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

  
Are you an Arrow of Light scout looking for a Scout Troop to cross over to?  or maybe you are new to Scouting and want a great Troop to join?

Either way Troop 437 welcomes boys and girls to come and experiance the adventure of scouting!  Come visit one of our meetings to experience what Scouting is all about and what makes Troop 437 a great 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.

 

 

 

 


Merit Badge Monday moves to Thursdays!

Posted on Jan 17 2021 - 12:16pm

As was announced at last week's Troop meeting we are going to start Merit Badge offerings at one or two Troop meetings a month.  The first Merit Badge offerings will start this week with the following merit badges:

  • Citizenship in the Nation
  • Personal Management
  • Photography
  • Radio
  • Space Exploration
  • Sustainability

Please sign-up for which merit badge you want to work on using this Sign-up Genius Link.  Space is limited.  Pick a merit badge that you think will be fun and get your friends to join you!

Scouts should only sign-up for one badge at a time.  All merit badges will take a couple of meetings and some independent work by the scouts to complete.  If you want to learn more about merit badges please see the BSA Merit Badge page.

Virtual Troop Meeting this week

Posted on Jan 14 2021 - 11:04am

This week's Troop meeting will be held on-line via Zoom starting at 7pm, 

The Zoom link will be e-mailed directly to the Troop and is also available on the Troop's Discord server.

Virtual Winter Campout this Weekend

Posted on Jan 13 2021 - 8:12pm

Try your hand at some Winter camping...in the "comfort" of your own backyard.  This weekend, January 16th and 17th, will be Troop 437s second virtual campout.

Like our first virtual campout, this is a chance to get outside and pitch your tent in the safety of your back yard.  Throughout the event, we will be using Zoom and Discord to stay in touch and share our meal preparation, camp fire, and other activities.

This is a great opportunity for scouts to complete requirements that require being on a camping trip.  Scouts can complete various cooking requirements by planning a meal, cooking it with their "family" patrol, and participating in the cleanup.

Look for more information at this week's Troop meeting.

Rocket Launch Event Feb 7th

Posted on Jan 13 2021 - 8:12pm

Hey Scouts! Who wants to launch a rocket?

On Sunday, February 7th (provided we have good weather) Scouts will be launching model rockets to complete the Space Exploration Merit Badge. You can join in too -- Come and watch or build your own rocket to launch (and get credit towards the Merit Badge).
 
Info on the Space Exploration Merit Badge can be seen at sites like this one:
 
Requirement 3 is what we will work on at a rocket launch event:
Build, launch, and recover a model rocket.* Make a second launch to accomplish a specific objective. (Rocket must be built to meet the safety code of the National Association of Rocketry. See the “Model Rocketry” chapter of the Space Exploration merit badge pamphlet.) Identify and explain the following rocket parts....
 
 
If you need a new rocket of your own you can find several models at the Scout Shop or Amazon for just a few dollars:
From Amazon any of these inexpensive (less than about $10-$12) rockets are fine:
Estes-1225 Alpha Rocket
Estes-1292 Wizard Rocket
Estes-1381 Yankee
Estes-810 220 Swift
There are more expensive (fancier) versions available too. 
 
If you are interested in continuing on with the Space Exploration Merit Badge you can learn about how rockets work, the importance of robotic space exploration as well as manned exploration, what an inhabited space base might look like, and possible careers related to space exploration.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr Masterson

Advancement Information for Parents

Posted on Jan 13 2021 - 8:12pm

Hello Parents,

 
At the Nov 11th Troop meeting the scouts were given a presentation reviewing how advancement is tracked.  They were introduced to Scoutbook.com and the Troop's Virtual Advancement log.  The presentation is, here.  Please take a few minutes to review it.
 
Parents have an important role to play in enabling their scout(s) to access and update their advancement.  Scoutbook.com is the BSA's on-line advancement tracking application and scouts can not access it until a parent has logged in and sent an invitation to their scout allowing the scout to create an account.  You can choose to have your scout work with you using your account or allow them to have their own account - that is up to you.  For more information on how to setup your Scoutbook account please review the "Scoutbook and Scoutbook Invites" announcement on our website.
 
The Troop also uses a "Troop 437 Virtual Advancement Log" (Google form) to fill in some gaps in the Scoutbook.com system.  This on-line form fills in for the physical log book which the Troop uses but is not currently accessible due to lack of in-person meetings.  Scouts need to fill in the form when they have completed a Rank, a Merit Badge, or are signing-off a requirement for a lower rank scout.
 
If you have not yet done so, please help your scout access Scoutbook.com to review and update their advancement.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Andy McKeen

Scout Health Card - Required for all participants for all events

Posted on Nov 25 2020 - 6:09pm

In order to ensure that our in-person events are as safe as possible, all participants - scouts and adults, must bring a completed Scout Health card with them.  A new health card is needed for each event to be dated and signed the day of the event.  The health card can be downloaded by clicking on the image to the left or on the link below.

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