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Looking back on 2023, lets borrow some leadership terminology from the National Youth Leadership Training program (NYLT).
BE - KNOW - DO
Two of our Scouts took this course this year, both have served or are currently serving as our Senior Patrol Leader. The effectiveness of this outstanding training is evident throughout our entire Troop. 
BE has to do with internal character:
Be-lieve in yourself, your patrol, your Troop
Learn what a Leader must be
Be Trustworthy
Take responsibility for your actions
When you make a mistake, own it
Be Authentic 
Build others trust to be-lieve in you
KNOW has to do with competence & know-ledge:
Know, by asking questions 
Know, by analyzing others
Strive to be an expert
Know, by taking training & put it into action
DO is the fruit of BE & KNOW:
Leading by example
Leading change
Servant Leadership
Listening to others
Do-ing the right thing
Do your duty, even when you dont want to
Our Troop KNOWS how to DO all this through the skills taught & learned. They work individually, as a Patrol and together as a Troop to make Troop 1 the best it can BE!
As we reflect on what we have accomplished in 2023, we learned what we are capable of as Scouts, Patrols, and a Troop. We give thanks for what we have learned together throughout our journey. 
NYLT exemplifies our unit as we look forward to new adventures in Scouting as Troop 1 in 2024!
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Looking back on 2023, let's borrow some leadership terminology from the National Youth Leadership Training program (NYLT).

BE - KNOW - DO

Two of our Scouts took this course this year, both have served or are currently serving as our Senior Patrol Leader. The effectiveness of this outstanding training is evident throughout our entire Troop.

BE has to do with internal character:
Be-lieve in yourself, your patrol, your Troop
Learn what a Leader must be
Be Trustworthy
Take responsibility for your actions
When you make a mistake, own it
Be Authentic
Build others trust to be-lieve in you

KNOW has to do with competence & know-ledge:
Know, by asking questions
Know, by analyzing others
Strive to be an expert
Know, by taking training & put it into action

DO is the fruit of BE & KNOW:
Leading by example
Leading change
Servant Leadership
Listening to others
Do-ing the right thing
Do your duty, even when you don't want to

Our Troop KNOWS how to DO all this through the skills taught & learned. They work individually, as a Patrol and together as a Troop to make Troop 1 the best it can BE!

As we reflect on what we have accomplished in 2023, we learned what we are capable of as Scouts, Patrols, and a Troop. We give thanks for what we have learned together throughout our journey.

NYLT exemplifies our unit as we look forward to new adventures in Scouting as Troop 1 in 2024!

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7 months ago

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Tuck in those shirts Scout's

Hey, that guy behind the festive bowtie looks like the Troop 1 Scoutmaster/Chaplain. :D

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7 months ago

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You both look great. Where was this?

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7 months ago

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!

Happy Holidays to all of you 💕

Merry Christmas!!!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Chip and my fellow Scout Masters

Merry Christmas and Very Happy Holidays to all.

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Troop 1s last Parent/Committee meeting of the year.
Let us all share a sense of wonder of the lights of the season; the light of hope & peace for the future.
May these lights of the season lighten our hearts, and ignite a flame within us to Do Our Best to use this light to brighten the hearts of others.

Troop 1's last Parent/Committee meeting of the year.

Let us all share a sense of wonder of the lights of the season; the light of hope & peace for the future.
May these lights of the season lighten our hearts, and ignite a flame within us to "Do Our Best" to use this light to brighten the hearts of others.
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7 months ago

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Amen!

Hey, I know them. ;)

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7 months ago

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Well done!!

Great job!

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7 months ago

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Thankful it did not flood the cabin again!

I remember it flooded out many times in the past

Congratulations Cenzo, Tenderfoot Scout!

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7 months ago

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Congratulations Cenzo!

Congrats, Cenzo!!

Congratulations!!!!

That's awesome! Congratulations!

Way to go, Cenzo!

Congratulations Cenzo!

Congratulations!

Congratulations

How awesome that both dad and granddad participated in this rank advancement. :D

Congrats!

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Scoutmaster Minute, Winter/Holiday Court of Honor 12/18/2023
The Christmas Scout Story
In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed in a tragic accident. 
Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family. 
To Franks disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.
A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his good deed for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. Yes? the sad voice of the woman asked. May I come in? asked Frank. You are very welcome, she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.
Thats not why I am here, Frank replied. Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.
Why, God bless you! the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.
Wont you tell me your name? she asked, as Frank was leaving.
Just call me the Christmas Scout, he replied.
The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.
Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? Where are your presents, son? asked his father as Frank entered the house.
Frank answered, I gave them away.
The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.
I was very happy, the boy answered quietly.
But Frank, how could you be so impulsive? his mother asked. How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?
His father was firm. You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.
With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.
The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.
Frank felt his fathers arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. Why didnt you tell us? We didnt understand. We are so proud of you, son.

Scoutmaster Minute, Winter/Holiday Court of Honor 12/18/2023

"The Christmas Scout Story"

In spite of the fun and laughter, 13-year-old Frank Wilson was not happy. It was true he had received all the presents he wanted. And he enjoyed the traditional Christmas Eve reunions with relatives for the purpose of exchanging gifts and good wishes. But, Frank was not happy because this was his first Christmas without his brother, Steve, who during the year, had been killed in a tragic accident.

Frank missed his brother and the close companionship they had together. Frank said good-bye to his relatives and explained to his parents that he was leaving a little early to see a friend; and from there he could walk home. Since it was cold outside, Frank put on his new plaid jacket. It was his FAVORITE gift. He placed the other presents on his new sled. Then Frank headed out, hoping to find the patrol leader of his Boy Scout troop. Frank always felt understood by him. Though rich in wisdom, he lived in the Flats, the section of town where most of the poor lived, and his patrol leader did odd jobs to help support his family.

To Frank's disappointment, his friend was not at home. As Frank hiked down the street toward home, he caught glimpses of trees and decorations in many of the small houses. Then, through one front window, he glimpsed a shabby room with limp stockings hanging over an empty fireplace. A woman was seated nearby . . . weeping. The stockings reminded him of the way he and his brother had always hung theirs side by side. The next morning, they would be bursting with presents.

A sudden thought struck Frank : he had not done his 'good deed' for the day. Before the impulse passed, he knocked on the door. 'Yes?' the sad voice of the woman asked. 'May I come in?' asked Frank. 'You are very welcome,' she said, seeing his sled full of gifts, and assuming he was making a collection, 'but I have no food or gifts for you. I have nothing for my own children.'

That's not why I am here,' Frank replied. 'Please choose whatever presents you would like for your children from the sled.

'Why, God bless you!' the amazed woman answered gratefully. She selected some candies, a game, the toy airplane and a puzzle. When she took the Scout flashlight, Frank almost cried out. Finally, the stockings were full.

'Won't you tell me your name?' she asked, as Frank was leaving.

'Just call me the Christmas Scout,' he replied.

The visit left Frank touched, and with an unexpected flicker of joy in his heart. He understood that his sorrow was not the only sorrow in the world. Before he left the Flats, he had given away the remainder of his gifts. The plaid jacket had gone to a shivering boy.

Now Frank trudged homeward, cold and uneasy. How could he explain to his parents that he had given his presents away? 'Where are your presents, son?' asked his father as Frank entered the house.

Frank answered, 'I gave them away.'

'The airplane from Aunt Susan? Your coat from Grandma? Your flashlight? We thought you were happy with your gifts.'

'I was very happy,' the boy answered quietly.

'But Frank, how could you be so impulsive?' his mother asked. 'How will we explain to the relatives who spent so much time and gave so much love shopping for you?'

His father was firm. 'You made your choice, Frank. We cannot afford any more presents.'

With his brother gone, and his family disappointed in him, Frank suddenly felt dreadfully alone. He had not expected a reward for his generosity, for he knew that a good deed always should be its own reward. It would be tarnished otherwise. So he did not want his gifts back; however he wondered if he would ever again truly recapture joy in his life. He thought he had this evening, but it had been fleeting. Frank thought of his brother, and sobbed himself to sleep.

The next morning, he came downstairs to find his parents listening to Christmas music on the radio. Then the announcer spoke: 'Merry Christmas, everybody! The nicest Christmas story we have this morning comes from the Flats. A crippled boy down there has a new sled this morning, another youngster has a fine plaid jacket, and several families report that their children were made happy last night by gifts from a teenage boy who simply called himself the Christmas Scout. No one could identify him, but the children of the Flats claim that the Christmas Scout was a personal representative of old Santa Claus himself.'

Frank felt his father's arms go around his shoulders, and he saw his mother smiling through her tears. 'Why didn't you tell us? We didn't understand. We are so proud of you, son.'
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7 months ago
We should be good to go for our Court of Honor tonight! 
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We should be good to go for our Court of Honor tonight!
Water was almost up to the porch, but now receding quickly!
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7 months ago

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Praying it goes down quickly. Hope you guys have a great night

Cool! Looks like we will only need hip boots not waders 🤣

Hooray!

I see some scouts working on the canoeing merit badge tonight so they can attend the meeting.

Troop 1 Participated in Wreaths Across America - Trinity Perkasie.
Our Scouts helped to place wreaths on every veterans grave in the cemetery.
This year 4,218 cemeteries across America participated by laying over 2.5 million wreaths.
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Troop 1 Participated in Wreaths Across America - Trinity Perkasie.
Our Scouts helped to place wreaths on every veterans grave in the cemetery.
This year 4,218 cemeteries across America participated by laying over 2.5 million wreaths.
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7 months ago

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Thank you Scouts.

What an honor it is to know Troop 1. You rock!

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We are Troop 1

Troop meets regularly on Monday evenings at 7:00PM – 8:30 pm at the Scout Cabin in Lake Lenape Park

225 E Park Ave, Sellersville, PA 18960

Boy Scouts of America Troop 1, founded in 1917, is a Scout led Troop that is sponsored by St. Michael’s Luthern Church of Sellersville, PA. A core principle of our Troop is to keep Scouting relevant and real for our Scouts and all those involved in the program. Since its inception, Troop 1 has produced many Eagle Scouts. We have a robust set of leaders and an experienced troop committee. We have a strong passion for helping newer scouts successfully transition into our Troop from Webelos, and we work closely with them to ensure they steadily progress in rank. We also spend significant time and have a proven Life-to-Eagle approach that helps our older Scouts successfully complete their journey from Life Scout to Eagle Scout.