Sorry that our Leominster trip had to be canceled. This would have been one cold and wet day. Normal years we would welcome some snow as an opportunity to learn about shelters and to build and maintain fire, but COVID considerations mean that parents need to drive both ways and our activities need to be outdoors with social distancing. So to reduce driving risks and keep our Troop safe, this was the right thing to do. We will look for another date and time for this always fun event.
The scheduled activities as set by the PLC are as follows:
* Tuesday, Dec 8, 2020 (6 to 7:15) – Elections – Outdoor meeting at Emerson - SPL, ASPL’s PL, appointed positions – term starts in January- March
* Tuesday, Dec 15, 2020 – NO MEETING
* Saturday, Dec 19, 2020 – Camp Acton 9:00 am to 11:30 am meeting to practice winter skills fire building, klondike preparation
* Tuesday, Dec 22, 2020 (6 to 7:15) – Annual Holiday Party at Emerson – Outdoors and gift swap – scouts to bring wrapped gifts (newspaper is good) and we will swap (we have a way to do this with sticky notes – noncontact)
* Tuesday, Dec 29, 2020 – NO MEETING
* Tuesday, January 5, 2020 (6 to 7:15) – Meeting at Emerson
For all meetings, just a reminder: If you are not feeling well, stay home, and suggest using hand sanitizer before and after meetings and we will also remind scouts and have sanitizer available.
We will have a coat drive coming up and more details will follow. Nice article in the Concord Journal about the Turkey Truck and well-done scouts. I know there are so many contributions by scouts to the town and community that does not get the attention, but you know what you have done. It’s easy to just look around and see. For example, when we bike riding we could easily make a Troop 132 Eagle trail. Starting at Sanborn and go down the bike path to Nolan’s Bike Stand, on to Mattison Field to see Simon’s Kestrel Boxes, stop at the council on Aging and see Nick Walter’s plantings and Mile’s Planters. On to Cousin’s field to see benches and Thoreau’s riverwalk built by Eagles from the past. Let’s see, head over to Alcott and see a Kiosk built by John, over to Bedford for butterfly gardens and head to Great Brook Farm to see all the trail markings from Mike Flannery’s project. Come back to Concord and go inside Holy Family parish and there should be a book on the stained glass window history compiled by Tim. Head to Lincoln and see 10 picnic tables that Justin made for Codman Farm. On the way back swing by Minuteman park and check out the tree protection put together by Jacob. Heading down Elm street you can admire the bluestone walkway at Trinity Church which was done by Logan. Don’t forget to drop books into the Little Libraries made by Kevin near Thoreau Farm and sit on the picnic table and tool storage built by Santi. Stop at Monument Hall for the classroom wall built by Zander. Oh, don’t forget benches at Emerson and Rideout, as well as go to the Great Meadows and there are 6 benches that were either built or repaired by the Troop (not Eagle projects). Go further west to Oxbow Refuge to admire the Kiosk made by Luke and further south to Zagray Farm Museum to see a portable barrel storage trailer from Will’s project. I’m sure I left out several others and this was just from memory.
The point of all this is that scouts make a difference. Keep up the good scouting and remember, do your good turn daily.
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