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Welcome to Oldwick Troop 199

BSA Troop 199 meets Mondays (7:30 pm to 8:30 pm) at the Christian Education Building (CEB) of our sponsor, the Zion Lutheran Church, 18 Miller Lane in Oldwick, New Jersey. On some occasions, we schedule our meetings at Fairmount North Park (north of the 512/517 intersection, behind the cemetery and sport fields).

We schedule our Troop meetings in conjunction with the calendar used by Old Turnpike School in Tewksbury. When a school holiday falls on a Monday, we do not have a Troop meeting on that day. Troop meetings will still be held on planned school half-days. In the event of an emergency early dismissal or school cancellation for inclement weather, the Troop meeting is canceled.
We have an active Troop and we enjoy campouts, hikes, high adventure challenges, summer camp, service projects, and many other fun outings.

If you have any questions about our troop, please contact our Scoutmaster.

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Come join us at our next Troop Meeting!

Here is the latest on Saturday's Tewksbury Harvest Festival - Still need scouts for Shift #2

Posted by admin on Sep 21 2017 - 9:20pm

Update from Liam, as of 9/21/17 @ 9pm:

First shift should show up anytime between 10:30 and 11:00. This year we will be helping them with recycling. We would be showing up early to help set this up, and then need to keep 2 or 3 people to keep an eye on it. Although we have done it in past years, we will not be helping with the pumpkin painting this year unless they need it. We'll be running the popcorn and cotton candy like we have in past years. They would also like our help cleaning up at the end, one thing in particular is that they will have ballons up, they want us to go around and pop them, cut the ribbons and throw them out so that they do not cause any problems if they are left up. 

1st post said:

As in past years, we have been asked to help out at this weekend's TEWKSBURY HARVEST FESTIVAL

We need scouts and adults to help man the Cotton Candy and Popcorn machineand help with Recycling.
 
CLASS B Event
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The Tewksbury Harvest Festival is this Saturday, 9/23/17, and runs from 12 to 5 pm, although we have been asked to come early, around 10:30 or 11, and perhaps stay afterwards until 5:30 at the latest. We would like to set up sign-ups for two shifts: 10:30 to 2:00 and 2:00 to 5:30, although scouts can arrive anytime they want and stay as long as they need, as long as they sign up. (so, if you are not able to stay all the hours of the shift, please indicate which hours you can commit to in the notes section of your sign-up.)

I am going to talk to the person who organizes the event soon, so more information is coming. Thank you!

Upcoming Meetings

Posted by webmastermn on Sep 21 2017 - 2:45pm

September 25th (@Fairmount North) - Fire, skits, smores, etc.

October 2nd (@CEB Fire Pit) - Fire, whitewater rafting prep

October 9th - OTS Closed, No Meeting

Change in Troop Communications - PLEASE READ!

Posted by webmastermn on Sep 16 2017 - 8:21pm

Dear Troop 199 Adults,

Great news, we have a volunteer step forward to be an ASM.

We still need 1 more ASM (at a minimum) and more importantly a Troop Secretary.

Due to the vacancy in the Secretary role, effective 8/7/17, Troop communications will be affected as follows:

                Announcements to the Troop will go out only once a week on Sundays (in the Sunday Eblast) --  Be sure to read this msg!

                                                                                                                                                                                               Please  click on read more for further details.......

Consider being an ASM to support your son's Troop -- Here are some ASM Training Opportunities

Posted by webmastermn on Sep 16 2017 - 8:21pm

To be considered a "trained" ASM, all you have to do is take 2 courses:  

    - SM/ASM Specific Training - 1 morning or evening, in the classroom

    - Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS) - 1 1/2 days which includes an Overnight Camping Experience.  This is a hands on experience which teaches you practical outdoor skills.

Here are some of the offerings for each of these courses:

We Still Need a Troop Secretary & ASMs -- Please support the Troop! The Troop exists on VOLUNTEERS.

Posted by webmastermn on Sep 16 2017 - 8:20pm

Dear Troop 199 Families,

I am following up on previous notes concerning the need for Troop volunteers. At the very least, we are in desperate need of a
Troop Secretary and two more Assistant Scoutmasters (ASMs).

As already mentioned, the Troop will have a few "retirements" of volunteers this year as their scouts age-out of the program.
If these vacancies remain unfilled, many activities will no longer have support due to lack of coverage and safety concerns for
our boys.

The Troop Secretary role directly affects how the Troop communicates and is vital to the effective administration of the Troop.
Additional ASM coverage is critical and BSA required; lack of enough trained ASMs is a huge concern for continuing Troop events.

The unfortunate result of the continued shortage of volunteers is a drastic reduction in Troop activities, especially camping and
outdoor adventures.

Each family is asked to please re-evaluate their ability to support the Troop and see if they can give any more time to the Troop
and our wonderful scouting program.

Please contact Scoutmaster Economy or me if you can help our scouts.
.
YIS,

Mr. Fernicola, Troop Committee Chair

rjfernicola24@gmail.com

908-296-2388 C
908-832-0524 H

Troop 199 in the News!

Posted by webmastermn on May 12 2017 - 8:13pm

NJ.com Recognizes 5 New Eagles!

Please see the link here to the article.

- Oldwick Boy Scouts participate in Klondike Derby 2017  [Posted on nj.com on January 30, 2017 and in print in the Sunday Democrat (2/12/17), p. A8]

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Boy Scouts from Oldwick Troop 199 participated in the Hunterdon Arrowhead District Klondike Derby January 27 through January 29 at the Teetertown Preserve. 

The Klondike is a cold weather camping event where scouts from various troops travel by sled and compete in demonstrations of skill such as first aide, lumberjack, and fire building.  17 scout troops participated with close to 300 in attendance. 

Troop 199 set a Klondike record in the lumberjack competition, sawing a log in only 40 seconds.  

[Here is the link:  http://www.nj.com/hunterdon-county-democrat/index.ssf/2017/01/oldwick_boy_scouts_participate_in_klondike_derby.html]

  

- Troop 199 Supports Veteran's Haven North Christmas 2016 Wishlist with donations.  Picture and story found on nj.com.  For full story, click here

- In the Sunday Democrat, 9/18/16 and on nj.com: 

0915 HCD Oldwick scouts.jpgBoy Scout Troop 199 of Oldwick held their first meeting of the school year on Sept. 12

 

- You can also see this great picture of the scouts who attended the 1st Troop Meeting of new scout year in the 9/18/16 SundayDemocrat Page A14 or click here to see the same on nj.com.

- Our recent Eagle Court of Honor (April 23) covered in NJ.com Click here for article.

- Click here to read about Troop 199 scouts helping with a very worthy cause (Feed My Starving Children 2016).

Click here to find the nj.com article, "30K In Food Donations by NJ Scouts" (Food Day-2/20/16) with Troop 199/Pack 199 members listed and in pictures #14-19 (of 41)

 

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