Troop 4 Newsletter – September 26, 2021

Link to Full Newsletter: http://www.troop4milford.org/docs/2021/09/Troop-4-Newsletter-September-26-2021.pdf

Myles Standish Bike Trip

The Troop will head to Myles Standish State Forest for a fall bike trip, heading down the night of Oct 1st and returning Oct 3rd. We’ll use Camp Squanto as our base and hit the paths to explore Myles Standish. The forest is part of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecoregion and consists largely of pitch pine and scrub oak forests—at 26 square miles (67 km2), one of the largest such forests north of Long Island. The forest surrounds 16 lakes and
ponds, including several ecologically significant coastal kettle ponds. Additional information and permission slip can be found under the Campout and Event Information section.

National Public Lands Day – West Hill Dam 9/25/21

The troop has volunteered to participate at West Hill Dam on Sept. 25th from 8:30 to 2:00. West Hill has been the site of many scouting events for Troop 4 and Pack 4 and it’s time to give back. Please let Mr. Comisky know as soon as possible if you’ll be attending with the troop so that the Park Rangers can plan accordingly.

Medical Forms and Dues

Please pass in your medical forms and dues as soon as possible. Contact Mr. Comisky or Mr. Bogner with any questions.

The combined troop and re-charter dues this year are $155 per scout ($135 for additional siblings).  This fee combines the Troop dues; the annual BSA National Registration fees and subscriptions which increased this year, as well as the Mayflower Council program activity fee, which was raised last year.. 

Please drop off your check at the start of the troop meeting. If your son(s) can’t make the meeting but would like to continue in the troop, please mail the dues to the Troop Treasurer, Mr. Tony Bogner.  Please make all checks payable to Troop 4. 

Photographs

We continue to update photos from events. Check them out under the PHOTOS tab!

Kennebec River WW Rafting – June 18-22, 2021

Tully Trail Campout – May 22-23, 2021

Patrol Competition – Dehydrated Meal – May 20, 2021

2020-2021 Homestretch

We’re in the homestretch for the scouting year. There are several key events coming up to highligh:

  1. June camping and whitewater rafting trip to Maine. Information has been sent out and can also be found n the Campout and Event tab. RSVPs along with appropriate forms are required.
  2. Court of Honor. We will be having a CoH towards the end if June. Exact date is tbd. More information to follow.
  3. Camp Squanto Summer Camp. The Troop will be attending first week of August. Information has been sent out and can be found under the Summer Camps tab.

St. Mary’s Campout – April 24, 2021

Hale Reservation Orienteering – April 17, 2021

Easter Vigil – April 3, 2021

Scout-O

On Saturday, April 17th, the New England Orienteering Club will sponsor a day of Orienteering for Scouting organizations at the Hale Reservation, Westwood, MA.   

During the Scout-O, we will learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering related badge requirements.  Boy Scouts can complete First Class requirement #2 (orienteering) and several of requirements for the Orienteering Merit Badge.   We’ll plan to leave St. Mary’s approximately 10:30 and return 3:30 

The cost to attend is $7.00 which covers maps and materials necessary for participation.  

If interested, please complete the NEOC Liability Waiver Form and the Troop 4 permission slip.  Prior to the event there will be another required online questionnaire to be filled out.   Please drop both slips and your payment (checks payable to Troop 4) into the Scribe Box no later than the April 1st Troop meeting.  Registration and payment is done as a Troop.   NOTE:  this event is already filled to capacity and so at this time, we’re only able to consider scout participation.

Peppercorn Campout – February 20-21, 2021

Webelos Meet up

Troop-4-Invitation-2021-WEBELOS-Meetup

Peppercorn Backpacking – January 16, 2021

Decorating the Town Nativity – December 6, 2020

Covid-19 update

Scouts/Parents, 
Milford continues to be challenged by the increase in covid cases, to the extent that the schools will be going to full remote for at least the next month.
The troop is equally challenged.  Adhering to the guidelines that had been set forth by the state and local officials, we’ve been able to take advantage of our campsite to safely hold meetings and go on some adventures.  Scouts have done a fantastic job following the updated protocols.  Recently, the governor modified restrictions, specifically for those towns that are no longer considered “low risk”.  Milford falls into this category and, as such, we’ll need to follow updated restrictions limiting the size of get togethers and overnight curfews.  
So how does this impact us?

1.  The November campout is cancelled.

2.  The associated roast cookout is postponed for the time being.  We’re trying to secure some additional facilities in order to safely have this annual event.

3.  For now and with weather permitting, Troop meetings will continue to take place at the campsite but with some adjustments including pre-meeting RSVPs, using additional facilities in order to ensure we meet the new attendee limits and conducting portions of the meeting virtually.  If needed, we will conduct entire meetings virtually as we did a couple of weeks ago.

I want to assure everyone that we’re committed to providing as robust of a scouting experience as possible, but health and safety always come first.  We understand that every family must decide what they are comfortable with and we respect any decisions that are made.

Stay safe and please reach out to me if there are any questions or concerns.
Thanks, Mr. Comisky/John

Douglas State Forest Backpack Campout – October 17-18, 2020

Norwottuck Rail Trail Bike Trip – September 26, 2020

Troop Update May 7, 2020

Tonight’s Troop meeting was held virtually. We’ll continue with on-line meeting until further notice and maintain our Thursday 7:00 time. Meeting specifics well be sent out prior to each meeting.

Whitewater Trip is still on at this time. Permission slips have been sent out along with additional information and instructions.

Summer Camp is still on at this time. We will continue to plan accordingly.

Troop update – Covid 19

Hello Troop 4 families, we continue to receive guidance with regards to responding to the ever changing Covid 19 situation. Per direction from Mayflower Council, all in-person activities continue to be prohibited through May 31st. This means that we’ll need to postpone our May campout. Please check for notifications regarding on-line virtual meetings.

Also, at this time, Council are still hopeful to offer a complete and full program for Summer Camps. As such, we need to make sure that we are preparing properly. Please refer to previous email notifications sent out on this matter for information needed.

Troop updates:

Parents and Scouts, 

We hope everyone is safe and well.  

Following up on Mr. Weber’s last update: 

The Troop leadership is working out the final details to begin virtual meetings in May so we continue our work on Rank Advancement and Merit badge requirements.  More details will be sent out shortly and we look forward to seeing everyone soon.

Hopefully, scouts are taking this time to recharge their Cyber Chip certification. Information can be found at  https://www.scouting.org/training/youth-protection/cyber-chip/  Please notify Mr, Weber and Mrs. Dulak when you’ve completed that, so it can be recorded properly.

Permission slips and information regarding our May and June campouts will be made available soon in anticipation for those events.  

Please review the Summer Camp Resolute information and let Mr. Comisky know if you are planning to attend or if there are any questions.

Any Scout interested in going on a summer adventure trip, similar to the Maryland Trip a couple of years back, please let Mr. Comisky know.

COVID – 19 Update

Parents/Scouts, 

I hope this finds everyone safe and well. As the Covid-19 situation continues to evolve, we have been receiving guidance from BSA National and Mayflower Council. We are also staying in touch with our Chartered Organization- St. Mary’s, as well as state and local authorities to understand what additional actions are being taken within our community.

As a reminder, Troop activities continue to be suspended.  
Troop meetings at St. Mary’s scheduled for 3/26 and 4/2 are cancelled.

The status of other future events such as the Royalston Falls campout, will be determined soon.

The Troop Committee and Troop Leadership are investigating how we might be able continue with our program during these challenging times. 
In the meantime, Scouts are encouraged to work on Merit Badge and Rank Advancement requirements if possible. Document your work as you would do normally for review and sign off when activities resume.

Please direct any questions or concerns to me.
Thanks,John / Mr. Comisky

Troop 4 Committee Chair

Pancake Breakfast

Keep selling your tickets and let Mr. Naff know if you need any additional. Please drop of your ticket money, in an envelope with your name on it, at this Thursday’s Troop meeting. Please leave it in the scribe box. Your last chance to drop off ticket money is 8AM on Sunday.

Lonesome Lake NH- February, 2020

West Hill Freeze Out – January 18-19, 2020

P-I-G ROAST – November 16-17, 2019

Firewood for the Pig Roast – October 5, 2019

Home Repairs Merit Badge – October 10, 2019

Camp Resolute – July 14-19, 2019

Backpack Meal Contest – May 16, 2019