Dear Scout Families,
We have been watching the weather very carefully. With discussions with the Troop Committee Chair, Scoutmaster and Honcho, we have decided to cancel the Family Bike Trip this weekend. It’s a hard call to make. We are all disappointed. Here are some of the factors that weighed on the decision:
Trail to Eagle, Part 1
Congratulations again to Kevin O’Neil and Nolan Roberts, who received their Eagle badges last Saturday at the Court of Honor. It’s estimated that only 5% of scouts reach Eagle and this is quite an accomplishment. Kevin and Nolan were active scouts all through high school. They contributed back to the Troop through their leadership with younger scouts and through their Eagle projects, where so many got to learn new skills including carpentry, drilling, sawing, working with plexiglass, digging holes and mixing concrete. Again, congratulations to you both and look forward to have you come to any meetings that you can as adults or Assistant Scoutmasters.
Thanks to the many scouts who attended and led the trail to Eagle; it was great to have Nathaniel back to bugle during the opening and closing. If you have not attended an Eagle Court of Honor, you have another opportunity Sunday June 13 from 3:30-5:00pm. You will get to see photos of the scouts’ journey through scouting and it’s a good reminder that they started like all scouts - as Webelos who crossed over, earned scout ranks, attended summer camps, outings, meetings, and service projects. By the time they reach eagle rank, most of our scouts have over 60 camping nights and well over 100 service hours helping the community, but they all started at Scout.
This was our first outdoor Court of Honor and under the leadership of SPL Henry worked very well.
Many scouts brought their bike to the Tuesday night meeting. Marcus inspected bikes and helmets and we proceeded on a short trip to get ready for next week’s bike trip.
A special thanks to Tommy Dehoney. Tommy brought his bike and was prepared to go for a ride but some of the new scouts did not. So instead of biking with the troop, Tommy worked with the new scouts on rank requirements, learning about the scout oath, law, badges, patrol method. Tommy led by example putting his patrol first. This is what is being a good scout is all about ! Well done.
Tuesday night we will break into patrols to plan meals, gear (tents, stoves, propane, pots, pans), cleaning items, for Camp Greenough on Cape Cod.
Camp Greenough is easy to get to and this year we will be doing a ropes course on Saturday.
This trip will be a lot of fun. Sign up.
Do your good turn daily. This can be as simple as holding the door for someone, picking up trash, helping your parents with groceries. See opportunities and just do a good deed. I’ll be asking you about what you did at the meetings !
New Scouts Crossed Over
Welcome new scouts! The crossover, first-ever for all we know held at Camp Acton, was a great success. The bridge was well built under the leadership of Lucas Herrera. Patrol meals were outstanding, including Tacos & Burritos. Kudos to the Junior Assistant Scoutmaster Ben and helper Freddy McWilliams for flipping burgers and dogs for the adults and new scouts. It was good to camp out and thank you to all the adult leaders who came to provide a warm welcome to our new scout families.
After crossing a very solid rope bridge, the scouts enjoyed some games under the direction of Troop Guide Tommy Dohoney with assistance from several scouts. Senior Patrol Leader Henry did a great job organizing the patrols, cooking, tents, and cleanup. I think we will all admit that we are a bit rusty as we have not camped since last October. We could use some help with our campfire program and dutch oven desserts, but generally well done and I always applaud and support the attempts at cooking and entertaining.
At Tuesday night’s meeting, we practiced flag folding and did some more planning for the court of honor this Saturday, May 15, 2021. (3:30 to 5:00 pm). Then we marched over to the Concord Independent Battery (CIB) where they were practicing their gun drills. We learned a bit of the history about these historical guns used only in celebratory fashion. Who knows, maybe a scout will volunteer to join the CIB someday in the future.
We held a Patrol Leader Council meeting Monday which was focused on planning for the upcoming meetings. Thanks to Cameron for stepping up as scribe and Elliott as a historian. We do need a Quartermaster. We do need to plan for the 2021-2022 school year and now with things opening, we can plan a semi-normal year. Some scout parents during our Troop Committee Meeting offered some suggestions such as surfing, sea kayaking/bath maritime museum, “urban camping (islands)”, canoe camping, rafting ..more Cape Cod, Ramblewild, and treetop adventures. It will be a fun and exciting year for sure.
May 18 Meeting: Bring your bike (and helmet) so we can do a bike check and we plan on biking to ice cream in two different groups. At our May 25 meeting, we will be planning the bike trip meals/cooking, tents, and such.
Welcoming our New Scouts
The weather forecast is improving for the cross over camping trip. We are looking forward to welcoming the new Webelos and experiencing the rope bridge construction at Camp Acton.
Remember, bring your own tent.
Next week we have an Eagle Court of Honor on Saturday May 15 from 3:30-5:00
Bring your own chairs and water bottles as we are planning to be outside. We can move inside if needed due to weather but this is our current plan.
We will follow school COVID-19 protocols, which include wearing a mask.
Our school year 2021-2022 schedule will be planned soon so start thinking about ideas and trips, camping and scouting events you liked and start discussions with your leaders as to what you want to do next year. Some thoughts that came up include surfing. That would be fun.
Do your good turn …DAILY !
Published in The Concord Weekly March 26, 2021
Reprised in The Spirit of Adventure Council (BSA) Newsletter April 30, 2021
Concord’s Scout Troop 132 worked to complete a year of service despite the COVID-19 shutdown. The troop, under the leadership of Scoutmaster William Duggan and cadre of adult volunteers, responded to the needs they saw in the community. They worked to implement annual activities like the Christmas Tree pickup, as well as new need activities like making masks for health care workers. Most of these projects also supported other local social service organizations.
It began last spring, when Troop 132 partnered with Open Table on a food drive. The scouts, neighbors and friends collected and donated 1,344 pounds of food to Open Table to improve food security in our area.
Next, the troop put together and donated over 1,300 face shields to Shields of Hope for front line workers and worked with Coats for Kids and Anton Cleaners to collect and donate nearly 30 coats.
Even in this unusual year, the troop managed to lead two annual events in partnership with Holy Family Parish in Concord: The Annual Turkey Truck ahead of Thanksgiving and the Annual Christmas Tree Pickup in January.
At the Annual Turkey Truck, the scouts collected and delivered over 330 turkeys for donation to Crossroads Family Center in Boston and nearly $3,000 in additional financial support was raised and donated to other local food programs. At the Annual Christmas Tree Pickup, Troop 132 Scouts and members of the Parish’s Youth Ministries managed to follow Department of Health protocols and still collect well over 750 trees in one day, making it the most successful Christmas Tree Pickup ever. Working with the town of Concord Compost Center, the trees collected have now been converted to mulch, which will feed gardens around town.
Troop 132 led other service projects this year and also managed to do other scouting activities including hiking, orienteering, cooking but it was these projects that connected the Troop to the greater Concord community.
“Scouts should be friendly, be cheerful, be helpful,” said Duggan. “Remember, there is always an opportunity to do a good turn.”
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.