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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.

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Category: General8:30 am Christmas Tree Pickup

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The town Christmas tree pick up is on Sunday January 6th. This is a fun combination fund raiser and service project that we participate in with other scout units in town. We are looking for two or three parents with pick up trucks or trailers to drive around our assigned territory in Milford to pick up the trees and transport them to the town disposal area. Our trucks leave the parish center at 8:30 AM sharp, and we will not return to the parish center until the end of the event, so please be on time. The event ends at noon. Please call or email Ron Gorham at gorhamfamily6@verizon.net if you can participate.

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Category: GeneralCamping trip - Peppercorn Forest, Upton

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The January Winter Camping Trip will be held on Saturday January 12, 2012 through Sunday January 13. We will be camping at Blackstone Canal (Pine groves), in a location we camped at a few years ago.

Planned activities include sledding, hiking, animal tracking, snowshoeing, and perhaps some night-time model rocket launches. At this winter camping trip we will be doing some aluminum foil cooking (no pots and pans to clean) and Dutch oven cooking. The winter is a great time to do this type of cooking because you need good warm fires to cook – and to stay warm with, too!

We will be using the regular troop tents to sleep in Saturday night. However, depending on the snow cover, some scouts may choose to build and sleep in snow caves. Several scouts made these shelters two years ago and actually slept much warmer than the rest of us in our tents. The Troop 4 Website has a list of gear needed for a one night winter campout. Most scouts already have most of the gear and anything else is usually around in the scouts homes.

We will be patrol cooking for a Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Scouts should bring a bag lunch for Saturday (no soda). A plastic sled comes in very handy on this trip, for both sledding and for hauling in your gear. If you have one, please bring it. Please take the time to securely tie your gear to your sled before arriving at the parish center. The hike in to the campsite is approximately 1 mile.

We will meet at St. Mary’s parish center at 9:00 AM on Saturday January 12. Patrols will have an opportunity to assemble their ingredients into tin-foil cooking packets using the parish center kitchen before we depart. We will need a few parents to drive to/from the site. We will return for pick up on Sunday, January 13 by 11:30AM.

We will be planning the trip at the January 3 troop meeting. If your son is planning to attend, please return the permission slip by the January 3 troop meeting. If your son can’t make the January 3rd troop meeting but wants to attend, please call or email Ron Gorham before that date so we can include him in planning for the event.

Winter camping is fun and a great outdoor experience – and not that difficult. The adult leaders and troop have many years of winter camping experience and all of our trips have been a great time. Hope for lots of snow cover! There is no fee for this campout.

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Category: GeneralCamping trip - Peppercorn Forest, Upton

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The January Winter Camping Trip will be held on Saturday January 12, 2012 through Sunday January 13. We will be camping at Blackstone Canal (Pine groves), in a location we camped at a few years ago.

Planned activities include sledding, hiking, animal tracking, snowshoeing, and perhaps some night-time model rocket launches. At this winter camping trip we will be doing some aluminum foil cooking (no pots and pans to clean) and Dutch oven cooking. The winter is a great time to do this type of cooking because you need good warm fires to cook – and to stay warm with, too!

We will be using the regular troop tents to sleep in Saturday night. However, depending on the snow cover, some scouts may choose to build and sleep in snow caves. Several scouts made these shelters two years ago and actually slept much warmer than the rest of us in our tents. The Troop 4 Website has a list of gear needed for a one night winter campout. Most scouts already have most of the gear and anything else is usually around in the scouts homes.

We will be patrol cooking for a Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast. Scouts should bring a bag lunch for Saturday (no soda). A plastic sled comes in very handy on this trip, for both sledding and for hauling in your gear. If you have one, please bring it. Please take the time to securely tie your gear to your sled before arriving at the parish center. The hike in to the campsite is approximately 1 mile.

We will meet at St. Mary’s parish center at 9:00 AM on Saturday January 12. Patrols will have an opportunity to assemble their ingredients into tin-foil cooking packets using the parish center kitchen before we depart. We will need a few parents to drive to/from the site. We will return for pick up on Sunday, January 13 by 11:30AM.

We will be planning the trip at the January 3 troop meeting. If your son is planning to attend, please return the permission slip by the January 3 troop meeting. If your son can’t make the January 3rd troop meeting but wants to attend, please call or email Ron Gorham before that date so we can include him in planning for the event.

Winter camping is fun and a great outdoor experience – and not that difficult. The adult leaders and troop have many years of winter camping experience and all of our trips have been a great time. Hope for lots of snow cover! There is no fee for this campout.

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