On Saturday, November 16, we met at Mater Ecclesiae around 9:00 am for the drive to Batsto Village. Batsto is an abandoned “ghost town” in the New Jersey Pine Barrens which is maintained as a historic site (there is even a post office for those who want their letters to have Batsto postmark). It is also the location of a scenic trail that runs concurrently with the Batona Trail until it branches off to follow the eastern bank of Batsto Lake.

Batsto Lake Trail

Our Timber Wolves start along the Batsto Lake Trail. We nearly took a wrong turn when we began. The trail runs concurrently with the Batona Trail here as one can see from the pink blaze on the tree in the background.

Timber Wolves stop for a snack

Our Timber Wolves pause for a snack at a small clearing on the trail

Timber Wolves exploring along the shore of Batsto Lake

Timber Wolves exploring along the shore of Batsto Lake

Tired? Not these Timber Wolves

Tired? Not these Timber Wolves

Batsto Lake - first scenic overlook

Batsto Lake – first scenic overlook

Back on the trail

Back on the trail

Timber Wolves always have excess energy

Timber Wolves always have excess energy – running in an open space

Batsto Lake - second scenic overlook

Batsto Lake – second scenic overlook

Sixer and seconder examining flora and fauna

Sixer and seconder examining flora and fauna along Batsto Lake

These Timber Wolves are always smiling

These Timber Wolves are always smiling – the joy of being a part of our FNE movement!

Raising the flags at Camp St. Michael

Raising the flags at Camp St. Michael

Getting ready for prayers around the fire

Getting ready for prayers around the fire

Singing around the fire

Singing around the fire

More singing

More singing. It was about this time that our pastor and religious adviser Fr. Pasley stopped by with Bp. Bevard of St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

Our FNE Timber Wolves with Fr. Pasley and Bp. Bevard

Our FNE Timber Wolves and leaders from our boys’ den with Fr. Pasley and Bp. Bevard. Some of the boys are in long pants as they just came from serving Holy Mass.

Timber Wolves praying Vespers

Timber Wolves praying during the Pontifical Vespers offered by Bp. Bevard

Pontifical Vespers

Pontifical Vespers – our Timber Wolves serve as acolytes

Benedicamus Domino. Deo gratias.

Benedicamus Domino. Deo gratias. Fidelium animae per misericodiam Dei requiescant in pace.