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.