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Boy Scout Troop 97 visits AHEC, has banquet

Posted 6/6/18

A recent 24-hour camping weekend for Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 began with community service at the Londonderry Fire Company Fish Fry.

The Scouts served as waiters, busboys, …

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Boy Scout Troop 97 visits AHEC, has banquet

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A recent 24-hour camping weekend for Londonderry Township’s Boy Scout Troop 97 began with community service at the Londonderry Fire Company Fish Fry.

The Scouts served as waiters, busboys, dessert waiters, beverage servers and dishwashers.  The fire company serves as their troop's charter sponsor. Scouts work at the fish fries as a way to say “thank you” for what the fire company does for the troop and the community.

The boys took to the road and headed to just outside of Carlisle, where they camped at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center. The center reviews all of the major conflicts that the United States has participated in over the last 200 years. The Scouts set up camp in a reconstructed officer’s log cabin in the French and Indian War section of the complex. They are not used to creature comforts such as sleeping under a roof as they typically camp in tents. Many of the Scouts said their tents seemed warmer than the drafty cabin.

An early-morning hike took them through outdoor exhibits ranging from the French and Indian War to current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. They climbed into the World War II trenches and reviewed the tanks. They also saw a Cobra helicopter and reviewed the terrain from a Vietnam War lookout post.

The Scouts continued down the trail to tour the museum, which gave them the opportunity to experience the weight of a soldier’s backpack, which was much heavier than their hiking backpacks. They also saw the camouflaged explosive devices that enemies have used against our soldiers.

The Scouts traveled to Mechanicsburg and went to a trampoline park where they had an extremely competitive game of dodge ball. Employees and spectators watched them bounce and do backflips while trying to tag each other out.

A pizza party allowed them to relax and catch their breath before their next task.

The trip ended back in Londonderry Township where the troop attended Cub Pack 97’s annual Blue and Gold Banquet. The boys were part of the “bridging” ceremony where Webelo II Cub Scouts bridge to Boy Scouts. Toby Bilger, Matthew Brion, Jaime Gallick, Cole Heberling and Jesse Reigle took the oath of the Boy Scouts.

Upcoming or recent events for Troop 97 include a canoeing and camping trip on the Swatara Creek; Market Fair in Fort Frederick, Maryland; an electricity merit badge course; and a Hill Island camping and canoeing trip.

For more information, contact Kevin Little at 717-944-1957 or Ted Pauley at 717-944-2766. Pack 97 and Troop 97 are sponsored by the Londonderry Fire Company.