Upcoming activities for 2020
*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 to and from Southeastern Regional Voc-Tech. Scouts should pack a bag lunch each Saturday. They usually sell snacks and pizza slices at MBU, so you may want to give cash to your Scout.
*Troop 89 will gather at the Fin, Fur and Feather Club, a shooting range located at 101 Larch Rd. in Millis. Fur and Feature will provide a 15-minute introductory talk on safety and rifle use. Then the scouts will be able to shoot on their range, up to eight at a time. They provide the rifles, ammunition and targets, as well as an NRA-certified Instructor and Range Safety Officer. The cost is free to the scouts. Fin, Fur and Feather’s website is located at http://www.finfurandfeather.us/.
*A reminder to all adults who assist with any Troop activities, please take the on-line BSA training for Youth Protection. This is required to be taken and updated every two years. In addition, adults who go on trips are strongly encouraged to also take the Safe Swim, Safety Afloat and Hazardous Weather modules. These on-line trainings are available through www.myscouting.org Please provide a copy of your certificate to Mr. Raine for the troop records when you complete these on-line courses. Every scout deserves a trained leader. There are some important training opportunities for Adult leaders and volunteers. If you are interested in any of these training programs, please see Mr. Fred Lybrand, our Troop Leadership Committee Chairman. He’s also reachable via phone at 919-931-0606 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also reach out to Scoutmaster Jim Hatch at either 508-241-7794 or via email at email@example.com
CPR/AED training in Canton, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 8 th . For more information, please reach out to David Barnett at firstname.lastname@example.org First Aid training is also being held in Canton, Mass., on Saturday, Feb. 15 th . For more information, please reach out to David Barnett at email@example.com There is Scoutmaster training being held at Merit Badge University on Saturday, March 7 th . Please reach out to Chris Lamie at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can find more upcoming training programs at the Mayflower Council website -- https://www.mayflowerbsa.org -- under the Events tab.
Finally, Troop 89 can always use adult volunteers. In the newsletter we are looking for:
Summer Camp Adult Leaders - Assist the Scoutmaster and Assistant Scoutmasters during the Troop’s annual week-long trip to summer camp at Camp Squanto. This involves a commitment for a particular year, not a series of years. We also are happy to have adults come as camp leaders for portions of the week we are at Camp Squanto if your work schedule doesn’t allow you to commit to a full week Assistant Scoutmasters - Assists the Scoutmaster and occasionally fills in on his behalf at meetings, trips and other program activities Committee Members - Attends Committee meetings and helps ensure the troop makes informed decisions regarding the general operation of the troop. Assists with special troop logistical or administrative needs as necessary. (NOTE: All parents of troop members are welcome to attend Committee Meetings. While we are looking for parents to commit to being on the Troop Committee, we also welcome other parents who would like to come to observe/participate in a Troop Committee meeting.) Ski Trip Coordinator - Coordinate the annual Ski Trip to include arrangements with Mt Abrams, the American legion hall and other necessary logistics.