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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: GeneralCamping Trip - Nickerson State Park Cape Cod

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Troop Bicycling/Camping Trip is scheduled for Friday, June 28 through Sunday June 30. The troop will be camping and cycling on Cape Cod! We have once again reserved a camping site at Nickerson State Park on the Cape for Friday and Saturday nights. This will be a great trip and a chance to work on the Cycling merit badge.
The troop will meet at 9:00 AM Friday June 28 at the parish center. We will leave the parish center for the campground at about 9:30 AM. Scouts should have already eaten dinner before meeting at the parish center. We will arrive at the campground and set up camp for Friday evening.
On Saturday morning, the troop will divide into two cycling groups – advanced and beginners. Scouts can go with the group that they feel most comfortable with. There will be adult leaders for both groups. We will cycle in the morning and return to the campground for lunch. After lunch, we will cycle on different routes until dinner. After dinner at the campsite, scouts will have a chance to explore the park. On Sunday morning, there will be opportunities for a short ride. We will leave the campsite in the morning and return to the parish center for pickup at 3:00 PM Scouts will need to bring some $ for a fast food lunch on Sunday and an ice cream stop on the bike trail Saturday.
We will be cooking patrol style for Saturday breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday breakfast. Scouts will need to bring some $ for Sunday lunch. We will be camping in tents on Friday and Saturday nights. Besides their regular personal camping equipment, scout should bring:
• - a bike (we will have spare tubes and repair equipment)
• - a bike helmet (required)
• - sun block
• - water bottle to carry on bike
We will need a few parents to drive to/from the event. If you can help out, please indicate on the permission slip. If your son would like to attend, please complete the attached permission slip and return by the May 30th troop meeting. If your son would like to attend but will not be at the troop meeting on May 24, please email Ron Gorham before the 30th. We will be doing all the planning for the trip at the May 30th and June 6th troop meetings, so please be sure to let us know if your son will be attending.
This will be a great trip and a chance to see some really scenic parts of the Cape. Hope to see you there!
Mr. Gorham
508.868.8793

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