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Latest newsletter: November 8th, 2015

Frothy Whitewater on Tap for June

The June white water rafting trip is from Friday, June 24 through Sunday June 26th. As we did two years ago, we will be hosted by the Adventure Bound outfitters.  They will provide the boats, wetsuits, all equipment, and even the expert guides that will ride in each boat. Friday is a travel day to our “resort” campsite, complete with pool, hot tub, game and movie rooms. Saturday is whitewater day. We will travel back on Sunday.  Our river course follows the Kennebec River.  The minimum age to attend this trip is 10 years old.  We will be tenting and cooking by patrols. The cost of the trip $40 for scouts who bridged this year or who sold 20 or more tickets to this years’ pancake breakfast.  The fee for parents, leaders and other scouts is $80.00.  A liability waiver is required by Adventure bound and is available at this link.  If you plan to attend, please drop your payment, liability waiver, and the Troop 4 permission slip in the scribe box NLT June 2nd.   The Troop must submit its final roster and payment NLT June 10th.

Get Ready for the May Campout at the Troop Campsite

Parents/Scouts,

Our next campout will be Saturday, May 14th to Sunday, May 15th, at the Troop campsite in Milford.  We will meet at the parish center on Saturday morning at 8:30 AM.  We will return for pick up at the parish center by 10:30 AM on Sunday.  Scouts need to bring a bag lunch and the items listed on the Troop 4 camping equipment list, including their scout handbook.  The list is available on our website.

This local campout at our secluded Troop campsite is very convenient for scouts that have sports games to attend.  Scouts can check out to attend their game, and then return after it is over.  Be sure to indicate on your permission slip if you arriving late, or need to leave for a period, in order to attend a game.  Any scout who desires to reach Tenderfoot, or 1st Class rank by the end of the spring season should attend, as we will be covering many of the remaining advancement requirements at this event.

We will be cooking patrol style over open wood fires for dinner and breakfast.  Scout patrols will create their own menus and duty rosters at the May 5th troop meeting.  Dutch ovens and Dutch oven recipes will be available for scouts that have interest in this cooking technique.  Scouts need to bring a bag lunch for Saturday.

If your son will be attending this campout, please complete the permission slip and return it to the Troop Scribe at the May 5th troop meeting.  If your son would like to attend but won’t be at the May 5th troop meeting, please call or email Brian Weber before May 5th.   We may 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.  Note that the troop’s Milford campsite has very limited parking, so adults that plan to attend are encouraged to carpool.

Mr. Weber/Brian

Summer Camp 2016 at Camp Resolute – Info Now Available

The troop has just posted some great information about Summer Camp 2016 at Camp Resolute.  Look for the links to these important documents under the “Summer Camp 2016″ section in the lower right of our Home Page.

or Click Here:  Parent/Scout Guide,  Medical Forms,  Troop Summer Camp Memo

Troop 4 Learns About the United States Military Academy at West Point

At a March troop meeting, USMA Cadet Timothy B. McLaughlin, Jr, from Millville MA, provided an informative briefing to the Troop about his experiences at the United States Military Academy at West Point.  Scouts learned about cadet life, the mission of West Point, and the unique learning opportunities that the Academy offers.

Latest Merit Badge Counselor List

Please review the latest merit badge counselor list.  The list can be accessed by clicking on the “List of Counselors” link on the home page.

Upcoming Events

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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: 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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