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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!  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 when school is in session.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm 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.
 
    

Summer Camp 2022 July 3-9

Posted on Jun 22 2022 - 6:58pm
Sign-up due by April 7th (link below). Also here is a 1 page summary flyer.  
 
The Troop has chosen to attend Camp Wanocksett in Dublin, NH this summer for our Troop summer camp week.  Camp Wanocksett is situated at the base of Mount Monadnock on the shores of Thorndike pond.
 
Troop Camp week will be July 3rd through the 9th.
 
Summer camp is highly recommended for all scouts!  Summer Scout camp is a wonderful experience and filled with a lot of fun adventures and activities.  It is a great opportunity for scouts of all ages.  If you have any questions about camp please don't hesitate to reach out to one of the adult leaders.
 
There will be additional communication soon with all the details on signing up and preparing for summer camp.  Until then it is never too early to start preparing the needed 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.
 

 
 
 

Camp Wanocksett Additional Scout Activities

Posted on Jun 22 2022 - 6:58pm
Hi Troop 437,
In addition to the traditional summer camp opportunities, Camp Wanocksett offers the following programs focused on challenging older scouts (typically first class+ scouts 14 and older):
  • Adventure Team, replaces the morning merit badge and patrol blocks with COPE and other group selected outdoor skill challenges
  • NOVA/Super NOVA program for those into nature and the makeup of the universe, replacing all three merit badge sessions as well as the patrol session
  • BSA Lifeguard (15+ y.o. & have a CPR certification) is a program that requires 30 hours of intensive waterfront practice & studying and would allow the troop to schedule more waterfront time at home
  • Eagle's Nest - Really just a focus on Eagle required merit badges, an option for those challenging themselves for Scouting's penultimate rank
  • Counselor in training program - Not the best option for Troop 437's week though a way to further challenge your leadership skills leading to positions at camp in the future
Information flyer detailing those programs.
 
If you think that you need more of a challenge, please talk to Mr. or Mrs. McKeen or one of the other assistant scoutmasters. That applies for either summer camp or in general as there are lots of opportunities out there.
 
YIS,
 

Isaac Burk

978-294-9440

imburk@yahoo.com

 

New Date! Spring Court of Honor June 16th!

Posted on Jun 15 2022 - 5:32pm

Due to logistical challenges with securing a suitable location for our Spring Court of Honor and BBQ, we are changing our plans.
 
We will now hold our Spring Court on Thursday the 16th during our normal Troop meeting time at the Legion.  We will have a reception right after the court but will not be able to hold a full BBQ at this time.
 
Scouts, Parents, and siblings are welcome to attend to help us celebrate all the advancement that our scouts have achieved!
 

Flag Day Ceremony Tuesday June 14th - 5:30 pm report time

Posted on Jun 8 2022 - 3:48pm
 
Tuesday, June 14th is Flag day!  The Troop will participate in the American Legion Post's Flag retirement ceremony.    The ceremony starts at 6:00 pm and should be done by 7:00 pm.  Scouts are asked to arrive by 5:30 pm to prepare.
 
Scouts should wear their full Scout uniform. This is a big event.  
 
Past Flag day ceremonies have included the Westford Police Dept. honor guard and Fire department pipes and drums core.  Along with two ladder trucks from Tyngsboro and Westford, suspend the large garrison flag.  State Rep. Jim Arciero and other dignitaries attend.  The Scouts play a significant role in this ceremony so everyone is encouraged to attend.  Family and friends are also invited to attend.

Camp Wanocksett Medical Forms Due Tomorrow

Posted on Jun 1 2022 - 5:28pm

Medical forms for those going to Camp Wanocksett are due Thursday June 2nd.

Please bring completed forms with a doctor's signature and a copy of your health insurance card to the meeting or send them via email to Mr Cutbill.

Note: The camp is requiring that the immunization record on Part B be filled out. It is not sufficient to provide the same information as an attachment to the form.

Memorial Day Activities for Scouts - Flag Team and Parade!

Posted on May 25 2022 - 6:03pm

We have been asked to participate in the Westford Memorial day activities on Sunday, May 29th

Parade - Scouts from all the town Troops are being asked to come out and march in the opening parade (starting at the library, marching past all the war memorials in the center of town, and then ending at the bandstand).  Please plan on attending and participating.  The time and meeting place will be announced shortly.

The Scout Flag Folding Team is coming back!  This has been a very special part of the Memorial Day ceremony that has been missing for the last several years.  We are looking for a couple of scouts to participate in the flag folding event during the Memorial Day ceremony.  If you are able and willing to attend a practice session before the event and be present on the common for the Memorial Day services please let your scoutmaster know.

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

Yours in Scouting,

Scoutmaster McKeen

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