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Monthly program themes

Camping 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.


Themes for the 2014 -2015 Scout year are:


September: Sports
October: First Aid
November: Cultures
December: Cooking
January: Klondike Derby Preparation
February: Wilderness Survival
March: Camping
April: Hodgepodge
May:  Troop Elections/Hobbies
June: Team Building


Camping 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 skiing, backpacking, canoeing, bicycling, and trips to Washington, D.C., Boston, the Jersey shore, the Delaware River Gap, the Palisades and the New York City Historical Trail.


Each December, the troop also has a service project day. Recent projects have focused on helping residents at the Jersey Shore rebuild after Hurricane Sandy.


For most camping trips, meals, transportation and tenting equipment are planned and provided for by patrols, under the leadership of the Patrol Leaders. Cost of food and supplies or equipment, such as propane fuel, is shared by the patrol members participating on the trip. Patrol leaders will rely on parents of 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 2014 – 2015, 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

  • Wilderness Survival Camping Trip

  • Northern NJ, Annual Troop Cooking Contest

  • Annual SKI TRIP, CT

  • Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail

  • West Point, NY Camping

  • Dorney Park Camping


In addition, Troop 5 will spend two weeks at Massawepie Scout Camp, Tupper Lake, NY in August, 2015






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 2 through Saturday August 15, 2015

WHERE:  Camp Pioneer, 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 documents for parents and scouts - click to view & download:

Payment Schedule and Signup

Summer Camp Payment Schedule

Merit Badge Signup

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

Getting Ready for Camp

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

High Adventure and Special Camping Events


Every three to five years Troop 5 plans a special weeklong trip during the school year, generally during the South Orange-Maplewood schools' spring vacation week. In 2013, Troop 5 traveled to the U.S. Virgin Islands with 41 Scouts and 14 adult leaders. The troop will return to St. John in the spring of 2016.


Additional Activities and Events


BACK TO SCOUTING NIGHT – An evening in September, usually replacing a Troop meeting, 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 potluck 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.