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Troop 702 Communications

Posted by drogers on Apr 22 2020 - 4:33pm

Please take notice that all Troop 702 communications are now being run through Scoutbook. If you have dropped off of the email list as a result, and would like to be included on the Troop's communications going forward, please let Doug Rogers know (doctor9977@msn.com). Thank you!

Troop 702 Response to Coronavirus COVID-19

Posted by drogers on Mar 15 2020 - 2:09pm

Due to the state of emergency and response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Troop 702's activities will be suspended for the next several weeks. We will not hold our usual Thursday night troop meetings or bi-weekly PLC meetings until further notice, but we will hopefully find opportunities to get the scouts together for outdoor activities over the next few weeks. The planned trips to the Zealand Falls AMC hut and to Camp Bell for the Pasta Pigout have been postponed. According to BSA National's guidance, small group outdoor activities should be allowed, so we anticipate organizing a day hike or two while the kids are out of school.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Doug (617.872.0943), John (617.593.1118) or Ian (781.526.1657).

Please stay healthy, smart and safe.

Reminders: PLC & Committee

Posted by drogers on Feb 25 2020 - 7:43am

Reminders:

There is a PLC meeting tonight at 6:30 in the church youth room. 

Our next Committee Meeting is next Monday @ 7:02 at the church. See you there! 

Troop 702 Weekly Update

Posted by drogers on Feb 21 2020 - 5:55pm

We hope you enjoyed February break!

In this week's eBlast:

  • Good News: Turkey Jam Press Coverage
  • Bad News: Scouting BSA Bankruptcy
  • Ski Trip
  • Upcoming Trips
  • Summer Camp Sign Up
  • Merit Badge Universities
  • Trip & Event Payments

Turkey Jam Press Coverage: Readings Magazine, Spring 2020

If you haven't seen it already, try to get ahold of a copy of the Readings Magazine to see the positive press that Troop 702 and Friends of Reading Scouting have received thanks to our annual Turkey Jam. It is a four-page spread with pictures of our guests and volunteers, plus a nice write-up regarding its history and that of FORS. And there are quotes from Mr. Gousie and Michael Young as well! We should all be very proud of the work we do to serve our community.

Scouting BSA Bankruptcy

This week's news of the national Scouting BSA organization's bankruptcy is hard to swallow for sure. Not only is the magnitude of the legal settlements facing the organization forcing it into this reorganization, but the tarnishing of the brand that is caused by the actions of a relatively small number of individuals is heartbreaking. Scouting BSA has made significant strides in providing training to create a safe environment for the youth who have chosen to depend on scouting for personal development, confidence and learning life skills. We hope the bankruptcy filing and reorganization can put the past behind Scouting BSA and enable the organization to move forward and thrive.

On a local level, there will be no noticeable impact in the near future. The Spirit of Adventure Council operates with financial independence, and Reading's Scout Troops are thriving. All we can do is spread the good news of the accomplishments of our scouts and their positive impact on our small community. We do want to share a few excerpts from a note we received this week from National. Many of you likely received this, but in case you overlooked it...

While the word “bankruptcy” can be intimidating, it is important to know that Scouting programs will continue. Your regular unit meetings and activities, district and council events, other Scouting adventures and countless service projects will take place as usual... We are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in Scouting. We believe victims, we support them, we provide counseling by a provider of their choice, and we encourage them to come forward. Our plan is to use this Chapter 11 process to create a Trust that would provide equitable compensation to these individuals... Scouting is safer now than ever before. Approximately 90% of the pending and asserted claims against the BSA relate to abuse that occurred more than 30 years ago. As someone close to Scouting, you know the safety of children in our programs is the BSA’s absolute top priority and that one instance of abuse is one too many... Just last year, communities across the country benefited from more than 13 million Scouting service hours, and young men and women earned more than 1.7 million merit badges that represent skills that will help them succeed throughout their lives. Studies prove and parents agree that Scouting helps young people become more kind, helpful and prepared for life, and as long as those values remain important to our society, Scouting will continue to be invaluable to our nation’s youth... We know you will likely have questions about these issues and things you will see in the news. We have posted information about our restructuring on a dedicated website, www.BSArestructuring.org.

Ski Trip, February 28 - March 1 

It's that time of year again. We will be hitting the slopes of Gunstock Resort for our annual Troop Ski Trip. Once again, we will be staying at the Gilford Youth Center, located at 19 Potter Hill Rd in Gilford, NH. Arrival is at your discretion Friday night, any time after 5pm. Your are on your own for dinner Friday. There are various places to stop for food on the drive up.

The Sign Up is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094BAEAF28ABFF2-2020.

There are a number of forms and a cost calculator on the Sign Up. These should have ALREADY been completed and turned in to Karl Weld.

Other Upcoming Trips

In late March (28th-29th), the troop will take a second trip to the AMC huts in New Hampshire. This time, we return to Zealand Falls, one of the AMC's most popular destinations. There are only 25 spots reserved for this trip, so be sure you don't miss the Sign Up and can make it to this one! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E094BAEAF28ABFF2-zealand1

And the Pasta Pigout has been scheduled for April 3-5 at the Griswald Reservation in New Hampshire. This is a great opportunity for scouts to visit the reservation where we spend summer camp.

Please be on the lookout for these Sign-Ups!

Summer Camp Sign Ups are Available!

DO NOT MISS SUMMER CAMP. Our weeks are Hidden Valley are among the most memorable for scouts reflecting on their experiences. It's a great time, and a good opportunity to complete merit badges. Marcy Nelson will be providing everyone with information soon, so sign up NOW!

Merit Badge Universities

It looks like there are still places available to earn merit badges in the following settings this Spring:

Merit Badge University at Harvard
April 18th & May 2nd 2020 at Harvard University
Registration at https://scoutspirit.doubleknot.com/event/merit-badge-university-2020/2594672 - closes February 17th: Badges still available include Electricity, Journalism, Medicine, Music, Pulp & Paper, Weather and more

Math Science Technology Expo
March 21st & April 4th 2020 at UMass Lowell
Registration at https://scoutspirit.doubleknot.com/event/math-science-technology-expo-2020/2590833 closes TODAY, February 1st: Badges still available include Electronics, Public Health, Weather, Photography, Model Design, Chemistry and more

ReadyScout
March 7th 2020 at New England Base Camp in Milton & Base Camp Express in Woburn. Registration at https://scoutspirit.doubleknot.com/event/readyscout-base-camp-express-2020/2626903
Badges include Emergency Preparedness, First Aid, Law, Crime Prevention, Safety, Fire Safety, Weather and more

April Vacation day camp at Base Camp Express in Woburn at https://scoutspirit.doubleknot.com/event/base-camp-express-stem-camp-2020/2588705.  There are also many open classes at Basecamp Express still available. Check at https://www.scoutspirit.org/advancement/ and scroll down to Base Camp Express in Woburn- Merit Badge Programs where links go to individual registrations.

Trip & Event Payments

Troop Treasurer, Chuck Lloyd, has made paying for trips and events much easier by setting up a Venmo account for the troop. If paying for any scouting event, the Venmo account is @ReadingTroop702, and the first time you use it, you must verify Chuck's cell phone # (9766). We hope that this enables us to more thoroughly collect for trips and events ahead of time. This has been an issue on a few occasions this year, as several families have not paid for Turkey Jam or the early Fall Campout in the Town Woods. If you think you're on that list, this is a great time to test out Venmo! Thank you

Upcoming Calendar:

Ski Trip - February 28 - March 1

Zealand Falls Hut Trip - March 28-29

Pasta Pigout @ Hidden Valley - April 3-5

Merit Badge University - April 18 and May 2 (sign up is closed)

Spring Bike Trip on Cape Cod - May TBD

Cooking Merit Badge Campout (Town Woods) - May or June TBD

Harbor Islands Trip - June TBD

Hidden Valley Scout Camp - July 5-11

Maine Adventure Trip - August 5-9 (tentative dates)

Reminders: Scout Sunday and Adult Gathering

Posted by drogers on Feb 8 2020 - 4:32pm

Reminders...

Tomorrow is Scout Sunday, and the Troop will be serving breakfast to the congregation of Old South Church. There will be plenty of work to do pre-service, starting at 8 AM with cooking and setting up the dining area. The service starts at 10 AM, so if unable to help with the preparations, please at least come at 9:30. And then we will serve breakfast and clean-up until around noon. Please come in full uniform!

As our Committee Meeting for February, all adults are welcome to join us at Red Heat at 7 PM on Monday night, February 10 for a social gathering. Some planning will be discussed, but this is largely just for fun!

Committee Meeting, February 3

Posted by drogers on Feb 2 2020 - 6:49pm

Upon further review...

After considering some feedback, we will postpone our committee meeting one week, until Feb 10. Enjoy the game tonight! 

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