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Troop News 9/27/21

9/29 Troop Meeting VFW Pond Street Franklin, MA 7:00 – 8:30pm (Note: Location Change) Meeting will be held inside; please wear a mask. Meeting will include recap of Block Island trip and discussing of October trip along with some information on using GPS. The meeting will conclude with a troop Court of Honor and election for the Order of Arrow, with special guests from the Order of Arrow. Deadline for October trip is at the meeting.

10/6 PLC & Committee Meeting – Meetings will be virtual; information forwarded at later time.

October 20 – Webelos Open House.  Please make sure all Scouts are in attendance that night.  We will potentially have 15 Webelos visiting us and need help from all of our Scouts to have a successful meeting and a good first impression.


Upcoming Trips

10/15-17 Camporee @ Camp Squanto

October Trip will be the weekend of 10/15 – 10/17 at Camp Squanto

We will be participating in the Ground Patrol Search (GPS) Camporee. There will be numerous activities for the Scouts to compete in, similar to the Klondike. They have planned a round robin of scout skills and have included fun events like jousting, Roman Chariot Racing, Obstacle Course, slingshots, and much more. You will use your GPS Skills to locate your stations. Deadline for sign up is Wednesday September 29. The event itself is expensive so we need an accurate head count. We will be subsidizing the registration and food , so the cost per scout is $20. 

Here is the official Flyer  

Here is the Leader Guide with additional information and agenda for the weekend

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-oct2021

11/12-14 Camping @ Camp Resolute in Bolton, MA

We are planning to rent a cabin that sleeps 20 people.  It has electricity and a wood stove. On Saturday we will be checking out the new Resolute Outdoor Experience.  In the afternoon we will start working on preparing and cooking a Troop Thanksgiving Dinner!  We will need to register in advance for the programs. Cost per scout after troop subsidy will be $20 to cover the cabin and activities. Sign ups due by October 24th

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-nov2021

Other Trips:

December: Train into Boston, walk the Freedom Trail, lunch and possibly skating on Frog Pond.

Jan or Feb: Down Hill Skiing

Jan or Feb:  Ice Fishing

March: Merit Badge University (assuming it is being held this year)

April: Rocky Woods in Medfield (Tenderfoot Weekend)

May: White Water Rafting in Western Mass (details TBD)

June: Deep Sea Fishing (details TBD)

July: Summer Camp at Camp Squanto Plymouth

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Popcorn Show and Sells

The Troop will be selling popcorn as its primary fundraiser for the year so full participation is required of all scouts. Each scout is required to sell $960 of popcorn. Show and sells average about $50 per hour per scout. Each time slot requires 1 adult to be signed up along with 2 scouts.

Sign up here to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-popcorn4

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Troop News 9/20/21

9/22 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church and will be used to finalize meal planning and duty rosters. Scouts will also learn how to make stretchers. There will be opportunities for rank advancement and games if times allows. Please bring a headlamp to all meetings as we will try to meet outside if possible.

9/29 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church. Meeting will include recap of Block Island trip and discussing of October trip along with some information on using GPS. The meeting will conclude with a troop Court of Honor and election for the Order of Arrow, with special guests from the Order of Arrow.

10/6 PLC & Committee Meeting – Meetings will be virtual; information forwarded at later time.


Upcoming Trips

9/24 – 26 Biking on Block Island

We will be camping at Aquapaug in Rhode Island and taking the ferry to Block Island for a bicycle tour of the island. 9/24 Friday night meet at the VFW 5pm and depart 5:30 for camping at Aquapaug Scout Camp in West Kingston, RI
Saturday 9/25 we will take the 9am Ferry from Pt Judith to Block Island. Ride the bike loop around the island and have lunch at the beach. The loop is approx. 8 mile. Take the 3pm Ferry from Block Island to Pt Judith
9/26 return to Franklin approx. 10AM. If you have not already made payment of $25 to cover the cost of the Ferry, please do so before Friday. In addition, please be sure to complete permission slip and health forms (if you have not done so already). Forms are available on the website.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-sept1

10/15-17 Camporee @ Camp Squanto (Note Date Change) Details to follow.

All troop 29 sign ups

Popcorn Show and Sells

The Troop will be selling popcorn as its primary fundraiser for the year so full participation is required of all scouts. Each scout is required to sell $960 of popcorn. Show and sells average about $50 per hour per scout. Each time slot requires 1 adult to be signed up along with 2 scouts.

Sign up here to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-popcorn4

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Troop News 9/13/21

9/15 Troop Meeting Dacey Field 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting will include obstacle course, bike inspection and bike relay races as well as meal planning and duty rosters for upcoming trip. Please bring bike to the meeting.

9/22 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church and will be used to finalize meal planning and duty rosters. Scouts will also learn how to make stretchers. There will be opportunities for rank advancement and games if times allows.

9/29 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church. Meeting will include recap of Block Island trip and discussing of October trip along with some information on using GPS. The meeting will conclude with a troop Court of Honor.

10/6 PLC & Committee Meeting – Meetings will be virtual; information forwarded at later time.


Upcoming Trips

9/24 – 26 Biking on Block Island

We will be camping at Aquapaug in Rhode Island and taking the ferry to Block Island for a bicycle tour of the island. 9/24 Friday night meet at the VFW 5pm and depart 5:30 for camping at Aquapaug Scout Camp in West Kingston, RI
Saturday 9/25 we will take the 9am Ferry from Pt Judith to Block Island. Ride the bike loop around the island and have lunch at the beach. The loop is approx. 8 mile. Take the 3pm Ferry from Block Island to Pt Judith
9/26 return to Franklin approx. 10AM. Fee for this trip is $25 to cover the cost of the Ferry. Sign up deadline is Sept 15 in order to secure reservations on the ferry.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-sept1

10/15-17 Camporee @ Camp Squanto (Note Date Change) Details to follow.

All troop 29 sign ups

Popcorn Show and Sells

The Troop will be selling popcorn as its primary fundraiser for the year so full participation is required of all scouts. Each scout is required to sell $960 of popcorn. Show and sells average about $50 per hour per scout. Each time slot requires 1 adult to be signed up along with 2 scouts.

We have storefront shifts open for this Saturday 9/18 at Walmart Bellingham. This is a great opportunity to sell! Please be sure to sign up soon. If we don’t have all shifts covered by Wednesday night, we will need to cancel, which would be a big loss. Sign up here to help out: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-popcorn4

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Troop News 9/6/21

9/8 Troop MeetingFranklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting will be held in the church’s backyard. (If weather is not cooperative, meeting will be held inside in church basement; mask required). Meeting will consist of ice breakers, summer camp recap, discussion of this month’s trip, as well as information concerning this year’s popcorn show and sells. Games following if time allows.

9/15 Troop Meeting Dacey Field 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting will include obstacle course, bike inspection and bike relay races as well as meal planning and duty rosters for upcoming trip. Please bring bike to the meeting.

9/22 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church and will be used to finalize meal planning and duty rosters. Scouts will also learn how to make stretchers. There will be opportunities for rank advancement and games if times allows.

9/29 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm Meeting held outside at church. Meeting will include recap of Block Island trip and discussing of October trip along with some information on using GPS. The meeting will conclude with a troop Court of Honor.

10/6 PLC & Committee Meeting – Meetings will be virtual; information forwarded at later time.


Upcoming Trips

9/24 – 26 Biking on Block Island

We will be camping at Aquapaug in Rhode Island and taking the ferry to Block Island for a bicycle tour of the island. 9/24 Friday night meet at the VFW 5pm and depart 5:30 for camping at Aquapaug Scout Camp in West Kingston, RI
Saturday 9/25 we will take the 9am Ferry from Pt Judith to Block Island. Ride the bike loop around the island and have lunch at the beach. The loop is approx. 8 mile. Take the 3pm Ferry from Block Island to Pt Judith
9/26 return to Franklin approx. 10AM. Fee for this trip is $25 to cover the cost of the Ferry. Sign up deadline is Sept 15 in order to secure reservations on the ferry.

Sign up at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-sept1

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Troop News 8/30/21

9/1 PLC & Committee Meeting

PLC (6:30 – 7:30) https://meet.google.com/xag-drxw-ndy?authuser=0

Committee Meeting (7:30 – 8:30)   Committee meetings are typically held the first Wednesday of each month during the school year.  All adults are encouraged to attend the committee meetings. This week’s meeting we will be discussing the upcoming year and other activities.

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Upcoming Trips

The Trip Schedule for 21-22 year has not been finalized as of yet, but below are the tentative dates to save:

9/24 – 26

10/22 – 24

11/12 – 14

12/10 – 12

1/21 – 1/23 or 1/7 – 1/9 (TBD)

2/11 – 2/13

March: TBD

4/8 – 4/10

5/13 – 5/15 or 5/20 – 5/22 (TBD)

6/17 – 6/19

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Troop News 7/15/21

9/1 PLC & Committee Meeting – meeting info will be shared at a later time


Merit Badge Opportunity

Mrs. Halloran is offering to be a merit badge counselor for scouts interested in working on the Dog Care and/or Pets merit badge starting after camp.  If a scout is interested, he will need to contact Mr. Apicella (and copy a parent to ensure 2 deep communication) to ask for permission to start the merit badge. Once we know how many scouts are interested, Mrs. Halloran will set up a meeting to distribute materials.  She will be meeting with the group in person and over video conference.


Upcoming Trips

The Trip Schedule for 21-22 year has not been finalized as of yet, but below are the tentative dates to save:

9/24 – 26

10/22 – 24

11/12 – 14

12/10 – 12

1/21 – 1/23 or 1/7 – 1/9 (TBD)

2/11 – 2/13

March: TBD

4/8 – 4/10

5/13 – 5/15 or 5/20 – 5/22 (TBD)

6/17 – 6/19

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Troop News 7/2/21

9/1 PLC & Committee Meeting – meeting info will be shared at a later time


Upcoming Trips/Activities

7/18-7/24Camp Yawgoog- Summer Camp

COVID Update:  There appears to be a “delta” variant to the Covid-19 virus, so now the Camp wants everyone to be tested whether they are vaccinated or not.  This is a rapid test by BINAX which is the same test that schools have been using for “pool testing”.   There is a QR Code for you to scan and register your Scout and yourself if you are staying at camp.  They are asking us to quarantine as much as possible the 3 days prior to camp.  We will most likely need to get everyone together on Saturday to conduct these at home tests.  We can do this at Mr. O’Toole’s house.  Also, you may drop off anything that you don’t want to carry from the parking lot to the campsite.  Parents are allowed to come to the campsite to get their scouts settled in, but they don’t want parents to hang around once that is accomplished.
The masking policy is that unvaccinated people should wear masks in camp except for dining and waterfront.  The website says “indoors or within 6 feet of others outdoors”.  We won’t require masks when we are in our own campsite. If fully vaccinated (scouts and leaders) I believe it is not required to wear a mask, but it is recommended that everyone have several available just in case they are needed more than we anticipate. Here is a link to Yawgoog’s Covid Updates.   Click on the link that says QR Code so that you can register for the test.   After everyone is tested results will be uploaded to the RI Medical Reserve Corp.     https://www.yawgoog.org/covid-19-resources.html


The Trip Schedule for 21-22 year has not been finalized as of yet, but below are the tentative dates to save:

9/24 – 26

10/22 – 24

11/12 – 14

12/10 – 12

1/21 – 1/23 or 1/7 – 1/9 (TBD)

2/11 – 2/13

March: TBD

4/8 – 4/10

5/13 – 5/15 or 5/20 – 5/22 (TBD)

6/17 – 6/19

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Troop News 6/22/21

6/23 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 6:00 – 8:30pm – There will be a Troop Court of Honor. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. Please sign up below for headcount for pizza as well as bringing a side dish, dessert or beverages.

BSA Troop 29 Franklin MA: Troop 29 Year End Picnic (6/23 6pm) (signupgenius.com)

6/27- Eagle Court of HonorFranklin Methodist Church 5:00 – 6:00pm Please join Justin Winiker and Danny Halloran who have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Set up time is 3:00. All are invited but we ask that masks be worn indoors and families sit together.


Upcoming Trips/Activities

7/18-7/24Camp Yawgoog- Summer Camp We would be in the Sandy Beaches camp in campsite Norman Rockwell. This is a great opportunity for older scouts to try a new camp experience as well as earn merit badges that have not been traditionally offered at Squanto. For new scouts, there is great program called New Frontier.  Scouts can drop into the sessions and learn many of the skills that they will need in order to progress from Scout through First Class.

Reminder: Anyone going to Summer Camp that we need Health Forms A, B, C and final payment ($440) by June 15th.

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Troop News 6/15/21

6/16 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm This meeting will be used to finalize meal plans, duty rosters and boat pairing for kayak trip. There will be a demo on what to pack in your day pack for the trip and games. Scout Master Conferences and Boards of Review upon request. If you are attending scout camp over the summer and have not returned medical forms and payment, these can be given to Mrs. Baird at this meeting.

6/23 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 6:00 – 8:30pm – There will be a Troop Court of Honor. Pizza and other refreshments will be served. Please sign up below for headcount for pizza as well as bringing a side dish, dessert or beverages.

BSA Troop 29 Franklin MA: Troop 29 Year End Picnic (6/23 6pm) (signupgenius.com)

6/27- Eagle Court of HonorFranklin Methodist Church 5:00 – 6:00pm Please join Justin Winiker and Danny Halloran who have reached the rank of Eagle Scout. Set up time is 3:00. All are invited but we ask that masks be worn indoors and families sit together.


Upcoming Trips/Activities

6/18-6/20Washburn Island Kayaking

Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 18th. Meet at the VFW normal time 5PM for a 5:30PM departure. We will be staying at Shawme Crowell State Park in Sandwich, MA . Saturday morning we will travel to Falmouth and launch kayaks for a day trip around Waquoit Bay and Washburn Island. We will return to Shawme Crowell Saturday afternoon/evening TBD. Sunday we will arrive back in Franklin approximately 10AM

Sign up here: BSA Troop 29 Franklin MA: June 2021 Kayaking and camping on Washburn Island (6/18-6/20) (signupgenius.com)

7/18-7/24Camp Yawgoog- Summer Camp We would be in the Sandy Beaches camp in campsite Norman Rockwell. This is a great opportunity for older scouts to try a new camp experience as well as earn merit badges that have not been traditionally offered at Squanto. For new scouts, there is great program called New Frontier.  Scouts can drop into the sessions and learn many of the skills that they will need in order to progress from Scout through First Class.

Reminder: Anyone going to Summer Camp that we need Health Forms A, B, C and final payment ($440) by June 15th.

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Troop News 6/1/21

6/2 PLC & Committee Meeting

PLC (6:15 – 7:15) – YMCA – Please meet at entrance to YMCA building at 6:15 for in person PLC meeting.

Committee Meeting (7:45 – 8:30)  (note later start time)  All adults are encouraged to attend the committee meeting.

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6/9 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm

6/16 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm

6/23 Troop Meeting Franklin Methodist Church 7:00 – 8:30pm – There will be a Troop Court of Honor held either June 23 or June 30.

6/27- Eagle Court of Honor – Please hold the date to celebrate Justin Winiker and Danny Halloran. Details to Follow


Upcoming Trips/Activities

6/2 Swim Test – Franklin YMCA 7:00 to 8:00 pm

In preparation for the upcoming June Kayaking Trip we will need to test Scouts swimming ability.
We primarily need to test the Scouts who have not been on this trip in the past and/or have not passed the “Swimmer” classification at Squanto summer camp (2 years ago) The test is to jump feet first into the pool and level off. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner with a front stroke (crawl, side, breast stroke, trudgen) and 25 yards with an easy resting back stroke. Then float/rest for a minute. The swim needs to be completed without stops and include one sharp turn.
If in doubt, please have your scout complete the swim test. For those who are not planning to go on the June Trip, it may be a good idea to swim test anyways in case we do something else this fall or next spring (canoeing, white water, etc..)


Please RSVP for this event through Scoutbook

6/18-6/20Washburn Island Kayaking

Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 18th. Meet at the VFW normal time 5PM for a 5:30PM departure. We will be staying at Shawme Crowell State Park in Sandwich, MA . Saturday morning we will travel to Falmouth and launch kayaks for a day trip around Waquoit Bay and Washburn Island. We will return to Shawme Crowell Saturday afternoon/evening TBD. Sunday we will arrive back in Franklin approximately 10AM

Sign up here: BSA Troop 29 Franklin MA: June 2021 Kayaking and camping on Washburn Island (6/18-6/20) (signupgenius.com)

7/18-7/24Camp Yawgoog- Summer Camp We would be in the Sandy Beaches camp in campsite Norman Rockwell. This is a great opportunity for older scouts to try a new camp experience as well as earn merit badges that have not been traditionally offered at Squanto. For new scouts, there is great program called New Frontier.  Scouts can drop into the sessions and learn many of the skills that they will need in order to progress from Scout through First Class.

Reminder: Anyone going to Summer Camp that we need Health Forms A, B, C and final payment ($440) by June 15th.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0a4aabab2ca7ff2-troo

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