OLP Vigil Mass 2015

Scouts help with Vigil Mass and altar serving.

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Pizza! Pizza!

On November 22, the Boy scouts had their annual Pizza fundraiser. During the pizza making day, the scouts meet at the OLP cafeteria early in the morning to start folding the pizza boxes. After they have a few pizza box piles stacked to the ceiling, the pepperoni counting commences. Huge bags of sliced pepperoni are individually counted into stacks then placed on a tray. While scouts are finishing up with the pepperoni counting, the adults are preparing the pizza assembly line. The fresh dough is layered with tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni and sent to the end of the line where they package the pizzas and put them in their box. Finally, the pizzas are hand delivered to the customer’s doorstep!

Josh R.

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Thanksgiving at Custaloga Town 2014

The Scouts of Troop 59 embarked on their annual Thanksgiving Campout to Custaloga Town Scout Reservation on November 14, 2014. When they arrived, they unloaded cars that were packed full of food and supplies. Big groups of scouts and leaders were going in and out of the kitchen carrying boxes, bags, and coolers. Afterward, the cots were brought in by the truck load. The cots were set up and prepared for bed. But no one was going to sleep. Scouts were playing cards, making pizza, and watching movies. They also got a head start on the pumpkin pie and squash. The next day, it was an early rise to get started on the many different jobs that had to be done. Some of the things they did were making mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, cranberry relish, stuffing, turkey in the ground, deep-fried turkey, apple pie, cherry pie, chocolate pie, pumpkin pie, and squash. Later that night, parents, friends, and previous scouts came to feast. The dinner started with mass, celebrated by Fr. Glenn Whitman and Fr. David Renne. After mass, everyone had a delicious meal! While everyone was finishing up, a slide show of the past year’s pictures was presented. The crowd slowly left and it was clean up time. Once clean up was finished, some scouts went to bed after a long day of work while others stayed up to play more cards, eat more pizza, and watch more movies. On Sunday morning they torn down, cleaned, and packed up. It was a fun weekend!

Written by Josh R.

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September Campout – Woodstock’s Nest

From September 18-19th, Troop 59 had their “Woodstock” campout. The Prischak family was generous enough to donate their property for the weekend, and the scouts could not have enjoyed it more. Starting on Friday the 18th, the scouts departed from the tennis courts at Asbury Woods 5:45 and walked west, across Millfair Road, and into the Prischak’s property. The scouts were separated at least 100 yards away from each other according to their patrols and remained there all weekend. Crackle barrel was held Friday night with the adult leaders hosting it. The scouts woke up the next day and enjoyed breakfasts varying from oatmeal to couscous. The rest of the day was used as relaxation. While younger scouts tended to stay closer to there campsites, the older scouts used this free time to explore the property. Throughout the property, older scouts had the opportunity to see petrified wood, observe a makeshift tarp Adirondack and “fairy hut”, and even took a swim into the crisp Walnut Creek. All scouts had simple backpacking meals, such as ramen noodles, tomato soup, chili, macaroni and cheese, and hotdogs. The last day, the scouts and leaders woke up at 6:00am, packed up all their patrol’s gear, and met at a rendezvous point. Some minor complications took place, such as a lost patrol, but the Troop overcame its obstacles as always and departed back to Asbury woods, the same way we came. We arrived back at the tennis courts around 8:30. One by one the scouts were picked up, ready to go back home, telling friends and family of the campout they had just experienced.

Story by Jeff W.

Pictures by Jason P.

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Disability Merit Badge

On Aug. 22nd Mrs. Serafin organized a tour of Barber National Institute with Maureen Barber-Carey. Myself and Nathan K. already had a partial in the disability awareness merit badge and Michael L. wanted to complete badge as well. My brother also wanted to earn the badge as he could probably teach it and he helped lead the tour. My brother attended the Barber National Institute for 5 years. While at the Barber Center we learned the history of the center. One interesting fact is that where the center is now it used to be a hospital for those with TB and prior to the Institute opening those with disabilities were in an institution called Polk and there were no schools for them. The Cathedral Prep students that year helped to empty out the hospital of the iron lung equipment etc. We visited classrooms and we’re able to see different adaptions used for learning. Some of the teachers were there and talked about their classrooms. The school school provides art class, gym and pool and also has a library for students. Students can go to school their until age 21. Older students are able to work in the school and are taught work skills. We all really enjoyed our tour and learned a lot.                                                      Submitted by Nathan S.

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Calumet Camporee – August 2014

From August 15-17, Troop 59 attended the 49th International Calumet Camporee.  This was our third year participating in the Camporee.  Twenty-three scouts including adult leaders went this year.  We departed the scout house at around 5:45 and arrived at Elk Lick Scout Reserve at 8:45.  It was dark and the temperature dropped to the fifties because we camped in a mountainous area.  When we arrived at the campsite, we unloaded gear and began setting up camp.  The Troop set up their tents and then we ate Cracker Barrel.   It consisted of hot dogs and chips.  After Cracker Barrel, everyone went to bed.  We awoke in the morning around 6:30.  Scouts enjoyed cooking breakfast in their patrols with either a Dutch oven or a new propane stove.  After breakfast, the flag ceremony was held and then we were encouraged to take part in activities till lunch.  The morning went by with many exciting activities.  Lunch was served around12:30 p.m.  Jacob F. and Nathan S. attempted to do the Iron Scout after lunch.  This event involves a challenge of running, swimming, biking, and canoeing.  Congrats to Nathan for completing the Iron Scout and to Jacob for taking first place!  While the Iron Scout took place, Mr. Rohrbach and Mr. McCoy took part in a Dutch oven cooking competition.  Mr.  Rohrbach made meatloaf and won a Dutch oven!  Mr. McCoy made a delicious mouth watering caramel apple cobbler.  The scouts enjoyed the activities for the rest of the afternoon.  Dinner approached and the scouts enjoyed meals cooked in their patrol.  That night, there was a campfire lite with a flamethrower!  Troop 59 did a funny skit that had the crowd laughing and applauding.  There was a concert playing in the pavilion that some attended.  It was visible that most scout were exhausted, so everyone went to bed when we got back from camp.  That morning we broke camp and attending a flag ceremony.  After departing from Elk Lick, we went to Bradford,Pennsylvania, to the Zippo and Case Knife store.   Scouts purchased lighters and accessories.  We drove home after our stop at  Zippo.  Overall, the trip was awesome!  There were a few cuts and scraped, but nothing serious.  Scouts and leaders took part in patch trading and neckerchief trading.   Troop 59 will attend next year because it is the 50th anniversary of Calumet and it will be amazing!
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Jacob F.
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Order of the Arrow Ordeal – August 2014

From the 22nd to the 24th of August 2014, five scouts and three leaders went to CTSR, home of Langundowi Lodge #46. Two scouts and two leaders did their OA ordeal, one leader went to become a Brotherhood member, and the other three scouts went to help out. Congratulations to Greg P., Brion Z., Mr. Rohrbach, and Mr. Fleming for becoming Ordeal members and congratulations to Mr. Zacherl for becoming a Brotherhood member!

Josh R.

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Seabase 2014

From June 30 to July 6, 2014, twenty scouts and leaders from Troop 59 went to Islamorada, Florida home of the Seabase High Adventure camp. It was an early Sunday morning, waking up at 2 o’clock to make it to Pittsburgh, PA. Then on to Atlanta, GA, and afterward to Miami, FL. That night we safely arrived at Seabase. The next morning, we hit the road to Key West, where the Spirit of Independence, an 80 foot Schooner was docked. Around lunchtime we departed on our trek around to the coral reefs where we saw a diverse array of aquatic wildlife. Over the next few days, we were able to cook, snorkel, raise and lower the sails, sleep on the deck, steer the boat, and make a lot of awesome memories. For the fourth of July, we anchored off the coast of Key West to watch the fireworks. We spent the next day in Key West, stopping at gift shops, aquariums, and museums. We attended mass later that night, then off to dinner. The next morning we rode back to Seabase, where we packed up at went to the Luau that night. We enjoyed games of volleyball, poison barrel, and limbo. A delicious dinner was served along with each troop’s skit afterward. After breakfast the next day we took a shuttle to Miami to fly back home. Overall everyone had a great experience.

Josh R

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