Troop 4 Family Newsletter – January 30, 2009

Citizenship in the Community – Special Meeting

There will be a special meeting for those interested in completing the Public Meeting requirement of the Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge. Mr. Tusino has arranged for the merit badge class to attend a Milford selectman’s meeting on Monday February 9th. Note that this meeting can also satisfy the similar Communications Merit Badge “public meeting” requirement, too. If interested, please meet Mr. Tusino at the town hall lower level at 6:45 pm sharp. Please direct any questions to Please bring a notebook and pencil. Pickup will be at the town hall at 8:30pm, unless specified otherwise by Mr. Tusino.

Camp Tahosa Photo Albums

Hopefully, those that attended Camp Tahosa this past summer have seen Mrs. Amy Croteau’s emails regarding the Photo Albums that she created. Mrs. Croteau has spent many hours arranging the best photographs from the trip with captions and descriptions into a beautiful memory book. Four books are available for sale; one focusing on the Tenderfoot patrol, one for the First Class / Star Patrols, one for the Venture Alpine Adventure patrol, and one book that combines all groups. Mrs. Croteau’s emails provided links where the books could be previewed online, and purchased. There will also be a book available for review at the photo table at the pancake breakfast. If you have any questions, please email

Winter Sports Weekend

The NH Winter Sports Weekend is next weekend. The previous newsletter is still available on the website, and has more detailed information. All scouts should have coordinated their meal plans at the last troop meeting, or at the pancake breakfast. All questions on food should be directed to the patrol leaders. Venture scouts are eligible to depart with the advance party, and will meet at the St. Mary’s Parish Center on Friday February 6th at 6pm, for a departure no later than 630pm. All other scouts will meet at the Parish Center on Saturday February 7th 830am. Please be on time. Scouts will return from the event for pickup at the Parish Center at 3pm on Sunday.

Meeting Location Change – Midtown Family Fitness and Racquetball Club

Please note that the Feb 12 Troop Meeting will be held at the Midtown Fitness Club on 51 Sumner Street in Milford, MA. Info and directions can be found on The meeting start and end times will be the same as a normal troop meeting. Please arrive on time.

Scouts will have the opportunity to take the initial personal fitness merit badge test, receive demonstrations and try out the latest in fitness equipment technology, and play team wall-ball on the club’s racquetball court. Please come dressed in workout clothes and sneakers (wear a troop t-shirt if you have one). It is likely that the club will require some sort of waiver form that parents will have to sign. Unfortunately, we are still waiting for the form. Look for an email soon that will include this form, and be sure to bring it the night of the event.

Court of Honor

The next Troop Four Court of Honor is scheduled for Thursday February 5th at the St. Mary’s Parish Center. We expect to award many merit badges, badges of rank, and other awards. The evening will begin with dinner at 630pm, and will conclude around 830pm. Scouts should come in full uniform. The dinner menu is the popular Troop 4 “pot-luck” dinner. Communication Merit Badge scouts have been assigned to contact parents with a request to bring a dinner and/or dessert item, and a 2 liter bottle of soft drink. Please inform these scouts what you plan to bring when they call. Thanks!

Scout Sunday

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, will celebrate Scout Sunday on February 8, 2009, at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. All scouts and leaders are invited to participate and to join in the procession in uniform. Attendees should gather in the chapel (lower church) by 10:00 a.m. Boy Scout Troop 2, chartered by Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, cordially invites all scouts and leaders and their families who participate in Scout Sunday to join them in the Bell Tower Room for light refreshments immediately following the Mass. Please inform Phil Bedard if you plan to attend (note: this is the same weekend as the NH Winter Sports Weekend).

Pancake Breakfast Update

It’s tomorrow!! Thanks to all the scouts who have worked hard to sell tickets and advertisements. Tomorrow (at the start) is your last chance to turn in ticket money. At the end of the breakfast, we will tally up ticket sales, and award the prizes to those who’ve sold the most, as well as some random prizes that will be drawn for all other scouts that have participated in the ticket sales. To be considered in the drawings/prizes, ticket money must be turned in no later than the start of tomorrow’s breakfast.

The pancake breakfast is one of more important troop events of the year. All scouts are expected to participate. The venture kitchen staff should report for KP no later than 630AM sharp. Please wear a Troop 4 T-Shirt. The wait staff (all other scouts) should arrive no later than 730AM and must be in regular Class A uniform. Please be on time. There is quite a bit of practice and setup that we have to do. Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thanks to all the communication merit badge scouts, adult volunteers and breakfast ad sponsors who made this event possible.

Upcoming Event Dates & Reminders

  • February 1 is the pancake breakfast
  • February 5th is the Troop Court of Honor. Start time 6:30pm.
  • February 6th – 8th is New Hampshire Winter Sports Weekend at the Lanciano Cabin.
  • February 8th – Scout Sunday, Sacred Heart Church
  • February 12th is the event at Midtown Fitness Club (NOT at the parish center). Same time as normal troop meetings.
  • February 19th – school vacation – no troop meeting
  • February 26th is a regular troop meeting


Call Phil Bedard at 508-282-0283 or email at