TROOP 20

MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASSACHUSETTS

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, June 1st, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!   We hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend!
Here are this week's announcements:

1)  As a general reminder, it is important that all Scouts attend every meeting and arrive on time as the end of year Court of Honor is coming up soon.

2)  Attention all Quartermasters:
  • If you are a quartermaster from this year, the SPL has asked that you please bring your binder to this week's Troop Meeting for your last Quartermaster session.  You will be turning in your binders at the Troop Meeting.
  • Quartermasters from last year, if you have an inventory of the Troop trailer, please make sure this gets to Eric ASAP.
3)  Blue Cards - Any blue cards for end of year merit badges must be turned in no later than the June 8th Troop Meeting so that we will have time to process them before the end of year Court of Honor.

4)  Family Life Merit Badge Participants - Please check in with Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle to go over your progress.

5)  Next week, there will be a committee meeting on Thursday June 8th at 6:00pm in the Parish Hall.  The Troop Meeting will be held at our regular time, 7:00pm, immediately following the committee meeting.



6)  Nantucket Shakedown Ride - We will be having a shakedown ride on Sunday, June 11th, at the Cape Code Canal.  We will meet in the parking lot near the railroad bridge at 1:30pm, weather permitting.

You will need a helmet, snacks, water, and a day pack.  Remember that the weather can be colder at the canal so please wear appropriate clothing.

7)  Nantucket Trip Reminder - Our Nantucket Trip is coming up fast! June 16th through June 18th.  Please remember that we will be loading the bikes on Thursday evening, June 15th, prior to our Troop Meeting.

More details and the final cost per scout will be provided in the coming days.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Middleborough Memorial Day Parade Cancelled

Hi Everyone.  Our apologies for such short notice but the Middleborough Police just announced on Facebook that the parade has been cancelled.
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Enjoy the remainder of the holiday weekend and we will see everyone on Thursday for our regular Troop Meeting!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 25th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm

Hello Troop 20!  We hope everyone has a great month of May.  June is right around the corner!  We have a number of announcements again this week:

1)  Murdock Street - If you are planning on attending the Murdock Street campout this weekend (May 26-27), please email your SPL, Eric Grady, at grady37@verizon.net so that he can account for food and anything else needed for the campout.

2)  If you are going to need a board of review before the end of the scouting year, please let Eric or Mr. Swindle know so that a date can be arranged.

3)  Family Life Merit Badge - Please check in with Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle.

4)  Memorial Day Parade - All scouts who do not have a school band commitment should be at the town hall for 9:30 in full class A uniform, with merit badge sash.

5)  Fundraising - Our Tastefully Simple Fundraiser runs through June 1st.  Please turn in order forms to Mrs. MacDonald either at this week's Troop Meeting or on June 1st.
SPECIAL INCENTIVE:  If our fundraising sales exceed $1000, a 10-meal dinner kit will be raffled off among anyone who places an order.
ALSO, PLEASE NOTE:  If anyone would like to book a home taste testing party off of Troop 20's fundraiser, our consultant will donate 50% of her commission to the Troop as well.
Remember, you can also invite friends and family to our online party at:  www.tastefullysimple.com/p/11164998

6)  Blue cards - Any blue cards for end of year merit badges must be turned in no later than the June 8 Troop Meeting, so that we will have time to process them before the end of year court of honor.

7)  As we head towards the end of the year, please remember that our next Troop Meeting will be Thursday, June 1st at 7:00pm at the Parish Hall and our next committee meeting will be Thursday, June 8th at 6:00pm followed by our regular Troop Meeting at 7:00pm.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 18th - Battis Field, 6:30pm


Hello Troop 20!  I hope everyone has a great week so far.  We have a lot of announcements this week so please read them carefully!

1)  Our troop meeting this week will be held at Battis Field from 6:30pm to 8:30pm.  Please Park at the Jackson street lot near the field.  Note that parking can only be accessed via Jackson Street.  Please see map below.


We will be holding an orienteering course for younger scouts that need these skills for rank advancement and it would be a really good refresher course for older scouts that may be a little rusty with their compass skills.  Scouts should have read the relevant section(s) of their handbook beforehand and be familiar with the concepts.  Please arrive for 6:30pm and we will wrap up at 8:30pm as usual.

Uniform for the night will be Class B and we ask that everyone please bring water (it will be warm) and bug spray!



2)  Deck Staining, Saturday May 20:  Mr. Gilson will be staining the decks at the Parish Hall and St. Joseph House on Saturday and he needs some scouts to help get the work done.  If you are available, please meet at the Parish Hall at 9:00am.  The plan is to have younger scouts help with the ramp at the Hall from 9:00am - 12:00pm and then older scouts to help with the deck from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  Please bring water, snacks, sunscreen, some snacks, a hat, and most importantly, wear clothes you don't mind getting covered in stain!



3)  Preston Brown Eagle Project:  Preston will be attempting to wrap up his Eagle project this Saturday, May 20th, at the Middleborough Bus Depot in front of the town hall.  Time is planned to be 9:00am - 1:00pm.  He will be painting the building and finishing up the work to replace any remaining damaged wood.
Below are a few more pictures from this past Saturday when we replaced the old roof.  Enjoy!






4)  Camping at Murdock Street:  We are planning a brief camping trip to Murdock Street for Friday May 26 - Saturday May 27.  Drop-off and pickup times will be announced soon as we finalize details.  This is a great opportunity for scouts to complete requirements that they may need for rank advancement, such as patrol cooking.  We have also extended an invitation to the Pack so it's possible we may have some cub scouts there with us. 

If you are interested in attending, there will be a signup sheet available at the meeting Thursday.




5)  Memorial Day Parade:  Just a reminder that Troop 20 is a participant in the Middleborough Memorial Day Parade to honor those people who died while serving in our country's armed forces.  We ask that all scouts please plan to participate in this event.

The exception is for those scouts who are members of school bands.  Band participation is part of your grade so we understand that must take priority.

We will be lining up behind the town hall at 9:30am.  Parking and getting to/from the town hall can be a challenge the closer you get to the parade time because the police will start closing off roads so please plan accordingly.

Uniform is full class A with hats, neckerchiefs or bolo's, and merit badge sash if you have it. 




6)  Shakedown Bike Ride:  We are planning a shakedown ride for Sunday, June 11th at the Cape Cod Canal, weather permitting.  Times and further details will be posted to the blog in the coming weeks.  This is not a requirement to participate in the Nantucket Trip but it is a great opportunity, for the younger scouts who are planning to attend the Nantucket trip, to make sure their bikes and gear are in shape, they know the rules of the road, and they won't have any problems riding some moderate distances.  We strongly encourage it.  Even older scouts, who have been to Nantucket before, can benefit from this ride to make sure their bikes are still in serviceable condition.

Please note that all scouts must have a CPSC approved bike helmet....no exceptions.  Parents are also welcome to ride with us but you must also have a helmet.



7)  Nantucket Trip:  Our trip to Nantucket is fast approaching.  (Friday June 16 through Sunday June 18).  Please note that at this time, the list of participants is locked down.

We will be loading bikes onto Mr. Holt's truck at the Troop Meeting on Thursday, June 15 so anyone going on the trip needs to be sure you have your bike there that evening so that it will make the ferry ride over.  We will be meeting Friday morning, on the 16th, at 6:00am at the Parish Hall and will be departing the hall at 6:30 to head to the ferry.

Please be sure to watch the blog over the next several weeks for any updates/changes to departure time, details regarding ferry times/schedules,  and plans for pickup Sunday evening.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Preston Brown's Eagle Project - Part 2

Hi Everyone.  Just a reminder that this Saturday will be the second half of Preston's Eagle Project at the Middleborough Bus Depot.  The roof is complete so this weekend will be painting and replacing the last pieces of damaged wood.  Hours will be from 9:00am - 1:00pm.  Preston would like to ask for volunteers to help with the work.  If you're able to, please stop by and help Preston wrap up his Eagle project!

Here's a great photo of our Troop 20 volunteers from last weekend!

Friday, May 12, 2017

REMINDER: Preston Brown's Eagle Project This Saturday, May 13th




Hi Everyone.  Just a quick reminder that Preston Brown will be working on his Eagle project this Saturday, May 13th from 9am - 2pm at the Bus Depot in front of the Middleborough Town Hall.

This Saturday, May 13th, the roof work will be taking place.  Preston is looking for a few older scout volunteers to help with this work.  Adults will be on hand to handle the work requiring ladders.  Please bring work gloves and safety glasses if you have them.

You don't have to be there the entire time so if you're available, come help a fellow scout on his path to Eagle and earn some service hours, which you all need anyway.

Hope to see some of you Saturday!

Monday, May 8, 2017

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


Hello Troop 20!  I hope everyone has had a great week.  Here are this week's updates:

1)  This Thursday, 5/11, there will be a committee meeting at 6:00pm at the Parish Hall.  While that's going on, there will be a PLC.  ALL Patrol Leaders should plan to attend, along with ASPL's and the Troop Scribe.  We will be discussing an upcoming campout and the orienteering Merit Badge.

2)  Zombie Project:  A couple of week's back, Eric gave an assignment to each patrol to present a project he gave you.  Those presentations will be this week.  You will have 15 minutes beforehand to prepare.

3)  Family Life Merit Badge:  There are 4 weeks left.  Scouts need to check in with Mrs. Swindle or Mrs. Rebell to make sure their projects are on track to finish this month.


4)  Troop 20's Tastefully Simple Fundraiser will run through June 1st.  Please see Mrs. MacDonald if you did not receive a catalog, informational letter and order form at the last Troop Meeting.  Any scout that participates will get 25% of his total sales credited to his personal Scout Account.  Order forms can be turned in at any upcoming Troop Meeting on 5/11, 5/18, 5/25, or 6/1.  All families will be invited to our online party shortly, but anyone can shop the online party or post it to their Facebook Page by going to Troop 20's party link at www.tastefullysimple.com/p/11164998

5)  We are tentatively working on scheduling time for a one night camping trip the last weekend in May (5/26 - 5/28).  Dates are still to be confirmed so stay tuned.  Our plan is for this to be an opportunity for those needing to do the orienteering requirement as well as any cooking requirement for First Class Rank.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Preston Brown's Eagle Project - Saturday, May 13th and May 20th



Preston Brown will be working on his Eagle project May 13th & May 20th.  He will be reconditioning the Bus Depot in front of the town hall in Middleboro.  This will consist of installing a new roof, repairing some of the siding that has rotted, painting, and general site cleanup.

On Saturday May 13th, the roof work will be taking place from 9am - 2pm.  Preston is looking for a few older scout volunteers to help with this work.  Adults will be on hand to handle the work requiring ladders.  Please bring work gloves and safety glasses if you have them. 

On Saturday May 20th, the painting and cleanup will be done from 9am - 2pm.  Preston will also be looking for some volunteers who can help paint and cleanup around the Bus Depot.  Please wear appropriate clothing and bring work gloves and safety glasses if you have them.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Troop Meeting this Thursday, May 4th, at Sacred Heart Parish Hall - 7:00pm


Hello Troop 20!  Here are this week's updates:

1)  Any backpackers who have a Troop tent need to make sure that it has been dried, cleaned, and returned to the Troop this week.

2)  Family Life Scouts should check in individually, at some point during the Troop Meeting, with either Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. Swindle to review their progress.

3)  Medical forms are due to Mrs. Swindle.  If you are not sure if you have turned one in, please see Mrs. Swindle Thursday night.  A complete medical form is parts A, B, & C along with a copy of the front and back of your medical insurance card.

4)  Final payment for Summer Camp is due this Thursday, 5/4.  If you have not paid IN FULL, you must see Mrs. Rebell or Mrs. O'Connor to either pay or discuss with them.

5)  Our Nantucket trip is coming up in June.  We will be having a couple of weekend checkout rides at the Cape Cod Canal to make sure everyone's bike is in good condition for Nantucket and that all of our Scout's attending are able to ride a reasonable distance and keep up with the Troop.  Dates and further details will be coming soon so keep reading the blog!

See you all Thursday evening!