Happy New Year!
I hope everyone was able to enjoy the holidays and time with your families. It was great to see all that attended the holiday party! The ugly sweater contest was a great success! Thank you to the Moms for being our judges. 2018 has begun with a deep freeze. As we start the year will have several trips that will take us out in this winter wonderland. For us to BE PREPARED for these trips, we will have C.O.L.D. weather training early this month. We will learn the proper attire and how to manage it to be comfortable on each of our trips. As Mr. Nagele would say, ‘There is no such thing as bad weather on a scout trip, just an unprepared scout’! For the rest of the month we will continue to prepare for the Klondike Derby and First Aid meet.
Ps. It’s never too early to start thinking about summer camp.
Troop 152 camps all year long, except December, including the colder winter months of Jan, Feb, and Mar. Cold weather camping is an extraordinary experience. The beauty of the cold landscape can be breath taking. Cold weather camping does require special planning to keep scouts and scouters safe in extreme conditions. A really good sleeping bag, rated for the temperatures expected is a must. An additional fleece sleeping bag liner is recommended Proper clothing such as Wool hats, gloves, ear protection and good boots are essential. The key to enjoying cold weather camping is keeping dry, and wearing “layers” of clothes that can be taken off and put on as needed to keep warm, and not overheat.
Keeping dry is a challenge, especially if strenuous activity is expected. Cotton clothing is to be AVOIDED as it gets damp with perspiration and absorbs body heat as the moisture evaporates. Underwear and outer clothing that is designed for “wicking” moisture away from the body is recommended. Wool clothing is also very good in keeping in warmth while being wet. So break out the under-armor, fleece, gortex, snow pants, boots, gloves and hats and join us for some great cold weather trips. Watch the Newsletter schedule for the Cold Weather Training offered at a troop meeting. Scouts, Scouters, and parents are encouraged to attend to learn what to wear, what to sleep in, and what to eat to keep warm and safe during our winter camping adventures.
Join Troop 152 on a deep winter weekend of camping at Susquehannock State Park 1/19 – 1/21. The troop will explore this Lancaster County park, hang out, and do scout stuff. This is a perfect trip to get requirements done. The permission slip has been e-mailed out to Troop families and should be posted on the Troop’s web site. Sign-ups are due 1/09/2018. Contact Fran Belfield for more information.
The 2018 Klondike is just a few weeks away! Get your patrol sleds and scouting skills ready for the grand competition. Join Troop 152 at Camp 2/9 – 2/11, 2018 for the 2018 General Nash Klondike. Reservations are due by 1/23/2018. Attendance at the Cold Weather Training on 1/09/2018 and the 2/6/2018 meetings are mandatory for attending the event. Reservation forms are on the website, or Contact Paul DeLong.
Scout Food Drive 2017
Doing our good turn for the day Troop 152 participated in the annual BSA Scouting for Food event collecting 4228 items. On Saturday 11/18/2017 the Troop setup tables in the community building to receive sort and box all of the food items that our community donated using the bags that were dropped off on Saturday 11/11/2017. Viewing the above slideshow you can see the great turnout and large numbers of food items we collected. After unpacking, sorting and boxing up the items we transported 2 pickup trucks full of food to Manna on Main Street in Lansdale PA. Thank you to all of the people in the community that so generously donated the food for the Scouting for Food event to help out those in need.
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