Local Scouting Life: Scouts enjoy fall events in the Abingtons and beyond


Local Scouting Life - Jonathan Ross



The changing of the seasons brings the bright colors of fall and a full schedule for Troop 160. The troop is busy with community service projects, camping trips and fundraising. The fun and frenzied activity never stops.

On Nov. 7, Troop 160 will hold its largest and most important fundraiser. The Annual French Toast Breakfast is both a community and troop favorite, known for its light hearted nature and great food. An excellent bake sale will accompany the breakfast, as usual. Tickets for the event can be purchased from local Troop 160 scouts or at the door. It will run from 7 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Clarks Summit United Methodist Church on Morgan Highway.

The troop will tough out one more bicycle trip for the season on Oct. 17-18. The event will include a short ride of eight miles and an overnight campout. Good luck to all the cyclists attending.

One of the most memorable events in a Scout’s career is the day of his Eagle Scout Service Project. Three local Life Scouts are in the process of completing their projects. Joseph Fulton has been running a care package drive for the United States Marines Corps and will soon organize and ship out all of the items collected. Wyatt Sebring recently completed his project, which was to build a rain shelter at Hillside Park in South Abington Township. Finally, Alec D’Elia began his project constructing a bocce ball court at Hillside Park. Good luck to all three future Eagles.

Every year in September, Troop 160 takes a contingent of Scouts to Gettysburg National Military Park. After an outstanding introductory film and a tour of the museum, the Scouts embark on historical trails for either a five-mile or 10-mile hike. The “Johnny Reb” trail (five miles) is designed to follow the experiences of a Confederate soldier, while the “Billy Yank” trail (10 miles) is designed to follow the experiences of a Union soldier. This year a new addition was made to the program. Eagle Scout Bryan Melliand and I planned and led a 50-mile bicycle trip that led our crew of eight down into Maryland and back into Gettysburg. All three groups survived the battle and gathered at a nearby youth campground with other visiting troops. This year was especially important because Troop 160 visited the site during a reenactment weekend and was able to see all of the exciting parts of the actual battle.

The most attended event run by the Northeastern Pennsylvania Council of the Boy Scouts of America is Harvest Fest. Held on Oct. 24-25, Harvest Fest is a great opportunity for local Cub Scouts to enjoy several outdoor activities one might find at summer camp, such as climbing, archery, and obstacle courses. Even pumpkin bowling and haunted hayrides will be there to keep us in the harvest spirit. Come on out and enjoy the festivities.

Remember a scout is cheerful.

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Local Scouting Life

Jonathan Ross

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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