Saturday, January 28, 2017

Troop 20 Calendar

Troop Calendar - The calendar for Troop 20 is now available on the blog.  In the right hand section of the blog page, at the top, you can find a link to a pdf version of our calendar.

We will be attempting to keep this updated on a regular basis so that everyone knows what events are coming up for the Scouts.
If anyone has any problems accessing the calendar, please contact Mr. Pierce or Mrs. Swindle.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, January 26th - Sacred Heart Parish Hall

We will be having our weekly troop meeting this Thursday, the 26th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall.

1) This weekend will be the Klondike Derby at Camp Norse, 112 Parting Ways Road, Kingston, MA.  This year, the troop will be staying Friday and Saturday nights at the Olaf cabin.  Please see the map below for the cabin location.  The cost for the Klondike Derby will be $20 per Scout to cover the cost of registration, the Klondike patch, and food for the weekend.

The $20 fee is due at this Thursday's troop meeting or on Friday when you arrive at Camp Norse.  Payment can be made in cash or by check made out to Troop 20.

2)  We had a lot of food leftover from this past weekends ski trip so in an effort to not let it go to waste, we will be putting together a menu for the weekend instead of the planned patrol menus.  Eric Grady will have more info at Thursday's troop meeting.

3)  We will be starting the Family Life merit badge this Thursday.  This is an Eagle required merit badge so we strongly encourage any scout in need of eagle requirements to participate.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

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

1)  There will be a Committee Meeting this Thursday, January 19th, at 6:00pm at the Central Congregational Church.

2)  This week's Troop Meeting will be at 7:00pm at the Central Congregational Church.

3IMPORTANT:  Anyone attending the Ski Trip this weekend should plan to meet with Mr. Gilson, Mr. Devine, and Mrs. Swindle during the Troop Meeting to finalize any last minute details, including what to bring and transportation.

4)  At this week's Troop Meeting, Mr. Brown will be wrapping up the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.  All scouts participating in the class need to bring their completed workbooks.

5)  Next weekend, January 28 & 29, is the annual Klondike Derby.  At this time, we have entered two sleds for the derby.  These need to be inspected to make sure no repairs are needed.  Below is a list of items that need to be brought to the next meeting as well as the Klondike Derby.

  • Riley Cananzy - Scout Handbook
  • Jacob Rebell - Scout Handbook
  • Mark Swindle - Compass
  • Eric Grady - Compass
  • Arthur Ryan - Pen/Pencil and Notebook
  • Eric Grady - Pen/Pencil and Notebook
  • Sully Padgent - Flashlight
  • Mark Swindle - Flashlight
  • Eric Grady - Fire Starting Materials
  • Jacob Rebell - Fire Starting Materials
  • Kevin Macdonald - First Aid Kit
  • Sully Padgent - First Aid Kit
  • Stephen MacDonald - Pocketknife
  • Sully Padgent - Pocketknife

*  Every scout attending must bring a water bottle and plenty of water for all events!

*  At the next Troop Meeting, please be prepared to finalize your patrol meals
 and ensure that food is purchased for the weekend.

Thursday, January 12, 2017


To all leaders attending this Saturday's CPR Class, please be aware that the class will now be held in the Father Shea Center and not the Parish Hall.  The start time remains unchanged at 8:30am.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Troop Updates - January 11, 2107

Hello Troop 20!  A few updates for this week:

1)  This weeks committee meeting has been pushed to next week, the 19th.  This is necessary due to events taking place at BP and Middleboro High School which require the attendance of several committee members.

2)  Ski Trip - Pricing for the ski trip was posted to the blog.  At this week's troop meeting, everyone going on the trip needs to have forms and money into Mr. Gilson.
You must ensure that Mrs. Swindle has a current medical form on file!

3)  This Saturday, January 14th, will be the leaders CPR class.  Start time is 8:30am at the Parish Hall.  Please make sure you let Asst. Scoutmaster Lamoureux know (call his cell phone) if you plan to attend so that he can arrange for the class materials.  The cost is $25.00 per person.

4)  The Klondike Derby is coming up January 28th.  We have a signup sheet available so please make sure your name is on that document if you plan to attend.  We have a cabin reserved for that evening if you plan to stay overnight.  At this week's troop meeting, we will need to work out details for food and any activities.
Note:  We need to carefully inspect the Klondike sled this week so that any repairs needed can be completed in time.  Please see Mr. Pierce with any needed work.

5)  For those scouts attending the Emergency Preparedness merit badge class, Mr. Brown will be continuing with that class at the troop meeting.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

IMPORTANT: Ski Trip Pricing Information

FROM: Charlie Gilson, Troop 20, Middleboro

TO: All participants on the 2017 Ski Trip

Here is the pricing for the 2017 ski trip to Mt. Abram. All prices, except for food and lodging, are for one day only, and in most cases will have to be doubled. Some prices have gone up slightly from last year, but it is still a great deal for what you are getting. And for some reason, they don't have tubing this year.

ADULT (ages 18-59) :                                 $34.00

YOUTH (ages 6-17) :                                   $27.00

RENTAL EQUIPMENT :                            $18.00

RENTAL HELMET* :                                 $5.00

GROUP LESSONS ONLY :                        $23.00


       SKI/RIDE PACKAGE**:                     $59.00

*All scouts are required by BSA to wear helmets.

**The Learn to Ski includes a 90 minute lesson for first time only skiers and boarders, plus equipment rental and all day Westside only lift ticket.

FOOD AND LODGING (2 day total per person) :      $20.00

I will need to collect all the money, ski rental forms and ski school release forms at next Thursdays meeting. I have to give Mt. Abram all this information by next weekend. I will be available all night at Thursdays meeting to get everyone's information, paperwork and money. If you can't make the meeting, please call me to let me know what you need for lessons/rental equipment/lift tickets, etc., and how and when you can meet me to give me the money and forms. You can reach me on my business cell phone, which is 508-509-8016. Thank you for all your cooperation, and here's looking forward to another great ski trip!

Charlie Gilson
79 Old Center St., Middleboro

Friday, January 6, 2017

Crew Meeting - January 8th 6pm

The next Crew Meeting will be on Sunday, January 8th at 6pm in the Rectory House of the church at 340 Center St in Middleboro, Ma.

At the last meeting it was decided by the Youth to join with Venture Crew 20 and make one strong crew instead of two weak crews.

Several things have happened that helped to make this decision.  The existing Youth Leadership is gone and a new Group of Adults will be helping to advise the crew.

The plan is to have elections and pick a new Youth Leadership. 

That being said we encourage everyone to be at this meeting so that all issues and concerns can be addressed.

After elections we would like to plan some events for the future (trips or activities) and start to get the crew more active.

Please make sure you bring your membership applications if you have not turned them into me as I need all of them to register the crew.  If you are new to scouts or have turned 18 and not registered with your troop the cost for registration for the 2017 the cost is $24.  If you are still registered in troop you are all set.

If you have someone that would like to join the crew please feel free to invite them.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Leadership CPR Class - January 14th

UPDATE:  The CPR recertification class on Saturday, January 14th will be held from 08:30am - 12:00pm at the Sacred Heart Parish Hall.
The instructor will be Capt. Bob Mancinelli

The cost will be $25.00 per person for the class and we will need a final headcount by Monday, January 9th.

There will be a CPR Class held on Saturday, January 14th, 2017 at 8:30am for the Troop 20 leaders .  The class should complete by noontime.  Location is still TBD but will be posted to the blog as soon as details are finalized.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Troop Updates - January 3, 2017

Happy New Year Troop 20!  Here are this weeks updates.

1)  CORRECTION:  There will be a committee meeting next Thursday, January 12th, at 6:00pm.

2)  We will be having a Troop Meeting this Thursday, January 5th, at 7:00pm at the Parish Hall.

3)  Ski forms are due this Thursday!  Mrs. Swindle handed them out prior to our holiday break but if you didn't receive them, or have misplaced them, please print out these two forms, complete them, and bring them to this Thursday's Troop meeting.

Liability Release Form

Equipment Rental Form

4)  Mr. Devine will be meeting with the backpackers.

5)  Looking for Middleborough Scouts or their family members interested in running for the 2017 Honorary Mayor of Middleborough.  Please follow this link, if interested, for additional information.