Happy Halloween this week. While we did not have a Troop meeting, the adults met at the Troop Committee Meeting to discuss and support the Troop for the upcoming events and projects.
Automotive Merit Badge – This Saturday at 9 am, at the Duggans (115 Upland Road), scouts can earn your Automotive Merit Badge. Oil and filter change, cabin and air filter checks, tire rotations and multi point inspections will be done with hand-on learning. While this is a continuation of a previous session, feel free to come and get started and you can finish at a later date. For those who started, this is a chance to complete it.
Family Life Merit Badge – The next check-in session is is planned for Tuesday Nov 7 at 6pm. The next check-in dates are Tuesday Dec 12 and January 30. All participants should be working on chores and have plans for their projects.
Warners Pond and Scout Meetings
First, a reminder that our original plan for having two speakers talk about Warners Pond on Nov 6 is not happening, but we have a revised plan in place. Thanks to Cole for kicking off our review of this issue, and for continuing to gather Troop feedback. This process aligns well with the Citizenship of the Community Merit Badge, and shows how what we learn impacts our scouting program – and our community.
As most of you know, the Scout House owns Scout Island in Warners Pond, and thus is a party to this discussion. While COVID certainly put a damper on our ability to meet and co-mingle at Scout Island, it remains a treasured memory for older scouts, and hope that get back there again for Cross-Over, for newer scouts.
To understand the issue more fully, we will have Tracie from the “Friends of Warner Pond” present at the Troop meeting on November 7, and Delia Kaye, the Natural Resource Director for the Town of Concord, present on November 21 meeting. All parents are invited to these Troop meetings as well.
Veterans’ Day - Mt. Washington Climb & Campout and Concord’s Flag Retirement Ceremony - The upcoming Mt. Washington trip will is planned by and for the senior scouts attending, and is open to all scouts 14 or older, and First Class rank or higher, and those that are physically able to handle the climb. Note: any exceptions need to be approved by the Scoutmaster.
For scouts not attending Mt. Washington, we hope you will spend Veterans Day honoring those that served, by participating in the Town of Concord’s Flag Retirement Ceremony at Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. It is a moving day, and we are proud to honor our veterans as a troop. Scouts from Carlisle, Bedford and Acton also often participate, so we would really like to have as many members of our troop participate as possible. Talk to your Scout Leader if you are interested in participating (or being Team Leaders).
The Annual Turkey Drive (aka Turkey Truck) – On November 19, we will host our annual Turkey Drive. We will organize in three shifts, starting 7:30-9:30am, 9:30-11:30am and 11:30- 3pm. We need 5-10 scouts for the first two shifts and can accommodate 3-5 on the last shift to help unload in Boston. A sign-up genius is on the way. In the meantime,get your frozen turkey 10-15lbs ready for donation. This is the 30th anniversary of the Turkey Drive, so let’s make Thanksgiving possible for many without the means to have a nice dinner.
Court Of Honor - Out COH is now scheduled for November 28 and we expect all scouts to attend and hope you bring a parent or, siblings, friends to celebrate your scouting journey and to celebrate those of your fellow scouts. Make sure you have all advancement information submitted and approved by November 14. And remember, the goal and aim of scouting is to be a good scout (aka – live the scout oath and law every day). It’s terrific that as you advance and learn new skills and help others (at all times). Be supportive and be there.
I’m sure there are other points to make. Ramblewild is still on my mind as a great trip and I really enjoyed hanging in the tree tops with you all. Thanks again to Mrs. McLeod for putting this together.
Please see me in person for scoutmaster conferences and we will work it out either that night or at any one of our events.
Remember to “Do your good turn daily.”
Mr. Duggan, Scoutmaster
This blog is a weekly message from the Scoutmaster.