The Scouts of Troop 59 embarked on their annual Thanksgiving Campout to Custaloga Town Scout Reservation on November 14, 2014. When they arrived, they unloaded cars that were packed full of food and supplies. Big groups of scouts and leaders were going in and out of the kitchen carrying boxes, bags, and coolers. Afterward, the cots were brought in by the truck load. The cots were set up and prepared for bed. But no one was going to sleep. Scouts were playing cards, making pizza, and watching movies. They also got a head start on the pumpkin pie and squash. The next day, it was an early rise to get started on the many different jobs that had to be done. Some of the things they did were making mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, stuffing, turkey in the ground, deep-fried turkey, apple pie, cherry pie, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, and squash. Later that night, parents, friends, and previous scouts came to feast. The dinner started with mass, celebrated by Fr. Glenn Whitman and Fr. David Renne. After mass, everyone had a delicious meal! While everyone was finishing up, a slide show of the past year’s pictures was presented. The crowd slowly left and it was clean up time. Once clean up was finished, some scouts went to bed after a long day of work while others stayed up to play more cards, eat more pizza, and watch more movies. On Sunday morning they torn down, cleaned, and packed up. It was a fun weekend!
Written by Josh R.
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.
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.
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!