TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Troop Meeting this Thursday, Jan 18, at Central Congregational Church - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!

We have just a few announcements this week.

1) This week's Troop meeting will be at Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.  We will not have use of the gymnasium so we will be in the classrooms.

2) There will be a short but mandatory ski meeting that all parents of skiers MUST attend at 8:00pm this Thursday, at Central Congregational Church.  We have some updates for parents that we want everyone to be aware of.

3) For any scouts going skiing this weekend, if you have medication to bring with you, please bring it to Mrs. Swindle at this Thursday's Troop meeting, in it's original packaging or pharmacy containers, and she will make sure it gets to our Scout Master at the lodge.

4) Scouts - if you are going skiing, please remember to bring clothing appropriate for being on a mountain.  Plan to have warm socks, thermals, ski jacket, hat, gloves, ski mask, goggles, and ski pants.  Do not wear jeans.  If they get wet, they will STAY wet.

That's all for now!  We hope to see everyone at this Thursday's Troop meeting!

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Hello Troop 20!



As a reminder, for those participating in the Ham Radio Classes, the class book is $22.50 each and classes start this Sunday, January 14th.  See you at class!



 






Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Committee Meeting / PLC Meeting / Troop Meeting this Thursday, January 11th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 6:00pm Committee & PLC / 7:00pm Troop


Hello Troop 20!

A few announcements for this week:

1)  This Thursday, January 11, there will be a Committee Meeting at 6:00pm in the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

2)  Also at 6:00pm, there will be a PLC Meeting.  All ASPL's, Patrol Leaders, and Scribe should be present.

3)  Next week's Troop Meeting will either be at Central Congregational Church or will be an offsite.  Details will be finalized this week and posted to the blog in time for everyone to be prepared.

4)  This Thursday, Mr. Devine will be continuing with the Communications Merit Badge.  All Scouts participating in this class should come prepared with any material you have completed.  Please remember, it is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the required work is being completed in a timely manner.  If you do not do the work, you will not receive the merit badge and the class will have been an opportunity lost.  Communications is an Eagle required badge so you need to get it done.

5)  For everyone going on the ski trip next weekend, please remember that payment and forms are due this Thursday.  Refer to the blog post earlier this week for information about the trip, prices, and forms.

6)  Lastly, at our last Troop Meeting, Mr. Swindle mentioned a slight modification to the Scout Law for Troop 20.  We have added Responsible to the law so going forward, when Troop 20 recites the law, it will be:


A Scout is Trustworthy
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.

A Scout is Loyal
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.

A Scout is Helpful
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.

A Scout is Friendly
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.

A Scout is Courteous
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.

A Scout is Kind
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.

A Scout is Obedient
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.

A Scout is Cheerful
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.

A Scout is Thrifty
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.

A Scout is Brave
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.

A Scout is Clean
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.

A Scout is Reverent
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

A Scout is Responsible
A Scout lives up to his obligations.  When he commits to doing something, he gets it done.  He understands the importance of his duties and takes them seriously.  He exhibits the ability to make independent decisions.

We look forward to seeing everyone this Thursday!

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Another Troop 20 Eagle Scout's Success Story


Troop 20 would like to extend our congratulations to another of our Eagle Scouts, Caleb Savard, and his family!  Caleb recently completed the USAF Basic Military Training program and is now known as United States Air Force Airman First Class Caleb Savard!  Troop 20 is very proud of your accomplishment!

Caleb is now headed off to Tech School at Goodfellow AFB in Texas for his next round of training.  We wish you well in your next endeavor Caleb!


Ski Trip Update - Forms and Payment due this Thursday, 1/11

 







 
 
Troop 20 Ski Trip!

For everyone going on this years Troop Ski Trip, we have a few important pieces of information you need to be aware of.

1)  Completed Liability Release Forms must be turned in at this Thursday's Troop Meeting.

2)  Completed Rental Shop Forms must be turned in at this Thursday's Troop Meeting.

3)  Full payment for the trip is due and must be turned in at this Thursday's Troop Meeting.

If you are having any difficulty completing the forms or determining the total cost for your Scout(s), we will have a table set up at this Thursday's Troop meeting to assist you.

Also, if you are having any difficulty printing the forms from the links provided above, we will have copies for you to fill out at the Troop Meeting.

As a reminder, prices are as follows:

West side only Lift Ticket              $26 per day
Adult All mountain Lift Ticket      $39 per day
Youth All mountain Lift Ticket     $32 per day
Equipment Rental*                        $21 per day
Helmet Rental**                             $6 per day
90 minute group lesson                 $25 each
Learn to Ski Package***                $74 per day
Lodging & Food                               $40 per person ($20 after subtracting $20 deposit already paid)


*Equipment Rental is boots, skis/snowboard and poles only (no helmet)
**As required by BSA, all Scouts must either bring a helmet or rent a helmet – no exceptions!
***Learn to ski package includes West side only lift ticket, Equipment rental, helmet, and a lesson.

By the end of this week, we will have travel details available to let you know who your Scout will be travelling with and when they will be heading north on Friday afternoon/evening.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Troop Meeting Cancelled this Thursday, Jan 4, 2018


Happy New Year to everyone in Troop 20!


Well, the weather isn't going to be very friendly this Thursday so as a reminder to everyone in the Troop, our general policy is that if school has been cancelled due to weather, the Troop will follow suit and cancel any Scouting activities, including the Troop meeting.

That said, while we are still awaiting any word regarding school cancellations tomorrow, Sacred Heart has already advised us that the parish hall will not be available due to the potential weather conditions.  As a result, this week's Troop Meeting will be cancelled.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, January 11th.

Stay Safe and Warm!!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Troop 20 Ski Trip


Troop 20 will be heading north for the weekend of January 19th – January 21st  2018 to the Mount Abram Family Ski Resort in Greenwood, Maine for a 2-day snow sports activity weekend.  The troop will be staying at the American Legion Hall in Greenwood, just a few minutes from the ski area.  The troop has been going to Mt. Abram for over 10 years and many of our Scouts first learned to ski at Mt. Abram.  Parents and siblings are also welcome on this trip.

The Troop will provide transportation for the weekend, while Scouts and family members will need to cover the cost of food, lodging, lift tickets, equipment rental, and lessons as listed below.  All prices below are PER DAY.   Advanced skiers may wish to purchase an All-Mountain lift ticket but the West side only is perfectly suitable for both beginner and intermediate skiers. 
West side only Lift Ticket              $26 per day
Adult All mountain Lift Ticket     $39 per day
Youth All mountain Lift Ticket    $32 per day
Equipment Rental*                        $21 per day
Helmet Rental**                             $6 per day
90 minute group lesson                $25 each
Learn to Ski Package***               $74 per day
Lodging & Food                              $40 per person ($20 after subtracting $20 deposit already paid)

*Equipment Rental is boots, skis/snowboard and poles only (no helmet)
**As required by BSA, all Scouts must either bring a helmet or rent a helmet – no exceptions!

***Learn to ski package includes West side only lift ticket, Equipment rental, helmet, and a lesson.

Everyone going on the trip that will be skiing or snowboarding needs to complete the Mt Abram liability form.  Anyone needing to rent equipment needs to complete the rental agreement.  Please download and fill out the Liability and Rental forms and bring these along with your payment to the January 4th Troop meeting.  The absolute final deadline for these forms and payment will be the January 11th troop meeting. 
We will depart Friday late afternoon/early evening and will arrive back home Sunday late afternoon/evening.  Plan on bringing some money for a mid-way meal/snack stop on both Friday and Sunday.  We will determine the departure times and vehicle assignments at the January 11th meeting. As everyone who has gone before knows, the Mt Abram trip is a great weekend and we hope everyone can attend.   Please see Mr. Sanford with your forms and payments or ask any of the leaders if you have questions.