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Troop 23 Eagle Scouts

Congratulations to Wilson Haefner & Brandon Eckberg


May the virtues
you live today
be your guide
for tomorrow and onward.

on earning and achieving this
highest honor in Scouting
Eagle Scout.

Troop 23 newest Eagle Scouts

Congratulations to Payton Shonk & Trafford Hunt


May the virtues
you live today
be your guide
for tomorrow and onward.

on earning and achieving this
highest honor in Scouting
Eagle Scout.

Summer Camp 2017 – Important Information

Camp Dates: June 25, 2017 – July 2, 2017 
Camp Fees:   Scout Discounted: $390.00
Scout Full (Paid after May 11, 2017): $440.00
Leaders $180

Don’t forget your Health Forms:

PLEASE NOTE: The troop will be paying between 50% and 100% of the LEADER cost for summer camp. The exact percentage will be determine based on the number of adults that attend as Leaders. If Leaders owe anything for attending, it will be collected after Summer Camp. In order to contain the cost incurred by the troop, paid attendance of Leaders will be at the discretion of the Scout Master.

Please send an email to ‘’ if you plan on attending summer camp this year

If you say you are going but then need to back out, if you do so before May 11th, you will be refunded any money that you may have paid.

The following is a suggested payment schedule to help spread out payment for summer camp and still get the discounted rate of $390.00

Payment #1: $130.00 Due March 16, 2017
Payment #2: $130.00 Due April 13, 2017
Payment #3: $130.00 Due May 11, 2017

If you can pay all at once, or sooner, please do so.
Note: If paying for Summer Camp is a challenge for your budget, there is assistance available. The Chester County Council has a grant program called a CAMPERSHIP. The link to the 2017   Campership application is here:  2017 Campership Application.pdf.  The application must be filled out and submitted no later than April 15, 2017 which means getting it to Mr. Powell no later than April 6 2017.

Please keep in mind that summer camp payments can be made from your scout account if you have funds available. If anyone wants to know the balance in their scout account, please E-mail the request to, or see Mr. Plichta at a Troop meeting.


October Camping – Grand Canyon of Pennsylvania

The October camping trip is at the PENNSYLVANIA GRAND CANYON.  We will be camping at Colton Point State Park.  The trip is from October 14 – October 16.
We should be there at the peak of fall colors. On Saturday we will have patrol/family hikes selecting from: Rim Trail in the park, Turkey Path trail to the bottom, West Rim Trail, and Barbour Rock Trail. For dinner the patrols will be having a dessert cooking competition. On Sunday morning we will visit the nearby PA Lumber Museum which will help complete Forestry MB. We will have two departure options on Friday, 2:15pm and 6pm.
THIS IS A FAMILY CAMPING TRIP.  Parents and siblings are welcome to attend this camping trip.  At the bottom of the permission form, please list the names of everyone attending.  For siblings, please list their ages.
Parents will be required to complete the BSA youth protection training in order to participate in the trip.  If you are not a registered leader with the troop, please provide a copy of your youth protection training certificate with the permission form.  Youth protection training can be done by going to the following site:
DEPARTURE TIMES and travel logistics
The travel time to Colton Point State Park is approximately 4 hours.  Because the travel time is so long we are doing things differently for this trip.
EARLY DEPARTURE OPTION (1:45 PM– If you do not mind getting your scouts out of school early, we are having a group of people meet at CPC at 1:45 PM for a 2:15 departure.  The people leaving at this time will need to do the following:
1.  Early dismissal from school
2.  Be on time to CPC
3.  Bring food for Friday dinner (or money to buy stuff at a wawa etc.)
4.  Be willing to help set up camp for the people that are arriving later.
NEAR REGUALR DEPARTURE OPTION (5:30 PM)The late departure time is still earlier than our normal time.
We will be meeting at CPC at 5:30 for a departure no later than 6:00 PM.  The people leaving at this time will need to do the following:
1. Bring most of your gear to the church on Thursday to have loaded on the trailer.
2. Food buyers for the patrol will need to bring the non-perishable items in your patrol food box on Thursday evening to be loaded into the trailer.
3.  Bring refrigerated items in a cooler on Friday.  These coolers will go in the late traveling cars.
4.  Bring the rest of your gear that was not provided early.
On Sunday we will be having activities until lunch time.  We will then have sandwiches, fruit , snacks etc. for lunch just prior to getting on the road to head back home.  We expect to be arriving back at CPC around 4:30 PM.

Upcoming Adult Training

Go to for more information and to register for the courses below:


Scoutmaster Position-Specific Training

This training is designed to help Scoutmasters or Assistant Scoutmasters get up to speed with their leadership position. Gathering and Registration begins at 8:00 a. m.

October 29th, 2016 (Full training completed in one day.)
Glenmoore United Methodist Church,
1920 Creek Road, Glenmoore, PA 19343
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $5

December 3, 2016 (Full training completed in one day.)
Location:  Central Presbyterian Church,
100 W Uwchlan Ave, Downingtown, PA
Time: 8:30am – 12:30pm
Cost: $5


Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills (IOLS)

Introduction to Outdoor Leader Skills is the required outdoor training for all Scoutmasters, Assistant Scoutmasters, and Crew Advisors. IOLS also provides great training for Webelos Leaders.

November 5th-6th, 2016  (pre-course meeting, Wednesday, October 26th, at 7:00 PM)
Location: Troop 191 Scout Cabin
700 Pomeroy Avenue, Avondale, PA 19311


Troop 23 newest Eagle Scouts

Congratulations to N. Serkes and S. Bullock


May the virtues
you live today
be your guide
for tomorrow and onward.

on earning and achieving this
highest honor in Scouting
Eagle Scout.

August Camping – Knoebel’s Family Trip

The permission form for the August 19-21 camping trip is now out. We will camping at Hawk Mountain Scout Reservation and going to Knoebel’s. This is a family camping trip so bring the whole family. We will  also have a stay at camp/hiking option provided there are enough adults. Check your email around 12:25pm today from Bulk Email Address ( We would like the form at the August 4th meeting if possible so we can buy the tickets at the group discount rate. If you can’t attend August 4th email the Troop with your intent and how many tickets to buy and then pay on August 11th.

Summer Camp – July 17-24

CampHorseshoeSummer Camp is almost here – below is the schedule for Troop 23 so there is no Scout left behind.

Items needed for Sunday – Personal Gear, Swimsuit (under uniform) and packed lunch. A towel should be packed in backpack or carry bag (do not put on trailer).

Schedule for Sunday – July 17th

If you have not yet turned in your Medical Forms, please bring copies with you.  The procedure for dispensing medications has changed this year.  Please see Melissa Pechin for the new form and medication collection.

8:30 a.m.-9:15 a.m.:  We will be loading the trailers with camp gear and personal gear.  We will be driving two (2) trucks into the site, please make sure your gear gets on one of the trucks.
9:15 a.m. -10:30 a.m.:  We will attend the Church service.  We want to make sure that we attend as a group and show our Chartered Organization how proud we are to be sponsored by them. We sit in the first two pews on the left side.
10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.:  We will finish loading the trucks and leave for camp.  (Please bring a packed lunch – we will be eating BEFORE we leave to go to camp.)

12:00 p.m.:   The Troop is LEAVING THE CHURCH AT 12:00 P.M. (Pictures may be taken at the Church before we leave).  We will be carpooling to camp – if you are planning to drive your Scout down individually, please NOTE:  today is not the time for visiting the camp – we are on a schedule and must be at locations at specific times. If you will not be attending the Church service, or will drive your son to camp (not leaving with the Troop from the Church at noon), please communicate this to Mr. Christensen.  There is a procedure for checking into Camp, and we need to know when everyone is arriving so all scouts go to health check, dining hall orientation and swim check.

1:00 p.m.:  We should arrive at Camp.  Please have your swimsuit on under your uniform or have it and a towel easily accessible for the swim test.

Troop 23 T-Shirts

Troop23ClassBTShirtRedSee Mrs. Herman to pick up your new Class B Troop 23 t-shirts.  She will have them at this week’s meeting, July 14th.  So pick a couple up to have for camp.  T-shirts are $7.00 each.

Health Forms

healthformDon’t forget to get your Health Forms for camp to Mr. Lewis.

Download forms here:  2016 Health Forms

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