From Ken Green (Trip Honcho):
Last Friday, on the first day of summer 2019, eleven Troop 132 scouts journeyed to northern Maine for a white water rafting adventure. The destination was a twelve mile trip on the Kennebec River with class IV+ rapids. At 9 am Saturday morning the group met to get outfitted with wetsuits, helmets, and PFDs, and to learn the difference between scheduled swims and unscheduled swims. Next up was a class V bus ride (you have to see the video to believe this) to our entry point on the river where we broke up into rafting groups and received paddling instruction. Soon we were paddling down the river, catching eddies here and there. The rapids started small, but soon we were getting bounced around as we encountered the rapids "Big Mama", "Three Sisters", "The Alleyway" and "Magic Falls". Later, as we reached some easier rapids, some scouts jumped in and swam through the rapids, and some got in and paddled tandem inflatable kayaks. The next day the scouts did a short hike into Moxie fall, one of the highest waterfalls in New England before making the trip back to Concord.
From Bill Duggan (Scoutmaster):
Thanks to Ken Green and Melissa Liazos taking the Troop on the rafting trip. Well done.
The prior week the Troop held the spring Court of Honor (COH). Congratulations to the many scouts who earned rank, merit badges and special awards this week at the Troop COH. There are plenty of opportunities over the summer to work on advancements and merit badges at summer camp and the next COH will be at the end of September. Remember, start with a blue card and signatures if you are working independently.
Luke Pautler had his Eagle Project proposal approved and will be looking for scout and adult help to build a kiosk for the Great Meadows/Oxbow recreational area.
Congratulations to Xander for passing and earning his Eagle Scout. He was well prepared for the board of review. Good Job.
I will see you next at Storer Summer Camp.
Bill Duggan is taking the week off from writing. Please remember that we start our summer program this Tuesday at Emerson Field (on the grass near the basketball courts) at 7PM
Tuesday Night, June 18 will be the Troop Court of Honor (COH). I assume you've already checked in with Mr. O’Neil (firstname.lastname@example.org) to ensure you are all set with your earned merit badges, patches and/or awards that are coming your way. He can help solve any of those challenges. Families, please come and support your scouts and the Troop. This is always a special night to celebrate and recognize all the work the scouts have done to earn ranks and merit badges. I also look forward to hearing from 4 scouts who talk about the specifics of merit badges they have earned.
Reminder, there is a PLC (Patrol Leaders – all leaders – Council) meeting on Monday night 6/17 at 6pm Monument Hall. We have work to do to finish planning for the COH, rafting trip, summer schedule, and summer camp.
Tuesday’s Troop meeting was a great talent show success. Wesley started it off with an overview of D-Day, complete with slides and a diorama. Nice job and very appropriate for our scouts to know the sacrifices made 75 years ago. Ben made a buzzer system and that was a big hit as all the acts were reviewed. I’m always amazed by the people being willing to share their talents. Well done.
Sorry to have missed the Ben / Logan Eagle Court of Honor. I was away at my nephew's (also an Eagle Scout) wedding. These events are special and thanks to the Troop's scouts and adults who volunteered to make this event special.
On June 18, please come to the Troop Court of Honor (COH) for our troop. This is but one of three (3) COHs that we host and many of the new scouts are ready to receive their scout badge. Please plan on coming to join the celebration of their success and progress as scouts and Troop members.
Yours In Scouting, Mr. Duggan
PS: The Maine Rafting Trip is around the corner and Ken Green needs to know if you are attending by this Tuesday, June 11. Please see below.
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