TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Offsite Troop Meeting this Thursday, 12/14, at SkyZone - Kingston, MA

Hello Troop 20!

1) SKYZONE:  We will be having an offsite activity this week in lie of our regular troop meeting.  We will be at SkyZone, at the Kingston Mall.  We will be getting pizza afterwards so scouts should have a light snack before coming.  The plan is for the scouts t jump from 6:30 to 7:30 and then we'll be heading to the food court.

Drop-off:  We will meet at SkyZone between 6:00-6:15pm.
Pickup:  Please plan to pickup your scout in the food court of the Kingston mall at 8:30pm.
Cost:  Each scout will need $20 cash to cover the cost of jumping and pizza afterwards at the food court.

IMPORTANT:  Every scout MUST have their parent complete a waiver BEFORE Thursday.  Please go to this link for the waiver:  https://www.skyzone.com/kingston

***** You MUST use the waiver specifically for the Kingston SkyZone. *****

Click on the 'FILL OUT WAIVER' button and then select the 'MYSELF & CHILDREN' button.

2) Toys for Tots:  Any scout who has not yet turned in a toy, and wants to do so, may bring it Thursday night to SkyZone.  As a reminder, it should be a toy priced at no more than $10 and unwrapped.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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

Hello Troop 20!

We hope everyone has had a great week!  Here are this week's announcements:

1) IMPORTANT UPDATE:  We believe the Scouts have been discussing our next offsite date for December as 12/21.  This date is incorrect.  Our next offsite is actually next week, 12/14.  This is noted in the Troop Calendar and Mrs. Swindle has re-confirmed this date with Sacred Heart.  We will be checking to see if our anticipated offsite activity (SkyZone) is available for this date and will get an update on the blog as soon as possible, so stay tuned!



2) Toys for Tots:  In last week's Troop Meeting, Mrs. Swindle mentioned that Mid Cape Home Centers were very generous to Troop 20 this year, donating all of the lumber we needed to build our Trebuchet.  Mid Cape is currently collecting for the Marine Corps Reserves annual Toys for Tots program and we would like to show our appreciation by bringing them a donation of toys from Troop 20.  We are asking that all Scouts, if you can, please try to bring in a new, unwrapped toy ($10 or less) by Thursday, 12/14.  We would like to bring them, as a Troop, to Mid Cape Home Centers in Middleboro, either on Saturday, 12/16 or maybe Friday, 12/15.  Details regarding the actual drop-off will follow.



3) Personal Management Merit Badge:  Mrs. Swindle will be meeting with the Personal Management merit badge scouts this week.  Scouts were given 'homework' and should bring back completed workbooks with backup.  Scouts should know what work they were assigned.  If anyone is unsure, please reach out to Mrs. Swindle.

4) Committee Meeting:  We will be having our monthly committee meeting this Thursday, 12/7, at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.  We would like to remind all parents that you are both welcome and encouraged to attend both the committee meetings as well as the Troop meetings.  Troop 20 runs on volunteers and while we have some key leaders who keep the wheels turning for our Scouts, we could really use some help from parents.  I think every leader you talk to will tell you that they get tremendous enjoyment out of the scouting program by participating and helping our Scouts achieve great things.  If you can spare some time, stop by the committee meeting and hear what we have going on.  Something may peak your interest! Thanks!



5) Troop Dues: - The dues for this Scouting year are $100 per Scout.  Dues were due this past Thursday, November 30th.  If you have not yet paid your annual dues, please see Mrs. Swindle.  Checks should be made payable to: Troop 20.



6) 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 now.  We will post additional details in the coming weeks as they become available.

NOTE: To date, we have received deposits from: Wayne, Arthur, Jared, Stephen, and Kevin.  If you believe you are going on the trip and your name isn't in this list, you need to see Mrs. Swindle ASAP.



7) Senior Patrol Leaders Notes:
  • Movie Night:  If you would like to bring a console or electronic device to Movie Night, please see Mark Swindle at this week's Troop Meeting.
  • Scribe's:  A reminder that all scribe's should have a list of everyone in their patrols, with check boxes next to everyone's name, so that they can take attendance each week.
  • Binders:  Everyone should bring their Scout Binder this week, to review them with the Troop.

That's all for this week and we hope to see everyone at the Troop Meeting on Thursday.  Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, 11/30, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving Holiday!

Here are this week's announcements:

1) We will have our regular Troop Meeting this Thursday at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  The Troop meeting starts at 7:00pm.



2) Troop Dues - The dues for this Scouting year are $100 per Scout.  Dues are due this Thursday, November 30th.  Please make checks payable to: Troop 20.

3) Communication Merit Badge - Mr. Devine will be meeting with the Communication Merit Badge Scouts.  Please use the links below to access the pamphlet and workbook required for this merit badge.  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


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 now.  We will post additional details in the coming weeks as they become available.

See you all this Thursday!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello Troop 20!



No Troop Meeting this week......The leadership of Troop 20 would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving.

And remember what Mr. Lamoureux always says...be safe and no turkey fires!



Cngratulations Troop 20!

Hello Troop 20!



Congratulations to all of our scouts, especially the team who was at this years Fall Cranboree and participated in the Punkin Chunkin competition.  It was our first year with a brand new machine and we took 3rd place for accuracy!!!  Everyone did a fantastic job!  I will bring the trophy to our next Troop Meeting so that everyone can enjoy it.

We'll be making improvements to the machine over the next year, with a stronger axle and more weights, and we will be ready to seriously compete come next fall!


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