Written on 24 September 2010, 07.45 by Administrator
Troop 147 will require that EVERY adult who goes on a camping trip must complete two BSA online training courses. Parents, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Committee members should complete the courses prior to attending any camping trips including the Assateaque Island Family trip. These courses are designed to help adults deliver quality Scouting Experiences to the youth.
**Please Note**: We have added a new course, “THIS IS SCOUTING”. This is Scouting is an introductory session that...
Written on 24 September 2010, 07.34 by Administrator
Troop 147 is looking for some help.
Come and join the fun, volunteer your time and talent, and sign up for one of our open positions listed below.
Eagle Court of Honor Coordinator
You will assist Eagle Scout families with the planning and preparation and writing of the program for their Eagle Court of Honor. No experience necessary.
You will assist Pam Cohen in collection and recording of money received and paid for troop events,...
Boy Scouts of America endeavors to develop American citizens who are physically, mentally, and emotionally fit; have a high degree of self-reliance as evidenced in such qualities as initiative, courage, and resourcefulness; have personal values based on religious concepts; have the desire and skills to help others; understand the principles of the American social, economic, and governmental systems; are knowledgeable about and take pride in their American heritage and understand our nation's role in the world; have a keen respect for the basic rights of all people; and are prepared to participate in and give leadership to American society.
Troop 147 promotes this mission through a fun and challenging program which gives each boy the opportunity to build character, foster citizenship, and develop fitness.
Troop 147 is located in Holland PA, Bucks County and is chartered by Northampton Presbyterian Church.
Troop 147 was chartered in Apri1 1981 by parents and leaders from Pack 147 sponsored by Holland Elementary School. They wanted the Webelos from the pack to graduate into a troop also based in Holland, PA. Pastor Leon of the Northampton Presbyterian Church wished to sponsor a troop, so a lasting partnership was begun. Richard Egan, the Cubmaster of Pack 147 at that time and a leading advocate for a new troop, was the first Scoutmaster. The vision for the new troop was to emphasize scouting competencies and boy leadership and use a very active outdoor program to secure those goals. In addition to the graduating Webelos, the troop was able to welcome alumni of Pack 147 who had become scouts in other local troops — notably Troop 5 in Churchville, PA. This gave Troop 147 a very good cadre of experienced older scouts to provide leadership to the younger boys.
Parental involvement, a strong Committee and Adult Leadership were immediately expressed in the new troop and helped insure the program's success. Joe Stepenosky was the first Troop Committee Chairman later succeeded by Ashok Gore and Edward Young. Numerous Assistant Scoutmasters — including Ed Nowicki, Rich Krzaczyk, Bill Meier, John Kinney and Chris Vey among many others — were instrumental in establishing a very vibrant outdoor program.
The new troop's first weekend camping trip was to a primitive site at the West Point Military Academy in New York State, and that set the stage for many other special trips to distant locations. In its early years the troop traveled to Williamsburg, VA, Annapolis, MD, Boston, MA and Baltimore, MD as well as to numerous Scout Camps in PA, NJ and MD.
The troop was active in Bucks County Council events including the annual Klondike Derby, First Aid-O-Ree and Camp-O-Ree and frequently won the scout competitions in these events. Canoeing was a favorite and the troop took part in Paddlerama and Kettle Cup races and "The Polish Navy" earned trophies for their efforts.
High Adventure trips were a tool to maintain the interest and involvement of the older High School scouts and the first trip to the Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, NM took place i n 1984. Philmont Adventures have been repeated on a regular basis and continue to the present time. The troop's older scouts (and later Post 147 explorers) participated in high adventure programs at the Maine Winter Camping and Florida High Adventure bases as well as week long canoe trips on the Upper Delaware River Summer Camp attendance has been a regular feature of the troop since their first appearance at Camp Ockanickon in 1981. Also most memorable are summer camps at Treasure Island in the Delaware River and Haliburton Scout Camp in Canada.
From the very start, Troop 147 encouraged and fostered attainment of the Eagle Scout rank and takes great pride in the large number of scouts who have achieved that goal and gone on to build successful careers and families. The first Eagle Scout rank was awarded in 1982 and the corps of Eagles continues to grow today. The Troop Advancement Committee, first headed by Joe Bartish, played a significant role in this accomplishment.
The greatest resource that has been available to Troop 147 and responsible in great measure for the successes that the troop has had are the large number of unnamed parents, leaders, merit badge councilors, camp out drivers, fund raising participants and others who have given their time and energy to establish the troop and insure its success and growth. Thanks to all of them.