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


Click here to see photos 


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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Cooking Merit Badge — 5/17/2014

GetCookingCooking Merit Badge Sat. May 17, 8 A.M. to 12 P.M. at St. Joseph Church. Bring Mess Kit, Water bottle and utensils. We will not be able to get all of the requirements completed Saturday. morning, so we will need to schedule another class to finish up the cooking requirements. Please call me with any questions. 717-476-3044 Jamie Goulden

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