Troop News 5/8/17

Upcoming Dates:

May 10 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School – Emergency Preparedness Theme  *** Please note:  Several Sign up deadlines  tonight ****
  • Deadline to sign up for the May Camp Sayer Trip. See details below.
  • Deadline to sign up for the June White Water Rafting Trip. See details below.
  • Summer Camp Registration form and $190.00 deposit/initial installment of camp fee is due to secure spot in camp. Any registrations received after 5/10 will be assessed a $20.00 late fee (Camp Squanto Policy).
  • Summer Camp Informational meeting for parents @ 7:00 p.m.


May 13 – Eagle Court of Honor  at Franklin United Methodist Church. 84 West Central St.   4pm.

All Families are encouraged to attend to honor 3 of our scouts who have reached Eagle Rank – Kinley Baird, Patrick Cronin and Matthew Pepin.

All scouts attending the ECOH should be dropped off at 3:00pm.

For the ECOH reception, families whose last name begins with:

A – M should bring a dessert

N – W can bring small water or juice containers.

The troop is looking for 2 or 3 new parents to take on the role of Eagle COH coordinators for future Eagle Courts of Honor; please talk with Anna dos Santos to find out more.

May 17 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School – Troop Elections
May Troop Outing –  May 19 – 21 at Camp Sayer.  Everything scouting you can think of!  Each scout will have a wrist band and will visit various stations throughout Sayer for a unique experiences – there is something there for everyone!  Cost $25 per scout.    Due to fundraising efforts this year, the troop is able to help cover the addition $20 per scout for this outing.  Sign Up Now!   Sign-up deadline for this trip is Wednesday May 10.
  • Rock Climbing & Repelling
  • Shooting Range with archery, BB range, and tomahawks
  • STEM Experiments
  • Indoor swimming – Please note the scouts will need to pass a swim check before going into the deep end.
  • Outdoor cooking (how does brownies, cornbread, stew, or strawberry shortcake sound?)
  • Hands on scout skills – starting fires without matches, rope making, build a tripod and many more

May 24 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School

May 27 – Troop’s Car Wash Fundraiser effort at Uno’s parking lot  -10am – 3pm.  All scouts  need to participate in this event to ensure success for the Troop.    Each scout should sign up to volunteer for a minimum of 2 hours.  If a scout is unable to support the fund raiser, the scout needs to contact their patrol leader.  Sign up now!.
May 27 –  Final dinning fundraiser for the troop year at Uno’s Bellingham – it is an all day event.  It is good on dine in and take out.  Bring  this flyer so that the troop is credited.  Get your car washed and dinner in one stop!
May 29 – Memorial Day Parade.  The Troop will be responsible to set up/take down the program area as well as walk in the parade.  Sign Up to Help

Troop needs the following for both set-up and take-down

  • 5 scouts
  • a van or truck to help transport a podium from Dean to the common
  • 2 – 3 cars to transport 40 chairs and the 2 ez ups from VFW to the common
  • ONLY FOR SET UP:  2 coolers filled with ice and water bottles to leave with at the ceremonial area for dignitaries  (owners to coordinate with take down team to retrieve)
  • Set up – meet at VFW at 7:15am Monday 5/29
  • Take Down – immediately following the Ceremony that will probably end around 1pm

Parade Day Parade details….  It begins at 10:30   Please make note that there is new starting and drop off locations from previous years.

  • Troop requests all scouts that are not marching with their band in the parade participate with the troop
  • We’ll need some adult leaders to walk with scouts
  • Class A uniforms, water, comfortable shoes, sun screen
  • Drop off at 10am behind Dean Bank, on Dean Ave.   Leaders should arrive 10 min earlier to receive scouts being dropped off
  • Parade concludes at the Common around noon – families are encouraged to stay for the ceremony
May 31 – Troop Meeting – 7pm-8:30pm. Charter School
  • Summer Camp –  All required forms must be submitted.   Final fee (remainder after deposit) is due, $190.00 for one scout and $110.00 for 2nd Scout (Brother Discount), if applicable.
June 3-4 – ILST Training / Annual Planning – Required for all current and new scouts  in leadership positions.
June 7– Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) at 6:30 pm.  Committee Meeting at 7:3o pm
June Troop Outing –  June 9-11 – White Water Rafting – This month the troop will be White Water Rafting with Zoar Outdoors in Charlemont, MA.  Departure will be from the VFW Hall at 5:30pm Friday June 9th.  Scouts should arrive at 5pm to the VFW hall to help prepare the Troop and their Patrols for departure.  Base camp Friday night will be at Country Aire Campground in Charlemont, MA.

We need to confirm the number of scouts and adults rafting by noontime on May 11th.

Cost will be $40 per scout (troop is covering an additional $60 cost per scout and all costs for adults; if the May car wash is very successful, the $40 cost may be reduced.)

Scouts and adults will be led by trained guides on 10 miles of Class II & III rapids on the Deerfield River, which are perfect for beginners & those with more experience.   All participants will be provided with personal floatation devices, helmets, a “wetsuit package” that includes a splash jacket and booties, and a paddle.

The rafting trip takes about 6 hours and includes a picnic lunch served on the river.  This trip is usually considered to be the highlight of the year!

Sign-up deadline for this trip is Wednesday May 10th.  All forms and payment must be received by May 31st.  Sign up now!

June 14 – Final Troop Meeting and Court of Honor with Picnic – 6:30pm


Summer Camp!  2017 Summer Camp at Camp Squanto (Week #3)     Sunday, July 16th, through Saturday, July 22rd

  • Coordinator:    TJ Lynch –
  •  Location:   Camp Squanto – 200 Cutters Field Road, Plymouth, MA 02360
  • Program Fee:  $380.00 per Scout. $300.00 2nd Scout (Brother Discount)
  • Required Forms:
    • Summer Camp Registration Form
    • Permission Slip / Behavior Form
    • Merit Badge Selection Form
    • Camp Squanto Authorization to Administer Medication and Allergy Form (must be completed even if scout does not take medication or has no allergies)
    • BSA Medical Form– This requires a signature from the pediatrician’s office and that signature must be dated within 12 months of camp. If you prefer to complete it as a fillable PDF form and print it, the form can be found at:

All parents are recommended to attend one of the parent information meetings scheduled for 04/26 and 05/10 during the scheduled Troop meetings. At these meetings you will be able to obtain all of the required forms, receive advice pertaining to merit badge selections for your scout, ask questions / receive information regarding health / medication related issues and have all of your questions answered. If you can’t make any of the scheduled meetings or would like to get a head start on the forms, you may send an email request to receive the forms to The forms will be emailed to you.

  • Important Summer Camp Dates:
    • 5/10 – Informational meeting for parents @ Troop meeting 7:00 p.m.
    • 5/10 – Registration form and $190.00 deposit/initial installment of camp fee is due to secure spot in camp. Any registrations received after 5/10 will be assessed a $20.00 late fee (Camp Squanto Policy).
    • 5/31 – All required forms must be submitted.
    • 5/31 – Final fee (remainder after deposit) is due, $190.00 for one scout and $110.00 for 2nd Scout (Brother Discount), if applicable.




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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