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Latest newsletter: October 3rd, 2014

Troop 4 Eagle Scouts help take Milford Legion Baseball to another State Championship title!

 

Troop 4 Eagle Scouts Dan Avery and Alex Croteau are members of the 2014 State Champ Milford Legion baseball team.  Please join Troop 4 in congratulating Dan, Alex and the Milford Legion team on their outstanding accomplishment!

New Merit Badge Councilor list

Check out the updated Merit Badge Councilors list on the “List of Councilors” link below.  Thanks to parents/leaders who recently signed up as new councilors!

Upcoming Troop Day Hike

The Troop Day Hike and Orienteering Contest will be Saturday, March 22 at the Hopedale Parklands Forest. We will meet at the parish center at 9:00 AM and leave about 9:30 AM for the park. We will return for pick up at the parish center by 5:00 PM that evening. Scouts need to bring: a bag lunch, poncho or rain coat if it looks like rain that day, wear boots, bring a hat and gloves/mittens. A spare pair of socks is a must. If the weather is cold, bring a warm coat as well. Scouts should bring at least one quart/liter of water (no soda, juice, punch, etc.). Do not bring water in disposable water bottles. Scouts need to bring a day pack (school pack will work fine) to carry all their gear for the day.

The Hopedale Parklands Forest is a great place to hike and explore. There are miles of trails and hills that surround the Hopedale Pond and the Mill River. After hiking in to a remote hill top shelter, we’ll set up base for our Orienteering Contest. We will divide the scouts into age/ability groups. Using orienteering maps, scouts will plot strategy, and then seek out as many orienteering markers as possible in the allotted time. The troop has conducted these orienteering contests before with great success. If you son will be attending the hike, please complete the permission slip and return it to the Troop Scribe at the March 13th troop meeting. All first year crossover scouts are strongly encouraged to attend as this is a great introduction to our outdoor program. If you son would like to attend but won’t be at the March 13th troop meeting, please email Ron Gorham at rgorham29@gmail.com  We’ll need a few parents to drive to/from and/or stay for the event. If you can help out please indicate on the permission slip.

Venture Scouts will be planning and leading this activity. Ventures will perform the course setup on March 15th using GPS devices, and will also lead the actual event on March 22nd. Venture attendance at one of these two dates is required. Attendance at this hike counts toward the outdoor participation requirement (>= 50% of events) to advance to the next rank.

At the end of the hike we will enjoy some of Troop 4′s famous fried dough!

Troop 4 decorates nativity scene

Troop 4 scouts finish the annual “Greening” of Milford’s Nativity Scene just hours before a snow storm!

Updated Merit Badge List

Check out the new merit badge councilor list.  Mr.Kee has been added as councilor for all Citizenship Badges, and Mrs. Ahrens has been added as Scholarship Merit Badge Councilor.  Please see them, and others on this list, to inquire about starting any of these interesting badges.  The new list can be accessed by hitting the “List of Councilors” link on this page.

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Category: General7:00 pm Troop Meeting

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Category: General12:00 pm Gaga Gaga Demo at Stacy School

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Join alex croteau and friends for a gaga game demonstration at the courts he built for his eagle project.

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Category: General7:00 pm Troop Meeting

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Category: GeneralCamping Trip - Tully Trail, Royalston MA

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The October backpacking trip will be Saturday, October 20 and 21 along the Tully Trail in Royalston, MA. We will meet at the parish center on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and leave at 8:30 AM. Please be at St. Mary’s at 8:00 AM so that we may load up the gear and check everyone in. We will return for pick up at the parish center by 5:00 PM on Sunday. Scouts need to bring a bag lunch and the items listed on the Troop 4 backpacking equipment list. The list is available on our website. Remember to pack warm. October days can be warm but nights are cold.

The area around the Tully Trail is known for its scenic views, including Royalston Falls, the highest Massachusetts waterfall east of the CT River. We will be camping along the river about a mile upstream from the falls, in a remote area that includes an Adirondack shelter, and plenty of room for tent camping. Scouts will be broken down into ability groups so that everyone can hike to the campsite at a comfortable pace. Once we establish camp, we’ll take side hikes to nearby sites, including the waterfall, a beaver pond, and a natural stone bridge. Since this will be the first camping trip for many of our new scouts, we will be doing a lot of preparation and training at our upcoming meetings. For food, scouts need to bring a bag lunch for Saturday, and will be cooking patrol-style on backpacking stoves for dinner and breakfast. We’ll make a fast food stop for lunch on the way home on Sunday – so be sure to have some money. Scouts will plan their patrol meals at the October 4th troop meeting.

For newer scouts that have not yet had an opportunity to purchase a backpack, we have one or two Troop packs that you can borrow for the event. Contact Ron Gorham.

If your son will be attending the backpacking trip, please complete the attached permission slip and return it to the Troop Scribe at the at the October 11th troop meeting. If your son would like to attend but won’t be at the October 11th troop meeting, please call or email Ron Gorham at 508-868-8793 or gorhamfamily6@verizon.net. Also - We will need a few parents to drive to/from and/or stay for the event. If you can help out please indicate so on the permission slip.

If your son will be attending, please drop off the attached permission slip no later than the October 11th Troop Meeting, or email the form earlier to Ron Gorham.

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Category: GeneralCamping Trip - Tully Trail, Royalston MA

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The October backpacking trip will be Saturday, October 20 and 21 along the Tully Trail in Royalston, MA. We will meet at the parish center on Saturday morning at 8:00 AM and leave at 8:30 AM. Please be at St. Mary’s at 8:00 AM so that we may load up the gear and check everyone in. We will return for pick up at the parish center by 5:00 PM on Sunday. Scouts need to bring a bag lunch and the items listed on the Troop 4 backpacking equipment list. The list is available on our website. Remember to pack warm. October days can be warm but nights are cold.

The area around the Tully Trail is known for its scenic views, including Royalston Falls, the highest Massachusetts waterfall east of the CT River. We will be camping along the river about a mile upstream from the falls, in a remote area that includes an Adirondack shelter, and plenty of room for tent camping. Scouts will be broken down into ability groups so that everyone can hike to the campsite at a comfortable pace. Once we establish camp, we’ll take side hikes to nearby sites, including the waterfall, a beaver pond, and a natural stone bridge. Since this will be the first camping trip for many of our new scouts, we will be doing a lot of preparation and training at our upcoming meetings. For food, scouts need to bring a bag lunch for Saturday, and will be cooking patrol-style on backpacking stoves for dinner and breakfast. We’ll make a fast food stop for lunch on the way home on Sunday – so be sure to have some money. Scouts will plan their patrol meals at the October 4th troop meeting.

For newer scouts that have not yet had an opportunity to purchase a backpack, we have one or two Troop packs that you can borrow for the event. Contact Ron Gorham.

If your son will be attending the backpacking trip, please complete the attached permission slip and return it to the Troop Scribe at the at the October 11th troop meeting. If your son would like to attend but won’t be at the October 11th troop meeting, please call or email Ron Gorham at 508-868-8793 or gorhamfamily6@verizon.net. Also - We will need a few parents to drive to/from and/or stay for the event. If you can help out please indicate so on the permission slip.

If your son will be attending, please drop off the attached permission slip no later than the October 11th Troop Meeting, or email the form earlier to Ron Gorham.

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