Monday, October 27, 2014

Trebuchet Update

Trebuchet Update

Pumpkins better start running since this trebuchet is ready to start launching them into the air!

Great job by all that helped get this to follow

It looks like Sunday Nov 2nd will be field testing day at Faith Lutheran Church

Tonight the troop will work on the rest of woodworking merit badge...

See you at 7:00pm...

Thursday, October 23, 2014



Trebuchet building will be at Mr. Thompson's house on:

Saturday, October 25th from 12:00-3:00 pm AND
Sunday, October 26th from 1:00-3:00 pm

If you can make both days that's great, but not necessary.
The more we work the quicker we can get to practicing!

492 Fox Ridge Lane, Winfield

Turn onto Groover from Rt. 15, right onto Timberwood, left onto Fox
Ridge, follow to top of mountain. House on right.

If you have the following supplies, bring them with you:
work gloves, goggles, ear plugs/muffs, cordless drill with charged
batteries, drill bits, jigsaw, circular saw, power sanders with sandpaper.

We are working on Woodworking Merit Badge as part of this project.

SCOUTS: Please respond by Friday to and what day/time you will be coming to build so Mr. Thompson has a head count.


Bull Run Clean Up

Lewisburg Neighborhoods Corporation
Announces Bull Run Clean Up
Sunday, October 26, from 2:30 to 4:30pm
Convening at playground in Hufnagle Park
(Rain date:  Nov 2)
Community members of all ages are invited to volunteer their time for the
afternoon and help keep our town, our waterways, and our world clean.
People wishing to participate should report to the Kidsburg playground in
Hufnagle Park between 2 and 2:30pm on Sunday, October 26.  Participants
will be provided with equipment and directions at that point.
Participants should dress for the weather and the activity.  Long pants and
long sleeves will protect from thorns and rough underbrush.  Long hair
should be covered.  Avoid wearing knits which catch burrs and thorns.
Sturdy footwear is recommended.  We will have gloves, bags, and some
grabbers, but participants are also welcome to bring their own.
For more information, visit:

Monday, October 20, 2014

Rechartering Time-Dues

On November 8th, Susquehanna Council holds the rechartering for all packs and troops in the Council.

The mission of Boy Scouts of American is to train youth in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs.  One of the ways Troop 538 works to acheive this mission is to take part in the High Adventure programs offered by Boy Scouts of America.  2013 had Troop 538 go to Philmont Scout Ranch for a 10 day backpacking adventure.  Our next High Adventure is scheduled for 2016 to Sea Base in Key West, Florida. This will be followed with a trip to Northern Tier in Ely, Minnesota in 2017. 

In between these high adventure trips are adventures at summer camp, klondike winter camping, treetop adventures, backpacking trips, whitewater rafting, camporees, and other activities the scouts set during the annual planning session.  These activities help scouts on their way to the rank of Eagle Scout - which only 4% of all the youth that join Scouting earn.

Leadership development occurs at troop meetings, campouts and service projects such as an Eagle Scout Project as scouts learn what it takes led others.  Not an easy task all the time.

Our yearly dues still are only $50.00 and that covers your National Registration Dues ($24.00), Insurance($2.00), and Boys Life Subscription ( $12.00) - less than a $1.00 week for all of this fun.

Bring your check made out to Troop 538 for $50.00 to either the October 27th or November 3rd meeting to re-registrer with the Troop for Year 2015.

Lots of great adventures and development await us in 2015 and beyond!

Congrats to Carter Kerstetter!

Congratulations to Carter Kerstetter on getting his Eagle Scout Project approved last night!

Lewisburg will soon have better access to the Susquehanna River at Soldier's Park with Carter leading the project to clean a pathway.

Be on the lookout for annoucements on when he will be needing help with this project.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Super day for selling hot dogs at the Sunbury Animal Hospital

It was a super day for selling hot dogs at the Sunbury Animal Hospital. Thank you to the staff for letting us be part of the event!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Pumpkin Chunkin Trebuchet Build Saturday!

THIS SATURDAY AT 1:00PM at Faith Lutheran Church!

Come out for the building of the Troop Trebuchet! Construction will begin with the materials we have gathered. First order of business will be safety - nothing is worth getting hurt over - We will be cutting and drilling to get the trebuchet build so dress for the occasion.

And in case you want to build one at home out of Legos - here is a video with a link showing you how -

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Sunbury Animal Hospital Festival Hot Dog Stand

You all should have received a Sign-Up Genius email for the Sunbury Animal Hospital Festival Hot Dog Stand opportunity. The information follows.
We have the opportunity to help the Sunbury Animal Hospital with their fall festival.
Troop 538 will operate a hot dog and chip stand at the festival.  All we will sell is hot dogs and chips. The other food being sold at the festival is Chicken BBQ with side dishes and bake sale with cold drinks.
Sign up for what you can donate for food and work the stand.
Date: October 19th Sunday
Times - See sign up listing 2 hour increments Sun 9:30AM - 3:30PM
Benefits - Scouts individual accounts (which can be used for camps and high adventure trips, etc) and Animal Hospital
Any questions, email

Popcorn Sales Info

Monday, October 6, 2014

2014 Fall Camporee Movie

Here is a short movie from the 2014 Fall Camporee - Thanks to Josh Trewitz from 509 for sharing his Geology profession with the scouts. and to TRC Drilling for bring their drilling rig.  Also, thank you to Asst Scoutmaster Mary Beth Gray for coming out and helping with the camporee and Scott Williams for camping out with the troop.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Scout Meeting 10/6/14

At the 10/6/14 Scout Meeting, the Lortap Patrol will be doing the Setup/Opening Ceremony. The rules for catapult/ mini-catapult making will be explained and the troop will be together to build and test mini-catapults. And then afterward we will play some British Bulldog. And the Lortap Patrol (again) will do the closure/breakdown. Thanks to everyone on coming to the Fall Camporee, it was wet, cold, but fun though.