservation along the northern shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Electronics/GPS/Drone/Skills Weekend – 3/12/2016

Troop 103 will have an outing on Saturday, March 12th (3 pm) at the Church of the Brethren (on Wilson Avenue in Hanover).  It will be a Skills Weekend, where scouts will improve their Knots, Lashings, and First Aid skills.  Scouts will also work on fire building.

If the weather permits scouts can participate in a GPS demonstration involving Smart Phones, handheld GPS’ and how UAS (drones) use GPS technology to assist in navigation.

Recap of the Event (As appeared in the Hanover Evening Sun)

Scouts Participate in a Geocaching hunt along the Hanover Rail Trail

Scouts Participate in a Geocaching hunt along the Hanover Rail Trail

During the month of March, scouts from Boy Scout Troop 103 of St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, engaged in a variety of activities where the focus was on electronics, having fun, and building a new skills.

Robert Zinn provided the scouts with a presentation and demonstration on drone (quadcopter) functions, uses, rules and safety. Scouts were able to personally navigate a drone and video-tape the surroundings while learning proper operational etiquette and expectations.

A workshop provided scouts an introduction to geocaching and acquiring the skills for the proper use of a GPS device in finding items placed at specific coordinates. After the Scouts practiced finding some caches, they were sent out in teams to locate hidden caches along the Hanover Trolley Trail. For most Scouts, this was their first actual geocache experience that built great excitement and created a strong desire to continue looking for caches on their own.

Scouts also worked on enriching their fire building and s’more making skills, both entertaining and delicious. This lead into a demonstration from a fire spinning expert who shared some fire safety tips as well as information on how his hobby of fire spinning has become an exciting career.

During the latter part of the month, the Troop held their annual Easter Flower Sale to raise money supporting the many scout activities and adventures that occur throughout the year.

For more information, visit the Troop’s website:  http://bsatroop103.org.

Service Opportunity: Yard Sale — 3/5/2016

Please join our sponsor organization (St. Joseph Holy Name Society) this coming Saturday (March 5th) at 1:30 pm to help with Yard Sale Cleanup at St. Joseph Church.  The Holy Name Society supports us financially and recently treated us to ice cream.

Troop 103 at Winter Klondike – 2/20/2016

Troop-103-Camp-TuckahoeScouts from Troop 103 of St. Joseph Parish, Hanover, visited the mountainous trails of Camp Tuckahoe in mid-February to put their knowledge of outdoor survival skills to work during the annual Winter Klondike.

This event, designed to replicate the historic Klondike Gold Rush of the late 1800s in Alaska, provided opportunities for scouts to mimic that journey. They pulled a specially designed sled packed with necessary supplies and gear to rotate through stations designed to challenge their survival and problem solving skills.

These skills included the use of lashings to make a ladder high enough to retrieve a flag at the top of a pavilion, using their knowledge of first aid to save a simulated avalanche victim, and utilizing teamwork and problem solving skills to complete a variety of other tasks throughout the day.

While Troop 103 did not earn the fastest time, they were winners in other ways. They reaped the benefits of working together and encouraging each other to keep going all the way through to the finish line. They earned a sense of pride and accomplishment knowing they worked hard, strengthened their skills, and learned something new while having a lot of fun in the process.

New Background Check Clearances for All Adult Leaders and Parents – 2/15/2016

All registered adult leaders, parents or non-registered volunteers attending meetings or events must comply with these new regulations.   The deadline is July 1, 2016, but I would like our leaders or parents attending any events to comply by April 30, 2016.   New leaders or volunteers must comply immediately.

Click Here for detailed instructions for completing these requirements.

If you have any doubt if you should obtain these clearances, more information about these requirement can be found here:

Scout Sunday – February 7, 2016

Dear Parents, Scouts, and Leaders:

In coordination with Pack 103, the Troop will be celebrating Scout Sunday on Sunday, February 7 at the 9:00 AM mass.  Scouts are encouraged to participate in uniform.

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair

January Activities – Snow Tubing, Skills – 1/31/2016

St. Joseph’s Troop 103 didn’t let the overabundance of snow in January keep them from outdoor adventure or skill advancements.  The Troop was scheduled to go camping over the weekend of the 2016 blizzard, but since the cabin and tents were covered in snow and were inaccessible, the Troop spent a weekend of snow tubing and indoor skill review instead.

The weekend started off with snow tubing at Ski Liberty’s Boulder Mountain.  The leaders and Scouts had fun competing to see who could get down the hill the fastest.  There were races, spins, and belly flops on the inner tubes and then everyone enjoyed warming up by the fire in the lodge.

On Saturday morning Scouts had a day of skill review at the Hanover Church of the Brethren.  They practiced knot tying, rope fusing, and had more races to see who could set tents up the most quickly and accurately.  Some even slept in the tents indoors for fun.  They practiced their first aid skills by role playing different scenarios and enjoyed cooking meals with their patrols.

In February the Troop will be attending Sky Zone in Mechanicsburg and Klondike in Dillsburg to practice some search and rescue techniques.

The Scouts will be coordinating with Schultz’s Deli to hold monthly sub sales from now until June to raise money for summer camp.  If anyone is interested in purchasing subs, please contact and scout in the Troop.

Jon Timmons’ Eagle Project Highlighted in Newsletter


Give the Gift of Yourself this Christmas!
Here is Our 2016 Wish List for Volunteers

We have so very much for which to be thankful. Here at the Council we have been greatly blessed with donations of time, talent and goods. This year alone we have had makeovers of our dining room (Eagle Project of Mac Anderson), our second floor hallway between the Clothing Bank and the Clinic area (Eagle Project of Jon Timmons) and of the Changing Lives Shelter Family Rooms, Play Room, Hallway and Bathroom (a Social Ministries Project of St. Matthews Lutheran Church.)

These were major projects and it caused us to wonder if there might be other groups who would be interested in working on similar projects. We invite you to Adopt-a-Project—For instance a Sunday School Class, Men’s Group, or Service Club could paint the following: the hallways of the Shelter, the Shelter bedrooms (6 on each floor), the offices of both the Shelter and our main building, or the PAL kitchen.

Troop 103 Achieves Gold – Journey to Excellence Award for 2015

Troop 103 has achieved Gold Level status for the 2015 Journey to Excellence Award.  ”Scouting’s Journey to Excellence” is the BSA’s council performance recognition program designed to encourage and reward success and measure the performance of our units, districts, and councils. It is meant to encourage excellence in providing a quality program at all levels of the BSA.

The Troop has qualified for the Journey to Excellence Award each year since its inception and for many consecutive years prior with the Quality Unit Award that was replaced by the Journey to Excellence Award.

Troop 103 is proud of providing and offering an excellent Scouting Program that provides opportunities to our youth to experience the outdoors and grow both morally and physically into strong leaders of the future.   This scout led program is a partnership of both youth and adults.

In 2015, the Troop excelled in the following award objectives:

  1. Planning and Budgeting.  The scouts plan activities for the entire year at a planning outing each year.  Our planning calendar is published on our website. 
  2. Membership Growth Plan
  3. Retention of scouts in the troop
  4. Webelos-to-Scout transition
  5. Short-Term Outings (Nine outings)
  6. Long-Term Camping Participation (64% participation rate)
  7. Service Projects:  The Troop Participated in over 7 Service projects that benefited the community without any financial benefit to the Troop or scouts.
  8. Following the Patrol Method.  The troop has patrols, and each has a patrol leader.  Our Troop’s youth leadership includes a Senior Patrol Leader and his assistant, We have patrols that are led by a Patrol Leader.  The Troop also elects many other officers including the Scribe, Quartermaster, Librarian, etc..  The youth leadership (Patrol Leaders Council) meets each month.  
  9.   Leadership and Family Engagement.  Troop 103′s leadership is made up of 20 adult leaders with well over 400 years of combined experience.  It includes a Scoutmaster and his 4 Assistant Scoutmasters.   The Troop is fully supported by 15 additional committee members.  
  10. Trained Adult Leaders: All adult leaders including all committee members are fully trained in their positions.  Two members of our leadership have also taken a week-long Wood-badge training.   Multiple members of the committee support the district in planning and executing district activities. 

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 http://www.bsatroop103.org . Boys interested in joining our Troop or Cub Pack can contact our Scoutmaster Jeff Rosenzweig at 717-630-8451 or by email at sm@bsatroop103.org .

Scoutmaster – Jeff Rosenzweig Receives District Award of Merit Award

District Award of Merit Recipients Announced

The Battlefield District congratulates the two recipients of this years .  Congratulations to Jeff Rosenzweig Scoutmaster of Troop 103 in Hanover, the newest recipient of the District Award of Merit.  Jeff has gone above and beyond in both scouting and in their community.

Both Jeff and John received their awards at the Battlefield District volunteer recognition dinner on May 28, 2015.

Jeff is a role model for both scouts and adults as he possesses unquestionable character and lives the ideals of scouting.

Jeff has earned the respect of both youth and leaders alike.   He never stops trying to improving himself.  From the very first year he joined the troop, he has been fully trained and encourages other adults in the troop to be fully trained.  He often attends district Roundtable meetings to improve himself.   Jeff has never sought self-recognition.   Although he has never applied for the Scouter’s Training Award or Scouter’s Key, he has qualified for them many years ago.

Jeff is entering his 10th year as Scoutmaster of our Troop and is the longest serving Scoutmaster in the Troop’s 97 year history.   For every year he has been scoutmaster, he has led his troop in qualifying for the Quality Unit or Journey of Excellence Award and achieving “gold” level over the past year.   His service to scouting did not start there.  He was involved with Pack 103 and served as a Webelo Den leader.

His selfless service extends beyond the period that his two sons were scouts and demonstrates his continued commitment to ideals of scouting.   Although longevity of service demonstrates a level of commitment, it is not the reason he was nominated and received the District Award of Merit Award.  He was nominated based on his impact on the youth and leaders.

He has been at the helm during a period where 21 scouts have achieved their Eagle award.  Although each scout has rightly earned their own awards, his oversight confirms the opportunities that have been provided to scouts over the years.   We expect this number of scouts achieving the rank of Eagle to grow as two more scouts are finishing up their requirements for Eagle.   Jeff constantly promotes and encourages scouts to stay active, participate in the planning and attendance of all activities, and maintain the spirit of scouting.  He has helped scouts developed leadership skills by giving them responsibilities and holding them to their commitments.

Jeff’s leadership resulted in the Troop attending the Sea Base High Adventure program a few years ago and plans are in the works to attend another high adventure program next year.

He has always promoted the involvement of all parents and other adult leaders at both Troop meetings and outings.      He is and has always been inclusive of anyone who wants to help.

His actions are an inspiration to other leaders.   I have taken the liberty to ask other leaders and parents of the troop to briefly describe Jeff Rosenzweig as a leader.   Here are a few of their responses:

  • Incredible organization skills
  • Phenomenal with the kids, People person
  • Holds the scouts accountable
  • Teacher, Mentor
  • Meticulous, Committed
  • Stays true to the noble ideals of scouting
  • Perseverance, Never drops the ball

Jeff is the 2008 recipient of the District Service Award and a member of the Order of the Arrow

Troop 103 is proud of Jeff’s contribution to scouting over the years and his receiving of this well deserved award.

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 cc@bsatroop103.org

Thank you for your consideration,

Robert Zinn, Troop 103 Committee Chair