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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.

 

 

 

 


Hiking Merit Badge 10 Mile Hike

Posted on Sep 15 2021 - 6:07pm
Our next hike for the Hiking Merit Badge will be Saturday, September 18th. We'll meet at 9am at the parking lot at Malcolm Meadows, Carlisle, MA 01741 (off of Stearns St; just South of the Carlisle Kimball Farm location on Rt 225)


Per the Hiking MB requirement #4 participating Scouts need to prepare a written hike plan before each hike. Include map routes, a clothing and equipment list, and a list of items for a trail lunch.
 
 
Then add it additional loops like this to reach the 10 mile requirement: https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/massachusetts/estabrook-and-punkatasset-woods-loop
 
Let me know if you have any questions,
 
Mr. Masterson
Hiking MB Counselor
 

 

September Event - Saco River Canoe Trip

Posted on Sep 15 2021 - 12:24pm
The September Trip is a canoe weekend on the Saco River.  You can read all about it on the info sheet.  Please respond asap so we can make the final reservations.  
Scouts AND ADULTS will need to have passed swim test in the last 12 months to participate. If you passed the swim test at camp you are fine. For those who did not attend summer camp, the Troop will arrange an opportunity to take the swim test before the trip at a house on Nab Lake.  No pressure and easy, but it needs to be done. Please don't let a lack of a swim test prevent you from going on this canoe trip.    Please let us know if you need to do this so we can find a time.  
 
Trip Information – Saco River Canoe Trip

BSA Scout Troop 437

Westford, MA

Outing:  Canoe Trip, Saco Bound, Center Conway NH

Camping at Saco Bound Landing, Fryeburg ME 

Depart:Saturday September 25, 6:45am, Abbot School.  

Return:Sunday September 26, 

Cost$40 per person includes Canoe excursion, camp site, Saturday lunch,  dinner, cracker barrel, and Sunday breakfast.

Return Troop Permission Slip and Waiver no later than: Thursday, September 16th

Saturday

6:45 Meet at Abbot School, departing at 7:00

10:00,  Arrive at Saco Bound property known as the Landings, which will be our camp site. Drop off trailer and camping gear. Travel to Saco Bound headquarters.

11:00, Begin canoe trip from the Pines.  

4:00, Arrive at the Landings, turn in canoes and set up camp.

6:36, Sunset

Sunday, Pack up and go. Normally by 9am, home by noon

Sunday Hike Option 1, Mt Chocorua on the way home. (10 miles/2700 feet of climbing) Home by 6pm. (check box at end)

Sunday Hike Option 2, Mount Major, Also on the way home. (3.7 miles/ 1148 feet of climbing) Home my 4pm. (check box at end)

Because we are dropping our gear on Saturday morning at the camp site it's not necessary to have your gear waterproofed for a canoe trip.  You will however want to bring a day pack with water bottles and other key items for the day on the river. keep in mind that everything is likely to get wet unless protected.

Bring in the canoes, water, snacks, clothes for the weather of the day, towel, sunscreen, swimsuit, water shoes and anything else you would want to have for the day.  

Scouts will pair up in canoes.  Younger scouts and scouts without canoeing experience may be paired up with older scouts.  All participants will be expected to wear life vests.  

 BSA swim test.  All Scouts must have completed the BSA swim test within the last 12 months in order to participate.  Required swim tests will be arranged within the next 2 weeks at Nabnasset lake. Its not a big deal, but it must be done.  See the Scoutmaster or Brett Anderson for details or concerns.  

All participants must complete a Saco Bound .  Parents must sign for scouts.  Multiple family members can be covered on the same waiver.

 

Online permission slip, 
 
 
 
Your in Scouting,
 
Mr. Anderson

Fall 2021 Meetings

Posted on Sep 15 2021 - 12:24pm

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.  Troop meetings will be in person.  We will be following COVID guidance from the Spirit of Adventure Council and all the pertinent government organizations.  Specifically, we will:
  • Hold activities outdoors when weather and lighting permits
  • Utilize the indoor function room when needed
    • When indoors all participants must wear masks
    • We will open all windows to promote good ventilation
  • Promote good habits by encouraging hand washing and use of sanitizer
  • Track attendance via sign-in sheets for contact tracing if needed
Just a reminder our Troop meetings are held at the American Legion Post 437 (114 Dunstable Rd).  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.
 
Some notes about upcoming activities:
 
September Trip On the weekend of the 25th, the Troop will be canoeing on the Saco River.  Information will be distributed soon.  Scouts will need to have passed swim tests to participate.  If you passed the swim test at camp you are fine.  For those who did not attend summer camp, the Troop will arrange an opportunity to take the swim test before the trip.

Popcorn Sale The Troop does not use the annual popcorn sale to fund the Troop.  However, if scouts want to sell popcorn to help fund their scout expenses, the Troop makes this fundraiser available.  Information will be provided in this week's e-blast and at the Troop meeting.

Year Calendar of Events The website calendar of events has been updated - https://www.westfordtroop437.us/event

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

Online Merit Badge University (MBU)

Posted on Sep 15 2021 - 12:24pm

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!

Popcorn Sale Fundraiser 2021

Posted on Sep 15 2021 - 12:23pm
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 31st.  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
 

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.

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