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!
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!
The Klondike was a success! We successfully navigated through all 10 courses with time to spare, and both patrols won an award at the Klondike Awards Ceremony! We had a roaring fire Friday night, breakfast with the Order of the Arrow on Saturday morning, and set off to a great competition! The Epic Geckos remain the undisputed champions of the Caber Toss, and the Flaming Penguins zoomed to new heights in the Sled Dog Sprint! All in all, a great weekend made possible by great leaders, and we’ll do even better next time!
Blind triplets Leo, Nick, and Steven Cantos have all recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout without any extensions or special conditions. We would like to extend our congratulations to these three remarkable young men.
On February 9th to February 11th, the Klondike Derby will be hosted. This is a chance for our troop to show off our pioneering skills and win the Derby. We need to be up to date with our knots, so if there are any knots you don’t know, take a half hour a day over vacation to learn them. You should go because you will get rank requirements signed off, as well as Frost Points for camping out in below-freezing weather. It’s also a lot of fun, so make sure to come!
Do you have any partially completed merit badges? Come on, a scout is trustworthy, of course you do! If you have partials from any of the 136 merit badges currently offered by the BSA, then you can come down to GSR on either January 26th or January 27th to get your partials completed, signed off, and earned! The cost is $10 – $35 depending on what other activities you choose to do there, including escape rooms, triathlons, camping in a cabin, crackerbarrels, and more! Sign up fast!
Sign up here: http://nhscouting.org/event/winterderby/
The Food Vigil is coming November 3rd and 4th. Our food pantry is in desperate need of the following:
- Macaroni & Cheese
- Ramen Noodles (No cups)
- Peanut Butter
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Vegetables
- Baked Beans
- Canned Pasta, Soup
- Instant Potatoes
- Rice, Stuffing
- Pasta (No Lasagna or large shells)
- Prepared Spaghetti Sauce
- Pudding & Jell-O
- Chips, Pretzels, Popcorn
- Cake & Brownie Mixes
- Paper Towels
- Toilet Paper
Please bring them to us! We will be outside Saint Patrick’s Church. Cash donations are also welcome. Thank you for caring!
Last meeting, we practiced our first aid skills! Thank you to Josh and James for their Oscar-winning performances!
At our recent court of honor, there was a minor oversight. Mr. Hamilton, our assistant scoutmaster, was not awarded his one year service star. This got me thinking of all the service Mr. Hamilton has given to our troop. He’s not just an assistant scoutmaster. He’s a super assistant scoutmaster! Whether it’s diving from attacking birds of prey at Hidden Valley, completing a fifty mile bike ride on Cape Cod with an injured leg, piloting a Segway at Clark’s Trading Post or climbing all the way up Bunker Hill, Mr. Hamilton has gone above and beyond. He’s one of our best trained adults and always ready to complete additional training. I’d like to make up for that oversight with this special album spotlight of Mr. Hamilton. We will get him his well earned one year service star as soon as possible! Enjoy.
On our 2017 Fall Court of Honor, we gave out 51 merit badges, 6 scouts ranked up, two scouts got special awards, and 11 service stars! We also did skits, knots, and made catapults!