Category: Community

Sep 24 2013

Bryan F. White – You Will Be Missed

There are no words to adequately convey the depth of sadness and shock felt by those of us who knew Bryan. He was a remarkable young man, and it was an honor to know him. His energy and smile were infectious and it was a joy to work alongside him in Hawk Mountain Council. He …

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Feb 10 2013

Fundraising and Scouting

Below is letter that I sent home to the parents of our Troop and Pack regarding fundraising and its importance to the Scouts. I thought the points in the letter might be helpful to other Scouters. I hope this is true. Dear Scouts and Parents: We will be having two fundraisers this winter. The first …

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Jan 18 2013

2012 Relay for Life Pottstown Time Lapse

Each year in June, Boy Scout Troop 529 in Gibraltar, PA volunteers at the Pottstown Relay for Life. Last year we setup some USB webcams, a Linux box, wrote some Python code, took a lot of pictures and produced the following time lapse video of the event.

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Aug 15 2012

You Know You Are A Pennsylvanian

Talking Pennsylvanian (This is for all you non-Pennsylvanians, so you can understand us better.) Remember: Once a Pennsylvanian, ALWAYS a Pennsylvanian! About Pennsylvanians: You’ve never referred to Philadelphia as anything but “Philly” and New Jersey has always been “Jersey”. You refer to Pennsylvania as “PA” (pronounced Pee-ay). How many other states do that? “You guys” …

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Nov 26 2010

Relay For Life

I have been participating and involved with the Relay for Life for the past two years. Please click the image below or use this link to help me raise funds for this great cause. Thanks in advance for your support of this great cause.

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Nov 11 2010

"Scouting for Food" Food Drive

On Saturday, November 13 for the 24th consecutive year, the Hawk Mountain Council of the Boy Scouts of America will be collecting non-perishable food donations from homes across our area on Saturday, November 13. If you received a plastic bag with the Scouting for Food information printed last week, that means Scouts in your neighborhood …

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Nov 08 2010

Leave No Trace – Trainer

This past weekend I completed a 16-hour course to become a certified Trainer by the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics headquartered in Boulder, CO.  It was a fantastic course that enhanced my understanding of the seven principals of Leave No Trace, and providing a wealth of knowledge to enable me to educate others …

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