Troop News 4/1/19

4/3 – PLC & Committee Meeting @ the Charter School

  • PLC (6:30 – 7:30)
  • Committee Meeting (7:30 – 8:30)    All adults are encouraged to attend the committee meeting.

 

4/5 – 4/7 – April Troop Outing – Cycling & Camping Trip –  Camp Buxton, Rehoboth MA and Biking along Providence River

  • If you have not paid or turned in all your forms, please bring them with you on Friday! Forms are available here
  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday April 5th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure. Sunday return to the VFW approximately 10am.
  • Saturday morning after breakfast drive to the bike path (about 15 minute drive).  Lunch should be a trail lunch or sandwiches at Colt State Park.  Return to Camp Buxton late afternoon for dinner and evening activities.
  • Scouts should have a bike with gears and at least 24” tires.  Please make sure that the bike is in good working order and that the scout is familiar with operating it (especially if borrowing).
  • Helmets must be worn by all scouts and adults.  Recommend a helmet manufactured in the past 3 years.
  • This would be an excellent first trip for our NEW Scouts or any scouts who have not been on an overnight trip.   Parents are required to attend a scout’s first Troop overnight trip, but the bike ride would be optional for those parents
  • Cost: $20
  • Pay via PayPal:    PayPal.Me/troop29franklin    Please note the event/trip is that you are paying for in the memo field.
  • If you want to send directly through your PayPal account/app you can send to franklintroop29@gmail.com.  Please select the “send money to family/friend” option.

 

 

4/10 –  Troop Meeting @ the Charter School 7 – 8:30pm

 

4/17 –  No Troop Meeting – April Vacation

 

4/24 –  Troop Meeting @ the Charter School 7 – 8:30pm

 

5/17– 5/19  – May Troop Outing – Kayaking to and camping on Washburn Island, East Falmouth, MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday May 17th. Meeting at 4pm for 4:30pm Departure.   Friday late afternoon we will Kayak in tandem Kayaks about 2.5 miles out to Washburn Island.  Sunday return to the VFW approximately 11am.
  • Saturday we will circumnavigate the island in our kayaks on a guided tour by a local marine biologist. We can expect to learn about the local coastal ecosystem as well as the history of Washburn Island. We will also hike and explore the 330-acre island which contains marshes, sand dunes, and small ponds, and woods.  We may also be able to tour the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
  • All scouts are required to have passed the BSA Swim test within the last 12 months to participate in this activity. Having earned the swimming merit badge is not sufficient, a current passing BSA Swim test result is required.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is April 27th
  • All forms and payment due by May 15th
  • Pay via PayPal:    PayPal.Me/troop29franklin    Please note the event/trip is that you are paying for in the memo field.
  • If you want to send directly through your PayPal account/app you can send to franklintroop29@gmail.com.  Please select the “send money to family/friend” option.
  • Sign up here

 

6/7– 6/9 June Troop Outing – Zip Line Canopy Tour & Camping Trip –  Camp Country Aire Campground in Charlmont, MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 6th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure. Sunday return to the VFW approximately 10am.
  • Saturday morning after breakfast drive to Zoar Outdoor for Zip Line Canopy Tour in the Berkshire Mountains (about 10 minute drive from Camp location).  Return to Camp Ground for lunch, possible swimming in pool and other activities.
  • Scouts should wear comfortable clothing appropriate for the season, but avoid loose clothing that could tangle in ropes or other gear. Close-toed shoes (hiking boots or sturdy sneakers) For your safety, no sandals or flip flops will be permitted.
  • Scouts must weigh at least 70lbs to participate in the zip line course. We may organize a group hike at Zoar for scouts that are unable or choose not to participate.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is May 15th
  • All forms and payment due by May 31st
  • Pay via PayPal:    PayPal.Me/troop29franklin    Please note the event/trip is that you are paying for in the memo field.
  • If you want to send directly through your PayPal account/app you can send to franklintroop29@gmail.com.  Please select the “send money to family/friend” option.
  • Learn more about Zoar Outdoor’s Zip Line Canopy tour here
  • Sign Up coming soon!

 

 

Troop 29 Now has PayPal!

You can now pay for Troop events and fees via PayPal.  Please use the following link:    PayPal.Me/troop29franklin

If there is a memo field, please note the event/trip is that you are paying for.  Otherwise it will quickly become confusing who is paying for what.

If you have your PayPal account connected to your checking account you will not pay a fee.

If your PayPal account is connected to a credit card, then you will pay a fee (pretty much you cover the cost of the credit card transaction).

If you want to send directly through your PayPal account/app you can send to franklintroop29@gmail.com.  Please select the “send money to family/friend” option so that the Troop does not incur a transaction fee (they will fee us if it looks like you are paying for goods/services).

Checks at the Troop Meeting are still welcome as well.  Reach out to Tim O’Toole with any questions.

 

Do you know how Rank Advancement and Merit Badge Process Work?

Now that we are fully transitioned to Scoutbook, its a good time to ensure that everyone is clear on the process for rank advancement and merit badges.  Scouts will continue to use their Scout handbooks to obtain approval for their rank requirements and simultaneously we will track advancement in Scoutbook.  Please review the Rank and MB Process Document to understand each step in the process.  If you have any questions, please ask Mike McGuire (mike.mcg44@gmail.com) or Amy Pepin.

  • Scouts should plan in advance for a Scout Master conference.  If you are ready for a SMC, please speak or email Mr. McGuire (be sure to include a parent or other committee member on the email).  He will schedule your SMC for the next available meeting.
  • Board of Reviews will be held monthly.  The last Troop meeting of the month will be reserved for Board of Reviews.  All BOR’s will take place from 8-8:30 pm.  Amy Pepin, Advancement Chair, will organize the BOR.

 

 

 

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