This past week, the Troop did its good turn! Last Saturday, Cameron's volunteer project for the Council on Aging helped four Concord households with yard cleanup, and then the scouts worked together to get a submerged chair out of the Nashoba Brook. Well done!
And on Sunday, we had another successful Turkey Truck food drive. Between yelling through traffic cones, greeting neighbors in town and after mass, and working together to load turkeys into the Turkey Truck, I saw the spirit of cooperation last weekend. The scouts and volunteers collected or purchased and then delivered 261 turkeys to families in need in Boston, a wonderful result this year.
So on this Thanksgiving Weekend, when we focus on family and friends, on service and community, I am really proud that you all did your good turns.
Yours in Scouting,
Please sign up to for Cameron’s Project this Saturday to help the Council on Aging. He will need help with several projects and this is a great way to do your good deed.
Another opportunity is with the Annual Turkey Drive, on Sunday. Senior Patrol Leader Matt, will be arranging coverage from 7:30AM-12:30 pm in shifts. It’s not expected that everyone comes for the entire morning, but if you coordinate with him on when you can that would help all of us. Help is needed to unload and load turkey’s and tell people how to help our cause. Not a lot of work but many hands make the light work.
I hope to see many of you this weekend and look forward to Tuesday night ice cream making and tasting!
Yours in Scouting,
Recognizing Their Service
Today is Veteran’s Day. Please thank veterans for their service and sacrifice. Just a history note: this day was originally called Armistice Day, in honor of when World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This day was later changed as Veterans’ Day, to honor all those who served. If you in Monument Square, look at the Concord citizens who gave their life in this war. If you go inside the Armory, look at the wall plaque of all the Concord citizens who were in that war as well. Please thank those who serve and sacrifice for our country. Thank you to Grady, Lincoln, Lucas, Lucien, and Mr. Rzepczynski for attending and helping with the Flag Retirement.
This weekend, we have weather coming in from Hurricane/Tropical Storm Nicole. We will start our skills outing at 11am at Camp Acton. Be prepared. Bring your rain gear and good waterproof boots. If it’s not raining it will be wet. We plan on completing at 4pm, which is also a new time. Bring a lunch and we will cook over a fire is the plan.
The Mt. Washington crew will also look to the weather which will be changing quickly and bringing in cold air. This is a tricky time of year where you need to be prepared for everything. High winds, rain, snow and cold. You have good experienced leaders and experienced scouts.
Next week we have a PLC meeting on Monday night, 6:30-8:00 pm (ending at 8) and lots to cover for planning. Turkey Truck /Turkey Drive coming up as well as a day of Service on 11/19/22. Plenty of great opportunities to earn service hours this season!
We do have a Turkey Drive Go-Fund-Me Campaign set -up and welcome all your contributions so we can buy and deliver Turkey’s to those families who need our help.
And don’t forget that the Christmas Tree Pick-up is also on the horizon (January 7, 2023). Remind your parents as this is an all-hands event.
Do your good turn daily and if you can, do more than one!
Yours in Scouting,
Blue Card Process
This week our senior scouts demonstrated what works well and not so well in planning for a backpacking trip. Learn from them. They have made mistakes and can speak from experience as to what works and what does not work for them. Sometimes we learn by our mistakes and sometimes we learn from others mistakes. Be wise. Listen, learn, and be prepared.
The Troop Committee met this past week to discuss many upcoming topics to help the troop move forward. We will have hats, our Class B, the Turkey Truck, a trip to Mt. Washington and an outing to Camp Acton, service projects and many more things planned. Thanks to all the adults who help provide all the opportunities we enjoy and benefit from.
Please note, we have our PLC meeting on Monday November 14, not this upcoming Monday (the second Monday in the month). This month it happens that Halloween (10/31) was a Monday so please prepare for the PLC at 6:30pm-8:00pm on Monday November 14 at Holy Family Parish.
Congratulations to Elan, who had his first board of review and passed for Tenderfoot. He has been working hard, diligently, and consistently, bringing his book to meetings and camping trips looking for those opportunities to earn rank. Congratulations and well done.
Let me say a thing or two about Merit Badges
If you are interested in earning a merit badge, step one is to see your Scoutmaster for a Blue card and the assignment of a councilor (or on-line) or direction to Mr. Green our Merit Badge Leader. It’s best to start with the blue card. Then, when finished fulfilling the requirements, get Counselor sign-off, return to me for signature, then send a copy to Mr. O’Neil, the Troop’s Advancement Chair. Here’s a link to a graphic that outlines the BLUE CARD Process that will help make a difference (note: documents like this can now be found on our website).
Do your good turn daily and in two weeks, we will have a Weekend of Service. Cameron has arranged service project for the Concord’s Council on Aging, a small river clean up that needs some attention (pulling a discarded chair out of Nashoba book); and on Sunday, the annual Turkey Drive. Also, please tell your parents that we have also setup a Go-Fund-Me campaign for the Turkey Drive, if you would like to help us purchase some turkeys.
Make plans to help others and help your fellow scouts.
Yours in Scouting,
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.