About Patrick Defronzo

Troop 18's Webmaster. I've been a part of Troop 18 for 7 years, and I think it's the best troop in Milford. I also run the troop group chat. If you want to join, ask me at one of the Tueday meetings.

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#

Boston Day Trip- March 24

Hey Troop 18!

Coming up this weekend is our outing into Boston. You can print out the permission slip here:

Boston Trip Permission

The fee is $35 and mostly covers items such as transport, since we will use the T, and attractions like the USS Constitution. You should also bring some spending money if you want a souvenir or something.

Weather is forecasted to be just above freezing for the beginning of the day, but should warm up by the time we reach the city to around 40. There is little chance of rain or snow and the wind chill won’t be that bad. So, bring warm clothes. Also, we will be walking the Freedom Trail through Boston, and as such you should bring comfortable shoes and WATER. Bringing a water bottle is very important because buying water in Boston is quite expensive.

If you haven’t already, you must let us know if you’re coming by either emailing me or Robert, the SPL, or send a message in the troop group chat. We’ll be seeing a whole lot of the city, so I encourage you to come if you can.

See you soon,

Patrick

P.S. if you’re thinking about bringing someone into the troop, this might be a good trip for them to come on. 🙂

Mayflower 2018 Freezeout

Hey people,

So the our cold weather trip to Resolute is this weekend. The permission slip is below is for that. In addition, you’ll need to fill out the medical forms parts a and b if you don’t have them on file. That link is also below.

So, it’s not going to be the coldest weekend ever, forecasting 30’s to low 40’s right now, but you should still prepare to be cold. Remember to wear layers, drink water, and use hand warmers and such if you have to. Cold is a choice. Also, it’s probably going to rain Sunday, so bring some rain gear and high, reliable boots. We’ll talk about this more ind depth at our meeting.

Next up is the ski trip. That’s February 4- only a week after this trip.

Permission Slip

Link to med forms pdf (you only need parts a and b)

Bye,

Patrick DeFronzo

Xmas Tree Pickup 2018

Welcome to the new year everyone!

This Sunday is the Christmas Tree Pickup. If you are helping pick up trees, meet Ben Boone at 194 West St. at 8:15 AM. If you are only coming to help unload, be at the transfer station at 9AM sharp. I hope to see you there!

Please remember to dress warm for this. It is supposed to be very cold tomorrow, as in under 10 degrees most of the day. So layer, and brin waterproof gear and hand warmers! Also, since we’re dealing with trees, wear old clothes and gloves that can take a beating because you will probably get sap on you.

This is a big fundraiser for the troop, so come support us!

Unitl next time,

Patrick DeFronzo

Rock Gym Trip, 12/16-12/17

Hello Scouts,

This coming weekend is the Central Rock Gym Trip. We’ll leave on Saturday night, and be home in the morning of Sunday. If you plan on coming, you’ll need to fill out the waiver and the permission slip. Both are REQUIRED to climb. You can bring them to the meeting Tuesday along with the money. It is $65.

GoodBye,

Patrick DeFronzo

Permission form

Waiver

Richardson’s Farm Trip, 11/11-11/12 (Also V-Day parade)

Here is the Permission Form everyone! Just click the link for it.

Don’t forget, first of all, that we will be meeting at 9:30 AM in the 99 Resaurant/Stop and Shop Parking Lot for the parade Friday 11/10. That will end around noontime.

If you want to help build our bonfire for Richardson’s, we will meet Friday at the church immediately after the parade to go out and build it. We will stop and return to Milford around dusk (5:30-6 PM).

Now, the actual trip will be Saturday to Sunday. We will all meet at the church at 12 Saturday, and go out, have a nice day, light the fire at night, and go home Sunday morning. If you want to bring guests, that is fine; if you want to go home due to the cold, that is also okay. If you are going to stay, however, make sure to layer and bring plenty of warm clothes!

A side note: If you are bringing female guests who want to stay overnight, we need a woman adult to stay as well- check in with the group chat if you or someone you know would be interested in that.

Happy Veteran’s Day,

Patrick

Troop 18 Holiday Wreath Sale

It’s time for our annual wreath sale again! Hooray!

Attached below you will find two documents. One is a illustrated guide of the products, and the other is the order form itself. I’d recommend getting a copy of both for your sales.

Make sure to get some sales! The more you sell, the greater your credit will be with the troop for dues and such like that. Also, it helps maintain the troop’s reserve funds.

Good luck out there!

Patrick DeFronzo

 

Troop 18 Holiday Wreath Flyer 2017

Troop 18 Wreath Order Form 2017 Troop 18 Holiday Wreath Flyer 2017