Boy Scout Troop 17, charted by Saint Rose of Lima Church, Short Hills, New Jersey traveled to Gettysburg Pennsylvania for the weekend of May 20 through May 22.

This year is the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War. Over 40-Scouts and adult leaders made this trek to learn more, about this terrible conflict that almost destroyed our country. 

The Scouts lead by Senior Patrol Leader Sean Judge, Patrol Leaders Bobby Dries, Nick Magnotti, Peter Sana, and acting Patrol Leader and former Senior Patrol Leader Andrew Vollavanh lead and organized a 9- mile hike across the battlefield seeing such famous locations as Little Round Top, the Devils Den, the Wheat Field, and Picket's Charge.

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The Scouts further learned about this battle where over 160,000 men of the Union and the Confederate forces fought and almost 50,000 men were injured or killed in this three day epic struggle for freedom.

The Scouts also saw the site of Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address and the new Gettysburg Visitor's Center and Museum.  Members camped the weekend at a site adjacent to the famous battlefield.

Boy Scouts is a boy lead organization that teaches a young person leadership and ethical/moral decisions making skills. Troop 17, for over 60-years continues to provide a safe environment for young men to grow, learn, and reach their full potential.

Troop 17 meets every Thursday night, September through early June at Saint Rose of Lima Church's Ryan Hall - 50 Short Hills Avenue, Short Hills, New Jersey at 7:30 PM.  Young men between the ages of 10 1/2 and 17 are always welcome to join the Troop.  You may get further information by going to our web site at

Photo caption:  Troop 17 Scouts learning from Union re enactors on the Battlefield also sent in JPEG