Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, October 19th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!

We have a few announcements for this week:

  1. Our Troop Meeting will be at Scared Heart Parish Hall this week.
  2. This weekend, Oct 20 - 22, the Troop is planning a camping trip to Murdock street.  We will have drop off and pick up times available at Thursday's meeting.
  3. Upcoming Courts of Honor - Just a reminder that we are planning our fall Court of Honor for Saturday, November 11th at the Middleborough Mason's Lodge.  Immediately following the Troop Court of Honor, we will hold an Eagle Court of Honor for Alex and Julian Cassady.  Please remember to let one of the leaders know if you will be able to attend by Thursday, November 2nd so that we can plan accordingly.  We hope all scouts and their families can be present for this very special occasion.
  4. Trebuchet building - At this years Fall Cranboree, the Troop is planning to compete in the Punkin Chunkin competition which means.......we need a Trebuchet!  And really....who doesn't need a trebuchet ;-)  The current plan is that we will be building the machine at Mr. Pierce's house on Saturday, October 28th, 4 Stacey Road, Middleborough.  As we will be using various tools to build this, we do need some older scouts (14 yrs or older) to help with this.  Adults will handle any power saws, etc.  We also need a plan to decorate the machine so the SPL and ASPL's should get with the patrols and come up with a plan!  We'll keep everyone posted should we need to change this date at all.
Hope to see you all on Thursday.......Have a great week!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Important Updates For This Weekend!!

Hello Troop 20!

There have been some very late breaking developments that we need to pass along to everyone.

First, if any Scouts were planning to be at Oktoberfest this coming Saturday, October 14th, please note that the Troop will no longer be participating in this event.  Please do not go to the KOA campground expecting to find the Troop.

Second, for any Scouts that would like to participate in fundraising, the Troop WILL have a booth setup at the Middleborough Haunted Harvest festival, this Saturday, October 14th, at the Middleborough Town Hall, to sell popcorn.  Setup is at 8:30 and the event will run from 10:00am to 4:00pm.  Please show up in Class A uniform and see Mrs. MacDonald when you arrive.

Third, the Troop is planning to hold the Fall Court of Honor on Saturday, November 11th, at 4pm to award merit badges and rank advancements to those Scouts that have earned them.  The Court of Honor will be held at the Middleborough Mason's Lodge.

Immediately following the Troop Court of Honor, there will be an Eagle Court of Honor to recognize the advancement of Alex and Julian Cassady to the rank of Eagle Scout.  We realize that this is a Saturday but we do hope Scouts and their families can be available for this very special event to help us celebrate Alex & Julian's accomplishment.

The Cassady family will have food and cake available immediately following the Court of Honor so we are asking all Scouts to please RSVP to the Troop no later than Thursday, November 2nd, letting us know if you will be attending so that we can plan for the Troop Court of Honor and the Cassady's will know how much food to provide.

Thank You!!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, October 12th, at Central Congregational Church - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!

Please note that our troop meeting this week will be at Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster Street, Middleboro.

A couple of items for this week:

1.  This weekend, Saturday October 14th, is Oktoberfest at the KOA campground.  Troop 20 will be there selling meat snacks and candy bars.  At last week's troop meeting, no one signed up to help run the table.  We need volunteers to make this work.  Currently, we have coverage from 11am - 1pm but we need more scouts to step up.  If we can't get coverage, we will cancel the table and we will not fundraise.  That means no money coming into the troop to help pay for things like our Nantucket trip.  We have more than 4-5 scouts in the troop and we need scouts to step up.  You can signup again this Thursday night.  We hope we get some troop participation.

2.  Please remember, our 2017 Popcorn Campaign is underway!  If you are in need of an order form, please see Mrs. MacDonald at this week's troop meeting.  Remember that scouts receive 35% of their total TAKE ORDER for their individual accounts!  Raise even more money in less time with less effort and receive 50% towards your scout account by creating an online account!!

Take orders are due by Thursday, 10/26/17.

Show 'N Sells are also scheduled for the upcoming weekend - Look for the signup sheet at this week's Troop Meeting!

See you all at the Troop Meeting!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

2017 Popcorn Sales

Hello Troop 20!  Our 2017 Popcorn Campaign is underway!  If you did not receive an order form, please see Mrs. MacDonald at this week's Troop meeting.

Scouts will receive 35% of their total TAKE ORDER for their individual accounts.  Raise even more money in less time with less effort and receive 50% towards your scout account by creating an online account.  Check it out at:

Take orders are due by Thursday 10/26/17.

Show 'N Sells are also scheduled for the upcoming weekend - Look for the signup sheet at this week's Troop Meeting.

2017 / 2018 Updated Calendar

Hello Troop 20!

We finally have an updated calendar for the 2017 / 2018 Scouting Year on the blog.  We will attempt to keep this calendar updated as dates and activities firm up throughout the year.

To get to the calendar, follow the link in the right hand margin of the blog.

If you have any questions or problems getting to the calendar, please let Mr. Pierce know and I'll do my best to help you out.

Troop 20's Newest Eagle Scout!!

Troop 20 would like to congratulate Preston Brown on passing his Eagle Review Board this week and achieving the rank of Eagle Scout!

Congratulations Preston!!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Our Morgan Property Hike

Our Hikers!

We had a great hike this past Sunday at the Morgan Property with Scouts and Leaders from Troops 20, 96 & 64.  We hope to see more scouts for our next one!

Monday, October 2, 2017

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


Hello Troop 20!  This Thursday, October 5th, we will be having a Committee Meeting at 6:00pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.  Immediately following the Committee Meeting, we will have our regular Troop Meeting at 7:00pm.

Saturday, October 14th, will be the Middleborough Tourism Committee Oktoberfest celebration at KOA Campground.  The Troop will be there selling meat snacks and we're looking for help manning the table.  Setup is 11am - 2pm.  The event runs 2pm - 7pm nd Teardown is 7pm - 8pm.  If you're around, please consider coming to the KOA Campground, 438 Plymouth Street, Middleboro, MA to help us out.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Hike Today, October 1st - 1:30pm Morgan Property

Hello Troop 20!

Just a reminder that the weather looks fantastic for today so we are definitely still on for our Morgan Property Hike.  We'll meet at the Morgan Property parking lots at 1:15pm and step off at 1:30pm.

Remember to wear comfortable shoes, hiking boots are best as it may be a little muddy from yesterdays wet weather, have a day pack with you, a full water bottle, snacks, and your scout ten essentials.

Have your scout handbook with you as we may be able to complete some rank requirements while out on the trail.

We hope to see a lot of scouts there!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Hike this coming Sunday, October 1st - 1:30pm at the Morgan Property


Hello Troop 20!

Weather permitting, we are planning a hike this coming Sunday, October 1st at the Stuart Morgan Property.  Please plan to meet at the Morgan Property parking lot at 1:15pm.  We'll be stepping off at 1:30pm.  Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes, have a day pack with water and snacks, dress for the weather, and have your scout ten essentials.

Please keep an eye on the blog for any updates relating to the hike.  We will post a confirmation as we get closer to Sunday the 1st.

For anyone who has never been here before, the Morgan Property is located on Long Point Road, off of Marion Road.

There are parking areas located on both sides of the road.  A map to the intersection of Marion Road and Long Point Road can be found at this link.  The parking areas are located about 1/4 mile down, after you turn onto Long Point Road.

Friday, September 22, 2017

IMPORTANT - Webelos Woods Update!

Hello Troop 20!

Well, Jose isn't cooperating.  He's hanging around and generally being a nuisance, keeping things nice and wet for us.  Given that, the troop has decided that we will move our drop off time to Saturday, 9/23, at 8:00am.

The Webelos Woods stations start at 8:45 so this should give us a little time to arrive, get our own station ready, attend flags at 8:30 and then head out to stations with the Webelos.  We will plan to setup tents right after lunch.

Since the morning will be busy, we will not have time to cook breakfast.  Please eat before you arrive!

We may still have a few showers around Saturday morning so bring rain gear and appropriate footwear!

See you all Saturday!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Webelos Woods Reminder

Hello Troop 20!

Just a few reminders for all Scouts participating in Webelos Woods this weekend.

  1. Price:  We are asking all Scouts to please have cash or check with them to cover the cost of Webelos Woods.  The price of food is still a little up in the air but we anticipate the total cost being up to $25 per scout.  This will cover the cost of registration ($10) and food for Saturday and Sunday morning.
  2. We don't know if the trading post will be open but if it happens to be, you'll want to have some spending money with you.
  3. Arrival time is Friday, 9/22, anytime after 5:00pm.  Mrs. Swindle will be on site to greet scouts arriving.
  4. We are at the Kolli site.  If you've never been to Camp Norse before, please see the map below.
  5. Please remember to eat dinner before you arrive.  We will not be serving food Friday evening.  We will have something to snack on but not a meal.
  6. Pickup time is Sunday morning, 8:00am.  We appreciate your being on time with pickup so that our adult leaders can get out of camp at a reasonable time. 
We look forward to a great weekend with the Webelos of Pack 20!!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, September 21st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!  Here are this week's announcements.  We'll see you all this Thursday for the Troop Meeting!

Scout Binders:  If you have a binder (and all of our scouts, with the exception of some of our newest members, should have a binder), please bring it to Thursday's Troop Meeting.  Eric will be working with everyone to make sure your binders are in order and helping our new scouts understand what they need.

SPL Elections:  As a reminder, any scouts interested in running for the position of Senior Patrol Leader this year, will interview with the adult leaders at the Troop meeting so that we have a chance to get your thoughts on the role and we can make sure you understand the responsibilities that the SPL will have for the year. 

Webelos Woods 9/22 - 9/24:  This weekend is our annual Webelos Woods camping trip at Camp Norse (112 Parting Ways Road, Kingston, MA).  Arrival time will be Friday, 9/22 anytime after 5:00pm.  Pickup will be Sunday morning.  We are asking parents to please be at the camp by 8:00am so that we can pack up and head home.  We will be at the Kolli site, our usual location (see map below)

As in past years, we will be hosting the Webelos from Pack 20.  We're not sure how many will be attending but whoever comes, we want to make sure they are welcome and have a great time!  Please make sure you sign up to attend!  Even if you need to come in Saturday, leave early, etc., we want you to participate!

Friday, September 8, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, 9/14 - 7:00pm, at Central Congregational Church

Hello Troop 20! Well, it's that time of the year again and our first troop meeting of the 2017 / 2018 scouting year will be held this coming Thursday, September 14th, at Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster St., Middleboro.  We're looking forward to seeing everyone again for another great year!

One of our first orders of business for the year will be the elections for Senior Patrol Leader.  The adult leaders have put together some details on the position and a calendar for the elections.  We suggest that everyone take some time to review the following document:  Troop 20 SPL

We'll be jumping right into camping with Webelos Woods 2017.  Webelos Woods will be held at Camp Norse, September 22-24.  The theme this year will be Star Wars.  Let's get our gear ready and have a great camping trip prepared to show the Webelos scouts why they want to be part of Troop 20!

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Summer Camp 2017 Memories

Hello Troop 20!

We hope everyone has had a great summer and that you are all looking forward to returning to Troop 20.  We have a great year ahead of us!  Details regarding the first troop meeting will be coming out in the next couple of days.

In the meantime, we wanted to pass along a few pictures of our scouts having a great time at Camp Squanto this summer.  Additionally, you can see that our blog header photo has been changed out to this years summer camp troop photo.  Enjoy! (There are a lot of photos here so hopefully everyone can download them.  We are working on an alternative solution for distributing photos.)

Everyday, the scouts campsite is evaluated against a number of criteria and the troop with the best site, wins the honor troop award.  Troop 20 received Honor Troop the first day and we closed out the week with the highest score yet!  Great job Troop 20!