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In need of service hours? Come to the Lazarus House in Lawrence, MA! The shelter is sponsored by local churches and local government. Last night they were sheltering 25 people including 6 or 7 children. The shelter lets the people in need stay for a few months. During that time the shelter takes their state support, like food stamps, housing assistance, and welfare money and holds it aside for each guest. (Residents are allowed to have a small allowance.) The shelter helps residents find good jobs, job training, and provides all meals needed.  When the few months are up, the residents will ideally have enough money saved for first, last, and security deposit on an apartment of their own. They will also ideally have a job. When the residents move out of the shelter they will be given the option of being taken to a large warehouse to pick out gently used house hold items, clothing and furniture for free. We met at the church at 4:15 PM, gathered the food, drove to the shelter, and returned home by 7:30 PM.
If scouts or parents would like to help, give me an email. There is also a sign up list at the First Congregational Church in Pelham.

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Our troop is going to Yellowstone in 2018. Count on it.

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The Klondike will be held on Friday, January 27th to the 29th at Camp Carpenter. This is a good way to rack up your frost points and to get camping merit badge requirements.

Klondike Tips!

  • Equipment – make sure all equipment is present and in good working order – there’s nothing worse than your Team losing points because you didn’t check this out before hand.  Packing – Involve your youth in the packing of your sled. Make sure they know what they have, where it is and what it is used for
  • Practice pulling your sled – Maneuvering the trail, turning corners and going down hills requires skill and practice.
  • Dress – Make sure your team is dressed appropriately for the weather. Be prepared for cold, wind, and wet.
  • Know your youth – What are your youth able to do? How far can you push them? Can they handle a full day of Klondike Activities?
  • Team work – Practice using other team work drills. Establish a fair system for who is “mushing”, running passports etc.
  • Motivation – Keep the event fun, while challenging them to go a little faster or work a little harder along the way. Once the fun stops, so will their motivation. Be supportive all along, while encouraging and praising hard work.
  • Scouting Skills – If you’ve been to a Klondike before, the basic skills are tried, tested and almost guaranteed to be there again. Practice these skills. If you’ve never been, practice basic Scouting skills. (Try fire lighting, knots, first aid, compass, lashing)
  • Register Early – and get the start time you want! Make your team commitment as early as possible to allow time to practice and prepare.

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It was a rainy day on the Charles River. Three of our most courageous, intrepid scouts braved everything the weather threw at us and went for an afternoon at SOAR. We threw knives, tomahawks, and even got a free tour of a crime surveillance van courtesy of the police! Over 3,000 scouts were there, having a great time! And we had a great time.

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