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SHOUT-OUT TO UNCLE ED AT CAMP GREENOUGH!


Troop 25 recently visited Camp Greenough. By our camp site we noticed an interesting wood craft building. We briefly stopped and visited with a gentleman who has been involved in scouting for over 75 years! He went simply by the name Uncle Ed.

As a master carpenter, Uncle Ed became involved in teaching woodcraft to Scouts in his retirement. There were no store bought wood crafts in his shop. He goes home and makes amazing kits for the boys to put together during camp. He usually teaches a dozen children at a time. When we met him he was there in the early morning hours expanding a table to fit more kids on.

The program is a complete success, and Uncle Ed has helped recreate this success at other camps, including one in Canada! Scouting is made up of many amazing leaders that quietly give their time and talents. We are so grateful to have these unsung leaders in scouting!

 

BIKE TRIP AT CAPE COD AND NANTUCKET


We went down to the Cape and Nantucket for our end of summer Troop 25 trip. Most of us got an early start on Friday and left at 11ish. We beat the traffic and found our way to our second stay at beautiful Camp Greenough in Yarmouthport. Camp Greenough was amazingly tranquil, as only another party of campers was there. We mountain biked around the camp and saw lean-tos, athletic fields, an enormous osprey nest, a huge pond, and looked in an interesting wood shop (more on that in the next post).

After the excitement of catching the ferry out of Hyannis, we landed in beautiful Nantucket. The weather was perfect, and everyone was happy. There were many high-end stores in Nantucket’s historic district. Our fellow shoppers and their Land Rovers seemed more than well-heeled. Our bikes made it safely across and we rode all around Nantucket, from the hills to the coasts and saw their lighthouses and wildlife.

After that, we went back to Cape Cod. We took another bike trip, going all the way to the very tip of the Cape and back to Greenough, along the National Seashore. One member of the troop didn’t hesitate to swim in said potentially shark-infested seashore. Thankfully, he made it out without a bite. The seals bobbed their heads out of the water, and the seashore was visible along every stretch of that ride. We went to Provincetown, and then went home!

 

CHURCH STRUCK BY LIGHTNING

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At 4:30 PM on Friday, the steeple of our charter organization took a direct hit of lightning. Thankfully, the church was empty at the time, and it did not take long for the Fire Department to put out any flames. $50,000 worth of damage, but it should be covered under insurance (and the steeple needed to be painted anyway).

WPI MERIT BADGE UNIVERSITY 2018

The WPI Merit Badge University is going to start registration in late August. If you would like to take advantage of this great opportunity to earn numerous merit badges, please go over the information below. We’ve had scouts go for the past couple of years and we usually carpool to make it easier for everybody.

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Disclaimer: The following has been taken from the WPI Merit Badge University’s emailing list. The link to be added to this list is below.

Dear Scouters,

As many of you know, the next WPI Merit Badge University is this fall on November 10th and December 1st. Registration will open in late August. An email will announce the opening of the registration period. If anyone wants to be added to the emailing list to get this notification have them fill out this Google Form: here. Please distribute this link to anyone who would be interested. If you received this email, you are already on the list.

The offered merit badges will include:

  • Animation

  • Art

  • Astronomy

  • Chemistry

  • Citizenship in the Community

  • Citizenship in the Nation

  • Citizenship in the World

  • Digital technology

  • Electricity

  • Electronics

  • Emergency Preparedness

  • Energy

  • Engineering

  • Environmental Science

  • Fire Safety

  • First Aid

  • Geology

  • Inventing

  • Music

  • Painting

  • Programming

  • Robotics

  • Space Exploration

 

This year we are also excited to announce that we will be offering two of the STEM Nova awards, “Designed to Crunch” and “Start Your Engines!”. You can sign up for this course through the regular registration link. For more information about the STEM Nova Awards, visit the boy scouts website here.

When it becomes time to register for badges, have a list of badges prepared that you would like to take, as well as potential alternatives as some badges fill up quick.

More information will be posted on our website in the following month: here. If you have any questions or concerns, please direct them to MBU@wpi.edu. If you have had any outstanding problems with blue cards in the past please direct them to apo-bluecards@WPI.EDU. We hope to see you in the fall!

Sincerely,

The WPI MBU Committee

HIDDEN VALLEY

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The attached guide is for parents, leaders, and scouts. Please read it over, as it is very relevant to anyone who is going to camp this summer at Hidden Valley. Above is a packed supply trunk for camp. Make sure to put your name on everything. There is a recommended supply list included in the guide, as well as updates and changes made to the camp since last year, as well as times for drop-off and pick up. Bring your medical forms, and have fun!

P.S.: If you have ANY partials that need to be taken care of, run the workbooks/blue cards by the Scoutmaster and you may be able to get them completed at camp.

NHX JAMBOREE 2018


Troop 25 drove up to Loudon, New Hampshire for the day to check out the 2018 NH Scout Jamboree. Lots of fun activities. Hidden Valley Scout Camp sent up their shotguns and rifles. Sig Sauer sent P320 hand guns and an awesome range was built. Safety was clearly the job number one at the scout range. Lots of trained safety officers and huge berm made this a really cool station.

Woodcarving station was amazing! This station consisted of a scout leader carving life sized giant bears and eagles out of wood. He used chain saws and carving tools. This station leader is the Dad of two Eagle Scouts! There were also rope bridges and towers made by scouts.There was a station of dogs being trained for the blind. One big black lab didn’t make the cut for being a guide dog, because she loved people so much that she couldn’t always remember the work part of being a guide dog! The Guide Dog organization found an excellent home for this ‘nearly’ perfectly trained, beautiful dog.

The hit of World’s Religions station was Mr. Pannu. He is the a scout leader and the the dad of two Eagle Scouts. Mr. Pannu explained to the crowd that gathered around him any questions asked about Sikhism. On the outside of the tent some Scouts were having their heads wrapped in free turbans. The only rules were that the turban wasn’t a joke or to be discarded in a disrespectful manner. The turban is an article of faith and also helps with the wearer’s uncut hair, with differently colored turbans being worn on different occasions. It was interesting to meet Mr. Pannu because the only person of the Sikhism faith that I knew of before was Captain Nemo. Mr. Pannu mentioned that one of his sons wrote a book about his religion, and he is now a Rutgers University student! His other son became an Eagle Scout at age twelve! Mr. Pannu was even in “Scouting Magazine!”

The end of the day was great. I just made it on to the bungee jumping station before it closed. Great people, great fun!

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NANTUCKET IS COMING!

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We will be going to Camp Richard on Nantucket Island for 2018’s high adventure scouting trip! You are HIGHLY encouraged to bring your bikes to this trip. We will also be going to other places around Nantucket, to swim, bike, and explore! The trip will be on Labor Day weekend. Hope to see you there!

NH STATE JAMBOREE

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  • Who: you, and Troop 25!
  • What: the New Hampshire State Jamboree!
  • Where: the New Hampshire Motor Speedway, at 1122 NH-106, Loudon, NH, 03307.
  • When: the Jamboree starts at May 4th at 12:00 AM and ends on May 6th at 12:00 AM. Our troop will be deciding what time to go on Thursday.
  • Why: to have fun!

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WELCOME, NEW SCOUTS!

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We have just received several new scouts crossing over to Troop 25! Their new patrol, the Eagle Patrol (pending name), is a welcome addition to the troop! If you are a new scout, start working on the Scout rank and make sure to get your requirements signed off by Jack, Cole, or one of the assistant scoutmasters. It’s really easy and a lot of fun! Thank you for joining Troop 25!

SAM’S COURT OF HONOR

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On March 24th, 2018, our newly-crowned Eagle Scout Sam has flown the nest! Sam’s eagle project was to help the Congregational Church to replace old, dilapidated tables that they use for Old Home Day. He got all of the tables replaced and all of the funds needed, and the project was a huge success! Sam, an Order of the Arrow member, had many distinguished guests of honor at his court of honor, including representatives of the VFW, the local police force, and members of the Board of Selectmen, as well as receiving written congratulations from every living U.S. President, the New England Patriots, the Boston Celtics, the Boston Bruins, and Shepard Smith. Congratulations, Sam!

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