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.

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

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.