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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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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

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


? 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

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.

Cleaning Elderly’s Yard

Venturing Crew and Troop 5,

You and your family and friends are all invited to participate in an URGENTLY needed service project this Saturday, November 3rd,  a.m. 9-12p.m.  Everyone should meet at Grace United Methodist, 45 West St., Carlisle, PA behind the Bosler Library at 8:30a.m.

We will be clearing an elderly ladies lawn from rubbish, and over grown weeds and plants, as well as cleaning algae off her siding. She is unable to do it herself and the borough is threatening to condemn her property if it is not clean. We need all the help we can get. If you are attending notify me by Friday, November 2nd.  If you could provide transport to and from this even please let me know.

Dress for the weather and BRING:

Water bottle  (everyone)

Yard gloves (everyone)


If you have them:


All types of yard trimmers




Scrub brushes


Dish liquid

Power Washer

Thank you for helping,

Brennan Trussell




Skating at Midway

Crew V will be going roller skating at the Midway skating rink on Saturday, January 19th from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  It will cost $5 per person + $2 for each pair of roller blades.  Try to RSVP to Keara (kakdk@aol.com) by Monday the 14th if possible.


What: Climbing

When: Monday, March 11th , 5:00-9:00p.m.

Where:  Climnasium

Cost: $18 group rate >6  people or $24 for 1-5 people

Bring: Food and Email tayleigh.trussell@comcast.net about what food you are bringing.


Those of you attending the Climbnasium activity, please print and fill out the 2 page waiver that you will find under grouphttp://www.climbnasium.net/Services.html   & the BSA Consent form you’ll find under the Forms link on the website.

RSVP by Friday, January 18th.

Call us to carpool or meet at the Climnasium at 5:00pm.


339 North Locust Point Road Mechanicsburg, PA 17050
(717) 795-9580


From I-81 North, get off the New Kingstown/Middlesex exit (Rt 11). Go north on Rt 11 and turn left onto N Locust Point rd. Climbnasium is up on the hill in the white barn.

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 tayleigh.trussell@comcast.net, brennan.trussell@comcast.net, tamela.trussell@comcast.net

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 tammie.gitt@projectshare.net.

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 tammie.gitt@projectshare.net.

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- www.projectshare.net


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 tayleigh.trussell@comcast.net, brennan.trussell@comcast.net, tamela.trussell@comcast.net

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 paulgarrett40@comcast.net 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 paulgarrett40@comcast.net

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