Shawnee Mountain Ski Trip

Put on your winter gear and Think Snow! Troop 49 will be running an overnight ski trip to Shawnee
Mountain in the Poconos (about an 1 hr 15 min from Oakland). Whether you are a seasoned skier
snowboarder or have never skied before, this is a wonderful opportunity to have some great winter fun.
If hitting the slopes isn’t your cup of tea, spend a day snow tubing, relaxing on the sun deck or doing
some shopping at the nearby outlets. There is something for everyone.

Update: 1/13/13 – the trip is “sold out”. See you on the slopes!

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The trip will run from the afternoon Saturday, February 9th to Sunday evening. With one lift ticket, you will be able to ski from Saturday 3PM-10PM and on Sunday all day until 5PM. We will be spending the evening at The Shawnee Presbyterian Church Hostel which is just a few miles from the mountain. This is an open floor (i.e. Sleeping bags) accommodation that also provides us with two bathrooms and showers as well as full kitchen facilities and TV.

The following is the price:

  • Lift tickets for both days and Hostel accommodation, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast: $50 for Scouts, $70 for non-scouts (an awesome deal)
  • Ski or Snowboard Rentals are $25 for the trip
  • Ski Helmets $12 for the trip
  • Group ski or snowboard lesson is $22
  • Lunch Tickets are available at $8/person
  • Snow Tubing – Available in 2 or 4 hour sessions with prices ranging from $15-$40 depending on time of day

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Our plan is to offer the opportunity to complete the Snow Sports merit badge. More details will be provided in future.

Please note we are limited to 45 people in the Hostel so please sign-up early to guarantee you spot. Also, if the scout is a new skier/snowboarder and are unable to negotiate the trails and lifts on his own, a parent or guardian must attend the trip. Also if a sibling will be attending, a parent /guardian must attend as well.

You can contact Guy Dugas if you have any questions or concerns via email or phone at , 201-337-5709.

Follow this link to payment page (Payment due by January 15th) Payment


Common Oath and Law for Cubs, Boys, and Venturers

According to a recent article in Boy’s Life Magazine, the Boy Scouts of America’s Executive Board has approved a resolution to use the Scout Oath and Law in all programs, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Venturing.  The approved changes will begin for Venturers in 2014 and Cub Scouts in 2015.  read more

Sustainability and Cooking become Eagle Required starting 2013/14

Sustainability, a new merit badge, will join Environmental Science as an interchangeable option pair Eagle-required badge after its debut at the 2013 jamboree.   Cooking will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.  The total badge count will remain at 21.  The elective badge count will drop from 10 to 9,with one spot replaced by cooking.


Aviation Merit Badge / Morristown Airport Campout – Morristown NJ – December 14-15 2012

When:              Friday Dec. 14/15

Where:            Viacom/Paramount Pictures Aviation / 11 Airport Rd. Morristown, NJ, 07960


Register:         LINK TO REGISTRATION


How :              Meet at OLPH Friday Dec. 14 at 5pm and carpool down to the Corporate Hangar. Please see attached directions: Approximately 35 min. Drive.

Timeline:         Friday

  • Meet Mr. Fern at the Hangar (will need someone to coordinate at OLPH) Roll call at Hangar at 545pm, break into groups and carpool down to Airport operations at 6pm. View the various maintenance and fire equipment and take a tour of the Morristown tower if possible. (tower currently under construction)
  • Return back to Corporate Hangar around 730-8 pm and prep for dinner.
  • After Dinner/ clean up. View the Corporate aircraft and answer any questions to finish Merit badge.
  • Foam glider distance competition (if time permits)
  • Anything else we would like to do.


  • Breakfast/clean up
  • Discuss anything we missed on Friday carpool back to Oakland between 10-12am.

Mr. Fern will be speaking about the exciting field of Aviation and all the sciences that encompass it, giving scouts an opportunity to earn the Aviation Merit Badge.  In our troop meeting on Thursday, December 6th we will review the Merit Badge workbook.  Please bring this worksheet with you to the hangar. This is a private facility which is completely secure. The property has a field for which those that would like to camp outside in tents for advancement requirements can do so weather permitting OR you may sleep inside on the warm hangar floor. We will have the troop trailer on site for cooking equipment.  This is a great opportunity for those looking to achieve the cooking requirement for advancement.  It will be Dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Please RSVP by Dec. 5 so that we have an accurate headcount for breaking down into patrols and giving those that will be cooking a week to prepare.  Please keep in mind that this is a place of business, so scout, please act responsibly. No running as there is numerous pointy objects on these aircraft. Mr. Fern will give a safety briefing prior to entering the hangar.

Costs per person:  See Payment Page for total costs.  No Cost if just visiting the airport on Friday. 10$ if staying overnight for Dinner/Breakfast

SIBLINGS:  No siblings



Class A required for Friday.

Please have a snack prior to coming down on Friday as we may be eating dinner around 8pm.


What to Bring:


  • Camping gear –  For those that are planning to camp outside for requirements, please bring: Tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, mess kit.  Otherwise, you may sleep in the warm hangar with the aircraft.
  • NOTE: Read “Cold Weather Comfort” on the Pathfinders website for those preparing to sleep outside.


More Information. 


Please begin to look over Merit Badge Prerequisites 1A-E, 2F and 5.

We will accomplish items 2B and 4A at the hangar as well.   Please bring your Aviation merit badge work book that you started on Dec. 6. Meeting to the hangar so that you can work on it Friday night.

We will be handing out Foam plates and instructions on Thursday Dec. 6th for item 3B “Build a model FPG-9”  FPG=Foam Plate Glider. Go to for instructions if you would like to have fun prior to the meeting. We will be having a flying competition at the hangar on Friday after touring the Airport.

Looking forward to seeing everyone, If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. or 201-832-2967 cell

YIS  ASM  Mr. Fern