C & O Canal 6/28-7/1/13

DAY 1 — by Tayleigh,

I enjoyed the first day of biking very much. The whole group biked at a steady pace with Peyton in the lead at eleven miles an hour. Towards the end of the day Peyton decided to bike faster with Tommy. The rest of us stayed at our regular pace to relish the air and the sights and smells. Later in the day we found our first cave it was spacious and dark. Farther up the trail we saw a group of cavers passing us so we knew that a cave was discovered large enough to explore.  It had many different crawls and spaces that we did not explore. After we left the cave we biked over a smooth white bike breezeway on the side of a cliff hanging over the water way. It was mid-day and still sunny. Unlike other waterways that are that are being destroyed by pollution and filled with soot, this canal glistened.

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After the beautiful bike ride we set up camp and swam in the canal to clean up. The water had a rock bottom with fresh water snails crunching beneath our fee but was clean and fresh. That canal was the closest thing to a shower that most of us took for the whole trip. After that we ate ravioli played cards and slept.

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Other excitement that occurred the 1st 10 mi. into the trip was that I, Mrs. Trussell wrecked the right front bumper of the “support van”  into a ditch with a hidden tree stump.  Fortunately, a mechanic I acquired cleared the van for the continuing of the trip.  But the drama was not over…Vishal, visiting from Fort Wayne IN falls over an 8 foot bridge on his bike!  Thank goodness only a broken pedal.

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DAY 2   —   by Peyton,

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I liked the second day because we went to Antietam. I was glad to encountered tough hills on our way to the battle field the second day, because the whole first day did not challenge me as much as I had expected. When we got there we toured a part of the museum that shared a time line of the Antietam battle. My favorite part of that section was the bayonets displayed there. Then we watched a film that explained the battle in greater detail. Every one enjoyed the air conditioning and gained a greater perspective on the importance of this battle. After the film a man shed light on how the battle influenced not only the soldiers and the farm folk in the nearby area but the people from all over the states coming to help the 23,000 casualties. After the presentation the girl youth took a much needed nap on the hot benches. Then the whole crew went to Nutter’s ice cream shop.                  by Peyton,

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Day 3:  —  by Tommy  C&O website pics-20

Day three was remarkable only in its length: we bicycled over 40 miles that day.  We also visited Great Falls, a waterfall nearby the city of Washington, D.C.  There was also a thunderstorm that evening, with copious amounts of rain falling on the tents and campfire. Tommy

Day 4:  — by Tommy,

Day four was the shortest leg and last day of the trip at 11.5 mi., where we bicycled through mud to Washington, D.C.  After dealing with the mud as best we could – C&O website pics-02 C&O website pics-05,C&O  Website pic-06

we made our way to the end of the C&O canal trail, finishing our 110+ mile bicycle trip.  After all of this, we visited the Smithsonian Museum of Air and Space and that of Natural History .  In order to avoid any more surprise rainstorms, we all left D.C. that evening and made our way back home.

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GREAT TRIP!

C & O Recap by Brennan,

C&O stands for Chesapeake and Ohio. There was once a canal that ran from Cumberland Maryland to Washington DC. It has served its time and being killed by the railroad it was converted into a scenic 200 mile trail. Our Crew traveled 100 of those miles from Williamsburg into downtown DC. We rode in a fleet of bikes in four days.

On the first day we launched fresh and well rested from home. We made our way into a cave, wreck our car and broke the air conditioning, and Vishal fell off a bridge. At camp we swam and played cards into the night. The tents were dry and the beds were [a little to] warm.

The second day we rode up hills in the scorching light of an unblocked sun. By midafternoon we had managed to make no forward progress whatsoever. We kept going though, flooded with morale knowing the road would be flat and the sun blocked by trees. We met a traveler at our camp that night who told us of some of his trekking adventures throughout the states and listen to the railroad cars running through the night.

On day three we went the farthest we had yet traveled in a day. It was relaxed and we had all grown accustom to the bikes. We visited massive falls and an island they sheltered. While trying to play cards at night the sky started to drizzle. Sitting around the camp fire it started to pour.  Electric crackling and pelting rain did not push us to the tents.  Only when bucket came and water was rising up our ankles did we retreat.  The tents were no longer dry. They were still warm though.

The morning of day four we decided that it would not be worth it to go on another night soaked. We packed up camp and headed for DC. It was very muddy. Our bikes got muddy, and we got muddy. We found a water pump and cleaned off (a little) and then finished the trip to DC. We visited the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History, the Air and Space Museum, an art museum before leaving. We enjoyed our last meal of Red Robin before we returned home around 11:30 pm on our fourth day.

By Brennan

Cape Henlopen Beach Trip 7/26/-8/3

Although the details haven’t been made about when we do what at the beach we have made reservations for 7/26 – 8/3.  You can come the entire time or some of the time.  You will need a bike.  If other family members come other that adult chaperons or drivers we may need them to reserve their own camp sites.  These sites are filling up quick and may be booked for the weekends all together now.  Please look at the following information.  Go onto Wiggo and put your commitment to coming so we can plan further.  There will be a comment area too.

Here is the website http://www.destateparks.com/camping/index.asp.

There are 3 beaches: Public, Herring Point (surfers and boogie boarders), and the isolated campers beach that is the closest at .5 mi. from the camp site.  At the camp ground and beach we’ll do the Fort Miles Lantern Tour which is in the camp ground.  Miles Historical Area

During World War II, the Delaware River was a chief priority for defense planners because of the access it afforded to the giant trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park, was a key piece in the nation’s coastal defense at that time.

Other things we can do include: Kayak, Seining, Fire Power Tour, Salt Marsh Hike, Bird Walk, Local Dessert and Dunes trip,  Frisbee Golf, Ghost Crab Hunt, Toad Hunt,  Climb the WWII tower, & fish on the pier.  We will bike 3 mi. from camp to historic Lewis.  We could rent a boat and go out on the ocean fishing or sightseeing.   We may bike 1.5 mi. to Cape May Ferry, cruise over on the ferry and bike around Cape May and return.  We can visit Cypress Swamp and one or more other beaches: Bethany, Rehoboth, or Ocean City.  At some of these beaches you can go parasailing.

If you have any question contact Brennan.

Tamela Trussell

Founder of TLC Foundation

www.trussell.info

Venture Crew 5 Advisor

717-243-9148

tamela@trussell.info

Climnasium Recap/Pics

Meeting at Climnasium during one of our meeting times was a hit! 4 hours of climbing fearlessly, with thought, strength and perserverance abound.  We look forward to conquering real cliffs.

Check out my pics under photo tab!

National Youth Leader Training June 16-21, 2013

National Youth Leader Training

The New Birth of Freedom Council is pleased to announce our annual NYLT course. This course will be held June 16-21, 2013 at Hidden Valley Scout Reservation. The NYLT course is an exciting, action packed program designed to provide youth members of the Boy Scouts of America with leadership skills and experiences.

For more information:  go to this website:  http://newbirthoffreedom.org/training/nylt/ and sign-up in it:   “Click Here for the 2013 NYLT participation Apllications”

Please sign-up on Wiggio too!  You must have your Health For Parts A- C completed for this 2013 Year!

National Youth Leadership Training

YOUTH PARTICIPANT APPLICATION 2013

? This course is being offered to ALL youth scouts

(Male and Female) registered with Troops, Venture Crews, Varsity Teams, and Ships

? All youth attending summer camp at Camp Tuckahoe or Hidden Valley will receive a 25% discount on camp fees if both fees are paid in full before April 1, 2013.

? Early Bird Fee $200 if registered by April 1 st. Regular Fee $250 if registered after April 1st. $50 deposit due upon registration.

New Birth of Freedom

? Boy Scouts of America

Return to: NYLT 2013

Attn. Ben Wielebinski

1 Baden Powell Lane

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup. 8:00- 12:00 noon: 5/18, 6/16, 7/20, 8/17, 9/21

CREW 5 will participate in the Creek cleanup below on the dates given.  Please meet at Grace United Methodist at 8 a.m. you will be back by 1 p.m.

May 18th, Saturday,the Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup. 8:45- 12:00 noon.

The Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association, Camp Hill Environmental Club, Mechanicsburg Area Environmental Clubs, and Green C.A.U.S.E. will be hosting the first cleanup of 2013.

Before 8:45, we will all park our vehicles, assemble, and enter the Creek at the extreme end ofLamp   Post LaneinHampdenTownship(by the old Treatment Plant/Pumping Station).

We will clean upstream and exit the Creek before the dam at Lamp Post Lane/Orr’sBridge Road(.7 of a mile). Upon completetion, or if you have to leave early, you will be driven back to your vehicle.

Directions: From the Carlisle Pike, head North (DOWNHILL) on Orrs Bridge Road in Hampden Township. After crossing the creek, take a right on to Lampost Lane. Follow it to the end.

Please dress according to the weather forecast  for the morning. Wear old sneakers or creek shoes. I recommend that you wear longer padded socks that will make it less likely that you will feel every grain of sediment that enters your shoe. No sandals or shoes that are open in the back. Baseball caps and/or sun glasses work well.

If the water depth, turbidity, or the weather, do not allow us to clean the Creek safely, I will email you, at the latest by noon of the day before the cleanup to inform you.

If that should happen, we will reschedule the cleaning of the same stretch on the 3rd Saturday of the following month. Same time, same station.

We will continue working our way upstream, starting where we got out “the last time”.

I will send you an email every month with all of the info, to keep us all “on the same page”.

Please put the following dates on your calendar.

May 18th, Saturday, Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup, 8:45- 12:00noon. (see above)

June 15th, Saturday, Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup, 8:45- 12:00noon, tba.

July 20th, Saturday, Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup, 8:45- 12:00noon, tba.

August 17th, Saturday, Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup, 8:45- 12:00noon, tba.

September 21st, Saturday, Condoguinet Creek,Cleanup, 8:45-12:00 noon, tba.

Cape Henlopen St. Park BEACH Trip 7/26-8/3

Crew 5,

Although the details haven’t been made about when we do what at the beach we have made reservations for 7/26 – 8/3.  You can come the entire time or some of the time.  You will need a bike.  If other family members come other that adult chaperons or drivers we may need them to reserve their own camp sites.  These sites are filling up quick and may be booked for the weekends all together now.  Please look at the following information.  Go onto Wiggo and put your commitment to coming so we can plan further.  There will be a comment area too.

Here is the website http://www.destateparks.com/camping/index.asp.

There are 3 beaches: Public, Herring Point (surfers and boogie boarders), and the isolated campers beach that is the closest at .5 mi. from the camp site.  At the camp ground and beach we’ll do the Fort Miles Lantern Tour which is in the camp ground.  Miles Historical Area

During World War II, the Delaware River was a chief priority for defense planners because of the access it afforded to the giant trade centers of Wilmington, Philadelphia, and beyond. Fort Miles, located in what is now Cape Henlopen State Park, was a key piece in the nation’s coastal defense at that time.

Other things we can do include: Kayak, Seining, Fire Power Tour, Salt Marsh Hike, Bird Walk, Local Dessert and Dunes trip,  Frisbee Golf, Ghost Crab Hunt, Toad Hunt,  Climb the WWII tower, & fish on the pier.  We will bike 3 mi. from camp to historic Lewis.  We could rent a boat and go out on the ocean fishing or sightseeing.   We may bike 1.5 mi. to Cape May Ferry, cruise over on the ferry and bike around Cape May and return.  We can visit Cypress Swamp and one or more other beaches: Bethany, Rehoboth, or Ocean City.  At some of these beaches you can go parasailing.

If you have any question contact brennan@trussell@comcast.net

 

Pancake Breakfast, March 16th 7:30-10a.m.

Because breakfast is the most important meal of the day, Venture Crew 5 is holding its 1st pancake breakfast.  We would like to serve you at this morning feast of pancakes,  , bacon, fruit, orange juice and coffee.  This gathering will be held Saturday, March 16th, 2013 7:30-10 a.m. in the Grace United Methodist multipurpose room.  Please come and support the church venture crew and Boy Scouting program.   To find out more about Crew 5 log on to www.carlislecrew5.com

Youth come at 6:30 a.m.

March 16th Fun Orientereering, Archery/Shooting, Camping

WHAT:  Archery/Shooting and Orienteering:   http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orienteering

WHEN:  Saturday, March 16, 2013:  Archery/Shooting  11:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Orienteering 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM (approximate end) and Camping Saturday night.

WHERE:  Crew 5 will be going to Hidden Valley Scout Res. 268 Hidden Valley, Rd. Loysville, PA 17047 to practice archery and shooting.  Following shooting, Crew 5 will be going to Col Denning State Park 1599 Doubling Gap Rd. Newville, PA 17241 for Orienteering.   We will go back to Hidden Valley to Tent camp returning to Carlisle in the Morning by 9:30 a.m.

HOW:  Crew members will be carpooling from the pancake breakfast in the morning to the shooting range, and from there to the orienteering location.

Crew members will be given instruction as needed and then participate in pairs or small groups, using either a compass or GPS (welcome to bring equipment if you have it and wish to use it) to complete one or more of the three orienteering courses at the park.

Orienteering is one of the elements to satisfy the land navigation requirement, which is one of the areas that count towards earning Venturing outdoor bronze awards.

Crew members who wish to test their abilities will have the opportunity to demonstrate their orienteering prowess in a friendly competition for small prizes – time permitting.

The archery range and rifle range are open at Hidden Valley Scout Ranch (HVSR) on March 16th from 1-5 PM. As of now, they are reserved for Crew 5. We have an archery instructor and I am a rifle instructor and Range Safety Officer (RSO). Those are the two position names Susan was trying to remember. To run rifle, I must have two people, one for each position: RSO and instructor. I have asked the shooting sports director to see if he can get me another rifle instructor. If he can, then we can shoot archery and rifle concurrently for a couple hours with part of the crew starting at each range and then swithcin half way through for a total time of 2 or so hours. If we cannot get a second rifle person, then the archery guy is also a rifle instructor so we will do archery for a bit then close it down and move the crew to rifle and do that for a bit. Either way works.

All personnel are NRA certified for the rifle instructor and RSO positions. The archery supervisor is called a “rangemaster” and is certified by BSA.

COSTS:  Maybe $5:00, Fred will let us know soon.

MEALS:  Participants should bring their own lunch, a shared snack, and water.  Those camping overnight will choose, purchase, and bring dinner and breakfast.

SUPPLIES TO BRING:  Sturdy shoes/hiking boots, an extra pair of socks, a water bottle, warm clothing; be prepared for rain, compass and GPS if you have them.  If you are camping overnight bring lots of layered clothing, two sleeping bags, toiletries and anything else you want for the night and morning.  (You may look at camping suppies list under the Wiggio Folders)

TRANSPORTATION:  Participants will be carpooling to the park from the pancake breakfast.  Transportation back to the church will also be via carpool.  Parent’s need to sign-up to help with this as many youth are not staying overnight and other youth will need to return to Grace after the orienteering around 5:30pm.

Klondike 2013!

Venture Crew 5 had a great time at the 2013 Klondike district event.

We joined 320 other scouts for a day of fun and competition. There were 42 competing sleds!

 

The crew used their skills of survival, first aid, pioneering, orienteering, logic, and deduction to compete in ten competitive events.

The crew designed and built the rugged Klondike sled seen pictured.

Many, many adult leaders and judges stopped the crew to give complements on their performance.

The crew knows how to survive in the woods. And the crew certainly knows courtesy, scout spirit, and dedication.

We will have an album posted on the photographs page and get everyone an update on how the crew placed once the scores are released.

 

Western Venturing Phenomenon

WHAT:  The Western Venturing Phenomenon!

WHEN:  Leaving Friday, April 26th at 5 p.m. from the Scout House & Return Sunday, April 28th at 11 AM (approximate end)

WHERE:  Camp SinoQuipe, 677 boy Scout Road, fort Littleton, PA 17223

HOW:  Carpool (Parent’s help needed)

 Who:  The Venturing Phenomenon wants you and your crew!

? Venturer participants must be 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade to 20 years of age (inclusive). Youth participants must be Venturers/Sea Scouts or guests of a Venturer/Sea Scout meeting this age criteria.

? Adult participants must be at least 21 years of age and have current Venturing Youth Protection training.

? When registering a crew, please provide information for a Primary Contact Person (PCP) for your ‘group’. The PCP will receive event correspondence and updates before and after the event.

PARTICIPANTS:  Brennan, Tayleigh, Peyton, …

COSTS: $45/person camping (Cost covers all meals, entertainment (including a dance with DJ), camping location (using your tents), flush toilets, latrines and port-a-johns, showers, and a Phenomenon patch.)

MEALS:  Included Snacks Friday night, 3 meals Saturday, and Breakfast Sunday

THINGSTO BRING:  Sleeping bag, toiletries, change of clothing (dress in layers), swimsuit, rain jacket, water shoes, sneakers, hiking shoes (optional) , gloves, water bottle, hat, sun block, sun glasses, bug spray, towel & swimming towel.

TRANSPORTATION:  Carpool (Parent’s help needed)

RSVP to Crew 5 by 4/8/13

 Go to http://www.ne6venturing.org to download this flyer, an event guide, the BBQ competition rules and find a link to the Phenomenon 2013 registration site.

Come be part of the fun that is The Western Phenomenon 2013! Never been to an Area 6 program event? Read about Phenomenon 2012 in the January 2013 Boys’ Life (pages 34-35). There is a link to even more photos from last year’s event at ne6venturing.org.

Please note, Registration closes April 12 (TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE EVENT, NO EXCEPTIONS) Make plans early! Register early! Do not miss out on this exciting event.

Activities to expect:

? Kansas City Barbecue Society Sanctioned CompetitionSanctioned BBQ Competition

? Rifle, ShotgunRifle, Pistol, Shotgun

? Paintball PracticePaintball Target Practice

? ArcheryArchery

? Trick DemoTrick Shooting Demo

? COPE CourseCOPE Course

? Climbing RappellingClimbing and Rappelling

? Hatchet ThrowingHatchet Throwing

? Mountain BikingMountain Biking

? Potomac DancersPotomac Dancers

? ‘Beer‘Beer–Goggle’ Challenge ——(Safety)(Teen Driver Safety)

? Texting CompetitionTexting Competition

? LassoingLassoing

? Spelunking (Caving) Squeeze BoxBox

? Velcro WallVelcro Wall

? Ultimate FrisbeeUltimate Frisbee

? GPS GeocachingGPS and Geocaching

? Square LessonsSquare Dance Lessons

? Games, Games, Games!

? Dance with DJ on Saturday Night —— Bring a Western Outfit!

? And Much, Much More!