On Saturday, November 14, Troop 39 was able to accomplish their first campout since pandemic restrictions were put in place in NJ.  The overnight family event took place within the Morris Plains Community Park, where troop members were able to do skill-building activities during the day and shared tents with immediate family members overnight.  Councilwoman Cathie Kelly was instrumental in making this event possible, with support from the Morris Plains Mayor, Borough Council and the Fire Department.  According to Scoutmaster Ron Swanson, “our Council Scout Camps have been unable to open for troop camping due to COVID restrictions, but we were able to run a safe, socially-distanced family campout at a local park that complied with official guidance and gave the boys (and their parents) a chance to have a great time in a beautiful park setting.”  Mayor Jason Karr (far left in group photo) stopped by on Sunday morning and said a few words to the boys.

Activities included camping skills, canoeing and fishing, tying knots and lashings, water rescue methods, meal preparation and cooking, flag raising, display and etiquette, fire building and safety.  Capping off the day’s activities was an epic game of "Manhunt" after dark!  The event concluded with a family awards ceremony for the entire troop.

Following the Scout Motto of "Be Prepared," even the youngest Scouts (age 11) braved overnight temperatures dipping below freezing.  Troop 39 would like to pass on a big Thank You to the Borough Council for helping to make the fall campout a great success. The Boy Scouts of America will prepare every eligible youth in America to become a responsible, participating citizen and leader who is guided by the Scout Oath and Law.  During the school year, Troop 39 meets weekly at the Presbyterian Church of Morris Plains to plan camping trips, community service events and learning required to earn rank advancements.  For more information, visit www.troop39bsa.org.

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