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 122 of our members have achieved the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout.

Interested in getting to know us better? Join us for a meeting!


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Pack 66 crosses over.

We’re excited to welcome 3 new scouts from Pack 66 at Westtown-Thornbury Elementary. Welcome to Troop 149!


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The Boy Scouts organization morally guides itself by a 12-point Scout Law that all Scouts and adult leaders use to demonstrate good behavior and decision making in all their troop and individual life activities.

Imbibing the letter and spirit of the Scout Law is the core teaching of everything that the Boy Scouts organization does in molding today’s youths to be the leaders of tomorrow.

Although some with political motives have tried to misrepresent what Scouting stands for, the Scout Law is very clearly worded without any possibility of being misunderstood. Regularly recited before troop meetings, the Scout Law states that “a Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

The 100-year anniversary of the Boy Scout Handbook was celebrated in 2010 with a special 12th edition that elaborates on the meaning of the 12-point Scout Law as follows:

  1. A Scout is trustworthy. A Scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
  2. A Scout is loyal. He is loyal to those to whom loyalty is due.
  3. A Scout is helpful. A Scout cares about other people. He helps others without expecting payment or reward. He fulfills his duties to his family by helping at home.
  4. A Scout is friendly. He is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races, religions, and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
  5. A Scout is courteous. He is polite to people of all ages or positions. He understands that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
  6. A Scout is kind. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He knows there is strength in being gentle. He does not harm or kill any living thing without good reason.
  7. A Scout is obedient. A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he seeks to have them changed in an orderly way.
  8. A Scout is cheerful. He looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way and tries his best to make others happy, too.
  9. A Scout is thrifty. A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He is careful in his use of time and property.
  10. A Scout is brave. A Scout faces danger even if he is afraid.
  11. A Scout is clean. He keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses friends who also live by high standards. He avoids profanity and pornography. He helps keep his home and community clean.
  12. A Scout is reverent. He is reverent towards God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Simply put, any nation that can get most of its citizens to follow all 12 points of the Scout Law can righteously claim to be among the world’s greatest nations in adhering to God’s law of love in peacefully serving and co-existing with all humankind.

God’s law of love can be found in the Ten Commandments, with the first four focusing on how to love God and the last six on how to love fellow human beings. In one sense, the Scout Law is a more universal version of God’s law of love which, if followed free of politics, benefit not only individuals but also their families, neighborhoods, country, and ultimately, the world.

As clearly and concisely as the Scout Law may be worded, having entire Scouting organizations following it worldwide is making a very positive difference in people’s lives. One of my nephews was always a little hyper and sometimes hard to get along with despite being a very good kid. He and my elder son would often be on the verge of fighting whenever we met at extended family gatherings.

Meeting him again after a year, I noticed a huge difference in his behavior. Now a big brother to twin siblings, he was so courteous asking if there was anything he could do to help.

My son, wife and I were so impressed by his change in behavior. We asked him what changed since a year ago. He said he joined Cub Scouts and will be going into Webelos which stands for We’ll Be Loyal Scouts. He tries to look for ways of being helpful and doing a good turn daily which is also the Scout slogan. Scouting also benefitted my son who will be an Eagle Scout. As an adult leader and busy working parent, Scouting compelled me to spend more scheduled quality time with my son which has made an incredible difference in my relationship with him that will benefit us the rest of our lives.

So much of my life personally benefitted by being a part of Scouting. I hope more people can look past any political misrepresentations and give Scouting a chance to personally benefit by imbibing the universally beneficial Scout Law in their daily lives.

– Suketu Patel

Suketu Patel is an interfaith representative and practicing Hindu.
Originally released 8/2017
Bucks County Courier Times

 


Category: Scout Law

On September 7th, 2017, Troop 149’s Eagle Board of Review approved Eagle candidate Thomas Walker Robertson’s application for the rank of Eagle becoming the 123rd Scout that has earned the rank of Eagle with the troop.

A native of Valley Forge, PA Walker he resides, with his parents John and Michelle and his brother Coleman, in Concordville, PA Delaware County where he is a Senior at Garnet Valley High School. Walker participates in several school sponsored clubs. Walker is also an avid soccer player. He plans to attend college in the fall majoring in Business.

Since Walker joined the troop, he has accompanied us in many trips and outings and earned 22 merit badges. He also held several scouting offices including that of Junior Assistant Scoutmaster.

For his Eagle Service project, Walker designed, and led the building of large picnic table with handicapped access for the Newlin Grist Mill in Glen Mills. He also led the effort to repair several other picnic tables, scattered around the park, which had fallen in disrepair.

Best of luck to Walker in all of his future endeavors and we congratulate his parents, siblings, family and leaders who helped Walker reach this milestone.


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Mark your calendar!

On Saturday, October 7th, Troop 149 will celebrate 50 years of service to the youth of our community. We will gather at Wiggins Farm (1257 Westtown Thornton Rd.,
West Chester) at 4pm to share food, stories and memories (and maybe a photo or two)!

Eagle Scouts and troop alumni, their families and their friends are invited to celebrate this exciting milestone with us!

Complete the registration form if you plan to attend (so we will have enough goodies for everyone!)


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BSAT 149 at Florida SeabaseOur seven intrepid heroes (and their even braver chaperones) have returned victorious!

It was a week full of snorkeling, fishing, swimming, raising sails, manning the wheel and sleeping in close quarters, but I think they’d say it was worth the trip!

 


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In addition to all the swimming, marching and camp-fire fun, family dinner night saw the return of many of our alumni.  Check out the pics!

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BSA Troop 149 recently held a raffle fundraiser for a complete XBox One game system bundle.  The Loew family won the drawing on May 9th, and Mrs. Kelly Loew (shown below with some of our scouts) visited the troop on May 16th to pick up the prize. Mrs. Loew explained how her family plans to use the XBox:
“We didn’t expect to win, but we decided that if we did, we would donate the system to an organization that helps children in need so that many boys and girls might enjoy it. After all, the scouts are all about helping others so that’s what we want to do too!”
Thank you to everyone who participated in the raffle; the proceeds go to help the troop pay for needed supplies and equipment.
Mrs. Kelly Loew with the Scouts of Troop 149

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Upcoming Events

Mar 5, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Mar 8, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Committee Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Mar 12, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Mar 17 - All day
Skirmish Paintball
211 N Meckesville Rd, Albrightsville, PA 18210

Mar 19, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Mar 26, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Apr 6-8 - All day
Tent Camping
Carlisle PA, Application Trail
Cumberland Gap Hike

Apr 9, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Apr 12, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Committee Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Apr 16, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Apr 21, 10am – 12:00pm
Tree Planting, Service Project
Newlin Grist Mill

Apr 23, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

Apr 27-29
Order of the Arrow Weekend
Special Event

Apr 28, 8am – 12pm
Brandywine River Clean up
Northbrook Canoe Co.
1810 Beagle Rd, West Chester, PA 19382

Apr 30, 7pm – 8:30pm
Troop 149 Regular Meeting
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

May 12, 5pm – 8:00pm
Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser
Bethlehem United Methodist Church

May 18-20, All Day
Camping/Biking Trip
Mid-Western MD. Possibly Sharpsburg/Antitem area by the Potomac River

June 8-10, All Day
White Water Rafting & Tent Camping
Jim Thorpe, Lehigh River
Dam Release Weekend

August 5-12, All Day
Horseshoe Scout Reservation
Sherwood Forest

August 9, 6pm
Alumni Dinner BBQ
HSR Sherwood Forest

June 26-July 7, 2019
Iceland Trip


Adult Leadership

Scoutmaster: George Martynick
Asst. Scoutmasters: Suketu Patel and José Barrera
Treasurer: Joe Orso
Secretary: Ron Ehman
Committee Chairman: Frank Jacquette
Advancements Chair: Rob Foore
Eagle Advancement Counselor: José Barrera
Activities Chair: Jamie Keane
Fundraising Chairs: John Keefe and Tom Upton
Chartered org rep: Brenda Orso

Have a question? Contact us.