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Troop 48 Update - 8/2/18
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Troop 48 Update - 8/2/18

Posted on Mon, Aug 6, 2018


There will be a Troop Swim Fun Night next Tuesday at 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM at Germantown Athletic Club (GAC), 1801 Exeter Road, Germantown, instead of our regular Troop meeting. Scouts can come and practice swimming or just enjoy having fun in the pool. This is also an opportunity for any Scouts or adults who need to complete the BSA Swim Check. Five aquatics requirements can be completed that night as well. Scouts who have not earned Second Class requirements 5b , 5c and 5d and First Class requirement 6a and 6e can learn, demonstrate and have them signed-off (bring your BSA Handbook).  Each person swimming needs to complete the attached waiver form and bring it on August 7 (unless you are a member of GAC). The Troop will be paying the cost of $5 per person, however if you are a member of GAC, please use your membership card. At the front desk, just inform them you are with Boy Scout Troop 48, then look for Mr. Frederick Lee or other Troop representative at the information desk to turn in waiver forms to him before going downstairs to the pool. Parents who want to go to the pool area but not swim may come in also with no charge and no waiver form. Dads who are swimming need to complete a waiver form unless a GAC member.


Volunteer Awards

We would like to congratulate and thank several of our adult leaders who were award winners at the BSA Eastern District Banquet held on July 26:

  • Our Troop 48 Star Volunteer awards were presented to ASM Bo Hormberg and Mrs. Kelley Lee. Thanks for all you do for Troop 48!
  • Scoutmaster Brian Issing was awarded the Unit Leader Award of Merit, which is awarded to leaders of units attaining certain benchmarks characteristic of strong units. Congratulations Brian!
  • Our District Commissioner Barry Moore was awarded the Commissioner’s Key which recognizes continuing training, performance and tenure by commissioners. Congratulations Barry!
  • ASM Richard Ralph was awarded the highest honor a district can present, the District Award of Merit which recognizes service at the district and unit level. Congratulations Richard!

We are so fortunate to have such excellent, experienced and dedicated adult leaders for Troop 48!  Thanks so much to all of our volunteers!


Second Class Rank Requirement 7c

At the July 31 Troop Meeting, three officers from the Germantown Police Department presented a program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol and tobacco. This was in support of 2nd Class requirement #7c. For those Scouts who were present, who have not earned this requirement (most everyone under the rank of 1st Class), they are to discuss the program with their family and explain the dangers of substance addictions and then speak to the Scoutmaster. (The rest of the details are below.) Please encourage your son to have this discussion with his family and to speak to the Scoutmaster sooner than later.

The Details of 2nd Class Requirement #7C:

Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.


August Campout – Caving, Saturday/Sunday, August 25-26

Troop 48's next trip will be camping at Fall Creek Falls with a side trip to Cumberland Caverns. At Cumberland Caverns, there are two spelunking trips to choose from:


Higgenbotham's Revenge

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Challenging

Time: 3.5 – 4 Hours

What To Expect: Follow the historic route of the discoverer, Aaron Higgenbotham. The tour begins with a 1½ mile hike to the Higgenbotham Entrance. You will encounter narrow passageways, ladders (some up to 20 feet high) and muddy trails. The higher adventurers of our troop took this trek a few years back and it was widely acclaimed as a great trip.


Alternately, there is the Daily Walking Tour - This 1½ mile walking tour features incredible formations, a historic 1812 saltpeter mine, a beautiful waterfall and gleaming pools.

Difficulty Level: Moderate

Time: 1.5 Hours


If you don’t want to take either caving trip, but you still want to go camping, please speak with Mr. Issing or Mr. Hormberg about an alternative plan.


Trip Cost – due Tuesday, August 14  

  • Higgenbotham’s Revenge and Camping:  $45
  • Daily Walking Tour and Camping: $45 for ages 13 and older; $38.50 for 11-12 yr-olds
  • Camping only: $25


Upcoming Events 

Aug 6 – Troop Committee meeting – 7 PM

Aug 7 – Swim Fun Night, BSA swim checks, water rank requirements (No Troop Meeting at the church)

Aug 14 – August Campout fees dues ($45, $38.50 or $25)

Aug 20 – Patrol Leaders’ Council Meeting

Aug 25-26 – Caving Campout


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