September Campout – Woodstock’s Nest

From September 18-19th, Troop 59 had their “Woodstock” campout. The Prischak family was generous enough to donate their property for the weekend, and the scouts could not have enjoyed it more. Starting on Friday the 18th, the scouts departed from the tennis courts at Asbury Woods 5:45 and walked west, across Millfair Road, and into the Prischak’s property. The scouts were separated at least 100 yards away from each other according to their patrols and remained there all weekend. Crackle barrel was held Friday night with the adult leaders hosting it. The scouts woke up the next day and enjoyed breakfasts varying from oatmeal to couscous. The rest of the day was used as relaxation. While younger scouts tended to stay closer to there campsites, the older scouts used this free time to explore the property. Throughout the property, older scouts had the opportunity to see petrified wood, observe a makeshift tarp Adirondack and “fairy hut”, and even took a swim into the crisp Walnut Creek. All scouts had simple backpacking meals, such as ramen noodles, tomato soup, chili, macaroni and cheese, and hotdogs. The last day, the scouts and leaders woke up at 6:00am, packed up all their patrol’s gear, and met at a rendezvous point. Some minor complications took place, such as a lost patrol, but the Troop overcame its obstacles as always and departed back to Asbury woods, the same way we came. We arrived back at the tennis courts around 8:30. One by one the scouts were picked up, ready to go back home, telling friends and family of the campout they had just experienced.

Story by Jeff W.

Pictures by Jason P.

Woodstock's Nest Crayfish Fairy Hut

Disability Merit Badge

On Aug. 22nd Mrs. Serafin organized a tour of Barber National Institute with Maureen Barber-Carey. Myself and Nathan K. already had a partial in the disability awareness merit badge and Michael L. wanted to complete badge as well. My brother also wanted to earn the badge as he could probably teach it and he helped lead the tour. My brother attended the Barber National Institute for 5 years. While at the Barber Center we learned the history of the center. One interesting fact is that where the center is now it used to be a hospital for those with TB and prior to the Institute opening those with disabilities were in an institution called Polk and there were no schools for them. The Cathedral Prep students that year helped to empty out the hospital of the iron lung equipment etc. We visited classrooms and we’re able to see different adaptions used for learning. Some of the teachers were there and talked about their classrooms. The school school provides art class, gym and pool and also has a library for students. Students can go to school their until age 21. Older students are able to work in the school and are taught work skills. We all really enjoyed our tour and learned a lot.                                                      Submitted by Nathan S.

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Calumet Camporee – August 2014

From August 15-17, Troop 59 attended the 49th International Calumet Camporee.  This was our third year participating in the Camporee.  Twenty-three scouts including adult leaders went this year.  We departed the scout house at around 5:45 and arrived at Elk Lick Scout Reserve at 8:45.  It was dark and the temperature dropped to the fifties because we camped in a mountainous area.  When we arrived at the campsite, we unloaded gear and began setting up camp.  The Troop set up their tents and then we ate Cracker Barrel.   It consisted of hot dogs and chips.  After Cracker Barrel, everyone went to bed.  We awoke in the morning around 6:30.  Scouts enjoyed cooking breakfast in their patrols with either a Dutch oven or a new propane stove.  After breakfast, the flag ceremony was held and then we were encouraged to take part in activities till lunch.  The morning went by with many exciting activities.  Lunch was served around12:30 p.m.  Jacob F. and Nathan S. attempted to do the Iron Scout after lunch.  This event involves a challenge of running, swimming, biking, and canoeing.  Congrats to Nathan for completing the Iron Scout and to Jacob for taking first place!  While the Iron Scout took place, Mr. Rohrbach and Mr. McCoy took part in a Dutch oven cooking competition.  Mr.  Rohrbach made meatloaf and won a Dutch oven!  Mr. McCoy made a delicious mouth watering caramel apple cobbler.  The scouts enjoyed the activities for the rest of the afternoon.  Dinner approached and the scouts enjoyed meals cooked in their patrol.  That night, there was a campfire lite with a flamethrower!  Troop 59 did a funny skit that had the crowd laughing and applauding.  There was a concert playing in the pavilion that some attended.  It was visible that most scout were exhausted, so everyone went to bed when we got back from camp.  That morning we broke camp and attending a flag ceremony.  After departing from Elk Lick, we went to Bradford,Pennsylvania, to the Zippo and Case Knife store.   Scouts purchased lighters and accessories.  We drove home after our stop at  Zippo.  Overall, the trip was awesome!  There were a few cuts and scraped, but nothing serious.  Scouts and leaders took part in patch trading and neckerchief trading.   Troop 59 will attend next year because it is the 50th anniversary of Calumet and it will be amazing!
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Jacob F.
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Order of the Arrow Ordeal – August 2014

From the 22nd to the 24th of August 2014, five scouts and three leaders went to CTSR, home of Langundowi Lodge #46. Two scouts and two leaders did their OA ordeal, one leader went to become a Brotherhood member, and the other three scouts went to help out. Congratulations to Greg P., Brion Z., Mr. Rohrbach, and Mr. Fleming for becoming Ordeal members and congratulations to Mr. Zacherl for becoming a Brotherhood member!

Josh R.

OA Ordeal August 2014