- Cabin Dedication 1974
- We acknowledge the
thoughtfulness of those who made possible the scout cabin. This
structure, built in the early forties, will serve the members of East
Greenville Troop 108, Boy Scouts of America. It will help point scouts
toward the Scout Oath and Law and make them better citizens. It will
help scouts to grow in fellowship as they experience campouts
together. Since the Delaware Indians once roamed the area and the
scouts of today have received such a rich heritage from the Indians we
will call our cabin Witauchsundin
which in the language of the Delaware means to have fellowship with
one another. What better name could we bestow on this
- We especially want
to recognize the building committee, formed, March 9, 1939, of Victor
Ensminger chairman, Fred Diehl, Merritt Derr, Paul Heimbach and Victor
Moyer Sr., also the finance committee of Warren Krieder, Frederick
Bieler Sr., Harold Roth, Quinton Swenk, Vic Ruter, Paul Steinman and
Clarance Reitnauer, also to Bill Beahm, the scoutmaster and his
assistant David Croll, Bill Thomas, Merritt Derr and later Harold Roth
and Charles Krause, and last but not least, to the members of the Troop
who helped with the labor.
- At this time Vic
Ensminger whom is said to have been the driving force behind the
building of the cabin, will hand the sign ""Witauchsundin."
POST 2108 REPORT
- Starting our 1974 program of activities,
15th, the Explorers tried their feat at skiing on the Doe
Mountain's slopes. The following Sunday, January 20th, the
floors of the Civic Building basketball court were aloud with the
squeaking of a fast moving Explorer basketball game. Parents often
wonder how their sons behave when the boy is on his own, well
arrangements were made to go skiing for a weekend at Oregon Hill.
1, 2, 3rd, The ski lodge offered 8 person dwellings in
their Motel complex with meals, lodging and tow lift supplied for
a pre-arranged price. I would like to compliment the parents for
the behavior of the boys that went along. We had 14 boys and 4 adults
that went skiing. The following weekend the Post attended the annual
Scout Banquet and there the Post was proud to present the most
active Explorer award to Gary Bilger.
1,2,3rd, the Perkiomen Prep School played host to the
Valley Forge Council Explorer Winter Olympics Program. With the
excellent coaching and planning of my assistant Glen Gilbert and the
terrific effort put forth by the boys there were Gold,
Silver and Bronze medals taken that weekend. The next four
activities consisted of bowling at the East Greenville Fire House on
March 22 and April 6, after both these bowling activities we slept at
the Scout cabin.
- Our next 2 activities may have been a
first for some of the boys. Friday, April
26, 11 boys and 1 girl and 2 Leaders left for the Grand Canyon of
Pennsylvania to ride the rapids of the Pine Creek that runs through the
Grand Canyon. We did this on rubber rafts on Sat., Apri1 27th. and came
home Sunday, April 28th. Our next activity is one even some adults are
afraid to try. Sunday morning, May 19th, we had 9 boys and 4 adults leave for the
Kutztown Airport to give Sailplane flying a try. The pilots took one boy
at a time to an altitude of 2000 feet, with the help of a tow plane,
reaching that altitude the sailplane is cut loose to sail on its own.
Each boy was given a chance to fly the plane with the supervision
of the instructor pilot.
- As the summer grew nearer the attendance
started to fall off. We camped at the Scout cabin in May
and June, but had very poor attendance.
18th, Terry Mayer was kind enough to invite the Post for
a fishing trip on his boat, the weather was fine but the fishing wasn't. We didn't have any meetings during the summer months.
- Starting the Explorer Program in fall, we
scheduled a night at the Scout cabin on October
19th, and Sunday, October 20th, the boys shot
clay birds at the Red Hill Gun Club. Talk of the activities is drawing
more boys into the Post. The boys decided they liked Sailplane flying so
they made arrangements Sunday, October
27th, to try Sailplane flying again. This time we had 18
boys and 4 adults attend.
10th, the boys competed against each other in a game of
basketball at the Civic Building. The boys decided they would like to
spend a weekend at the Scout
cabin, 19 boys attended. They sawed up firewood on Saturday and Saturday
night they cooked a meal for the whole group.
At 7 pm. that night the boys met at the Pennsburg Pool room for a few games of pool, returning back at the Scout cabin by
11:30. We left Sunday to come home.
- The last get together of the year was our
Christmas Dinner, which was held in the kitchen of the Goshenhoppen
Church. At the present time our Post has 31 boys and 2 girls.
- From the Troop Committee
- The year 1975 has been another busy time
for the Post and Troop committee. We participated as Chapter 1 (The Brush
Stompers) of the Brothers of the Brush in the East Greenville Centennial parade. We
were also active in some of the other Centennial events, and came out as
East Greenville champs of the Tug of War contest.
- With a lot of effort, our long needed
wash and outhouse at the cabin has been brought under roof. There are
still some odds and ends to be completed, after
which we would like to build our 3rd Adirondack. The average attendance
of 21 men at our Troop Committee Meetings during 1975 indicates the
interest of these men for the boys of the Troop and Post. Without the
support of people and business, it is almost impossible for a Troop
sponsored by a group of citizens to have a good Scouting program for the
boys. But because of this support, we have been able to step, into our
52nd year of Scouting. The men of the Troop and Post committee would
like to extend their sincere appreciation to all supporters.
By: Fred Hofke,
Troop and Post Committee Chairman.
Camping and Hiking Report
- Jan. 24-26: The annual Klondike Derby was
held at Camp Nisatin in the Blue Mountains. Two wet nights of tent
camping with 30 Scouts and 9 Leaders present. Cobra Patrol, with Scott
Treffinger as leader, took first place for the Continental District.
- Feb. 21-23: Annual Valley Forge
Pilgrimage and Encampment. Ten Senior Scouts and 4 Leaders camped while
an additional 20 Scouts and 5 Leaders marched in the pilgrimage. Troop
- March 14-16: Camped at the Scout Cabin.
35 Scouts and 7 Leaders were present.
- April 11-13: Annual Pre-Camporee, patrols
camped on the Scout cabin grounds. 42 Scouts and 14 Leaders
participated. Cobra Patrol won the weekend patrol competition, Scott
Treffinger was the Patrol Leader. Red Hill Troop 170 were weekend guests.
- May 16-18: Annual District Camporee again
held at the Pottstown Y. M. C. A. Camp near Stowe. 33 Scouts and 10
Leaders were present. Cobra Patrol was one of the 5 top patrols, and earned a
blue ribbon. Evan Slotter is now the new Patrol Leader.
- June 27-29: Camping at Scout Cabin with
24 scouts and 6 Leaders. While camping at the cabin was for the Troop,
it can also be noted 10 additional Scouts, of the Troop with their
Leader, Floyd Treffinger left for two weeks of camping at Philmont Scout
Ranch in New Mexico. Also June was the time for the annual Firestone
Awards Camp-out. Randy Sowers and Todd Jakoby participated in this event
and Randy for his efforts was the recipient of a week of 1 free summer
- July 27- Aug. l
: A week of summer
camp and for the first time in the Troops history it was out of council.
Camp Horseshoe in Rising Sun, Maryland was the spot where the
camped. 50 Scouts and 12 Leaders spent 8 days at Horseshoe. The
band played at the evening camp retreat.
Scott Treffinger won the Silver Buckle Award while Stefan Hofke was
voted "Rookie of the Year" . Tapped out by the Order of the
Arrow were Jeff Sell,
Mike Wentling, Barry Shaiman, Mark Kern and Mike
Slotter. In the Paul
Bunyan Field Day theTroop placed third.
- Auq. 22-24: Another highlight of the
Troop summer is the annual Father and Son Trip. This year’s 17th
annual trip was to Camp Brule in Sullivan County. A weekend of fun was
had by 41 Scouts, 33 adults and 3 future scouts.
- Sept. 12-14: Scout Cabin camping while
hiking the historical Delaware-Lehigh Canal Trail as a weekend
highlight. 42 Scouts and 7 Leaders camped while 35 Scouts and 14 adults
took the historical trail hike.
- Oct. 17-19: Scout Cabin with 45 Scouts
and 8 Leaders. Since the Bux-Mont Cross Country Championships were being
held at nearby Butter Valley Golf Port and some members of the team,
Alan & Scott Treffinger, Don Schmoyer & Ernie Guldin, were
members of the Troop we hiked there to cheer for our favorites. TheTroop cheered Alan to a lst place
finish and a team finish of second. Also in the evening the Troop
hosted the Pennsburg Girl Scout Troop to a Halloween Party.
- At the October Order of the Arrow Weekend
held at Camp Delmont Barry Shaiman, Mark Kern and Mike Slotter were
- Oct.25-28: Scouts and 10 Leaders
journeyed to Philadelphia to hike the newly opened Ben Franklin
Historical Trail. The Troop attended the opening ceremony at
Independence Mall and upon finishing the trail were awarded special
first day patches as well as a trail medal.
- Nov. 22-23: Camp Delmont for the
Continental Districts Orienteering Campout. 40 Scouts & 8 Leaders
participated in the one day and night of backpacking using only
dehydrated foods. Evan Slotter's, Cobra Patrol won a first place and each
member was the recipient of a trophy.
- Dec. 26-30: Annual Christmas Campout at
the Scout Cabin. 33 Scouts and
9 Leaders camped. The trip had a couple of highlights one of which was
the hiking of the Historical Colonial Trail, a 12 mile hike from Emmaus
to Allentown. This trail, with Bob Kern as trailmaster, was hiked by 31
Scouts and Leaders. Each received a patch and segment patch. Four
more segments must be hiked before earning a medal. Also a
highlight was the Christmas Party which included exchanging presents,
singing carols and the crowning of Miss Troop 108. This years winner
Dave Riffert. The Continental District Annual Swim Meet was held while
the troop was camping. This year the troop was trucked to the Prep
School where they tied for first place. To date the troop has never lost
a swim meet.
By: Fred Hofke,
Troop and Post Committee Chairman.
Troop Advancement Report
- The new Scout Program of advancement has
a personal growth agreement between the Leader & the boy. This takes
place before he goes in front of Troop Leaders review. Troop Leaders are
members of the Senior Patrol. The Scout is reviewed by Troop Leaders for
Tenderfoot, 2nd Class & lst Class.
- For Star, Life & Eagle Rank Troop
Committee members review the boy after a previous personal growth
agreement has taken place between the boy & a Scout Leader.
- Seven Boards of Review were held in the
past year. Forty advancements in rank were recorded along with 155 Merit
- Tenderfoot: Mike Hamm, Danny Vanim,
Shawn Long, Terry Bieler, Stefan Hofke, Jim Ash.
- Second Class: Fred Caciolo, Greg
Caciolo, Eric Slotter, Todd Jakoby, Mark Fiorito, Chris Sakautzkio
- First Class: Evan Slotter, Dave
Mauer, Mike Fiorito, Randy Ash.
- Star: Evan Slotter.
- Life: Steve Riffert, Barry Shaiman,
Randy Sowers, and Paul Yoder.
- Pro Deo Et Patria religious award to
- I would
like to thank the men who have given of their time to serve on the
Board of Review in the past year.
Submitted By: Floyd
Treffinger, Jr. Acting Chairman
- The start of our activities for the1975
year was Jan.19th,
at the Civic Bldg. for a game of basketball. The Explorers
played and shouted with the enthusiasm of a stampede of buffalo.
This energy was shown again in Feb. when we attended an Explorer Winter Carnival at Camp Pinemere
on the 14, 15, & l6th. Despite the bitter cold, our Post mustered up
enough drive to come out ahead in a snowball-throwing melee. Sledding,
tobogganing, skiing and snowmobile rides were enjoyed, but the dances at
night seemed to warm up the boys more than anything else.
- Preparations were made for the Explorer
Olympics held at the Perkiomen School on March
l4 -15, & 16th. The previous year we'd taken 8th place
but were determined to better our record this year. The boys figured out
who was going to enter certain events and who would be part of the team
events. With snow on the ground, a sloppy track to run on and a very
muddy field to play team handball we went all out to win. Sliding,
bumping and falling in cold clammy mud some left the field with as much
as 10 lbs. of mud over their clothes. They also walked away with a lst,
place in team hand- ball. Other gold medals were won in volleyball,
wrestling & diving. They came out second place winners in Ping-Pong,
tennis, shot-put, discus, high jump, twice in wrestling, and 3 times in
swimming. We took three third places. It was a very proud moment at the
awards ceremony for our post to stand up and be counted as one of the
- On April
6th, we drove to Maple Grove, Pa. to hear engines
screaming and, tires smoking as cars bolted down the mile drag strip.
- In May
we gathered at the Upper Perk High School swimming pool for an
introductory lesson in scuba diving. Everybody listened closely because
after the explanations we entered the pool. Under a buddy system
took turns breathing underwater for the
first time. A few caught on quickly but there was considerable gasps
& gulping of water as our advisor (Kenny Mohr) swore we were trying to drown him. Although we
tried some new things our attendance fell short as the summer drew
closer. In October we
re-organized and on Nov. 9th
we went to the Red Hill Gun Club for some trap-shooting. There were some
good shots but not up to par of the bragging done before hand.
- We can't forget the nights at the cabin
with basketball & card playing taking priority with the Explorers. Our
for this year, Fred Zoyer, Jr.
led instructions on some survival
cooking. Potatoes packed in mud with bacon & eggs fried in a brown
paper bag were only two of a few new tricks shown to those attending.
1975 was a very fine year with a fine group of young men joining
together in an Exploring atmosphere.
Mohr Jr. , Explorer Advisor
- 1976 From the Troop
- As we
look back at the year 1976, the Nations
Bicentennial, it has been a good year for the Troop.
The Committee's Goals have been met. The
outhouse at the Scout cabin is in operation and the third Adirondack
is completed and a lot of painting has been done on the porch of the
cabin. We celebrated the Bicentennial
by participating in the local Bicentennial
Parade as the "Brush Stompers”, Chapter
l of the Brothers of the Brush. Floyd “Bubi”
Treffinger, Committeeman and Assistant Scoutmaster, received his Wood Badge beads, the highest Leadership training award
for a volunteer Scouter.
attendance at our Troop Committee meetings in 1976 was 18 men. This
shows how interested the men of the Committee really are to have a good
Scouting program for the youth of our Troop and Post.
- Committee projects for 1977: Painting the
outside of the Scout cabin with wood preserver, and some work on the
inside. The fireplaces in front of the Adirondacks should be replaced.
- The men of the Troop and Post Committee
would like to extend their appreciation to all the People and places of
business that have helped to support Troop 108 and Post 2108 in the
past, and hopefully in the future. Because of this support, we are now
stepping into our 53rd, year of Scouting.
would also like to thank the Leaders, Officers, and the men of the
Committee for their service to the boys.
Hofke, Troop and Post Committee Chairman.
Camping and Hiking Report
- Jan. 30 - Feb. 1: The Bicentennial Year's
camping began with the Klondike Derby at Camp Delmont attended by 37
Scouts and 7 Leaders, a weekend that ended to a steady rain.
- Feb. 20 - 21: Annual Valley Forge
Pilgrimage encampment. Sixteen Senior Scouts and 7 Leaders camped in
tents and an additional 18 Scouts and 2 Leaders took part in the
Pilgrimage which featured demonstrations by Colonial Army units. Our
Band and historical flags led Continental District throughout the
- March 12 - 14: 42 Scouts and 7 Leaders
camped at the Scout cabin. Also on this weekend 41 Scouts and Leaders
hiked the Uncas Trail.
- April 9 - 11: The Pre-Camporee came next
with 49 Scouts and 12
Leaders participating. Sharing the camping
experience this weekend was Red
Hill Troop 170. The Flying Eagle Patrol, with Todd Jakoby as Patrol
Leader, won the weekend competition.
- May 14 - 16: found the Troop at the
Pottstown Y.M.C.A. Day Camp for the annual District Camporee attended by
35 Scouts and 9 Leaders .
- June 25-27: 42 Scouts and 1 Leader camped at the Scout cabin. Karl Winsch and Barry Shaiman attended the
Area 5-A- Order of the Arrow conference held
at Camp Hart June 11th-l3th. A1so in June Chris Sakautzki was at Camp
Firestone for a weekend.
- August 1-8: For the second straight year
the Troop spent summer camp at Camp Horseshoe in Rising Sun Maryland
attended by 50 Scouts and 8 Leaders. The Troop Band played at evening
retreat again this year. Evan
Slotter won the Silver Buckle Award while the Rookie of the Year Award
was shared by Brian Slotter and Darrell Guldin. Mike Hofke and Terry
Bieler wer tapped out for the Order of The Arrow. This summer found Fred
Hofke taking his Woodbadge at Camp Delmont, while Stefan Hofke attended
Junior leader Development Course the same week. Mike Hofke took his
Ordeal at Camp Hart and was inducted into the Order of the Arrow.
- August 27- 9: the 18th annual
Father and Son camping trip to Camp Roosevelt in Southern New Jersey was
attended by 40 Scouts, 34 Adults & 2 non-Scouts.
- Sept. 10-2: Family camping at Camp
Rockwood. There were 37 Scouts and 14 Leaders present.
- Oct. 8-10: 42 Scouts and 7 Leaders spent
a rainy weekend at the Scout cabin.
- Oct. 30-31: 11 Scouts and 5 Leaders hiked
the Durham Trail, the last of 5 segments that make up the Minsi trails.
Five members of the Troop have now hiked all 5 segments. Following the
hike that evening, was the annual Halloween Party at the Scout cabin
with the Pennsburg Girl Scouts. 39 Scouts and 7 Leaders camped at the
cabin following the party.
- Dec. 26-30: The annual Christmas camping
at the Scout cabin was attended by 35 Scouts and 6 Leaders. The week
featured a trip to Allentown, a Christmas party, and winning
the District Swim meet at the Hill School. Steve
Riffert won the pancake flipping contest for the 2nd,
straight year and Ronnie Malasky was crowned Miss Troop 108.
- There were five Board of Reviews were
held in the past year.
- A total of
94 Merit Badges passed.
Jeff Procak, Dale Smith, Dave Kuhn, Dave Riffert, Mike Scholl, Glen
Weisel, Travis Gery, Brian Slotter,
- Jay Jakoby, Darrell
Class: Shawn Long, Stefan Hofke, T. J. Bieler.
Class: Ed Jakoby, Todd Jakoby, Eric Slotter, Chris Sakautski.
Mike Fiorito, Dave Mauer.
Mark Kern, Evan Slotter.
Randy Sowers, Barry Shaiman, Dave Baver.
Bronze Plam: Darryl
- 17 Scouts and 3 leaders participated
in al1 of the Troop' s 29 nights of camping
- 40 Scouts and Leader's had 20 or more
nights of camping.
- Stefan Hofke - 35nights
- Kar:l Winsch - 34 nights
- Mike Hofke - 33 nights..
- 1. Rick Moll – 247
- 2. Mike Hofke – 198
- 3. Karl Winsch - 188
- 4. Scott Treffinqer - 172
- 5. Jim Kuhn -156
- 6. Steve Riffert - 150
- 7. Darryl
Johnson - 145
- 8. Randy Sowers - 141
- 9. Dave Mauer - 132
- 10. Floyd. Treffinger - 111
- 11. Evan Slotter
- 12. Eric Slotter - 79
- 13. Ed .Jakoby - 19
- 14. Stefan Hofke - 60
- 15. Greg Caciolo - 56
- 16. Mike Slotter - 54
- 17. Jay Jakoby - 41
- 18. Dean Shuler - 46
- 19. Ba,rry Shaiman - 31
- 20. Brian Slotteter - 29
"Moose” Winsch, Scoutmaster
From the Troop Committee
- Another year has passed, the 54rd for
our Troop, and we can look back at a year of accomplishments. With
the help of some of our supporters we were able to get the Deed to 1.94 acres of land across the road from
- It will be put to good use by the boys
for camping and the preservation of nature. The trails from the cabin to
the Adirondacks have been laid out and covered with fine gravel.
- The Scouting Program of 1977 was again
excellent for the Troop, and the boys and the Leaders who participated
had a good time. The Troop committee would like to Thank the Scoutmaster
and his Assistants for a job
- The average attendance at our Troop
Committee meetings in 1977 was 16 men. I would like to invite the
Fathers of our
newer Scouts to come to one of our
meetings and help us to make the Scouting program for our Troop even
- People and places of business have
supported us generously in the past 12 months, and hopefully will
continue to do so in the future. The Troop committee
would like to extend their sincere appreciation to all supporters,
without their help we would not be able to give the Boys of Troop108 a
good year of Scouting.
I would personally like to Thank the
Leaders, Officers, and the Men of the committee for their service to the
By: Fred Hofke,
Troop & Post Committee Chairman.
Camping & Hiking Report
- Feb. 25-27:
Annual Valley Forge Encampment Pi1grimage, 17 Senior Scouts &
7 Leaders camped in tents while an additional 17 Scouts and 5 Leaders
took part in the Pilgrimage. The Valley Forge Trail was hiked Saturday
afternoon by 20 Scouts & adults
attending. The trail consists of 10 miles of compass readings taking in
most important points of the Park.
- Mar. 25-27: 38 Scouts & 8 Leaders
camped at the Scout Cabin. Saturday the Troop journeyed to Daniel Boone
Homestead to take part. in the District's Annual Klondike Derby &
First Aid Meet. This year the two events were combined due to a
postponement of the Jan. Klondike Derby. The Cobra Patrol with Brian
Slotter as Patrol Leader came in second for the days competition.
- April 15 -11: The Annual Pre-Camporee was
held on the Scout land with 41 Scouts & 12 Leaders participating.
Sharing the weekend of fun was Red Hill Troop 170 and a North Wales
the second straight year the Flying Eagle Patrol, again with Todd Jakoby
as Patrol Leader, won the plaque.
- April 22 - 24: 12 Scouts under the
Leadership of Fred Hofke & Floyd Treffinger took part in Troop
Leadership Development Camp at Camp Delmont.
- May 12 - 15: In place of the District
Camporee,Council put on the “Wonderful World of Scouting”
held at Sun Center in Chester. 33 Scouts & 6 Leaders took
part. The Troop Band was featured on stage. Cobra Patrol was awarded 2nd
place for, district in weekend competition.
- June 17 - 19: Cabin camping with the
hiking of Washington Crossing Trail on the l8th, 27 Scouts & 7
Leaders camped while a total of 18 persons made the 8 mile historical
- June, Evan
Slotter participated in the Firestone Awards Camp. The Order of the
Arrow Section S-A Conclave held at Camp Ockinickon attended by Karl
Winsch. Mark Kern attended
Philmont for 12 days. Also the month of .June saw Jeff
Guldin, Randy Spwers an Steve Riffert along with Leader Terry Bieler
take there Ordeal for induction into the Order of the Arrow.
- July: There was no Troop camping. Evan
Slotter and T. J. Bieler attended a week of Troop Leader Development
Camp at Camp Delmont. Also Evan Slotters 0. A.
induction was held at Resica Falls.
- July 31 - Aug.7: Third Annual summer
camping by the Troop at Camp Horseshoe in Rising Sun, Maryland. 40
Scouts along with 9 Leaders spent a joyous week of camp. Some of the
week's highlights were Mark
Kern's winning the Silver Buckle Award while Ray Carr and Bob Buckingham
were noted for the "Rookie of the Year" Awards. Dave Scholl
was tapped out by the 0. A.
- Several adults & Scouts became
charter members of the Polar Bear Club. Monday's highlight was Boomtown
-Wednesday the "Gong Show" won by the Troop -Thursday was
Topsy Turvy Day - Friday was Mile Swim & Horseshoe Open Golf
Classic- Saturday was Paul Bunyan Field Day- Saturday evening the Award
- August 26 - 28: 19th Annual Father
& Son Trip.
- This year's trip found 33 Scouts & 32
adults camping at Camp NO-BE-BO-SCO in northern New Jersey.
- Sept. 9 - 11: Annual Roundup Camping at
Camp Rockwood. 36 Scouts & 8 Leaders were in attendance. The
following weekend Karl Winsch
& Darryl Johnson attended the 0. A.. weekend at Camp Delmont where
Darryl was, inducted into the Order.
- Oct. 21 - 23: Cabin camping with 33
Scouts & 7 Leaders. On the 22nd the Jockey Hollow Trail was hiked by
21 Scouts & Leader’s. This is a 11 mile trail in Morristown, New
- Oct. 28 - 29: Annual Halloween Party at
Scout Cabin with the East Greenville Cadet Troop 545 attending. 32
Scouts & 6 Leaders camped. Also in the month of Oct. Dave
& Karl Winsch journeyed to Resica Falls for an 0. A. weekend where
Dave was inducted.
- Nov. 19 - 20: French Creek State Park for
a one night of district tent camping. A 24
hour competition by patrols. No winners from the Troop this year,
27 Scouts & 6 Leaders attended.
- Dec. 27-30: Annual Troop Christmas
Campout at the Scout cabin, 28 Scouts & 6 Leaders braved a cold
three nights & days of camping. Highlights were a Pancake
Flipping Contest won by Kyle Hagenbuch. Attending the district swim
meet which was again won by the Troop. A treasure hunt won by the Hawk
Patrol. The annual Miss Troop108 Beauty Contest was won by Danny
Troop Advancement Report
- 10 Board of Reviews were held in the
- 115 Merit Badges passed, 64 at summer
Ronnie Malasky, Danny Myra, Ray Carr, Jeff Schwab, Bob Buckingham, Steve
Oberholtzer and Jim Ambrose
Class: Jim Ash, Brian Slotter, Dave Riffert, Dale Smith, Mike
Scholl, Jay Jakoby, Bill Emswiler, Kyle Hagenbuch, Darrell Guldin,
Weisel, Ray Carr, Ron Mal asky and Bob Buckingham
Class: Shawn Long, T. J. Biel er , Stefan Hofke, Brian Slotter,
Dave Riffert and Mike Scholl
Randy Ash, Eric Slotter, Chris Sakautski , Ed Jakoby and Brian Slotter
James Kuhn, Dave Mauer
Steve Riffert, Scott Treffinger and Mike Hofke
- Also T. J. Bieler was awarded the Ner
Tamid Church Award and Mark Kern the Pro Deo et Patria Church Award.
- Mike Hofke became the 3lst Eagle of
the troop and 19th for Scoutmaster Karl Winsch.
By: Bob Kern,
Board of Review Chairman
Troop Camping Statistics
- 15 Scouts and 3 Leaders were on all
the Troops campouts.
Troop campers for the year were:
- Karl Winsch -39 nights
- Evan Slotter -37 nights
- T. J. Bieler- 33 nights
- Mark Kern 32 nights
- Darryl Johnson
- Randy Sowers had 30 nights
Scouts & Leaders had 20 or more nights of camping.
- It might also be noted that Rick
Moll's camping streak came to an end at 257, longest in the Troops
Streak Top Twenty
Karl Winsch 227
Jim Kuhn - 184
Darryl Johnson 175
Randy Sowers 171
Dave Mauer 160
Evan Slotter 147
Eric Slotter 105
Stefan Hofke - 87
Mike Slotter 80
Brian Slotter – 55
Darrell Guldin - 48
Glen Weisel - 47
J. Bieler - 33
Mike Schol1 - 31
Kyle Hagenbuch - 30
Ron Rodenberger - 29
Dave Riffert - 26
Steve Oberholtzer -26
Ronnie Malasky - 18
Jim Burhart - 7
Travis Gery- 7
Terry Bieler - 7
the Troop Committee
looking back on 1978, the Committee has made some good accomplishments
for the betterment of the Troop. We added almost 2 acres of woodland
to our Troop property. The new land is located directly across the road
from the cabin and will give the Troop additional camping area, as well
as help preserve nature in our Valley. To update their knowledge in
Leadership and Scouting skills five of our leaders participated in the
cornerstone training sessions and completed the course. They were
Scoutmaster Karl Winsch, Ron Rodenberger, Terry Lieler, Earl Riffert and
Michael Hofke. Scoutmaster Karl
Winsch and Earl Riffert also completed their Woodbadge training and
are now working on the requirements to receive the Woodbadge
Beads. After 2 slow years the Troop had a good year with our
Christmas Tree sale and Candy sale, but it took a lot of effort on
behalf of Scouts, Leaders, Explorers and Committeeman to be successful.
Attendance at our monthly Committee Meetings in 1978 was an average of
17 men. We would like to thank all of our supporters for their help
throughout the year, because without this support we could not give the
Boys of Troop 108 a good Scouting Program.
personal thanks goes to all the Leaders, Officers and Committeemen for
their time and effort throughout the year.
By: Fred Hofke ,Troop and Post Committee
Camping and Hiking Report
- Jan. 27-29: Annual Klondike Derby held at
Camp De1mont. 27 Scouts and 6 Leaders braved the snow and cold that
prevailed that weekend. High temperatures for the day never went above
22 degrees. This also brought to an end the camping streak of Randy
Sowers at 172 nights.
- Feb. 24-26: Valley Forge Pilgrimage and
Encampment. 21 Scouts and 6 Leaders went to Valley Forge for the annual
Pilgrimage. The encampment was postponed, so we held it at our Scout
cabin. 17 Senior Scouts and 6 Leaders camped. Our Scout Band performed at Valley Forge.
- Mar. 10-12: Camping at the Scout Cabin.
30 Scouts & 5 Leaders. Karl Winsch ended his camping streak at 232.
- Apr.21-23- Pre-Camporee at Scout Cabin
land, 4 Scouts and 9 Leaders. Sharing in the weekend was Souderton
Troop 401 and Lansdale Troop 148 along with the two Philmont Crews. The
co-ed crew under the leadership of Bubi, & Betty Treffinger and the
other with Ron Rodenberger as crew advisor consisted of a group of boys
from the Broomall area. The Flying Eagle Patrol under the leadership of
Stefan Hofke won the Pre-Camporee Award. This is the third straight year
for this patrol, winning the
award. Also in April, 5 adults took
training at Camp Delmont, They were
Karl Winsch, and Mike Hofke. Fred Hofke also held a Jr. Leader
Development Course in the spring that involved four Scouts from the
- May 19-21: A Camporee was held at Manatawny
Park in Pottstown. 32 Scouts and 8 Leaders. This years Camporee was a
show type affair.
- June 23-25: Cabin and hiking the General
Hash Trail. 30 Scouts and 4 Leaders camped. 19 Scouts and 3 Leaders
hiked the 8 1/2 mile trail located near Mainland, Pa. Also
this weekend 7 Scouts and two Leaders went to Philmont for 14
days and nights. Another event was the Area
5-A Order of the Arrow Conclave held at Camp Trexler. Karl Winsch and
Darryl Johnson attended.
July 30 - Aug. 6: Camp Horseshoe. This
was the fourth year at summer camp near Rising Sun, Md. 36 Scouts and 11
Leaders. Troop highlights were Rookie of the Year award to Eddie George. Silver: Buckle Award to Stefan
Hofke. Bob Kern, Stefan
Hofke, Eric Slotter and T. J. Bieler were tapped out by the Order of'
the Arrow. Polar Bear swim each morning, to lost airplane hunt,
Hawaiian Luau, soccer game with the visiting English Troop, Diving
Della. Anything Goes Night and swim meet filled the week
with excitement. Another highlight was
Jim Kuhn earning his 200 straight nights Camping award. Brian Slotter
received an award in personal fitness. The Troop earned a record of 60
- August 25-27: The l0th
Annual Father & Son Trip to Camp Crumhorn Mountain Scout Camp near
Oneonta, N. Y. This trip included a bus trip to Baseball Hall of' Fame.
35 Scouts and 42 Leaders, fathers and non scouts. This
marked Ernie Godshall's 20th trip and he received a Plaque. This also
ended Jim kuhn's Camping streak at 205.
- Sept.8-l0: Annual Round-up at Camp
Rockwood. 32 Scouts and 10 Leaders. Sat. evening camp fire Darryl Johnson received his 200 straight nights
camping trophy. Also in Sept., Karl Winsch and Earl Riffert attended
Woodbadge on separate weekends.
- Oct. 5-7: Order
of the Arrow weekend at Resica Falls. Inducted were T. J. Bieler, Stefan
Hofke, Eric Slotter and Bob Kern, Brotherhood was attained by Mark Kern,
Mike Slotter, 0. B. Fitzgerald, Darryl Johnson and Terry Bieler. Karl
Winsch also attended.
- Oct. 13-15: Cabin and hiking Carlisle
Trail. 32 Scouts camped along with 6 Leaders, while 14 Scouts and 4
Leaders hiked the 10 mile Carlisle Historical Trail in Carlisle, Pa.
- Oct. 21-22: Cabin for Annual Halloween
Party. 30 Scouts and 2 Leaders spent the night.
- Nov. 24-26: District Back-Pack-O-Ree
camping at Warwick State Park and hiking 13 miles with full pack to
French Creek Park. This campout brought back the basic Scouting to those
27 Scouts and 3 Leaders who participated in a clear but cold weekend of
camping, cooking and hiking.
- Dec. 28-31: Annual Troop Christmas
Campout at the cabin. 27 Scouts and 4 Leaders Highlights were a
Treasure Hunt won by the Cobra Patrol, Pancake Flipping Contest won by Mike Scholl and this years
Miss Troop108 was Dave Conrad.
Troop Advancement Report
- 6 Board of Reviews were held in the
past year. 83 Merit Badges passed.
Todd Mayer, Jeff Ashman, Herb "Happy" Carter, Terry Feather, Ed George
Class: Jeff Schwab, Travis Gery,
Dan Myra, Todd Mayer, Steve Oberholtzer ,
Class: Dale Smith, Darrell
Guldin, Kyle Magenbuch, Ronald Malasky, Jim Ash, Jim Burkhart, Ray Carr
Dave Riffert, Jim Burhart, Ronald Malasky, Mike Scholl
- Also Evan
Slotter and Dave Mauer were awarded the Pro Deo et Patria Church Award.
Troop Camping Statistics
- 11 scouts and 1 Leader were on all
- Top campers for the year were Karl Winsch
45 nights, Darryl Johnson and Mark Kern 35 nights, Stefan Hofke 34
- 34 Scouts and Leaders had 20 or more
nights of camping
Streaks – Top Twenty
Brian Slotter 84
T. J. Bieler…66
EXPLORER POST 2108 REPORT
- For the year 1978 we started out with 15
active Explorers and 3 active Advisors. The Post attended many events in
1978, starting with a camping trip to the Scout Cabin in January for
- In February, we took part in a District
event, the Winter Carnival and attended the Valley Forge encampment.
- In April, we helped the American Red
Cross by being victims for a First Aid Meet, held at Ursinus College
which is located in Collegeville, Pa.
- We had three (3) events, in May. First
the Post went on a hike to the Pinnacle of Hawk Mountain. This was
followed by our “Super-Activity”, a rubber raft trip down the Lehigh
river; 22 people from the Post attended. We then provided First-Aid
services for the Continental District Camporee at Manatawny Park.
- In July, we had a tour of Mack Truck
plant located in Macungie, Pa.
- In August, we went with the Troop to
Cooperstown, New York on the annual Father and Son trip.
- In October,
we went to the Scout cabin for a weekend.
- For the year 1978, this brings the total
nights camping to eighteen (18). Next year, (1979), we have another raft
trip planned and many other events.
Simmons, Explorer Post Advisor.
- 1979 From the Troop
the Troops 55th year of Scouting, has been another good year for
the Troop. All the boys and leaders who participated in the campouts
and events had a good time.
Troop committee would like to thank the Scoutmaster and his assistants
for their time and for a job well done.
average attendance at our Troop committee meetings in 1979 was 15 men.
I would like to invite the fathers of our newer Scouts to attend some
of our meetings, to help us make the Troops Scouting program even
men of the Troop and post committee would like to extend their
appreciation to all supporters of Troop108 and Post 2108. Without
their help we would not be able to give the boys a good program. I
would personally like to Thank the Leaders,
and the men of the committee for their time and effort throughout the
By: Troop and Post Committee Chairman, Fred Hofke
- 1979 Camping &
26-28: The first camping trip of the year saw the Troop going to
Camp Delmont for the annual Klondike Derby.
Scouts and 5 Leaders camped in tents next to mostly ice covered
23 - 25: 30 Scouts and 6 Leaders camped at the Scout cabin. 25
Scouts and 5 Leaders made the trip to Valley Forge for the Annual
Pilgrimage. The program featured a look at life in Revolutionary
War days. Troop
108 Band once again participated in the program.
23 - 25: 30 Scouts and 5 Leaders camped at the Scout cabin, due
to rain the hiking of the Philadelphia Bi-Centennial Trail was
washed out. Fred Hofke and 7 Scouts did make the hike in a steady
27 - 29: Annual Pre-Camporee -36 Scouts and 8 Leaders
participated in tent camping on the Scout cabin grounds. This is
usually the best attended event of the year with the exception of
summer camp. This year Red HilI Troop 170, Souderton Troop 401,
and Lansdale Troop 148 joined 108 for the weekend activities.
The Cobra Patrol. with Ron Malasky as Patrol Leader was the winner
of the weekend competition.
18 - 20: The Annual District Camporee was held "Drunten Im
Tall' at New Goshenhoppen Park. Troop 108 acted as hosts for this
year's event with Paul Carter serving as Campmaster. 30 Scouts and
8 Leaders attended. The
and spirit of all of the Scouts who attended did not seem to be
dampened by the almost continuous rain. Ten field type events
brought out the best in patrol competition. The Cobra Patrol under
Patrol Leader Ron Malasky placed 3rd in the events. The Apache
patrol earned a participation ribbon, while the Cobra and Hawk
Patrols earned standard award ribbons. This weekend was also the
end of the Inter-Patrol Contest. The competition which
began in September was won by the Cobra Patrol.
29 to Aug. 5: Summer Camp, at last!
Once again on the Mason.-Dixon Line at Camp Horseshoe
with 34 Scouts and 8 Leaders in attendance. Events this year
included “Herman the Flea”, the $1.98 Beauty Contest, Boom
Town Carnival, and of course polar Bear Swim. The Troop finished
second overall in the Paul Bunyan Field Day, which included a
big win in the Tug-of-War. Christian O 'Neil was Rookie of
the Year and Jim Burkhart received the Silver Buckle
Award. Dave Mauer, Jim Burkhart and Terry Mayer were
tapped out for Order of the Arrow. Ron Malasky, Todd Mayer,
Jeff Ashman, T J. Bieler, Steve Oberholtzer, Happy Carter
and Jim Burkhart' spent an extra week at camp as guests of Red
Hill Troop, Karl Winsch also spent the extra week at camp
working on staff.
17-19: The 21st Annual Father and Son Trip took us to Brookville Scout Reservation at Barnegat, N. J. 24 Scouts, 27
adults and 2 non-scouts were in attendance. In spite of
unusually cool weather most of the group
a dip in the ocean. The annual father-son soccer game ended in a
night camping awards went to Evan Slotter and Dave Mauer while
Eric Slotter' received the 150 nights award. Karl Winsch was
recognized for his 20th Father and Son trip.
7 - 9: Camp Rockwood and the beginning of another Inter-Patrol
Contest. Due to a decline
in the number of Scouts the Flying Eagle Patrol was disbanded.
32 Scouts and 11 adults took part in a weekend of fun and
13-14: 29 Scouts and 7 Leaders attended a
one night trip to the Scout cabin. Saturday was devoted to
demonstrations, and training. Everyone hiked from the Scout Hall
to the Scout cabin on Saturday morning and back again on Sunday.
3 - 4: The annual Halloween Party -34 Scouts and 3 Leaders
took part in the activities.
23 - 25: The District Fall Camporee was held at Daniel Boone
Homestead. 30 Scouts and 3 Leaders attended. There was a10 mile
hike which included a scavenger hunt and a clean-up of the roads
26-30: 32 Scouts and 3 Leaders were on hand for the annual
Christmas campout at the Scout cabin. The
treasure hunt was won by the Cobra Patro1. The pancake flipping
contest was won by Ray Carr and Jeff "Ground Hog"
Marks was crowned Miss 108.
Activities: Jim Burkhart and Travis Gery spent a week at Resica
Falls in June for a training session.
Winsch and Mike Hofke attended the Area 5-A Order of the Arrow
conclave June 8-10.
Mauer, Jim Burknart and Terry Mayer took their Order of the
Arrow ordeal at Camp Delmont Sept. 14-16, while Paul Carter
attained Brotherhood. Also
in attendance were Maurice Fitzgerald and Karl Winsch.
Scouts and 2 Leaders attended all Troop camping activities. Top
campers for the year were Karl Winsch 50 nights, Jim Burkhart 45
nights, and 5 Scouts had 36 nights. 31 Scouts and Leaders had 20
or more nights of camping.
- 1979 Advancement Report
- During the year there were
10 board of reviews held to review boys advancing to the rank of
Star, Life and Eagle.
- The advancements £or the
Jeff Marks, David "Moon Dog" Dietrich, Steve Johnson, Franny Wood, Mark
Benner & Matt Carr.
- Second Class:
Jeff Ashman, David Kuhn, Happy Carter, Ed George & David
- First Class:
Jeff Ashman, Todd Mayer & Ed George.
Stephan Hofke, Travis Gery, and T.J. Bieler & Ray Carr.
Jim Burkhart, Stephan Hofke & Ronald Malasky.
David Mauer, Evan Slotter & Mark Kern.
- Eagle Bronze Palm:
- This is the first palm
awarded in three years.
A palm is awarded to an Eagle Scout having earned an additional 5
- A total of 138 merit badges
were earned this year compared to 83 last years. This is the most
merit badge’s since 1975.
- Jim Burkhart led the boys
with 14, which was the most in one year since Darryl Johnson had 14
in 1973. T. J. Bieler had 11 this year.
- Again our boys have moved
along the many Scouting
trails leading to advancement and a fuller life as a Boy
- Keep up the good work.
- On behalf of the boys and
myself a Thank You to these men who assisted me in holding boards of
review this year. Richard Conrad, Michael Hofke, Ronald Marks &
By: Richard Guldin, Board of Review Chairman
- Camping Streaks -
T. J. Beiler.......……102
Karl Winsch........ …..90
- 10. Jim
- 11. Terry
- Troop 200 Club
1. Rick Moll............
2. Darryl Johnson......….239
2. David Mack........…..
4. Karl Winsch.........…..232
5. David Mauer.....……222
6. Evan Slotter..........….211
7. Jeff' Sel1....................208
8. Jim Kuhn...............…205
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