ABOUT TROOP 48
The mission of Scouts BSA and Troop 48, is to instill values, build character, and develop leadership skills in young men and women. Troop 48 seeks to be a Scout-led troop that practices the Patrol Method, with adult leaders in support roles. We are an active troop, with older Scouts (up to age 18) who are expected to mentor younger Scouts and lead by example. All Scouts are encouraged to follow the ideals of the Scout Oath, the Scout Law, and the Outdoor Code.
Troop 48 consists of 2 troops, Troop 48 for Boys and Troop 48 for Girls. Both troops are chartered by the Lions Club of Medford Lakes.
Troop 48 is part of the Pine Hill District, one of four districts within the Garden State Council of the Boy Scouts of America Troop 48 has roots in Boy Scouting in Medford Lakes of more than 35 years.
Troop 48’s currently registered scouts live in Medford Lakes and five other nearby towns. The all-volunteer adult leaders come to Troop 48 from area Packs, as their children joined Troop 48, and they work with the Troop Committee to help enable a Scout-Led Troop.
During Troop 48's history, 100 Scouts have earned their Eagle Scout rank.
Diversity & Inclusion Commitment
Scouts come from all walks of life and all types of family structures, faiths, and racial and ethnic groups. Troop 48 respects the rights of all people and groups and allows youth to live and learn and enjoy Scouting without immersing them in the politics of the day.
Troop 48 seeks to provide an open, clearly structured environment within which a diverse group of Scouts can grow collectively and individually toward self-reliance without harming one another. Conduct, not status, governs our troop. Troop 48 is committed to this goal. Our committee, Scouters, and troop leadership all subscribe to making it happen on a constant basis.
Our troop remains firmly rooted in the core values of Scouting. We understand that diversity does not threaten these values, but only strengthens our character and common worth.
Our troop seeks to include a diverse community of Scouts and Scout families. Of course, we remain governed by the guidelines set by our chartered organization, council, and the Boy Scouts of America. We seek to provide an open, clearly structured environment where a diverse group of Scouts can grow collectively and individually toward self-reliance without harming one another.
The Troop 48 Diversity and Inclusion Guide can be found here.
Merit Badge Counselors
Troop 48's adults offer 30+ merit badges (14 Eagle-required*) in the following topics:
Citizenship in the Community*
Citizenship in the Nation*
Citizenship in the World*
Fish and Wildlife
Pulp and Paper
Please contact the Troop 48 Advancement Chair for the name of a counselor and a "Blue Card".
When We Meet
Regular meeting are held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 until 8:30.
PLC meets on the first Sunday of each month in the afternoon.
Troop Committee meets the first Monday evening of the month.
During the school year, we try to adhere to a "no school, no scouts" policy. If there is no school that day, we will not have a scout meeting that evening. Occasionally, we may need to have the meeting if we are in the midst of planning an event/trip.
Where We Meet
The Troop splits its time between two meeting locations in Medford Lakes. During basketball season, the troop meets in Memorial Hall at the Protestant Community Church on Stokes Road. For the remainder of the year, the Troop meets at Vaughan Hall on Tecumseh Trail. Special meetings (PLC, Committee, etc.) may be held at other locations such as Demby Annex, Todd Building, and the PCC Library.
Vaughan Hall and Demby Annex
79 Tecumseh Trail, Medford Lakes, NJ
7100 Stokes Road, Medford Lakes, NJ