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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.

 

Troop Elections This Week - Please Plan On Attending

Posted on Sep 21 2022 - 4:28pm

 
This week is a very important Troop meeting.  Scouts will be electing new Senior Patrol Leaders and Patrol leaders.  Please plan on attending to participate in the election process!

Acadia National Park Super Trip

Posted on Sep 21 2022 - 4:27pm


Signups due September 29th

Troop 437 will take advantage of the three-day holiday weekend with a trip to Acadia National Park with two nights camping at the Seawall Campground.

Saturday afternoon, we will setup camp, take a short hike, explore the coast, have dinner and have our usual “Cracker Barrel.”  

On Sunday we will have the choice of several different activities including:

  • Hike Cadillac Mountain and area trails
  • Hike Bar Island Trail
  • Acadia's Tidepools and Shoreline Exploration
  • Enjoy the first view of the sun as it rises on the US on Monday morning.

Depart Westford: 8:30 AM on Saturday, October 8 (Arrive at 2 PM) 
Depart Acadia: 10 AM on Monday, October 10

Travel time 4.5 to 5 hours

 Sign-up QR code

 

    

Merit Badge Opportunities

Posted on Sep 21 2022 - 4:20pm


Basecamp Online has many upcoming Merit Badge workshops. Check it out!

There are a lot of them including some Eagle merit badges.  In general, they are 2 to three-hour online workshops, with some follow-up work done at home.  The cost is $25 each but you can get a 20% discount by using your Adventure card account.  The workshops are a great way for Scouts to begin working on a variety of badges.

https://experiencebasecamp.org/pages/online-workshops

Election Update and Advancement Reminder

Posted on Sep 14 2022 - 11:30am
Hello Scouts,
 
I want to update you on the election plans for this year's scout leadership.  As planned the SPL elections will be held on September 22nd.  We have 4 candidates running and they will all have an opportunity to share with the Troop their ideas on what they would like to do if they are elected SPL.
 
Since we re-formed the boys' patrols last week, the two boys' patrols also need to elect new patrol leaders.  As it is likely that one or more of the possible SPL candidates would also be considered for patrol leader it seems prudent to delay electing patrol leaders until after the SPL elections on the 22nd.  Thus we will revert to the Troop's usual election pattern and hold Patrol leader elections right after the SPL elections are completed.
 
As announced at the Troop meeting the advancement deadline for the Fall Court of Honor is September 29th.  This means that any completed merit badge records and rank advancement needs to be submitted by the 29th.  If you need a scoutmaster conference or a board of review to complete a rank please let Mrs. McKeen or I know by e-mail or on Discord and we will get them scheduled for the 22nd or the 29th.  As we will not be at the Troop meeting this week there will be no Scoutmaster conferences or boards held this week.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Mr. McKeen

Gunstock Zipline and High Ropes

Posted on Sep 7 2022 - 6:19pm

Gunstock Mountain Resort - WikipediaWelcome to the Boy Scouts $400,000,000 Mecca to Adventure | GearJunkie

Signup Due September 8th!

Our first exciting outing of the 2022-23 Scouting Year will be Zipline and High Ropes at Gunstock.

We will camp in the Gunstock Mountain group campsites Saturday night, and then Sunday AM, everyone will get to experience Gunstock’s awesome ZipTour, traveling over 1.6 miles on one of the longest zip line canopy tours in the Continental United States!  The afternoon will include the Aerial Treetop Adventure (high ropes course), and other great activities.

Arrive:   2 PM on Saturday, September 17, 2022. Depart:   5 PM on Sunday, September 18, 2022

        or scan QR code. 

 

Each attendee, scout and adult, must have a printed and signed

Welcome to a new Scout year!

Posted on Aug 31 2022 - 7:17pm

Hello Scouts and Parents! 

The yellow school buses are once again rolling through the neighborhoods and it is time to start up an exciting new year of Scouting Adventure!
 
This Thursday will be our first weekly Troop meeting of the year.  As usual, our Troop meetings will be held at the American Legion Post 437 (114 Dunstable Rd) in the 2nd-floor function hall.  They start at 7:00 pm and run until 8:30 pm.  Scouts should arrive 5  - 10 minutes before the start of the meeting to help set up and to get prepared for the opening flag ceremony.  Parents are more than welcome to attend the meetings but are not required to.  Parents are encouraged to come inside around 8:20 pm for the closing ceremony and closing announcements.  Masks are optional at the Troop meeting.
 
Some notes about upcoming activities:
  • September Trip - On the Weekend of September 17th we will be doing a High Ropes/Zip-Line camping trip to Gunstock.  Information and sign-ups will be sent out this week.
  • October Trip - October's trip will be a two-night/three-day trip to Acadia National Park on Columbus Day weekend.  This trip will be an opportunity for families to come to Acadia at the same time and enjoy one of our National Parks.  More details will be coming in the next few weeks.
  • Year Calendar of Events - Our website has also been updated with this year's calendar.  As the Troop's plans change throughout the year please consult the website for the latest information.  If you log into the website you can set up a calendar synchronization with your cell phone.
  • Scout Handbook Please remember to bring your scout handbooks to the meetings.  It is vital to be able to complete and track your advancement
We are very excited to see you all on Thursday!
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Scoutmasters McKeen and McKeen

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