Upcoming Cemetery Tour

On October 14th and October 15th (this weekend), the boy scouts will be helping put out luminaries (bags with candles in them) along the paths for a cemetery tour. We’d like as many scouts that can to go there over the weekend to help out. The East Brunswick Museum will be hosting the event, and Mrs. Waite will be there.

If you are going to show up to help, try to be there at about 5:00 PM to help with the setup.

Dr. Ken the Chiropractor Visits Troop 223

On September 19th, Dr. Ken Freedman visited us to give us a speech about backpack safety, including the proper weight of the backpack, the size backpack that should be worn, and the correct way to wear it so we all don’t get hurt. Everybody enjoyed it so much we all stopped talking! It was a fun meeting. The picture is the troop giving Dr. Ken a troop certificate. Thank you Dr. Ken for keeping us all stay safe when we are using our backpacks.

Youth Protection Training

This is a small tutorial on how to compete the BSA Youth Protection Training. It is an online course that takes about 30 minutes to complete, a bit longer if you have to make an account. All troop leaders and any adult who will accompany the scouts on any scouting event must complete this. This is not intended for scouts, only adults. You can click on any of the pictures in this post to see the full size versions.

First open a browser and go to my.scouting.org (click here) where you will see the login screen. Either sign in or create an account.

Once you have logged on you will see a big red link to the YPT course on the right at the top of the side bar.

Clicking on that will bring you to the training part of your dashboard where the link to the course is. Click on the words ‘Take Course’ towards the right to start. If you have already competed the training in the past then you’ll see the words ‘Retake Course’ like in the screenshot below.

This is what the start of the course looks like. You will need to watch some videos and answer questions correctly to complete the training.

Once completed you will have to print out your certification. There are wallet size certifications and you should cut them out and keep one in your wallet since that is what you will need to show to prove that you took the course. This is how I did it.

Go back to your Dashboard / Training screen and click on the blue icon on the far right of the YPT Status bar.

You will probably see only one course so click on the arrow thing in the little pop-up box.

This brings up your completion certificate. You will want to both save the file and print it out.

If you have any questions or comments you can either leave them here or contact me by email

Mr. Dacey

August PLC Meeting

We will be having a PLC meeting at Hoffman’s house Herbert Drive on Saturday, August 12th at 10:30.
Who should attend?
Any scout who wants to help set direction for the year is welcome.  However, the following individuals are key:
  • Senior Patrol
  • Troop Quartermaster
  • Troop Scribe/Webmaster
  • Patrol Leaders.  If a Patrol Leader is not able to attend, please see if your Assistant Patrol Leader is available or anyone else from the patrol.
What do I need to bring?
  • A pencil and paper.
  • A calendar with any dates you need to remember.
  • Input from your patrol.
  • Ideas.  Take a look at this site for suggestions on something new.
  • A camp chair
  • Upcoming Events

December 2016 Court of Honor

In case you missed it the troop’s December 2016 Court of Honor was held last night. Many scouts earned advancements and merit badges which are at the bottom of the post, even Mr. Hoffman got an award. Anyhoo, here are a few pictures.

Building a giant crossbow has it’s rewards

Mr. Hoffman receiving the Monmouth County’s Outstanding Leadership Award. Way to go Mr. Hoffman!

Some Eagle scouts from days gone by were able to attend. Thanks guys!

And what picture post would be complete without one of the troop?

If you want a picture of your son receiving his rank I may have it courtesy of Mrs. Pullaro (our troop’s unofficial photographer because she has a really good camera).

Congratulations to all the scouts who earned a badge or a new rank!

Rank Advancements:

Scout Kyle S.
Tenderfoot Ian H., Jayden L., Amitav N., Lucas P., DJ P.
Second Class Greg B., Jayden L.
First Class Nathan D., Anthony D., Will P.
Star Joseph G.

Merit Badges:

Steven A. Electronics, Robotics
Kyle C. Family Life
Anthony D. Reptile & Amphibian Study, Sustainability, Swimming
Joseph G. Citizenship in the Community, Family Life, Cyber Chip
Luke G. Citizenship in the Community, Pets
Ryan H. American Heritage, Digital Technology, Personal Management, Traffic Safety
Jacob I. Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Family Life
Alexander P. Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Painting, Traffic Safety, Cyber Chip
William P. Family Life, Fingerprinting, Public Speaking
Lucas P. Archery, Citizenship in the World, Music
Nicholas R. Automotive Maintenance, Bird Study, Personal Fitness, Stamp Collecting
Tyler W. Environmental Science

Editing the Wiki just got a whole lot easier


We have just installed a new editor on the wiki so it doesn’t look like we’re back in 1992 anymore. Now you do NOT have to learn wiki markup code to make some nice looking pages. Just type/paste your words, highlight them and click on a button.  The recipe for Paper Bag Bacon and Eggs was just made with it.

If you have some powerful knowledge you want to share and want to become famous for it, start adding to our troop’s wiki. Besides you will be helping others and isn’t that the 3rd part of the Scout Law?

Click on the link below to get started!


East Brunswick Scouts Annual Food Drive 2016


From Mrs. Lovelace:

As you are aware, last November East Brunswick Boy Scout Troops, Crews and Cub Scout Packs held a food drive to benefit M.C.F.O.O.D.S., Middlesex County’s emergency food network (link). Our drive was very successful; collecting 4,800 pounds of food, $541 in cash and $110 in gift cards. Our drive helped MCFOODS provide adequate supply of nutritious foods and necessities to Middlesex County residents in need.
The benefits we provided to families in our area was priceless. As such, we are making the East Brunswick Scout food drive an annual event. The food drive this year is scheduled for November 5th and 6th. We’re asking scouts and families to come out again for this worthy event.

You can use the link below to sign-up.

Saturday, November 5, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•             Shop Rite of East Brunswick, 14-22 W Prospect St, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (map)
•             Acme Markets, 300 Ryders Lane, Milltown, NJ 08840 (map)

Sunday, November 6, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
•             Shop Rite of East Brunswick, 14-22 W Prospect St, East Brunswick, NJ 08816 (map)
•             Acme Markets, 300 Ryders Lane, Milltown, NJ 08840 (map)

BSA Medical Forms

First aid. Artificial breath. Isolated 3D image

As Mr. Hoffman said at last night’s meeting, if you didn’t get your medical forms, parts A & B, completed and filled out for summer camp then you will need to complete them soon. You can get the forms here or on our documents page.

Download the forms here

This is the email that Mr. Hoffman sent:

Hello Everyone,

As mentioned last night, if you did not attend summer camp, we need to get a medical form for participation in troop activities for the year.  You can get a current copy of the form here.  These forms are editable.  So, you can enter your information and then update any changes for the following year (at least until they change the form again).  This applies to any scouts or scouters who will be traveling with us.  If you have a saved copy from a previous summer camp, note we only need parts A and B filled out for trips up to 72 hours.  Part C (the doctor’s form) is only needed for trips >72 hours.


Steve H.