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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.

 

 

 

 


Virtual Troop Meeting via Zoom (Game Night) Thursday at 7pm

Posted on Jun 23 2020 - 11:16am

 Just a reminder of Troop Meetings have gone Virtual.   

The zoom connection information is below.  The preferred way to join is to use a computer or mobile device with the Zoom app.  This will allow you to see as well as hear the activity.  Alternately there is info at the bottom of this mail about using a phone to dial into the meeting for an audio-only experience.
 
If you have any questions please contact a Scoutmaster
 
 
 
 
 
    • To connect with your computer (laptop, Chromebook, etc) - connecting with your computer will allow you to see who is in the meeting with you and any visuals that are being presented. Sharing your video camera, if you have one, is optional and can be disabled if you choose.
      • Click on the link above to open Zoom on your laptop/Chromebook
      • If the Zoom application is not installed you will be prompted to install it
      • First, you will be prompted for your name - this name is what will be displayed in the meeting
      • Next you will be prompted how you want to connect to audio.
      To use your Computer's Speakers and Microphone
      • Select "Join with Computer Audio" if you want to use your computer's speakers and microphone or if you use a headset connected to your computer
      • Click the "Test Speaker and Microphone" if you want to make sure they are working
      To use your phone for audio
      • Select "Phone Call" tab
      • Dial one of the phone numbers and follow the prompts to connect to the meeting
      • Click done when connected
      To connect only with your phone - limited to only audio participation in the call
      • Dial the phone number below
      • Enter the meeting code when prompted followed by #.
       
       
Please look for separate specific Zoom meeting email or contact the Scoutmaster for connection information

Scoutbook Invites

Posted on Jun 23 2020 - 11:16am


Parents,

 

By now you should have received an invite to Scoutbook a Scouting BSA online tool to track scout achievement. If you have not received an invite, it means you are already connectioned to your scout. If so, start at step two in the attached quick setup guide. If you received the invite, start at step 1. See button below.

Yours in Scouting,

Russ Ohanian

rohanian@gmail.com

 

 

Zoom Sprint Court of Honor June 18th - All Scouts and Parents invited to attend

Posted on Jun 17 2020 - 6:52pm

We will be hosting a virtual Spring Court of Honor this week.  Troop Courts of Honor are important events where Scouts are recognized for their advancements.  Even if your scout is not receiving advancement all parents and scouts are asked to attend to support and recognize fellow Troop members.

 

 I look forward to seeing everyone at the Court!  Yours in Scouting,  Scoutmaster McKeen

Scouting 101: What is a Court of Honor?

Posted on Jun 16 2020 - 8:22pm

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.

Merit Badge Monday is Back! Virtually Bigger and Better!

Posted on Jun 10 2020 - 7:23pm

Merit Badge Monday is Back!  We will Zoom into a Virtual Merit Badge Monday on TBD from 7 pm to 8:30 pm.

This Monday we are starting a number of new badges.  There is something available for everyone - all of these badges can be completed while exercising "Social Distancing". 

They are:

  • Citizenship in the World
  • Family Life
  • Fishing
  • Photography
  • Space Exploration
  • plus possibly working on other partials

So sign-up now and sign-up early! ...

Time to think about Summer Camp WAH-TUT-CA July 26 to Aug 1

Posted on May 27 2020 - 5:25pm

 

 

Spring is here which means it is time to start thinking about Summer Camp!  Troop 437's Summer Camp week is July 26th to the Aug 1st.  We want to hear from everyone so we know if you are going or not.  Please see the attached sign-up sheet for details.

  • Due April 16th - Signup form and $50 deposit (new scouts and cross overs do not need to pay deposit but we want to have you sign-up)
  • Due June 2nd - balance of campfee due.   $410 ($360 if you submitted a deposit)

 

 

Hello Everyone,

As I announced at the last meeting, we are now taking registrations for Scouts attending summer camp at WTC.

Council recently changed the dates and deadlines posted on their website so the window for registration and payments is much shorter than originally posted.

For returning Scouts, the initial $50 deposit per Scout and registration form is due to the Troop by Thursday, April 23th. The remaining $360 is due by Thursday, June 2nd.

We will be holding a new parent information night during the Troop Virtual parent meeting 4/22 which everyone is welcome to attend with questions, concerns, or just to welcome the new folks.

Please see the attached registration form for more detailed information which includes links to the updated BSA medical form and the new WTC website.

For your convenience, I have also attached a copy of the 2020 Camp Health Form.

There is a lot of concern over the outbreaks of Corona Virus (Covid 19) around the globe.

The following is the latest from the SOA council:

“We are monitoring the situation and talking with officials daily. As of right now there are NO plans to cancel Troop week Summer Camp.

This is for a variety of reasons.
One – It’s a few months away, and the worst may have come and gone by then.
Two – Troop week is a LARGELY outdoor event. Outdoor camps are currently under no warnings or restrictions in MA or NH.

Three – We are willing and able to implement additional sterilization cleaning requirements for the dining hall and all indoor spaces if necessary.

That all said, *IF* Camp was to get cancelled, you would be refunded 100% of the money. Please do not fear registering and paying as usual.
We are moving forward with the expectation that Troop weeks will run as planned. “

For the latest news and updates from the SOA council, please visit the SOA news and updates website found here:

https://www.scoutspirit.org/news-and-updates/

If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Troop Scoutmasters.

As usual, I will be following up with various e-mails right up to our week.

Thank you very much and here’s looking forward to another great summer at WTC!

David Barnard

Westford Troop 437 Committee Chair

E-mail: david.barnard@aspect.com

Address: 2 Clare Circle, Westford, MA 01886

Phone: (H) 978-692-8459

 

 

 

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