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2014 Bicycle & Summer Sporting Equipment Sale

Don't throw out those outgrown bikes, camping equipment, or spring/summer sporting goods! Westford Boy Scout Troop 437 will sell your gently used bikes and spring/summer sporting goods at their annual Spring Bike & Sports Sale, May 3 2014 on the Westford Common (rain or shine). 

 

 

Supporting Boy Scouting and Troop 437 throughout the year is easy...simply start your amazon.com shopping trips from our home page with this link or by clicking the amazon logo below and a portion of the money you spend will be given back to our troop to help support the Boy Scouting program!  Please note - you need to click this link before you place items in the amazon.com shopping cart in order for the troop to get the benefit.

  

     

Please Read - 4th Annual Bike and Sporting Goods sale fast approaching

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 9:21pm

The Spring Bike and Sporting Goods sale organized by the troop is our largest fund raising event.  This year is is on May 2nd and 3rd.  In order for this to be a success we need scouts and parents to participate.  For more details on how it runs see our sale web page.

Sale preparation this week - This weeks troop meeting (April 17th) is dedicated to preparing for the Bike Sale.  We need scouts and parents to come and learn about the different roles we need help with on the days of the sale.

Let your friends, family, and neighbors know - Tell everyone about the sale - encourage them to bring outgrown bikes and other sporting goods to sell at the sale.  Search your own garage and basements for items that are no longer used.

Even if you are not available to help on the day of the sale there are lots of ways to help out before the actual sale date.  We will be looking for people to distribute signs and flyers promoting the event.

May Camping Trip to Purgatory Charm - Signups now open - due May 1st

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 8:59pm

The May trip for Troop 437 will be a two-night camping trip to Purgatory Chasm.  Always popular, this trip includes scrambling over glacial rock formations and through natural caves.  For more information visit http://www.mass.gov/dcr/parks/central/purg.htm

For full details and to sign up see the permission form available via the button below.

 

New Scout Parent Meeting - May 1st

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 8:59pm

Calling new scout parents - Trying to figure out Boy Scouting?  Have questions about summer camp?  What are all the ranks about? Wondering where all those patches go?  Come to a special parents meeting on Thursday May 1st during the troop meeting to get the inside scoop on Troop 437 and Boy Scouting.  

BSA Medical Forms - Due by June 5th

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 8:55pm

Update:  This week BSA released new 2014 medical forms.  If you have not yet completed a medical form for this year you should use the updated forms referenced by the links below.  However, if you have completed a form and had it signed by your Physician already the 2013 forms are acceptable.

The Troop needs to collect BSA medical forms for all scouts in the troop on an annual basis.  The medical form has four sections (A, B, C, and D) and which sections you need to fill out depend on what activities you are participating in.

As parts C and D require a current physical and the signature of a physician now is a good time to start scheduling appointments if needed.  For more information on the BSA Medical forms see this web site.

 

Parents - Did you miss the Merit Badge Counselor training?

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 8:50pm

Did you miss the merit badge counselor training?  Are you interested in becoming a merit badge counselor?  If so please send an e-mail to the scoutmaster and let him know - if there is enough interest we will schedule a second trainign session.

Our troop has a great and energetic group of scouts and they would like to take advantage of the Boy Scout's merit badge program. In order to support them with this we need merit badge counselors.

Being a merit badge counselor is easy - it is simply sharing parts of what you know - through education, vocation, life experience or hobby with the scouts. You get to share something that you are passionate about. There are over 130 different merit badge topics (listed below) that you can choose from. To get started all you need is a little bit of training and to register with the BSA as a counselor...there is no cost to you.

The troop is holding merit badge counselor training on Wednesday March 26th starting at 7:00pm at the Legion Hall. We would ask that at least one parent in each family help out with counseling merit badges.

Come prepared by completeing Youth Protection Training - quick on-line course required for all merit badge counselors.  Complete the youth protection training, print out the certificate and bring it with you.

All the remaining paperwork will be available to complete at the training session on the 26th.

More information about the merit badges can be found at meritbadge.org

Two great Scout leadership training opportunities - Brownsea and NYLT

Posted on Apr 15 2014 - 8:48pm

Summer is approaching fast and with it comes two great Scout leadership training opportunies.  The first is Brownsea in June and the second is NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training in August.  Both are week long residence camps focused on building scouts leadership skills for use within the troop and beyond.  For more information click on the program names below or talk to the Scoutmaster.

If you are interested in either of these opportunities please talk to the Scoutmaster as soon as possible - space is limited and go first come first serve.

BROWNSEA II LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM - June 22nd - June 28th at Lone Tree Scout Reservation
What is Brownsea? It is a unique and exciting, hands on approach designed to teach youth leadership skills through the actual practice and use of Scout skills.  Skills most closely concentrated on are camping, hiking, nature study, pioneering, and cooking. This course closely parallels the first Scout camp conducted by Lord Baden Powell in 1907. This program places special emphasis on Scout skills, teaching, and practice: the purposes of Scouting: and the role of the patrol method within the troop program.

NATIONAL YOUTH LEADERSHIP TRAINING -August 17th - August 23rd at Lone Tree Scout Reservation
National Youth Leadership Training is an exciting, action-packed program designed for councils to provide youth members with leadership skills and experience they can use in their home troops and in other situations demanding leadership of self and others.  The NYLT course centers around the concepts of what a leader must BE, what he must KNOW, and what he must DO. The key elements are then taught with a clear focus on HOW TO. The skills come alive during the week as the patrol goes on a Quest for the Meaning of Leadership.

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