TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Oliver Estate Eagle Project work

John Boersdamm will be finishing his Eagle Project this Saturday at the Oliver Estate.  He is looking for help to touch up paint and move furniture.  Please come if you can.  The address is 445 Plymouth St.  Please arrive at 12:45 and the work is anticipated to finish within 3 hours.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!

Before we make any announcements, we'd like to share a picture of our friend and fellow scout, Mitch Lamoureux in training with the Air Force.  We all wish him well and hope he stays safe!



Here are the Troop updates for this week:

1) Troop meeting at the Parish Hall this week - 7:00pm

2) Scouts participating in the Personal Management merit badge will meet this Thursday to continue the merit badge program.



3) Troop Dues - The dues for this Scouting year are going to be $100 per Scout.  Dues are due by November 30th and checks should be made payable to: Troop 20.

4) Cooking Merit Badge - Mr. Devine would like all Scouts who have started the Cooking Merit Badge to please bring in your blue cards and other pertinent information so that we can get a baseline of where everyone is.

5) Ski Trip - Our annual ski trip is currently planned for January 19 - 21, 2018.  If you are interested in attending, a non-refundable deposit of $20 per scout is due by November 16th.  We will post additional details in the coming weeks as they become available.





6) Fall Cranboree - November 17 - 19, Camp Norse, 112 Parting Ways Road, Kingston, MA.

  • Arrival time is Friday, November 17th between 5:30 - 6:00pm.  Scouts should eat before they arrive.
  • We will be at campsite Kolli (our usual one).  If you have never been to Camp Norse before, please see the map below.


  • We are still determining the cost per Scout and will post to the blog as soon as we know.
  • Pickup time will be 8:00am on Sunday, November 19th.
  • For every scout attending, we must have current medical forms and current contact information so that a parent can be reached in the event of an emergency.
  • The weather has turned cold and we may likely have rain late Saturday and overnight Saturday into Sunday.  Scouts are responsible for bringing appropriate attire for the weather.  If the leaders determine that a Scout is not properly prepared for the weather, we will contact the Scouts parents to come back and correct the situation.
  • Lastly, please remember that all Scouts must have a water bottle with them at all times.
7) Trebuchet Update - We had a very successful test this past Sunday and expect to be ready to compete this weekend!  The main trebuchet crew for the competition will be those scouts who were present for the testing and learned how to setup, arm, and fire the machine.  They will be responsible for teaching other scouts who wish to participate.  With that said, the main trebuchet crew will be:
  • Jared Pierce
  • Jacob Rebell
  • Mark Swindle
  • Ben Sanford
 
 

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Sunday 11/12 Eagle Project Work


John Boersdamm is asking for helpers with his Eagle Project on Sunday 11/12 from 12:30 until 4. 
We will be painting a room at the historic Oliver Estate at 443 Plymouth St.
Any help is appreciated, we'll teach you how to paint!
Wear clothes that can get paint stained and if you have some old newspapers, please bring some with you to help us protect the floors and molding.
The estate driveway is right across from the entrance to the Middleboro KOA.
If you are using your GPS, address will be 443, but the street number on the property sign reads 445.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Weekend Updates - November 9, 2017

Hello Troop 20!

1) This weekends Veteran's Day Parade has been cancelled due to the cold weather but the Troop will be participating in the Veteran's Day Ceremony at the Town Hall.  We are asking Scouts to please be at the Town Hall for 9:45AM in Full Class A uniform, with sash if you have one.  We will meet in the foyer of the Town Hall, 10 Nickerson Ave, Middleboro, at the bottom of the staircase.  We will all go up to the ballroom together.

2) Reminder - Saturday, November 11th Court of Honor.  Please be at the Masonic Lodge by 3:30pm.  The ceremony starts promptly at 4pm and we need everyone on their seats on time.  Full Class A uniform with sash if you have one.  Dinner will be served following the Troop and Eagle Court of Honor.

3) Trebuchet testing Sunday, November 12th, at the Rebell's house, 110 North Street, Middleboro at 1pm.  Please bring a water bottle and dress for the cold weather.  We will be outside!

That's all for now.  We hope to see everyone at the Town Hall and the Court of Honor.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

General Announcements - November 7, 2017

Hello Troop 20!

A few general announcements about upcoming events/activities that everyone should be aware of.


1) As noted in the last blog post, our troop meeting will be at Reedy's Archery this week, from 7-8pm.  Please meet in the parking lot at 6:45pm.  Please note that this is bow hunting season so parking can get a little tight at Reedy's.  If it's busy, just park wherever you can find a place.



2) Troop Dues - The dues for this Scouting year are going to be $100 per Scout.  Dues are due by November 30th and checks should be made payable to: Troop 20.



3) Troop pictures - Mr. Devine has setup a Facebook page for us to share all of the pictures we have from various Scouting events.  You can get to this page by following this link.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/126902527973790/

The blog will be updated so that the link for pictures points to this page.  If you have any trouble getting to the page, please see Mr. Devine at one of the upcoming troop meetings.


4) Communication Merit Badge - Please use the links below to access the pamphlet and workbook required for the Communication Merit Badge that Mr. Devine is teaching.  Scouts participating in this merit badge should download and print the Pamphlet and Workbook for their use in this class.

Current BSA Pamphlet

Workbook

A nice aid for communications work



5) Ski Trip - Our annual ski trip is currently planned for January 19 - 21, 2018.  If you are interested in attending, a non-refundable deposit of $20 per scout is due by November 16th.  We will post additional details in the coming weeks as they become available.



6) Fall Cranboree - November 17 - 19, Camp Norse, 112 Parting Ways Road, Kingston, MA.
  • Arrival time is Friday, November 17th between 5:30 - 6:00pm.  Scouts should eat before they arrive.
  • We will be at campsite Kolli (our usual one).  If you have never been to Camp Norse before, please see the map below.

  • We are still determining the cost per Scout and will post to the blog as soon as we know.
  • Pickup time will be 8:00am on Sunday, November 19th.
  • For every scout attending, we must have current medical forms and current contact information so that a parent can be reached in the event of an emergency.


7) Trebuchet Update - The trebuchet is coming along.  We anticipate having it completed this week and, weather permitting, we will be testing/tuning it this Sunday, November 12th.  Time and Location TBD so stay tuned to the blog for updates!



8) Last, but definitely not least, Our Fall Court of Honor will be this Saturday, November 11th at the Middleborough May Flower Mason's Hall, 46 S. Main Street, Middleboro.  We are asking that all scouts arrive, in full class A uniform, no later than 3:30pm.  The Court of Honor will start promptly at 4:00pm.  We expect to wrap up approximately at 7:00pm.

The first part of the ceremony will be the Troop 20 Court of Honor where we will recognize those Scouts who have earned merit badges and rank advancements.  Immediately following the Troop 20 ceremony, we will hold an Eagle Scout Court of Honor, recognizing the advancement of Alex and Julian Cassady to the rank of Eagle Scout.  We hope that all of Troop 20, and their families, can be present for this very special event.  The Cassady family has arranged for food to be available immediately following the close of the ceremony.

We look forward to a great turn out for Alex, Julian, and their family!!

That's all for now Troop 20.  See you Thursday at Reedy's Archery!

Monday, November 6, 2017

Offsite Troop Meeting this week at Reedy's Archery 7-8pm


Hello Troop 20!

     


The Parish hall is not available for our regular Troop Meeting this week so we have made arrangements to go to Reedy's Archery in Middleboro to shoot bows and arrows!

Please plan to meet at Reedy's Archery, 121 Wood Street, Middleborough at 6:45pm.  We'll meet in the parking lot and head in as a group.  Scouts should eat dinner before arriving.

If you have a bow of your own and would like to bring it, please feel free to do so.

We are asking scouts to please wear your Class A uniforms with Class B shirt underneath.  We would like to get a Troop picture in Class A's, at the range, to present to Chris Reed for having us at his shop to shoot.  You can wear Class B's while on the range.

If you are planning to attend, please get in touch with Jared Pierce and let him know.  You can reach him at:  jared@pierce-family.net or on his mobile at 774-269-4049

We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday evening!

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

2017 Narragansett Council Fall Cranboree / Nov 17-19

Hello Troop 20!

The Fall Cranboree is coming up soon so we wanted to pass along some information.


When:  November 17 - 19

Where:  Camp Norse / Kolli Site (our regular site)

We will announce the arrival time as soon as we sort out a few details so stay tuned for that announcement.

We still need to plan to test the Trebuchet at some point.  Possibly this weekend but that may be tight as there's still some work to do on it.  We will keep everyone apprised of its progress and when we plan to test fire it.

There is an information packet available which you can download here.

We will pass along more information as it becomes available.

Thanks everyone!