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New Berlin Gazette article June 21, 2019 BOY SCOUTS RACE ON MOSS STREET

New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 hosted the 2019 Soap Box Derby on June 15th as part of the 75th Anniversary celebration.  Boy Scouts from NY City, Pennsylvania, Morris, and New Berlin raced down Moss Street with both huge smiles and great concentration.  Each scout received a patch.  Each troop's top racers were awarded a first and second place trophy.  The top three finishers of the day were from Pennsylvania Troop 89, NYC Troop 5, and Morris Troop 3.
 
A special feature of the event were the two 2-seater cars that those with special needs enjoyed - the men from Moss Street and Pathfinders. 
 
The event was made possible by a number of contributors: lunch was provided by NY Pizzeria; New Berlin DPW blocked off the street and supplied the orange cones; Preferred Mutual contributed the parking area; Curtis Lumber added the pvc pipes for safety barriers at each driveway; and St. Andrew's Church provided the rest rooms.  Mark Scuderi, Regional Director of the Soap Box Derby Association, supervised the event.
 
Special recognition was expressed and each car had decals from Oneonta Ford and Norwich Dodge Chrysler Jeep who supplied the trophies, patches, and cars!!!
 
New Berlin Troop 61 concluded the day with year-end Court of Honor awards recognizing the scouts who placed flags at each of the veteran's grave sites on May 21st, marching and leading the Pledge of Allegiance on Memorial Day, and acting as Honor Guard for the retiring of over 100 flags with the American Legion on June 7th.  The summer calendar of events may seen on the troop website at http://www.troop61newberlin.com/

 

New Berlin Gazette article May 10, 2019 OVER 100 ATTEND NEW BERLIN ENCAMPMENT

109 ATTEND MILLBROOK ENCAMPMENT
 
New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 hosted the 2019 Millbrook Encampment, May 3-5, as part of its 75th anniversary celebration. 109 attended from Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New York City, Morris, Gilbertsville, Bainbridge, Chenango Forks, and New Berlin.
 
The opening ceremony celebrated New Berlin’s 75 Eagle Scouts in 75 years. Five of Troop 61’s Eagle Scouts were present: Ken Wiggins (1966), Steven Dunshee (1967), Peter Lennon (1970), Kevin Phillips (1975) and Dan Caruso (2004). General  Lennon welcomed the troops and gave the charge to work well as a team, enjoy your fellow scouts, and live the ideals of the scout oath and law.
 
Competitions challenged scouts in their scouting skills and teamwork.
 
The New Berlin Fire Department, Ambulance Squad and LifeNet gave emergency demonstrations with their equipment and helicopter.
 
Charley Koop spoke on animal rescue/rehabilitation and introduced Dusty the falcon to the scouts.
 
All agreed that the Millbrook Recreation Area was a beautiful facility for the event and demonstrated New Berlin's ongoing support of youth.
 
Everyone is invited to the next event! The 2019 Soap Box Derby will be Saturday, June 15 at 10:00 a.m. – rain or shine!!!   All are welcome to cheer on the scouts as they race down Moss Street.
 
All the activities of New Berlin’s Troop 61 at St Andrews Church can be found on the website at http://www.troop61newberlin.com/

New Berlin Gazette article February 1, 2019 NEW BERLIN BOY SCOUT TROOP 61 ANNOUNCES FEBRUARY PLANS

February is Boy Scout month.  New Berlin Troop 61 invites everyone to join in the kick-off with Scout Sunday, February 3rd, at the First United Methodist Church of New Berlin.  Scoutmaster Phillips will speak at the 11am worship service.  Dr. Phillips is a 1978 graduate of New Berlin High School, the CEO of ILDUSA, Inc., and enjoys teaching leadership development and disciple making.
 
Troop 61's meetings (Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm) in February will be at the New Berlin Firehouse where Ken Wiggins will teach the Fire Safety merit badge.
 
Troops 5 and 61 camped together in the snow at Scout Camp Kingsley, January 18-21. 7 scouts and 2 adults earned the Polar Bear Award when the tents were frosted over by 6 degree temps on Saturday morning.  Sunday morning was warmer as a fresh new foot of snow blanketed the tents.  Sunday evening everyone slept inside as Monday morning brought -6 degree weather with -30 degree wind chills. The "Blizzard Adventure Camp" featured winter sports like skiing and snow shoeing, over 20 merit badge classes from which to choose, and lots of fun with over 100 scouts in attendance.  Troops 5 and 61 were the only units camping in tents!!!  The 7 scouts completed 12 merit badges, won the "ugly sweater competition", and took second place in the chili cooking.
 
On January 25th, Troop 61 enjoyed the Colgate vs. Cornell hockey game.  Thank you Colgate for the FREE tickets!!!
 
Troop 61's Winter Courts of Honor recognized Assistant Scoutmaster Joanis for his leadership in weekly meetings and enthusiasm at Blizzard Adventure Camp.  Christopher and Connor received the Scout Badge rank.  Cub Scout Pack 61, Boy Scout Troop 61, and NBT Bank of New Berlin were recognized with BSA "Food Drive" patches for the collection of 512 food items for the New Berlin Food Pantry in November.
 
All boys ages 11-17 are welcome to join Boy Scout Troop 61 chartered by St. Andrews Church since 1936.  Troop 61 provides great adventures for scouts to develop character, citizenship, leadership skills, and personal fitness.  Check out the website at http://www.troop61newberlin.com/
  • Norwich Evening Sun article November 26 and New Berlin Gazette article November 30, 2018: NEW BERLIN BOY SCOUTS PLAN FOR THE FUTURE

    New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 held a series of events throughout late September and November including a fundraiser, drug awareness seminar, and an awards ceremony.  Now the troop is planning events like a 75th anniversary ceremony for next year.

    According to New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 Scoutmaster Kevin "Doc" Phillips, New Berlin's Boy Scouts have led a variety of events in their community in the last few months, and still have many more to come.

    "The troop was recognized for the two service projects completed this fall – collecting 8 bags of trash around the lake at Millbrook Recreation Area in September and the collection of 512 food items for the New Berlin Food Pantry in November," said Phillips.

    He thanked NBT Bank in New Berlin for their support in the food drive, and said around that time two scouts were appointed and inducted, one as troop quartermaster and the other as troop scribe.

    "Congratulations to Connor who was appointed and inducted as Troop Quartermaster and Christopher who was appointed and inducted as Troop Scribe", he said. "Connor was also recognized as the top fundraiser during the troop’s Hike-a-Thon in October that raised $800."

    Phillips said following the fundraising event, on November 13, scouts had the opportunity to learn about drug identification and abstinence with New Berlin Police Officer John Lowe.

    According to Lowe, the seminar focused on teaching children to identify drugs and how to say no to friends who might offer drugs or drug paraphernalia on the street.

    "It's important to make sure our kids are as safe as they can be, especially when dealing with drugs," said Lowe.  "Meeting with them and teaching them how to avoid peer pressure to try drugs can help them stay drug free."

    Phillips thanked Lowe for his work with the troop, and said the scouts had another event on November 20 where guests, parents, scouts, and volunteer scout leaders gathered at St Andrews Church for the Fall Court of Honor Awards Ceremony of New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61.

    Phillips added that even more events are planned for the future.

    "Troop 61’s “75th Anniversary Celebration” started with the issuing of “75th Anniversary Troop 61” patches to all the member scouts and volunteer adult leaders in uniform.

    “An amazing year of events is being planned to celebrate all that Scouting has accomplished in New Berlin over our first 75 years," he said. "We are so excited about the kickoff event - the "2019 Millbrook Encampment", May 3-5."

    He said the event will be hosted by Dr. Donald Elliott, DVM and Troop 61 Eagle Scout Class of 1944 and General Peter Lennon, retired Army Officer and Troop 61 Eagle Scout Class of 1970.

    "All area troops have been invited," said Phillips. "This gathering of some 300 scouts will be staffed by Troop 61’s Eagle Scouts."

    According to Phillips, Troop 61 has seen 75 scouts achieve Scouting’s highest honor over its 75 year history – which he said is a remarkable feat for a troop in such a rural area.

    "June 15th, Troop 61 will host the "2019 Boy Scout Soap Box Derby", and scouts from all over central New York will race cars down Moss Street in New Berlin. "Oneonta Ford and Norwich Dodge Chrysler Jeep are sponsoring the event."

    He said all are welcome to come and watch the scouts compete and enjoy a specially made car for those with special needs who will race as well.

    “Robert Wadsworth, Eagle Scout and Chairman of the Board at Preferred Mutual Insurance will be the Honorary Chair of a wine and cheese reception this summer honoring all the volunteer adults who have served as Cubmasters and Scoutmasters over the last 75 years,” said Phillips.

    He said a historical trail is being developed, complete with a patch of recognition by the Boy Scouts of America, to encompass all the ways New Berlin has supported Scouting over 75 years and the impact that Eagle Scouts of Troop 61 have had on New Berlin.

    “Finally the 75th Anniversary will conclude with a banquet at Longview Farm in September for all who have ever been a part of the pack and/or troop chartered by St Andrews Church since 1936.”

    New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 meets Tuesdays, from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., at St Andrews Church, 40 South Main Street, New Berlin.  All boys ages 11-17 are welcome to join.  Registration is only $5 plus $1/week dues.  Troop 61 meets weekly and tent camps 12 months every year.

    Troop 61’s active calendar of events can be seen online at http://www.troop61newberlin.com/

    For those who wish to support New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61, checks made payable to Boy Scout Troop 61 can be mailed to: Boy Scout Troop 61, PO Box 161, New Berlin, NY 13411.

     

    New Berlin Gazette article November 9, 2018: NEW BERLIN SCOUTS COLLECT OVER 500 FOOD ITEMS FOR FOOD PANTRY

    Saturday, November 3, the scouts of New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 and Cub Scout Pack 61 collected 512 food Items in support of the New Berlin Food Pantry.

    According to New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 Scoutmaster Kevin "Doc" Phillips, the pantry's outreach continues to expand as the needs of area families grow.

    "Thank you New Berlin for your generosity as our scouts served those in need during our annual "Scouting for Food" drive, and thanks also goes to NBT Bank of New Berlin as the employees collected food and partnered with our scouts," said Phillips.

    Phillips said New Berlin's Boy Scout Troop 61 experienced unusual weather during the monthly campout that followed the food drive, November 3-4.

    He said first there was rain, followed by sun, then hail with huge winds, before a beautiful starry sky graced the construction of s'mores around the campfire at Millbrook Recreation Area.

    Troop 61's weekend concluded with a warm welcome during worship at New Berlin's First United Methodist Church.

    "Thank you New Berlin for your your support of our annual Hike-a-Thon fundraiser October 20 that raised $800," said Phillips. "Troop 61's fall membership drive begins Tuesday, November 13 when all boys ages 11-17 are welcome to join for $5 at our weekly meeting."

    Bring your parent to sign-up.  New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 meets every Tuesday from 6-7:30pm at St Andrews Church, 40 South Main Street, New Berlin, and camps every month.

    Check out the troop's active calendar of service and events at http://troop61newberlin.com/.

    Support for our scouts can be mailed to Boy Scout Troop 61, PO Box 161, New Berlin, NY 13411.

New Berlin Gazette article September 21, 2018: NEW BERLIN BOY SCOUTS HOST THEIR FIRST MEETING

On Monday, September 10, New Berlin Boy Scout Troop 61 had its first meeting since 2011 at St Andrews Church.

Swimming, fishing, basketball, football, hiking, cooking, star gazing, and a roaring campfire highlighted Troop 61's first campout at Millbrook Recreation Area September 15-16. The service project for this month was litter clean-up and the scouts collected 8 bags of trash as they hiked around the lake. Each scout cooked a meal and the evening was complimented by s'mores and apple cobbler baked over the campfire.  Great weather made tent camping a delight as Troop 61 will camp in tents 12 months/year.

Thank you New Berlin for providing such an idyllic setting for our adventures!!!

New Berlin's Boy Scout Troop 61 meets weekly and camps monthly according to the calendar published on their website at http://troop61newberlin.com/.  All boys, ages 11-17, are welcome to join.

The next meeting is Tuesday, September 25th, 6:00-7:30pm, at St. Andrews Church.

More information and applications are available at Troop 61's display in the New Berlin Library.

Donations to support Troop 61's very active program may be mailed to Boy Scout Troop 61, PO Box 161, New Berlin, NY 13411.

 

New Berlin Gazette article September 9, 2018: BOY SCOUTS RETURN TO NEW BERLIN

St. Andrews Church of New Berlin has appointed Kevin "Doc" Phillips as the new Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 61.  St. Andrews  has chartered Boy Scout Troop 61 since 1936 - providing a rich tradition of Scouting for New Berlin's youth. Unfortunately, there has not been a local troop since 2011.  Mr. Phillips brings over 50 years of Scouting experience to the role.  His Scouting experience began in New Berlin's Pack 61 and continued into Troop 61 where he earned the rank of Eagle Scout with nine palms. He served as Scoutmaster in Wheaton, IL during college and most recently in New York City.  Mr. Phillips has been recognized by the Boy Scouts with the Good Shepherd Award, Woodbadge Beads, District Award of Merit, Silver Beaver, Doctor of Commissioner Science, and the Whitney M. Young Service Award. 

Professionally, "Doc" Phillips teaches leadership development and disciple making internationally as the Director of ILDUSA (http://www.ildusa.org/).  His wife of 35 years, Sarah, has many of the same Scouting awards and she camps every month with the troop.  "The youth of New Berlin deserve the many opportunities for adventure, service, personal growth, and fun that Scouting affords" says Phillips.  "I attribute my time as a boy in Troop 61 as one of the most significant factors in my growth as a leader."  Mr. Phillips graduated from New Berlin Central School in 1978.

New Berlin's Troop 61 will meet weekly and camp monthly according to the calendar published on their website at http://troop61newberlin.com/.  All boys, ages 11-17, are welcome to join. The first meeting is on Monday, September 10th, 6:00-7:30pm, at St. Andrews Church.

More information and applications are available at Troop 61's display in the New Berlin Library. 

Donations to support Troop 61's very active program may be mailed to Boy Scout Troop 61, PO Box 161, New Berlin, NY 13411.

 

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