TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

An Eagle Scouts Dreams Come True!


Troop 20 would like to extend our congratulations to Eagle Scout Mitchell Lamoureux and his family!.  Mitchell recently completed the USAF Basic Military Training program and is now known as United States Air Force Airman Mitchell P. Lamoureux!  We are all very proud of your achievement!



Monday, August 14, 2017

Troop 20 Planning Meeting - Sunday, August 20th at 3:00pm



Hello Troop 20!

We hope you are all having a great summer!  So many of our Scouts have been busy this summer attending the National Jamboree in West Virginia, followed by summer camp at Camp Squanto!  It's been terrific to see the Scouts so active and having some amazing life experiences!

A few Committee members and Leaders of Troop 20 have been busy with some preliminary discussions about the upcoming scout year and it's now time to have an official meeting to nail down some details for events and to decide how the Troop wants to proceed on a few items.  We're working on an agenda for a few select items but we also welcome and need your input!!  So with that in mind, there will be a Troop 20 Planning Meeting on Sunday, August 20th, beginning at 3:00pm at Sherri & Mark's house, 82 Miller Street, Middleboro, MA.  Please note that this meeting is for Troop 20 adult committee members, Leaders, and Parents.  Please do not bring your Scout(s) to this meeting.  There are a few items that need to be ironed out by the adults involved with the Troop, before we have discussions with the Scouts.  These items include, but are not limited to:
  • Election Process for Senior Patrol Leader
  • Fundraising
  • Status of Pack 20
  • Potential feasibility of trips
If you have items that you want to bring up but are unable to attend this meeting, please send them via email to either Sherri Swindle or Mark Swindle and they will make sure they get brought up at the meeting.

Thank you in advance for your continued participation and support of Troop 20 and we hope to see you on the 20th!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Cape Cod Canal Bike RIde - Sunday, August 20th - 9:00am


Hello Troop 20!  Well, August is upon us and if you can believe it, September is right around the corner.  In no time, we will be starting up our regular Troop Meetings again and getting back into the swing of things, working on rank advancements, merit badges, planning camping trips, etc.  There will be more info about all of that in the coming weeks so stay tuned to the blog.  But in the meantime, there's still more summer left!......so let's get together for a ride at the canal!

Weather permitting, we will be meeting in our usual spot, in the parking lot near the Cape Cod Canal Railroad Bridge, on the mainland side, at 9:00am and we'll plan to head out around 9:30am.



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 11:00am.  We encourage adults/parents to join us, just remember that to ride with the troop, you'll need a bicycle helmet as well.

It's been a while since our last ride so as a reminder.....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
It will be nice to reconnect with the Scouts after being away for the summer break so we hope to see lots of familiar faces there!  As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Pierce or Mr. Swindle and we'll be happy to help in any way we can.

Be sure to keep an eye on the blog as we get closer for any updates or unplanned cancellations.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Summer Camp Updates - August 2, 2017




Hello Troop 20 campers!  We hope everyone is getting excited about summer camp coming up in just days and wanted to pass along some important information.
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Camp Squanto - Myles Standish State Forest
200 Cuttersfield Rd., Plymouth, MA

Notes:
1)  If you have never been to Camp Squanto, the camp is a ways into the state forest so don't be alarmed if you feel like you've been driving a while once in Myles Standish.  You'll get there.
2)  The signage inside Myles Standish is really good once you enter the forest so be sure to follow the signs!

Camp Dates:      Sunday, 6-Aug-2017 thru Saturday, 12-Aug-2017 (Week #6)
Camp Site:         Comanche
Drop-off time on Sunday:  Plan to arrive at camp for 1:00pm.  Gear should be dropped at the Comanche site staging area.
Pickup time on Saturday:  Plan to arrive at camp no later than 9:15am.  Closing ceremony in the parade field at 9:30am.

Cell Phones:     If your scout would like to bring his cell phone to use for taking pictures or at night during troop time, that is acceptable.  However, cell phone etiquette will be enforced.  Scouts should not be using their phones to text or play games during day-time activities.  If we learn that there is a problem, the leaders may confiscate the scouts phone and return it for use at night.

Also, they should have their own means of charging their phone.

IMPORTANT:

  1. There are two Merit Badges that require the scouts to have cash with them to purchase needed supplies for the badge.
    1. Leatherworks:  Scouts need to have $6-$8 with them to purchase leatherworking kits.
    2. Robotics:  Scouts need to have $10-$40 with them to purchase needed supplies
  2. If your scout will be bringing medications, you MUST adhere to these rules:
    1. For any Over The Counter (OTC) medications, they must be in new, unopened packages.
    2. For any prescription medications, they must be in the original script bottle and the label must be legible.
    3. For any child that uses an inhaler, the scout will keep that with him.  If you wish to bring an extra for the camp doctor to hold onto, that is your option but it is not required.
    4. For any child that uses any type of 'pen' (EpiPen, etc.), these will be kept with the scouts and a second can be kept with a leader or responsible buddy.  The camp health lodge also keeps an adequate stock of 'pens' for emergencies.
  3. Please make sure your scout has at least one refillable/reusable water bottle with them!

  • For any parents that want to visit on Wednesday evening, we suggest you arrive after dinner (7:00pm).  The Comanche Relay event will start around 7:30pm.
  • Troop photo's will be taken on Monday the 7th.
  • Scouts should have Class A uniforms with them.  These are required.
  • Scouts should arrive wearing their swimsuits and have towels with them in their daypacks.  Immediately after medical check-in at the dining hall, the troop will head to the waterfront for the scouts swim test.
  • If you have a scout with any dietary restrictions, please notify Mrs. Swindle no later than Friday, August 4th.
  • The Dining Hall is a 'Nut Free' zone to protect against nut allergies.  For any scouts that may not like the meal being served, there is a supply of Sun Butter (nut free substitute for peanut butter) and bread for them to make a sandwich.
  • The Trading Post and camp sites are NOT nut free zones.
  • Parents should enter the Camp Squanto main number in their cell phones so that if a call comes from Camp, they will recognize it and answer without assuming it's a telemarketer or robo-call.  The main number is 508-224-2010.
  • For any calls with concerns about your scout while they are at camp, please call Mrs. Swindle at 508-930-4889.
  • Camp Squanto has a Trading Post with various items for sale.  It is at your discretion as to how much spending money, if any, you would like to send with your scout.
  • Please make sure that your scout understands how to secure his valuables, including money.  All footlockers should have a combination lock (NOT a key lock - to avoid lost keys) that the scout can easily access and they should keep their foot locker LOCKED, during the day while they are away from the camp site.
  • Lastly, ALL scouts should bring their BSA handbook as there may be opportunities to have items signed off in their books during the week.
We hope all scouts are excited for camp and the leaders look forward to seeing everyone this coming weekend!



Saturday, July 29, 2017

Summer Camp Informational Meeting - Sunday, July 30



Hello Troop 20!  For any scouts going to summer camp this year, there will be a summer camp review meeting on Sunday, July 30th at Mr. & Mrs. Swindle's house from 2-4pm.  The meeting is not mandatory but if people have questions about what to bring, how things work, etc., the Swindle's are available to answer questions.  If you have questions but cannot make this time, please feel free to call or email Mrs. Swindle.  sherriswindle@verizon.net (508.930.4889)

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Popcorn Campaign 2017

Hello Troop 20!  We hope everyone is having a great summer!

It's getting to be that time of the year when we need to start thinking about Popcorn Sales!  To help get things rolling, there will be a Kids Kickoff on August 17th.  Please see the Kids Kickoff Flyer for details.



If anyone will be attending the event, please RSVP to Robin MacDonald at rbmacdonald3@verizon.net by August 9, 2017 with the number of people that will be attending.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

In Need of Adult Leaders for Summer Camp

Hello Troop 20!



This years Summer Camp will be at Camp Squanto August 6 - 12. 
We are reaching out to any adult leaders and parents in the Troop who may be able to assist with leadership at this years summer camp.

We are required to have 2 adult leaders with the Scouts and currently, we are in need of adults Tuesday 8/8, Wednesday 8/9, and Thursday 8/10 for Daytime and Overnight leadership.

If you can help, please contact Mark Swindle or Larry Pierce ASAP.  If we are unable to get the leaders we need, we will have to work with the camp to place our scouts among other troops.

Thank You!