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Area scouts enjoy week at Trexler reservation

Posted 8/14/19

Seven Scouts and three adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 97 recently traveled to Kunkletown for a week of unique adventures at the Trexler Scout Reservation.

Located on more than 900 acres …

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Area scouts enjoy week at Trexler reservation

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Seven Scouts and three adult leaders from Boy Scout Troop 97 recently traveled to Kunkletown for a week of unique adventures at the Trexler Scout Reservation.

Located on more than 900 acres donated by decorated war hero Harry C. Trexler in 1928, TSR is a setting used for individual experiences and team challenges. Scouts had the opportunity to select from an extensive offering of merit badges for personal development including climbing, archery, and rifle shooting as well as water sports such as kayaking, fishing, boating, and swimming.

Scout Matt Brion, Second-Class Scout Bryson Harris, and Star Scout Luke Spangenberg were involved with inventing, exploring, and fingerprinting merit badges.

A historical approach to skills such as leatherwork, woodcarving, pulp and paper, and American heritage tested Star Scout Brayden Harris and Life Scout Leo Nissley.

Acting Senior Patrol Leader and Life Scout Mason Swartz, Second-Class Scout Jesse Reigle, and Assistant Scout Master Matt Pauley participated in the Trexler Rangers program, a three-hour team-building course up and down the mountain over rugged terrain, natural obstacles, and lots of mud. They are now part of the elite Trexler Rangers for life.

There were programs designed for the leaders as well. Scout Master Bill Lee and Assistant Scout Master Mike Harris took part in hands-on trade-based classes teaching welding and metal work.

Another highlight was the Scout Master Dutch Oven Lunch and chili cook-off — better luck next year to Bill Lee.

At the end of the week, Matt Pauley was one of three leaders in the entire camp to receive the Leader Participation Award recognizing his successful completion of 15 specialized leader stations.

“I can’t say enough about how great the staff at Trexler was,” Lee said. “And I was highly impressed by the variety of merit badges they offered the Scouts. It was a busy, fun-filled week for Troop 97.” 

Troop 97 of Middletown is sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company. For information, contact Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766 or by email at tszm@hotmail.com.