Congrats to the new Eagle Scouts

posted Sep 4, 2016, 4:34 PM by Bsa Troop3

Micheal Couch, Wes DeGiulio, and John Zemanek have achieved the highest scout rank of Eagle Scout. They received their badges and medals as well as other awards at a Court of Honor of August 27, 2016 at College Hill Presbyterian Church.

Philmont New Mexico

posted Mar 16, 2015, 12:06 PM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:17 PM ]

Philmont Scout Ranch provides an unforgettable adventure along its hundreds of miles of rugged, rocky trails. Program features combine the best of the Old West—horseback riding, burro packing, gold panning, chuckwagon dinners, and interpretive history—with exciting challenges for today—rock climbing, burro racing, mountain biking, and rifle shooting—in an unbeatable recipe for fast-moving outdoor fun.

More than 1 million Scouts, Venturers and leaders have experienced the adventure of Philmont Scout Ranch since the first camping season in 1939. Today, 23,000 participants attend Philmont Scout Ranch each summer. Philmont's individual programs welcome an even wider range of participants. Hundreds more Scouters attend Philmont's Autumn Adventure and Winter Adventure programs each year.

Crew Requirements - Many of Philmont's popular programs require that participants form a crew of seven to 12 people in order to attend. Crew-oriented programs include standard 10-day summer treks, Cavalcade treks, Autumn Adventure treks and Winter Adventure Treks.

Health/Medical Requirements - Each Philmont trek participant must not exceed the maximum acceptable limit in the weight-for-height chart.

Medical Conditions - Philmont Scout Ranch requires that this information be shared with the parent(s) or guardian(s) and examining physician of every participant.

Risks - Philmont Scout Ranch strives to minimize risks to participants and advisers by emphasizing proper safety precautions. Most Philmont program participants do not experience injuries because they are prepared.

Youth Adult Requirements - Two registered adult leaders or one registered leader and another adult or a parent of a participating Scout, one of whom must be 21 years of age or older, are required for all trips and outings.

Policies And Prohibitions - Philmont maintains strict policies on topics such as firearms, tobacco and alcohol.

A Word About Conduct - Each group should develop a procedure regarding unacceptable behavior and/or conduct.

Individual Programs - All of our individual programs allow Boy Scouts and Venturers ranging from 14 through 20 years of age to sign up individually without the need to form a crew.

Age and gender requirements are specific to each program so please refer to the individual program pages for specific information.

Health/Medical Requirements

Each participant in a backcountry Philmont trek must not exceed the maximum acceptable limit in the weight-for-height chart below. The right column shows the maximum acceptable weight for a person's height in order to participate in a Philmont trek. Those who fall within the limits are more likely to have an enjoyable trek and avoid incurring health risks. Every Philmont trek involves hiking with a 35 to 50-pound backpack at elevations of 6,500 to 12,500 feet. Philmont recommends that participants carry a pack weighing no more than 25% to 30% of their body weight.

Height (inches)Max. WeightHeight (inches)Max. Weight
6922079 and over295

This table is based on the revised Dietary Guidelines for Americans from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of Health and Human Services.

Participants 21 years and older who exceed the maximum acceptable weight limit for their height at the Philmont medical recheck will not be permitted to backpack or hike at Philmont. For example, a person 5' 10" cannot weigh more than 226.                            

Spelunking at Laurel Caverns

posted Mar 11, 2015, 10:05 AM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:19 PM ]

colorfulpassagesCaving is the more contemporary term for what is popularly called spelunking.  It refers to going into a cave completely in its natural state.  Due to its conservation mission, Laurel Caverns is the only developed cave in the world having its largest rooms and passages completely in their original state.  

Because the elevation difference from the upper passages of Laurel Caverns to its lower passages is about 45 stories (450 feet), two caving activities (i.e. spelunking) have been created.  For the most part, these two trips cover different parts of the cave, though both have in common the main passages of the traditional tour as well as the ballroom and the bat room.

Fun Facts!
Laurel Caverns is closed during bat hibernation season to protect the bats.  The bats depart around the middle of April. The cave temperature is 52 degrees.  

Be Prepared! 
  • two sources of light (flashlights that will last at least 2 hours
  • wear long pants
  • long-sleeved shirt
  • shoes with good tread and ankle support
  • Hard Hat (Laurel Caverns will supply free of charge!)
  • **Change of Clothes** Bring a change of clothing; this is a real caving trip and participants will get the wet sands of the cave on their clothing.

Map of the Caves! 

Scouting For Food 2014

posted Nov 18, 2014, 9:54 AM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:20 PM ]

Door Hanger Distribution -- November 1, 2014

Scouting for Food is the largest one-day food drive in the Boy Scouts of America. Started here in Minsi Trails Council in 1986, Scouting for Food has collected more than 3.25 million pounds of food for area food banks. Each year, our Scouts, leaders, and parents collect approximately 200,000 pounds of food.

The Scouting for Food effort is important since many area food banks are experiencing significant food shortages this year . Nearly 40 percent of food bank donations go to help feed hungry children, so the Scout food drive is in large part about kids feeding kids .  All local food donations stay in our local communities to help support area food pantries.

Summer Camp 2014

posted Oct 24, 2014, 10:33 AM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:21 PM ]

3 options:
1) Base camp at Camp Powhatan,
2) High Adventure at High Knoll, and 
3) High Adventure at Claytor Lake.

All Scout and Leaders attending need to have a physical and completed health form put a link to the BSA Medical Form 2012 (on our forms page)
  • Initial Deposit $100 Due Feb. 1, 
  • Second Deposit $100 Due Apr.1 - balance varies depending on camp attended
Scouts attending Base Camp should review and make selections of merit badges (need by May) - 
Form Base Camp CLG_2014 (Forms & Links and below)

Camp Powhatan guide - see page 9 for schedule for MB for the week to help plan your week - 
Powhatan CLG 2014 (Also Forms & Links and below) 

First Year Scout Program (all first year scouts must attend this camp) - 
Brownsea Island Program 

PA Bacon Fest 2014

posted Oct 20, 2014, 8:02 PM by Bsa Troop3

PA Bacon Fest is held in Centre Square at the Easton Farmers Market (Easton, PA). 
FREE Admission. Join us on November 8th and 9th, 2014!

Learn more on their website:    
or LIKE them on Facebook:

Please support us at the Troop 3 TENT. Scouts are selling waters and sodas at the event to help raise money for their upcoming events/trips...AND enjoy great food! 

Summit Bechtel Reserve

posted Sep 12, 2014, 6:28 AM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 4:26 PM ]

West Virginia High Adventure Trip

July 26, 2014 - August 2nd, 2014

The Summit Experience is open to registered Scouts and Venturers who are at least 13 years old by the September 1 of the year they attend and their registered leaders.

The minimum group size is seven with the majority being youth members. There is no maximum group size.

The Summit provides tents, cots and all program equipment for your unit. Breakfast and dinner will be served in the Summit dining hall. Shelf-stable lunches will be issued to accompany participants to their daily program venues.


This is a seven-day/six night program running Sunday to Saturday. It consists of half-day introductory level experiences at each of the nine Summit high adventure venues.

In addition, each group will perform a half-day service project and have the chance to ride The Big Zip – our 3⁄4 mile zip line.In addition, each night (Monday-Friday), we will open the Scott Summit Center for activities, fun and socializing. The Scout Summit Center incorporates small versions of our adventure sports venues.

Camp Out & Hiking the Appalachian Trail

posted Sep 11, 2014, 10:07 PM by Bsa Troop3

Pace Yourselves! Stay hydrated! Let's get conditioned!

Weekend of September 12, 2014 - September 14, 2014
Will meet at Old Laneco Plaza at 4:45 pm for 5:00 pm departure.

Check out website: 

Easton Garlic Fest 2014

posted Sep 11, 2014, 9:58 PM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Oct 24, 2014, 10:06 AM ]

Announcing Easton Garlic Fest 2014! 
Centre Square - Easton, PA
October 4th, 2014 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
October 5th, 2014 - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Troop 3 Scouts! Don't forget to volunteer on SIGN UP GENIUS! 

To learn more, please visit
Like on facebook:
Follow and Tweet: #eastongarlicfest #eatdrinkstink    

Summer Camp 2014

posted Mar 29, 2014, 1:21 PM by Bsa Troop3   [ updated Mar 29, 2014, 1:25 PM ]

3 options: 1) Base camp at Camp Powhatan, 2) High Adventure at High Knoll, and 3) High Adventure at Claytor Lake
  • Base Camp CLG_2014 - Scouts attending Base Camp should review and make selections of merit badges (need by May)
  • Powhatan CLG 2014 - Camp Powhatan guide - see page 9 for schedule for MB for the week to help plan your week
  • Brownsea Island Program - First Year Scout Program - all first year scouts must attend this camp
  • Initial Deposit $100 Due Feb. 1, Second Deposit $100 Due Apr.1 - balance varies depending on camp attended
  • All Scout and Leaders attending need to have a physical and completed health form put a link to the BSA Medical Form 2014 (on our forms page)
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