About Troop 54

Troop 54 is one of the older Boy Scout Troops in the area, with a long history of excellence and service for more than 65 years. The Troop meets 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Thursday evenings, usually at our Boy Scout Hall, 317 Lake Blvd, Lindenwold NJ. Meeting activities planned by the Scouts themselves include learning and practicing Scouting skills, planning trips and special activities, working on merit badges or other projects of interest to the Scouts, games, and fun. The Troop is divided into a number of patrols of 4 to 8 boys. If enough Webelos Scouts join the Troop at one time, they will form a New Scout patrol, with an experienced older Scout as Troop Guide, to work on basic Scouting skills and advancement. Otherwise, the Patrol Leaders work with the New Scouts to teach them the skills they will need.

Summer Camp 2016: 7/10-16 @ Roosevelt - Deposits due NOW

Posted on Apr 21 2016 - 9:29pm

Members of Troop 54 attend a weeklong Council Summer Camp within the tri-state area every year. This year the location will be Roosevelt. See http://gardenstatescouting.org/RSR2016 for details about the camp. Summer Camp is the ideal place for new Scouts to begin working on advancement and merit badges, and it is a good place for more experienced Scouts to earn some of the merit badges required for Eagle. It is also, of course, a great place to have fun.

BSA CyberChip

Posted on Apr 21 2016 - 9:28pm

Troop 54 offers all Scouts the BSA CyberChip, learning to be safe online! Requirements are specific to the Scout’s current grade in school. Scouts will sign an “Internet Safety Pledge” when receiving their "cyber chip". Note to fully meet all requirements of the BSA CyberChip as shown at http://www.netsmartz.org/scouting, the Scout has an interaction with PARENTS! [Parents may contact me directly, if desiring advice on how to address these matters beyond what is covered at the above website.] Write and sign a personalized contract with your parent or guardian that outlines rules for using the computer and mobile devices, including what you can download, what you can post, and consequences for inappropriate use. Discuss with your parents the benefits and potential dangers teenagers might experience when using social media. Give examples of each. Scouts can be prepared to foil a ransomware infection on a home computer. Learn all about randsomware at https://nakedsecurity.sophos.com/2015/10/28/did-the-fbi-really-say-pay-u. Also, check out the SCOUT LAW with Cybersafety for ALL SCOUTS: http://www.scouting.org/filestore/youthprotection/pdf/100-055_WB.pdf  yis, Charles Tracey, Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Information Security Manager (CISM): Committee Troop 54. Work 856-638-7129

Troop Fundraising Explained

Posted on Apr 21 2016 - 7:30pm

The following is a contribution by Rick VanArsdale, Assistant Scoutmaster, regarding Troop fundraisers. The troop, as of today has 2 fund raisers that benefit the troop (Electric, excess camping fees, equipment & building upkeep).  The first one is the Motorcycle Run. This year we teamed up with Barb’s Harley Davidson and that is the starting point for the ride with the ride completing at The Battleship New Jersey. 2 teams are needed; The first team is at Barbs for the start of the event, the needs are registration, parking of the bikes, supplying information to participants and making sure coffee and breakfast snacks are available for the participants. This team will then head over to the battle ship to be part of the team there. The second team is at the ship, we show where the bikes get parked, serve the participant’s lunch, they get a tour of the ship, and this year a voucher to view the 4th of July Fireworks on the Battleship New Jersey. We are the support & organizers for the event.  There will be a sign-in sheet at both locations. Please when you leave the Battle ship Sign out, it takes about an hour to search the ship for someone that has left. The 2nd troop fundraiser is the Troop 54 Car Show. This year it is being held at the Lindenwold Park located on USA Avenue. This fundraiser benefits not only the troop but also the scouts. Scouts can earn money for their scout accounts by selling ad space in our ad book created for the event. And like the Motorcycle Run, We are the support & organizers for the event. At this event we have to set-up the area that the show will take place on. There is a food area, water ice sales, registration area, game area, and car show area. And just like the BSA motto “Leave no Trace” we do have to clean up before we can leave. These two fundraisers are a required participation so discounts to your son’s dues can be applied. We also have a very lucrative fundraiser for the scouts it is the sale of fire wood. Fire wood is sold at $60 per ½ cords with a $20 delivery fee. As you can see we have some wood on the property. The wood needs to be cut, split, and stacked then delivered. The scouts make their money stacking the wood and helping with the deliveries. Adults are very much needed; scouts are prohibited from using a log splitter as per BSA rules. And I don’t think I want to give a scout a chain saw anyway, (I don’t think it would turn out well). This fundraiser is an opportunity for the scouts to pay their own way. By earning money into their scout accounts it allows them the ability to cover scouting expenses (camping trips, uniforms, boots & gear) on their own. There are other fundraisers during the year (seasonal & holiday based) that give the scouts the opportunity to add to their scout accounts also. Please keep in mind that only the Bike Run & Car Show is a required participation event. 

New Scout Parent Information

Posted on Apr 21 2016 - 7:22pm

As your son and you make the move from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts, we want to make sure that the transition is a smooth and easy one. Remember that your son, a little Tiger Scout just a few years ago, is becoming a young man. Boy Scouts is designed to work with you in helping him develop self-confidence, responsibility, leadership, the desire to challenge himself and achieve new goals, and to build new skills working together with others. Court of Honor: Ranks and badges earned are presented ceremoniously at a special Troop event called a "COURT OF HONOR". The Court of Honor is formal recognition of the achievements our scouts have made during their climb to Eagle. Troop 54 strongly encourages full family support at the Court of Honor. These boys have worked hard for what they have earned. They deserve acknowledgment and congratulations. All family members and friends are invited to attend Courts of Honor: dad, mom, brothers, sisters, grand-parents, aunts, uncles, friends and members of our Troop. How Else Can You Help the Troop? Help us by going on some outings with us. Boy Scout camping is not the same as family recreational camping, but helping hands are often needed to run activities.

New Rank Requirements

Posted on Apr 11 2016 - 10:52pm

See http://www.scouting.org/filestore/boyscouts/pdf/524-012_BS_Requirements.pdf for the requirements for each rank which are now in effect. All Scouts follow these now, they replace what is in the older scout manuals.

BSA Policy on Storing, Handling, and Using Chemical Fuels and Equipment

Posted on Feb 21 2016 - 11:32pm


An adult knowledgeable about chemical fuels and equipment should always supervise youths involved in the storage, handling, and use of chemical fuels and equipment. Operate and maintain chemical-fueled equipment according to the manufacturer’s instructions and in facilities or areas only where and when permitted. Using liquid fuels for starting any type of fire—including lighting damp wood, charcoal, and ceremonial campfires or displays—is prohibited. No flames in tents. This includes burning any solid, liquid, gel, or gas fuel—including tents or teepees that feature or support stoves or fires; and any chemical-fueled equipment or catalytic heaters. Store chemical fuels in their original containers or in containers designed for immediate use. Securely store any spare fuel away from sources of ignition, buildings, and tents. During transport and storage, properly secure chemical fuel containers in an upright, vertical position.

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