A busy and productive scouting month of May! Good work Lincoln, Nathaniel, and Cole for completing their rank advancements and Nolan and Luke for their progress on their Eagle Proposals. A special shout out to our newest scouts (Wesley, Santi, Theo, and Evan) who joined recently. We had a group of Scoutmaster Conferences with Christian’s (Troop guide) help and I was really impressed with the boys' knowledge and enthusiasm. They are off to a good start and they have a lot of great older scouts to help them along.
Excellent Family Bike trip this weekend. Lots of opportunities for bike repair and keeping fit. Camp Greenough’s accommodations were over the top and we left it cleaner than we found it, including a couple of small projects. The scouts under Nolan, Simon, and Ben’s leadership, they set up camp efficiently, kept it clean, and organized the unit service projects and biking trips very well.
A special shout out to all of the adults who camped this weekend. They set a high bar for cooking expectations and overall being prepared.
The dutch oven mussels, shrimp, and clams topped off with New Orleans bread pudding with southern bourbon sauce was fantastic. Mr. Howard, Mr. Cancio, Mrs. Liazos, Mr. McWilliams, Mr. Sprague, and Mr. Green were among a group of adults who contributed to the great food, cleaning, cooking, projects, and camaraderie. This family trip with siblings, parents, scouts and fun activities continue to be a great tradition for our troop. Next year we are back to the Vineyard.
Nick brought his truck which made the bike transportation easy and he was there to help and entertain for the campfire program. Will kept a reminder by being reverent with grace and remembrance for Memorial Day. I would encourage all scouts, regardless of age, to come on any and all our trips. These particular group of older scouts are becoming adults, are a part of our troop culture and they help in many ways that keep things running behind the scenes. True servant leaders.
My aunt and uncle, Dick and Mary Dee, who are both Concord natives (he’s also a veteran) and they retired to the cape and live a ¼ mile from Camp Greenough and they visited on Memorial Day. My uncle grew up at 350 Bedford Street and he gave homage to 4 Bedford Street young men who lost their lives in WWII. That was just one street in Concord. A reminder to the boys that the names on the plaques in Monument hall were Concord kids who went to school, grew up right here in town, and we owe them a lot for our basic freedom. The freedom which should never be taken for granted.
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