Yours in Scouting
Happy Thanksgiving scouts and families. This week the Patrol Leader Council (PLC) met on Monday, followed by a Christmas Tree Pick up Committee meeting for the adults, and then our Tuesday Troop meeting. The PLC made some schedule adjustments which I’ll describe below.
Congratulations to Marcus for earning 2nd Class. He passed his board of review Tuesday. Good work!
Just a reminder there is no meeting next week – Thanksgiving week.
Turkey Truck will be parked outside St. Bernards Church in Concord center on Sunday starting around 7:30AM to noon accepting 10 to 15 pound frozen turkey donations (or cash and we will purchase turkeys) and then to deliver them to Crossroads Family Shelter in Boston on Sunday afternoon. We hope you and your family can support a turkey donation.
Thanks for selling Popcorn. Good work scouts as this supports our council and Troop directly. Thank you.
Schedule adjustments. We begin an active period of scouting: Turkey Truck Sunday, a Camping trip in December, Holiday Party in December, and Christmas Tree pick up in early January. For new scouts, we need and count on the entire troop to help pick up over 700 Christmas trees for recycling and disposal. This fundraiser/service for the town helps us fund all our programs and new equipment purchases. Please plan on helping and we welcome new parents to help with support cars and all the work on this major effort.
The Klondike Derby has been dropped this year as it comes to close between Tree Pickup and Troop Ski trip. The Klondike is a great event and we have sharpened our skills at Nobscot, Resolute, and Sayre, but we would be asking too much of the scouts and families with too many Troop activities. Next year we will schedule the Klondike and do better planning with the various Troop activities.
The PLC expressed an interest in hosting a 1-day type inter-patrol Klondike with fire-building competition, lashings, and cook-off. Most likely we will put this into the calendar in January and invite the Webelos. Stay tuned for the specific date and agenda. The PLC decided on a close vote to go to Berkshire East on February 8 & 9 2020. Then there was some discussion and agreement on a March Mt. Washington trip that would be suitable for the entire troop. Some good adjustments on a tight schedule and some excitement on this new one-day winter troop skills. We also discussed the upcoming Leominster Sportsmans Association (LSA) camping and shooting trip in December.
So there was a lot to cover this week and more to come. Some senior scouts and scout alumni are talking about a 5 guy and movie trip (Ford vs. Ferrari) on Wednesday, Nov 26 event. Just email me for information and all welcome.
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