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We are an active, Scout-led Troop in the Carsonville area of Upper Dauphin County.  Take some time to look around our site.  Visit the calendar page to see what kind of activities that we do and are doing in the future.  Check out our pictures.  If you are interested in joining us, please visit the Joining section of our web page for instructions on how to contact us.  Enjoy

Meeting location info:  We meet at the Jefferson Township building at 3155 Powels Valley Road in Carsonville at 7:00 PM every Thursday except as noted in the calendar.

Craftman weekend at HVSR

Troop 147 joined Troops from across the Council for a fun-filled day at HVSR on a brisk but sunny Saturday for Craftsman Weekend. They planned some serious Merit Badge work on Metalwork, Plumbing, and Electricity with some fun thrown in for good measure.

The morning was brisk but sunny for the 120 Scouts and leaders that showed up Saturday morning.  They quickly divided into their groups.

The Scouts in Plumbing soldered a copper pipe with a propane torch, some Scouts had never had pipe or a torch in their hand before, but big eyes and smiles were all around as they tried their hand soldering. They also took apart a sink trap to clear a clog.  Finally, they cut threads into a steel pipe. When time ran out they still were asking to do more soldering.

In Electricity the scouts worked with fuse/breaker boxes, wiring schematics, switches, and wires and they built electromagnets, buzzers, and switches.  They also learned about safety and energy conservation.  They are ready to help with that next project.

In Metalwork the Scouts spent the morning designing their projects and talking about all they can do with metal. In the afternoon the Scouts were greeted outside by grinders, reciprocating saw, cut-off saw, sheet metal shear, anvil, hammers, propane torches, forge, acetylene torch, rebar, sheet metal and heavy square nails.  The Scouts set about creating their projects, the noise was intense from the pounding and machines. As the hours passed the raw metal was turned into neckerchief slides, fire pit rotisserie, Dutch oven handles, knife blades, tent stakes, and other keepsakes.  The work continued throughout the afternoon, with Scouts waiting in line for 30 minutes or longer to use the forge to heat their metal or the acetylene torch to bend the metal to their needs or the grinder to put the final touches on the project.  The Scouts worked past the quitting time into the darkness.  The pride in the faces of the Scouts was obvious as they showed me their projects, some very nice items, many for their Troop. It was great to see the smiles on the face, the concentration shown, and the willingness to help their Brother Scout.  The fun everyone had was obvious on every face in the crowd.  They were led by a great counselor who was with them every step of the way.

Overall, what a great day of fun, hard work, and accomplishment. Scouts doing what they do best, being outside and having fun, it doesn’t get any better.

Check on the pictures in the picture link.

Mike Rowe of Discovery's "Dirty Jobs" is an Eagle Scout. See his perspective and Eagle letter offer below.
Mike Offers a Potential Eagle Scout His Eagle Perspective November 12, 2008 from his blog. (link at the bottom)

Now for the (ta dah!) Major Announcement: Mike has written the attached letter and will personalize and sign it for any Eagle Scout out there who requests it. All you have to do is mail a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Eagle Scout Letter, Pilgrim Films and Television, 6180 Laurel Canyon Blvd., #350, No. Hollywood, CA 91606. Please allow 12+ weeks for Mike to fill it out, sign it and get it in the mail to you. And folks - this is an offer, a nice thing, a volunteer deal Mike wants to do for you - please don't complain if it takes a while to get to you, OK? It'll get handled as quickly as possible.

mikeroweWorks Link to Mike's Letter to Eagle Scouts!  A copy of it is in the Forms section.


Still:  Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent...okay maybe not so clean!

I'm not sure where I heard that you are an Eagle Scout, which brings me to my question. Could you PLEASE take a moment & post to my 13 year old son Kelby & encourage him to finish scouting (& anything else that'll help with this?) Reason I'm asking is that he only lacks 1 1/2 - 2 years in reaching Eagle, but some of his buddies have got him to thinking scouting isn't cool at his age.
Thanks much,  Gary -- scooterdave


Mikes_blog_photo_nov_12_08_eagle__2 Kelby,

Your Dad asked me to drop you a line and say something inspirational that might persuade you to dig down deep and find the determination to make the rank of Eagle Scout. It's a reasonable request, from a father who obviously wants to see his son succeed. But here’s the thing - The Eagle Award is not really meant for people who need to be dragged across the finish line. It’s meant for a select few, and I have no idea if you have the guts to see it through.

Statistically, I suspect you do not. Only one out of a hundred Scouts make Eagle, so if you fail, there will be lots of other people with whom you can share excuses. Quitting now might disappoint your Dad, but I doubt that he or anyone else will be overly surprised. Anytime 99 out of 100 people do the same thing, it’s not exactly a shock.

I’m not trying to be cute with a bunch of reverse psychology. When I was 15, there was nothing that anyone could have said to me that would have inspired me to do something I didn't want to do, especially a stranger with a TV show. So I’m not going to assume you’re any different, or pretend that I have some influence or insight that you haven’t already heard from a dozen other people who actually know and care about you. I’ll just tell you straight up, that doing something extraordinary can be very lonely, and most people simply aren’t cut out for it. Being an Eagle Scout requires you to be different than most everyone around you, and being different is really, really hard. That’s why the award is called “an accomplishment.”

Personally, and for whatever it’s worth, the best decisions I've made in my own life, are those decisions that put me on the outside of being cool. Singing in the Opera, working in home shopping, staring in the school play when the entire football team laughed at me, and especially earning my Eagle, were all choices that required sacrifice, hard work, and delayed gratification. I have no idea if you possess those qualities, or even envy them. But I can tell you for certain, that NOT getting your Eagle, will be one of the easiest things you’ve ever done.

Anyway, I have no idea if you would prefer an easy life of predictability and mediocrity, or if have the passion to follow the road less traveled. Only you get to decide that.

Good Luck,

Mike Rowes Blog
100 Things You Didn't Know About Scouting
  1. Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is an Eagle Scout. When he said, “The Eagle has landed,” he wasn’t kidding. In 1969, Armstrong became the first Eagle Scout to be portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp — called “The Man on the Moon.”
  2. The Invention merit badge (1911–1918) required the candidate to obtain a patent.
  3. Boys’ Life magazine, which goes to 1.1 million Scouts each month, was started by an 18-year-old Scout, Joseph Lane, in 1911. A year later, the Boy Scouts of America bought the magazine for $6,100—about $1 per subscriber.
  4. James E. West was the BSA’s first Chief Scout Executive. When he took the position in 1911, he agreed to serve six months. At his retirement in 1943, he was given the title of Chief Scout.
  5. The BSA is the second-largest Scouting organization in the world. The largest is in Indonesia.

See the rest of the 100 Things You Didn't Know About Scouting!
100th Anniversary Patch Design Contest

Be a part of the Keystone Area Council 100th Anniversary by designing the patch to commemorate the event! Design the winning patch and see your artwork turned into a patch that will be one of the most sought after patches in years! The winner will receive a FREE patch and recognition at the 100th Anniversary event.

The contest is open to any registered youth member in the Keystone Area Council. More then one entry may be submitted (one design per sheet please).

100th Anniversary Patch Design Contest rules and design template
Cub Scout saves teachers life

What Scouters learn are life long skills.

At the end of the video you will need to close the window.

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Interview- ABC.com
Interested in Scouting?

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