Every spring the Troop gets together for a Troop Organization Workshop to decide on the activities and events that they want to pursue during the next scouting year.  In 2018-19 we have a lot of great adventures and activities planned – stay tuned for more info, but below are some of the things we’ve done in the recent past.

Check out the list of activities that the Troop has participated in during the 2017-18 scouting year:

  • In June, our Spring Court of Honor was held at Echo Hill Park.  We recognized troop members who earned rank advancements and merit badges.  We also took time to recognize two of our Eagle Scouts and two of our ASMs.
  • Our annual By Boot or By Boat camp-out was even better than last year.  Some of us took time out to earn our kayaking merit badges while others mastered the fine art of outdoor cooking!
  • In June we planned out next year at our annual TOW meeting.  Lots of great ideas:  Boston or DC, a football game or a basketball game, Gettysburg or Mount Vernon, hiking the Appalachian Trail or Washington Crossing State Park, archery or rock climbing….we made some tough decisions and cannot wait until next year!
  • We headed out to an indoor trampoline park one afternoon.
  • We partnered with Valley Crest Farm and Preserve to host a Merit Badge Fair in May.  There were over 19 badges to choose from and over 80 Boy Scouts from NY, NJ and PA attended.
  • Over 150 people came out to help us retire worn US flags at our Flag Retirement Ceremony.  The Lebanon Borough Fired Department, veterans, Rolling Thunder and the Cub Scouts helped out, too!
  • During the first weekend of May we headed to Ockanickon for the Iron Chef.  This year’s theme was Cinco de Mayo and the secret ingredient was chocolate!
  • During April we hosted a meeting where scouts and volunteers shared military memorabilia and we also heard from veterans and active military personnel.
  • In April we headed down to Sandy Hook for a camp-out.  We toured the Nike Air Missile Center and hiked through one of the country’s oldest holly forests.
  • During early spring we had two scouts pass their Eagle Boards of Review and we also held three Eagle Court of Honors!
  • We held a New Parent Orientation meeting.
  • The Council of Ricks patrol went on a very early spring camp-out over Spring Break where they worked on their survival and cooking skills.
  • In March we headed to Frost Valley in the Catskills where we went cross country skiing, had a snowball fight, went rock climbing, went snow tubing, and many other cool activities.
  • We went rock climbing in Doylestown.
  • Between February and March we attended three Blue and Gold banquets and welcomed six new scouts into the troop.
  • We volunteered at our the Immaculate Conception Church’s annual pancake breakfast.
  • In February we participated in the annual Hunterdon Arrowhead District Food Drive, collecting over 400 bags of food at WalMart.
  • Our Winter Court of Honor was held in February and we recognized many accomplishments across all levels of the troop, including a few Eagle Scouts!
  • We spent the day at Cisco Systems working towards our Digital Technology merit badge.
  • We went caroling at Veteran’s Haven North & had a pizza party!
  • Council of Ricks hosted a Laser Tag event for friends and Webelos.
  • We went rock climbing and camped overnight at the Gravity Vault in Doylestown.
  • We worked on our Family Life merit badge – a requirement for Eagle!
  • We welcomed two new members into the troop – glad they found us after moving into the area!
  • Held our annual Troop 200 Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Participated in the Washington Crossing Council’s rifle competition at Ockanickon.
  • Held the dedication of the memorial at NHHS (a troop 200 Eagle Scout project).
  • We participated in popcorn sales and held our annual Christmas tree wreath sale at Immaculate Conception.
  • We headed up to West Point for an Army football game.  Great time at the game and camping out.
  • At our October Court of Honor we unveiled our new banners.  89 merit badges were earned, 3 scouts earned their Eagle rank and 1 earned their Eagle Palm/gold!
  • We volunteered the Hunterdon Arrowhead District awards dinner in Flemington, had a Klondike Derby display table and met an astronaut.
  • We held an Open House in September and happy to meet some of the Webelos who are looking to join a troop this winter.
  • We held annual ‘Hobo’ campout at Round Valley Youth Center in September.  Each patrol made movies (ask us about the sequel to last year’s Shrekenator!).  We invited local Webelos to join us and had a lot of fun getting to know them!
  • A group of us headed down to Wildwood, NJ for Beach Jam in mid-September.  Perfect weather for rides, the beach and the boardwalk.

Here are some activities that the Troop participated in during the 2016-2017 scouting year:

  • Sea Base Sailing Adventure – some of our older Scouts traveled to the Bahamas for Sea Base in over the summer.

    A pick-up game of basketball at Resica Falls. Summer 2017.
  • Summer Camp at Resica Falls.  This year the troop headed to Resica Falls in East Stroudsburg, PA for a week of camp.  Tons of options for badges – from First Aid and Woodworking to Geocaching and beyond!  Plus a pick-up game of basketball and Gaga were an added bonus!
  • In June we held a Court of Honor where many scouts received merit badges and advancements.
  • By Boot or By Boot – weekend camping trip to Round Valley.  Pontoons, kayaks and canoes were the transportation for the weekend.  Hiking, campfires, swimming, boating and perfect weather made this a great weekend!

    Kayaking at sunset at Round Valley – By Boot or By Boat Camp-out 2017.
  • Troop 200 traveled down the shore to attend the NJ State Police Camporee in May.
  • West Point Camporee – once again Troop 200 made the trek to West Point, NY for this great event.
  • A Merit Badge Fair was held in Spring where Scouts had the opportunity to earn multiple badges including:  photography, fishing, personal management, scholarship, safety, dog care, citizenship in the nation and family life.
  • In order to earn the America Labor merit badge, members of Troop 200 visited the Hunterdon County Education Association.
  • Iron Chef and Back To Basics camp out at Ockanickon Scout Reservation in Pipersville, PA.  Here, older Scouts helped newer Scouts learn basic camping skills and all participated in an outdoor cooking competition.  This year’s secret ingredient?  Berries.
  • A group of boys headed up to Frost Valley in the NY Catskill Mountains for a Wilderness Survival Weekend.  Activities included:  zip-lining, hiking, archery, rock climbing, lots of sports and craft projects.

    Visiting the NJ State Police Barracks in Perryville, NJ. March 2017.
  • To earn a portion of the Crime Prevention Merit Badge, the Troop visited the NJ State Police barracks in Perryville, NJ.
  • Food Collection – Troop 200 was one of 37 scouting unit to collect over 13 tons of food for 12 area food pantries in early 2017.  This is an annual event that we participate in.
  • To earn a portion of the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge, the Troop visited a Clinton Township Council meeting.
  • The troop wend sledding at Hoffman Park in February.
  • In December we spent the night on the Intrepid in NYC.
  • November was all about the Navy – we headed down to Annapolis, MD and went to a Navy football game.
  • We held our first Court of Honor of the 2016-17 year in October.
  • We kicked off the 2016-17 Scouting year with a hobo camp out at Round Valley Youth Center.