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Crew 276 Visits Mount Allamuchy

posted Jun 1, 2016, 11:44 AM by Mark Rozek



ALLAMUCHY — On the weekend of April 8-10, Venturing Crew 276 of Byram Township attended the first-ever AdVenturee camping event, hosted by Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation and run by members of the Patriots’ Path Council Youth Executive Committee and the Mount Allamuchy staff.The AdVenturee was a camping event open to members of council Venturing crews or Boy Scouts of Venturing age. Attendees could provide their own food or enjoy meals courtesy of the Mount Allamuchy staff.

The snow made the team-building exercises at the COPE (Challenging Outdoor Personal Experience) area more intensive. However, the snow had little effect on the ATV course, where participants were trained in an ATV safety course as they mastered driving the vehicles. There were also some less challenging but still fun activities including archery, land navigation, and candy and dessert a making. The pistol shooting station was open only to members of the Venturing program and allowed participants to shoot a revolver and several different types of semiautomatic pistols. If the snow was too much for some scouts, the dining hall was open all day for venturers and scouts to get warm.

The AdVenturee also hosted a camp-wide race. There were challenging tasks like a mind puzzle, laser maze, and Kim’s challenge. There was also Boy Scout trivia and even super hero trivia to go along with the weekend’s theme! Crew 276 even came in first place! Congrats to the members of the team.

After a delicious dinner of ham and macaroni and cheese, the camp hosted a campfire program, where each crew was invited to perform a skit and two songs. Unfortunately, the campfire had to get moved inside to the Dining Hall due to the snow. Overall, the weekend was amazing and for the YEC’s first ever AdVenturee, it was a major success! Crew 276 would like to thank both the YEC for assembling such a fun event and Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation for the use of their beautiful facilities.

Crew 276 would like to thank the members of the Mount Allamuchy staff for providing the use of their excellent facilities and providing hot food for the weekend. We also would like to thank the Patriots’ Path Council Youth Executive Committee for organizing and running this fantastic event.

Venturing is a youth development program for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building. For more information on the crew, visit venturecrew276.com

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Venturing Crew 276 Falls in Love with Camporee

posted Nov 22, 2015, 5:13 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Nov 22, 2015, 5:14 AM ]

SOURCE: NJ Inside Scene: http://insidescene.com/2015/11/venturing-crew-276-falls-in-love-with-camporee/

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Stephen R. helping a scout properly hold a bow. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276. Stephen R. helping a scout properly hold a bow. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

BYRAM TOWNSHIP, NJ- Venturing Crew 276 of Byram, New Jersey recently attended the 2015 Sussex District Fall Cub Scout Camporee, hosted by Mount Allamuchy Scout Reservation.

from left to right) Scout, Katie R., three cub scouts, Alex M., and Emily B. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

from left to right) Scout, Katie R., three cub scouts, Alex M., and Emily B. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

The Crew members volunteered their time to help run some of the activity stations for the young Cub Scouts. Some of the stations our crew members ran included COPE and rock climbing, fishing, science and sublimation, BB gun shooting, archery, nature hikes, and a zip line. Other activities offered throughout the camp were mountain biking and totem pole carving.

When the crew arrived Friday evening, it was muggy and rainy out, but that doesn’t stop a Boy Scout! Fellow campers treated them to a late night snack of hot dogs and French fries before Crew 276 returned to their cabin for a few rounds of Apples to Apples (a crew favorite). The next morning, the entire camp met at Voller’s Field for morning flags. Conducted by members of the crew, the American Flag was saluted and raised. Vice President of Fundraising, Christopher Rozek, played the trumpet calls, as he did all weekend. Throughout the day, programs, as afore mentioned, were run. The Cup Scouts took a particular liking to the BB gun range. At dinner time, the camp was served a fantastic spaghetti and meatball dinner, courtesy of the Mount Allamuchy staff. After dinner the camp gathered at Council Point for the evening campfire. Packs and troops had the opportunity to perform skits and sing songs for the entire camp to get involved in.

John Z., Alex M., and John U enjoying the last night and last campfire of the camporee. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

John Z., Alex M., and John U enjoying the last night and last campfire of the camporee. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

It is most definitely a time of laughter and silliness. The campfire held a more serious note as the night progressed. For the second time, Crew 276 performed a flag retirement ceremony. At their previous meeting the flags were saluted and then cut up into stripes and stars. Each person present at the campfire was given a piece of the worn out flags to place on the fire and be burned until unrecognizable. Crew member Thomas Seltzer read the order of the states as they joined the Union while people filed down the aisles and placed their piece of flag in the burning fire. The next day the grommets were dug out of the ashes.

Katie R. helping scouts on the rock climbing wall. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

Katie R. helping scouts on the rock climbing wall. Image courtesy of Venture Crew 276.

As usual, the Cup Scout Camporee was a fun and exciting experience for both the Cub Scouts and the Scouts that helped run the stations. I, personally, cannot wait to attend the Spring Camporee again in 2016. I would also like to thank the Mount Allamuchy staff for the use of their beautiful facilities and to Carlos for organizing the event.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building. More information on the crew can be found at venturecrew276.com.



Crew 276 Attends Northeast Region Area 5 “Willy Wonka” themed Rendezvous

posted Nov 11, 2015, 10:01 AM by Mark Rozek


SUSSEX COUNTY, NJ – Recently, Crew 276 attended the annual Area 5 Rendezvous and had a great time. Crew 276 previously attended the 2013 “Medieval” themed Rendezvous and the 2014 “Dr. Who” themed Rendezvous.

When we arrived on Friday we signed in, set up our campsite and headed up to the dining hall for a snack and a shooting safety briefing.

Crew Advisor Andrew Joiner at the archery range. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

Crew Advisor Andrew Joiner at the archery range. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

Saturday morning we woke up and headed to colors for the morning flag ceremony and announcements. After breakfast the scouts headed out to their first station. My first station was also my favorite one; pistol shooting! When we got to the range we had the opportunity to shoot Mark II Rugers and some revolvers. A great surprise was that one of the Range Safety Officers (RSO) brought in his WWII era M1 Garand for us to shoot! The M1 Garand is my favorite WWII rifle and is an iconic firearm that was a crucial part of WWII.

Other morning stations included archery, riddle solving, candy making and giant Jenga. The riddles station was very fun and also a challenge. At candy making, we made green colored root beer flavored lollipops which we got to eat.

Crew Vice President of Administration Katie Rozek playing giant Jenga. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

Crew Vice President of Administration Katie Rozek playing giant Jenga. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

After lunch, many crew members participated in the “Color Run”. The color run is an event where some participants run the course and other are stationed along the course to soak you with colored water and chalk.

Afternoon stations included chemistry which was both fun and educational. We learned many different ways to make soda from using dry ice to using baking soda and vinegar. After we made our soda, we got to drink it! We also got to do the Mentos / Diet Coke geyser experiment. The afternoon also included mini golf, wood branding, gaga ball, Frisbee and rock climbing. Rock climbing was on a natural rock face which was more challenging than an artificial rock wall.

Crew Vice President of Public Relations Stephen Rozek climbing the rock wall. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

Crew Vice President of Public Relations Stephen Rozek climbing the rock wall. Image courtesy of Venturing Crew 276.

After dinner there was more Frisbee and other games. At the end of the evening, we headed down to the campfire. Our crew participated by performing songs and skits. Overall, this was another great event hosted by Northeast Region Area 5 Venturing and one of my favorite events throughout the year.

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building. More information on the crew can be found at venturecrew276.com.


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Venturing Crew 276 Stays Up All Week-End at Harry Potter' Themed Insomniac’s Revenge

posted Nov 11, 2015, 9:45 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Nov 11, 2015, 9:52 AM ]

By MELISSA SARCONA
November 11, 2015 at 12:06 AM

LAKE ARIEL, PA - The weekend of September 18 through 21, Byram Township’s Venturing Crew 276 attended the 2015 Harry Potter themed Insomniac’s Revenge at Goosepond Scout Reservation. What is Insomniac’s Revenge? It is an endurance camping experience gives each scout the opportunity to stay up from Friday night to Sunday morning with nonstop activities and games.

Round the clock Harry Potter themed activities were being conducted such as make your own wand, potion making and even geocaching. Campers were also given the opportunity to participate in camp-wide tug-of-war, quidditch, wizard chess, and the infamous Tri-Wizard tournament.

As in the world of Harry Potter, there were four houses that scouts could be a member of: Krackenblood, Bearclaw, Falconcrest, and Fisher Fang. The four houses competed in a race to the finish line during the Tri-Wizard tournament.

It would not be a weekend without candy though. Goosepond Scout Reservation did not just provide any ordinary candy, however. They provided Harry Potter inspired treats like Chocolate Frogs, Butter Beer, and even Bertie Botts Every Flavor Beans. Scouts were cautioned to watch out though. Those beans include some unconventional flavors, like bacon.

While site guides led their magical activities, the race to find the most disgusting bean in camp was underway. Normally people would avoid trying to find this gross bean, but the prize was the camp’s sorting hat.

Eating a nasty bean for that prize is completely worth it. In fact, a member of Crew 276, Jennifer Sarcona, found the bean herself and won the sorting hat.

In response to the flavor of the bean she said, “I could feel it in my nose. If I think about it hard enough I can still taste it.” She then proceeded to gag. Obviously this is not a flavor people want to try.

Visiting the camp that weekend were the National Venturing President Edward Abraham, Central Region Advisor Kris Zahrobsky and past North East Region President Christine Lynne Capen.   

“Overall, the weekend was spectacular, mischievous, and magical,” said Crew Vice President Melissa Sarcona. “It only makes sense that crazy Venturers would host and attend such a crazy weekend. We can’t wait for next year.”

Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 through 20 years of age. Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building. More information on the crew can be found at venturecrew276.com.

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NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin To Speak At 2015 Liberty Jamboree

posted Sep 18, 2015, 8:23 AM by Mark Rozek   [ updated Sep 18, 2015, 8:24 AM ]

By BILL SANFILIPPO AND JENNIFER DERICKS

September 14, 2015 at 4:46 PM - The Alternative Press

SPARTA, NJ – Patriot’s Path Council of the Boy Scouts of America announced today that NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin will serve as a keynote speaker at the 2015 Liberty Jamboree – where more than 5,000 Scouts from across the northeast will gather in Liberty State Park from October 2 to 4.

Local scouts will be attending this event from Venture Crew 276 and Troop 150.

According to Patriots’ Path Council Scout Executive, CEO Dennis J. Kohl, “We are honored to have Dr. Morin speak, inspire and serve as a role model for our Scouts.”  Mr. Kohl noted that Dr. Morin’s presence will also support the emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines that will be featured at the Scout Jamboree.

Lee M. Morin, M.D., Ph.D., Captain US Navy, Retired was selected as a NASA astronaut candidate in 1996 and took part in the 13th space mission of the shuttle Atlantis in 2002 as it traveled to the International Space Station. After the Atlantis mission, Dr. Morin served in the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space, and Health in the Bureau of Oceans, Environment, and Science. He is currently assigned to the Exploration Branch of the Johnson Space Center, where he is working on NASA’s newest spacecraft, the Crew Exploration Vehicle.

In addition to serving as one the keynote speakers at the Saturday evening show, Dr. Morin plans to meet and interact directly with Scouts throughout the day. The Jamboree program is jam-packed with exhibits, hands-on activities and demonstrations involving more than organizations, companies and institutions of higher learning. 

“I’m excited to meet and listen to NASA Astronaut Lee M. Morin at the Liberty Jamboree," said Gregory Puszcz, Star Scout from Troop 150.  "The Army Golden Knights will also be parachuting in.”

Brendan Puszcz, Life Scout from Troop 150 said, “Since the Jamboree will be at Liberty State Park,  the Scouting Program will reaffirm its respect and admiration for the hard work and dedication of all the immigrants who founded this country and first set eyes on Lady Liberty as they arrived at our nation those many years ago.”

Christopher Rozek said, "I am looking forward to meeting new scouts from around the area and to participating in the various STEM related activities at the Jamboree."
 
Stephen Rozek of Venture Crew 276 said, "Crew 276 is very excited to be attending the Liberty Jamboree. In preparation for the Jamboree, we have already participated in two cleanup days.  The cleanup days are a full day of community service dedicated to improving Liberty State Park.  
 
"These cleanups are one of many ways that Scouting gives back to their community and nation," said Rozek.

The Patriots’ Path Council, Boy Scouts of America, Council #358, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to preparing young people to make ethical choices over their lifetime by instilling in them the values of good character, citizenship and personal fitness. Each year, the council serves more than 16,000 youth members and 5,000 leaders in the counties of Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union and parts of Middlesex, New Jersey. Some 400 local organizations have a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, Venturing crew, Varsity team or Explorer post as a part of their service to youth.

Boy Scouts venture out to Liberty State Park

posted Sep 18, 2015, 8:16 AM by Mark Rozek

Boy Scouts venture out to Liberty State Park
Volunteering their services to honor freedom in America


Byram — Venturing Crew 276 of Byram traveled to Liberty State Park in Jersey City on Saturday, Aug. 22 to participate in their second clean-up project this year.  While the crew was at the park, they mulched around the trees and performed other general landscaping activities to ready the park for the Liberty Jamboree.  After working all day, the crew took some time to visit a 9-11 memorial.  "This monument was my favorite part of the day. The memorial is striking and reminds us all of the tragedy of 9/11 and how freedom is not free," said crew member Alex Mottola.

"The venturing crew volunteered their services to give something back to the park that represents the nation's liberty and freedom."  Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women. ages 14-20.  Venturing Crew 276 meets monthly in Byram Township at the Lakeland Emergency Squad building.  More information on the crew can be found at venturecrew276.com.

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