TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 21st, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We will be having our last regular troop meeting of the 2017/2018 scouting year, this Thursday at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

Here are this week's announcements:




Troop 20
25th Anniversary Celebration


Dinner and End of Year Court of Honor
Saturday, June 23, 2018
 
6:00 - 9:00pm
Sacred Heart Parish Hall
53 Oak Street, Middleboro, MA



1) Merit Badges:  All Scouts are reminded that they are responsible for completing the work to earn merit badges.  Anyone participating in the Communications or Personal Management Merit Badges should be working on the badge requirements and bringing in your work for Mr. Devine and/or Mrs. Swindle to see your progress.  Bring in whatever you have done and the remainder will have to wait for the fall.

 2) Summer Camp:  Please remember that summer camp will be here in no time!  Troop 20 will be at Camp Squanto the week of August 5 - 11.  Details are as follows:

  • The cost will be $425 per scout - Includes Troop 20 Class B T-Shirt and Camp Photo.
  • At a minimum, a deposit of $200 per scout is due no later than June 23rd, 2018.
  • Please be aware that $50 of your deposit is non-refundable.
  • If possible, we would prefer to have the full amount due on June 23rd.
  • All Scouts must be paid in full no later that July 15th, 2018.
  • Balances can be mailed to:
Sherri Swindle
82 Miller Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
  • If you would prefer, you can call Sherri at 508-930-4889 if you would like to meet to deliver the balance due.
  • We need a minimum of 8 scouts to attend for us to keep all of our scouts together in one camp site.  If we do not have enough Scouts or leaders, our scouts will be split up among other troops in camp that week.
  • All Scouts were provided a letter to give to their parents.  This letter talks about summer camp and explains how parents can help.  We always need as much help as we can get.
  • Every Scout was also provided the list of merit badges being offered during summer camp and a worksheet to fill out with their merit badge choices.  If you have not yet done so, you need to pick your merit badges for camp.  The older Scouts and leaders can work with the newer Scouts to help make sure they are making appropriate choices for merit badges.  Some merit badges may require Scouts to have additional money with them to pay for supplies needed to complete the merit badge.
  • IMPORTANT:  Troop 20 must have a current medical form on file with all parts (A, B, & C) completed and signed.  No Exceptions.
  • We will have a pre-camp meeting sometime in the mid to late July timeframe.  Date & Location will be posted on the blog.

All of our Scouts have a great time at camp and the Leadership of Troop 20 believes that every Scout should attend, especially our newest Scouts.  It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in what Boy Scouts are all about and build lasting friendships with Scouts from Troops all over.  Additionally, the new scouts will earn their totin chit and fireman chit to make them qualified to have a pocket knife and help tend our camp fires.  It's also a great way to earn merit badges to help you rank up quick!

NOTE:  We still need adults to help provide leadership and supervision for the week of camp.  We need 2 deep leadership at all times (both during the day as well as overnight).  If you are able to help out, please email Larry Pierce at:  larry@pierce-family.net with your availability.  We will be putting together a master calendar with all of our adults that will be at camp and sharing that with adults so that you can see where we may still need assistance for the week.

 3) Eagle Scout Project:  Thomas Devine will be starting his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, June 30th.  Thomas will be rehabilitating the message board at the Wareham Street Herring run (47 Wareham Street).  Any Scouts who would like to help out Thomas should be at the Herring run at 9:00am on Saturday the 30th.  Note, this is the Wareham Street herring run, next to the Municipal Light Plant, and not the one on Route 44. Scouts should wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty (a class B t-shirt if you have it is appropriate), and bring a pair of work gloves and eye protection.  Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks but please put this on your calendar and plan to come help out Thomas!

 4) Eagle Scout Fundraiser:  Eric Grady will be holding a fund raiser to help raise money for his upcoming Eagle Scout Project.  Highlights are:

  • This is the John T. Nichols Middle School Landscape Project Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
  • It will be held at the Middleboro VFW Hall on Friday, June 29th, 2018 from 6-9PM
  • Cost will be $10 per person and includes a dinner menu of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Bread, Desserts, and Drinks.
Please see the flyer here for more details.  Please pass the word around and let's help Eric raise money for his project!

 5) End of Year Review Survey:  Eric Grady has asked that all scouts please take a few moments to complete an end of year survey.  This survey will help him know how things went this past year and where we need to focus our efforts to improve next year.  Please help him out and the incoming Troop Leadership.

That's all for now.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday for our last Troop meeting and then again on Sunday for our end of year Court of Honor and celebration of our Troop's 25th anniversary!!

Friday, June 15, 2018

End of Year Camping Trip Postponed

Hello Troop 20!

The Troop leadership has been working to try and pull together an end of year camping trip before the end of year Court of Honor but regretfully, we were unable to do so.

A lack of participation and lack of full time leaders to be on hand throughout the weekend made it impractical to try and force the event to come together.

However!  We are working to schedule a Fri, Sat, Sun campout for sometime in July to make up for this one.  As soon as we have a site secured and a plan for leadership coverage, we will post to the blog so stay tuned.  Something is in the works!!

That's all for now.  We hope to see everyone at our last Troop meeting of the year next Thursday and then at our end of year Court of Honor / 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, June 23rd!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 14th, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We'll be having our regular troop meeting this Thursday at 7:00pm.

Here are this week's announcements:



Troop 20
25th Anniversary Celebration

Dinner and End of Year Court of Honor
Saturday, June 23, 2018
 
6:00 - 9:00pm
Sacred Heart Parish Hall
53 Oak Street, Middleboro, MA

Current and Former Scouts, Leaders, and Friends of Troop 20 are invited.

Please RSVP to:  Troop20Middleboro@Yahoo.com  by June 13thPlease be sure to include your name and the number of people attending.

This will be a potluck event so current Scout families will be asked to provide a salad or Main Dish for the event.  There will be a signup sheet for food at this week's Troop Meeting.

2) Merit Badges:  All Scouts participating in the Communications Merit Badge should be working on the badge requirements and bringing in your workbooks for Mr. Devine to see your progress.  If you don't do the work, you don't get the badge :-)

3) Summer Camp:  Summer camp is rapidly approaching.  As noted before, Troop 20 will be at Camp Squanto the week of August 5 - 11.  Details are as follows:

  • The cost will be $425 per scout - Includes Troop 20 Class B T-Shirt and Camp Photo.
  • At a minimum, a deposit of $200 per scout is due no later than June 23rd, 2018.
  • Please be aware that $50 of your deposit is non-refundable.
  • If possible, we would prefer to have the full amount due on June 23rd.
  • All Scouts must be paid in full no later that July 15th, 2018.
  • Balances can be mailed to:
Sherri Swindle
82 Miller Street
Middleboro, MA 02346
  • If you would prefer, you can call Sherri at 508-930-4889 if you would like to meet to deliver the balance due.
  • We need a minimum of 8 scouts to attend for us to keep all of our scouts together in one camp site.  If we do not have enough Scouts or leaders, our scouts will be split up among other troops in camp that week.
  • Last week, all Scouts were provided a letter to give to their parents.  This letter talks about summer camp and explains how you can help.  We always need as much help as we can get.
  • Also distributed last week was the list of merit badges being offered during summer camp and a worksheet to fill out with their merit badge choices.  We will work with Scouts over the next couple of weeks to help make sure they are making appropriate choices for merit badges.  Some merit badges may require Scouts to have additional money with them to pay for supplies needed to complete the merit badge.
  • IMPORTANT:  Troop 20 must have a current medical form on file with all parts (A, B, & C) completed and signed.  No Exceptions.
  • We will have a pre-camp meeting sometime in the mid to late July timeframe.  Date & Location will be posted on the blog.

All of our Scouts have a great time at camp so we strongly encourage everyone to attend, especially our newest Scouts.  It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in what Boy Scouts are all about and build lasting friendships with Scouts from Troops all over.  Additionally, the new scouts will earn their totin chit and fireman chit to make them qualified to have a pocket knife and help tend our camp fires.  It's also a great way to earn merit badge sot help you rank up quick!
 
NOTE:  We are in need of adult leaders to help provide leadership and supervision for the week of camp.  We need 2 deep leadership at all times (both during the day as well as overnight).  If you are able to help out, please email Larry Pierce at:  larry@pierce-family.net with your availability.  He will be putting together a master calendar with all of our adults that will be at camp.

4) Eagle Scout Project:  Thomas Devine will be starting his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, June 30th.  Thomas will be rehabilitating the message board at the Wareham Street Herring run (47 Wareham Street).  Any Scouts who would like to help out Thomas should be at the Herring run at 9:00am on Saturday the 30th.  Note, this is the Wareham Street herring run, next to the Municipal Light Plant, and not the one on Route 44. Scouts should dress appropriately for the weather, wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring a pair of work gloves and eye protection.  Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks but please put this on your calendar and plan to come help out Thomas!

5) Eagle Scout Fundraiser:  Eric Grady will be holding a fund raiser to help raise money for his upcoming Eagle Scout Project.  Highlights are:
  • This is the John T. Nichols Middle School Landscape Project Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser.
  • It will be held at the Middleboro VFW Hall on Friday, June 29th, 2018 from 6-9PM
  • Cost will be $10 per person and includes a dinner menu of Spaghetti, Meatballs, Bread, Desserts, and Drinks.
Please see the flyer here for more details.  Please pass the word around and let's help Eric raise money for his project!

6) End of Year Review Survey:  Eric Grady has asked that all scouts please take a few moments to complete an end of year survey.  This survey will help him know how things went this past year and where we need to focus our efforts to improve next year.  Please help him out and the incoming Troop Leadership.

That's all for now.  We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Committee Meeting / Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 7th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 6:00pm Committee / 7:00pm Troop

Hello Troop 20!

This week, there will be a committee meeting at 6:00pm at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  The Troop Meeting will be held at 7:00pm immediately following the committee meeting.

Here are this week's announcements:

1) All Scouts are asked to please bring their Scout Handbooks and Binders with them Thursday evening.  The SPL and ASPL's will be reviewing them with you.

2) REMINDER:  All money for troop fleece jackets is due this Thursday.  If you have not yet paid for your jacket, please see Eric Grady Thursday evening.

3) The end of year camping trip this coming weekend is postponed due to some logistical issues that have come up.  We are working to try and re-schedule so please stay tuned.  We hope to have more information available at this week's Troop meeting.

4) If you are working on the Personal Management or Communication merit badge's and have completed work to turn in, please see Mrs. Swindle or Mr. Devine at Thursday's Troop Meeting.

5) End of Year Court of Honor.  Please remember that we need Scouts to sign up for the end of year Court of Honor to be held Saturday, June 23rd.  You need to RSVP Troop20Middleboro@Yahoo.com  by June 13thPlease be sure to include your name and the number of people attending.

6) Summer Camp.  At this week's troop meeting, we will have information for you regarding this years summer camp signup, payments, merit badge offerings, and medical forms.  Summer camp is a great experience and all of our Scouts have a great time.

This year, we will be at Camp Squanto from August 5th to the 11th.  All Scouts should plan to attend this once a year opportunity.

REMINDER:  In order to have a successful summer camp, we need adult leaders to volunteer to spend time with our Scouts at Camp.  Two deep leadership is required at all times so having a few adults available at all times is highly desirable.  If you can help out this year and perhaps spend a night or two at camp, please see Mr. Pierce at any Troop Meeting.

7)  Eagle Scout Project:  Thomas Devine will be starting his Eagle Scout project on Saturday, June 30th.  Thomas will be rehabilitating the message board at the Wareham Street Herring run (47 Wareham Street).  Any Scouts who would like to help out Thomas should be at the Herring run at 9:00am on Saturday the 30th.  Note, this is the Wareham Street herring run, next to the Municipal Light Plant, and not the one on Route 44. Scouts should dress appropriately for the weather, wear clothes you do not mind getting dirty, and bring a pair of work gloves and eye protection.  Additional information will be posted in the coming weeks but please put this on your calendar and plan to come help out Thomas!

That's all for now.  We look forward to seeing ALL Scouts Thursday evening!

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Troop 20 End of Year Court of Honor and 25 Year Anniversary Celebration

Hello Troop 20!




Troop 20
25th Anniversary Celebration

Dinner and End of Year Court of Honor
Saturday, June 23, 2018
 
6:00 - 9:00pm
Sacred Heart Parish Hall
53 Oak Street, Middleboro, MA

Current and Former Scouts, Leaders, and Friends of Troop 20 are invited.

Please RSVP to:  Troop20Middleboro@Yahoo.com  by June 13thPlease be sure to include your name and the number of people attending.

To date, we have not had ANY RSVP's so please do so ASAP.

This will be a potluck event so current Scout families will be asked to provide a salad or Main Dish for the event.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Fishing Derby Postponed

Hello Troop 20!

Please be aware that the fishing derby planned for this coming weekend has been postponed by the sponsor due to the inclement weather.

As soon as we hear anything about the event being re-scheduled, we will get that information out on the blog.

In the meantime!.........we have the Troop 20 year end campout scheduled for June 8, 9, 10 at Camp Norse!  Sign up now!!  If you have any trouble accessing the signup document, please see Eric Grady Thursday night.

See you all Thursday night for the Troop meeting!

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 31st, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We will have our regular Troop Meeting this week on Thursday, the 31st, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

We have a couple of announcements for this week:

1) REMINDER:  This Thursday, there is a mandatory meeting for the parents of new Scouts who either just crossed over into the Troop from the Pack or who may have just joined the Troop recently.  The meeting will start at approximately 7:15pm, after opening ceremonies.

2) SPL Elections - Will be holding elections for our new SPL in the coming weeks.  We need to know who is intending to run for SPL by May 31st.  Minimum requirements are:
  1. NYLT encouraged but not required
  2. Scouts must be minimum of Star Rank, previous SPL, or at Scoutmaster's discretion.
  3. Any potential candidates will interview with the Assistant Scoutmaster.
  4. Adults will narrow down to the best 2-3 candidates who will then run for election with the Troop.
  5. The new SPL will pick his own ASPL's for the next year.
Timeline:
  • May 31 - Candidates announce their intention to run to the current SPL or ASPL's.
  • June 7 - Adult leader interviews
  • June 14 - SPL Speeches and Voting
  • June 23 - New SPL announced at our end of year CoH
3) Weather permitting, Troop 20 will be participating in a community service campout this weekend at Camp Cachalot.  Troop 48 from Carver will be hosting a fishing derby to support veteran's.  The current plan looks something like this:

  • Due to a lack of adult leadership to meet the 2 deep leadership requirement, we will unfortunately not be able to stay over Saturday night.
  • If the weather allows, we will arrive Friday night between 5-6pm at Camp Cachalot.
  • Saturday morning, we will cook breakfast as a Troop.  This is a good opportunity for any scouts who may need some cooking time for rank advancement.  After breakfast, the Derby will run from 8:00am until approx. noontime.  Scouts will assist the veterans fishing and help out until the veteran's leave after lunch.
  • Lunch will be donated by Troop 48.  Troop 20 will bring desserts, donated by our Scouts.
  • After the veteran's depart camp, the scouts can fish or work on requirements.
  • Pickup will be at 5:00pm, at Camp Cachalot.
IMPORTANT:  The weather forecast for Friday/Saturday is not looking too good, with possible thunder storms being predicted.  We will be watching the weather carefully and will make a call Thursday evening as to whether the weekend will be further shortened to Saturday only, or cancelled altogether so please watch the blog!!


4) End of year camping trip - We are planning an end of year campout June 8 - 10 at Camp Norse.  We are planning to have a lot of good food, fun games, and possibly some high adventure activities. Please follow this link for the signup sheet.

5) Summer camp is rapidly approaching.  Troop 20 will be at Camp Squanto the week of August 5 - 11.  We will have additional details and cost posted to the blog in the coming weeks, as it comes down to us.  All of our Scouts have a great time at camp so we strongly encourage everyone to attend, especially our newest Scouts.  It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in what Boy Scouts are all about and build lasting friendships with Scouts from Troops all over.
NOTE:  We are in need of adult leaders to help provide leadership and supervision for the week of camp.  We need 2 deep leadership at all times (both during the day as well as overnight).  If you are able to help out, please see Larry Pierce or Mark Swindle at one of our upcoming Troop meetings.

6) End of Year Court of Honor and 25th Anniversary Celebration - MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Our end of year Court of Honor will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall, from 6:00 - 9:00pm.  This will also be a 25th anniversary celebration for the Troop so it will be an exciting way to end the scouting year!  Please see this document for additional details.  We want to see all of our Scouts and their families for this event.

7) Merit Badge Check-in - If any scouts have work to show Mr. Devine or Mrs. Swindle for the Communication or Personal Management merit badges, please bring it Thursday

That's all for now.  We hope to see everyone Thursday evening!