TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

End of Year Court of Honor and Eagle Court of Honor - Thursday, June 22, 7:00 - 9:00pm / Setup at 6:15pm. Middleborough Town Hall Ballroom



Hello Troop 20!

This Thursday, June 22nd, will be Troop 20's end of year Court of Honor to recognize those Scouts who have earned additional merit badges and who have earned their next rank advancement.  All Scouts and their families should be in attendance.  The Court of Honor will start promptly at 7:00pm and all Scouts are to be dressed in full Class A uniforms.  Please remember that full Class A includes your uniform shirt with all patches correctly placed, the Troop neckerchief and slide or an appropriate bolo, Troop hat, and merit badge sash if you have one.  Shirts are to be tucked in with every Scout looking their best!

Immediately following the Troop Court of Honor, we will be holding an Eagle Court of Honor, to recognize Ryan Grady's Eagle Scout Award.  This is a wonderful opportunity for Scouts and their guests to witness the awarding of the Eagle Scout Rank and to be part of this very special accomplishment by one of Troop 20's Scouts.  Refreshments will be served after.

We are asking that all Scouts please be at the Town Hall for 6:15pm to help with setup.  Please enter via the rear doors of the hall.

For our Scouts working on the backpacking and mountain biking merit badges, Mr. Devine needs 10 minutes of your time around 6:30pm to cover activities that will be taking place over the summer for these badges.  Please be respectful of his time and make sure you are there for 6:30!

The Leadership of Troop 20 look forward to seeing all of our Scouts at our end of year Court of Honor to close out the year on a high note!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thurday, June 15th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!  We hope everyone has had a terrific week.  Our blog update is going out a little late (OK, its going out VERY late) this week but sometimes these things happen!
This weeks announcements are brief, so here we go:

1)  Cape Cod Canal Bike Ride - A number of Scouts came out this past Sunday to ride the canal.  The weather was great, save for a wicked headwind on the return trip, and we had a great time.  Thank you to everyone who participated!  We'll be trying to setup more rides in the near future so come out and join us when you can!

2)  Nantucket - Participants should have received an information sheet at last week's Troop meeting.  If you did not, we'll have more at this weeks meeting so please be sure to see your SPL or ASPL if you need a copy.
  • We are asking all Nantucket participants to please be at the church hall, with your bicycle (only your bicycle is needed), for 6:30pm on Thursday evening so that we can get it loaded onto the transport vehicle.
  • Keep an eye on the weather.  We may be in for a few showers Saturday morning and temps will be on the cooler side so please bring rain gear and appropriate clothing!
If anything else comes to our attention that you need to be aware of, we'll post an update.  Otherwise, we hope to see everyone at the Troop meeting tonight!

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Cape Cod Canal Bike Ride this Sunday, June 11 - 1:30pm


 
Hello Troop 20!  We're in for some fantastic weather this weekend and summer weather means it's time to dust off those bikes and head to the canal for a great ride!  This is also the shakedown ride for everyone heading to Nantucket with us next weekend.  This is a great opportunity to ensure both you and your bicycle are ready for the ride ahead.



We will be meeting in the parking lot near the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, on the mainland side, at 1:30pm and we'll plan to head out around 1:45pm.

We will ride all the way to Scusset Beach (about 7 miles), stop for a quick break, then head back.  Plan for the ride to take around an hour and half, so we should be back around 3:30pm.  Everyone is welcome to join us, including adults!  Just a reminder that if adults would like to ride with the troop, you must also have a bicycle helmet.

Scouts should have with them (at a minimum):
  1. A bicycle helmet
  2. Full water bottles for their bikes
  3. A day pack with sunscreen and bug spray
  4. Snacks
We hope to see lots of riders!

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Committee Meeting & Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 8th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 6:00pm Committee / 7:00pm Troop

Hello Troop 20!  Please see below for this week's announcements and we'll see all of you at our Troop Meeting on Thursday!

Summer Camp:
  1. Medical forms are due to Mrs. Swindle.  Please make sure you get this taken care of.
  2. Attention Parents - At this weeks troop meeting, the Scouts will be choosing their merit badges for summer camp.  As we always say, parents are always welcome to attend our troop meetings but it would help to be at this weeks meeting, if you can, to assist your Scout with his merit badge choices for summer camp.  Scouts should always pick at least one Eagle required merit badge when making their selections. The full list will be available at the Troop Meeting.

Family Life:  Scouts should have their completed workbooks to turn into Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle, along with proof of their Family & Individual projects (before & after pictures, etc.).  For any Scout who is not done, please just continue to work on this over the summer.  Scouts who have completed the merit badge by this Thursday will receive their merit badge at the June 22nd Court of Honor.  Scouts who finish over the summer will need to check in with Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle at our first meeting in September, with their completed workbook and project proof, and they will receive their merit badge in the Fall.


Committee Meeting:  Our monthly Committee Meeting is this week at 6pm at the Parish Hall, followed by the Troop Meeting at 7pm.  Each sub-committee is asked to give a 2-minute update on their particular committee so that we can spend the majority of our time discussing the election process for Senior Patrol Leader for the upcoming year.  Elections for SPL will be held in September.  Continue to watch the blog for updates on how the election process will work and what will be required of the Scouts interested.


Nantucket Shakedown:  Just a reminder that we will be having a shakedown ride this Sunday, June 11th, at the Cape Cod Canal.  We will meet in the parking lot near the railroad bridge at 1:30pm.  Remember to bring a helmet, snacks, water, a day pack, sunscreen, and a hat.  Temperatures are expected to be warm (upper 80's).

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 1st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!   We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!
Here are this week's announcements:

1)  As a general reminder, it is important that all Scouts attend every meeting and arrive on time as the end of year Court of Honor is coming up soon.

2)  Attention all Quartermasters:
  • If you are a quartermaster from this year, the SPL has asked that you please bring your binder to this week's Troop Meeting for your last Quartermaster session.  You will be turning in your binders at the Troop Meeting.
  • Quartermasters from last year, if you have an inventory of the Troop trailer, please make sure this gets to Eric ASAP.
3)  Blue Cards - Any blue cards for end of year merit badges must be turned in no later than the June 8th Troop Meeting so that we will have time to process them before the end of year Court of Honor.

4)  Family Life Merit Badge Participants - Please check in with Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle to go over your progress.

5)  Next week, there will be a committee meeting on Thursday June 8th at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.  The Troop Meeting will be held at our regular time, 7:00pm, immediately following the committee meeting.



6)  Nantucket Shakedown Ride - We will be having a shakedown ride on Sunday, June 11th, at the Cape Code Canal.  We will meet in the parking lot near the railroad bridge at 1:30pm, weather permitting.

You will need a helmet, snacks, water, and a day pack.  Remember that the weather can be colder at the canal so please wear appropriate clothing.

7)  Nantucket Trip Reminder - Our Nantucket Trip is coming up fast! June 16th through June 18th.  Please remember that we will be loading the bikes on Thursday evening, June 15th, prior to our Troop Meeting.

More details and the final cost per scout will be provided in the coming days.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Middleborough Memorial Day Parade Cancelled

Hi Everyone.  Our apologies for such short notice but the Middleborough Police just announced on Facebook that the parade has been cancelled.
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Enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend and we will see everyone on Thursday for our regular Troop Meeting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 25th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!  We hope everyone has a great month of May.  June is right around the corner!  We have a number of announcements again this week:

1)  Murdock Street - If you are planning on attending the Murdock Street campout this weekend (May 26-27), please email your SPL, Eric Grady, at grady37@verizon.net so that he can account for food and anything else needed for the campout.

2)  If you are going to need a board of review before the end of the scouting year, please let Eric or Mr. Swindle know so that a date can be arranged.

3)  Family Life Merit Badge - Please check in with Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle.

4)  Memorial Day Parade - All scouts who do not have a school band commitment should be at the town hall for 9:30 in full class A uniform, with merit badge sash.

5)  Fundraising - Our Tastefully Simple Fundraiser runs through June 1st.  Please turn in order forms to Mrs. MacDonald either at this week's Troop Meeting or on June 1st.
SPECIAL INCENTIVE:  If our fundraising sales exceed $1000, a 10-meal dinner kit will be raffled off among anyone who places an order.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE:  If anyone would like to book a home taste testing party off of Troop 20's fundraiser, our consultant will donate 50% of her commission to the Troop as well.
Remember, you can also invite friends and family to our online party at:  www.tastefullysimple.com/p/11164998

6)  Blue cards - Any blue cards for end of year merit badges must be turned in no later than the June 8 Troop Meeting, so that we will have time to process them before the end of year court of honor.

7)  As we head towards the end of the year, please remember that our next Troop Meeting will be Thursday, June 1st at 7:00pm at the Parish Hall and our next committee meeting will be Thursday, June 8th at 6:00pm followed by our regular Troop Meeting at 7:00pm.