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Troop News 3/31/20

by sharontaylor | March 31, 2020 · 8:30 pm

In light of the coronavirus and keeping with the general rule that if there is no school, then there are no Scout events or meetings. The next meeting is currently scheduled for May 13th.

Online Merit Badge Opportunity:

https://scoutingevent.com/083-OnlineMB

Please read through the dates and online requirements.  New Merit Badges are added each week on Wednesdays.  

Here is an example of what is available 3/30-4/3. 

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 2 pm – 4 pm

Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 3 pm – 5 pm

Environmental Science Merit Badge: Monday – Friday, 4 pm – 5 pm

Sustainability Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 4 pm – 6 pm

Game Design Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 7 pm – 9 pm

(2-hr courses have a $10 fee to cover extended online access but will include a $5-coupon for future program/services to aid in completing your Badge; 1- & 1.5-hr courses are $5.)

Please reach out to your Scout Master, Jon Apicella or Committee Chair, Jenn Parrella with any questions.

Special thanks to the Aday Family for sharing this great opportunity with us all!!

Also to come: 

Ideas are being created for ways in which our scouts can stay active and in touch with our Troop.

We are looking to create, for example a Troop Scavenger hunt or Artwork Challenge (created with items found in nature). 

We are also looking into ways where we would be able to create a virtual troop meeting for the scouts to share their creations and findings.

If anyone has an idea which they would like to share, please reach out to Jon Apicella and Jenn Parrella.   

Lastly, please stay in touch should you need anything from picking up supplies/groceries to just having someone to chat with. 

Stay in touch!  Social distancing is very important right now. 

BUT that does not mean that we aren’t able to be there for our friends in so many other ways.  Check in on friends, family and neighbors.  We are all in this together!

5/13 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church – Tentative

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  –Camping/ Biking – Shawnee Crowell Bourne MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday May 15th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure.  
  • Saturday we will take bikes on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Cost: $20

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 15th. 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. If you did not attend Scout Camp 2019 swim test is being coordinated. Date/Time TBA.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is May 22nd
  • All forms and payment due by June 10th
  • 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.

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Troop News 3/23/20

by sharontaylor | March 17, 2020 · 10:30 pm

In light of the coronavirus and keeping with the general rule that if there is no school, then there are no Scout events or meetings, the next meeting is currently scheduled for April 8th.

Online Merit Badge Opportunity:

https://scoutingevent.com/083-OnlineMB

Please read through the dates and online requirements.  New Merit Badges are added each week on Wednesdays.   Here is an example of what is available 3/30-4/3. 

Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 2 pm – 4 pm

Small Boat Sailing Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 3 pm – 5 pm

Environmental Science Merit Badge: Monday – Friday, 4 pm – 5 pm

Sustainability Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 4 pm – 6 pm

Game Design Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 6:30 pm – 8 pm

Citizenship in the World Merit Badge: Monday – Thursday, 7 pm – 9 pm

(2-hr courses have a $10 fee to cover extended online access but will include a $5-coupon for future program/services to aid in completing your Badge; 1- & 1.5-hr courses are $5.)

Please reach out to your Scout Master, Jon Apicella or Committee Chair, Jenn Parrella with any questions.

Special thanks to the Aday Family for sharing this great opportunity with us all!!

Also to come: 

Ideas are being created for ways in which our scouts can stay active and in touch with our Troop.

We are looking to create, for example a Troop Scavenger hunt or Artwork Challenge (created with items found in nature). 

We are also looking into ways where we would be able to create a virtual troop meeting for the scouts to share their creations and findings.

If anyone has an idea which they would like to share, please reach out to Jon Apicella and Jenn Parrella.   

Lastly, please stay in touch should you need anything from picking up supplies/groceries to just having someone to chat with. 

Stay in touch!  Social distancing is very important right now. 

BUT that does not mean that we aren’t able to be there for our friends in so many other ways.  Check in on friends, family and neighbors.  We are all in this together!

4/8 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church – Tentative

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  –Camping/ Biking – Shawnee Crowell Bourne MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday May 15th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure.  
  • Saturday we will take bikes on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Cost: $20

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 15th. 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. If you did not attend Scout Camp 2019 swim test is being coordinated. Date/Time TBA.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is May 22nd
  • All forms and payment due by June 10th
  • 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.

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Troop News 3/17/20

by sharontaylor | March 17, 2020 · 12:15 pm

3/18 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   CANCELLED- In light of the coronavirus and keeping with the general rule that if there is no school, then there are no Scout events or meetings, the next meeting is currently scheduled for April 8th. See Jen Parella’s email from March 16th for additional information.

3/25 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church – Cancelled

3/28 – Shot Gun Merit Badge- Cancelled

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

4/3 – 4/5 – April Troop Outing  – Hiking/ COPE Course- Camp Sayre (New England Base Camp) Milton, MACANCELLED

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  –Camping/ Biking – Shawnee Crowell Bourne MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday May 15th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure.  
  • Saturday we will take bikes on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Cost: $20

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 15th. 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. If you did not attend Scout Camp 2019 swim test is being coordinated. Date/Time TBA.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is May 22nd
  • All forms and payment due by June 10th
  • 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.

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Troop News 3/10/20

by sharontaylor | March 10, 2020 · 6:00 pm

3/11 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

3/14 – Shot Gun Merit Badge – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762.  Time TBD

3/18 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

3/21 – Merit Badge University (MBU) (snow makeup day is March 14, 2020) at Southeastern Technical Vocational High School in Easton, MA, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you have any questions, please email Anna dos Santos, the Troop’s MBU Coordinator, at anna.dossantos@comcast.net.

3/25 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

3/28 – Shot Gun Merit Badge- Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762. Time TBD

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

4/3 – 4/5 – April Troop Outing  – Hiking/ COPE Course- Camp Sayre (New England Base Camp) Milton, MA

  • 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.

Sign Up Now

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  –Camping/ Biking – Shawnee Crowell Bourne MA

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday May 15th. Meeting at 5pm for 5:30pm Departure.  
  • Saturday we will take bikes on the ferry to Martha’s Vineyard.
  • Cost: $20

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

  • Departure will be from the Franklin VFW Hall Friday June 15th. 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. If you did not attend Scout Camp 2019 swim test is being coordinated. Date/Time TBA.
  • Cost: $35
  • Sign up deadline is May 22nd
  • All forms and payment due by June 10th
  • 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 Now

Shot Gun Merit Badge:   Saturday March 14th and 28th – Times will be announced later

  • Instructor – Randy LaRosa, our troop District Council Rep
  • Location – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762
  • No age restriction, Randy will have smaller guns available for our younger scouts.
  • Read more details and sign up.  Be sure to complete pre-work before first meeting.

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Troop News 3/3/20

3/4 – PLC & Committee Meeting @ the Franklin United Methodist Church.  82 West Central St   

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

 

3/7 – Merit Badge University (MBU) at Southeastern Technical Vocational High School in Easton, MA, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you have any questions, please email Anna dos Santos, the Troop’s MBU Coordinator, at anna.dossantos@comcast.net.

 

3/11 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

 

3/14 – Shot Gun Merit Badge – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762.  Time TBD

 

3/18 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

 

3/21 – Merit Badge University (MBU) (snow makeup day is March 14, 2020) at Southeastern Technical Vocational High School in Easton, MA, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm. If you have any questions, please email Anna dos Santos, the Troop’s MBU Coordinator, at anna.dossantos@comcast.net.

 

3/25 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

 

3/28 – Shot Gun Merit Badge- Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762. Time TBD

 

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

4/3 – 4/5 – April Troop Out  – Backpacking

Sign Up Now

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  – Biking

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

Sign Up Now

 

Shot Gun Merit Badge:   Saturday March 14th and 28th – Times will be announced later

  • Instructor – Randy LaRosa, our troop District Council Rep
  • Location – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762
  • No age restriction, Randy will have smaller guns available for our younger scouts.
  • Read more details and sign up.  Also review pre-work.

 

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Troop News 2/25/20

2/26  – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

  • Deadline to sign up for Shot Gun Merit Badge
  • All Forms and Payment due for Ski Trip
  • Ski and Snow Boarding Presentation
  • Key safety and packing recommendations for the ski trip
  • Rank Advancement
  • Game

 

2/28 – 3/1 – February Troop Outing  – Alpine Skiing and Riding at Crotched Mountain, NH.

  • Depart from the VFW at 5pm.  Scouts can ski when the arrive!  After sleeping overnight at the base lodge and a hot breakfast, scouts can ski all day Saturday.
  • Return Saturday evening to VFW.
  • We need a minimum of 15 people.
  • Cost is $79 (this includes 2 sessions of skiing, lodging and hot breakfast).  If renting: $15 for helmet and $20 for equipment.  Rental price is total for both ski sessions.
  • Non-skiing chaperones is $15 for lodging and breakfast.
  • When completing the forms please note level of ability and sport:
    • Never Ever Skier or Snowboarder – 1st time skiing
    • Beginner Skier or Snowboarder- has been a few times
    • Intermediate Skier or Snowboarder – rides / lift/links turns
  • Sign up deadline is Feb 12th
  • All forms and payment due Feb 26th
  • 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  now

 

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

4/3 – 4/5 – April Troop Out  – Backpacking

Sign Up Now

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  – Biking

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

Sign Up Now

 

Shot Gun Merit Badge:   Saturday March 14th and 28th – Times will be announced later

  • Instructor – Randy LaRosa, our troop District Council Rep
  • Location – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762
  • No age restriction, Randy will have smaller guns available for our younger scouts.
  • Read more details and sign up.  Also review pre-work.

 

Merit Badge University:  The Mayflower Council will be holding the next Merit Badge University (MBU) on Saturday, March 7 and March 21, 2020 (snow makeup day is March 14, 2020).  This yearly event brings together scouts from the entire council to the Southeastern Technical Vocational High School in Easton, MA, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, to work on up to 3 merit badges.  The troop needs to know which scouts plan on attending, so please sign up via Sign Up Genius as soon as possible.  Merit badge selection forms will be distributed to scouts that are signed up as soon as they are received from Council.  If you have any questions, please email Anna dos Santos, the Troop’s MBU Coordinator, at anna.dossantos@comcast.net.

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Troop News 2/10/20

2/12 – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

  • Deadline to Sign up for the Feb Troop Ski Outing
  • Presentation of First Aid tips when skiing
  • Rank Advancement

 

2/19No Troop Meeting – February Vacation Week

 

2/26  – Troop Meeting  @ the Franklin United Methodist Church   7 – 8:30pm

  • Deadline to sign up for Shot Gun Merit Badge
  • All Forms and Payment due for Ski Trip
  • Ski and Snow Boarding Presentation
  • Key safety and packing recommendations for the ski trip
  • Rank Advancement
  • Game

 

2/28 – 3/1 – February Troop Outing  – Alpine Skiing and Riding at Crotched Mountain, NH.

  • Depart from the VFW at 5pm.  Scouts can ski when the arrive!  After sleeping overnight at the base lodge and a hot breakfast, scouts can ski all day Saturday.
  • Return Saturday evening to VFW.
  • We need a minimum of 15 people.
  • Cost is $79 (this includes 2 sessions of skiing, lodging and hot breakfast).  If renting: $15 for helmet and $20 for equipment.  Rental price is total for both ski sessions.
  • Non-skiing chaperones is $15 for lodging and breakfast.
  • When completing the forms please note level of ability and sport:
    • Never Ever Skier or Snowboarder – 1st time skiing
    • Beginner Skier or Snowboarder- has been a few times
    • Intermediate Skier or Snowboarder – rides / lift/links turns
  • Sign up deadline is Feb 12th
  • All forms and payment due Feb 26th
  • 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  now

 

Save the Dates now for the Troop’s Spring Outings. Details are still being discussed and finalized, but please mark your calendars  and sign up now!

4/3 – 4/5 – April Troop Out  – Backpacking

Sign Up Now

5/15 – 5/17 – May Troop Outing  – Biking

Sign Up Now

6/12 – 6/14 – June Troop Outing – Canoeing/Kayaking

Sign Up Now

 

Shot Gun Merit Badge:   Saturday March 14th and 28th – Times will be announced later

  • Instructor – Randy LaRosa, our troop District Council Rep
  • Location – Wrentham Sportsman’s Club 7 Madison St, Plainville, MA 02762
  • No age restriction, Randy will have smaller guns available for our younger scouts.
  • Read more details and sign up.  Also review pre-work.

 

Merit Badge University:  The Mayflower Council will be holding the next Merit Badge University (MBU) on Saturday, March 7 and March 21, 2020 (snow makeup day is March 14, 2020).  This yearly event brings together scouts from the entire council to the Southeastern Technical Vocational High School in Easton, MA, from 7:30 am to 1:30 pm, to work on up to 3 merit badges.  The troop needs to know which scouts plan on attending, so please sign up via Sign Up Genius as soon as possible.  Merit badge selection forms will be distributed to scouts that are signed up as soon as they are received from Council.  If you have any questions, please email Anna dos Santos, the Troop’s MBU Coordinator, at anna.dossantos@comcast.net.

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