Cooking Up History, and a ‘Mystery’ at Camp Munsee

By C. Ferrell

Troop 5 made the trip to Camp Munsee for our annual Troop 5 Cooking Competition Jan. 21.

Before the competition the Scouts were playing basketball and football, as well as some card games.

As it neared time for the competition, we were all called into the dining room and told there was “a murder!”

The patrols worked to piece together information and find out who the “murderer*” was.

(*Due to legal requirements and due process, I am not at liberty to identify the suspected “murderer.”)

After the mystery was sorted out, the patrols began preparing their food or the competition.

The themes ranged from ‘Different Pizzas’ to ‘Squid Games.’

In the end, the Cobra patrol won with their meal, which included ‘pizza bagels,’ two pizzas (dino nuggets + fries, and plain), a ‘fruit and cookie pizza,’ and a ‘monkey bread pizza,’ which consisted of Pillsbury Biscuits, sauce, and cheese.

With the cooking competition finished, we played a game of ‘Commandos’ and assorted card games.

At around 10:30, we went to bed with full stomachs.

Battling the Cold at Battleship Cove

By E. Farrell

ON BOARD THE USS MASSACHUSETTS, Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean–(Nov. 20)–

It was a brisk cold night.

We had just arrived at the battleship.

We arrived late. We pulled into the parking lot and as soon as we opened the door, a cold gust of wind blew into the car.

We exited the car walking down the dock to the battleship. It was pitch black at night, but you could still make out the giant waves and the water crashing down.

We opened the steel hatch concealing the interior.

We went down a few flights of stairs, which were cramped and barren. We came up on our berths where our whole Troop was staying, and it was very spacious but dark. Soon after we had stowed our gear we explored the ship.

There were many cool things, especially at night, and the darkness added a mystique which made the boat even more fun to explore.

We were walking along the deck of the boat, when we stumbled upon a strange door in the floor. We opened it and found a passageway leading toward the old mess that served soldiers in the war.

We strolled around in that room, finding many cool exhibits and ultimately learning more about the battleship.

We decided after that to look at the top deck.

It was very cold. I almost got frostbite despite wearing gloves.

Philmont 2022

Scenes from High Adventure trip to Philmont Scout Ranch, 2022

‘One of the Most Magical Places in the World’

By T.O. Brien

Philmont Scout Ranch, in Cimarron, New Mexico, is one of the most magical places in the world. Its lofty mountains and babbling brooks have captured the hearts of many Scouts since its opening in 1938.

In July 2022, I was one of the lucky few Scouts who visited Philmont from Troop 5, as part of the crew 709-R-02. Over the 12-day trek, we hiked over 60 miles, and went as high as 10,000 feet above sea level, experiencing one of the most amazing locations on Earth.

Our trip started in Denver, Colo., where we were picked up from the airport by Blue Sky Adventures, a company focused on enhancing high adventure trips for scouts. During our two-day time with BSA (an acronym that is no coincidence), we stayed at the Great Wolf Lodge in Colorado Springs, enjoying such amenities as a full in-hotel water park, several small storefronts, and the last real bed we’d sleep in for two full weeks.

It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be

During our stay, we went to several local Colorado attractions, including the Garden of the Gods, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and whitewater rafting at Echo Canyon. The fun and games were about to end, however, because at dawn on July 9, it was time to board the bus to Philmont Scout Ranch.

Once we arrived at Philmont, it was time to get all the supplies we would need for our trek: tents, food, and our route. The tents were simple two-person tents with only the absolute essentials – a tent body, poles, and a rain fly. Food was usually dehydrated and strictly non-perishable – we’d be carrying it for five days before restocking.

With everything we would need, it was time to set out.

Our trek began with a bus ride out into the backcountry for some quick training before we started the hike. Philmont Scout Rangers taught us everything we’d need to know before they left us on our own on the third day.

The first hike was probably the hardest – steep uphill, midday sun, and New Jersey-induced naïveté. After that, things got easier, and by the time our Rangers set back off to base camp, we all felt a little more confident.

From there, time passed quickly, with such amazing opportunities as the Tooth of Time, campfire performances at Urraca and Beaubien, and black powder rifles and tomahawk throwing.

(I’ve also been asked by our troop historian, Tucker Spence, to mention the missed opportunity of goat naps, a luxury we were unfortunately unable to indulge in for fear of getting to the next camp too late). By the time we got back to base camp on July 20, we were all ready to go home.

Words truly cannot describe the beauty Philmont Scout Ranch has to offer. It truly embodies the best of the American landscape. It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and the sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be. It’s a place where you can let your mind wander, taking in the sights and sounds, where you can let yourself forget about what was, what is, and what will be

Philmont has provided people with some of the greatest experiences of their lives, and it will continue doing so for many more years to come.


Scout Master ‘Roger’ Retires

An interview with Roger Brauchli, former Troop 5 Scout Master

By K.G. Bohlman, Troop 5 Historian

Roger Brauchli became Troop 5’s Scout Master in September 1969.

He officially stepped down Jan. 1, 2022.

Roger Brauchli became a Boy Scout in 1960.

He wanted to join because his friends wanted to join. 

He also wanted to go camping and he had a lot of encouragement from his parents.

He earned the rank of Eagle Scout at age 16.

He became Troop 5’s Scout Master because he was asked by the people in the committee and he said “why not?”

He wanted to make a big impact on the Troop. 

Roger Brauchli’s favorite part of being Troop 5’s Scout Master since 1969 has been meeting new people.

He has liked guiding scouts and making long lasting friends.

He continued as Scout Master as long as he did because of how much fun he had, and he wanted to continue making a big impact.

His favorite ‘High Adventure’ trip was either St. John, the U.S. Virgin Islands trip (he went eight times) or Philmont Scout Ranch (he went two times).

He liked the Long Beach Island trip, the cooking competition, the canoe trips and the bike hike.

In his more than 51 years as Troop 5 Scout Master, Roger Brauchli, known to all his Scouts as, simply, “Roger,” has made a huge impact on Troop 5.