Winter Camp 2015

We had a very nice camp out this past weekend at Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation. We met at the Parish House at 10:00 Saturday morning. Soon were on our way to the camp. Once there and through the check-in, the scouts quickly found their bunks in our cabin, Cabin #4.

After a packed lunch, we took a short hike from our cabin in Camp Somers to the Kent Center in Camp Wheeler passing a troop of scouts tenting in this 10 degree weather.

At the Kent Center we shot BB Guns and arrows under the guidance and control of Tom Stoddard. Tom would articulate instructions to our sons and if they forgot them, the building was filled with his voice reminding them to stay behind that line or asking who told them they could touch that gun. As the session continued, he help and kind words of encouragement would get him hugs as we left. During the session, we saw the sharp shooter in John Tate and most improved in Mikey Lepore.

Here are some photos from the Kent Center.

After walking back to our cabin, the Bear den worked on their Whittling Chit as a fire was built and our Chessy Mac dinner was being prepared in the dutch ovens.

With full bellies, we watch a video on the back stories of starry constellations. You may even get an answer if you ask someone about why the Scorpion constellation seems to be always chasing Orion. Following the video it was time for to brave the chill and roast marshmallows for s’mores, but somehow they didn’t seem to complain. While outside, they also got to look through a telescope and identify multiple constellations.

The scouts got to warm up around the wood burning stove and then wind-down watching Robin Williams in the movie, Flubber.

This morning, we experimented with “hot chocolate” pancakes and sausages as we resupplied the wood we used, clean-up and left for the frozen roads that lay in front of us.

Achievements: All earned BB Gun and Archery Beltloops and most earned Astronomy as well. The Bears, as mentioned, worked on their Whittling Chit.

New Home Online

It feels more like fall than the end of July. Still, the school year is only a little more than a month away and it’s time to think about scouting in the fall as well.

We are making some changes online, first is the initial site,, will now point to a WordPress site. It will allow for an open site (no login) for posting information such as this, provide links to other sites and information such as pinewood derby rules and other FAQs.

We are also adding a service, called ScoutBook, to track individual Scout achievements and event planning. This site, which costs us $1/scout/year, is very nicely done, user friendly and easy events, on mobile devices. It provides different calendars for packs and dens. RSVP from those invited and achievement planning for meetings. You’ll have invitations soon to join and to link to Pack 69.

Other sites may follow, such as a volunteer site, such as Sign up genius, that we used for last year’s popcorn fundraiser.

Along with an invite to join ScoutBook, there will come invitations to the initial scouting events, which include:

  • Aug 16 – POPCORN Show and Sell Starts
  • Aug 17 – Bike Ride @ Loantaka
  • Aug 19 – Organizing Committee Meeting 8pm @ Parish House
  • Sep 06-07 – Township Campout 6pm @ RVA Fields
  • Sep 09 – September Pack Meeting 6:45pm @ Parish House
  • Oct 10-12 – Fishawack Boy Scout Fall Camporee @ Camp Wheeler (Webelos only)
  • Oct 11 – West Point Football vs Rice 8am @ West Point Military Academy
  • Oct 18-19 – Fall Cubelos