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Troop News: Week Of 3/25/13

THIS WEEK – TROOP MEETING

  • We will be having 6 new scouts join our troop this week from Pack 92.  Kinley Baird and Brendan Ryan will be their guides.  Please warmly great them so that they feel welcome at our troop.
  • Don’t forget to bring in all completed blue cards and rank advancements that have recently been completed and give to Mrs. Ryan.
  • Please provide summer camp feedback to Mr. Cook so that we can begin to prepare.
  • Bring in your April trip permission slips.

MARCH TRIP REPORT & A BIG THANK YOU!

The Troop would like to send out a huge thank you to all the Merit Badge Councilors that made this past weekend’s Camping Trip a huge success.  Every scout had a lot of fun and really enjoyed their MB classes in Cooking, Cycling, Family Life, Citizenship in the Nation, and Camping.

The weekend also included a large amount of Rank Advancement work by many of our Scouts, and even a very vigorous game of touch football.

The success of our Troop and of our Scouts can be traced back to the excellent adult volunteers that we are blessed to have at Troop 29.   The reward for these adult volunteers and their time can be found in the growth of each Scout.

Please thank them the next time you see them, and maybe even consider joining them.  And congratulations to the Scouts that earned Merit Badges and Rank Advancement this past weekend.

4/26-28TH:  NOBSCOT SCOUT RESERVATION FRAMINGHAM, MA

On the April trip we will concentrate on improving our orienteering skills. We will also hike to the top of Noscot hill from which you can see Boston. Scouts will need to have a proper compass for this trip. The troop has a couple to lend out, but since a compass is one of the 10 essentials that every scout should pack, you should really consider buying a compass. You can get a good one for $10 to $15.

It is important that you by the proper type of compass. It should have these features:

    • You can see a good example of the proper compass here http://www.amazon.com/Silva-2801290-Starter-1-2-3-Compass/dp/B001M5TN3W
    • Notice that this example has a rectangular clear base plate and the red arrow in the circular part of the compass (it looks kind of like a shed)
    • Please do not bring military style or small novelty compasses, they will not be sufficient for the instruction session

Please see the attached permission slip.   Nobscot 042613 Perm
Please see the attached trip overview.  2013 04 Nobscot

Scouts – note that we will hike in about 1/2 mile to our campsite, so you need to think about what sort of cooking gear you will bring.

SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION & SURVEY:  7/14 – 7/20th

Summer camp is a great opportunity to earn a few merit badges and to get to know your fellow scouts.  For scouts 13 and over, we may be able to arrange an alternate camp experience that same week.  Some rough details appear below.  Please read and contact Tim Cook with the requested info at timcook@adaptinvest.com.
Tim will collect deposits one week from now with final payments due around the middle of May.  At this point, we would just like to gauge interest in the two options.  Please take a look at the brief descriptions below and let Tim know your interest this week.  Here are the details at this time:
Traditional Camp Squanto – cost approximately $350 to $370 – Scouts of any age can attend.
    • Scouts earn merit badges and participate in some evening activities.
    • Last year’s information is on their website: http://www.campsquanto.net/
    • Expect updated info (cost and merit badge selections in particular) next week.
Maritime Adventure Crew – cost estimated at $425-$450 – May be available to scouts 13 and older.  Would only be appropriate for scouts who have been camping with us on our regular troop outings.  This program would be limited in terms of the number of scouts based upon a number of factors.
    • We would be the only troop attending Squanto to participate in this program.  They offered it last year, but there were no takers.
    • Can only pursue it if we have enough interest and adult volunteers.
    • Here is information about the proposed experience:
      • Arrive at camp on Sunday, July 14th, participate in swim checks, eat dinner, and camp for Sunday night with the rest of our troop.
      • The maritime crew would depart camp Monday morning and meet our guide just across the bridge on the cape.
      • The crew would spend the next 4 days/nights between Barnstable and Chatham, a schedule similar to the attached run by Cap Cod and the Islands Council.  Exceptions are that less biking is involved and there would not be a whale watch:  http://www.scoutscapecod.org/uploads/downloads/camp/Brochure-small%20generic.pdf
      • Scouts would need packs, sleeping bags and personal gear/clothes.  All tents, bikes, food, cooking gear, and other equipment are provided for us.
      • On Friday afternoon, the maritime crew returns to Camp Squanto, have dinner with the rest of the troop, camp in our campsite and return to Franklin Saturday morning.
Please get back to Tim this week with the following.  We can only pursue the maritime option if enough people reply:
  • Scout’s name
  • Can parent volunteer? (full week, first half of week, last half of week, not at all)
  • Option 1, 2, 3, or 4  (2 and 3 only apply to scouts 13 and older)
1) Will attend traditional camp
2) Will attend maritime camp if numbers, volunteers, and details work out, otherwise will attend traditional camp
3) Will only attend if maritime camp works out
4) Scout cannot attend camp this summer

SAVE THE DATE-EAGLE COH IS SUNDAY 5/5 2pm

TROOP COH 6/19

Our Spring Troop COH will be June 19 at the Charter School.   All blue cards and advancement must be submitted to Mrs. Ryan no later than June 5th to be a part of the COH.  Please plan accordingly.

If you have any announcement that needs to go to the troop, please send it to Deb Ryan at mjryan4@comcast.net  by 9:00am on Mondays.
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TROOP NEWS: WEEK OF 3/18/13

THIS WEEK – TROOP MEETING

  • We may have webelos at our meeting on Wed – please warmly great them so that they feel welcome at our troop.
  • Please let Bob Latshaw know if you plan to attend the June 21-23 Canoe Trip  – it is important to reserve canoes now.

CANNED GOODS FOR 3/20 TROOP MEETING

Scouts will be doing a review of cooking at the 3/20th meeting.  To help with this review, each scout is asked to bring in a canned item.  At the end of the meeting, these canned goods will be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry.  More details of the nature of the canned foods will be discussed in their patrols this week.

PACK 92 BLUE AND GOLD:  SUNDAY 3/24 @ NOON

We will have 6 new scouts join our troop from Pack 92!  We will need 6 if our scouts to attend their Blue and Gold on Sunday, 3/24, at noon.  Please let Mr. Cronin know at this week’s troop meeting if you could attend to welcome the boys into our troop.

MARCH 22-24 MERIT BADGE/RANK ADVANCEMENT @ Cachalot Scout Reservation in Plymouth

Some new information about our trip this weekend – please read….

  • The campsite is near a pond and consider bringing your fishing poles.  Adults, you will need a fishing license if you plan to fish.
  • It can still get cold this time of year,s o scouts should bring COLD WEATHER gear as described in the attached.
  • The water jugs that were handed out at our cancelled Feb campout are still with the boys whom they were assigned in Feb.  Please return them at our scout meeting this Wed so that they can be re-distributed to the scouts on this trip.
  • A new slot for merit badges has been added from 3:30 – 5:30 to include Cycling and Fingerprinting.  Please let your patrol leader know on Wed if you would like to participate in one of these.
  • Troop 29 Camping Checklist

SUMMER CAMP INFORMATION & SURVEY

It is time to begin sign ups for summer camp.  Our week at Camp Squanto is Sunday, July 14th, through Saturday, July 20th.  Summer camp is a great opportunity to earn a few merit badges and to get to know your fellow scouts.  For scouts 13 and over, we may be able to arrange an alternate camp experience that same week.  Some rough details appear below.  Please read and contact Tim Cook with the requested info at timcook@adaptinvest.com.  Thanks.
Tim will collect deposits two weeks from now with final payments due around the middle of May.  At this point, Tim would just like to get some numbers together to gauge interest in the two options.  Please take a look at the brief descriptions below and let him know your interest this week.  If I can get some rough numbers together in advance of the kick-off meeting next Monday, that would be a big help!  Here are the details I have now:
Traditional Camp Squanto – cost approximately $350 to $370 – Scouts of any age can attend.
  • Scouts earn merit badges and participate in some evening activities.
  • Last year’s information is on their website: http://www.campsquanto.net/
  • Expect updated info (cost and merit badge selections in particular) next week.
Maritime Adventure crew – cost estimated at $425-$450 – May be available to scouts 13 and older.  Would only be appropriate for scouts who have been camping with us on our regular troop outings.
  • This program would be limited in terms of the number of scouts based upon a number of factors.
  • We would be the only troop attending Squanto to participate in this program.  They offered it last year, but there were no takers.
  • Several details are yet to be determined, but Tim can only pursue it if we have enough interest and adult volunteers.
  • Here is information about the proposed experience:
    • Scouts participating in this option would arrive at camp on Sunday, July 14th, participate in swim checks, eat dinner, and camp for Sunday night with the rest of our troop.
    • The maritime crew would depart camp Monday morning and meet our guide just across the bridge on the cape.
    • The crew would spend the next 4 days/nights between Barnstable and Chatham, pursuing a schedule much like the one listed here in this brochure:  http://www.scoutscapecod.org/uploads/downloads/camp/Brochure-small%20generic.pdf  The program would be run by Cape Cod and the Islands Council, just as in the brochure.
    • Exceptions are that less biking is involved and there would not be a whale watch.
    • Scouts would need packs, sleeping bags and personal gear/clothes.  All tents, bikes, food, cooking gear, and other equipment are provided for us.
    • On Friday afternoon, the maritime crew would return to Camp Squanto, have dinner with the rest of the troop, camp in our campsite and return to Franklin Saturday morning.
Please get back to me as soon as possible on behalf of your scout with the following:
Scout’s name
Can parent volunteer? (full week, first half of week, last half of week, not at all)
Option 1, 2, 3, or 4  (2 and 3 only apply to scouts 13 and older)
1) Will attend traditional camp
2) Will attend maritime camp if numbers, volunteers, and details work out, otherwise will attend traditional camp
3) Will only attend if maritime camp works out
4) Scout cannot attend camp this summer
Again, Tim can only pursue the maritime option if enough people reply.  Please send him a quick note with this info to timcook@adaptinvest.com.

SAVE THE DATE – NEXT EAGLE COH IS SUNDAY 5/5 2pm

If you have any announcement that needs to go to the troop, please send it to Deb Ryan at mjryan4@comcast.net  by 9:00am on Mondays.

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Troop News: Week of 3/11/13

THIS WEEK – TROOP MEETING

  • We will have visiting scouts and webelos at our meeting on Wed – please warmly great them so that they feel welcome at our troop.
  • Families will be given an opportunity to buy some of the remaining chocolate bars. They will make great Easter gifts!
  • Please let Bob Latshaw know if you plan to attend the June 21-23 Canoe Trip  – it is important to reserve canoes now.
  • Bring March Trip Permission Slip:  Cachalot 032213 Perm  We must know which scouts will be attending this week.
  • Sign up for merit badges for March trip will take place at the meeting.  Tentative badges being offered are camping, citizenship in the nation, family life, communications, cooking and cycling.

CANNED GOODS FOR 3/20 TROOP MEETING

Scouts will be doing a review of cooking at the 3/20th meeting.  To help with this review, each scout is asked to bring in a canned item.  At the end of the meeting, these canned goods will be donated to the Franklin Food Pantry.  More details of the nature of the canned foods will be discussed in their patrols this week.

PACK 92 BLUE AND GOLD:  SUNDAY 3/24 @ NOON

We will have 6 new scouts join our troop from Pack 92!  We will need 6 if our scouts to attend their Blue and Gold on Sunday, 3/24, at noon.  Please let Mr. Cronin know at this week’s troop meeting if you could attend to welcome the boys into our troop.

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT MERIT BADGE:

Mr. Jolie will be the MB councilor and encourages all scouts wanting to pursue this badge to begin the process THIS week by printing out the MB worksheet here (http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/personal-management.pdf) and starting to tracking your expenses in order to get everything singed off by the spring COH in June.

Please contact Mr. Jolie at  steven.jolie@multiplan.com  this week if you plan on participating in this merit badge and Mr. Cronin will sign your blue cards at this Troop Meeting.

ATTENTION LIFE SCOUTS:

  • The annual Life to Eagle presentation will be held by the Seven Rivers District. Our Life to Eagle Program will take place  Thursday, March 14 (6:00-9:00 PM) at the Invensys/Foxboro Cafeteria (where we have Roundtable).

SKATING MERIT BADGE

  • Not sure if the window has been lost for this season… for Mr. Latshaw’s skating ring…..
  • In the meantime if you are interested in the skating merit badge he would be happy to join you at public skating at the town rink.
  • If you are a hockey player, you can qualify for all of the skating activities as you skate during a game and Mr. Latshaw will be happy to come watch one of your games.
  • You can reach him at boblatshaw@yahoo.com.

MARCH 22-24 MERIT BADGE/RANK ADVANCEMENT @ Cachalot Scout Reservation in Plymouth

We desire to have all scouts and many adults (especially merit badge councilors) to attend focusing on badges and rank advancement.

  • Scouts, please communicate this week the following to your patrol leader:
    • Work you need for your upcoming advancement
    • Merit badges you need or desire to work on
  • Cachalot 032213 Perm

SAVE THE DATE – NEXT EAGLE COH IS SUNDAY 5/5 2pm

If you have any announcement that needs to go to the troop, please send it to Deb Ryan at mjryan4@comcast.net  by 9:00am on Mondays.

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Troop News: Week of 3/4/13

THIS WEEK – COMMITTEE MEETINGS

  • The PLC meet will be held this week at 6:30pm
  • The Troop Committee meeting at 7:30pm – at the Charter School.  All parents are welcome to attend.
  • Please let Bob Latshaw know if you plan to attend the June 21-23 Canoe Trip  – it is important to reserve canoes now.
  • Bring March Trip Permission Slip:  Cachalot 032213 Perm

PERSONAL MANAGEMENT MERIT BADGE:

Mr. Jolie will be the MB councilor and encourages all scouts wanting to pursue this badge to begin the process THIS week by printing out the MB worksheet here (http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/personal-management.pdf) and starting to tracking your expenses in order to get everything singed off by the spring COH in June.

Please contact Mr. Jolie at  steven.jolie@multiplan.com  this week if you plan on participating in this merit badge and Mr. Cronin will sign your blue cards at our next Troop Meeting.

ATTENTION LIFE SCOUTS:

  • The annual Life to Eagle presentation will be held by the Seven Rivers District. Our Life to Eagle Program will take place  Thursday, March 14 (6:00-9:00 PM) at the Invensys/Foxboro Cafeteria (where we have Roundtable).

SKATING MERIT BADGE

  • Mr. Latshaw will continue to try to get the rink in skating condition and may need to announce the session on short notice, so please watch for an announcement.
  • In the meantime if you are interested in the skating merit badge he would be happy to join you at public skating at the town rink.
  • If you are a hockey player, you can qualify for all of the skating activities as you skate during a game and Mr. Latshaw will be happy to come watch one of your games.
  • You can reach him at boblatshaw@yahoo.com.

MARCH 22-24 MERIT BADGE/RANK ADVANCEMENT @ Cachalot Scout Reservation in Plymouth

We desire to have all scouts and many adults (especially merit badge councilors) to attend focusing on badges and rank advancement.

  • Scouts, please communicate the following to your patrol leader:
    • Work you need for your upcoming advancement
    • Merit badges you need or desire to work on
  • Calling all merit badge councilors!!
    • Aim to work up to this date as a date to conclude merit badges
    • Identify one day type merit badges to offer as classes.  We will have a cabin which will enable us to proceed regardless of weather.
    • Come to this camp out – this is the lowest impact of all our trips this year!
  • Cachalot 032213 Perm

If you have any announcement that needs to go to the troop, please send it to Deb Ryan at mjryan4@comcast.net  by 9:00am on Mondays.

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