We will see everyone on Saturday, January 5 at 7:30AM.
Happy Winter Solstice! A big congratulations to Ben Clarke who passed his Eagle Board of Review at District this past week. He answered some challenging questions with poise and thoughtfulness. He earned it, he deserves it. Congratulations Eagle Scout Ben.
Last week’s Christmas tree preparation & Holiday Party (Troop meeting) was a lot of fun and the scout leadership also participated in their monthly PLC Meeting on Monday.
As I said in my Scoutmaster minute, I’m proud and honored to serve as Scoutmaster. You are a great group of kind, cheerful scouts who do their best to live by the oath and law. Check on a few pictures.
Please remind your parents to sign up for Christmas Tree pickup and plan for helping on Saturday, January 5, 2019. This is our one and only Troop fundraiser and a Troop mandatory event. If you have conflicts, please let the SPL and me know ahead of time. In one day, we earn enough funds to keep our Troop funded for equipment and offset the cost of our many programs.
Elections for 2019 winter term are next week. Please email or contact Nick or me to make sure that you meet the qualifications. The qualifications include the commitment level for the next 3 months for meetings and Troop activities.
Yankee Swap is planned for this coming Tuesday. The guidelines are $15-20 (from the PLC) and I am just relaying the message.
There are plenty of coming opportunites to live by the scout law. Every day you have opportunites, but the holidays provide even more opportunities to be helpful, kind, obedient…pick one part of the law each day and see how you can apply. It.
Do your good turn daily.
Sunday, December 2, we were asked to help with the Christmas Tree Lighting by the Concord Rec Department. This was our first year being asked and glad we were able to help. Under crew chief Luke Pautler, the Troop 132 team did some set up with speakers and tents and then they had some free time. The scouts then took it upon themselves to go to the Scout House and get the Troop flag and scouts marched in the parade. Good job scouts. Next year we will include this in our program planning and it was a nice community event to help and participate in. Good citizenship.
At our Tuesday Troop meeting, we welcomed two Lion Cub Scouts (kindergarten) and one Wolf Scout (2nd grade). The Troop did a wonderful job at welcoming and introducing themselves. In the future, it would be great if Den Chiefs could invite their Dens to a meeting in the future. Remember, most of you were Cub scouts at one time. The Troop also focused on knots. I would challenge our troop to really get to know our knots and lashings. These scouts skills will help you in the long run and we have more work to do. Two more meetings left in 2018. Next meeting is planning for the December camping trip. The patrol leaders should all have their 3 ring patrol leader guides, which includes the planning sheets. Please bring this to the next meeting.
Congratulations to Charlie Stone for earning Tenderfoot and Eliott Tyne for earning Scout. Good work scouts. Bring your books to each meeting and on camping trips. You would be surprised to know how many requirements you can earn at meetings and camping trips. Knots are part of that too!
Thanks to Lucian Aibel who earned some money selling brownies and they were good. Lucian is donating the extra proceeds back to the Troop. Well Done!
I posted this on the facebook page but in case you didn’t see it: Thank you Mr. Rzepczynski, Mrs. Stefanov, Mrs. Aibel, Mr. Brooks, and scouts Ryan, Colin, Cameron, Lucian, Miles, Will, Logan, and Nick for coming to the wake/funeral on Saturday. Luc’s father was very appreciative and in the words of Logan “ …we are all connected together in the brotherhood of scouting”. Luc was involved with his father in the Order of the Arrow (OA) and was a very accomplished scout and young man. Luc was one of the few scouts to earn the National Outdoor Award (along with Alex C) and Ranger award. I was very proud of our scouts who participated in the color guard and stood and recited the Scout Oath and Law during the homily and represented the Troop. Thank you parents, and to the entire troop for thoughts and prayers for this young man and his family. As his father said in his reflection, be grateful for every day and the opportunity to help others.
Yankee Swap is planned for December 18. The guidelines are $15-20 (from the PLC) and I am just relaying the message. Please remember that we are a boy led troop.
I hope you had a great Thanksgiving. Our Troop was busy. We helped gather 253 frozen turkey’s for Cross Roads Shelter, we painted patrol equipment 3 different colors so there is no mistaking which patrol has what, we helped Miles with his Eagle project, and the Troop hosted an Eagle Court of Honor for Justin and Aiden. There is so many to thank and so much good work done. Thank you, Troop and parents, for supporting all these great things that happen in scouting.
At the Troop meeting this past week I read a message I received from our scouting community, Quincy Troop 42. Luc Theberge (boy scout) passed away last weekend in a tragic accident. His passenger, also a scout, is in critical condition. The two young men were on their way to meet up with Ray Theberge and a small group for camping. Please see the news article for more information.
Wake: Friday, November 30, 4:00-8:00 Keohane Funeral Home, 785 Hancock St, Quincy, MA 02170
Funeral Services: Saturday, December 1, 10:00 AM St John the Baptist, 44 School Street, Quincy, MA 02169
To support the Theberge family, Mr. Rzepczynski, a few scouts, and I will be going to the funeral on Saturday. If any other scouts/parents would like to join us, we plan on leaving from the Scouthouse at 8:15 Saturday morning and the dress attire is full Class A, as requested by the family. A signup has been set-up to be logistics easier.
Four parts of the scout law come to mind; Loyal supporting all our scouts, Kind; showing kindness to the family, friends and other scouts; Brave; it takes courage to face a tragic event; Reverant; deeply respectful toward God and faithful in his religious duties, respecting the beliefs of others.
This Sunday the scouts have an opportunity to assist the town at the Christmas Tree lighting. Please see details and signup above. Do you good turn daily.
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