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 Our 27th year attending the Memorial Illumination at
Antietam National Battlefield


Friday night we camped at Rohrbach Campground near Burnside Bridge. Early the next morning, we got up, had a fast breakfast and headed off to the corn field we were assigned to set out the candles. On arrival we met up with Troop 1572, another troop from out district. The two troops worked together to set out 800 candles in the Cornfield were the first shots rang out on the morning of the battle. We had the honor of set-up of the battlefield looking toward the Dunker Church. With a long length of rope the scouts lined up the candles in rows about 500 feet long. When we had completed setting out the candles it was time for lunch. We had hot dogs, soup, fruit, chip, and cookies. What a lunch! After lunch it was time to light the candles. The scouts always have fun with this part of Illumination and sometime burning a bag or two along the way.   Before we knew it, it time to gather at the Maryland Monument for the ceremony. After wonderful ceremony with good songs and long speeches, it was time to start the long awaited drive through the battlefield. 
This was a time of reflection on what happen on this battlefield on September 17th 1862. It was also a chance to see all the hard work that many groups of volunteers had accomplished. One impression that stood out for me is how many scout units help with the Illumination. There were 37 units that helped this year. One big surprise I got was to meet one of our troop’s early Eagle Scouts from 1986, Dave Febrenbacker. He is working with Troop 1631 on Eastern Shore, Md.
After the drive we headed back to the campground and a big pot of Granny’s Homemade Chili. After the dinner we gathered around a warm campfire for a Scouts Owns Church Service and a time of reflection on the day on the battlefield. We also made Smores, a scout tradition. Next was off to bed and an early rise in the morning to break camp. In the morning it was cold but the scouts work hard to pack the trailer and head out. Stopping at Cracker-Barrel for breakfast on the way home is always a treat.


Troop Notes March 2016

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:53 Written by Bernie Spicer Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:51

Troop Notes March 2016

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High Adventure Rafting Trip

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 24 February 2016 12:54 Written by Administrator Thursday, 29 November 2012 22:56


    Troop’s 1575 Venture Crew Takes on Wild and Wonderful West Virginia
By Ryan B.

"West Virginia: Wild and Wonderful" is exactly what Troop 1575’S Venture Patrol experienced from June 19th-June 23rd. We got to learn about all the things this state had to offer.

        On our first official day, we enjoyed white water canoeing. The Greenbrier River was perfect for this, its shallow waters make for perfect white water canoeing. We twisted and turned (and even turned over!) as we canoed ten miles. On the calmer parts of the river, we saw the beautiful, majestic mountains and forests this state had to offer.

        Zip-lining was also fun. After experiencing West Virginia by water, why not by air? This endeavor was quite enjoyable to anyone who wasn't deathly afraid of heights. Through the thirty or so zip-lines and sky bridges we learned a lot about native plants, the history of West Virginia, and some very funny jokes.

        Troop 1575 searched for a final thrill before we left for home, and we got it at white water rafting on the New River. We followed commands like "hunker down" and "paddle forward". White water rafting is much more extreme compared to white water canoeing, and you get high in the air just like zip-lining. But, on the calm parts of the river we floated in our life jackets awaiting another rapid.

        Other than thrills, we experienced the highest bridge in America in use. We also hugged a tree older than America itself. The thrills weren't the only reason we came here, the landscape was also a big component.

        Overall, we had a lot of fun, whether it was by air or by sea. West Virginia wasn't just a place to get a thrill, but a place to bond with fellow troop mates.


Venture Crew 1575 takes on the New River Gorge





Antietam Battlefield Illumination

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Last Updated on Saturday, 02 May 2015 04:09 Written by Administrator Friday, 17 April 2015 19:40

Antietam Battlefield Illumination 2014

Our Troop has been help with the illumination of Antietam for 25 Years. Over the 25 year we have many great experiences and at time very cold weather to endure.  But is all worthwhile when you do the drive through of the battle in the evening.  It is hard to believe for every candle that was set out represent a Soldier that fell or was missing on action. 



One Page Troop Calendar for 2014-2015

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Last Updated on Friday, 21 August 2015 09:26 Written by Bernie Spicer Thursday, 28 August 2014 00:00

One Page Troop Calendar for 2014-2015
There has been some minor change to the calendor after the committee meeting on August 18th.

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High Adventure Trip 2014

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Last Updated on Saturday, 28 June 2014 18:31 Written by Administrator Saturday, 28 June 2014 16:41

West Virginia High Adventure Trip 2014





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