SPARTA, NJ- On Oct. 19, members of Venture Crew 276 attended and participated in the ninth annual Hudson
Guild Charity Hike at the Hudson Guild Farm in Andover. The crew members had fun hiking while at the
same time helping to raise money for our charter organization, the Lakeland Emergency Squad.
Crew Secretary Stephen Rozek said “the weather was perfect for hiking and it was great to see other people
giving their time to help all the different organizations”.
On Nov. 24, nine members of Venture Crew 276 out of Byram attended a show
and shoot at Shongum Sportsman’s Association in Oxford. During the show and shoot, Crew
members learned about proper safety and handling of firearms. Crew members were given the
opportunity to learn about and shoot guns dating from the Civil War period through modern day. Many
of these weapons have been used in the history of the United States Military. Some of the weapons the
crew shot include the following: M1903 Springfield, M1 Garand, and the M14.
“It was worth braving the bitter cold to come out and shoot guns with my friends and learn about military history, while having
fun.” said Crew Member Thomas Seltzer.

Crew 276 treasurer, Grace Seltzer stated that she learned a lotabout military weapons history. Learning about and going to shoot weapons helped to fill the Shooting Sports elective needed for the Outdoor Bronze Award. From the looks on everyone’s faces at the end of
the day you could tell everyone was freezing but had fun as well. Venturing Crew 276 would like to thank the Shongum Sportsman’s Association for allowing them to attend the show and shoot.
On Dec. 1 seven members of Byram Venture Crew 276 visited Morning Star Farm
Riding Academy and Therapeutic Riding Center in Fredon. While visiting Morning Star Farm,
some of the members were able to learn basic riding skills while others were able to improve their riding
“This was my first experience of being in control of a horse; it was so much fun,” said Crew 276 Treasurer Grace Seltzer.
Not only were the members of Byram Crew 276 having fun riding horses, they also were able to learn basic horse care and riding techniques. In doing so, crew members were able to fulfill some of the requirements needed to earn the Outdoor Bronze Award, one of the highest awards in venturing.