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.
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.
Our Timber Wolves pause for a snack at a small clearing on the trail
Timber Wolves exploring along the shore of Batsto Lake
Tired? Not these Timber Wolves
Batsto Lake – first scenic overlook
Back on the trail
Timber Wolves always have excess energy – running in an open space
Batsto Lake – second scenic overlook
Sixer and seconder examining flora and fauna along Batsto Lake
These Timber Wolves are always smiling – the joy of being a part of our FNE movement!
Raising the flags at Camp St. Michael
Getting ready for prayers around the fire
Singing around the fire
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 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 during the Pontifical Vespers offered by Bp. Bevard
Pontifical Vespers – our Timber Wolves serve as acolytes
Benedicamus Domino. Deo gratias. Fidelium animae per misericodiam Dei requiescant in pace.