BYRAM, NJ - On October 19 members of Venturing Crew 276 from Byram teamed up with Venturing Crew 34 from Fort Dix to participate in the annual New Jersey Lighthouse Challenge. The NJ Lighthouse Challenge is an event in which people get the opportunity to visit all 11 lighthouses across the state of New Jersey in one weekend. Due to other crew activities that same weekend our crew was able to visit four of the lighthouses in one day.

At each lighthouse, the crew members climbed up the stairs to the top, with the highest one being the Barnegat Lighthouse at 170 feet high and 217 steps to the top. At the top, a guide would tell the crew members some history about the light houses.

The crew also got to learn about how some lighthouse lights worked before electricity was invented. One of the lighthouses they visited, the Sandy Hook lighthouse, was the oldest lighthouse in New Jersey. It was constructed to light the way into New York Harbor, which previously had no lighthouses. It was also part of Fort Hancock, a former military base that now sits in the Gateway National Recreation Area. Another lighthouse, the Navesink Twin Lighthouses, were the only twin lighthouses in the country, and they rested on the highest point on the East Coast outside of Maine.

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Also on that weekend, members of Venturing Crew 276 participated in the annual Shohola – Barrysville 5K run in support of Troop 76.  For many of the crew members, this run was their first 5K.  Three crew members were recognized with awards during the closing ceremony for placing in their age group. 

More information on the Lighthouse Challenge can be found at  http://lhchallengenj.org/

More information on Crew 276 can be found at venturecrew276.com