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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.

 

 

 

 


Summer Camp Details and Information Meeting

Posted on Jun 22 2021 - 8:38pm

Hello Parents,

Thank you for your patience as we have been pulling together the details of our summer camp at Camp Moses.  Attached is this year's Troop 437 Summer Camp guide with hopefully many of the details you have been looking for.  Please take the time to read through the entire document as there are many differences from prior years.  It is a new camp for us during a year where everything is different due to the pandemic.  
 
In anticipation that the document will not answer all your questions and likely raise new ones, we will hold a Summer Camp information meeting via Zoom on Sunday evening.
  • Troop 437 Summer Camp information meeting for Parents
  • Sunday, June 27th starting at 7:30 PM
  • Zoom meeting link:  see e-mail for link
We will do a quick review of the critical points from the document then open the meeting for questions and answers.

Spring Court of Honor June 17th - All Scouts and Parents invited to attend

Posted on Jun 16 2021 - 5:34pm

Our Spring Troop Court of Honor is Thursday evening during our normal Troop meeting time slot.  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 6:45 to help with setup.
 
 
Parents are invited and encouraged to attend to be present during the awards ceremony.  Cake will be served after the Court to celebrate the end of another, very unique, scout year. 

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 Jun 16 2021 - 5:34pm

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.

Summer Camp

Posted on Jun 16 2021 - 5:33pm
 
 
Summer Camp 2021 will be:
 
Important Next Steps:
  • 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

BSA Medical Forms due - Everyone needs to submit updated medical forms

Posted on Jun 16 2021 - 5:33pm

The Troop needs to collect updated BSA medical forms for all scouts on an annual basis.  All Adults attending Troop trips also need to complete the medical form. 

  • For weekend camping trips the Troop needs Parts A and B with parent's signature (Due May 20th, needed prior to May camping trip).
  • For summer camp we also need Part C with a parent's signature, Dr's signature, and a copy of the scout's medical insurance card (Due June 17th for summer camp).
  • For Philmont, we need Parts A, B, and C with signatures, insurance card and the Dr needs to review the risk advisory with the scout and their family.

 Click on the button below to access downloadable PDF versions of the medical forms.  They are fillable PDF forms to help in completing them.

Eagle Project Fund Raiser

Posted on Jun 16 2021 - 5:32pm
Hi Troop 437,
 
I started fundraising for my Eagle Project on GoFundMe. Please take a look at the link below, and I appreciate any support. 
 
My project is a 10’ x 10’ accessible viewing platform at Grassy Pond in Westford, Massachusetts. Grassy Pond is a beautiful conservation area that has wonderful views and wildlife. The ground between the parking area and pond can be bumpy making it difficult for those with mobility issues to traverse. The platform entry area would be on the same level with the parking lot making it easy for wheelchairs to roll directly onto the platform. The Westford Conservation Commission has wanted an accessible platform for a while so all people could enjoy Grassy Pond.
 
I am starting the fundraising part of my project. The funds I raise will help me purchase all the wood needed for this project as well as any materials like nails, screws, concrete, and needed elements to be ADA compliant. All extra proceeds will go directly to the Westford Conservation  Commission. I hope to raise $3000 for this project. My plan is to start construction in the late summer early fall 2021. 
 
Thank you in advance for your generosity in donating any amount towards my project. I would also gladly accept any donated items as well so please reach out to me about that if preferred.
 
Thanks,
Derek Masterson
 
 

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