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Latest newsletter: October 13th, 2013

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.

Order of the Arrow for Brian Spiegelman

The Order of the Arrow (OA) is the National Honor Society of Scouting. Brian was elected into the OA by his peers in Troop 4 last Spring. Since becoming an Arrowmen, Brian has attended 2 weekend long “ordeals” and Camp Resolute. After demonstrating his knowledge of the traditions and obligations of the OA he was inducted into the Brotherhood of the OA in a ceremony over the summer.

Congratulations, Brian!

Upcoming Events

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Category: General7:00 pm Troop Meeting

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Category: General9:30 am Troop Service Event - Nativity Scene Decoration

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Meet at St.Mary's cemetery. A few parent trucks requested.

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Category: General7:00 pm Swim Night at MHS

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The next MHS Swim Night is December 6th at the Milford High School. No uniform required, and there is no fee for this event. The troop picks up entrance fee. Bring a towel, bathing suit and something for your feet (flip flops). Change of clothes too. There will be pizza and drinks available after swim. Younger scouts will cover important advancement requirements related to swimming and water safety. We’ll also have pool games, diving, and of course, pizza/drinks to end the night. Normal meeting time: 7pm start (sharp) & 830pm pickup. Pick up time at the MHS is at 8.30pm.

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Category: General6:15 pm Venture Climbing Trip - Central Rock Gym, Worcester

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The troop has arranged for a venture climbing trip to Central Rock Gym in Worcester on December 13th. Interested scouts must email (hobiewaun@comcast.net) Mr. Hobart to RSVP by December 3rd. Reference his earlier email for additional details, including a required waiver that must be signed. Scouts will depart from the parish center at 6:15pm sharp. The session includes training by certified climbing instructors. Return to the parish center for pickup will be at approximately 9:45PM (tentative). If the crew is relatively small, the attending adults may be able to drop scouts off directly at home. Once the final headcount is determined, Mr.Hobart will reach out to those attending with some return time/location updates. Cost for training and climbing time will be $22 per person (check made payable to Troop 4).

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Category: General7:00 pm Troop Mtg - Christmas Party

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The troop’s holiday party will be at the December 20 troop meeting. Scouts that want to participate in our annual Yankee Swap gift exchange can do so by bringing an inexpensive wrapped gift in the $10-$15 range. Note that this will be the last troop meeting of the year.

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