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.

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. 🙂

Ski Trip — February 4 at Mt. Sunapee

Our annual ski trip will be February 4th. We’re going to Mt. Sunapee in New Hampshire as a day trip. We have two cost packages:

  • Bring your own skis/snowboard: This package includes the lift ticket, use of the Hearthstone Room, breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages.
  • Rent skis/snowboard: This package includes all of the above plus ski/snowboard rental including a rented helmet.

Here are the costs:

Adults (19 and up):

  • Bring your own skis: $112
  • Rent skis/snowboard: $161

Young Adults (13-18):

  • Bring your own skis: $105
  • Rent skis/snowboard: $144

Junior (6-12):

  • Bring your own skis: $90
  • Rent skis/snowboard: $125

If you have credits from selling wreaths, you can use your credits to help pay for the trip. We’ll have information about credits at the Tuesday meetings.

July 8 — Lowell Spinners Baseball Game and Visit Boott Cotton Mills Museum

On July 8th, the troop is visiting the Boott Cotton Mills Museum in Lowell, then going to watch the Lowell Spinners baseball game against the Connecticut Tigers.

Meet at the church at 2 PM on Saturday, July 8th. We’ll return about 10:30 PM.

The trip includes hot dog, chips, and drink at the ball game. Bring a little cash if you want more to eat.

Cost: $30
Here is the permission slip.