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Monthly program themes

Campings and Outings

Summer Camp

High Adventure and Special Camping Events

Back to Scouting Night

Troop 5 Holiday Dinner

Annual Pot Luck Dinner and Awards Presentation

Eagle Court of Honor

Monthly program themes


With monthly program themes, Troop 5 centers its meetings and events around well-planned activities that Scouts find challenging and exciting. At its annual program planning meeting, the TLC reviews the program themes for the coming year and plans activities accordingly.


Upcoming themes for the 2009  2010 Scout year are:

  • September -- Photography
  • October -- Camping/Hiking
  • November -- Wilderness Survival
  • December -- First Aid
  • January -- Pioneering
  • February -- Scouting History
  • March -- Theatre Arts
  • April -- Personal Fitness
  • May -- Troop Elections  

Campings and Outings


Troop 5’s outdoor program includes a camping trip or outing for every month of the school year.  Trips in recent years have included ski trips, backpacking, canoe trips, bicycle trips, a four-day trip to Washington, D.C., a long weekend campout in Boston, Battleship Cove in Fall River, Massachusetts, the Jersey shore in September, the New York City Historical Trail. 


For most camping trips meals, transportation and tenting equipment is planned and provided for on a patrol basis, under the leadership of your son’s Patrol Leader.  Cost of food and supplies or equipment, such as propane fuel, is shared by the patrol members participating on the trip.  Your son’s patrol leader will rely on parents of his patrol members to provide transportation to and from camping trips.  .


Most weekend camping trips are for two nights, departing Friday evening and returning midday Sunday. 


In 2009 – 2010 Troop 5 will have at least 9 weekend campouts, including trips to: 



  • Pine Barrens area of NJ with a day on the beach at Long Beach Island

  • Patriot's Path Centennial Jamboree

  • Wilderness Survival Camping Trip

  • Northern NJ, annual troop COOKING CONTEST

  • Annual SKI TRIP, CT

  • Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail

  • Gettysburg, PA Camping

  • Westpoint, NY Camping

  • Dorney Park Camping


PLUS Troop 5 plans 2 major trips this year:



  • 10-days camping trip, BSA National Jamboree, Ft AP Hill, Virginia (Jul/Aug ’10)

  •  2 weeks at Massawepie Scout Camp, Tupper lake, NY (Aug ‘10)








Summer Camp 



 Summer camp is probably the most important and valuable experience of the entire Scouting year – for advancement, for leadership, for personal growth and most of all, for FUN!

WHEN:           Sunday August 1 through Saturday August 14, 2010

WHERE:  Camp Pioneer

            a part of Massawepie Scout Camps

            in the northwestern Adirondacks,

            about 10 miles west of Tupper Lake, NY

Click Here for Camp Massawepie

Below are links to summer camp 2010 documents for parents and scouts - click to view & download:

Payment Schedule and Signup

Summer Camp Payment Schedule 2010

Merit Badge Signup

Merit Badge Schedule at Massawepie 2010
Massawepie Merit Badge Sign Up
Massawepie Merit Badge Prerequisites 2010

Getting Ready for Camp

BSA local supply stores 2010
T5 Insignia Order form 2010
T5 Summer camp packing list 2010
T5 Summer Camp Policies 2010
Trail Blazers at Massawepie 2010

High Adventure and Special Camping Events


Every four to five years Troop 5 plans a special week-long trip to be held during the school year, generally during the winter vacation week. In 2009 Troop 5 traveled to the Virgin Islands with 30 Scouts and 10 adult leaders.


Additional Activities and Events


BACK TO SCOUTING NIGHT – an evening in September, usually replacing a Troop meeting night, when parents and Scouts learn about the upcoming Scouting year and Scouts are recognized for their achievements over the summer.


TROOP 5 HOLIDAY DINNER  -  an evening in December when all families join together for a pot luck dinner.


ANNUAL POT LUCK DINNER AND AWARDS PRESENTATION – a dinner for all Scouts and families in June. Scouts are recognized for their advancement, new youth leaders are installed, and the Annual Troop 5 awards are presented to Scouts for excellence during the past year.


EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR  -  Troop 5 is very fortunate to have many boys achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.   A very special ceremony, called a Court of Honor, is held, usually once a year if there are boys who have earned the Eagle rank.