Thursday, December 31, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
There were many repeat customers. Families and individuals who purchased their trees from us year after year. Some as long as 10 plus.
We had a nice selection of Frasier, Douglas and White Pines.
There were some pretty big and heavy trees this year. "Hernia Trees" as Mr. Barone liked to call them. Some of the Scouts even wanted to see who did a fresh cut on the largest trunk. And there were some pretty big ones. Maybe we can have that as a contest and keep the trunk slice in the troop archives next year.
It will be a year that many of us will remember. We lost one prime Saturday due to rain. It rained all of the first shift and into part of the second one. All were soaked to the skin after the shifts.
We also lost the Saturday before Christmas due to the Blizzard of 2009. Some of us will also remember that, after shoveling out our cars and driveways, we then went to shovel out the lot for another two or three hours.
It was nice to see former Scouts like Vince, Sasha and Simon King's son (with his wife and children) stop by, pick up a tree and chat with us a bit. We would also like to thank all of the former Scouts who assisted us, such as Ambrose and Tonku. There were also a number of adults who helped us, such as Bruce and Larry (our Unit Commissioner), even though they did not have to.
For those who have not picked up a tree, if there are any left, please feel free to stop by and take one. And, if you feel so inclined (and we hope you do), drop a couple of bucks in the shed's mail slot to at least help cover some of the cost.
We look forward to seeing each of you next year.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Get out there this weekend and purchase one!
We will be open from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday (weather permitting).
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Of the 110 in attendance, 90 were Scouts. For a total of $1210, each person received dinner, overnight accommodations, breakfast and lunch. Taxes and gratuities were included.
For more information on Hilltop House, click here.
Saturday, December 5, 2009
We are open Monday thru Friday from 5pm - 9pm and on the weekends from 10am - 10pm.
Located in the St. John the Evangelist Church parking lot on Georgia Avenue, we are continuing a 40 plus year tradition.
We look forward to your business and thank you for your continued patronage and support.
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Saturday, November 28, 2009
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Thursday, November 19, 2009
The Boy Scouts of America is pleased to announce the release of the Scuba Diving merit badge. The official earn date of this merit badge is December 1, 2009. Pamphlets are in the NDC and available for local council service center and scoutstuff.org orders - just in time for Christmas!
The first new merit badge in over three years, Scuba Diving reflects the new direction of BSA to develop merit badges based on youth/Scout input to assure relevance and excitement around the merit badge offering. This merit badge, developed in association with PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors), leverages our spirit of outdoor adventure and expands our aquatics offering. More than 84 percent of Scouts surveyed were interested in the merit badge and recommended that BSA adopt it.
Key facts you need to know about the merit badge are as follows:
* Completing the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in the boy achieving an open water certification enabling him to dive around the world with the appropriate supervision, based on his age.
* There are two important roles for this merit badge - the merit badge counselor and a certified dive instructor.
* Sometimes this may be the same person.
* More likely, the counselor will be an existing BSA adult member.
* Always the instructor will be one certified by one of a number of instructional agencies.
* The instructor does NOT have to be a BSA member.
* Earning the Scuba Diving merit badge is open to all Boy Scout-age youth. There are, however, limitations based on age with respect to how deep and with whom a boy can dive. These limitations vary by certifying organization.
* Completion of the Swimming merit badge is a requirement of the merit badge and must be completed prior to entering into scuba training portion of the requirements.
* Boys with a current open water certification will NOT have to recertify in order to earn the merit badge. They will, however, have to have completed the Swimming merit badge, present their certification to the merit badge counselor and complete all the other requirements.
* There are three important pieces of information which must be fully reviewed by the merit badge counselor prior to approving any Scout for the merit badge: the merit badge requirements, the notes to counselor and the scuba policy of the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thanks to all who participated. Thanks to all who donated.
In addition, our Scouts set up a First Aid Station (a couple of minor cuts were treated) at the Parish Bazaar and assisted with the clean up at the end.
Monday, November 9, 2009
Msgr. John B. Bray will be honored on December 3rd with the Robert M. Hanson "Good Scout" Award at the National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America’s “Salute to Scouting” at Hyatt Regency Bethesda in Bethesda, MD.
As a boy, Brady was a member of Boy Scout Troop 4, chartered to St. Ann Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. He attained the rank of Eagle Scout in 1945 and served as Scoutmaster for his troop for 2 years. It was while attending the National Jamboree in 1950 that he felt the calling to serve God.
Monsignor Brady was ordained as a Catholic priest in 1955. His first assignment was as an associate pastor for Holy Redeemer (Kensington, MD) before becoming the first chaplain for Holy Cross Hospital (Silver Spring, MD). In the late 1960s he was an associate pastor for Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament (Washington, DC) and Saint John the Baptist (Silver Spring). In 1974 Brady became the pastor at Saint Joseph Pomfret (Charles County, MD). He went on to pastor at Saint John Vianney Catholic Church (Prince Frederick, MD) and Holy Angels Catholic Church (Avenue, MD).
Between 1960-1966 Brady served as the Scout chaplain for Philmont Scout Reservation (Cimarron, NM). When the National Capital Area Council opened Goshen Scout Reservation outside Lexington (VA) in 1967, Brady gave the invocation at the opening ceremony and has served as a camp chaplain during the past 43 years. His dedication to his faith, to Scouting and to Goshen Scout Reservation is legendary.
Monsignor John B. Brady retired from being a pastor in 2005. He is an avid canoeist, singer, songwriter and outdoorsman.
You may remember, Msgr. Brady was the Goshen Catholic Chaplain this past summer. We attended the Mass he celebrated (and our troop served as servers and lectors).
At our 50th Anniversary, he con-celebrated the Mass at St. John's.
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Registration cost each Scout thrity-five (35) cents. Boy's Life was $1.35 for the year.
There were still a number of Eagle Scouts listed at this time:
- Donald Atwell (age 15)
- Norman Bishop (age 14) of Seminary Rd.
- Stephen Cole (age 15) of Brisbane St.
- Michael Dyer (age 15) of Bucknell Dr.
- Joseph Mescher (age 15) of Gardiner
- Joseph Nevin (age 15) of Georgia Ave.
Although most of the Scouts attended St. John the Evangelist for both school and church, Scouts did come from other schools: Oakland Terrace, Glen Haven, St. Andrew's, Sligo Jr. High School and Holy Redeemer.
The Scoutmaster was Gilbert Cole, Jr.
Do you know the whereabouts of any of these Scouts or Leaders? We would love to hear from them. Please share this blog with them.
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
However, there were a record number of Eagle Scouts registered:
- Wayne Athway (age 15)
- Donald Atwell (age 14)
- George Carnahan, Jr. (age 15)
- James Carnahan (age 14)
- Michael Dyer (age 14) of Bucknell Dr.
- Joseph Mescher (age 14)
- Joseph Nevin (age 14) of Georgia Ave.
Two patrols are mentioned in the archives: Flaming Arrows and Wolves.
The Scoutmaster is William Lester of Greeley Ave.
If anyone knows where any of these Scouts or Leaders are today, please let us know. Please feel free to share this site with them.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Wayne Attaway (Menlo Ave.) was listed as the only Eagle, but there were six Life Scouts at the time of registration.
Two patrols were listed: Panther and Flaming Arrows.
One of the Scouts listed was Frank Joseph Lopes (Crest Road), who was (and still is) active in the life of St. John the Evangelist.
The Scoutmaster was Jack Jardeleza.
If anyone knows where any of these Scouts and Leades are today, please let us know or share this blog site with them.
Monday, November 2, 2009
The Apachie Patrol was the only one on record.
The Scoutmaster was Francis Burke (August Dr.) and Jack Jardeleza was one of the Assitant Scoutmasters. (Note: Mr. Jardeleza was a Deacon at St. John's and passed away a number of years ago.)
If anyone knows where these Scouts and Leaders are today, we would love to hear from them.
Please share this blog site with them and all your friends.
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Yesterday's Eagle Project was a great success. We began work at 8:00 AM and worked until we were finished at about 3:30 PM, taking a short break in the middle of the day for lunch. The work was done quickly and efficiently. The fence looked professional, and the painting looked excellent. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who came and helped me do my Eagle Project. Again, thanks to all who gave me their time.
Friday, October 30, 2009
We headed down to the Village and made a VERY long pit stop at the site of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire. From there, we headed under the Washington SQ Park Arch, thru the Village, into SoHo, and ventured thru Little Italy. (Did someone say CANNOLI?)
After a brief rest at Columbus Park in Chinatown, we quickly hiked thru Foley Square, City Hall, Ground Zero, and Wall St.
We jumped on the next Ferry and off to Camp Pouch. There we were met by the Schiavone brother's. They had hot dogs, burgers, cole slaw and other goodies waiting for us. We ran thru over almost 40 burgers, at least 24 hot dogs, chips, cookies, etc.
Before heading off to sleep, we told stories and jokes around the campfire.
Note: All photos used with permission and are copyrighted. For a complete set of photos, please visit Mr. Incognito's Smugmug page.
Thursday, October 29, 2009
After taking the Staten Island Ferry, we visited the Vietnam War Memorial, Frauncis Tavern, watched a movie being filmed, Wall Street, attended Mass at Our Lady of Victory (just off of Wall St.), had a rest stop at South St. Seaport, and then we met Mr. Barone's father (who told everyone about him). We capped off the night with dinner on Bayard St. in Chinatown.
For those who are interested, dinner consisted of: Beef Chow Fun, Roast Pork Lo-Mein, Sesame Chicken, Mixed Vegetables and Bok Choi w/ Garlic. Of course, a huge bowl of rice and hot tea.
For more photos, click here for Mr. Incognito's Smugmug Page.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Over Columbus Day Weekend 2009, Troop 466 visited the Big Apple to hike the Old New York Historic Trail. This trail is sponsored by Man-A-Hattin Lodge.
We left Silver Spring on a cold and dreary morning and drove up to NYC in the rain. (What else is new.)
After a pit stop in New Jersey, we arrived at Camp Pouch at apx. 1:30pm and was met by Mr. Joseph Schiavone (a Scouter) and Ranger Gil. We were originally scheduled to stay in leantos but since another troop had cancelled their trip, they gave us their cabin.
To be continued...
Monday, October 26, 2009
For complete information, click here.
Here are a couple of photos from the three hour event.
Saturday, October 24, 2009
In 1959, the numbers crept up a bit more to 78 Scouts. There were ten Star Scouts, thirteen First Class Scouts and seventeen Second Class Scouts.
George Carnnahan earned the rank of Eagle Scout.
William Adams was the Troop Quartermaster.
Patrols: Ranger, Apache, Panther and Wolf.
Dues were $.75 per month.
Does anyone know where any of these Scouts are today?
Friday, October 23, 2009
There were three Star Scouts with John Masseo as one of them. He was also the oldest Scout in the Troop. There were also two First Class and seventeen Second Class Scouts. Joseph F. Nevin earned Life in 1960.
Patrol Leaders: Donald Atwell, Charles M. Foltyn, Jr., and Joseph F. Nevin.
Patrols: Apache, Cobra, and Wolf.
Most of the Scouts came from St. John’s, we also had others come from Oakland Terrance and Glen Haven. Does anyone know where these Scouts are today?
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Based on the Troop Archives, the number of Scouts jumped to 48 in 1957! There was one Star Scout (John D. Masseo, Jr. of 1325 Dale Dr.), two First Class Scouts, and nine Second Class Scouts.
The oldest Scout in the Troop was Mr. Masseo, Jr.
Asst. Patrol Leader: Geo. J. Wehrstedt.
Patrols: Ranger (the only one listed).
Does anyone know where any of these Scouts are today?
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
The number of Scouts in the troop dropped to 29.
Of those at the time of registration, one earned the rank of Star (Ronald Robinson), two were First Class and thirteen were Second Class. At this time, the oldest Scout in the Troop was George Favre (age 14).
Does anyone know where they are today?
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Here are a couple of photos* from that event taken by Scoutmaster Len Incognito. To see the complete set of photos, please go here.
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
The troop goes to the Commissary and picks up breakfast. Then they head down to the Waterfront to pick up rowboats, head out on the lake and enjoy their feast.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
Each day there is a meeting of the leaders and key staff on issues in camp: food, the campfire, food, merit badges, food, trash, food, etc. You get the picture. Here we have some scenes from one of those meetings.
Although the meetings were pretty bland, the key thing was that there was COFFEE!!! Yes, it was not from Kenya, Peru or even Vietnam, but it was drinkable. And, no, it could strip the paint off a wooden door -- only bare metal, since it burned a hole right thru the door.
As you can tell, one leader does not seem happy that the coffee was not made one morning when he arrived for the meeting and he had to make it himself.