Troop News 1/9/17

Jan 11 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School

  • Did you sign up for Maine High Adventure ?  See below for more information!


Jan 18 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School – Troop COH and Pizza Party and Pie in the Face!

  • At 7:40pm there will be the Troop COH recognizing the advancements and achievements of the scouts.
  • All family members are welcome.
  • The troop will also  host a pizza party as a thank you for all of the hard work the scouts did for our successful popcorn fundraiser.
  • Scouts who achieved high popcorn sales will have an opportunity to throw a pie at one of our leaders….  an event not to  be missed!!
  • Class B sign up due!  Sign Up Here
Jan 20 – 22 – January Troop Outing – Cross Country Skiing and Snowshoeing at Windblown in New Ipswich, NH.
  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall at 5:30pm Friday January 20th.  Scouts should arrive at 5:00pm to the VFW hall to help prepare the Troop and their Patrols for departure.  Camp Friday night will be at Camp Split Rock in Ashburnham, MA.  On Saturday the troop will cross country ski and snowshoe at Windblown in New Ipswich, NH then return to camp.
  • On Sunday morning we will return to the VFW Hall at approximately 10am.
  • In addition to the normal troop camping pack list for cold weather (Troop 29 camping checklist), scouts should be prepared for outdoor physical activity in cold weather, i.e. dress in layers with a synthetic base layer.
  • Cost $40 – Due 1/18
  • Sign up deadline 1/17.
Jan 25 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School
  • Re-charting fees  due (see below for more information)
  • All scouts will be participating in Anti Bullying program and activities which is an essential component for rank advancement.
  • Scouting for Food flyers will be distributed.  Flyers should be distributed over weekend and food should be picked up on 2/4.  Items should then be brought to the Troop Meeting on 2/8.  Details will be discussed during the Troop Meeting.
Jan 27 – Panera Fundraiser, Stop and Shop Plaza Franklin – 8am – close
  • Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.  If the troop overall spends over $500 Panera will provide 20% of proceeds!
  • Spread the word to friends and family and provide this flyer so that we can get credit for any traffic that comes in behalf of Troop 29.
  • Please note that no rapid pick up orders count.
Feb 1 –  Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) at 6:30 pm.  Committee Meeting at 7:3o pm.
Feb 8 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School
  • Return Scouting for Food bags.
Feb 10 – 12 – February Troop Outing – Down Hill Skiing at Cranmore Mountain, North Conway NH –  Sign up available soon.
  • Adults: $110 with a 1 day lift ticket
  • Teen: 13-18: $100 with a 1 day lift ticket
  • Jr 6-12: $95 with a 1 day lift ticket
  • 2 Nights sleeping accommodations at the ski base lodge.  Includes breakfast Saturday, pizza Saturday night  and a $15 food voucher for either lunch Saturday or breakfast Sunday morning.    Plan on $15 for one meal on your own  (either lunch or Sunday am breakfast).
  • We  usually leave earlier Friday night, since it is a long ride up.  Arrival back on Sunday may be a little later than 10 am.
  • Additional Options:
    • Saturday night tubing $29
    • Ski /Board rental & helmet: Adult $38, Scouts $33
    • Lesson$32, Lesson & Rentals $85


March 4, 11, 25 – Merit Badge University at Southeastern Regional Vocational Technical High School,  Easton, MA
  • Cost $17 per scout
  • If you have any questions or need a form, please contact Anna at


Re-charting Fees
This week our treasurer, Iain Baird, will be providing for each scout a “Troop Invoice” that will contain rechartering fees, fund raiser incentive credits and offsets.   If you are able, for those scouts that have an amount due to the troop, please provide payment to Deb Ryan by January 25th.   If this timing is difficult,  just let Deb know.
New Year, New Look, New Class B!
We are introducing a new look for Troop 29 as we enter into the new year!  The troop will support the cost for 1 Class B and Hat for the scouts and registered adult leadership.   Any additional Class B and hats will cost families $10 each.   If the families can identify the sizes and amounts by Jan 18th we can put in the order before the end of the month.   Sign Up Here


Troop Committee Member Training Challenge

The Troop Committee has been challenged to take the Troop Committee Challenge Online Training before 1/18.  Training can be found on my scouting in the Training Center.  If the entire committee completes this 20 minute training, Deb has agreed to take another pie in the face. … Come on!!! Who doesn’t want to throw another pie at our lovely Committee Chairperson?!?   I already did mine 🙂









Maine High Adventure Summer 2017  –  Pick the week(s) you are available now!

If the Troop has enough interest Maine High Adventure will be available for all older scouts (Minimum age: 13 before Sept. 1, 2017) for the Summer of 2017.   Final cost is TBD depending upon the number of sign-ups and adventure planned, estimated cost for a week plus 2 travel days is $900 – $1400.  See this fact sheet for details.

Sign-up for ALL weeks you are able to participate next summer.  The dates shown are the Saturday that starts each possible adventure week.

Questions?  Email Mr. McGuire.  Read more information about the Maine High Adventure.




Merit Badge Blue Card Reminder:

Please contact Mr. McGuire as your first step when you want to start a Merit Badge.  He will guide you to a MB Councilor(s) and advise you if the desired badge has any prerequisites.

Here is a quick guide on How To Use A Blue Card To Earn A Merit Badge.




As a reminder all activity sign-ups are now online, signed release forms and payment will still need to be handed in at the troop meetings or given to Mr. Klawson when required.  To Access all Troop 29 Current Sign Ups list and Information:  All Troop Sign ups


Please provide updates to Amy Pepin,, before 9am on Monday to be included in that week’s Troop News.

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