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Boy Scout Troop 63 Cobras, Union, New Jersey

Charter: Union Elks Lodge 1583

Boy Scouts of America

Knowledge of the Month

"The Eagle Has Landed"

Posted November, 2018

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the moon, is an Eagle Scout. When he said, "The Eagle has landed,” "he wasn't kidding. In 1969, Armstrong became the first Eagle Scout to be portrayed on a U.S. postage stamp— called "The Man on the Moon."

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Past Knowledge Items

Troop 63, Union?

Posted May, 2018

Have you ever wondered why my email signature containing "Committee Chair, Troop 63, Union" specifies "Union"? Why not just "Troop 63"?

Well, there is another Troop 63. They are in a different district and are located in New Providence, New Jersey. In fact, your Scoutmaster just attended a crossover ceremony for a cub pack in New Providence. A boy who crossed over from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts will soon be joining us. So there were two Troop 63s at that cross over ceremony!

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How to Build Your Own First-Aid Kit

Posted March, 2017

Boys Life First Aid Kit Article

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Current Eagle Scouts in the NFL

Posted December, 2016

Eagle scouts playing in the NFL

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Suggest a summer Troop activity!

Posted June, 2016

All you need do to win the prize of your choice, is to make a suggestion to Mr. Glaser AND Mr. Nunes for some activity that the Troop can gather to enjoy over the summer break!

Mention an activity to Mr. Glaser AND Mr. Nunes and claim your prize!

Heroic Boy Scouts all over the world!

Posted November, 2015

Read this article about a hero scout in the Republic of Maldvives

Talk about "Be prepared!"

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Union - your home town!

Posted October, 2015

Hear the crickets? LOL! This page is very quiet! I don't think anyone visits it. I haven't given a prize since somewhere around May or June 2014...

Union was settled in 1667. It was the third English speaking settlement in New Jersey; Elizabeth and Newark being the first two. Union was originally called Connecticut Farms.

The Township of Union was incorporated as a township by an Act of the New Jersey State Legislature on November 23, 1808. It was formed from portions of Elizabeth Township.

Since then, portions of the township have been taken to form Linden Township (March 4, 1861), Roselle Park, (March 22, 1901), Kenilworth (May 13, 1907) and Hillside (April 3, 1913)

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Order of the Arrow turns 100!

Posted August, 2015

The Order of the Arrow began in 1915!.

Report the actual date the Order began and also the purpose of the OA to Mr. Glaser and choose your prize!

Signs, Signals and Codes

Posted March, 2015

On February 26th, the BSA announced the Signs, Signals and Codes merit badge, the BSA's 135th current merit badge.

Read the following article on the Scouting Magazine blog.

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Martin Luther King Jr. was a Boy Scout

Posted January, 2015

Read the following article on the Scouting Magazine blog.

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Posted December, 2014

Live with compassion and empathy for all people.

Doesn't mean you can't get mad sometimes, or that you have to agree with everyone, or please everyone. Instead, be mindful of the fact that everyone has different experiences and virtually no one is the villain of their own personal story. Virtually everyone makes the choices they do because they feel they are right for them at that moment. Although this may lead to some bad situations, understanding that people are basically trying to do their best can help you understand a lot of what is right (and wrong!) with the world.

This means:
Examine yourself for prejudice. Sometimes it takes forms we don't recognize at first. Lots of people think that calling others "retards" is OK, or that insulting people because of their religion demonstrates intellectual superiority, or that it's fine to look down on the poor on uneducated because they must just be lazy. These are all examples of prejudice. Rid yourself of them. People will tell you that "retard" and "fag" are just words. That's true for most people -- generally the ones who have no reason to be hurt by those insults in the first place -- but by using those words, you hurt the people who were the intended targets in the first place.

Be kind to strangers. You might get something out of it, and you might not. Help the person who you find irritating, even if it's just once. You might be the first kind person they've encountered all month. Give people the benefit of the doubt. The family that's letting their kid scream her head off in a restaurant might be on their way back from a funeral, or a court appearance. It doesn't hurt you at all to start by assuming the best of people, rather than the worst. (And in the rare case when the worst is actually true? You'll be more clued in since your pessimism isn't clouding your observations.)

Try working in really tough jobs for a little while. Volunteer with the homeless. Even if you don't like it, you will have learned something about humanity. Get a job working with people with disabilities. You will never be bored, you will constantly be surprised, and you will have a better understanding of the scope of human courage and strength (especially in their family members).

Be the light in the darkness wherever you go. The world can be a cold place, and it's much, much easier to tear down then to build. Ask for help, and give help. Expect goodness, and accept the bad without letting it poison you.

You will change the world more than you know with just your actions.

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Election day is November 4th, what offices are open for voting?

Posted October, 2014

Election day is November 4th. What offices are on the ballot in Union? The first Scout to bring the answer to Mr. Glaser brings home a prize of his choice!

How well do you know Troop positions?

Posted August, 2014

Print out the Troop positions PDF.

How many positions does Troop 63 have filled? Which Scout currently holds the filled position? Are the holders of these positions fulfilling their duty? If so, congratulate, thank and support them. If not, how can we help him and encourage him to do so? What positions are empty? Are there any current Scouts suited for open positions?

Public Law 94-479 Joint Resolution of Congress

Posted March, 2014

Read Public Law 94-479, a Joint Resolution of the 94th Congress.

What does this law state? On what date does it take effect? What is the significance of that date?

Boy's Life

Posted March, 2014

When is the last time you checked out

There are lots of great articles! Visit and pick an article to report on to the Troop

Take the quiz:
How well do you know the Boy Scout Handbook?

Famous BSA Scouts

Posted January, 2014

Check out this list of some famous people who were Boy Scouts of America!

Here is a list of famous people who earned Eagle, as well as famous people who were Boy Scouts, but did not make Eagle rank.

Famous Boy Scouts

The Overview Effect

Posted for October, 2013


Astronauts who have seen the Earth from space have often described the ‘overview effect’ as an experience that has transformed their perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it, and enabled them to perceive it as our shared home, without boundaries between nations or species.

OVERVIEW is a short film that will explore this perspective through interviews with astronauts who have experienced the overview effect. The film also features insights from commentators and thinkers on the wider implications and importance of this understanding for humanity as a whole, and especially its relevance to how we meet the tremendous challenges facing our planet at this time.

Link: Overview

The Importance of Hardwork

Posted Sept. 2, 2013

There was a farmer who had three sons. All of his sons were very lazy. No one wanted to help his father work in the field. All they did was play, eat and sleep. The farmer was very sad that his sons were so lazy. One day the farmer became ill. He called his sons to tell them something. I have treasure for you, but it is buried in the field. After I pass, you may dig it up. Soon after telling the boys about the treasure, the farmer died. The three boys went to the field and dug up the ground. They dug all day trying to find the treasure. Finally, after many days of digging, the oldest boy said "Let's stop digging and plant some corn in our field. The soil is already loosened, and we would be wise not to waste all our efforts." So they bought seeds and planted corn. By the end of the summer, the garden was filled with bright yellow corn. It was then that they realized that this was the treasure that their father had left them.

Nothing worth having can be gained without effort.

1911 edition of the Boy Scout handbook on Project Gutenberg

The Project Gutenberg EBook of Boy Scouts Handbook, by Boy Scouts of America

Incidentally, learn more about Project Gutenberg. Do you know who Gutenberg is? Why the project is named after him? He has a huge place in human history!

NASA and Scouting

NASA and scouting have a long history. More than two-thirds of all current and former astronauts have been involved in scouting. Of the 312 pilots and scientists selected as astronauts since 1959, at least 207 have been identified as having been scouts or active in scouting. The list includes 39 Eagle Scouts, 25 Life Scouts, 14 Star Scouts, 26 First Class Scouts, 17 Second Class Scouts, 13 Tenderfoot Scouts, three Explorers, 25 Cub Scouts, 10 Webelos Scouts, one King’s Scout, two Wolf Scouts, and 32 with unknown ranks, including 27 who were Girl Scouts.

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NASA and Scouting article