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.

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

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.

May Camping and Bicycling Trip

We’ll be camping at Camp Greenough and biking on the Cape Cod Rail Trail for our May 19-21 trip.

Meet at the church at 6 PM on Friday, May 19. Have dinner before you come or bring something to eat in the car.

Bring your bicycle, helmet, water bottle and normal camping gear. We’ll be sleeping in tents at Camp Greenough.

We’ll be back around Noon on Sunday.

Here is the permission slip.
C
ost is $30.

Our April Vacation Trip- most everything you need to know.

Hello everybody,

As you most likely know, our trip this April will b an extended-period trip to New York during April vacation from school. We’ll be meeting Thursday the 20th at the church at 12 noon. We’ll get back Sunday the 23rd, around noontime depending on traffic and such.

The permission slip is attached. Make sure you bring it! If you forget, Mr. Probert may have some Thursday.

Some things to consider for the trip: It is longer than our standard weekend trips, and the weather is forecasting some rain on Friday, and the temperature will range from 50 to 70 degrees throughout the trip. We will be doing quite a lot of walking going from one area to another, so be prepared and bring shoes you wouldn’t mind spending a day walking in. And as always, bring water. It will be pretty sunny most of the time we are down there, and some areas like the High Line park don’t have that much shade, so bring your bottles, and hats and sunscreen wouldn’t hurt as well.

Hope to see you Thursday,

Patrick DeFronzo

Here is the permission slip:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/13MbWy5_fzABYlFxPn4HVGmxNJK8_zZhfTCKSswN1qZA/edit

State of the Troop- 2-14-2017

Okay, we’ve got some updates to cover: trips, activities, etc.

The first weekend in March is our Camp Squanto camping trip. We will head down Friday, March 3 and come back around noon Sunday the 5th. Permission slip will go out soon.

Our April trip is in the works, and we are going to the big city of New York. We’ll be taking in some sights and doing some activities (planning is still in the works, as you can tell). More to come on that in the near future. It will be a 4-day trip during April vacation from school.

There will not be a meeting next week, the 21st. No school, so we won’t be meeting. Speaking of which, remember to come to the meetings, please! We’ve had very demoralizing attendance, and if you come, we can work together to plan and advance and have a good time!

Happy belated Valentin’s Day,

Patrick DeFronzo

Movie Night and Ski Trip — February 4-5

Our February trip is dinner / movie night at the church on Saturday, February 4. Meet at the church at 6:30 PM.

On Sunday morning, at 6 AM, the group will head to Mt Sunapee for a day of skiing. Skiing ends at 4 PM, and we expect to be back in Milford around 6-6:30 PM on Sunday, February 5.

Here is the troop permission slip.

Anyone renting also needs to fill out and have parents sign the Mt. Sunapee rental form.

 

Upcoming Events- January 2017 (also, meetings)

Coming up in January, we have two outstanding activities. The first is the Christmas Tree Pickup. That is Jan. 8, so mark your calendars. We really need all the help we can get for this one, so please help out even if you cannot stay the entire time.

The weekend of January 21 is our freezeout. We will be doing some sort of first aid station there. Remember that it will be January, so pack for very cold weather. We will go over proper layering and such in a future meeting.

Which reminds me… please do come to the meetings. Even if you don’t need advancement, we go over what is happening in the future, and if that doesn’t faze you, there are plenty of merit badges to earn. And if THAT isn’t interesting, you get to hang out with cool guys like me. So, I hope to see you all next Tuesday.

Sincerely,

Patrick, your webmaster

 

Richardson’s Farm, November 11-12

With a holiday on Friday (with the Veterans Day parade) and Scouting for Food on Saturday, we’re carefully squeezing the Richardson’s Farm trip into Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.

Meet at Richardson’s Farm on Friday, November 11,  at 2 PM. Family, friends, cub packs, and other scouting troops are welcome to join us.

We’ll be out by 10 AM on Saturday, November 12.

Use these directions to Richardson’s Farm.

Here is the permission slip.

Cost is $20.