TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Monday, December 19, 2016

Troop Update - Monday, December 19, 2016





The leadership of Troop 20 would like to wish everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy, Healthy, and Safe New Year!

Reminder:  There will be no troop meeting this week or next for the holiday's.  Our next troop meeting will be Thursday, January 5th, 2017.  All ski forms are due back to Mr. Gilson at that time!

Movie Night Postponed



The movie night scheduled for 12/28 has been postponed due to a lack of leader availability.  We will schedule a new date in 2017!

Sunday, December 18, 2016

UPDATE - Hike at Pratt Farm

Due to potentially heavy rainfall over the next several hours and high wind conditions, we are cancelling todays hike at Pratt Farm.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Hike at Pratt Farm

Weather permitting (rain) we will be hiking at Pratt Farm Sunday 12-18-16.  Bring snacks, water and appropriate footwear and clothing.
Meet at the parking area at 11:30am.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Troop Meeting this Thursday, 12/15 - 7:00pm. Central Congregational Church



There will be a Troop Meeting this Thursday, 12/15, at 7:00pm.  Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.

Christmas Party - This week will be our Troop Christmas Party.  We are asking scouts to please bring a snack to share with the Troop.  Drinks will be provided by some of the Scout Moms.  We will be having a Yankee Swap at the party.  If you would like to participate, please bring a wrapped gift to the meeting.  Value of no more than $5.

Next Week - There will be NO Troop Meeting next week, 12/22, to allow for families to focus on last minute Christmas details.


Movie Night - The Troop Movie Night is "tentatively" planned for 12/28.  More details will be forthcoming so Watch the Blog!!

Ski Trip - This year's ski trip is scheduled for 1/20 - 1/22.  If you plan on attending, please be sure to complete the sign-up sheet this week.  There are several forms to fill out for the trip and Mrs. Swindle will have blank forms for anyone who has signed up.  These forms must be completed by the January 5th meeting.  The forms can be a little confusing so if you are unsure how to answer a question, please wait on that question and see Mr. Gilson at the January 5th meeting.

Crew Meeting this Thursday, 6:00pm - Central Congregational Church


If anyone is interested in information regarding the Troop 20 Crew, there will be a Crew Meeting this Thursday at 6:00pm.  Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.

The Crew is Co-Ed and you must be at least 14 years old to join.

 

Friday, December 9, 2016

Hike Sunday 12-11-16 at 12 noon. Pratt Farm.

Meet at Pratt Farm parking area at noon.  We should be done around 2:00 pm.
Bring water and snacks.  Dress for the weather conditions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

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

There will be a Committee Meeting this Thursday, 12/8, starting at 6:00pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  The main topic for this week’s meeting is going to be around the troop fundraising.  Robin has asked for some time to talk with the troop committee so we have allocated time from 6:15 – 6:45 for this topic.  As a result, we are asking everyone to please plan on keeping your updates very brief this week.

Immediately following the Committee Meeting, we will have our regular weekly Troop Meeting.  

1)  Mr. Brown will be running the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge Class from 7:30 - 8:00.  All scouts participating in the merit badge class should bring their pamphlets and worksheets.

2)  The ski trip will be held January 20-22, 2017.  There will be a signup sheet at the troop meeting for anyone interested in participating.

3)  There will be a signup sheet for an upcoming movie night.  Date and cost TBD.

4)  There will be a Crew Meeting next Thursday, December 15th, at 6:00PM.

5)  As a reminder to all scouts, canned goods, etc. can be brought to the troop meeting any time for donation to the food pantry. 

 

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Troop Meeting Thursday at the Parish Hall - 7:00PM

There will be a Troop Meeting at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall this Thursday, December 1st, at 7:00pm.

Reminders for this week:

1)  Annual Dues - For anyone who has not yet paid their dues for the year, dues were due by November 17th.  Please make arrangements to get this paid up if you are still outstanding.

2)  For all Scouts that have been selling movie booklets, please bring your order forms/money on Thursday so that you can pick up your movie booklets that you've sold.

3)  For all who attended the Cranboree camping trip on November 11, 12, & 13, the camping fee is $15.00 per person.  Please bring your fee to the troop meeting this Thursday.

4)  Mr. Devine will be talking with the backpackers this week so please bring anything you need for that merit badge.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!


The leadership of Troop 20 would like to wish everyone a very Happy, Healthy, and Safe Thanksgiving.

Remember, Mr. Lamoureux says...be safe and no turkey fires! 



Saturday, November 19, 2016

Movie Booklets Fundraiser


We are more than 1/2 way to our goal of selling 100 booklets!
The fundraiser has been extended for 2 more weeks.  Scouts are strongly encouraged to sell booklets to all of their family members and friends - Discount coupons are good at all Flagship Cinemas.

All money is due at our next Troop meeting on December 1st

Hike Pratt Farm

Hike Pratt Farm Sunday November 20th at 12:00pm.
Meet at the parking area.
Bring weather appropriate clothing and foot gear.
Bring snacks and WATER.
We should be finished around 1:30pm.

Friday, November 18, 2016

Help out another Boy Scout


Arthur Battistini, a former Boy Scout with Troop 20, is working on opening a new bakery in Middleboro at the former Mack's Music, 16 Wareham Street and he could use some help getting the new bakery ready to open.  If any scouts have some spare time to help Arthur with some painting, cleanup and other tasks, please give him a call at 774-766-2211 and see when he'll be there.  I know he would really appreciate the Troop stepping up to help another scout.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Movie Booklets Reminder


Reminder to all Scouts that have been selling movie booklets.  Please bring your order forms/money on Thursday so that you can pick up your movie booklets that you've sold.

Thank You!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Troop Meeting this Thursday at Ryan's Family Amusement - 6:15PM




This Thursday, November 17th, the troop will be having bowling night at Ryan's Family Amusement, 115 New State Highway, Rte. 44, Raynham, MA 02767.  The cost will be $15 cash per scout and will cover 2 hours of bowling & pizza.  Please wear your Class B shirts for bowling.

We hope to see everyone there!

Julian Cassady's Eagle Project - Saturday, November 19th



Julian Cassady will be working on his Eagle project this Saturday, November 19th, from 7:30am to 3:00pm at Thorson Restoration, 125 Fireworks Circle in Bridgewater.  He needs those who are coming to bring eye protection, work gloves, and scout spirit. Donuts and Pizza will be provided and you don't have to stay the whole time.

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Alex Cassady's Eagle Project - Sunday, November 13th


Alex Cassady will be trying to finish up work on his Eagle project at Nemasket Hill Cemetery (515 Plymouth Street, Middleborough, MA 02346) this Sunday, November 13th from 10:00am - 2:00pm.  He will be finishing off the sign poles by installing new street signs on them and working on some weed removal.  If there are any scouts around, he could really use some help wrapping everything up.  Please bring work gloves, eye protection, and tools for weed removal.

Committee Meeting & Troop Meeting Thursday, at Central Congregational Church - 6:00pm Committee / 7:00pm Troop


There will be a Committee Meeting & PLC Meeting held this Thursday, 11/9, starting at 6:00pm at the Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.

Immediately following the Committee Meeting, we will have our regular weekly Troop Meeting.  This will also be held at Central Congregational Church.


PLC Meeting - Patrol Leaders and Scribe should bring a notebook and their patrol folder to this week's PLC.  Assistant Patrol Leaders are not required at this PLC.



Veteran's Day Parade - The Troop will be participating in the Middleborough Veteran's Day Parade on Friday, November 11th.  Please plan to meet in the town hall parking lot at 9:30am wearing your Class A Uniform. 

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Medical Forms Needed for Fall Cranboree



REMINDER:  Per BSA policy, all participants (youth or adult) that plan on attending a weekend camping trip of less than 72 hours, must have a completed health and medical record (Parts A & B).  That means that all Scouts who are planning to attend the Fall Cranboree this weekend (Nov 11,12, & 13), must have a current medical form (Parts A & B) on file with the troop.  For this weekend, you only need parts A & B but the troop would like to have Part C as part of our records if you have it available.  If not, that's ok for this weekend. 

If you have forms to hand in, please bring them to this Thursday's Troop Meeting as we will be cross checking the Cranboree signups with the troops records.  Any Scout who does not have a medical form on file will not be permitted to attend.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Annual Dues - Due by November 17th


Reminder to all Scouts - Annual dues for the 2016 - 2017 scouting year will be $100 per scout.  Checks are due by November 17th and should be made out to Troop 20.

If you have any questions, please see any of the leaders at this weeks troop meeting.

Scouting for Food Thank You

A big Thank You to all Scouts who collected food donations on Saturday from their friends and neighbors for the St. Vincent DePaul Food Pantry.  If any Scouts collected food donations but were not able to make it to the Parish Hall drop off on Saturday morning, you can bring them to the Troop meeting this Thursday.  Remember, it's never too late to help your neighbors in need.  Thank You!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Radio Merit Badge Boot Camp




Radio Merit Badge - This Sunday, November 6th, will be the Radio Merit Badge Boot Camp for all scouts that signed up last week.  Please refer to the attached flyer for all information regarding this Sunday.  We will meet at the Parish Hall at 7:00AM and we will be departing from the hall at 7:15AM sharp.  *** Please remember to turn your clocks back Saturday evening.  Daylight Savings ends at 2:00AM on Sunday the 6th.

Troop Meeting Thursday at the Parish Hall - 7:00PM

There will be a Troop Meeting at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall this Thursday, November 3rd, at 7:00pm.

Reminders for this week:

1)  Scouting for Food - You should have already placed your door hangers on homes in your neighborhood.  Please plan to visit those homes this Saturday, November 5th, after 9:00am to retrieve any food donations left outside.  All food donations should be brought to the Sacred Heart Parish Hall for collection.  If you have any questions, please see one of the leaders Thursday evening.

2)  The next committee meeting will be held Thursday November 10th.  The committee voted to change the meetings to the 2nd Thursday of the month but on the last calendars handed out, it is still shown as the first Thursday. 

3)  Thursday November 11th is veteran's day.  The troop will be participating in the Middleborough Veteran's Day Parade.  Details and timing to follow.

4)  Fall Cranboree Camping Trip - November 11, 12,13 will be this years Fall Cranboree.  Currently, we are planning to arrive Friday evening.  Further details will follow.  Please see your SPL or ASPL with any questions.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Flagship Cinemas Movie Booklet Fundraiser

Flagship Cinemas Movie Booklet Fundraiser Poster


The Movie Booklet Fundraiser runs through Thursday, November 17th.
At next weeks troop meting, Scouts who have not yet picked up information and an order form should see Mrs. MacDonald.  Scouts who have already sold booklets can turn in money/pick up booklets at upcoming Troop Meetings.

Our Fundraising Goal = 100 booklets/$600.  Scouts will get a percentage of profits ($6 per booklet) toward upcoming ski trips and camp outs!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Alex Cassady's Eagle Project - Saturday October 29th


Alex Cassady will be working on his Eagle Project this Saturday, the 29th.  Any Scouts who have time on Saturday and would like to assist Alex should be at the Nemasket Hill Cemetery (515 Plymouth Street, Middleborough, MA 02346) for 9:00AM to 12:00PM.  Alex asks that Scouts please bring Work Gloves, Shovels, and Drills (We will be working with cement and wood).  We hope to see lots of helping hands for Alex!!

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Troop Meeting Thursday at the Parish Hall - 7:00 PM

There will be a Troop Meeting at the Parish Hall this Thursday, October 27th, at 7pm.

- Mr. Devine will be meeting with the backpackers for about 1/2 hour to go over material for the merit badge.

- Narragansett Council - Scouting for Food.  Please remember to put out your door hangers this week or weekend.  Food pickup will be Saturday November 5th.

Fall Cranboree Punkin' Chunkin' at Camp Norse.  Nov 11th thru the 13th.
Click here for the event packet.  We will have additional details in the coming weeks.

- Annual Veteran's Day Parade - Friday, November 11th.  We will have more info for the scouts shortly regarding assembly time, etc.

- Radio Merit Badge Boot Camp.  On Sunday November 6th, Mr. Devine has arranged to host the United States Army Reserve 3/80th Signal Battalion's Radio Merit Badge Boot Camp.  At this time, we are limited to only 5 Scouts.  There will be a signup sheet at this weeks Troop Meeting and it will be 'first come, first serve'.  We will keep a wait list and if we are able to add more Scouts later, we will. 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Narragansett Council - Scouting for Food


REMINDER - All Scouts who are participating in the Scouting for Food drive, please place your door hangers on homes in your neighborhood this coming weekend.  Food pickup will be the following weekend, Saturday, November 5th.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

***CANCELLED*** Alex Cassady's Eagle Project - Saturday October 22nd


Update 10/21:  With the possibility of showers on Saturday, Alex has decided to cancel the work scheduled for tomorrow.  He will re-schedule to a later date.  Stay Tuned...

Alex Cassady will be working on his Eagle Project this Saturday, the 22nd.  Any Scouts who have time on Saturday and would like to assist Alex should be at the Nemasket Hill Cemetery (515 Plymouth Street, Middleborough, MA 02346) for 9:00AM to 12:00PM.  Alex asks that Scouts please bring work gloves and shovels.  We hope to see lots of helping hands for Alex!!

Fall Court of Honor - Thursday, October 20th


This Thursday will be Troop 20's Fall Court of Honor.  We are asking all scouts to please arrive at the Parish Hall for 6:15pm to help set up.  The Court of Honor will start at 7:00pm.
         -- We look forward to seeing everyone there!

Friday, October 14, 2016

10 MIle hike starting at Morgan Property

We have been invited by Troop 64 to accompany them on a 10 mile hike on Saturday at 9:00 am.  Bring appropriate footwear and clothing for the expected weather conditions.  Bring snacks and water.  Meet at the Morgan property.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Committee Meeting & Troop Meeting Thursday, at Central Congregational Church - 6:00pm Committee / 7:00pm Troop

There will be a Committee Meeting & PLC Meeting held this Thursday, 10/13, starting at 6:00pm at the Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.

Immediately following the Committee Meeting, we will have our regular weekly Troop Meeting.  This will also be held at Central Congregational Church.

We are requesting that all Scouts please bring in their most current medical forms, as we are gathering all of the medical forms into a Troop binder.  Having current forms on-hand will greatly ease the logistical burden when we are planning trips with the Scouts.  As a reminder, overnight events require a completed medical form to be on file with the Troop.  If we do not have a current medical form, the Scout will not be allowed to attend the overnight event.  Please complete parts A, B, & C, paying attention to the sections where your doctor will have to sign.  As a reminder, medical forms can be found here.  Please note that if you went to summer camp this year, your form was returned to you at the end of camp.  You can use the same form, as long as it has not expired.  Please bring what you have to Mrs. Swindle Thursday evening.

Mr. Devine will be meeting with the Backpacking Merit Badge Scouts as some point during the Troop Meeting.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Update Troop Meeting 10-6-16

                                                   ***Important****

Please bring your medical forms to the troop meeting and turn them in.  They are required for all troop outings and events.  If you have misplaced your form please fill out parts A and B and bring it to the meeting.  Parts A&B are required for any event that is less than 72 hours long, Part C is required for events lasting longer than 72 hours.
Below is a link to the form.


http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Troop Meeting Thursday at the Parish Hall - 7:00 PM



Happy October Everyone!

There will be a Troop Meeting at the Parish Hall this Thursday, October 6th, at 7pm.  The Committee Meeting & PLC Meeting have been postponed until next week.

At this week's Troop Meeting, Mr. Devine will be meeting with the backpackers for about 1/2 hour to tighten up details for this weekend's camping/backpacking trip to Myles Standish State Park.  Remember that all backpackers are expected to arrive at the Troop Meeting with their meal plans for the weekend.  Backpackers need to pay close attention to this blog in the upcoming days for details regarding the trip, as we are all carefully watching Hurricane Matthew and its potential impact on our area.  Mr. Devine will have more information on Thursday night so stay tuned.

See you all Thursday night at 7pm!

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Update: George's Island and Fort Warren.

Reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow at the Parish hall.  Please  be there b y 7:45 am so we can depart promptly at 8:00.
Please dress for the weather, temps should be in the 60's and there is a still a chance of rain.
Due to the slight risk of rain we will be having sandwiches for lunch.  Please bring along some water for drinking.

We will be catching the Boat at the Houghs Neck Maritime Center, 137 Bay View Ave, Quincy MA.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

George's Island and Fort Warren trip

Weather permitting, the trip has been rescheduled to Sunday, October 2.
Please meet at the Parish Hall parking lot at 7:45 am for an 8:00 departure to Quincy.
Plan to arrive back at the Parish Hall at 4:30 pm.
I will be monitoring the weather and will post a note here Saturday afternoon if we are going to cancel.  Please check this blog Saturday evening and Sunday morning for any updates.

We will be grilling burgers and dogs for lunch.
Please dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Troop meeting Thursday 7:00 pm Parish Hall.

There will be a troop meeting at the Parish Hall at seven o'clock pm on Thursday September 29.

Backpacking Merit Badge people will meet for about a half hour during the meeting to go over requirements 1, 2 and 3.  We will also do some planning for our next trek.

Looking forward to seeing you all there.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Ryan Grady's Eagle Project - Sunday September 25th

 
Ryan Grady will be working on his Eagle Project this Sunday, the 25th.  Any Scouts available to help out should be at the Henry B Burkland School, 41 Mayflower Ave, Middleborough, MA at 9:00AM.  You should enter through the rear parking lot off East Grove Street, near Hannaford Supermarket.

Please bring work gloves, eye protection, cordless drills, and shovels.

Webelos Woods 2016



This weekend will be our annual Webelos Woods campout at Camp Norse (112 Parting Ways Road, Kingston, MA).  Scouts are asked to arrive no later than 7:30AM on Saturday, 9/24.  We will be at the Kolli site, which is our usual location.  (See map below)
 

Webelos Woods is an overnight camping weekend for the Webelos and their parents.  Troop 20 are their hosts for the weekend and it is our opportunity to interact with the Webelos, show them what Boy Scouts is all about and most importantly, show them how awesome Troop 20 is!

The weather looks to be great for camping and while it won’t be cold, it will be cooling off and Saturday night could be chilly so dress accordingly.
We’ll see everyone there Saturday morning!

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Troop Meeting Thursday 9-22-16 at the Parish Hall, 7:00 pm.



Thursday, 9/22 we will have a Troop Meeting at 7pm at the Parish Hall.

Mr. Lamoureux will be holding Scout Master Conferences & Board of Reviews this Thursday, 9/22 for anyone who feels they are ready for rank advancements.  Scouts must be in Full Class A uniform & they must have their books with them and the books need to have the proper requirements signed off by a leader.

Mr. Devine will be meeting with the Backpacking merit badge boys to discuss trip planning and some requirements.  This will be about a half hour of time.

Webelos Woods is this weekend 9/23-9/25.  Leaders are still working on the final details for this event & will announce final details at the Troop Meeting this Thursday.  We do have some Webelos coming from Pack 20. 
If you signed up, please plan on $15-$20 to pay for this event per Scout.  You can bring a check to this week's meeting or you can also bring it this weekend.  Stay tuned!

Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Reviews

Mr. Lamoureux would like to remind everyone that at this Thursdays Troop Meeting, Sept 22nd, we will be having Scoutmaster conferences and Boards of Review.  All scouts in need of conferences and reviews must show up to Thursday's troop meeting in Full Class A Uniform (Full) and have their Scout Handbooks with them.

Friday, September 16, 2016


UPDATE regarding Eagle Projects

Julian Cassady's Eagle Project at the Soule Farm has been postponed until October - more information will be coming.

Alex Cassady's Eagle Project will be starting this Saturday with some prep work to be done at his home.  The address is 182 North Main Street, Middleboro, MA and the hours will be 10am-Noon.  If you have an extra screwdriver, please bring it labeled with your name on it.  Thanks!

Ryan Grady's Eagle Project has made great progress and the final installation of the outdoor classroom at HBB is still scheduled for Sunday 9/25 starting at 9am.