Successful Stream Clean-up

We had 5 youth and 2 adults participate in a wonderful stream clean-up on the Hampton township Conodoguinet Creek.  We collected 3 long boats and 1 canoe full of trash including 34 tires, lots of metal objects including 2 hammers, golf balls, and shoe liners.  The weather was amazing and the water was clear and below the waist.  It was a prosperous and enjoyable time.  We will help them out on the stretch we left off with in April or May pending weather.  Crew 5 has earned 21 of their 300 service hours!  This is a great start.

Maize Quest Fun Park


Carlisle Venture Crew 5 is planning to go to Maze Fun Park on Saturday, 9/29/12 after are York soccer game.  The park is less than a 30 min. (24 mi.) from York and 67 mi. from Carlisle.  We will leave straight from soccer to the Maze Fun Park.

We would like to share this experience with your families so that your youth 14 thru 20 yrs. of age can spend some time with the youth in Crew 5 and experience one of their newly planned trips for their “annual” year.  Everyone in your family is invited to go.

The expense will be $10.00  13+ 7 $8.00 for 2-12 yr. (or $8.25 13 yr. + and $7.00 2-12 yr. for a group of 20+)

WHAT’S INCLUDED: 20+ Fun Park attractions including Corn Maze with   Flashlight Nights and The Pumpkin Express wagon (in pumpkin season)
OPTIONAL: Gemstone Mining. Groups may add hayrides, geocaching, campfires,   private parties, and/or birthday package.
1. Indoor 3-D PlayMaze
2. Bamboo Forest
3. Boulder Dash
4. Corn Box
5. Fun Zone
6. Geo-Caching
7. Perilous Planks
8. Kid’s Castle
9. Cornfield Maze Adventure 10. Maze Mountain Tube Slide 11. Miner Max Gemstone Mining
12. Miner Max Lost Mine Maze
13. Mist Maze
14. Party Rooms
15. Pebble Pushers
16. Poppit’s Pedal Karts
17. Rope Maze
18. Stone Labyrinth
19. Strawbale Maze
20. Tile Maze
21. Turf Maze
22. Roller Racers
23. Tire Twister
24. Hop Dots

Tayleigh is going to work out the details.  Read the information below and let her know what you’re interested in so she can schedule the event.

We will provide you with more details next week. E-mail if you want more information and are interested in joining us.

2885 New Park Road New Park, PA 17352
(866) 935-6738

Scouts at Maize Quest and Maple Lawn Farms

Mazes are made for scouts. Need a place to practice navigation? Mazes. Need to build teamwork? Mazes. Need to practice leadership skills? Mazes.

Scouting is a great leadership development organization and our programs can help scout leaders accomplish their goals. Using our games, puzzles and mazes as tools to engage youth in problem-solving exercises.

Geocaching: A giant scavenger hunt that covers the whole farm. Scouts use GPS units to navigate to the game stations hidden in orchards and fields of Maple Lawn Farms.

Mazes: The Maize Quest Corn Maze is a great place for groups to start. Scouts in groups set by the leaders allow scouts to explore group decision-making options.

Encampment: We’ve hosted regional encampments from the YAAC-BSA. We have a nearly unlimited encampment area having hosted over 300 scouts and leaders. Call us for special terms and options for a special weekend of camping, exploring, mazes, and opportunities.

Over 20 attractions are open for our guests including our snack bar and picnic pavilion. Then cool down in the Mist Maze!

The Maize Quest Cornfield Maze takes center stage
with our 2012 Mayan Mystery Maze Adventure!


Maize Quest Fun   Park: The Perfect Group Outing!

Group rates are available for pre-scheduled groups of twenty or more.   Bring your scouting troop, school class, youth group, or corporate group to   the Maize Quest Fun Park! Our mazes – and many of our other park features –   makes great group outings. Groups are challenged to work together to solve a   puzzle and mystery that’s much bigger than any one person. Members interact,   make group decisions, succeed and fail together as they progress through the pathways.   Your adventure can be a competition or collaborative effort, but it will   always be exciting.

Maize Quest focuses on education through entertainment.   Inside our mazes groups are involved in three major types of learning   experiences: Teamwork, Navigation, and Agriculture.


Our mazes are an effective theater for teaching positive,   social interaction. Guests divide into groups of 4-6 plus one chaperone. Each   group is then responsible for determining the best method of solving the   mazes and completing the gamesheet. At each intersection and after each clue   is discovered, the group must reformulate their plan. Leaders must be   determined or alternated for each section and the group must function and   emerge from the maze together. The mazes immerse you in another world of   choices, options and decisions. Our mazes make teamwork and group dynamics a   hands-on task with tangible results.

The results and methods of solving each maze make lively debate topics for   the following group meeting. The results and their applications for everyday   activities can be used to impress the importance of group decision making,   equitable group communication, and equitable participation in other group   activities.

Discussing the feelings of each group member during the   process leads to another level of interpretation. Understanding the feelings   and reactions of other group members can be powerful. It provides a frame of   reference for each person to understand how his/her behavior affects the   behavior of other group members.


Map Reading is a useful skill for anyone. We challenge   guests to follow their instincts until they find each map piece. As they   collect pieces of the map and become more familiar with the maze pathways,   guests develop and hone their ‘sense’ of direction. By the end of the journey,   each guest should be able to orient the map and follow the pathway to the   exit.


We approach agricultural education with two goals in mind.   Goal #1 is to give guests an appreciation for the food system that feeds the   world. Goal #2 is to give guests an appreciation for the growing processes of   fruit and row crops. We are partnered with information providers such as   American Agri-Women, Ag Day, National Corn Growers Assoc., American Soybean   Assoc., USDA, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Pioneer Seed and Bayer   Corp to name a few. We have taken raw information form these sources and   created fun learning stations. As groups progress through the maze, they   discover food facts and information that helps them answer questions and   complete puzzles. Natural resource conservation, food production and farmland   preservation all start with the farmer. On the farm, walking through the   fields is the best place to teach the role the American Farmer plays in the   future of our country and the world.

Our goal is to make each trip a learning adventure for groups and an   enjoyable outing for leaders. The maze and the surrounding farmland immerse   groups in a world of exploration. We’d love to host your group adventure.

If you’d like more information click “Book Your Group Now” link   below, fill out the reservation form and mark “Request More Info.”   Even if you don’t have a date in mind yet, we’ll send you information about   how to make you next day trip a hands-on adventure.

Other Recommended   Educational Attractions for Groups:

  • Geo-Caching
  • Fruit Tour on the Farm        (Call for information)
  • Hayrides (Call for        information)

Tamela Trussell

Founder of TLC Foundation

Venture Crew 5 Advisor



Gleaning for Project Share10/27 & 11/3


October 27th and November 3rd, 2011 we will meet at the Trussell’s at 8:15 a.m. to go glean.  We will return to the Trussell at 12:30 a.m.

If you are planning on participating please e-mail,,

What is gleaning?

The concept of gleaning is rooted in the command given by God to the Israelites as they prepared to enter the Promised Land.

When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner resid-ing among you. (Leviticus 23:22)

Back then, the poor followed along behind the farm workers to pick what remained on the stalks and vines. Today at Project SHARE, we work side by side with our recipients to glean from the field as instructed by the farmers.

We’re happy to come out to your youth group, small group or church service to talk about hunger issues and the Biblical basis for gleaning. If you’re interested, please e-mail our farm coordinator, Tammie Gitt, at

How many adult leaders should I bring with my youth group?

We prefer a ratio of 1 adult leader for every 7 students. However, we encourage you to think of gleaning not as a “youth group” trip for which you have to find X number of leaders for Y number of youth. A gleaning trip is a simple, but significant way to bring the generations of your church together. So, as you plan, consider making the trip open to anyone in the congregation who would like to attend.

Where are we going?

We schedule the farm one or two weeks in advance so we won’t know exactly where you are going to be gleaning until much clos-er to the date. As you can imagine, it’s hard to pinpoint when a crop will be ready so we need to be as flexible as possible.

What will we glean?

That question will be answered when we find out at which farm we will be working. Keep in mind that farmers may change their minds about what they would like us to pick so be prepared for any-thing!

How do we get to the farm?

Carpool! We want to use as few cars as possible to go to the farm since some farms have limited are-as for parking. If you can bring a church van and help transport gleaners, that would be awesome!

Where do we meet?

There are two options:

Meet at the SHARE parking lot. We pull out promptly at 5:30 p.m. (or 8:30 a.m. for Saturday trips). Please arrive in time to sign in and make last-minute bathroom runs.

Meet at the farm at 6 p.m. (or 9 a.m. for Saturday trips). Please use this option only if the farm is significantly closer to you than SHARE. We ask that you make arrangements with Tammie, our farm coordinator, if you want to meet us there. To do so, please call 249-7773 or e-mail

What do I need to wear and bring?

Dress for the weather. It will be hot even in the evenings in July and August. Saturday morning gleaning in the fall will start cool and quickly warm up so think layers.

Always wear sturdy shoes with closed toes.

You will not be permitted in the field if you wear flip-flops! 5 North Orange St, Suite 4, Carlisle PA 17013 – (P) 249-7773 – (F) 249-0591-


Stream Clean-up


Saturday, September 15th at 8 a.m.-12  we will participate in cleaning up stream clean-up we will meet at the Trussell’s

If you are planning on participating Please e-mail,,

September 15th, Saturday,the Conodoguinet Creek Cleanup. 8:45- 12:00 noon. The Conodoguinet Creek Watershed Association, Camp Hill Environmental Club, Mechanicsburg Area Environmental Club, Lemoyne Gang Green, East Pennsboro EAC, and Green C.A.U.S.E. will be hosting their third creek cleanup of 2012.

Please arrive at the “meeting point” by 8:30.   At 8:30,  we will meet/park/depart from  the cul-de-sac close to  Hampden Township’s old Waste Water Treatment Plant?/pumping station at the far end of Lamp Post Lane in Hampden Twp.. (Southeast of Armitage Golf Course). Upon completion, we will unload the boats/load the trash in the trailer at this point.  In the beginning, you will be transported to the “entry point” at the “dog leg”  onBrentwater Road.

To get to our meeting spot from the Carlisle Pike, proceed North down Orr’sBridge Roadsteep hill. Cross the Creek.  Immediately, turn right on toLamp   Post Lane.  Proceed for 1.6 miles. Park in the cul-de-sac. so that Hampden Twp. can get into  their facility.

Please dress according to the weather forecast  for the morning. Wear old sneakers with some tread or good creek shoes. I recommend that you wear longer padded socks that will make it less likely that you 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 creek is too high, too murky, or running too fast, the creek cleanup will be called off by Friday noon. If you have given your email address, you will receive notice. We will try again on the 3rd Saturday of  May , May 18, 2013,  same time…same station.

Thank you for your support. Thank you for caring about the creek.

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One of our important programs is cleaning the Creek. Various man-made objects have found their way into the creek: Monthly, in summer months, we sponsor half-day clean-ups to find and remove such objects. We give community volunteers a chance to do something for the Creek and the environment and have a fun wading time.

We typically meet on the third Saturday, at a spot convenient for parking on or near the Creek and clean about a mile. We’ve cleaned much of the lower reaches of the Creek – East Pennsboro Township, Camp Hill Borough, and Hampden and Silver Spring Townships. Often the municipalities lend their support in publicizing our activities and helping with trash disposal.

To find out more and sign up, contact leader Paul Garrett, 717 514-3546, or

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Hotdog and Car Wash Fundraisers

Crew 5,

We are scheduled to have a hot dog fundraiser Friday, 8/10/12 at 10-3 p.m. and another one again on Saturday, 9/1/12 10-4p.m. (Set up 30min. prior)

On Sunday 10/7/12 we are scheduled to do a car wash at Metro Bank 12-4 p.m.  (Set-up 11:30 p.m.)

During these fundraising opportunities you all could sell your candles, etc.

PLEASE, Let me know by tomorrow, 8/1/12, which fundraisers you are able to participate in and what times you can contribute.

Also, a grill, tables, hoses, towels, sponges, scrub brushes, sprayers, and soap are needed.  Include the type and amount of these you can contribute.

Thank you,

Tamela Trussell

Brennan’s Eagle Project


I am working on advancing to Eagle Scout. For my Eagle Scout Project I will be holding a weekend campout at the YMCA’s Camp Thompson at which we will build an open cooking hearth, build a ramp off a bridge, and replace and repair cabin screens.

The camp will be held the August 17-19th. We will depart from Grace United Methodist Church at 6 p.m. on Friday 8/17 and return by 3:00 on Sunday 8/19. Please eat dinner beforehand. The event will be at the Carlisle Family YMCA’s Camp Thompson at Fuller Lake in Pinegrove Furnace. Map

We will be tent camping. The food will be provided. If we have time we may go to the lake on Sunday so be prepared with bathing suit and a towel. There are also hiking trails so you may want footwear for working and footwear for hiking. There will be bath houses so bring soap and a towel for a shower Saturday after the long day working.

I am hosting a second event prior to the project to move materials and lay the foundation. This is the day that I will need vehicles and lots of strength to move cement, gravel, and bricks. All help will be appreciated.

The date for this event is the 11th of August. We will leave from the church at 9:00 AM. The help I get will dictate how late it will go. I will provide lunches.

Because of the type of work we will be doing, long pants and long sleeved shirts will be required for the camp out and pants are recommended on the 11th. Your clothes will get dirty and could be ruined. Bring work gloves and goggles if you have them.

I will also need adults to join us and drivers will be needed to transport people for both events.

If you can make it please email me with your name, rank (if you are a Boy Scout), age, and what you would prefer to work on. The jobs are building the brick hearth, building the ramp, rescreening and repairing screens for cabins, and cooking. I will send out update emails with other ways you can help such as lending tools. You must sign up before August, 1st so I can organize my work force and send camp Thompson our numbers.

This is a BSA activity so you will need to fill out a permission slip.

The permission slips attached in my emails only have the 8/17-8/19 dates. If you can make it to the 8/11 just hand write it in.

If you have any questions, suggestions, concerns, or comments, please contact me.

Thank you all for your support and help,

Brennan Trussell
(717) 243-9148



Meet with BRENNAN!

Brennan can’t wait 3 week to see everyone.  He wants to meet at:

612 Belvedere St., Carlisle, PA 17013 5:30 – 7:00 Monday 8/30/12.

to meet with his new crew and get your Maisey’s custards.  Don’t miss it!  He has a lot of great things to share and fun things to do! Dress to be active with shorts and sneakers.


Brennan’s Eagle Project Prep. and Leadership Meeting

Saturday, August 11th, 2012 at 9:00 am, Brennan Trussell will begin his Eagle Project to build a harth, ramp, and repair cabin screens for the YMCA Camp Thompson.  We will put in the foundation for the harth and have a leadership meeting to determine who’s leading what project.  A great opportunity for leadership for the older youth in BS and the Venture Crew 5.  Please plan to help him in this fun adventure!

Guppy Gulch Adventure Beach Quest Camp 2012

Thursday-Friday August 2nd -3rd Leaving 7 a.m. Thursday and retuning 9 p.m. Friday. Join us for the hottest program catered to Venture Crews. Weather you’re looking for never seen before heart stopping activities or you’re looking to relax on a white sandy beach with tropical Caribbean waters under real palm trees, this week is for you. We offer week-long or partial week for those working Ventures looking to escape to another place.   Programs offered:

Professional karaoke stage,Beach bonfires with DJ,  National reorganized water park,    Out door large screen movie theater, Kayaking, Motor Boating, On beach pizza parlor,    Snorkeling, Sand volleyball, and turf dodge ball day and night.

To find out more and look at the program go to:

ADULT Leaders are FREE!

Camping less than a week


$20 a day for  water-park and activities, $10 per person a night for tent camping,

$15 a day for 3 meals or $5/meal, $15 White Water Kayaking  on Susquehanna

add-on Extra Fees

$30 Motor Boating MB 

$10 a day recreational  motor boating

$225 Scuba MB with PDIC Certification  We will not Scuba this visit but plan on doing it next year. 

 RSVP by Monday July 9th if at all possible.