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.

Fall Awards Night Coming Up!

Posted on Oct 16 2016 - 10:40am

Last night for advancement (Rank and merit badge) for the Award dinner will be the first Thursday in November. Also a head count is needed of scouts and parents that will be attending the Award ceremony on Sunday November 13 at 2 pm. Please respond with a yes or no, and if yes how many people will be attending. Please respond October 28th. Reply to troop54advancement@gmail.com, Thank you, Stephen Young, Advancement committee member.

Annual Dues are Due Now!

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 9:40pm

Scouts, Parents and Leaders: In December the Troop is required to Re-Charter with Garden State Council for 2017.  Registration/Dues payment is to be paid by November 3, 2106. If your Scout either crossed over, transferred or joined the Troop during 2016 and you paid registration/dues at that time, that was for the balance of 2016 soyour Scout does need to pay dues for 2017 at this time. See the below fees as the Troop has several families with multiple scouts registered: First Scout = $80.00, Second Scout = $60.00, Third Scout = $40.00. Please note that the Troop's next Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, November 13, 2016 and that registration/dues must be paid in full in order for your Scout to receive his awards, merit badges, etc. If it is more convenient to mail your payment please makes checks payable to Troop 54 and mail it to the following address: Troop 54 c/o Debbie Steinhaus, 23 Temple Avenue, Stratford, NJ 08084

Troop Fundraising Explained

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 9:40pm

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 half 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. 

Troop Facebook Page

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 9:38pm

See www.facebook.com/troopfiftyfour.bsa and feel free to contribute. This is an "unofficial" venue; please be sure to post only appropriate "public" information.

The Outdoor Code

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 9:38pm
As an American, I will do my best to - 
Be clean in my outdoor manners, 
Be careful with fire, 
Be considerate in the outdoors, and 
Be conservation-minded.


Board of Review

Posted on Oct 12 2016 - 9:38pm

Board of Review are the first Thursday of the Month. If you are in need of a board of review, sign up at Scout Hall during a troop meeting.  Remember you need to be in FULL CLASS A UNIFORM!

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