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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 experiance 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.

 

 

 

 


Scout Health Card - Required for all participants for all events

Posted on Nov 21 2020 - 7:08pm

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.

Zoom Troop Meeting at 7:00pm on Thursday this week

Posted on Nov 20 2020 - 6:06am

This week's Troop meeting will be held on-line via Zoom starting at 7pm

The Zoom link will be e-mailed directly to the Troop and is also available on the Troop's Discord server.

Mountain Bike Clinic this Sunday Nov 22

Posted on Nov 18 2020 - 6:40pm

There will be two sessions on Sunday Nov 22nd. 1pm and 3pm. Must sign up and reserve a spot, see link below. 

Please join us for a mountain biking clinic at the Legion.  This clinic is designed for absolute beginners!  If you can ride a bike, but would like to learn off road skills, this clinic is for you.  

 

 

Q. What equipment do I need?

  • Bike.Just about any bike in good condition will work but BMX and MTB will be best.
  • Helmet
  • Clothing appropriate for the day.  Could be chilly. 
  • Gloves that provide good dexterity and are warm enough
  • Water and maybe a snack

 

Q.  How far will we ride
  • We will be in the Legion field and lower field, never very far from the parking lot.  
  • We will have a circuit set up with various obstacles for every rider to work on their skills.  
Q. Is there a limit to the number of Scouts?
  • Due to the current safety requirements, the group size is limited to 10 Scouts.  
  • We will have 2 sessions, starting at 1pm and 3pm.  

Please review the available slots below and click on the button to sign up.  Thank you!

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F0549AEAA29A0FD0-mountain

Have Questions?  Please let me know

 
YIS, Brett Anderson
 

Calling All Current and Prospective Merit Badge Counselors

Posted on Nov 18 2020 - 6:40pm

Hello Troop 437 Adults,

District has asked us to gather a list of our Merit Badge Counselors.  We will be using a Google Form to collect the information on our current counselors*, but would also like to take this opportunity to add more adults as Merit Badge Counselors.  

There are over 130 Merit Badges - each with its own detailed guide on how to earn the badge.  You don't need to be an expert to be a Merit Badge Counselor.  For most badges, just an interest in the topic is all that is required - but you do need to be a Registered Leader in the Troop.  You can learn about what it means to be a Merit Badge Counselor here: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/mb-counselor-guide/ and take a look at the Merit Badge list below.  For more details about badges that interest you, please go to: https://www.scouting.org/programs/scouts-bsa/advancement-and-awards/merit-badges/

Current* and Prospective New counselors - Please fill out this form by Friday, Nov 20, 2020, Https://forms.gle/RqWMtV4Ny8v2KvDq6

Reach out to Patty at pattyphuang@gmail.com if you have any questions.  Thanks!

*Current Merit Badge Counselors - Starting this Fall, Merit Badge Counselors will be entered into a National Database.  To help ease the transition, we have an opportunity to bulk upload our list of counselors. After Dec 1, adults who were not uploaded will need to complete the Spirit of Adventure Council’s Merit Badge Counselor Application, have it signed by a member of the Key 3 and send it to the office. Save yourself the time and submit this form now :)

Annual Troop Dues - Pay by November 5th

Posted on Nov 18 2020 - 6:39pm

 

Dear Scout Families,

We are now collecting Troop dues and the BSA membership fee for the upcoming Scout year.  Total being collected is slightly decreased from last year.  While the BSA fee has increased again this year (and will next year also, please see: https://scoutingwire.org/bsa-membership-fee-increase-details-and-faq/), we have decreased Troop dues as we anticipate Troop expenses to be lower, in part, as a result of fewer in-person meetings.

Troop dues REDUCED to:          $40 (down from $50)
BSA Scout registration is now:   $66 (up from $60) 
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Total Scout fees due by 11/5: $106

BSA Adult registration is now:   $42 (up from $36) , also due by 11/5

The Troop 437 Committee does not want any Scout or adult to miss out on anything Scouting has to offer due to an inability to pay.  If any fee is a hardship for your family, please reach out to one of the Scoutmasters (Andy McKeen\Cindy McKeen), Committee Chair David Barnard, or Committee Treasurer David Carpenter to discuss available options. Any requests will be kept completely confidential.

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As we need to submit our charter renewal (and fees) in November, please turn in your dues/registration payment by November 5th via Venmo, check or cash. 

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Remember:  The Troop is able to accept payments via Venmo transfer to @westfordtroop437 (for details, see: https://www.westfordtroop437.us/node/2735).  Please note the name of your Scout and how any payment is to be applied (dues, trip etc.), when you schedule the transfer.

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Yours in Scouting,

David Carpenter
Troop 437 Treasurer

Advancement Information for Parents

Posted on Nov 18 2020 - 6:39pm

Hello Parents,

 
At the Nov 11th Troop meeting the scouts were given a presentation reviewing how advancement is tracked.  They were introduced to Scoutbook.com and the Troop's Virtual Advancement log.  The presentation is, here.  Please take a few minutes to review it.
 
Parents have an important role to play in enabling their scout(s) to access and update their advancement.  Scoutbook.com is the BSA's on-line advancement tracking application and scouts can not access it until a parent has logged in and sent an invitation to their scout allowing the scout to create an account.  You can choose to have your scout work with you using your account or allow them to have their own account - that is up to you.  For more information on how to setup your Scoutbook account please review the "Scoutbook and Scoutbook Invites" announcement on our website.
 
The Troop also uses a "Troop 437 Virtual Advancement Log" (Google form) to fill in some gaps in the Scoutbook.com system.  This on-line form fills in for the physical log book which the Troop uses but is not currently accessible due to lack of in-person meetings.  Scouts need to fill in the form when they have completed a Rank, a Merit Badge, or are signing-off a requirement for a lower rank scout.
 
If you have not yet done so, please help your scout access Scoutbook.com to review and update their advancement.
 
Yours in Scouting,
 
Andy McKeen

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