Christmas Tree Sale

Princeton Troop 43’s Annual Christmas Tree Sale is just around the corner!

Our next troop meeting(11/30) will be at the site to discuss about the tree sale.

The sale goes from Sunday Nov 30th through Wednesday Dec 24th with the following hours:

Mon – Wed from 3:30 – 5:30p
Thu – Fri from 3:30 – 7p
Saturday  9am – 6pm
Sunday 11a – 5pm

Scouts, click here to access the spreadsheet to sign up for slots in the sale. It is MANDATED that you sign up for at least 2 slots, preferably more in the spreadsheet.

Sale location: 60 Hulfish Street, Princeton, NJ 08540


Princeton Boy Scout Troop 43 was formed in 1918, ten years after the first manual on Scouting was published in England in 1908, and eight years after the Boy Scouts of America was chartered in Washington, D.C.    Unfortunately, the early history of our Troop is shrouded in mystery, in part because our Council office where early records would have been kept was flooded in the early 1950’s and the files destroyed.  However, it seems we began with a Scoutmaster and roster of about twenty Scouts, and that five other Troops existed in Princeton at the time of our formation, most of them probably organized by the YMCA and several churches.  National records indicate our Troop was first registered as Troop 4 and chartered by the Witherspoon YMCA, now the Princeton Y.  First Presbyterian Church, now Nassau Presbyterian Church and our current sponsoring organization, sponsored a different Troop at that time, Troop 1.   In the 1920’s, the George Washington Council came into being, and Princeton Scouting became part of this Council.  Since each of the communities had its own Troop 1, a renumbering of troops was necessary to provide an orderly way of referring to the troops.   Our Troop 4 thus became Troop 43.

Eagle Scouts Paul Papier, Doug Sensenig, Erne Soffronoff, Jason Harding and Kelvin Sensenig researched this Troop history and found some of their best information in newspapers.  By 1918, the newspapers were carrying a column on Scouting, and reports were often written by the boys themselves.  From these, we learn of the existence of a basketball league consisting of the six local Scout troops, and that one of our Scoutmasters during the 1920’s, had the boys dismantle an old barn at Griggs Farm, using the beams to build a home on Route 206.  Scoutmaster Mather believed that the boys would benefit from knowing how a house was built.  In 1931, a Mother’s Auxiliary was formed, and in 1932 a newspaper article reports that Edwin Kimble was Scoutmaster whose Troop’s four patrols — Bats, Eagles, Pine Trees and Tigers – were having a patrol competition.  Scouts helped collect food for Christmas baskets distributed by the Lions Club, and at least one meeting that year was devoted to discussing New Jersey natural resources.

A report in 1933 sounds a note familiar to Scouters.  The Scoutmaster made an appeal for Scouts to wear their uniforms to meetings, consisting of knee pants and long stockings!  During Boy Scout Week, which commemorated the more than five million Scouting members that year, our Troop celebrated with a basketball game against a YMCA team.  Under Scoutmaster Kimble, meetings at this time included opening with a salute of the flag and the Scout Oath, uniform inspection, and patrol meetings to collect dues and plan for patrol meetings at times other than Scout meeting nights.  Then the troop reassembled and discussed plans and test passing.  The meetings closed with the Scout Law and Taps, following which there was time for games.  There are reports of day trips and overnight hikes during this time, and the Troop attended camp during the summers as well, at Pahaquarra.  In 1936, Scoutmaster Kimble took the boys on a sail across Barnegat Bay and the newspaper mentions the adventure in which a mast stanchion snapped, had to be repaired, and the boys returned home safely although soaked.  John Maloney became Scoutmaster in 1937 and a newspaper reports on a Court of Honor in which a number of Scouts achieved various ranks, and the Sea Scouts gave a demonstration of first aid.  The Troop treasury was now sufficient to support a subscription to Boys’ Life for each the Scouts.  Other Scoutmasters during this era were Charles Erhardt, a student at Princeton Theological Seminary, and Reverend Niles.

World War II Years:

In 1941, American participation in World War II was drawing near.  The war years were hard ones for organizations like Scout troops because many of the young adults most likely to provide leadership were in the Armed Forces.  Troop 43 did carry on, however.  Paul Graham, another student at the Theological Seminary was the Scoutmaster, assisted by Mr. Erhardt, in 1941.  Billy Riggs also served as Scoutmaster for many years in the 1940’s, as did Mr. Dilworth succeeded by Professor Mark Heald.  There was even a Princeton District in the George Washington Council.  Friends of Troop 43 was formed, and supplanted the original Mother’s Auxiliary, to help in supporting the Troop.  During these years, new Scouts paid $1.25 to join the Troop and the registration fee was 50 cents!

Troop activities of note during the 40’s included a ceremony recognizing the birth date of President Grover Cleveland, who is buried in the Princeton Cemetery, day hikes,  instruction in first aid, signaling including Morse code, and boxing, as well as Courts of Honor and summer camp preparation.  Camporees took place during these years and were called “Camporals”.  The Troop assisted in distributing calendars for the Community Chest, a precursor of the United Way, and prepared to cooperate with the Defense Council.  In 1945, three Troops including 43, distributed 12,000 circulars for the Red Cross.  Interaction with a Belgian Boy Scout troop was established as a result of contacts of a member of the Armed Forces, and letters were exchanged.   A special Court of Honor was held at the First Presbyterian Church and included a memorial service for the 6 former Scouts who were killed while in the Services.

We do not have much information about the Troop during the late 40’s and early 50’s but we do know that Scoutmasters included Manfred, Piper, and Bruce Rankin.

The Frank Fornoff years:

In 1957 Frank Fornoff was invited to become the Scoutmaster, and he began his tenure in the Fall of that year, leading the Troop for the next 37 years.  During the 50’s the Troop aimed to increase overnight hikes and events to one per month, and had a local campsite on property off of Cherry Valley Road (first owned by a Princeton bank and later by the Allen and Whittaker families).    The most impressive outdoor activities of the Troop have included fifty-mile backpacking trips.    Mr. Lawder, a member of the Troop Committee and the father of two of our Eagle Scouts, and  Mr. Piper, a former Scoutmaster; took Scouts on backpacking trips to Pennsylvania and Virginia in the early 1960’s.  In 1969, fifty-milers became a regular part of the summer program of the Troop, and over the years we have done backpacking in all of the Appalachian Trail states.

In the Fall of 1972, Scoutmaster Fornoff proposed that the next fifty-miler, on the Pacific Crest Trail, include ONLY Scouts who had completed the requirements for Eagle, and although the younger boys were disappointed, Troop Committee backed the decision.  The boys flew to Portland, Oregon, spent six days backpacking approximately 60 miles, and about five more days sightseeing, including Crater Lake and the Oregon coast of the Pacific Ocean.  The Troop treasury was not able to cover the cost of this trip, and the Troop owed the Scoutmaster for several years, a debt which led the troop to explore ways of raising money.  Fundraisers have included the well-known Christmas Tree Sale (which originated in the early 1950s) as well as rummage sales, fertilizer sales, and pasta dinners.  Although our records indicate that at a 1972 Court of Honor, there were 14 Scouts advancing to Life, but none to Eagle,  the Troop had 11 new Eagle Scouts by the end of 1973.  Meanwhile, fundraising has remained critical to the support of the Big Fifty summer trips, which in turn are a major feature of Troop 43’s Scouting program.  Other fifty-milers that took place during Frank Fornoff’s tenure included trips to Utah, Colorado, Montana, California, Washington state, Georgia, Oregon, the Canadian Rockies, Wyoming, Idaho, and New Mexico, some states visited more than once.

The Bob Forness years:

In 1991, Frank met Bob Forness at the annual Tree Sale, who soon became an Assistant Scoutmaster.  An Eagle Scout from upstate New York, Mr. Forness was working for Prudential at the time.  He and his wife, Lindsay, assisted the Troop for two years and when Frank Fornoff retired in 1993 after thirty-seven years at the helm of Troop 43, Mr. Forness took over as Scoutmaster.  Most of the troop gear and activities were reorganized during his Scoutmasters’ years.   Mr. Forness left the Troop in 1995 when his career took him to England.

The Paul Papier Years:

Upon Bob Forness’s departure, Paul Papier became Scoutmaster.  Paul had joined Scouts in 1974 and became a second generation Eagle in 1980.  In 1981 he became an Assistant Scoutmaster, and 14 years later, Scoutmaster.  Under his direction, Troop 43 camped at a variety of sites, both locally and out of state.  In 1996 local camping commenced at the scenic Carnegie campsite and the Troop attended many Council camps including Camp Pahaquarra, Yards Creek Scout Reservation, and Camp Buck near Clinton, as well as camping in a number of New Jersey and Pennsylvania state parks such as Allayer, Cheese quake, Stokes, Highpoint,  Washington Crossing, French Creek and Blue Rocks.  Additionally, Mr. Papier oversaw hikes along historic trails such as Gettysburg, Valley Forge, Washington Crossing, and one ending in Morristown.

Mr. Papier continued the tradition of Big 50 hikes, which require participants to have achieved a rank of First class or above, to be age 13 or older, and to take responsibility for their physical preparation and conditioning.  In addition, Scouts attending a Big 50 must have participated in Troop fundraising activities throughout the year, helping the Troop to subsidize the high costs of these trips.  Big 50 destinations during the course of Mr. Paper’s tenure have included California, Colorado, Arizona (Philemon), Wisconsin and Maine.  Meanwhile, Troop 43 has been one of the only area troops to schedule two weeks in summer camp.  Mr. Papier oversaw the Troop attending camp at Resaca Falls as well as Camp Slouchy in Pennsylvania.  Mr. Papier stepped down as Scoutmaster in 2000 in order to devote more time to his photography business.

The Garrett Brown Years to the Present:

Mr. Papier was replaced by Garrett Brown, Jr. (Life Scout, Troop 7, and Explorer, Eagle Rock Council in Upper Montclair, New Jersey), Marshall Freedman (Star, Troop 98 Valley Forge Council, Ardmore, Pennsylvania) and Richard Smaus (second generation Eagle), with Mr. Brown taking the lead until his retirement in 2003, when Mr. Freedman assumed the position until Fall of 2005, and again in June, 2007.  Between 2005 and 2007 Mr. Freedman had a short breather, while Tom Zucosky served as Scoutmaster.  During these years, the Troop continued to attend summer camp and participate in Big 50 hikes including on the Appalachian Trail from West Virginia to Gettysburg, Pa., and several trips out west to Yellowstone and Yosemite National Parks.  Troop 43 also attended the National Jamboree at Fort A.P. Hill, Virginia in both 2001 and 2005.  Scoutmaster Freedman, ably assisted by Dennis McRitchie, Brad Brock, Christian Ingerslev and Norberto Perez, has had the honor of inducting a total of 16 Eagle Scouts during his stewardship of Troop 43.


Christmas Tree Sale 2012

Troop 43 is selling christmas trees continuing it’s annual sale. This is the main funding for the troop, so scouts and adults please help out. 

Eagle Projects

Read about Troop 43’s current Eagle Scout candidates and their exciting projects from the menu on the left or in Eagle Projects.

Hiking on The Lawrence – Hopewell Trail

On September 22 we hiked on the Lawrence – Hopewell Trail, with scouts completing 5 mile or 10 mile segments.

Summer 2012: Ressica Falls, Boot and Paddle, Isle Royale National Park
Many spent an exciting two weeks at Ressica Falls Scout camp again this summer – always a scout favorite!
This year some of the older scouts went on Boot and Paddle hike and canoe trip during the first week at Ressica.
Six of our scouts and three leaders went hiking and camping trip through Isle Royale – a remote island national park right in the middle of Lake Superior. Many excellent pictures here.
Voorhees State Park Campout
On April 13th we went to Vorhees State park for 2 days. It was a beautiful place with many things to do. We went on a hike and visited an observatory.
Service project at Elm Court

Ski Trip 2012

Troop 43 went cabin camping and skiing Mar 3&4 at Hunter Mountain. A few pictures are below.
Welcome New Scouts!
Webelos from Pack 43 crossed over at their Blue and Gold Diner Mar 4th and many joined Troop 43. We’re glad to welcome our latest scouts to their new and exciting lives as Boy Scouts!
Cub Scouts and Pinewood Derby

Troop 43’s affiliated Cub Scout Pack 43 had their annual Pinewood Derby this January. With our Den Chiefs helping at the races, all the Cub Scouts had a great time and there were lots of fantastic and fast cars! Here’s one sample we really liked – it depicts the Cub Scouts crossing over to our troop.
Annual Holiday Tree Sale
Troop 43 holds its annual Christmas Tree Sale in downtown Princeton again this year from November 28 through Dec 24th. We sell high quality Frasier and Balsam fir trees as well as decorated and undecorated wreaths. In addition, this year we’re selling chocolate bars for all your sweet cravings!

Xmas tree sale

Holiday Sale

Eagle Project Workday

Saturday September 17th scouts came out in force to help on the final day of the Mountain Lakes Bridge project. Congratulations!

2011 Troop 43 Ski Trip

Saturday March 12th, Troop 43 head off to Shawnee Mountain for a day of skiing and fun!

William’s Emergency Preparedness

Project Overview

My project is an event which aims to educate the community on issues of emergency preparedness. It will be split into two parts. The first part will be a panel of speakers who are experts in the field of emergency preparedness. The second part will be stations, run by scouts, helping to teach certain aspects of emergency preparedness and spreading necessary promotional materials to the community.
The time of the event will be from 4-6PM on Saturday, June 9th.
This event will help the community by educating them in an area everyone needs to know more about. Whether it’s another Hurricane, or a repeat of the Anthrax attacks, knowing what the town does to prepare, and what you can do to prepare, is very important.
All my work sessions will be at my house, more details will be in emails. Attached is a press release being used at various media outlets to promote the event, which has more details about the event.
Work Sessions
Description: We put together folders with different materials with information about what to do in the event of various emergencies. We also did research on storm safety, bioterror and disease, as well as first aid. We also worked on scripts for the stations.
Charles C          7:00:00 8:10:00 Oranized folders and researched
William M          7:00:00     8:10:00     Managed Scouts and Oversaw Work
Joshua S     7:00:00 8:10:00 Research and Script Writing
Elian R         7:00:00 8:10:00 Organized folders and researched
Peter K         7:00:00 8:10:00 Research and Script Writing
Suveer B     7:00:00 8:10:00 Research and Script Writing
Michael M     7:00:00 8:10:00 Research and Script Writing
Mr. Teng         7:00:00 8:10:00 Provided Adult Supervision
Mrs. Meyer 7:00:00 8:10:10 Provided Adult Supervision

Mrs. Crider        7:00:00 8:10:10 Provided Adult Supervision

Total Hours: 11 hours 40 minutes
Description: We did research and worked on scripts for the work stations.
Austin Brock 7:00:00 8:15:00 Finished Storm Safety Script

William M          7:00:00     8:15:00     Managed Scouts and Oversaw Work

Mr. Sullivan 7:00:00 8:15:00 Provided Adult Supervision
SIdhant Swami 7.00.00 8:15:00 Researched First Aid and started script
Josh Spergel 7:15:00 8:05:00 Finished Bioterrorism and disease epidemics Script
Jonathan P 7:15:00 8:15:00 Researched Fire Safety and started script
Sherry Meyer 7:00:00 8:15:00 Provided Adult Supervision
Total Hours: 8 Hours and 5 Minutes
Description: We finished up scripts and created posters for the stations.
Jackson G        7:00:00 8:10:00 Script writing
Joan Concannon7:00:00 8:10:00 Provided Adult Supervision
Zakaria N     7:30:00 9:10:00 Poster creation
Hamza N           7:30:00 9:10:00 Poster creation
Mr. Nishtar 7:30:00 9:10:00 Provided Adult Supervision
William M     7:00:00 9:10:00 Supervised and managed work
Sherry Meyer 7:00:00 9:10:00 Provided Adult Supervision
Total Hours: 11 hours and 40 minutes
Description: We ran a successful seminar on Emergency Preparedness
Phillip T                 3:30:00 6:00:00 Ran station
William Meyer         3:15:00 6:15:00 Managed event
Uttam Rao             3:15:00 6:15:00 Ran station
Anuttam Perumai       3:15:00 6:15:00 Worked at station
Michael Meyer         3:15:00 6:15:00 Worked at station
Noah Joyce         3:30:00 6:00:00 Worked at station
Austin Brock         3:30:00 6:00:00 Ran station
Sidhant Swami         3:30:00 6:00:00 Worked at station
Jonathan Petrozzini 3:30:00 6:00:00 Worked at station
Josh Spergel         3:30:00 6:00:00 Worked at station
Joan Concannon 3:15:00 6:15:00 Provided adult supervision
Jackson Graham 3:30:00 6:00:00 Ran station
Giancarlo Ferlise 3:30:00 6:00:00 Worked at station
Patrick Sullivan         4:30:00 5:30:00 Provided adult supervision
Sherry Meyer         3:15:00 6:15:00 Provided adult supervision
Dennis McGritchie 3:15:00 6:15:00 Provided adult supervision
Total Hours: 42 Hours

Will’s Eagle Project

In the area of Mercer County Park Northwest known as “The Pole Farm” there is a large population of the rare and endangered Eastern Bluebird. The Eastern Bluebird is a cavity nester, which means that it needs a place like a bird house in which to lay it’s eggs during spring each year. This project will design, build, install, and maintain houses specifically tailored for the Bluebirds in The Pole Farm.

Below you can see some of the potential sites for the installation of the houses.

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