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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.

 

 

 

 


In-person Troop meeting moves to 7:00PM this week - Weather looks good!

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:13pm

The weather is looking good so we plan on an in-person Troop meeting this week starting at 7:00pm

Plans for the Troop meetings:

  • 5/13 - Resolute Trip preparation
    5/20 - Service Projects 
    5/27 - Service Projects
    6/3- June Trip prep
    6/10- Flag Day Prep
    6/17- Court of Honor

Please remember to...

  • Wear a mask and bring a signed health card
  • Wear your uniform and bring your scout handbook
  • Bring a water bottle if you think you will want anything to drink
  • Bring bug spray if you want (yes there are bugs out already as we learned last week)
  • Bring a chair if you don't want to sit on the ground

 

Troop Camping at Camp Resolute May 22nd and 23rd - Signup deadline May 13th

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:13pm

Camping, Camping, Camping!
 
Let's go camping in May to Camp Resolute! Less than a 20 minute drive from Westford.
 
The campout starts by meeting at the Camp Resolute parking lot at 9:00am on Saturday, May 22, 2021. All Scouts will be dismissed from the parking lot at 10:00am on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

 We will be tent camping and each Scout needs to have their own tent. The troop has some tents and sleeping bags that can be borrowed if you don't already have one.

Camp Resolute is a hike-in camp, meaning we'll need to hike our gear about a third of a mile to our campsites. So think carefully and pack light. You can review the Troop gear list at this link: https://www.westfordtroop437.us/node/1521

Make sure you bring a compass as we will be playing some compass games and using it in the woods. We'll also be doing some of the regular Scout Skill activities including fire building, Ax Yard, Hiking, and rank requirements you were not able to do over Zoom! Plus, we'll have a campfire!
 
Please sign up early so we can get a good headcount and refine our planning.
 
Signup here:  
YIS,
 
Mr. Masterson
 
 

Service Project Builds Continue

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:12pm

The Troop will be working on a variety of service projects during this week's meeting.  See the attached PDF that was presented previously at a Troop meeting describing the projects.

If during the planning meeting you volunteered to bring tools or supplies please remember to bring them this week.

 
The Service Projects are:
  • Cornhole Boards for the after school program at Abbott
  • Bag Stands for the Wish Project in North Chelmsford
  • Cat Scratching Post for the Humane Society for Greater Nashua
  • Hanging Cat Scratching and Curtailments for Humane Society for Greater Nashua
If you don't remember which project you signed up for (or if you didn't sign up for one) go to the sign up at this link by 3/23/21.  Please only sign up for one project.
 

Scout Health Card - (Still) Required for all participants for all events

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:10pm

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.

Have Troop Equipment at home? Please bring to this week's Troop meeting

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:10pm

Hello,  Many of you have Troop equipment (tents, patrol boxes, dutch ovens, pizza oven, etc) at home being cleaned and dried out from the April camp out.  Please bring this equipment to this week's Troop meeting so it can be returned to the Trailer in preparation for May's camping trip.

Summer Camp - Final payment due this week (May 6th)

Posted on May 12 2021 - 7:06pm
We have received additional spots at Camp Moses for the Week of July 11th so we are able to accommodate all the scouts who have signed up (and have a few slots available for scouts who are still on the fence).
 
Summer Camp 2021 will be:
We have 24 scouts who have signed up and spaces for 6 more.  
 
Important Next Steps:
  • Due Now: If you are signed up and have not yet submitted the $75 deposit please do so now.  Venmo to @WestfordTroop437 is preferred.  Payment by check or cash can be done by dropping the check off to me at 29 Steeple Chase Circle.
  • Due May 6th: Camp balance due.  The early bird rate is $400.  Pay the balance of $325 ($400 - $75 deposit) by this date to qualify for the Early Bird price.  After this date, Moses raises their rates to $450 per scout.
  • Due June 17th: Turn in completed BSA Health and Medical record.  All camp participants must complete parts A, B, and C.  Part C must be completed and signed by a doctor, nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.  Click the link for a fillable PDF of the medical form.  Please start this process now as it will take time to get the Doctor's signature.
Part of the current Massachusetts residential camp Covid requirements is that all camp participants complete a Covid test within 72 hours prior to arriving at camp.  Camp Moses is working to find a way to support getting this testing done but is not certain of what they will be able to provide.  It is possible that this testing will fall to the Scout's families to arrange.  We will keep you posted as we hear more details.
 
Summer Scout camp is a wonderful experience and filled with a lot of fun adventure and activities.  It will be great to be back at camp this summer.  If you have any questions about camp please don't hesitate to reach out to me.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. McKeen

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