Nice job last week introducing the Webelos to our Troop! You lived by the Scout Law and were friendly and kind to our new scouts. Well done on the cooking and cleaning. You did an awesome job which was much appreciated by the Scout House and certainly makes all proud when walking up the path. All neat and clean. The bike trip was fun and we always learn about planning. The timing, speed, and distances are not always as easy to cover.
This week we elected new leaders. Congratulations to Patrol Leaders: Marcus, Cole, and Grady, Tommy as our new Troop Guide, Senior Patrol Leader Henry, ASPL Lucas, and Lincoln!
Thanks to our past leaders. Just a shout out to Christian: Well done in your role as Senior Patrol Leader! Your dedication to the Troop, good listening skills, attention to detail and constant follow-up are traits that helped the Troop advance along their scouting journey. Many thanks!
This is vacation week and while we don’t have a Troop meeting we may try to put together an informal canoe trip. If this is possible we will communicate through the senior leaders as to when, where, and how.
Remember – if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far, go together.
While we did not have a meeting this week, we did have a patrol leader council (PLC) meeting and a Troop Committee Meeting (TCM). Your Troop is always doing their best to be prepared. See you tomorrow morning for the Scout House clean-up. Bring your gloves, rakes, and class B uniform. Think of the Scout Law when welcoming the Webelos. Points 4 and 8 come to mind and to be put it into practice.
Bring your helmets, water, and make sure your bike is ready to go.
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout JJ Moberly Chan who passed his Eagle Board of Review on 3/30/21 (during our Tuesday meeting). JJ provided good answers to many questions about his scouting career which included many Troop roles (including bugler, patrol leader, assistant patrol leader, and Senior Patrol Leader, and others) and he did a stint working at TL Storer. Congratulations again JJ!!
Thank you to Mr. Cancio (who recently scaled Mount Washington in March!). Mr. Cancio constructed an orienteering course in Fairyland for the scouts this past Tuesday. The past month the scout’s theme has been map/compass and orienteering. In past meetings, they had to orient and read maps, orient the compass, find direction, and determine their pace. There are a number rank advancement skills that the scouts worked on and some scouts are working towards orienteering merit badge. Saturday, April 17 is Scout-O and all this is good practice and skill-building.
We welcomed the Webelos parents to our Troop this past Wednesday. Thanks to Mr. McWilliams and all the other Scouters (adults) who helped describe our Troop. Mr. Carter explained summer camp and I think we all agree that this is a key event for Webelos and our Troop.
Remember, no Troop meeting this Tuesday. We will have a big Saturday (April 10) with breakfast, Scout House clean-up, new Webelos welcome, and a Bike Trip.
PLC Meeting Monday night April 5.
Spring has come with daylight and warm temperatures and plenty of things to do outside. Last meeting you made some good progress on map reading and compass skills. Get ready to put that to the test at our next meeting.
Mr. Cancio will be setting up a course in Fairland Tuesday, March 30 at 6 pm. We will have daylight at least through 7 pm and this will help navigate through the course.
So here is a summary of the next few weeks.
Map reading, compass, and pacing -all part of Orienteering- is going well. Our first meeting in daylight since last fall it was good to actually see you all. A bit of overcast prevented some star gazing and finding our way by Polaris and Orion in the south. All this work also covers Second class requirement 3A on the compass, map orientation, and map symbols. Remind your patrol leader if you need this.
Another opportunity coming up is for the first-class requirements 4a and 4b.
4A) Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/ or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).
4B) Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone, or another electronic navigation system. Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.
These skills will help you anytime to find your way and for the Philmont scouts, you will need to find your way. For scouts wanting to go to Seabase, there are no topo maps, but you need to be able to sail by compass from island to island.
Remember, GPS is a nice aid but a good navigator has several different ways to confirm or test where they are and where they are going.
Not to forget knots, but we should do a refresher on bowline, square, and clove hitch.
Next week we will meet once again at Cousin’s Park Field. Hopefully, we will meet former Scoutmaster Mr. Cannon who lives on the corner of the field and Prarie street. For some advance planning we are looking into some dates in May (May 15) and June (12) for Eagle Courts of Honor. We will also need to plan the Order of the Arrow elections and I’m working on some dates with the scouts who will host the elections. OA is the scout honor society and election criteria centers on scouts who do service with good cheer. I know most if not all our scouts fit that criteria but you also need to be First Class.
From Ken Green (adult),
Last weekend Troop 132 ventured to Mt Wachusett for a day of hiking and skiing. We were greeted with a beautiful, sunny morning as seven hearty scouts started up the Balance Rock Trail. We made good time and were on the summit in less than an hour. Icy trails made the hike down a bit more difficult than the hike up; those without traction quickly learned that hiking off the trail brought the safety of softer snow. After a quick lunch in the parking lot, we were joined by three more scouts for an afternoon of skiing. Luckily there was less ice on the ski trails compared to the hiking trails, and many good runs were had. Look to the Troop 132 Facebook page for pictures and be on the lookout for a post with videos.
From Mr. Duggan,
We had a busy scout week. Monday started with the Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meeting and some decisions made. One decision that came out is that March meetings will be held at Cousin's field from 6:00pm to 7:15pm. The focus or theme of the month is Orienteering. Meetings will be around map and compass reading and the pacing will be skills that we develop and learn over the next month. Another decision is that we will skip the first Tuesday meeting in April and focus on Saturday, April 10 for the Scout House clean-up. Scouts who want to work on cooking can start off cooking breakfast for those scouts who will be helping clean up the Scout House. We will follow all this good work with a bike trip.
Tuesday this week was our first meeting at Cousin’s field under a clear sky where the scouts worked on map reading. It was easy to spot the Polaris the north star and Orion in the south. The star to the right in Orion’s belt is Mintaka. This star rises due east and sets due west to within 1 degree anywhere in the world and most accurate around the equinox. Check it out and remember these stars!
Daylight saving is this weekend and next week our meetings will be in daylight. One year of outside meetings. Well done.
If you looked out your window in the last few weeks, you might have seen a young person clearing a neighbor’s driveway or shoveling out a fire hydrant on your street. Many of these young people were scouts from Concord’s Scout Troop 132, as they worked to complete a remarkable year of service during the COVID-19 shutdown.
The Troop, under the leadership of Scoutmaster William Duggan and a cadre of adult volunteers, responded to the needs they saw in the community. They worked hard to implement annual activities like the Christmas Tree pickup, as well as needed activities that reflected the needs in our new COVID world (like making masks for healthcare workers). Most of these projects also supported other local social service organizations, often doubling their impact.
Troop 132 has definitely taken this to heart this year and has done its best to do a good turn for its Concord neighbors.
Written by Scout Leslie Flinn
Senior Patrol Leader Christian did a nice job leading his first on-line Court of Honor (COH) and our second on-line Troop COH. It was a very nice event shared by many. Congratulations to Matt, Emmett, and Marcus for earning the Friendly, Courteous, and Kind 3-Point awards, and congratulations to those scouts who earned new ranks and to the many merit badge recipients. Special thanks to all our adult Scouters (volunteers) and especially Mr. Sprague, Mr. Rzepczynski, Mr. Cancio, and Mr. Gekle who were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the Troop. Mr. Anthony cast a brass scout emblem and mounted it ironwood with their names as a way we can recognize and show Troop appreciation. We are lucky in our Troop that we have such wonderful, selfless volunteers who contribute in so many ways to
making scouting opportunities available to our scouts. There are so many that contribute but these awards are a small way that we can say thanks for the many years and hundreds of hours of service to the Troop. Thank you so much. I’m personally very grateful and I know all the scouts have benefited from their
guidance and support.
We had four Eagles (Lucas, Kevin, Nolan, and Simon) who were recognized and I know there are more working towards that rank. These scouts are role models for the Troop and they are often the first to sign up for Eagle service projects to help others. I’m proud to say this is part of our Troop’s culture to give back to others what they have received and benefited from. Well done.
We have a good schedule of upcoming spring events and looking forward to summer camp. Keep up the good scouting. If you have some thoughts on merit badges that we should be offering as a Troop, please let your patrol leaders and senior scouts know so we can judge interest and determine how we can
meet that need.
Congratulations to our newest Eagle Scout Simon! Simon was in his board of review during our sledding meeting and did a fine job answering a battery of questions about his scouting career. Questions include his merit badges, positions of responsibility, and his Eagle project. Special thanks to ASM Mr. Rzepczynski for all his guidance, review, and mentoring that he provides to all our scouts, especially our Life Scouts as they prepare themselves for Eagle.
Remember to clean out your street’s hydrants! That would be doing your good turn. Have a good winter break from school.
Our next meeting is our virtual Court of Honor.
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