• Indian Mills Troop 47

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  • Boy Led Troop

    Empowering boys to be leaders is the core of Scouting. Scouts learn by doing, and what they do is lead their patrols and their troop. The boys themselves develop a troop program, then take responsibility for figuring out how they will achieve the goals. Leaders provide direction, coaching and support. The boys will make mistakes now and then and will rely upon the adult leaders to guide them. But only through real hands-on experience as leaders can boys learn to lead.

    Scoutmaster

    Gordon Donovan

    Immediate Past Scoutmaster

    Mark Uscinowicz

    Committee Chairman

    Jim Dougherty

    Assistant Scoutmasters

    Jerry Gareau, Rick Worrell, Mike Uscinowicz, Rick Cherubino, Paul Dudak, Chris Leo and Graham McFarland

    Meet at Indian Mills Memorial School

    Mondays - 7:00 - 8:30 pm

    (during the regular school year)

  • Happenings

    We officially kicked off Fall 2020 with a canoe trip down the Batsto River thanks to Pineland Adventures. Great to be together outdoors again!

    COVID-19 can't keep us from making progress. Our weekly virtual Troop Meeting keeps us connected and advancing while stuck at home. Next up is a virtual Court of Honor in May (if necessary).

    Troop 47 hits the slopes at Jack Frost

    Members of Troop 47 visit Washington DC and the National Museum of the Marine Corps

    Hike 20 miles in a day... done that! Members of Troop 47 enjoy a rest during a long hike on the Batona Trail

    Troop 47 attends 2019 Summer Camp at Ockanickon Scout Reservation near the Delaware River in Pennsylvania

    Troop 47 gets wet whitewater rafting down the Lehigh River in the Pocono Mountains

    Honoring the ultimate sacrifice - Troop 47 participates in the annual Memorial Day flag placement ceremony at the General William C. Doyle Cemetery

    Troop 47 and Pack 47 carry out the Fall Flag Retirement Ceremony

    Scouts learn the art, skill and safety of shotgun shooting in Pennsville, NJ

    Assistant Scoutmaster, Paul Dudak shares his Civil War knowledge in preparation for our trip to Gettysburg

    Troop 47 hikes the Falls Trail at Ricketts Glen

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  • Our Eagles

    Name - Eagle Project

    1983

    John Hall - Started a glass recycling program in Shamong Township

    1984
    Ken Smith - Fingerprinting youth of Shamong
    1985

    Steven Graf - Bicycle registration and safety inspection
    1988

    John Fay - Organized voter registration drive
    Paul Dudek - Planted trees at Shamong Municipal Building

    1990
    Fred Schiller - Painted old fire house, now EMS building

    1994
    Barry Anderson - Food drive in Shamong
    Joe Pelligrino - Landscape Shamong Municipal Building

    1996
    Matt Padula -Built squirrel boxes for Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
    Kris Tomasette -Built a bird house for Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge

    1997
    Jason Malatesta -Landscape side of Shamong Municipal Building
    Jay Marsh -Renovated and signed a nature trail at Whitesbog

    1998
    Brian Fay -Restoration of cemetery at Atsion
    James Tomasino -Restored and replanted a garden at Whitesbog

    1999
    Adam Lerner -Painted and landscaped old fire house and painted parking lines in new building

    2000
    Dan Fay -Constructed an animal shelter for Red Lion Wildlife Refuge
    Ed Kulschinski -Built six animal cages for Red Lion Wildlife Refuge

    2002
    Kahle Wagner Designed and constructed picnic benches for Holy Eucharist Church
    Chris Fay Built and painted 25 picnic tables for Pine Barrens Festival
    Andrew Schoen -Built a bat house at Woodford Wildlife Refuge

    2003
    Bobby Rowe -Produced a video - The History of Shamong Township for Shamong Day

    2008
    Jake Voigt -Built boxes for collection of flags to be retired with appropriate ceremony

    2013
    Jack Levy -Constructed a Gaga Pit at Chatsworth School
    Joseph Browne -Built a bridge for religious education classses at Holy Eucharist Church

    2014
    Brandon Siedlecki -Flagpole at Holy Eucharist Church
    Steve Moore -Book Drive to benefit Hurricane Sandy victims

    2015
    Jack Dougherty -Update Shamong Twp. War Memorial and plant new shrubs
    Connor Ford -Play area at Faith Pres. Chutch. Fence, plantings, sitting area, tunnel etc. etc.

    2016
    Jacob Uscinowicz -Bat houses at Dingletown field and Atsion Road sports complex
    Matt Fontanez -Picnic Tables for Fellowship Alliance Chapel
    Ryan Thomas -Cleaned meditation walk at Lord of Life Church
    Tim Derkas -Mile markers along Rancocas Creek with emergency access

    2017
    Nick Boras -Built 44 storage bins (cubbies) for the handicapped at Kaliedescope horse farm.
    Justin Tuman -Gaga Pit at Indian Mills Memorial School
    Dan Ford -Finish play area at Faith Presbyterian Church

    2018
    Aaron Uscinowicz -Built a saddle blanket box and drying rack for Kaliedescope horse farm.
    Lou Berdoll -Built two training horses for teaching proper mounting for Kaliadescope farm
    Andrew Ballinger -Rebuilt wall at Dingletown Field
    Michael Zahradnick -Built 2 handicap picnic tbles at Kaliadescope Farm
    Matt Kustrup -Restore flagpole area and create memorial walk at Tabernacle Fire Company
    Robby Sunbury -Mini libraries at Tabernacle School

    2019
    Robert King -Landscape Indian Mills Methodist Church property
    Hunter Gareau -Landscape Shawnee Baptist Church property -instal tether ball and Volley Ball court
    Nathan Uscinowicz -Repaired dugouts/fencing at Sacred Heart baseball field in Hainesport

    2020
    Patrick Worrell -Repair bridges at YMCA camp - (Camp Ockanickon)

  • History

    Troop 47 commenced operations on April 1, 1977 upon the issuance of a charter to the Indian Mills Volunteer Fire Company. The Fire Company continues to be the Chartered Organization for our Troop and we are thankful for their support. It is noteworthy that some of our Scouts have joined the Fire Company or the Shamong EMS Squad.

     

    In the early years our Troop meetings were held in the barn of one of the adult leaders. Meetings were also held in the “old fire house” or the building that is currently used by the Shamong Township EMS. We subsequently relocated to the gym at the Indian Mills School and today our weekly meetings are held in the cafeteria of the Indian Mills Memorial School. Monday evening was selected as the Troop meeting night and that continues to this day with meetings held each Monday evening during the regular school year. Occasionally, meetings are held in the summer months, but not very frequently.

     

    A number of years ago, we commenced an activity to start our Scout year. This is the annual Scout vs. leader/parent softball game. Siblings are also invited to participate. This was so much fun that we now start and end our Scout year with a ball game, followed by a pizza party.

     

    Camping has always been a significant part of our history. Even in the early days, the leadership tried to accommodate the Scouts with a monthly outdoor activity. In the early years, we traveled to Camp Lenape in Medford. This property was subsequently sold by our Council and now our monthly trips include visits to Scout camps in Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and of course, New Jersey. Although they are too numerous to list, some of our highlights include trips to Gettysburg, hiking part of the Appalachian Trail, exploring caves, fishing trips, visiting Annapolis, rock face climbing at Ralph Stover State Park and wall climbing at Vertical Reality. We also have visited Camp Rodney in Maryland many times in the winter for a weekend of cabin camping. Our activities also include canoe trips and white water rafting experiences. We also participate in many of the Council sponsored “Camp-o-Rees” including the Klondike Derby and events at the Washington Crossing State Park.

     

    In the early history of the Troop, personal gear and Troop equipment was transported in parent cars, trucks etc. We were subsequently given a small trailer to carry supplies. This worked fine, but it pales in comparison to our Troop trailer that was purchased in 2001. We now have all of our camping gear and basic supplies in the trailer. Our current quartermaster has completely reorganized the trailer so that there is a place for everything and everything has its’ place. Just as a point of interest, the trailer that was donated to our Troop was given to another Boy Scout Troop.

     

    Summer camp has always been an activity that has assisted in the development of our Scouts. After Camp Lenape was sold, as a Troop we were forced to find other camping facilities. This has taken us to numerous other Scout camps. We have visited many sites in Pennsylvania including Treasure Island, Camp Minsi, Resica Falls, Trexler or Settlers Camp, Camp Ockanickon, Hawk Mountain and Camp Hart. On one occasion, the Troop also planned a 50 mile canoe trip on the Delaware river, from the Delaware Water Gap to Treasure Island where the Scouts stayed for an additional week.

     

    Troop 47 has traveled to Cayuga Lake near Ithaca, New York to Camp Barton, Camp Sabbatis in the Adirondacks, Baiting Hollow on Long Island and Camp Henson and Camp Rodney in Maryland. One year when the younger Scouts were camped at Sabbatis, the older Scouts backpacked and hiked the High Peaks and canoed on the beautiful Adirondack lakes. On another occasion when the older Scouts were traveling to the Philmont Reservation in New Mexico, the younger Scouts traveled to Harpers Ferry in West Virginia and then to the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia for summer camp.
     

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