TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Movie Night - Update


Just a few updates about Movie Night on Friday, January 2nd.  I will need a final count by 6:00 PM on January 1st, so if you scout is planning on attending and you have not emailed me, please let me know by the 1st.  Also, if your scout is attending, please be aware that they will need sleeping bags and pillows, and an air mattress or mat, as they will be sleeping on the floor of the Parish Hall.

Also, we are asking that the scouts that attend please bring a dessert - all the other food will be provided by the Troop.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at castlebeckons@gmail.com with any questions!

Have a happy and safe New Year's Eve!

Monday, December 29, 2014

Movie Night - January 2nd


The Troop's annual Movie Night will be held on Friday, January 2nd at the Parish Hall.  This is a sleepover event.  Arrival time is 6:00 PM, and dinner will be served at 6:45 PM.  We are in need of a few leaders to help out at this event (including ones who can sleeping over).  Pickup time on Saturday morning is 7:00 AM SHARP - no exceptions - as the church has an event in the hall.

If your scout is planning on attending this event, please email me as soon as you can (castlebeckons@gmail.com), as we need to plan for food for this event.

Thank you!



Friday, December 26, 2014

Reminder - Overnight Camping Tomorrow


Hope everyone enjoyed Christmas!  Just a reminder, if you plan on attending the overnight at Camp Norse tomorrow night - I need to know by 4:00 PM today.  I have already received a few confirmations.  If you need more information about this camp out, please refer to the December 22nd entry about it.

Thanks!

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Merry Christmas


Merry Christmas from Scoutmaster Lamoureux and all the leadership of Troop 20!  

Monday, December 22, 2014

There are two events being held over the next couple of weeks.  On Saturday, December 27th, there will be a camp out at Magee Cabin at Camp Norse.  Drop off will be at 11:00 AM on Saturday morning, and pickup will be by 8:00 AM on Sunday, December 28th.  If your scout plans on attending, please email me BY DECEMBER 26th at castlebeckons@gmail.com for food planning purposes.

Also, there will be a Sleepover/Movie Night at Parish Hall on Friday, January 2nd.  Drop off time will be between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM on January 2nd, and pickup will be NO LATER THAN 6:00 AM on January 3rd.

There will be more updates and reminders on these events later in the week.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Time Change for Hike




Please note - the start time for tomorrow's hike is 11:00 AM, not 12:00 PM as posted below.

Sorry for the confusion!


Hike Tomorrow - December 21st


There will be a hike tomorrow - Sunday, December 21st at the Morgan property.  It will begin at 12:00 PM.  It will be chilly . . . so please dress accordingly!

If you need directions, please click here.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Auto Mechanics Merit Badge - Important!


For scouts who plan on continue work on their Auto Mechanics merit badge tonight - PLEASE DRESS IN WARM CLOTHES, AS YOU WILL BE WORKING OUTSIDE.  


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Reminder . . .


There is a regular Troop meeting tomorrow night, December 18th at 7:00 PM, upstairs at the Parish Hall.

Hope to see everyone there!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Tomorrow . . .

Just a reminder, there is a Committee Meeting at 6:00 PM, and Troop Meeting at 7:00 PM tomorrow night (December 11th), upstairs at the Parish Hall.


Monday, December 8, 2014

Reminders . . .


Good Morning - Happy Monday! 

Just a few reminders to start the week.  There will be a Committee meeting this Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 PM at the Parish Hall, followed by a Troop meeting at 7:00 PM.  Also, if you attended Cranboree and have not paid, please bring $10.00 to this week's meeting.

As you can see from the photo above, in addition to being Scoutmaster and a fire fighter, Mr. Lamoureux also is one of Santa's helpers. He gave him a ride to "Christmas on the Common" in Bridgewater yesterday on Engine 3.  He will be reporting back to Santa on who is naughty and who is nice . . . so please be on your best behavior!

Have a great week!

Friday, December 5, 2014

Info for CPR Class Tomorrow


The CPR class tomorrow will be held at Burnell Hall, Room 132A at Bridgewater State University. Burnell Hall is located at 66 Hooper Street in Bridgewater.  A campus map can be accessed here - Burnell Hall is #27.  There is a parking lot in front of the building.

Hooper Street can be reached by traveling down Route 104 East (bear right onto Route 104 after going through Bridgewater Center).  Follow Route 104 - turn right onto Burrill Avenue which is immediately after the railroad tracks.  Hooper Street will be your first left and Burnell Hall will be on the right.

Start time for the class is 9:00 AM.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Reminders


Just a reminder, there is a regular Troop meeting tomorrow night at 7:00 PM, upstairs at the Parish Hall.  Committee Meeting will be NEXT week, December 11th.

Also, if anyone else is interested in taking the CPR class this coming Saturday, December 6th - please email me at castlebeckons@gmail.com.  There is still space available!

Have a great Wednesday!

Monday, December 1, 2014

Happy December!


Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  Just a reminder, there will be a regular Troop meeting this Thursday, December 4th at the Parish Hall.

Have a great week!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Quick Reminder!


Caleb Savard will be working on his Eagle Project tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM.  Because they will be using a chipper, they ask that adults only show up to help for safety reasons.

Please click here if you need directions.  Have a nice evening!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Reminder!


Hope everyone is enjoying their Thanksgiving!

Just a reminder, Caleb Savard will be working on his Eagle Project tomorrow from 9:00 AM - dark.  If you can give an hour or two to help, it would be appreciated.

Please click here for details!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


Happy Thanksgiving from Scoutmaster Lamoureux and the leadership of Troop 20.  And remember - no oven or turkey fryer fires please!  Remember . . . cook the turkey . .  not the house!

Have a safe and thankful day - gobble gobble!

Monday, November 24, 2014

Don't Forget . . .

The filling of the Thanksgiving baskets is tonight at 6:30 at the Food Pantry!


Have a great evening!

Volunteers Needed - Eagle Project


On Friday, November 28th, Caleb Savard will be working on his Eagle Project at the Wappanuket Cemetery in Lakeville.  If you have some free time, he would appreciate any help you can give him.  There will be two shifts - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and 12:00 PM until dark.  Come for a few hours or the entire day!

Please bring safety glasses and work gloves (there is some poison ivy at the location, so work gloves are essential).  Also, if you are able to bring rakes, shovels and other tools, that would be helpful.  If any adults have a pole saw, please bring it to help trim some trees.

The cemetery is located at 51 Vaughan Street in Lakeville.  Please click here for a map to the location - Vaughan Street is located off Route 105 in Lakeville.  Here is a photo of the cemetery for reference when looking for it.

Any and all help is appreciated!


Sunday, November 23, 2014

Baskets at Food Pantry Tomorrow


Just a reminder, the Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help fill the Thanksgiving baskets tomorrow night, November 24th at 6:30 PM.  This will be held at the food pantry, which is downstairs from the Parish Hall.

Have a great Sunday!

Friday, November 21, 2014

Update!



The Christmas tree service project that was scheduled for tomorrow (it was mentioned at last night's meeting) has been cancelled.

Have a nice weekend!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Reminders!


Good Morning . . . Happy Thursday!  Just a reminder, there is a regular Troop meeting tonight at the Parish Hall at 7:00 PM.

Also, we need a final count for the CPR class tonight.  The cost for the class will be $20.00 and it will be held at Bridgewater State.  All leaders are urged to take this class.

Hope to see everyone tonight!

Monday, November 17, 2014

Cranboree & CPR Training


Hope all participants from Fall Cranboree have had time to defrost and rest from the busy weekend!  Even though the temperatures hovered in the 20s and 30s - everyone had a great time!

Also, I need a final count for leader CPR training on December 6th by this Thursday, November 20th.  It is strongly recommended that all leaders participate in this training.  Please email me at castlebeckons@gmail.com by 4:00 PM on Thursday if you are planning on attending this training.


Scouting for Food Update


A big thank you to everyone who participated in the "Scouting for Food" collection on Saturday, November 8th.  Mr. Cunningham received the following from Mr. Amber at the Sacred Heath food pantry:

"The tremendous amount of food they were able to collect was certainly welcomed by us and especially by those who are forced by necessity to utilize the food pantry.

We are currently providing assistance to almost 500 needy families every month, and last year we distributed almost 700,000 pounds of food from the pantry to those in need of a helping hand.

This year we are also preparing to purchase, box, and distribute complete holiday meals for both Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. We expect to exceed 800 holiday meals in addition to the regular pantry visits.


The food items collected by the scouts will certainly be welcomed by those needing a little help."

The food pantry is looking for volunteers to help fill the boxes that are going to be distributed for Thanksgiving.  The boxes will be filled on Monday, November 24th at the food pantry at the Parish Hall.   Please check back for a time for this if you are able to give a little time to help!


Thursday, November 13, 2014

Reminder!


Just a reminder, there will not be a regular Troop meeting tonight.  It is bowling night at Viking Recreation Center in East Bridgewater; please plan on being there at 7:00 PM.  Cost will be $6.50 per bowler.   No uniforms!

If you need directions, please click here.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

CPR Class on December 6th


There will be a CPR class for parents and leaders on Saturday, December 6th.  All current leaders are strongly urged to have current CPR certification.  The class will be at either the Parish Hall or the Fr. Shea Center, and will run from 9:00 AM until 12:30 PM.  I need a count for this - so if you are planning on taking the class, please leave a comment below or email me at castlebeckons@gmail.com.

Thanks!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Cranboree Campout


This weekend (November 14th - November 16th) is Annawon Council Fall Cranboree at Camp Norse.  Drop off will be at Camp Norse from 5:30 PM on Friday night.  Dinner is not provided, so please be sure your scout eats dinner before arrival.  The forecast for the weekend is predicting chilly weather!  As of now, the forecast calls for a high temperature on Saturday of 38 degrees.  IT WILL BE COLD!   PLEASE COME FULLY PREPARED - BRING A SLEEPING BAG THAT IS RATED FOR COLD WEATHER!  ALSO BRING PLENTY OF WARM CLOTHES, INCLUDING HATS, GLOVES/MITTENS AND PROPER WARM FOOTWEAR.  Also, dressing in layers helps keep out the cold, so bring extra sweatshirts, long sleeved t-shirts and thermals for the night time hours.

Please pickup your scout promptly at 8:00 AM on Sunday morning.

Veterans' Day


When you see someone in a uniform,
Someone who serves us all,
Doing military duty,
Answering their country’s call.

Take a moment to thank them -
For protecting what you hold dear;
Tell them you are proud of them;
Make it very clear.

Just tap them on the shoulder,
Give a smile, and say,
"Thanks for what you’re doing

To keep us safe in the USA!"

Monday, November 10, 2014

REMINDER - Veterans' Day Parade Tomorrow


Tomorrow is the Middleborough Veterans' Day Parade.  Please meet in the rear parking lot of Town Hall NO LATER than 9:30 AM in full Class A uniform.


Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bowling This Week



Just a reminder, there will not be a regular Troop meeting this week due to Generations of Faith.  Instead we will be bowling at Viking Recreation Center in East Bridgewater; please plan on being there at 7:00 PM.  Cost will be $6.50 per bowler.

If you need directions, please click here.

Have a great week!

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Reminders

There will be a Troop Committee meeting tomorrow night (November 6th) at 6:00 PM at the Parish Hall.  It will be followed by a regular Troop meeting at 7:00 PM.

Scouting for Food


Please don't forget to pick up your "Scouting for Food" donation bags this Saturday, November 8th by 9:00 AM.  The donations should be taken to the Hannaford parking lot in Middleborough, where they will be collected.

The most needed items for this drive are:

Canned tuna
Beef stews
Canned turkey, chicken and ham
Peanut butter
Canned fruits and vegetables
Canned and dry beans
Pasta and pasta sauce
Rice
Canned soups



A Few Updates . . .


November 14th - 16th is the Fall Cranboree at Camp Norse.  Signups will be at this week's meeting, which will be at the Parish Hall at 7:00 PM.

There will not be a regular Troop meeting next Thursday, November 13th.  Instead we will be bowing at Viking Recreation in East Bridgewater.  We will be meeting there at 7:00 PM.  Please click here for directions.  There will be more updates on this later this week.

Have a great Wednesday!

Friday, October 31, 2014

Metal Drive Reminder


Just a reminder, the scrap metal drive is tomorrow, November 1st.  If you can help, please meet at Mr.Holt's house at 57 Short Street at 8:30 AM.

Happy Halloween - be safe tonight please!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Venture Crew Meeting TONIGHT!!

There will be a venture crew meeting tonight at the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM.
Sorry about the late notice!

Reminders . . .


Just a reminder - there is a Troop Meeting tonight at 7:00 PM at the Parish Hall.

Also, if you have any scrap metal for the fundraiser that you would like picked up on Saturday, please email me at castlebeckons@gmail.com to be put on the list!

Have a good day!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

IMPORTANT - Scrap Metal Collection on Saturday

If anyone has any people who would like scrap metal pickups on Saturday, November 1st (this Saturday), could you please email the name, address and contact phone number to me at castlebeckons@gmail.com so I can formulate a list and to give people at time frame to expect pickups.

Thank you!!

Boy Scout Leader Training

Boy Scout Leader Training is being held by Annawon Council with a start date in the first week of November.  If any parent is interested in participating in this course, please follow the link below for more information and to register.

Boy Scout Leader Training

Monday, October 27, 2014

Scrap Metal Recycling - This Saturday!

This Saturday, November 1st, the Troop will be collecting scrap metal.  These items will be recycled for money . . . and all funds raised will go to the Troop.

Below is link to a flyer that contains details regarding what metal items are accepted, and the contact numbers to have metal scheduled to be picked up.  Please feel free to print the flyer and distribute it at your place of employment or around Middleborough - that would be very helpful!

Metal Drive Flyer

Check out your basement, garage, yard and contact your family members and neighbors to see if they have anything they would like to donate.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Lamoureux or Mr. Holt.

Thank you!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Reminder . . .

This Thursday (October 23rd) is the first Court of Honor of the 2014/2015 year, at 7:00 PM at the Parish Hall.

Hope to see everyone then!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Hike - Sunday, October 19th


There will be a hike this Sunday, October 19th at the Morgan property.  Start time will be 12:00 PM.  Please meet in the parking lot and be sure to bring the following:

Plenty of water
Trail snacks
Comfortable walking shoes/boots
Bug spray (for ticks)
Hat
Weather appropriate clothing

The hike will be approximately 5 miles long - we anticipating finishing and being back in the parking lot by 2:00 PM.

The Morgan Property is located off of Marion Road.  The directions from Town Hall are:

South Main Street to Route 28.
Left on Route 28 for 2 miles
Right onto Cherry Street for 1 mile
Left onto Marion Road for 3 1/2 miles
Right onto Long Point Road for 1/4 mile

The parking area is on the right.  A link for a map to the intersection of Marion Road and Long Point Road is here
.  The photo at the top of this entry is of the parking lot, which will be on your right, 1/4 of a mile down after you turn onto Long Point Road.

For your reference, this is what the parking area looks like:


Have a great weekend!



Reminder - Eagle Project Help Needed

Just a reminder, Connor Gilson will be working on his Eagle Project tomorrow, October 18th at Middleborough High School.  If anyone is able to give a few hours, it would be appreciated!  He will be there from 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM, and lunch will be provided.  You can help for a few hours or the entire day.

Please see this entry for more details.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Scrap Metal Fundraiser

As many of you know, the Troop collects scrap metal in a fundraising effort.  There will be a scrap metal collection on Saturday, November 1st.  If you have any unwanted metal, please let us know.  Times for pickups will be scheduled - please check with local family members to see if they have anything they would like to donate.

Please check back here for updates.

REMINDER - Tonight

Just a reminder that there is not a regular Troop meeting tonight, as we will be meeting at Carabiner's in New Bedford at 7:00 PM.  No Class A uniforms - Class B shirts or regular, comfortable clothes.  The cost is $10.00 per scout, and the registration form must be completed and brought with you.  If you need the form or directions, please see this entry.


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Meeting This Week at Carabiner's


There will not be a regular Troop meeting this week because the Parish Hall is being used.  Instead, we will be meeting at Carabiner's in New Bedford on Thursday, October 16th at 7:00 PM for rock wall climbing.  If you have not begun the Climbing merit badge, this is a great opportunity to get started!  For those who have only a few requirements left, you can work on finishing.

Carabiner's is located at 328 Parker Street, New Bedford.  Please click here for a map and directions to Carabiner's.  If you get lost, their phone number is (508) 984-0808.

Every Scout that attends MUST complete the 3 page registration form (below), and it must be signed by a parent/guardian.  The cost for this event is $10.00 per scout.  Please bring the completed form and $10.00 fee to Carabiner's with you on Thursday.


PLEASE DO NOT WEAR CLASS A UNIFORMS - CLASS B UNIFORM OR REGULAR CLOTHES!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Mrs. Melchin via email at castlebeckons@gmail.com.  Hope to see you then!


Eagle Project - Help Needed

On Saturday, October 18th, Connor Gilson will again be working on his Eagle Project at Middleborough High School.  He will need some volunteers to help him cleaning up the cross country trail.  There will be two shifts - from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Please try to come by and lend a hand!  Lunch and water will be provided.  The track is located at the behind the high school.  Unlike last time, please enter the trail from the opposite end (not near the track - please park near the gym.  The entrance is near the backstop of the baseball field.

If you can plan on attending, please call or text Connor at (508) 930-0767.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Reminder - Troop Meeting Tomorrow Night

Just a reminder . . . tomorrow night's Troop meeting is at the Fr. Shea Center, not the Parish Hall.  The Fr. Shea Center is next door to the Parish Hall and the meeting will be held on the lower level at 7:00 PM.

Hope to see everyone there!

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 9th Troop Meeting

This week's Troop Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 9th at the Fr. Shea Center, next to the Parish Hall.  The hall is being used by the church this week.

Also, just a reminder that Troop dues of $100.00 are due on or before October 23rd.

Enjoy this beautiful Sunday!

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Washburn Island - Trip Canceled

Per Mr. Lamoureux, this weekend's campout on Washburn Island has been canceled as the weather is going to be unfavorable.


REMINDER - Committee Meeting & Troop Meeting


There will be a Committee Meeting tonight, October 2nd,  upstairs at the Parish Hall at 6:00 PM, followed by a regular Troop Meeting at 7:00 PM.


Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Dues for the Year

The amount for dues was omitted in the entry below - it is $100.00 for the 2014/2015 scouting year.

Sorry for the omission!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Troop Dues


The dues for the 2014-2015 year are due by October 23, 2014 (this date will also be our first Court of Honor for this year).  Please be sure you have your dues in to the Troop on or before October 23rd.

Thank you!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Thank You!


Thanks to everyone who helped with the water station for the Food Pantry 5K this morning!  It was an warm morning, and the runners/walkers really needed the hydration!  Thanks!!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Webelos Woods


This weekend is Webelos Woods at Camp Norse.  If you are attending, arrival time is 5:00 PM.  Our campsite is Kolli, which is Site #8 on the Camp Norse Map.  Please be sure participants eat dinner before they arrive on Friday night.

If you plan on arriving on Friday night, drop off is at 6:00 PM at the main parking lot.  You can also arrive on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM.  Attached is a suggested packing list if you are unsure of what to bring.

Aside from the Troop Trailer, vehicles are not to be driven to the campsite.  Personal gear needs to be packed in and out.  Parki
ng in the main Norse lot only.


Pickup will be on Sunday, September 28 at 8:00 AM.  

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Summer Camp Photos


The pictures from Camp Squanto are in!  A big thank you to Mr. Devine for taking all the photos at camp!

Camp Squanto 2014

Friday, September 19, 2014

Food Pantry 5K / Water Station


The St. Vincent dePaul Society/Sacred Heart Food Pantry is holding its annual 5K on Sunday, September 28th at 10:00 AM.  They have asked the Troop for volunteers to man a water station along the route, but because that is Webelos Woods weekend, it will be difficult for any scouts to volunteer.  It is a time commitment of two to three hours starting around 9:00 AM, and would be a great way to give back to the Troop's sponsor, Sacred Heart Church.

If any parent or family member would like to volunteer to help in this event, I need to have signed waivers from volunteers before the event.  Please contact me (Mrs. Melchin) at castlebeckons@gmail.com or (508) 631-9194 if you would like to help!

Thank you!

Reminder - Eagle Project Help Needed Tomorrow

Just a reminder, Connor Gilson will be working on his Eagle Scout Project tomorrow - Saturday, September 20th at Middleborough High School from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (in two shifts - 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM and 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM).  Please lend a hand if you can!

Please see this entry for more details.

Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Reminder - Tonight's Meeting

Just a reminder, tonight's Troop meeting is DOWNSTAIRS at the Parish Hall at 7:00 PM.  Please enter through the door near rear parking lot.

Thanks!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

This Week's Troop Meeting

This week's meeting (Thursday, September 18th) will be held DOWNSTAIRS at the Parish Hall at 7:00 PM.  Please enter at the lower door near the rear parking lot.

Have a good day!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Eagle Project - Help Needed


On Saturday, September 20th, Connor Gilson will need some volunteers to help him with his Eagle project.  He will be cleaning up the cross country trail.  There will be two shifts - from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM, and from 12:00 PM to 3:00 PM.  Please try to come by and lend a hand!  Lunch and water will be provided.  The track is located at the back of the high school (there is an entrance near the large rock near the back of the paved track at the rear of the school.

If you can plan on attending, please call or text Connor at (508) 930-0767.

Thanks!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Reminder - First Troop Meeting


Just a reminder, the first Troop Meeting of the 2014-2015 year will be tomorrow night, September 11 at 7:00 PM at the Parish Hall.

Hope to see everyone there!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Reminder . . .

The first Troop Meeting of the year will be NEXT WEEK - Thursday, September 11th at 7:00 PM at the Parish Hall.

The first Committee Meeting is this Thursday, September 4th at 5:30 PM at Mr. Lamoureux's house.

Also, if parents are on the lookout for winter camping gear, Ocean State Job Lot has cold weather, 20 degree sleeping bags on sale this week for $19.00.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

First Troop Meeting of the 2014/2015 Year


The first Troop Meeting of the Fall will be on Thursday, September 11th at the Parish Hall.  Hope everyone had a fantastic summer, and best of luck in the new school year!

See you on September 11th!