TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Thursday, April 27, 2017

SkyZone Schedule Modification

For those Scouts going to SkyZone tonight, please be aware that our times got a little mixed up.  Here are the revised times:

6:45pm - Meet at SkyZone, NOT the food court.  We will be jumping first, then eating.  We will still have dinner at the food court, but we need to do SkyZone first.  We apologize for any inconvenience this change may cause.

8:45pm - This is the revised pickup time for the Scouts.  Please plan to pickup your Scout at the Food Court inside the mall at 8:45pm.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Bakpacking Update


  

Hello Troop 20 Backpackers!  Our backpacking trip for this coming weekend (4/21-4/23) is still a go!  Details below:

1.)  We will be meeting in the Parish Hall parking lot at 4:30pm Friday.  Not in front of the hall, in the lot in back.  Once everyone is present, we'll assign scouts to vehicles and leave as a group for Camp Cachalot (Dan Beard campsite).

2.)  Friday will be a little wet with showers predicted into the evening so we need all scouts prepared for the weather.  All scouts must have proper rain gear and footwear.  You should also have a rain cover for your backpack to keep things dry.
Examples of what is not proper rain gear:
  • Thin, disposable plastic ponchos that tear easily, like the kind you get at concerts and sports events.
  • A trash bag
  • A sweatshirt, etc.
You need to be able to keep yourself and your gear dry and we do not want to have to send anyone home so please embrace the Boy Scout Motto and Be Prepared.

3.)  All scouts must have 2 quarts (that's 64 liquid ounces) of water with them.  We will check Friday evening before we leave.

4.)  We will have dry firewood with us for a campfire.

5.)  Think carefully about your food choices.  Remember that you have to carry all of your gear and food so while that 38 oz. can of Dinty Moore beef stew may look appealing, that's a lot of weight to carry around and it will be a bear to heat.  Make use of the food options that Mr. Devine has discussed and shown you in the past.  Ounces add up to pounds!!

6.)  Saturday looks to be a pretty nice day so it will make up for Friday night.  Perfect for getting in lots of great backpacking! :-)

7.)  Pickup time on Sunday, at this time, is planned for 10:00am in the Parish Hall parking lot.  If anything changes, we'll get word out to parents via the blog so please make sure they know to check it Sunday morning or have a means to get in touch with your parents.

We're looking forward to a great weekend and we hope everyone is excited for a terrific trip, exploring Camp Cachalot!  See you all Friday!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

No troop meeting Thursday, 4/20 & SKY ZONE on Thursday 4/27

We hope everyone is enjoying their week off from school!

We have a couple of reminders for the week:

1)  There will be NO Troop meeting this week (4/20) due to the school vacation week.

2)  On Thursday 4/27, we will be having an offsite activity because the church hall is not available to us.  We will be meeting at SKY ZONE in Kingston.  Details are as follows:

In order to participate, everyone attending MUST complete a waiver form online.  To do this, please follow the link below and click on the 'FILL OUT WAIVER' button on the left side of the screen.  Please ignore the 'BUY TICKETS' button as Eric will be collecting money from each scout at the mall.
 

  • Everyone should meet in the food court at 6:45pm if you would like to get something to eat.  Scouts should bring their own money for food.
  • If you will not be eating at the mall, please plan to meet in the food court no later than 7:10pm so that we can move to SKY ZONE as a group.
  • Tickets for 1 hour of jumping will be $16 per scout.  Please be sure to bring this with you or you will not be able to participate.
  • Please RSVP to Eric Grady by Monday, April 24th so that Eric can provide SKY ZONE with the number of scouts that will be attending.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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

Hello Troop 20!  I hope everyone has been enjoying the great weather we've been having over the past few days.  Here are this weeks announcements:

1)  Due to Holy Week activities at Sacred Heart, we will be meeting this week at Central Congregational Church, 2 Webster street.  We can use the gym for our meeting but there will be tables setup in the gym that we have been asked not to move so please keep this in mind.

2)  There will be a green bar meeting this Thursday, before the troop meeting, at 6:00pm with the SPL.  ASPL's and Patrol leaders are asked to please attend.

3)  Backpackers - We have a 3 day trip coming up April 21 - 23.  Mr. Devine will be meeting with the backpackers.  All scouts attending the backpacking trip should bring their gear Thursday evening for equipment inspection, along with their meal plans.

Backpackers should all read the following document for information regarding our trip.

4)  Nantucket Island - We need a final headcount for who will be going on the trip this June.  If you are going, please sign-up this Thursday!!

5)  Medical Forms - If you have not given a current medical form to Mrs. Swindle, please bring her one ASAP or see her to discuss this Thursday!  We need parts A, B, & C plus a copy of the front and back of your medical insurance card.  Please take care of this!!

6)  Troop Meetings:
  • There will be no troop meeting next week, April 20, due to school vacation week.
  • The church hall is not available to us the following week, April 27th.  We will likely have an offsite activity that week so please stay tuned for further information as it becomes available.
We hope to see everyone at the Troop Meeting this Thursday!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, April 6th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Happy April Troop 20!  Here are this weeks announcements.

1)  Summer camp is fast approaching!  We will be at Camp Squanto again, the week of Aug 6th - August 12th.

Deposits were due on March 16th and so far, only a handful have been received.  If you are going to summer camp, and you all should be!, please bring a check for $50, made payable to 'Troop 20' this Thursday to reserve your spot.  We need to get a headcount & we need to work on adult coverage at Camp Squanto from leaders and parents.


2)  Our trip to Nantucket will be June 16th - June 18th.  If you are interested in attending, please sign up, on the sign-up sheet this week.  We will have a final cost for the trip shortly.

Details will also be forthcoming regarding the bike qualifier/shakedown ride.

IMPORTANT:  We leave early on Friday June 16th so scouts will miss a day of school.  Please plan accordingly.


3)  The Herring Run Festival is this weekend, April 8th & 9th.  The Troop will have a booth showcasing all of the great things we do.  We will also be fundraising by selling our meat snacks, candy bars, and granola bars.  There will be a sign-up sheet at the Troop Meeting Thursday night, for scouts to sign up for hours to attend and volunteer in the Troop 20 booth.  We need participation so please give some time to this!


4)  Family Life - Please bring your workbooks & worksheets Thursday so that you can meet with Mrs. Rebell & Mrs. Swindle on your progress.  There will also be a discussion about how to have a family meeting as this is one of the ongoing requirements.


See you all Thursday evening!

Monday, April 3, 2017

NYLT 2017 Graduates

Congratulations to Mark Swindle Jr., Alex Freitas, Ben Sanford, and Jacob Rebell who completed the 2017 NYLT program this past weekend at Camp Norse!  They did a fantastic job, despite the rain and snow!