Last Weeks Meeting: Toy Drive!

Please see attachment with update from our Toys for Tots toy drive!

This week: Our Annual Holiday Party!

The uniform is Class B.

Each scout is to bring a wrapped present of nominal value ($5-$10) for distribution in our Silent Santa. Make sure gifts are appropriate but still have fun.

We will be having pizza and refreshments.

Mrs. Begley will coordinate desert/snacks/drinks so please email at <> to let the troop know what you will be bringing to the party.

Need a head count tomorrow to help us order the pizza so please let us know if you will be participating (send to the CC line and myself only).

A board of review is also being conducted, any scout who participates in a BOR must be in a full Class A (Several Eagle Candidates).

Remember that the holidays are a great time to relax and be with friends and family and pause from day to day activities.

Always remember the Scout Slogan, "Do a Good Turn Daily"!
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Sunset at Florida Sea Base - photo courtesy of Assistant Scoutmaster Robert Lopez.


Troop 75 / Philmont Scout Ranch

Troop 75 sent two crews to Philmont in Cimarron, NM, in the summer of 2017. Crew 7-14Q2 went on Trek 29, and Crew 7-14Q2 went on Trek 20. Both crews experienced many amazing sights at the ranch such as Baldy Mt. and the Tooth of Time. Philmont is a challenging but rewarding experience and is extremely fun.

You must be 14 or older to attend Philmont and scouts should be expected to be physically fit in order to carry heavy packs anywhere from 5-12 miles a day.


Troop 75 / Crew 75 BSA Florida and Bahamas Sea Base Excursions!

Troop 75 sent three crews to Sea Base in the summer of 2016.  The “Stormalong Crew” (led by Messrs. Lopez and Wright) and the “Barnyard Boyz” (led by Messrs. Luppino and Waldner) enjoyed back-to-back weeks in mid-July at Florida Sea Base on the “Storm Along", skippered by Captain Chris.  The “Bahamas Crew” (led by Messrs. Hanlon and Mahadeo) embarked on a week-long sailing adventure in mid-August at Bahamas Sea Base on the “Lazy Days”, a 51-foot sail boat skippered by Captain Michael Kitching.


The crews developed teamwork and camaraderie and enjoyed fantastic adventures that involved lots of snorkeling (of coral reefs and shipwrecks), fishing, swimming, sailing, island hopping, cooking (and eating) great local food. The boys earned the Sea Base 
Captain's Club and BSA Snorkeling crew awards, which required that they learn about all of the components of the vessel, assume all vessel responsibilities, learn and utilize proper sailing techniques and become proficient snorkelers while adhering to the Scout Oath and Law.

Scouts must be age 14 or older when they attend Sea Base, or age 13 and have completed the eighth grade.  Scouts and adults must be in good health and pass the BSA swim test.

For a copy of the 2017 Sea Base information brochure, CLICK HERE.


Sign Up for a Sea Base Adventure!

Participants must be 13 years old and graduated from the 8th grade OR 14 to participate in all Sea Base programs (age requirements are not negotiable).  Participants must also have the ability to swim 100 yards (official BSA swimmer test) and stay afloat for one minute.

If interested in attending Sea Base in the summer of 2018, Scouts and Adults must declare interest by December 30th, 2016, by making a $100 deposit per person (check written to Cranford Troop 75).

Registration slots will be prioritized based on the date deposits are received, so get your deposit in soon.  Please also note that two adults are required per crew.

Please see the Sea Base 2018 presentation from the December 8th 2016 troop meeting for more information and contact Joe Hanlon ( with questions.


Philmont expedition - "Is anybody NOT ready?!"

Scouts must be age 14 or complete the 8th grade by July, 2017 to attend Philmont.

2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree
July 18-28
Summit Bechtel Scout Reserve, West Virginia

Scouts will sign-up individually with the Council for this event using the link below.  The Council will send one provisional crew from central NJ.

This adventure is ideal for Scouts of all ages, but especially those not quite old enough for Philmont.

Open to Scouts age 12+ and First Class Rank (by July, 2017).  Patriot's Path Council will send at least one crew from our NJ area.

For more information and registration, click here