“Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols
and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, then take responsibility for figuring out how they will
achieve the goals. One of our most important challenges is to train boy leaders to run the troop by providing direction,
coaching and support. The boys will make mistakes now and then and will rely upon the adult leaders to guide them. But
only through real hands-on experience as leaders can boys learn to lead.” – from the Scoutmaster’s Handbook
Our first meeting of the new scout year will be held on September 11 on the Washington School playground. The Elks will is closed that evening for parking lot repaving.
September 18th is our first Court of Honor. Your scouts will be recognized for the summer achievements which include ranking and merit badges. You are welcome to invite your family. It is an exciting time where the boys are recognized for their hard work and effort.
Coming up in October is the Jersey Jam, Boy Scout Jamboree. Most of our troop has not experienced a ‘Jambo’ (the last one at Liberty State Park was canceled due to threateningly high winds) because they only happen every few years. Jamborees are huge events organized and supported by council.
Also in October is the Elks Custom Car and Motorcycle show, where we help out performing community service.
In November, we will hold our annual Scouting For Food community service where we collect food and donate to area food banks. Approaching the holidays and moving quickly into the winter season, community food banks often see their resources dwindle fast. This is our opportunity to really make an impact and live up to our oath and law by being Helpful to our community members who need some assistance.
November is also our opportunity to shore up the troop finances by holding our wreath fundraisers. Once again, we will hold an event at the Elks and several at Holy Spirit Church.
Coming up quickly in October is the Jersey Jam Jamboree (registration is closed) and in May is the popular New Jersey State Police Camporee, to name just two!
We have many outings, hikes, and community service opportunities scheduled. Some are finalized, some decisions still need to made – be part of the action!
In addition to the wreath sale fundraising that we do annually, we are going to try BSA popcorn sales this year. We are trying to encourage the boys to think bigger when it comes to outings. We are trying to give them the opportunity to travel farther and wider. Fundraising would give them the opportunity to earn their way to Seabase in Florida or Philmont in New Mexico as just two examples. These are “high adventure” activities that our troop has not experienced in years.
As always, parents, your support is crucial. Join our monthly committee meetings, learn about opportunities before us, help with our activities and speak to your scouts about possibilities – many of which require planning and vision which are concepts that teens don’t necessarily have a handle on yet.
The Scout Shop is offering the first of its kind sale on uniforms.
Save 25% off a uniform top when you purchase a matching uniform bottom.
This sale is ideal for new scouts who don’t have a uniform, newer scouts who haven’t upgraded their Cub Scout uniform, any scout who is outgrowing his uniform, any scout who’s uniform is getting shabby from all of the outdoor events, and any adult leader who fits any of those descriptions.
Summer camp pickup is 9:00 am, Saturday, July 27th.
Advancement records and blue cards will be temporarily retained by Troop 63 adult leaders so everything can be recorded. Records and partials will be returned to scouts promptly at one of the next meetings. Completed blue cards will be presented to the scout upon presentation of the merit badge patch.