Troop 132 is off on a Ski Trip this weekend staying, skiing at Gunstock Mountain, and staying at a cabin at TL Storer camp site. Your scoutmaster is back from two trips, one to Arizona , where I attended an engineering conference. There I had the chance to visit a friend from Concord who was a scout in Troop132 and his father, David Whitney, was the scoutmaster. His son Ian is a member of troop 39 Flagstaff and I got to attend Troop 39’s Court of Honor. It was a treat visiting another troop and while some of the ceremony is different, we all share the same ranks and merit badges and food after the event! Their troop was getting ready for a trip to Carlsbad Caverns, visit Space X and Roswell New Mexico during their spring break. Sounds like a great trip.
I then continued to Odense, Denmark, which is becoming a sort of Silicon Valley for robots. We are building a new robot and finishing up the engineering and manufacturing line. Scouts are there in Denmark too, and our company hosted some scouts over an open house last summer.
Scouts are everywhere and we all share the same goals and aims; it’s great to be connected to the entire scout world.
Troop Court of Honor Tuesday 3/23 – All welcome and scouts expected
This Tuesday, we have a Court of Honor and some will earn ranks and merit badges. In our troop, we expect all the scouts and welcome all parents, siblings and relatives and friends to attend. Even if you are not earning a rank, badge or special awards support your fellow scouts and you might also learn some things about merit badges and what is required to earn a rank. All are welcome and encouraged to attend, especially our senior scouts this particular Court of Honor. See you Tuesday!
After meeting with many of you to review your scout journey, I would ask that you bring your book with you on most, if not all, events and keep your records up to date. Your Patrol Leader and Senior Patrol Leader and I will be more than happy to help. Remember the four (4) ways a scout advances; they learn, are tested, are reviewed and are recognized. Many of you have learned and all you need is to be tested and reviewed and then update your books. So please bring your books to meetings and events so that as you learn and tested with your PL, SPL or other designated leader (just ask me) and we will help you.
Parents, you can help your scouts by taking pictures of the advancement pages so that in the unlikely event the book is lost or pages ripped, we can carry those advancements and dates over to a new book. I know many of you have learned and fewer are tested and reviewed.
Scoutmaster Conference and BOR
If you need a Scoutmaster conference, just let me know and I will be happy to make some time to accomplish this. Then it’s our scouters’ (adult volunteers) job to schedule a board of review (this depends on rank and availability of our scouters). Keep up the learning pace and we will help with all advancements that you are ready to be tested.
Klondike Sleds – need a summer home
Congratulations again to the troop for earning 2nd place at the District’s 2023 Klondike Derby. We repaired the sleds and now have two complete units with both wheels and skis, a placeholder for flags and solid wood replaced the damaged supports. These have served you well. Now we need a scout family to store the sleds inside a garage or shelter. Frankly I’m out of space and need a scout family with some room to store them. They are not pressure treated (too heavy) and would be subject to rot if left outside. Can you let me or Ms. Flinn know if you are willing to store them.
Congratulations to Grady for stepping up to serve as SPL. This is a tough job with lots of on the job learning. Lincoln has been doing a great job this term, and our troop strives to provide opportunities for senior leaders to both lead and also rotate to accommodate many of the sports and extracurricular activities you are involved with. Welcome Grady to this new role, which starts in April.
Living the scout oath and law every day is the mark of a good scout. Our aims as scouters are to provide opportunities and help develop character, provide leadership development, citizenship training and personal fitness. I am very proud of that Pijus put the scout law into action. He did his good deed. If you want to recognize a scout, look at their deeds as they stop and help others. Well done!
I hope this email finds you well.My name is Dan Keller and
I am Pijus’s English teacher.
I wanted to mention this positive moment to you.
This morning, there was a student scurrying down
the hallway. Unfortunately, his entire pencil case
exploded as a result of his fast pace. As many
students were side stepping around this student,
there was one who stopped and helped pick up his
materials. That student was Pijus. I’m sure proud of
him! This small moment shows what a kind,
considerate and caring individual he is.
Have a great day,
Do your good turn daily!
Yours in Scouting,
Mr. Duggan, Scoutmaster
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.