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Sand Pond Society -

We are a community of former and current Scouts and Scouters, including past and current campers, volunteers and staff members who wish to promote enthusiasm about the camp and the camp’s mission, serve as a positive and constructive environment for continuing camp friendships and reconnecting with people who were active at the camp, as well as to serve as a conduit for our community to continue to improve the camp.

We are seeking past and current stories, pictures for a future published book to commemorate the eventual 85th Anniversary in 2012. Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco has been a part of many lives within the community of Hackensack (and mostly Bergen County) since opening in 1927.

As such, the content of this site is limited to camp-related subjects. Registration with this site is necessary to view and participate in the content of this site.

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco has operated continuously since the summer of 1927. Situated alongside the Kittatinny Ridge, the camp is actively used not only by the Scouting community of northern New Jersey, but also the rest of the state, Pennsylvania, New York, and beyond. Our summer camp program and food is not to be beat and our outstanding facilities are perfect for winter camping and events.

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco operates at or near capacity for six weeks every summer, as well as each weekend throughout the remainder of the year. Owned and operated by the Northern NJ Council, BSA, the camp is easily one of the most popular and best-loved Boy Scout camps in the state.

The camp encompasses 380+ acres, and is virtually surrounded by the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, as well as by Green Acres projects of the State of New Jersey. Access through these properties extends the true possibility for our campers to over 112,250 acres of public land, including the Blair Creek Preserve, Worthington State Forest, Stokes State Forest, High Point State Park, and the Flatbrook-Roy, Walpack, and Hainesville Wildlife Management Areas. The Appalachian Trail runs immediately adjacent to the camp property. The Delaware River is located three miles away.

The camp has also been as a launching point for canoe trips on the Delaware River, and other lakes within the northwestern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania area, as well as rock-climbing activities within the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. Aside from our own Sand Pond, at least four other lakes are within day-hiking distance of the camp. The camp is also a very short drive from Swartswood State Park, White Lake Wildlife Management Area, and Jenny Jump State Forest.

Although many of our members are also members of the Boy Scouts of America, and although our mission complements the goals of the Northern NJ Council, this is not an official site of the Boy Scouts of America or of the Northern NJ Council.

Free Classifieds and Announcements / Entertainment Wall Unit for Sale
« on: July 05, 2005, 01:46:19 PM »
Entertainment Wall Unit for Sale

Purchased 3 YRS ago from "Wall Units and More" on Rte 4 East. 
New units sell for $1000 or more. Asking $500. Good condition. Relocating and cannot take the unit.

Solid Oak unit that will hold up to a 40" TV, Stereo, VCR, DVD, Cable/SAT Box, lots of storage for DVDs, CDs, VHS Tapes, Remotes.


Serious Inquires only. No Delivery.

If interested: 

Phone: 201-914-7138

Hackensack Discussion / Clothing Drop Boxes Legit?
« on: May 10, 2005, 10:19:10 AM »

Are the new clothing drop boxes (yellow boxes by "Planet Aid") legitimate that appear at our newest vacant former gas stations on Summit / Essex St. (former Amoco) and Polify Rd (former Exxon Station)?

Hackensack Discussion / Property Taxes
« on: May 10, 2005, 09:39:05 AM »
Whatever the outcome of today's mayor and council race - its time to move on to the next election race - Governor. provides links to all who are running.

Since hardly anyone running for Mayor / Council focused on issues such as property taxes, I thought it was worth bringing to focus a political race that will.

I'm trying to gather any or all information regarding property taxes from candidates wanting to run for governor. 

The more I look into this - property taxes appear to be a Republican issue in the race for governor.  With Corizine appearing to be the only front runner for the Democrats - I don't any statements on the issue by Senator Corizine from his web site.

I guess since Gov. Codey eliminated the property tax rebate this fall - its no wonder why Republicans are raising the issue.

Doug Forrester

I know its early to pick who to vote for, but Forrester sure knows how to grab one's attention. I thought the savings calculator was interesting to share. It may be nonsense and then again it may not be.

Bret Schindler - Property Tax Amendment Reform

After plugging in values for Bergen County and Hackensack the following was provided on Schindler's web site.

Stand Up for Hackensack!

It’s time we demand that our community receive its fair share of state funding!

Every year, as New Jersey’s economy grows, state tax collections grow.

State politicians spend these new dollars creating new state programs and adding friends to the state payroll.

Legislation being debated in Trenton would force state politicians to start sending a fair share of these new dollars to public schools, municipalities and counties to improve local services and lower property taxes.

Studies show the passage of this legislation would cause property taxes all throughout New Jersey to fall year after year after year.

Had these “Permanent Property Tax Reduction Amendments” been passed last year:

Hackensack’s public schools would already be receiving $4,403,279.93 more in state funding;

Hackensack’s municipal government would already be receiving $4,474,098.08 more in state funding;

Hackensack’s tax obligation to Bergen County would already have been reduced by  $580,731.14 this year; 

And Hackensack’s property owners and tenants would already be enjoying $9,458,109.15 in total property tax savings!

Most property owners in New Jersey would have saved about 10% in property taxes this year. To find out what YOUR personal savings would have been, type your address into our Tax Savings Calculator at

If you want lower property taxes, it is time to stand up for Hackensack and demand that our community receive its fair share of state funding!

John Murphy

Robert Schroeder


Our property taxes continue to skyrocket, rising out of control. Yet, the career politicians who fail to address the problem remain in office year after year.

As a local elected official and fiscal conservative, I know first hand that quick fix budgets and funding gimmicks (like bonding and tax increases) are useless. Until you cut costs, eliminate waste, and curb the political abuse of taxpayer dollars, property taxes will continue to rise.

I am an ardent supporter of shared administrative services among municipalities looking to lower their property taxes and plan to utilize cost cutting measures like this to create savings. Sharing staff and administrative duties, coordinated purchasing of supplies, and sharing public works, employees and equipment all create tremendous savings. Without ever touching local emergency services, we can accumulate substantial savings in the payroll, benefit and financing costs that make up a big chunk of local budgets.

Most importantly, we must eliminate the political deals and no-bid insider contracts that drive up the cost of government. It's time to throw the career politicians out and save taxpayer's more of their hard earned money.


Hackensack Discussion / Education/Charter Schools/Testing
« on: April 29, 2005, 08:33:08 AM »
Editor's note: This topic was merged with an older one called "Troubled School System"

Yet the suit accuses the government of shortchanging schools by at least $27 billion, the difference between the amount Congress authorized and what it has spent. The shortfall is even larger, the suit says, if the figures include all promised funding for poor children.

The suit, citing a series of cost studies, outlines billions of dollars in expenses to meet the law's mandates. They include the costs of adding yearly testing, getting all children up to grade level in reading and math, and ensuring teachers are highly qualified.

To cover those costs, the suit says, states have shifted money away from such other priorities as foreign languages, art and smaller classes. The money gap has hurt schools' ability to meet progress goals, which in turn has damaged their reputations, the suit says

CNN - First national lawsuit over education law

Maybe school districts should build oil refineries so that the President takes notice. Think of the additional funds one could raise and the workforce experience students would have.

Hackensack Discussion / Sun Powered Schools
« on: March 02, 2005, 09:47:57 AM »
Record Article: Sun Powered Schools

Does anyone know if our BOE applied for this initiative? 

Hackensack Discussion / HUMC Expansion
« on: February 09, 2005, 02:21:59 PM »
Hospital readies plan for expansion

Does anyone know any truth to how much land HUMC actually owns?

A neighbor of mine years ago said they owned all land from the hospital of today to as north as Beech St (High School) and as far east as the railroad tracks.

Hackensack Discussion / BOE - priming the pump
« on: January 31, 2005, 08:45:35 AM »

Where does Mr. Montesano planned to get the money for leasing space?

I feel a burning sensation in my wallet. Oh wait - its almost April -which mean another BOE tax increase request.

I'd like to know from active PTA folks, any unplanned expenses that came up during year (and I know of a couple)  that will require more tax money from residents.

Dont forget - its a city property assessment year too.

Hackensack Discussion / Sidewalks - Snow removal
« on: January 24, 2005, 08:18:50 AM »
So if the city can site two summons on my neighbor for the past dusting (less than an inch) of snow, I wonder if the city will be going after homeowners and businesses that fail to clear sidewalks after this last snow storm?

  - the homes along Essex St (across from the Sanzari building) have once again failed to dig out.

What about homes that are vacant and for sale?  Who is responsible? Will the city go after them too?

What about business properties that are closed?

  - Former gas station on the corner of Essex St / Summitt Ave.

  - Former gas station on Polify Ave and Essex St. 

Both of these properties are corner lots and the walks should be cleared.

What about the sidewalk along the park on Polify Rd too. Isnt the city responsible for this sidewalk?

Perhaps the inspectors from Operation Clean Sweep can follow up since, I can't see them doing home inspections till the snow disappears.

Hackensack Discussion / Mayor / Council phone poll
« on: January 19, 2005, 11:50:53 AM »
Did anyone else get a phone call over the weekend inquriing about potential candidates and then a broad Q/A on the Mayor/Council on specific topics?

I only wish I got the name of the person who called.

Hackensack Discussion / Former NAACP treasurer indicted / Hack BOE Member
« on: December 17, 2004, 08:16:42 AM »
Former NAACP treasurer indicted

I hope the BOE is looking into this (link to Record article above)...

Hackensack Discussion / Anyone using VOIP?
« on: November 04, 2004, 11:01:43 AM »
Is anyone in town using VOIP (voice over ip - phone service via cable/dsl line)?

I am contemplating using Vonage or ATT CallVantage. Would like like to know if anyone is using either one and any problems, issues you may have.

Thanks in advance.

Hackensack Discussion / So how many political phones calls did you get?
« on: November 01, 2004, 10:01:50 AM »
Since early last week the phone at home has been ringing off the hook with political phone calls.

Yesterday (Sunday) I counted over 10 calls to my home.

Why can't political phone calls be part of the "Do Not Call" list? 

I can handle a call or two, but several calls each day is intrusive. Its enough to turn people away from voting all together.

Hackensack Discussion / Essex St. Overpass (Rte. 17)
« on: September 24, 2004, 08:25:24 AM »
Does anyone know the status on the proposed project to rebuild the bridge overpass on Essex St. 

I overheard a disuccsion that January 2005 is a possible target date to start work.

Hackensack Discussion / Property Reassessment
« on: September 21, 2004, 08:40:37 AM »
News article (click)

Am I safe to assume  ?? that since my remodeling and reassessment on my home three years ago - I may be safe from another potential tax increase or do I need to fear the worst like most?

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