Flag Retirement Ceremony - Pine Tree Scout Reservation -14 Jan. 2017
Over the past year the troop has accepted flags from many families and Medford Township that needed to be properly retired. The United States Flag Code, Title 4, Section 8k states “The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning".
Troop 26 retired over 70 American Flags. 11 scouts and 3 adult leaders participated in this ceremony. The scouts inspected all flags and folded them properly for retirement. Flags that were found to be made of nylon were not burned due to the carcinogens that they would admit. These flags will be respectfully cut up keeping the union of blue intact. Doing so symbolizes that the unity of our union should never be broken. The blue segments will be given to Starsforourtroops.org and the red and white stripes will be buried.
Thanks to Mr. Scannell for making all arrangements.
SEE FORMER NEWS
Klondike Derby - Operation Polar Bear XV - Pine Hill Scout Reservation
Friday, February 24th to Saturday, February 25th
Klondike Derby is a one-day competitive event, which uses sledges and Klondike Gold Rush themes to complete a multiple “city” course and sledge race, challenging each sled team’s skills and teamwork. The purpose of the Derby is first, a grand outdoor winter adventure full of fun and surprises, and second, a way for Scouts to test their basic camping and survival skills.
- Only in the case of extreme bad weather will the Derby be postponed or canceled.
- Costs - $11.00 per adult; $11.00 per scout; $8.00 per Webelos
- All money needs to be into Mrs. Applegate by Monday, February 13th.
- Adult Lead : Wes Perkins
Shawnee Ski Trip – Saturday, March 11th to Sunday, March 12th
Saturday meeting time 6:15AM
All Participants will meet at the church early Saturday morning. Saturday will be a full day of skiing followed by a pizza dinner out and an overnight stay at the KOA Campground (Delaware Water Gap). The Pavilion is reserved which is one large room that we all stay in together. Our Sunday will start with a wholesome greasy diner breakfast followed by a three to four hour hike to Sunfish Pond. Part way home we'll stop for a quick lunch at Hot Dog Johnny’s and return to the church mid afternoon.
- Costs - $130 - $150 per person depending on number of participants and dependent
on if you need to rent equipment. If you have your own equipment you can bring it.
Plus breakfast and lunch money.
- All money needs to be into Mrs. Applegate by Monday, March 6th.
- Drivers needed - Please let Ed know if you can drive and how many open seats you
have in your vehicle.
- Adult Lead: Ed Beitel
*** NOTE: This trip is NOT offered to scouts that just crossed over. They will need to
hold off one year as they get more acclimated with our Troop.
Easter Flower Sale – Friday, April 14th & Saturday, April 15th
- 8:30 am to 6:30 pm each day.
- 3 selling shifts available on both days with 2 scouts per shift.
- Several locations including:
-- Harriett’s Oil on Main Street
-- Former Lukoil on Stokes Rd. across from PJ Whelihans
-- Former Camera Stop on the corner of Taunton and Tuckerton
- Adult Lead: Karen Kaighn
Washington DC Trip – Thursday, April 20th to Sunday, April 23rd
- Annual Spring Break Trip to Washington DC
- April 20th – Travel day and Camp set-up
- April 21 – Tour the White House (Pending Approval)
- April 22nd- Historic DC
- April 23rd – Travel day and Activity
- Cost – Approximate $80 to $100 depending on how many scouts are attending.
Scouts will also need spending money for lunches.
- Adult Lead – George Youngkin
*** NOTE: FOR NEW SCOUTS THAT JUST CROSSED OVER, A PARENT WILL NEED
5th New Jersey State Police National Guard Camporee
– Friday, May 19th to Sunday, May 21st
- New Jersey National Guard Training Center in Sea Girt.
- Sponsored by the New Jersey State Police, State Troopers Eagle Association, and
the New Jersey National Guard.
- Action packed weekend full of interactive STEM related activities put on by the
NJ State Police & NJ National Guard!
- In 2014, nearly 10,000 Scouts from across New Jersey and surrounding states
attended the camporee.
- Cost: TBD
- Adult Lead: TBD
SEE FORMER ACTIVITIES
ONLINE Sign-ups For Future Trips
Going forward all trip sign-ups will be completed ONLINE.
- NO MORE PAPER FORMS at Troop meetings.
- Similar to how fund raisers have been handled.
- Trips will have a defined sign-up deadline and a defined date for dropping out.
- Should reduce confusion on who has signed up for trips.
- Ensures Scouts are discussing their attendance on trips with parents/guardians.
New Activity Form - Scouts to Use for Trip Planning - Form
All Scouts should use this form as a starting point when they would like to propose
a trip and / or activity to scout leaders and adult leaders.
- Any scout regardless of rank can use this form.
- All scouts must communicate their interest and ideas to their SPL’s and ASPL’s BEFORE presenting this form to an adult leader.
- Please note: the submission of this form is just the first step in planning a trip and / or activity for the troop. Once this form is reviewed, you may be asked to provide more information (on this form) or you may be referred to the more extensive trip planning packet that is on file.