Troop News: Week of 4/22/13


  • Please provide summer camp first installment payment to Mr. Cook .
  • Bring in your April and May trip permission slips.
  • Personal Merit badge meeting rescheduled from  Wed the 24th to Monday the 29th.  7-8pm at the charter school.  There will be a scout meeting in the cafeteria at that time, so we will be on the right side.
  • If you have any troop camping gear that has not been brought back – please do so this Wed as we prepare for April’s trip.


  • Focus of the trip will be on orienteering skills and a bit of hiking.   Scouts will need to have a proper compass for this trip.
  • Please see the attached permission slip. Nobscot 04-26-13 Permslip
  • Please see the attached trip overview.  2013 04 Nobscot
  • We will camp 1/2 mile from the parking lot.   Please pack gear so that it can easily be carried this distance.  In addition, do not plan to use the large Coleman stoves.  Meals should be planned using backpacking stove or fire.


  • We are heading back to the East Bay Bike Path, a beautiful path from Bristol RI to East Providence, RI. This has been our favorite bike trip.
  • The bike trip is 29 miles.
  • Scouts must not bring BMX style bikes. We know from experience that scouts must have a multi-gear bike to complete this trip. So start planning now if you need to borrow a bike for the trip.
  • Bikes must be in good repair. We will refuse a scout from the trip if their bike is not in good repair. (We have experience here too).
  • Scouts must wear a helmet

                Lots of Adult Help Needed! How Can You Help?

  • We are sending out this announcement early because this trip requires a lot of adult help. There are a lot of logistics that go into this trip and we need all of the help that we can get. You don’t have to ride a bike, you can be part of the support team.
  • The first way that you can help is by indicating on the permission slip if you can help carry bikes on your bike rack.  Here are just a few other ways that you can help.
  1. We need to get the bikes from Franklin, to the campsite, to the bike path, back to the campsite, and back to Franklin.
  2. We need adults to set up a lunch station at the halfway point of the trip.
  3. We need adults to ride with the scouts. We need enough adults to split up the scouts by ability.
  4. We need adults to be on call along the route in case of an emergency.
  • As always we realize that you may have other commitments, but please let us know if you plan to arrive late or leave early. There are a lot of moving parts on this trip and unexpected changes are very disruptive.
  • So, I’m sure you get the message by now, we need your help.
  • The fee for this trip is $25 – adults are free    Bike_trip_Buxton_05-17-13_permslip

SUMMER CAMP :  7/14 – 7/20th

  • Cost is $360.   $180 due by April 24th and balance due by May 8th.
  • Scouts and adults – now is the time to decide on summer camp.  Camp is a great opportunity to earn a few merit badges and to get to know your fellow scouts.
  • At this time we do not think the maritime adventure option will be feasible, but if we get enough adult volunteers, the troop will be happy to revisit this option.
  • Please send the following info to  Thanks.
    • Scout’s name
    • Can parent volunteer? (full week, first half of week, last half of week, not at all)


On May 5, 2013 at 2:00pm, Troop 29 will hold an Eagle COH for Patrick McLaughlin, Justin Chander, Adam Shanahan and Evan Dean, at the Franklin United Methodist Church, on East Central Street.   All families are encouraged to attend to honor these scouts for their accomplishment.  We particularly need scouts to attend and participate in the ceremony.

At the troop meeting on April 24, scouts will be assigned to various roles for the ceremony so we must know whether or not they will be able to attend the Eagle COH.  Scouts will need to arrive by 1:00pm on May 5, for rehearsal. If your scout will not be at the next troop meeting but will be able to attend the COH, please email Anna dos Santos ( to let her know.

Adult volunteers, especially from the families of our younger scouts, are needed in order to provide continuity for future courts of honor.  Adults are needed to order and pickup the Eagle cake, setup the refreshment tables, and assist with the setup of the COH tables for the ceremony.  Much of the process is documented, so it’s pretty easy work!  Please email Anna dos Santos ( if you’d like to volunteer.


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  by 9:00am on Mondays.

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