We are BACK from camping at Camp Rodney in Maryland. This was our first experience at a camp that offers all the water merit badges - small sailing, power boating, water sports (skiing/wake boards), canoes, kayaks, and for the older scouts and adults JET SKIING! We spent our week at the Minsi camp site in tents, we had our own cabin with a kitchen & dining area, and we learned how to work as a group.
Our team of Ian and Kamil took the prize in the Robotics Merit Badge by being the only group that successfully flipped over a competing robot! Congrats guys! We did a night swim, we tried our accuracy at the archery range, the rifle range and at the shotgun range. We played many games of Magic and had an expert Mr Tom Schellenberg host a Magic gathering of extreme awesomeness. He knows he rules and laid down the law. No arguments resulted - funny how that works with an adult in the group.
Bald Eagles were our daily companions as they flew and fed their young on the Chesapeake Bay. Blue Skink and Gecko lizards roamed in camp and tried to eat the annoying bugs. Scouts overcame their fear of the dreaded Daddy Long Leg spider in their tents. They all got better handling that wicked fear of the spiders in the tent.
If you want to find Troop 71 now, come visit us at our summer home at Camp Serranova on South Mountain in Sheisotlzville on a Tuesday nights 7 pm.
13 scouts who cleaned up in and around the creek and down through the Macungie Memorial Park. The guys received hot dogs from the Macungie Park and cooked those for all the participating groups including Cub Scouts, Girl Scouts, the Borough Council, and Macungie Park volunteers.
We had a great camping trip to one of our favorite spots - Camp Serranova up on South Mountain March 2014. The snow on the ground tells you that we had a long snowy winter. The highlight of the trip was learning to build and sleep in our wilderness survival shelters.
January we tried to camp up at Windy Knob cabin at Camp Trexler. Weather and schedules got in the way so we cancelled that trip. Instead we got up to Camp Serranova to the Granitz Cabin in February. Well 2014 was one snowy winter with over 65 inches of snow for the season recorded and our February trip had frozen deep snow and snow falling all day Saturday! Fun sledding and snowboarding on the hill all day Saturday.
This slide show is from our camping trip to Locust Lake State Park in August. There we did plenty of activity on the lake such as canoeing, kayaking, and gunnel jumping!
November 2012 we revived an old Macungie Troop 71 tradition of backpacking up South Mountain to Sheeprock Cave the afternoon preceding Thanksgiving. We trecked up, set up in the cave, hiked back down later for the Thanksgiving Service at Macungie Christian Community Church. Then we settled in for a chilly night (28 degrees!) under the stars. We had the pleasure of lighting the trail to lead the town back up the mountain for the Thanksgiving morning 5:30 am sunrise hike and Service of Thanks.
Who is Troop 71?
Troop 71 is located in Macungie, a small town located in Eastern Pennsylvania just south of Allentown and about 50 miles north of Philadelphia. "Macungie" is from the Lenni-Lenape Indian word maguntsche, which means "feeding place for bears."
Troop 71 is sponsored by Solomon's United Church of Christ and is part of Trexler District, Minsi Trails Council, Boy Scouts of America.
We hold weekly meetings throughout the year on Tuesdays from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. From September through May we meet at the Macungie Institute (mapquest); from June through August we meet at Camp Serranova (mapquest).
CONGRATULATIONS to our 2015 Eagle Scouts: Vincent Cucchiara, Ryan Bilger
Troop 71 has been chartered by Solomon's UCC for over 86 years and we have 71 Scouts advance to Eagle.
Learn more about our Troop's history, courtesty of the Macungie Historial Society.
We are the proud recipient of the 2015 Journey To Excellence Gold award!
Eligibility: Boys from age 11 through 18 are eligible to join Boy Scouts. The boy does NOT need to be a member of Solomon's UCC or a student of the East Penn School District to join our Troop.
Scout involvement: Attendance at meetings and events is necessary in order for the boys to get the full Scouting experience.
Adult involvement: We actively welcome involvement from adults to support the Scouting program. We expect that each adult will assist with at least one activity per year.
What's going on: Check out our calendar below.
Who are we: Our leaders and Scouts are listed on the Troop roster.
Our next outdoor adventure information is here