Boy Scout Troop 149 is a a boy-led high-adventure troop that meets at the Bethlehem United Methodist Church of Thornton, PA every Monday night at 7pm. In addition to having lots of fun, we are proud to say that 118 of our members have achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.
Interested in getting to know us better? Join us for a meeting!
Troop 149 had a great time at Horseshoe Scout Reservation from August 2-9.
Ten scouts spent the week working on merit badges, singing songs in the mess hall, tubing, shooting, swimming, and drinking Slush Puppies. Both the Dalek Patrol and Deadpool Patrol earned the Standard Patrol Award while the entire troop earned the Standard Troop Award and the Clean Camp Award.
Thanks to everyone who helped make it a great camp!
Citizenship in the Community!
A nation is a patchwork of communities that differ from each other and may be governed differently. But regardless of how local communities differ, they all have one point in common: In the United States, local government means self-government. Good citizens help to make decisions about their community through their elected local officials.
We begin work on this badge on March 2nd. This badge is one of the 13 required for the Eagle Scout rank.
Also in the works … FENCING!
On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the Eagle Board of Review approved candidate Jonathan Scott Detwiler’s application for the rank of Eagle Scout. Jon is the son of Don and Lisa Detwiler, residents of Thornton, PA.
Since Jon joined Troop 149 in 2008, he has accompanied us on many trips and outings and earned 34 merit badges. He held the offices of Instructor, Scribe, Guide, Assistant Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader, Quartermaster and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader. He sharpened his leadership skills at the Philmont Boy Scout High Adventure Camp, where he spent ten days hiking the mountains of New Mexico. As a scout, Jon has earned numerous awards and was called into Order of the Arrow membership on August of 2011, followed by his Ordeal in early 2012.
For his Eagle service project, Jon designed and built a bulletin board for Bonner Park in Thornton Township. This bulletin board, located at the park’s entrance, will allow for the easy dissemination of news from the Township regarding the park, including emergency closings and the status of the different trails.
A senior at Rustin High School, Jon is also an avid lacrosse player and has been accepted at Penn State, Altoona, where he plans to major in Business Administration.
We wish good luck to Jon in all of his future endeavors, and we congratulate his parents, siblings, family and leaders who have helped him reach this milestone.
2015 annual trip will take place the very last weekend in January — January 30-February 1. The troop will travel to Mountain Creek in New Jersey.
Cost is $160.00 per person (4 to a room). This includes lodging (2 nights), lift tickets for two (2) days and a pizza party on Friday night. For those of you less adventurous, you can do ONE day lift ticket and two nights lodging for $140.00. Adults can get their own private room for $130.00 a night (no lift ticket included). Bring your own equipment (skies or snow boards, goggles, hats, gloves etc). If you do not own it, we recommend you rent it from any of the outfits around our area and bring it with you — the rental lines on site tend to be long.
Sign up during our Monday meetings or contact any of the adult leaders by January 10th.
Full payment is due no later than January 15th.
Chess develops critical thinking skills, concentration skills, and decision-making skills — all of which can help you in other areas of your life. Besides the rules of the game, some of the things we are learning about chess include:
- History of the game
- Sportsmanship and etiquette
- Strategy for opening, middle and end game
- How to teach someone else to play
We are currently playing a chess tournament to practice both our strategy and our scorekeeping.