TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Friday, May 25, 2018

Middleborough Memorial Day Parade - Monday, May 28, 9:30am

Hello Troop 20!



Just a reminder for everyone that Troop 20 is a participant in the Middleborough Memorial Day Parade to honor those people who died while serving in our country's armed forces.  We ask that all scouts please plan to participate in this event.

The exception is for those scouts who are members of school bands.  Band participation is part of your grade so we understand that must take priority.

We will be lining up behind the town hall at 9:30am and the parade steps off at 10:00am.  Please remember that parking and getting to/from the town hall can be a challenge the closer you get to the parade time because the police will start closing off roads, so please plan accordingly.

There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony immediately following the parade at the War Memorial Park on Main Street (Town Hall Lawn Area).  In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be held at 10:00am in the Town Hall, 2nd Floor.  To check if the parade is cancelled, please call the non-emergency number for the Middleborough Police at 508-947-1212 or check the Town of Middleborough's Veteran's Services Facebook Page.

Uniform is full class A with hats, neckerchiefs or bolo's, and merit badge sash if you have it.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 24th, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We will have our regular Troop Meeting this week on Thursday, the 24th, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

Here are this week's announcements.  We have quite a few so please pay attention.

1) Memorial Day Parade - Monday, May 28th - 10:00am
For this year's Memorial Day Parade we are asking all participants to arrive at the town hall parking lot for 9:30am sharp.  There will be a Memorial Day Ceremony immediately following at the War Memorial Park on Main Street (Town Hall Lawn Area).  In case of inclement weather, the parade will be cancelled and the ceremony will be held at 10:00am in the Town Hall, 2nd Floor.  To check if the parade is cancelled, please call the non-emergency number for the Middleborough Police at 508-947-1212 or check the Town of Middleborough's Veteran's Services Facebook Page.

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) At this Thursday's Troop Meeting, we are asking each Scout to please bring $5.00 for some fun activities as one our last 'offsite' / fun meetings. 

4) Troop 20 will be participating in a community service campout on Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd at Camp Cachalot.  Troop 48 from Carver will be hosting a fishing derby to support veteran's.  The current plan looks something like this: 
  • Troop 20 arrive on Friday June 1st, between 5-7pm at Cachalot.  All scouts should plan to have dinner before arriving as food will not be served Friday night.
  • 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.  Dinner will be cooked as a Troop and we will depart after dinner.
This is a great community service opportunity and we hope to see lot's of Troop participation.

5) 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. Signup sheet will be online shortly.

6) The leadership of Troop 20 will be holding a 'New Scout Parent's Meeting' on Thursday, May 31st.  We will be sending out emails to those parents who should plan to attend.  This is considered a required meeting so please try to arrange your schedules so that at least one parent can be present.

7) 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.

8) 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.

9) Fleece Jackets:
  • Cost is $40.  Checks should be made out to 'Troop 20'.
  • You MUST pay up front in cash or check.
  • Expected delivery date will be sometime during the first two weeks of June.
  • We will have examples of the jackets on display next week.
  • The jackets will have the Troop 20 logo embroidered on the left chest and your name on the right sleeve.

10) 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 look forward to seeing everyone Thursday evening!

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Eagle Scout Court of Honor - Saturday, May 19th at 2:00pm - Middleborough Town Hall

Hello Troop 20!



The Troop Leaders would like to remind everyone that this Saturday, May 19th, there will be an Eagle Scout Court of Honor for John Boersdamm.  It will be held at the Middleborough Town Hall Ballroom and will start at 2:00pm.  We are asking all Troop 20 Scouts to please plan on joining us for this very special event.

Scouts are expected to be in full Class A uniforms and are asked to arrive at the town hall for 1:00pm to help setup.  The Boersdamm family has arranged for light refreshments immediately following the close of the ceremony.  We look forward to seeing everyone on the 19th to recognize John's achievement!

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 17th, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We will have our regular Troop Meeting this week on Thursday, the 17th, at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

1) This Saturday will be an Eagle Court of Honor for John Boersdamm.  Currently, it is planned for 2:00pm at the Middleborough Town Hall.  More details to follow.

2) Troop 20 will be participating in a community service campout on Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd at Camp Cachalot.  Troop 48 from Carver will be hosting a fishing derby to support veteran's.  The current plan looks something like this:

  • Troop 20 arrive on Friday June 1st, between 5-7pm at Cachalot.  All scouts should plan to have dinner before arriving as food will not be served Friday night.
  • 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.  Dinner will be cooked as a Troop and we will depart after dinner.
This is a great community service opportunity and we hope to see lot's of Troop participation.

3) The leadership of Troop 20 will be holding a 'New Scout Parent's Meeting' on Thursday, May 31st.  We will be sending out emails to those parents who should plan to attend.  This is considered a required meeting so please try to arrange your schedules so that at least one parent can be present.

4) 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.

5) Fleece Jackets
  • Cost is $40.  Checks should be made out to 'Troop 20'.
  • You MUST pay up front in cash or check.
  • Expected delivery date will be sometime during the first two weeks of June.
  • We will have examples of the jackets on display next week.
  • The jackets will have the Troop 20 logo embroidered on the left chest and your name on the right sleeve.

6) We are currently planning to have an offsite Troop meeting on Thursday, May 24th.  Details will be forthcoming.

We will be sending out a separate blog post with information about the 25th Anniversary celebration at our end of year Court of Honor.



Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 10th at 7:00pm - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

Hello Troop 20!

We will be having our regular Troop meeting this Thursday, 7:00pm, at the Parish Hall.  We hope to see everyone there.

A few announcements this week:

1) On Thursday, we will be doing a brief rehearsal for John Boersdamm's upcoming Eagle Court of Honor.  Regular Class A's are fine for this.

2) There will be an Eagle Scout Court of Honor on Saturday, May 19th, at 2:00pm at the Middleborough Town Hall.  We would ask Scouts to arrive at 1:30pm to help with setup.  We are asking all Troop 20 Scouts to be please be there in full Class A uniform to support and congratulate John for his accomplishment.

3) Troop 20 will be participating in a community service campout on Friday, June 1st to Sunday, June 3rd at Camp Cachalot.  Troop 48 from Carver will be hosting a fishing derby to support veteran's.  The current plan looks something like this:

  • Troop 20 arrive on Friday June 1st, between 5-7pm at Cachalot.  All scouts should plan to have dinner before arriving as food will not be served Friday night.
  • 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.  Dinner will be cooked as a Troop.
  • Sunday morning will be a light breakfast, camp breakdown, and pickup at 9:00am.
This is a great community service opportunity and we hope to see lot's of Troop participation.

4) MARK YOUR CALENDARS!  Summer is fast approaching and our end of year Court of Honor will be held on Saturday, June 23rd, at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  This will also be a 25th anniversary celebration for the Troop so it will be an exciting way to end the scouting year!  More details will follow in the coming weeks but please mark your calendars.  We want to see all of our Scouts and their families for this event.

5) The leadership of Troop 20 will be holding a 'New Scout Parent's Meeting' on Thursday, May 31st.  We will be sending out emails to those parents who should plan to attend.  This is considered a required meeting so please try to arrange your schedules so that at least one parent can be present.

6) We are currently planning to have an offsite Troop meeting on Thursday, May 24th.  Details will be forthcoming.

7) 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.

8)  Lastly, Troop 20 is registered for MassJam 2018.  MassJam will be held October 6 - 8 (Columbus Day Weekend) at the Cape Cod Fairgrounds, in East Falmouth, MA.  If you have never been to a National Jamboree, this is an opportunity to experience a smaller scale version of what a Jamboree is like.  There will be thousands of scouts from Massachusetts and surrounding states.  We encourage everyone to attend.  More details will be rolled out as we receive them.


That's all for now.  We hope to see everyone Thursday evening at the Troop Meeting!

Friday, May 4, 2018

Metal Drive - Saturday, May 5th

Hello!

For any Scouts who are planning to help with the metal drive tomorrow, we will be meeting at 8:00am behind the parish rectory, not at the parish hall.  See photo below.

We expect to be done at 12:00 and will be back at the rectory lot for pickup.  If you are going to help, please make sure you have the following with you:

1) Water
2) Work Gloves (We will be picking up metal)
3) Sunscreen and bug spray as necessary
4) You may want eye protection
5) A phone to call your parents for pickup

Thank you to everyone who will be helping us out!!


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Committee Meeting / Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 3rd, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 6:00pm Committee / 7:00pm Troop

Hello Troop 20!

Happy May Everyone!  Here are this weeks announcements:



1) The Troop 20 Light Fighters had an amazing time at West Point this past weekend.  The cadets did a fantastic job putting on this years Scoutmaster's Council and all 7000+ Scouts and Adults had a great weekend.  We've been posting pictures to our Troop 20 Facebook Page so stop by and check them out.
As a reminder to the Scouts who participated, those of you who took tents home should be making sure you set them up at home to dry them out.  The weather the next few days will be perfect for that.  Please dry them, sweep them out, and return them to the Troop at this Thursday's meeting.



2) At this week's Troop meeting, Scouts working on the Personal Management and Communications Merit Badges should check in with Mrs. Swindle and Mr. Devine, respectively, to show them any progress you've made on the requirements.

3) In regards to earning merit badges, we would like to remind all Scouts that while you do not have to be part of a group of Scouts working on a particular merit badge, in order to receive credit for the badge requirements, you must work with an approved Merit Badge Counselor to monitor and approve your progress.  An approved Merit Badge Counselor must have completed an Adult Application, taken the BSA Youth Protection Training, and have a completed Merit Badge Counselor application on file with Troop 20 or provide proof that they are approved as a counselor through a BSA Council.

4) Scrap Metal Drive - This Saturday, May 5th, Troop 20 will be holding a scrap metal drive to raise funds for Troop events.  We need several Scouts to assist with this event.  Scouts should plan to meet at the Parish Hall at 8:00am on Saturday.  We also need Scouts to bring  in addresses of anyone that has scrap metal to donate so that we can create a pickup plan.  Scouts should bring addresses to this Thursday's meeting and make sure the donor knows that pickup will be this Saturday.

That's all for now.  We hope to see everyone this Thursday.  Have a great week!