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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.

 

 

 

 


Next Merit Badge Monday 2/9 - Please sign up now!

Posted on Feb 23 2020 - 9:03pm

The next Merit Badge Mondays session will be Monday 2/9 from 7pm to 8:30pm.

So far our Merit Badge Monday's have been a great sucess.  Many scouts getting a great start on new merit badges and others completed partials they had been working on.  Sign-up now to continue your progress or let us know what you would like to start.  If you need ideas please talk to one of the Scoutmasters.

For these sessions to work we need scouts to sign-up before the event so we ensure we have enough scouts and the right counselors available.

Signing up a few hours or minutes before the session begins does not allow us enough time to make sure we have merit badge counselors lined up.  Sign-up early!

Have a merit badge you want to work on?  If so please let Mr or Mrs McKeen know so we can be prepared.

Merit Badge Mondays are an opportunity for scouts to connect with merit badge counselors to start new merit badges or to complete those pervasively pesky partials that seem to proliferate profusely. 

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

Indoor Rock Climbing Overnight Lock-In - March Trip

Posted on Feb 23 2020 - 6:55pm

Overnight Indoor Rock Climbing Lock-In

The March trip for Troop 437 is an overnight Lock-In at MetroRock climbing gym in Everett (http://www.metrorock.com/boston).

But this isn’t just “Rock Climbing”! What to expect....

  • All the climbing you can handle top rope and auto-belay
  • Bouldering with top out options on some routes
  • Optional High Ropes course
  • Dodge ball, Movies, Midnight feast, and Games

Outing: Indoor rock climbing at MetroRock Climbing Center in Everett, MA.
Arrive: Friday, March 6, 8:45 PM (note, individuals registered for the belaying training session must

arrive by 7:30 PM)

Depart: Saturday March 7th, 8:00 AM from MetroRock Gym
Cost: $55 per person for climbing

$65 per person for climbing and high-ropes course
$5 for attendees opting to keep their feet on the ground
Prices include Friday midnight feast.


To sign-up do both of these steps:
1. By Thursday, February 27th , return signed Permission Slip and Payment
2. By Thursday, March 5th , complete on-line waiver or print waiver, complete and turn in with
permission slip.

Waivers are needed for everyone attending. They can be completed via the on-line waiver or it can be
printed out, signed, and handed in with your Troop Permission slip.
Adults and scouts age 14 and older can belay for the group. We need sufficient belayers to support the
group. If you have been trained to belay previously then you are allowed to belay with a brief
refresher/test. If you have not belayed before, but would like to learn, then you will need to attend a
belaying training session at 7:30 PM the day of the event. Please indicate if you are willing to belay and
need the training session on the permission slip and also indicate if you have been certified to belay in
the past.


Bring water bottles, sleeping bag, pad and any games you might want to share.


Directions:
MetroRock Climbing Center, 69 Norman St #9, Everett, MA 02149
https://www.metrorock.com/boston/directions
Approximately 45 minutes from Westford

Gunstock Skiing / Boarding Trip Feb 7+8

Posted on Feb 4 2020 - 5:47pm

Trip Information – Gunstock Skiing/Boarding Trip Feb 7+8

Boy Scout Troop 437, Westford, MA

SIGNUP Due This Thursday January 30th

 

Outing: Skiing/Snow Boarding Trip at Gunstock Ski Area Gilford, NH.

Arrive: Friday, February 7, 2020, 7:30 PM at Gilford Youth Center directions

Depart: Saturday Feburary 8, 2020 at approximately 5:00 PM or when done skiing and ride is available.

Cost: Base Cost plus see the options below.

Base Cost: $16.00 (includes Friday cracker barrel, lodging, Saturday breakfast, snacks at the ski area and donation to stay at the Gilford Youth Center­­­).

Meals: Friday night cracker barrel and Saturday morning breakfast are included. Scouts are
             responsible for their own dinner Friday and lunch / dinner on Saturday.

 

Forms: Please Sign and Return the following forms with payment by: Thursday, January 30th.
          Troop 437 Permission Slip

If you are renting or getting a group lesson, the waiver and info must be into rohanian@gmail.com by this Friday January 24th.
           

If you are not familiar with Gunstock, visit the website at:  https://www.gunstock.com/

 

Skiing/Snow Boarding options:

  • Ski or snowboard lift ticket: $72 (Adult 23-59), $54 (Junior / Senior 6-22, 60+)
  • 2 hour group lesson $42
  • Ski or Snowboard Rentals: $36 (Adult 23-59), $30 (Junior / Senior 6-22, 60+)
    • If renting, please send an email to rohanian@gmail.com with the following info: name, age, height, weight, shoe size, level (I, II, III), if snowboarding (regular or goofy)
    • Helmet is an additional $9 (required if you do not have one)

Note: if you are renting, please fill out the attached form with the requested details.

  • Beginner Package all ages $90 – includes equipment rental, two hour group lesson and lift ticket to beginners slope.

 

All scouts must wear helmets while skiing or snow boarding.  If you do not have one please arrange to rent one.  Also there are waiver forms for all rental and lessons that must be signed and handed in.

 

What you need to bring:

Sleeping bag, pad to sleep on, cash for lunch and incidentals, ski / snowboard equipment and appropriate ski attire. 

 

 

 Gilford Youth Center,  

19 Potter Hill Road, Gilford, NH

 

Gunstock Mountain, https://www.gunstock.com/explore/directions/

719 Cherry Valley Road

Gilford, NH

 

If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Russ Ohanian, rohanian@gmail.com, cell (508) 395-5518

 

 

 

Permission Slip

Rental Waiver

Group Lesson Waiver

 

 

Winter Court of Honor January 30th - All Scouts and Parents asked to attend

Posted on Jan 29 2020 - 11:09am

The Winter Troop Court of Honor is scheduled for January 30th.  Troop Courts of Honor are an 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.

At this court we will also be recognizing and installing a new set of youth leaders for the upcoming year.

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

Klondike Derby Saturday Jan 25th at Vietnam Veterans Park in Billerica

Posted on Jan 23 2020 - 10:05am

Trip Information – Avengers Klondike Derby

Scouts BSA Troop 437
Westford, MA

Outing: WestWind Avengers Klondike Derby

Vietnam Veterans Park, 270 Treble Cove Road, Billerica, MA
Arrive: Saturday, January 25, 2020, meet at Abbott School at 7:00am
Depart: Saturday, January 25, 2020, leave Billerica around 4:00pm
Cost: $10.00

The Avengers are at the WestWind District’s Klondike
Derby! This will surely be a fun event as Scouts travel a
course and participate in many FUN activities. The
activities are similar to other Scout event, but have an
Avengers theme.
The Klondike Derby takes place each year, and is an
opportunity for Troop 437 to compete against other
troops in the district. Scouts will see the creativity of
other Scouts/leaders to adhere to the theme.
This year will take place at Vietnam Veterans Park in
Billerica. Due to limited parking, we will meet at Abbott
School and carpool to the site.
Important Note: All participants must be prepared for
cold weather!!! You must have sturdy, warm footwear,
and are strongly encouraged to have micro spikes or
snowshoes (people in the troop may have some you can
borrow). Many layers are a necessity as well as extra
socks, hats/mittens.

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Please plan to meet at 7:00 am: Abbott School,
Westford, MA

Any questions? Please contact Rick Porter at rickwporter@gmail.com, or 978-495-0721.

Troop 437 Good Turns!

Posted on Jan 21 2020 - 12:00pm
Do a Good Turn Daily!  The Scout Slogan.  It is one of the defining values of a Scout.  Troop 437 is always looking for opportunity to give back to our community and help those who can use a helping hand.  We are creating a Remind communication list to help communicate opportunities when they arise that Scouts can help on.  Are you interested in hearing about opportunities to Do and Good Turn (and who wouldn't be)?  Simply follow the steps below to signup for the Troop's "437GoodTurns" Remind list and you will receive text messages, e-mail, or phone notifications when an opportunity arises.
 
The Troops first "Good Turn" endeavor is to help Mr and Mrs Bruno with snow shoveling this year.  Mr Bruno is a Veteran, a life long scouter, and the Troop's charter organization representative.  He has contributed countless hours towards the success of the Troop, the American Legion Post, and the larger scouting community.  We will be sending messages to the Remind list soliciting volunteers when there is shoveling to be done.  For most snow storms it should only take a couple of volunteers and if we share the work over the winter it should be easy to accomplish and will be a big help to Mr and Mrs Bruno.
 
If you know of opportunities that you think would be good for Troop 437 to help out with please let the Scoutmaster know.  
 
So by now I am sure you are wondering - How to I get on the 437GoodTurns Remind list? Well it is very simple - do one of the following:
  • By text message: Send "@437gt" to 81010
  • On the web: Go to http://rmd.at/437gt
  • Install and run the Remind app from your phone's app store
Sign up!  Help out!  Do a Good Turn!

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