Welcome to Oldwick Troop 199

BSA Troop 199 meets Mondays (7:30 pm to 9:00 pm) at the Christian Education Building (CEB) of our sponsor, the Zion Lutheran Church, 18 Miller Lane in Oldwick, New Jersey. On some occasions, we schedule our meetings at Fairmount North Park (north of the 512/517 intersection, behind the cemetery and sport fields).

We schedule our Troop meetings in conjunction with the calendar used by Old Turnpike School in Tewksbury. When a school holiday falls on a Monday, we do not have a Troop meeting on that day. Troop meetings will still be held on planned school half-days. In the event of an emergency early dismissal or school cancellation for inclement weather, the Troop meeting is canceled.
We have an active Troop and we enjoy campouts, hikes, high adventure challenges, summer camp, service projects, and many other fun outings.

If you have any questions about our troop, please contact our Scoutmaster.

If you need help with our website, please contact our Webmaster.

Come join us at our next Troop Meeting!

Pottersville Antique Show is HERE! THANKS to all volunteers for supporting our Troop and PFC!

Posted by webmastermn on Jul 29 2016 - 12:41pm

Please find the SHIFT SCHEDULE attached (below) so that you can double check and make sure for what time(s) you have signed-up (or check the website).

Scouts: Please wear class B, bring sun screen and water, rain gear (just in case)

Adult leadership: Please read attached INSTRUCTIONS (below) for your orientation. Special instructions - if any - will be passed on to you from previous shift.

Thanks for your participation!

The Economys

For safety and two-deep leadership:

- We need 4 adults per shift.

- We need 4 - 6 scouts per shift.

 Day 2:

Shift 2 (Here)

Day 3:

Shift 1 (Here), Shift 2 (Here), Shift 3 (Here)

Upcoming Service Opportunities

Posted by webmastermn on Jul 27 2016 - 10:58pm

Hello Troop,

Hope everyone is having a great summer so far! We have lots of great service opportunities in the next few months! INCLUDING Pottersville Antique Show!

1. August 6th, rain date August 7th, is the PCNJ (Printmaking Center of New Jersey) Art Carnival. Please remember that this is an art carnival, so there are no games or rides that we would be running - but getting messy with art is just as fun. If we could have about 5 people to sign up (here) to help sell hot dogs and raffle tickets, that would be great! See the press release at the end of this email, and register on the site. And if you can't volunteer - coming out to support this non-profit organization is just as generous as donating your time! (Reach out to Meghan Anderson if you like to purchase 50/50 tickets! $5/ticket or 5 for $20 gbamas@yahoo.com)

2. August 27th is a Movie in the Park at Christie Hoffman. We need volunteers to help sell popcorn, water, etc. More details to come but expect to arrive at 6pm. Please sign up by clicking here.

3. Sunday, September 18th, 2:00 - 5:00, is an Open House at the Hill and Dale Preserve, where we made trails in the spring. We need scouts to help set up and direct parking. The event begins at 2:00, expecting to arrive an hour early for set up. More information to come, but see the details below. Please sign up by clicking here.

Open Tent Celebration of the Hill and Dale Preserve
62 Hill and Dale Rd, Lebanon
Event Runs 2:00 - 5:00
Music, Hikes, Food and More

In addition, about a week to two before the event, we will help to clear out some of the trails of any overgrowth since the spring. Will confirm date later in the summer.

4. September 24th, rain date 25th, is the Harvest Festival. Mark your calendars . More information is to come.

Friends of Scouting (FOS)

Posted by webmastermn on Jun 26 2016 - 8:17am

Dear Troop 199,

At this past Court of Honor(COH) we had our annual FOS presentation.

Each family in attendance was given a FOS pledge packet for donation submission.

If you were not at the COH or did not get a packet that night please let me know and

I can forward one to you(rjfernicola24@gmail.com- Please do not copy all in your response).

Three key points:

1) If the Troop hits it's annual goal, we as a Troop get discounts at the Council Scout shop.

2) Donations helps funded the support we get from Council( see information below)

3) Your company may have Employee Matching programs


Importance of FOS: (From Bryan on Scouting)

First, the basics: Friends of Scouting is your council’s annual giving campaign. In most councils, Friends of Scouting (or FOS) represents the council’s largest source of income.

The natural next question is: Why should I give money to my local council? Many councils answer this with what’s called “The Iceberg Analogy.”

The Iceberg Analogy

The thinking here is that Scouts and volunteers see only 20 percent of what councils provide to members. There’s a whole lot more beneath the surface.

I know this well. When I first became a Boy Scout, I had no idea that there were council professionals working behind the scenes to make the Scouting magic happen. I just assumed those silver-looped Scouters were other volunteers.

As I’ve met many of these wonderful professionals, I’ve grown to understand their role. They support you, the volunteer, so you have more time to enjoy the life-changing fun of Scouting.


What do councils provide? In other words: What’s beneath the surface?

  • Volunteer and staff training
  • Insurance coverage to protect volunteers, chartered organizations, staff members and properties
  • Support staff for registration, publications and other program support
  • Camp promotion for Cub Scout day camps, Boy Scout summer camps, high-adventure bases and more
  • Camp rangers to keep the council camps up-to-date and ready for Scouts and families
  • Camp equipment, like tents, cooking equipment, camp vehicles, building repairs, canoes, equipment replacement and repair, and general upkeep of council camps
  • Recognitions for leaders who complete training, volunteer for special projects and help in many Scouting roles
  • Professional staff to work with volunteers to organize new units, manage fundraising programs, conduct training, assist membership recruitment, provide counsel and direct support for district, camps and programs
  • Administrative needs, including postage, computers and links to the National BSA computer system, copy machines, folding machines and a printing shop
  • Service centers to provide additional support to volunteers
  • Audio-visual supplies used in training, at camps and in volunteer meetings
  • Postage to mail materials to leaders, parents and youth members
  • A council website to keep you informed
  • Reference publications and resources, including program planning kits and to camping cookbooks
  • Camp scholarships, uniforms and registration fees for disadvantaged young people

As you can see, there’s more happening at your council than the average volunteer sees. And it can’t happen without the support of volunteers like you.

Employee match programs

Some companies, possibly including the one for which you work, will match their employees’ charitable contributions. Be sure to see whether your workplace has such a program. If so, you’ll double your impact.

Get your picture in NJ.com

Posted by webmastermn on Jun 16 2016 - 3:31pm

Get Your Picture in NJ.com!

Do you want to see yourself in the local newspapers? Help keep Troop 199 in the news by submitting pictures and stories from troop outings, events, service projects, etc. The scout or adult in charge of any newsworthy event should write a brief summary of the highlights (who, what, when, where, why) and include a photo. Photos must be high resolution .jpg files. Close up shots work best in print. Links to recent examples from NJ.com are on the Troop homepage. Email the summary and photo to Laura Bartels at lbartels@ipsmailbox.com.

Let's keep the community informed of Troop 199's many adventures, achievements and our service to the community.

Troop 199 in the News!

Posted by webmastermn on May 7 2016 - 10:55pm

Our recent Eagle Court of Honor (April 23) covered in NJ.com Click here for article.

Click here to read about Troop 199 scouts helping with a very worthy cause (Feed My Starving Children).

Click here to find the nj.com article, "30K In Food Donations by NJ Scouts" (Food Day-2/20/16) with Troop 199/Pack 199 members listed and in pictures #14-19 (of 41)

Thanks again to the Andersons for coordinating for the Troop this very worthwhile endeavor!


Posted by webmastermn on Mar 5 2016 - 11:55am

Dear Troop 199,

Please see the attached note from Doug Walker - Food Drive Coordinator & Council Activities Committee, Washington Crossing Council.

The Troop would like to thank Thomas and Liam Anderson - who were the Scouts in Charge, Meghan Anderson- Adult in Charge and all the other
scouts and adults who participated in the very important Community Service event. Well Done. YIS Troop 199

HAD Scouters,

I have the actuals and estimates in from all of the food pantries and units. We collected over 30,000 pounds of non-perishables on Saturday and got it all to 10 different food pantries on the same day. Units also donated over $670.00 in cash donations from customers.

30,000 POUNDS OF NON-PERISHABLES!!! – You all did an awesome job!!!

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