Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course Trip 12/7/18-12/8/18

Hi Scouts! This friday, we are going to West Boylston from Friday to Saturday.

On friday we will meet at the church and go out for pizza or chinese food. We will most likely watch a movie at the church and sleep overnight. In the morning, we will go to Ultimate Obstacles at 11 AM. We’ll return home at 4 PM.

Information on what we’ll be doing is listed on the website: https://www.ultimateobstacles.com/

All scouts must complete an online waiver form at: https://waiver.smartwaiver.com/w/5a95e02aaf9fd/web/

In addition, scouts must hand in a permission slip that is listed below.

Ninja Warrior Obstacle Course

Richardson’s Farm Trip 11/10/18-11/11/18

This Saturday and Sunday will be the Richardson’s Farm Trip (Note: We are not going on Friday, arrive here on Saturday at 8 am)

The bonfire will be around 8 pm, invite your friends and people who might be interested in joining the troop! If you wish to stay overnight, bring warm clothes and dress in layers because the weather is looking to be moderately chilly.

If you have other commitments such as theater, show up whenever you can and maybe bring some of your friends.

If you have any ideas outdoor activities we can do until the campfire, bring them! We’ll most likely be constructing the campfire most of the day.

Bring directions with you, because GPS will not work for finding the farm.

The nightly lows will be around 28 degrees. Saturday’s high is expected to be only 48 degrees. Please bring many layers including full winter coat, hat, gloves, maybe long johns. The ground will by muddy, so bring extra clothes AND SOCKS so you can change. Bring separate warm clothes for sleeping. If you can, bring two sleeping bags so you can double-bag, along with a pad. Hats and gloves are important. A hoodie is good for keeping your head warm while sleeping.

In addition to the right clothes, bring a water bottle and mess kit. It will be wet, so be sure to wear water proof boots if you have them. Also, bring work gloves to prevent splinters since we’ll be handling wood all day long.

There are no picnic tables or benches at the farm. The troop will bring folding tables, but scouts should bring a folding chair or camp chair if you have one.

Also, bring the usual stuff: water bottle and mess kit in addition to sleeping bag and sleeping pad.

Here is the permission slip for the Richardson’s Farm Trip:

Richardsons Farm 2018
Directions: directions to Richardson’s Farm.
-Matt

Scouting For Food Program Information

Hey scouts, the Milford Food Pantry provides help to families in need across our town, and they heavily depend on the Scouting for Food program each year to re-stock their shelves.

 

This weekend our troop has been assigned to hang flyers for this year’s Scouting for Food drive, and also to help pick up and deliver food to the Pantry on Saturday, November 3rd from noontime to 3PM. Help is also needed at the Pantry on that day to collect and sort food into boxes.

 

We have precinct 4 again this year, so we need scouts and adult drivers to participate. This weekend flyers can be hung on doors any time on Saturday or Sunday, so scouts and adults who are going on the Nobscot trip should also be able to participate.

 

Mr. Nogueira needs to know as soon as possible which adults are available to drive and what scouts can participate in hanging flyers, and also with pickup and delivery. Mr. Nogueira has flyers and detailed route maps that you can get from him at tonight’s meeting. Please remember that Scouts need to wear their class A uniforms when hanging flyers or picking up.

 

If you are available to participate, please do so. The Milford Food Pantry needs your help! Thanks!

BTW: For scouts who wish to have Mrs. Ciesla record the number of service hours you participate in this program, please fill out the following form and have Mr. Nogueira sign it. Service Hour Form

Troop 18 Nobscot Fall Scout Orienteering Weekend

Hey scouts, you’re invited to a weekend of Orienteering with the New England Orienteering Club. It will be a weekend of outdoor adventure as Webelos, Boy Scouts, Venture Scouts, and Girl Scouts learn and practice map and compass skills as well as work on orienteering-related badge requirements.

The date for the trip is Saturday, October 27, 2018 and Sunday, October 28, 2018.

The location is Nobscot Scout Reservation, 1 Nobscot Rd., Sudbury, Mass.

We will meet at the Church at 6 pm on Friday, October 26 for the short trip to Nobscot. Please eat dinner first. If you have not already turned in your permission slip, payment, and signed waiver form, bring it. The $50 fee covers two days of Orienteering, 2 nights in a cabin at Nobscot, and food for Saturday and Sunday.

Our schedule on Saturday is:

Troop 18’s start time is 10:30 a.m. for Orienteering workshops and training.
Saturday’s program is skill development, training, and practice. Scouts (and adults) will be able to learn orienteering skills such that they will be able to participate in Sunday’s competition regardless of prior experience. Ample orienteering courses will be available for scouts to practice their orienteering skills. Courses close at 3 p.m.
12 Noon: Merit badge meeting – bring any previous work. There will be MB counselors available throughout the weekend to sign off on completed requirements. Bring your Orienteering blue card!

On Saturday evening, we will go night orienteering. Try a variation of the traditional foot orienteering. Bring your headlamp or flashlight (as well as compass and whistle) for an adventure after dark. Starts between 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm. This part of the weekend will be open to NEOC members and the general public as well as Scouts.

On Sunday will be the annual New England Scout Orienteering Championship competition. Scouts (as well as adults) will compete for trophies with other scouts of same gender and same rank or age level.
Scouts compete only once. Scouts should not do an additional course on Sunday.
Sunday registration opens at 8:30. First teams start at 9:00.
Award ceremony will be as soon as results are tabulated, hopefully around 1:00 at Legion Hall.

IMPORTANT:

We will still go whether it’s raining or not. Maps are in plastic bags. Scouts should dress for the weather. It’s up to the unit leader’s discretion whether to participate or not when the weather is less than ideal.

Each Scout must have their own signed Release and Waiver of Liability. Bring with you on Friday night, October 26 and hand in to your adult leaders.

Troop 18 has reserved a cabin for Friday and Saturday nights. Scouts will be cooking breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday, and breakfast and lunch on Sunday.

Each individual, pair, or group must have:
Compass: A basic protractor type compass with clear plastic base works just fine. Rental compasses will be available for $0.50 plus deposit.
Whistle
Watch (there is always a time limit)

Drinks (hot and cold), hot dogs and snacks (candy, etc.) will be available both days. Scouts may bring a small amount of cash for concessions if wanted.

The permission slip is listed here, please bring a printed copy along with the $50 fee on the trip.

2018 Wreath Sale Fundraiser

We are kicking off our annual wreath sale fundraiser.

The company we’ve been ordering from (Wilson Farms in Lexington, MA)  has been shrinking their resale operations starting last year due to less interest in these products and availability of workers to cover their orders.

As a result, only four items will be available again for sale this year, and the due date for ordering all stock has been moved up to October 15th, meaning the deadline for all scouts to give their orders to Mr. Nogueira will be Tuesday, October 9th.

If you have not yet turned in your form, you can email or text your form to Mr. Nogueira no later than Sunday, October 14th. He must place the order to Wilson Farms no later than Monday October 15th and needs to a little time to review order form details.

Payment is not due with the form. You’ll collect payment on delivery and pay Mr. Nogueira  later either in cash or a check made out to BSA Troop 18, Milford.

The four items that will be available for sale this year follow:

 

1)      Decorated Wreath

2)      Wreath with Bow

3)      Balsam Door Spray

4)      Balsam Kissing Ball

Attached, you’ll find the flyer for this year as well as the order form.  Please print them out and start selling as soon as you can! If you have any questions about the sale, please email or text Mr. Nogueira on the group chat.  Thank you

Note: You may have noticed that the Balsam Door Spray on the wreath brochure is not listed on the order form. It actually is, but is listed as the Oregon Classic Swag. Sorry for the confusion.

Wreath Flyer: Troop18HolidayWreathFlyer2018

Order Form: Troop18WreathOrderForm2018

June Trip, and other announcements

Hello troop,

Well let’s get one thing out of the way: you should know this by now hopefully, but the court of honor for the end of the scouting year is tomorrow, June 12. Be there in full uniform. It’ll be a good time. If you have pictures from this scouting season (September 2017-now) send them to me so I can make a nice slideshow of the year. I will basically take any pictures you have, scout or adult, so don’t be shy!

The final meeting of the year will be Tuesday the 19th. We will talk about the upcoming trip, as well as Camp Squanto. If you are going to Camp Squanto this year, you should bring in your medical forms, merit badge schedule, and anything else necessary then. So far, Mr. Probert has received forms from exactly one scout, so get on it! You can find the forms at the top of this page- click on the link “Camp Squanto 2018.” We will also be talking about the Squanto gateway at this meeting. The theme is safari, so until the meeting, I want scouts to think of ways to decorate the campsite based on that theme.

Also, the 26th-27th of June is the Jiminy Peak Trip. This will be our final trip of the scouting season. Jiminy Peak is a sort of high adventure park, with ropes courses and such. We will be camping near Mt. Greylock overnight. If you haven’t already, let me or Mr. Nogueira know if you plan on coming, because we need to know how many tickets for the mountain to buy, and how much food is needed. This goes for adults as well.

Trip Permission Slip

Also, those planning on coming need to fill out a waiver supplied by the park. Click here.

As always, guests are welcome on these trips, but leadership needs to know about it in advance.

Camp Squanto runs from the end of July into the beginning of August. More information is available on the Camp Squanto tab of this site, but again, if you want to go, we need forms.

One last thing: Mr. Probert mentioned recruiting at the court of honor. This is a very important part of keeping the troop going, so make sure you’re active in this regard. Promote the troop in any way you can, and get people to join. If you have ideas for reruiting, don’t be afraid to make yourself heard.

Even though it’s my last year as a scout in the troop, its been a great one.

Hope you had a good year,

Patrick

Memorial Day Weekend 2018

Hey all,

This upcoming weekend is the trip to Camp Squanto. The permisson slip can be found below:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vkHxSeqd8bh6ovmLpJuzmweeGnib_W-rdba7q5ivhMw/edit#

This will be a biking trip – more specifically, a mountain biking trip. Bring your bike to the church Saturday, and make sure you have extra tubing and a seat cushion, we’ll be on rough terrain and the last thing you want is an inoperable bicycle or a sore bum on a bike trip. We’ll leave Saturday morning, and will expect to be back around midday Sunday.

 

This trip isn’t the only thing going on this weekend. Scouts get Monday off for Memorial Day. This is also the day of the memorial day parade, which we will be in. Show up at Quarry Square (Directions) in uniform at 9:30 a.m. Monday. Parade starts at 10, ends around noontime. If you aren’t busy this day, I encourage you come.

YIS,

Patrick the Webmaster

Patrick DeFronzo’s Eagle Project- Information Post

Hey everyone, Patrick here,

So I’ve talked in the past about my eagle project, which is this upcoming weekend. A few people have said they can help, but many are still down as undecided. If you can help, here’s the information. If you can show up at any point, put it in the group chat or email me at pjdefronzo@gmail.com. If you plan on attending, you should tell me if you’re coming in advance. I need to know exactly how much help I’m getting.

  1. The first work on the project will be done after school Friday, May 18. We’ll start around 2:45 and end before 5:30. Bring work gloves, and tools like rakes and shovels since Friday’s work will be only cleaning the trail. This is preliminary work to the trail’s additions.
  2. The second day of the project will be Saturday, May 19, from 8 AM to no later than noontime. This is the day we’ll be evening out the trail, putting in bordering and gravel. There will be a lot of gravel, so if you can come with a wheelbarrow that will make the work go far faster. Come with work gloves, and make sure to bring a raincoat since there’s a chance of showers. NOTE: Celebrate Milford Day has been postponed, so it should not interfere with schedules.
  3. I reccomend wearing long pants and socks to protect against ticks or other insects.
  4. We are going to meet at the soccer fields of Milford High School. If bringing a car, there is a parking lot right at the site.
  5. Both days I will bring snacks, water and gatorade.
  6. To your benefit, I will be recording your individual hours of volunteer time.
  7. Reminder: if you can’t be there when we start, you can come later and help.
  8. Hopefully, by the end of Satuday, the project will be wrapped up. If not, we’ll work on Sunday from 8AM to 10.

Thanks in advance,

Patrick

P.S. so all in all, this is a handy way to get info out. If you have a troop announcement, send it to me and I’ll look into getting it on this page.

Information Post- The Three-Day Hike 4-13/4-15

Hey everyone,

This upcoming weekend is the hike we have been planning. We will be taking the Midstate Trail. This is an easier trail than the Appalachian Trail, both due to smoother terrain and the fact that it is not prone to becoming really muddy. We’ll meet at the church on Friday Night at 6 p.m. to give us enough time to check gear and get settled. We’ll set out early Saturday, and hike for the majority of the day. We’ll finish the hike Sunday, and head back home before it gets too late. Since it’s a school vacation week, none of the scouts will have school on Monday. The hike is set to cover about 11 miles, but this may be subject to slight changes. You can use the link at the bottom of this page to view and print the permission slip. As always, any questions can be sent to the group chat. If you want in on the group chat, shoot me an email (pjdefronzo@gmail.com) or ask at a meeting. If you are coming, be sure to bring everything you need Friday night. Refer to this post for more information on packing.

Packing list for backpacking

Some important tips to remember: Bring water and snacks. Ensure you have rain gear for both yourself and your backpack. Pack lightly- don’t bring anything you won’t need. Use the buddy system.

See you there,

Patrick

IMPORTANT NOTE: There will be NO MEETING on Tuesday the 17th because of school vaction.

Link to the permission slip: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1vkHxSeqd8bh6ovmLpJuzmweeGnib_W-rdba7q5ivhMw/edit#

Packing list for backpacking

Clothes:

  • Wear layers, jacket
  • Hat, gloves
  • Hoodie sweatshirt for sleeping
  • Extra socks
  • Wear hiking boots if possible
  • Rain poncho

Gear:

  • 2 1-liter water bottles
  • Bowl from mess kit, not the whole kit
  • Spork (or fork and spoon)
  • Headlamp (important!)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Foam mat (optional)
  • Washcloth or bandana
  • Half a roll of toilet paper
  • Toothbrush

Troop will supply:

  • Food
  • Stove, pots, pans
  • Water purification
  • Tents
  • Soap
  • First aid kit

Please bring your backpack on Tuesday, April 10, packed with everything from this list.  If you are using a loaner backpack, bring all the stuff to the meeting in a trash bag and we’ll pack your pack at the meeting.