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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 experience 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.

 

 

 

 


Troop Meeting this week - Troop Open House Scouts Arrive at 6:30pm

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 6:17pm

Hello Scouts,

 
A reminder that this week's Troop meeting is our annual recruiting Open House.  It is an important event and we need as many scouts there to help out as possible.  The Troop has planned a great set of activities to showcase scouting and our Troop.
 
Please remember the following:
  • As our guests will be arriving at 7, please arrive early (6:30 pm) to set up and prepare for the event
  • Please remember to invite your friends to come and see what scouting is!  That is the best way for the Troop to get new members!
See you Thursday evening!
 
Scoutmasters McKeen and McKeen

 

Having a good turnout from our Troop to both these events is very important.  Please attend. 

Troop Trip - Camping at Nobscot Invitational Campout

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 6:14pm

Trip Information – Camp Nobscot Invitational Campout

Outing:Campout and AOL/Friends Invitational 

Where:Nobscot Scout Reservation (1 Nobscot Road Sudbury, MA 01776)

Arrive:   6:30 pm on Friday, October 22nd, 2021 (after dinner)

 Depart:   10:00 am on Sunday, October 24th, 2021

 Cost:$30 for 2 nights camping and meals (does not include Friday dinner) 

If you are not able to attend both nights you are welcome to attend only one night, however, the cost remains the same.

 Sign-ups are due by Sunday, October 17, 2021

 Sign-up going to link or form    

The October camping trip is a two-night camping adventure at Nobscot Scout Reservation in Sudbury.  The Troop will be conducting fire-building, orienteering, first aid, cooking, and other scout skill activities.  As usual, there will be an entertaining campfire.  This will be a great opportunity to enjoy the fall in New England and get some advancement done!

This is also our fall AOL and Friends Invitational!  That means we are inviting prospective scouts to come and find out what Scouting is all about and get to know our Troop.  Please also invite any friends you think might be interested in joining scouts!  Recruiting friends is a great way to help the Troop grow and increase your enjoyment of scouting!  Anyone 10 ½ or older is eligible to going scouts.

As usual, a guide to what to pack can be found at our website at https://www.westfordtroop437.us and choose “camping essentials” from the left-hand page list.  If you need to borrow any gear please speak to a Scoutmaster.

While outdoors at this event masks will not be needed but please bring masks in the event we find ourselves inside for some reason.  For tents we will follow the guidelines from our council:

  • Tenting can now be done at 50% capacity of the tent being used.

    • Example – In a 2-person tent, 1 may tent. In a 4-person tent, 2 may tent, etc.

    • Head to Foot sleeping should be done.

    • Maximize ventilation in the tent. This can be done by removing the rain fly and/or opening all of the windows on the tent to allow for better air circulation.

    • Siblings can override the 50% capacity protocol.

Yours in Scouting,

Scout Masters McKeen and McKeen

Popcorn Sale Fundraiser 2021 - Order Deadline October 21st (This Troop Meeting)

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 6:14pm
Order Deadline moved to October 21st - Get your orders in
 
It's popcorn season again!  Fundraising through the Scouts BSA popcorn sales is a great opportunity for a scout to gain an appreciation for the financial commitment that scouting involves while also having an opportunity for tremendous rewards.  All unit commissions earned by a scout's sales (over 30%) is credited to a scout account that can be used to offset costs for summer camp, uniforms, camping and other scouting-related opportunities.  This summer, the top seller for Spirit of Adventure funded his entire scouting year (including summer camp and a trip to Sea Base) entirely through his scout account that he earned exclusively selling door-to-door last fall!
 
All scouts that are selling must have an account set up with Trails End.  After setting up an account (and linking it to Troop 437 Westford), the Trails End App needs to be downloaded onto a mobile device so all sales can be recorded.  Although a paper order form if a scout does not have a device to at the point of sale, all sales must be submitted to the Troop through the App before October 21st.  The App is fairly easy to use after a little training.  When going door-to-door, there are two primary methods for delivering popcorn - (1) Online Direct and (2) Wagon sales.  We encourage the scouts to use Online Direct because the popcorn is shipped directly to the customer so the scout does not need to worry about making deliveries later in the fall AND has a wider product selection.  In addition, we recommend scouts encourage customers to pay via credit card using the Square platform directly integrated in the App.  Use of credit cards increases the likelihood of higher sales amount because customers are not constrained by the cash they have on hand and reduces the amount of cash the scout needs to handle.
 
Here are the order forms and the online direct lineup
 
If you or your scout has any questions about the fundraiser, reach out to me at via email on djh249@gmail.com or at a Troop meeting.
 
 
Happy Selling,
 
Mr. Hay
 

Online Merit Badge University (MBU)

Posted on Oct 20 2021 - 6:13pm

Hey Scouts!

Here's another opportunity to earn some Merit Badges, including some Eagle required ones. The Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity at Worcester Poly Tech (WPI) is putting on their annual Merit Badge University this fall over the course of two weekends. While Scouts in our Troop have attended in-person in prior years, this year will be strictly on-line.


Dates: November 6th, 2021 & November 20th, 2021

Registration opens on Saturday, September 11th, 2021 at 5:00 PM EST and will likely fill-up fast.

Details are at https://users.wpi.edu/~apo/MBU/

Check it out!

Fall Court of Honor Oct 7th - All Scouts and Parents invited to attend - NOTE - START TIME is 7:30

Posted on Oct 5 2021 - 5:13pm

Our Fall Troop Court of Honor is this Thursday evening Oct 7th at 7:30 in the Legion Hall.  For those new to the Troop, a Court of Honor is where we recognize all the achievements that the scouts have completed since the last Court.  In this case, we will be recognizing all the achievements since the beginning of the pandemic.  
 
All scouts should attend in full uniform.  Scouts should arrive around 7:15 to help with setup.
 
 
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend to be present during the awards ceremony.  Refreshments will be served after the Court to celebrate the achievements. 

We look forward to seeing everyone at the Court!  Yours in Scouting,  Scoutmasters McKeen & McKeen

Scouting 101: What is a Court of Honor?

Posted on Oct 5 2021 - 5:13pm

Have you heard the term "Court of Honor"?  Are you wondering what it is?  If so here is a quick description that will hopefully clarify things.

Courts of Honor are when Scouts, Families, and Friends come together to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Troop members.  Courts come in two flavors...

Troop Courts of Honor

Troop 437 holds "Troop Courts" are held three times a year.  One in the Fall, One in the Winter, and one in the Spring.  Troop Courts are where Troop members are recognized for their achievements such as Rank Advancement, Merit Badges, Leadership, and other accomplishments that have been completed since the last court.  Troop Courts take the place of a regular Thursday evening Troop meeting and end with "pot luck" style refreshments.  Look for notices in the e-blast newsletters about upcoming Troop Courts.

Eagle Courts of Honor

Obtaining Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment and as such the Troop hosts a special "Eagle Court of Honor" whenever we have a new Eagle Scout to recognize.  Eagle Courts are planned and scheduled as needed throughout the year and might honor a single scout or multiple scouts as appropriate.  Invitations are sent out electronically announcing the Eagle Courts with a requested RSVP deadline.  All families and scouts from the Troop are encouraged to attend the Eagle Courts to help celebrate the accomplishment - even if you do not know the scout it is still important to participate.  Scouts from the Troop will be asked to arrive before the ceremony to help with set up and preparations.

Regardless of the type of court, be it Troop Court or Eagle Court, all Troop families are encouraged to attend.  If you have any questions, please feel free to let a scoutmaster know.

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