Good work putting into practice your compass and map skills at the New England Orienteering event. Many of the senior scouts participated, but many if not all would have benefitted. Thanks to Simon, Brandon, Matthew and Will for manning the booth and representing scouts at the Discover West Concord Day. We met many cub scouts and community organizers who support many of our projects. Even some new Eagle service project needs were discussed. Scouts, it is never too early to start the process of thinking about what you would like to do for an Eagle project. There are many needs and you might have some particular interest. This process of seeing what is needed against what you would like to do takes time and changes over time. The earlier you start thinking and talking to others about it the better. The general idea is for you to be passionate about your project and that your project will benefit an organization that you will take pride in years from now.
The next couple of months will be busy. November we have a backpacking trip, support Veterans Day, and the Turkey Truck. Christmas Tree lighting (good time to remind the town about Christmas tree pickup), a December camping trip, a holiday party, and Christmas Tree Pickup will keep us busy into the new year.
We certainly will need all our Troop to support Christmas Tree pickup, the first meeting which was planned earlier this week. We are off to a good start.
I’ll be away on business travel for 10 days starting next week and Mr. Rzepczynski & Mr. Sprague will be available. Please see Mr. Sprague for any new Blue Cards or sign off on completed ones.
Remember to invite a friend to a meeting or other event. Do your good turn…Daily. Mr. Duggan
From the Scout-O Honcho (Bjorn Bjerke)
Scout-O this year was a one-day event that took place at Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury. Ten of our Scouts participated: Ben, Christian, Eric, Freddy, Grady, Jonah, Lincoln, Lucas, Lucian, and Marcus. The day started with map and compass instruction provided by NEOC members. We got to practice on a couple of mini-courses before moving on to the timed courses. There were three difficulty levels, white, yellow, and orange, with orange being the most challenging. Ben, Lincoln, and Marcus completed the orange course (3.2 km) in 67 minutes, which put them in the lead for a while until they were bested by a 39-minute sprint. It was a beautiful, sunny day in the woods and the Scouts learned some valuable skills while also getting some good exercise. Hopefully, next year's event will return to the two-day format.
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.