The following message was sent to the Troop 89 Newsletter mailing list on March 12, 2020:
I wanted to follow up on the Slack message that I recently sent out. The purpose of the message was to provide an update on the Corona Virus epidemic. Troop 89 follows the guidance of Mayflower Council, Metacomet District, as well as Medfield Public Schools when scheduling all of our activities. On our council website, Mayflower council just posted today that they have cancelled all in person activities for the remainder of the month and are recommending troops to do the same. The full article can be found here: https://www.mayflowerbsa.org/covid-19/
Even though Covid-19 has not been present in Medfield yet, it is affecting several of our neighboring towns. We are going to take the council's advice with this one and cancel the following events:
- Tonight's Troop meeting where we were going to plan the events of our Greenhorn trip.
- This weekend's Gaming trip. Anyone who has paid will be fully reimbursed.
- Next week's troop meeting which was scheduled to be an activity night as well as welcoming the new scouts
- The March 26th troop meeting which was scheduled to be an advancement night as well as our new scouts first full meeting with us.
- We will still be present at the crossover ceremonies for both packs if they are still held.
- We will resume on April 2nd providing nothing from Mayflower council or Medfield public schools suggests otherwise in the meantime.
We are currently looking into ways of holding a remote troop meeting and will be in touch if we are able to make that happen. As of now, the restriction is only through the end of March. We will continue monitoring the situation, but we are encouraging everyone to stay home if you are not feeling well or if you just don't feel comfortable being among everyone else.
Lastly, I have the troop sweatshirts that were ordered. We are still working on sending the logo over to the printer that will be doing the tshirts. It is taking way too long and I apologize for that. Hopefully, we will get them ordered over the next day or two. If anyone would like …
The following message was sent to the Troop 89 Newsletter mailing list on March 11, 2020:
Due to the coronvirus, MBU is postponed indefinitely. The Mayflower Council doesn't know when they'll hold the next MBU session.
The following message was sent to the Troop 89 Newsletter mailing list on February 27, 2020:
Due to some unforeseen circumstances -- four Scouts attending the Council meeting tonight seeking approval for their Eagle projects plus one Scout attending his Eagle Board of Review -- we're cancelling tonight's meeting. Elections for Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader will be held next Thursday, March 5.
Anyone planning to run for these positions needs to get in touch with me.
YIS, Jim Hatch Scoutmaster, Troop 89
The following message was sent to the Troop 89 Newsletter mailing list on February 18, 2020:
Please see the following statement from Mr. Lybrand in response to the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing by the national Boy Scouts of America organization, based in Irving, Texas.
While the national Boy Scouts of America is facing some severe issues, Medfield’s Troop 89 is very fortunate to be a healthy organization, filled with great Scouts, parents and adult volunteers. In addition, we’re grateful for all the support we receive from Medfield, especially during our annual Christmas Tree pickup drive.
Youth safety is critical for Troop 89 and all of our adult volunteers, who help manage the Troop and the Scouts, are required to undergo youth protection training.
In addition, Troop 89 is self-funded through its very successful annual Christmas Tree pickup service, so we're hopeful the Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing by the national Boy Scouts of America organization has little impact on us.
Troop 89 just completed a very successful ski trip to Maine. We have other campouts planned this school year, including one to the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY, in April.
*Thank you to all who participated in the Christmas Tree pick-up. We picked up over 600 Christmas Trees, wreaths and garlands and over $11,000 in funds were raised for Troop operations. This beats our previous record of 560 trees. A great effort by all! Special thanks to those scouts and adults who helped both weekends and for adults who volunteered by pulling trailers and making phone calls.
*We are in need of Adult Drivers for the Ski Trip in February (Friday, the 14 th – Monday, the 17 th ). If you can help and drive, please e-mail Ms. Martina Spitzer at firstname.lastname@example.org (or call 508-359-2065) about the number of available seats in your car and your plans for leaving/ returning.
*Scout Sunday is on February 9th and Scout Sabbath is on February 7 th and 8 th. All scouts should show their allegiance to the Scout Oath and especially the Scout Law. The twelfth point of the Scout Law states: A Scout is reverent”. Please be “Reverent” and make every effort to attend your place of worship in Class A uniform on the appropriate date.
For those scouts attending St. Edwards Parish, Scout Sunday will be celebrated on February 9th, at the 9:30a.m. Mass with refreshments after.
For those scouts attending the United Church of Christ (UCC), Jim Hatch is coordinating scout roles and activities that morning with the UCC (greeters, ushers, sponsoring coffee, etc.). Please send Jim Hatch an e-mail at email@example.com to let him know you will be coming. All other scouts please check with your place of worship to see when they will be observing this and how you can be involved.
*The Mayflower Council will be holding Merit Badge University (MBU) again this year. But there’s a change: They’re holding only two sessions – on Saturday, March 7 th followed by another session on Saturday, March 21 st . Both days will start at 8 a.m. and both will end at 1:30 p.m. This is usually a heavily attended event so you’ll want to make sure you’re dropping off your Scout or finding a parking space by 7:30 a.m., if not earlier. Participating Scouts are encouraged to form car pools to transport scouts …Read more