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Welcome to Troop 437! Proudly chartered by American Legion post 437 in Westford Massachusetts.

 

Are you a Webelos II scout looking for a Boy Scout Troop?

 

Are you a Webelos scout looking for a Boy Scout troop?  We would love to have you come visit one of our meetings to experience what Boy Scouting is all about and what makes Troop 437 a great Boy Scout troop.

 

We meet every Thursday evening that school is in session.  Meetings start at 7:00pm at the American Legion Post 437 at 114 Dunstable Road.  Feel free to contact us at info@westfordtroop437.us and let us know you are coming or to contact us with any questions.  For more information about the troop you can start at our About Us webpage.

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.

 

Memorial Day Flag Team Needs You! Please Sign-up!

Posted on May 25 2016 - 10:21pm

The Westford Memorial Day Flag Team needs your help!  Please sign-up by clicking the button below.

The flag foldiing by Boy Scouts has been a traditional part of the Westford Memorial Day services that has not been performed for the last couple of years. The PLC decided they wanted to work with the service organizers to help bring this back. This flag folding by the youth of Westford is very poignant part of the Memorial day services and veterans frequently cite it as being a highlight for them.

I strongly encourage all scouts to sign-up to be a member of the flag team. The flag is very large and we need around 14-16 scouts to complete the proper folding. In addition to inviting Troop 437 scouts we will be opening it up to other troops in town this evening.

The Flag team will need to arrive at the common at 11:30am on Sunday and should be done by 1:00pm. In addition there will be a practice session on Friday evening at 7:00PM.

Please take some time to help out on the flag team and to honor our veterans and our flag!

Yours in Scouting,

Scoutmaster McKeen

Rescheduled Purgatory Chasm Trip This Weekeend!

Posted on May 4 2016 - 10:03pm

Our rescheduled trip to Purgatory Chasm is this weekend!  As the weathe rlooks to be "variable" please come prepared with warm clothes, rain jackets, and good shoes.

Since May 8th is Mother's Day we have elected to make this a one night camping trip starting on Friday the 6th.  After camping on Friday night we will spend Saturday exploring Purgatory Chasm and cooking a grand meal for dinner.  After dinner we will break camp and head home in time for Mother's Day.

Everyone should submit a new permission slip.  

If you were signed up to go and can not attend in May please submit a permission slip with your name on it and check the box at the top of the form indicating you can not longer attend,

If you were not signed up before but want to attend in May you are welcome to sign up now.

The May trip for Troop 437 will be a Friday-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/eea/agencies/dcr/massparks/region-central/purgatory-chasm-state-reservation.html .

 We will be tent camping at YMCA Camp Blanchard, 208 Manchaug Rd, Sutton, MA and driving to Purgatory Chasm in the morning.

 

 

Wah-Tut-Ca Summer Camp Sign-ups and deposits OVERDUE

Posted on Mar 31 2016 - 9:54am

Sign-ups are OVERDUE for summer camp.  If you intend to attend summer camp and have not yet signed up please contact Mr. Barnard right away.

Since Winter never really arrived everyone is probably already thinking about sumer and sumer means Wah-Tut-Ca!  

          • Troop Week is Sunday, July 31 through Saturday, August 6. Camp fee for the week is $395 if paid in full before May 19th, otherwise the cost is $445.  Our payment schedule is as follows:
          • 2016 Crossover Scouts - Please pay the $395 payment by Thursday, May 19th, no early deposit required.
          • All other Scouts - $50 deposit per Scout is due to the Troop by Thursday, March 24th.  The remaining $345 is due by Thursday, May 19th. Please make checks payable to “Troop 437”.  This is not refundable but is transferable if another Scout is available to take your place.

Please return a copy of the sign-up form (click the button below) for our records by Thursday, March 24th.  Indicate the following:

          • Your Scout will be attending camp during Troop Week. (Non-crossovers attach $50 deposit check)
          • Your Scout will not be attending camp during Troop Week.
          • You are interested in volunteering time at camp during Troop Week.

The updated 2016 BSA Medical forms are required for all Scouts AND for any adult spending the night or using the waterfront.  All forms must be completed within one year of the last day of camp.  Additional information can be found at the Spirit of Adventure (SOA) Camping website. Please fill in Parts A, B, and C. Your doctor needs to sign the BSA form as the camp will not accept the doctor’s own physical form. Please e-mail a PDF copy of the completed form or turn in a printed copy by Thursday, May 19th. If not submitted by this date, please make arrangements to get these forms to David Barnard. See contact information on the sign-up form.

Scouts can attend camps during other weeks, instead of or in addition to the Troop week.  These are known as provisional weeks. The Troop is not involved in coordinating enrollment for these weeks. Please see the SOA website for more information.

 

Reminder - Please submit reimbursement requests for Trip food and other expenses

Posted on Mar 23 2016 - 9:56pm

Just  a reminder that if you purchased food for a trip or have other expenses that you paid on behalf of the troop you can submit an expense reimbursement request.  The cost of food for trips is factored into the amount that all scouts pay to attend trips and it is planned that the grubmaster expenses will be reimbursed.   In order to finalize the accounting on trips we ask that all expenses be submitted in a timely fashion, preferably within 30 days of the completion of the trip.  If you have any questions please speak to the Treasurer at the next troop meeting.

Reimbursement forms can be found under the "files" section of the troop website.

Final reminder - Two great Scout leadership training opportunities - Brownsea and NYLT

Posted on Mar 23 2016 - 9:55pm

Summer is coming and with it comes two great Scout leadership training opportunities.  The first is Brownsea and the second is NYLT - National Youth Leadership Training.  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.  In recognition of the value this training brings back to our unit the Troop contributes $100 per scout towards the cost of training.

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

BROWNSEA II LEADERSHIP TRAINING PROGRAM - Sunday July 3 through Saturday July 9th at TL Storer Scout Camp in Barnstead, NH
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 - Two sessions to choose from: July 10th - 15th or July 31st - August 6th at TL Storer Scout Camp in Barnstead, NH
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.

Earn the Cyber Chip

Posted on Mar 16 2016 - 10:11pm

LAst week the Troop completed some of the requirements for the Cyber Chip during the meeting.  If you have completed the remaining requirements at home please see the Scoutmaster to get the card.

Here are links to the requirements and material for scouts in grades 6-8 and scouts in grades 9-12.  For grades 6-8 requirements 4 and 5 will be covered in the troop meetings.  For grades 9-12 requirements 5 and 6 will be covered in the meeting.  If a scout wants to complete the Cyber Chip they should complete the other requirements at home.  If you have any questions please talk to the Scoutmaster.

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