Klondike Derby – Shepherd Lake, Ringwood NJ – January 18, 2014


January brings snow, adventure, and the Klondike Derby!  This terrific day of outdoor fun pits your sled team’s wits, scout skills, and cleverness against sled teams from all over the area.  As a tribute to the 2014 Winter Olympics, this year’s theme –  “Winter Games” – follows an Olympic format.   Your team will progress from station to station completing challenges to test your team’s abilities:

  1. Gear Check
  2. Lashings – Troop 159 West Milford
  3. Biathlon – Troop 107 Pompton Lakes
  4. Curling
  5. First Aid
  6. Bobsled Race (Sled Race)
  7. Ice Hockey
  8. Team Building – Troop  114 West Milford
  9. Fire Building – Troop 309 Wyckoff
  10. Fitness
  11. Model Campsite – Troop 86 Bloomingdale
  12. Obstacle Course
  13. Knots – Troop  151 West Milford
  14. Orienteering – Troop 388 Pompton Lakes
  15. Venturing Experience – Crew 1204 Wyckoff/Wayne
  16. Tug of War (tentative)

We will depart OLPH at 7:00 AM.  Come dressed for a day outside: boots, hat, gloves, and lots of layers.  Hopefully, we’ll have a pile of snow! Eat breakfast at home.  We will have a hearty hot lunch, and we’ll be home by 5:30 or so.

Shawnee Mountain Ski Trip, Feb 8-9, 2014

Put on your winter gear and Think Snow! Back by popular demand, Troop 49 will be running another overnight ski trip to Shawnee Mountain in the Poconos (about an 1 hr 15 min from Oakland). Last year we had 45 people hit the slopes and Terrain Park at Shawnee Mountain. 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.

The trip will run from the Saturday afternoon, February 8th to late afternoon on Sunday. With one lift ticket, you will be able to ski from Saturday 3PM-10PM and on Sunday 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 to prepare Saturday night’s dinner and Sunday breakfast.

The following is the price:

  • Lift tickets for both days and Hostel accommodation, Saturday Dinner and Sunday Breakfast: $50 for Scouts (as a result of troop subsidy), $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 Sunday on your own at Shawnee Resort Cafeteria.
  • Snow Tubing – Available in 2 or 4 hour sessions with prices depend on time of day
  • For Scouts who are unable to attend on Saturday, you may purchase a ticket through us at the group rate and troop subsidy cost of $16. This is good all day on Sunday. $36 for Non-scouts.
  • Transportation will be via carpool

Payment Information:

  • Payment for the trip is due in-full at time of registration using the links below that contains a Payment/Registration Form and Activity Consent Form. Printout and fully complete both forms and return with your payment to Mr. Dugas (not Mr. Foley). You will not be considered registered for the trip until these items are delivered to Mr. Dugas.

Note: Your base payment of $50 (Scouts), $70 (non-scouts) is non-refundable unless we are able to either fill your spot or obtain a refund from Shawnee on a best efforts basis (NO GUARANTEE).



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 is 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. Yes, we can accommodate moms and female siblings who may sleep in a separate common area.

Important: All attendees must have an updated BSA medical form (Parts A&B) on file with Mrs. Burns. That means it must be dated within 1 year of 2/9/14.

If anyone is interested in completing the Snowsports merit badge, please contact Mr. Dugas.

You can contact Mr. Dugas if you have any questions or concerns via email or phone at fetriman1@aol.com , 201-337-5709.


Robotics MB – Campout at Morristown Airport. Dec 6-7, 2013

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When:    Friday Dec6/7

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

How :      Meet at OLPH Friday Dec. 6 at 5pm and carpool down to the Corporate Hangar. Click here for directions – Approximately 35 min. Drive from Oakland.



  • Meet Mr. Fern at the Hangar (will need someone to coordinate at OLPH) Roll call at Hangar at 545pm, break into groups and start setting up/ working on the robotics challenge.
  • Dinner around 730-8, clean up and continue working.
  • Possible Moive depending on how much is accomplished.


  • Breakfast/clean up
  • Continue working on the challenge
  • Robotics competition early afternoon.
  • Return back to Oakland 4-5pm
  • Tell parents how awesome the campout was!!!!!

Mr. Leymeister  will be speaking about the exciting field of Robotics  and all the sciences that encompass it, giving scouts an opportunity to earn the Robotics Merit Badge.  In our troop meeting on Thursday, November 14  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 and Lunch on Saturday. Please RSVP by Dec. 1 so that we have an accurate headcount for breaking down into patrols and giving those that will be cooking a week to prepare. The facility has a full kitchen with oven and range.  Please keep in mind that this is a place of business, so scouts, 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


Uniform: Not required

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.
  • http://www.thepathfinders.org/information/documents/coldweather.html


Cooking Merit Badge Revisions

Effective January 1, 2014, a revised Cooking Merit Badge and a new Sustainability Merit Badge join the list of Eagle-required merit badges. Some key points on the change are below:
• Sustainability, a new merit badge, joins Environmental Science as an Eagle Scout option after its debut at the 2013 jamboree.
• Cooking, meanwhile, will become Eagle-required as of Jan. 1, 2014.
• The total number of merit badges required for the Eagle Scout Award will remain at 21. In other words, instead of 12 Eagle-required badges and 9 elective badges, a Scout must earn 13 Eagle-required and 8 elective badges.
• Regardless of when a Scout earned the Life rank or began working on Eagle, unless he fulfills all the requirements—with the exception of his board of review—before Jan. 1, 2014, he must earn the Cooking merit badge to become an Eagle Scout.
• If Scouts have already started on the Cooking Merit Badge, they may switch to the new requirements or continue with the old ones until the badge is completed.
• If a scout has earned the badge under the old requirements, as scout need not re-earn the badge under the new requirements in order to qualify for Eagle Scout.

There are two important articles to read for those of you on the trail to Eagle Scout:

See http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/10/17/cooking-sustainability-merit-badges-to-become-eagle-required/ and http://blog.scoutingmagazine.org/2012/11/01/faqs-about-cooking-and-sustainability-merit-badges/

West Point Football/Tour & Campout – November 8-10, 2013

United States Military Academy Tour and Scout Day Football game

November 8-10, 2013

Tentative Agenda

Registration Deadline:  October 11th

Signup form at this link

Payment Page at this link


FRIDAY, November 8th

Depart Oakland @ 8AM

Arrive West Point 9AM


Tour West Point Grounds, including:

  • Famous Chapel
  • Historic cemetery
  • Storied Trophy Point

12:30 Conclude tour

Lunch break – provide a bag lunch for yourself

1:15 Tour fabulous West Point Museum

3:15 Tour concludes; time for gift shop

3:30 Depart for campsite

4:15 Set up camp

5:30 Dinner

Overnight sleeping at camp


SATURDAY, November 9th 

Scout Day – West Point Football versus Western Kentucky

6:00 AM –Wake Up Call

6:30 AM – Breakfast

7:00 AM – Depart Camp

8:00 AM Cadet led tours

9:00 AM Parade Review (1/4 of the corps, marches on the plain near Daly field)

9:00 AM – Noon (Black Knights Alley – up by the stadium)

10:00 AM – 11:00am Cadet Club Activities on Daly Field

11:30 AM Parachuting the ball into the stadium!

11:40 AM National Anthem and before-game festivities on the field

12:00 PM Kickoff!

Autographs at Gate 1 following the game, about 15-20 minutes after the game ends

Scouts return to campsite


SUNDAY, November 10

Hike in the mountains around West Point.

Precise route TBD.  Perhaps Storm King Mountain or Breakneck Ridge.



Tour, Camping,  Football Game and campus activities: $50.00 per person.

Families welcome

Parking for game: $15.00 in advance on-line; $20.00; on site at the Point


Registration Deadline:  October 11th  We need this much notice as we are committing to a block of game tickets and potentially a private bus to tour the West Point Grounds.

Pumpkin Sling Campout – October 18-19, 2013

Trying something a little out of the ordinary, Troop 49 will participate in the Last Fling Pumpkin Sling at Millbrook Farm in Harmony Township New Jersey.  http://www.pumpkinsling.com/index.html  With a country fair atmosphere, and a fall nip in the air, we will join with other schools and civic organizations to see just how far we can hurl a 2-3 pound pumpkin.

We’ll will leave OLPH on Friday night at 5:30 and have a late dinner on site.  On Saturday, we’ll rise early and assemble and test our trusty pumpkin launcher.  Over the course of the day, each team will have an official practice shot, and three shots that are scored.  As dark descends, we’ll head for home, affording those who wish an opportunity to try orienteering on Sunday.  See http://www.scoutorienteering.com/events/2013-10-20a.htm

Fee for the event is $25.00 per person.

Signup form is located at this link

Payment page is available at this link

Harriman State Park Campout – Sept 13-15, 2013

Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest NY Park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that Harriman State Park has to offer.  The scouts had such a fun time in the spring that we decided to visit lake Tiorati once again.  It is a close-by location, well-suited for those that have sporting events to come and go as their time suits.



The Cedar Pond Campground is located just 30 minutes away on beautiful Lake Tiorati which will provide for great outdoor activities including camping, boating, fishing, and hiking for the scouts.

On Friday September13th, we will leave OLPH at 6:15 pm, proceed to the campground, arriving around 7:00 and setup for the night. On Saturday the 8th we will have a full day to enjoy some canoeing, kayaking, fishing and exploring Lake Tiorati right from our campsite.  Sunday morning, the 15th  we will clean and pack up, leaving around 10am.

No fishing license required for those under 16. For those over 16 that plan on fishing, you are required to get a New York fishing license (5$ daily) at http://www.dec.ny.gov/63.html.

We are asking those that have canoes and PFD’s and would like to offer them to the troop for this outing to contact Paul Burns at paul_burns@mentorg.com.

Harriman State Park – June 7-9, 2013

Harriman State Park, located in Rockland and Orange counties, is the second-largest NY Park in the parks system, with 31 lakes and reservoirs, 200 miles of hiking trails, miles of streams and scenic roads, and scores of wildlife species, vistas and vantage points. This is a great opportunity to enjoy the wonderful outdoor activities that Harriman State Park has to offer.

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The cedar pond campground is located just 30 minutes away on beautiful Lake Tiorati which will provide for great outdoor activities including camping, boating, fishing, and hiking for the scouts.

On Friday June 7th, We will leave OLPH around 6pm, proceed to the campground, arriving around 730 and setup for the night. On Saturday the 8th we will take a 5 mile hike after breakfast returning in early afternoon to enjoy some boating, fishing and exploring Lake Tiorati right from our campsite. Sunday the 9th clean and pack up, leaving around 10am.

This site is limited to the first 30 scouts due to park restrictions, No siblings allowed on this campout.

NO fishing license required for those under 16. For those over 16 that plan on fishing, you are required to get a New York fishing license (5$ daily) at http://www.dec.ny.gov/63.html.

We are asking those that have canoes and PFD’s and would like to offer them to the troop for this outing to contact either Carl Mellone or Dan Fern.

More information to follow.


Weboree Staff – April 26-28


Once again, it’s time for scouts, venturers, and leaders to inspire the next generation.  The Weboree is an annual event that is only open to 4th grade Webelos Scouts.  They get a taste of scouting through camping at No-Be-Bo-Sco, cooking their own food, and exploring the many program areas that we set up for them.

The areas that we are looking to help staff are:

  • Rocket Station – This is a station that the scouts visit during the day.  Each group that comes through the station gets to build a number of Soda Bottle rockets.  These rockets stay with us at the station, until 3PM, when all of the camp gathers on the A-field, and we have multiple launchpads ready to fire them all off.  It’s a great program and always well received.
  • Trail Guides – These are experienced scouts who know their way around Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, and lead groups of Webelos Scouts from station to station.  Don’t worry… Trail guides don’t miss the fun of launching rockets, because all trail guides bring their groups to the A-field at 3PM, and assist with the firing of the rockets.

Mr. Dente will be coordinating the staff helpers from Troop 49 & Crew 26.  Please use the form at this link to register, and Mr. Dente will register all of the staff as a group.

There are a few items to take care of if you wish to serve on staff.  These must be completed by 3/31, so that the correct orders can be placed for T-shirts, hats, etc.  Complete the web form, and return the paper forms to Mr. Dente.

  1. Register so that we know you are going to attend.  Use the online form at this link.
  2. Provide a copy of your current BSA Medical form (Parts A & B) for a weekend campout.  Use the paper form at this link.
  3. Have your parent(s) and Unit Leader approve of your participation.  Use the paper form at this link.
  4. Get your payment to Mr. Dente, who will make one payment for all staff members when he registers the group.  You may pay cash or check made out to him.  To calculate how much you owe, please use the form at this link.

For more information about staffing the Weboree, check out this link.


Summer Camp at Turrell – 2013


Ready to go?  Fill out the Sign Up Form

For payment, use this Payment Form

– If you are attending multiple Council Camp experiences, refer to this Camper Sampler form for pricing information

All Scouts and Parents must agree and sign the Troop Behavior Policy


Dates to remember:

March 15 – Campership applications due to NNJ Council

April 1 – Registration opens on website for merit badge signups

April 8 – Early bird deadline (fees go up $50.00 after this date!)

July 28 – August 3th – Summer Camp!!!


Camp Fees: 

Important Note:  Do not make payments directly to the council; All Payments will be handled through Troop 49 to reduce additional accounting work on both sides.

Through our fundraising efforts, Troop 49 is able to give each scout a $30 credit for use for one NNJC Summer Camp weeks at either Floodwood or Turrell.


Full price

Less $30 troop subsidy

Paying by 4/8



Paying after 4/8



Bottom line – If you’re not going to Floodwood, and you pay by April 8, the cost is $325.


Camp Information:

As we get closer to camp time, information including the 2012 Summer Camp Leader’s Guide, Medical forms and Merit Badge class signups will be posted on the Northern New Jersey Council Website at:   www.nnjbsa-turrell.org


Merit Badge Class registration – When the form to register for merit badges goes on line, each scout attending camp must go through and sign up for classes during each session of the day.  Please make sure that when you go through this process, you select the correct camp week that we will be there:

               Session 4         (Week 4)         July 28 to August 3



If you have any other questions, contact Mr. Tendai Richards at tendai@optonline.net.