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Brendan R's Eagle Project July 22nd and July 23rd

posted Jul 2, 2017, 1:40 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 14, 2017, 2:24 PM ]

Dear Troop 13 Needham,

Dear Troop 13,

I have scheduled my Eagle Project for all day Saturday, July 22 and Sunday afternoon, July 23. I have attached a link to a doodle-poll at the bottom of this email. Please add your name and the times you can attend.

This Project will benefit the Needham Community Farm.   The NCF uses its land to teach the community how to work with plants and it also provides food to local food pantries. The NCF uses tables with a mesh top to clean off produce after harvest. The current tables do not have a properly cleanable surface or drainage systemsThey provide fresh food for people in our community. We will be building tables where the farm workers can wash harvested produce and have a proper washable surface and a drainage system, so volunteers are not standing in mud by the end of the work day.

The first workday, July 22, will be from 9 am to 4 pm and will take place at 483 Great Plain Ave.
The first day will consist of building parts of the table and testing to ensure they fit together. I will need scouts to bring carpentry tools, such as hammers, box squares, and saws, along with gloves and prepare to do woodwork. We will also be painting the materials. This day will be hosted at 483 Great Plain Avenue near Hazel's Bakery.

The second workday will be on July 23 12 pm - 4 pm at the farm.
The second day will meet at the farm to assemble the tables. Scouts will be needed to apply second coats for paint and to assemble parts of the tables. The farm is in the same location as the Dog Park at 145 Pine Street. There are signs when you get close to the turn-off.

Please bring work gloves, a water bottle, and safety glasses (if you have them). It would also be very helpful if you could bring hammers, screwdrivers, saws and other carpentry tools.

Here is the electronic signup sheet.  The Doodlepoll  Please send me an email if you have any questions.


Brendan R

Sam W's Eagle Project July 15 and July 16th - Details

posted Jun 9, 2017, 12:21 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 2, 2017, 1:37 AM ]

Troop 13,

I'm planning my Eagle Scout project workdays for Saturday, July 15 and Sunday, July 16.  Both days will occur from 9-4.  The Project will be located on Bullard Street in Dedham, which is located next to the Allin Church (near the courthouse).  The project will consist of removing an invasive species known as Japanese Knotweed as well as other invasive plants, constructing a canoe landing and installing a bench.

If you have the following tools please bring them on the day of the workday:
shovels, loppers, pruners, and rakes.

Please bring for yourself work gloves, a water bottle, safety glasses (if you have them).

Please also let me know if you have a canoe and would be willing to bring it to the project to assist in the removal of a fallen tree in the Charles River.

Please respond if you can or cannot make the workdays.  I may not be able to respond back until Sunday, July 9 at the conclusion of Yawgoog.  I will be sending further information closer to the date about parking information.  Hope to see everyone tomorrow at Yawgoog!  Thank you in advance.

Yours in Scouting,

Sam W

Michael K's Eagle Project Sat June 10th and Sun June 11th

posted Jun 5, 2017, 5:23 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 12:18 AM ]

Please come to help Michael on his Eagle Project this weekend.  New crossover scouts are encouraged to help out.  If you can't commit to the time frame Michael has outlined, please e-mail him with your availability.  Any help for an Eagle Project is most welcome and appreciated. Parents are also welcome to lend a hand. Click here for the Sign-up sheet

Hi All,
This is a final reminder for my Eagle Project Workday on June 10th. If you are attending the Saturday morning work session, I ask that you please arrive by 9:30 at the Needham Town Forest Parking lot near Horsford Pond. If you are attending the Saturday afternoon work session, I ask that you arrive by 1:00 at the Horsford Pond Parking lot. There will be pizza served at 12:15 that will be available for both the morning session and the afternoon session. If there is anyone that needs to arrive late or leave early from their work shift, please let me know so that I can schedule accordingly.

The weather looks to be fairly hot this weekend. Everyone should bring a day pack with them and come dressed in shorts and a class B. 

In your day pack you should bring the following:
  • Water Bottle (we will have a water jug for extra water as well)
  • Bug Spray (it gets very buggy in the woods, especially with the heat this will be a necessity)
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Cell phone (if you have one)

Additionally, if anyone has the following tools it would be greatly appreciated if you could bring them:
  • Hammer
  • Putty Knife
  • Sturdy Flat-Head Screwdriver
  • Handheld Tree Clippers

Thank you, everyone, and see you on Saturday!
Michael K

Tick and Mosquito proof your Class A and B uniforms.

posted Jun 2, 2017, 5:05 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Something to consider - Boys Scouts spend a lot of time outdoors where all the mosquitoes and ticks are.  Insect Shield offers a service where you can send your personal clothes to them and they will treat them with permethrin and that will kill tick and mosquitos.  You can send the Class B t-shirts and the Class A uniform and treat them with permethrin to help prevent Lyme disease and mosquito-borne illnesses.  There are other methods of doing this as well.  You can also purchase socks, as well as other clothes that are pre-treated.  Click on the link for more information.  (please note, this is just something my family is interested in and we are sharing the information).  Insect Shield

Court of Honor will be held June 19th

posted May 31, 2017, 2:48 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 5, 2017, 5:26 AM ]

Make sure you turn in all Blue Cards by no later than Monday, June 12th.  You should schedule your Board of Review ASAP as they will be held on June 12th.  Congratulations for all your hard work and accomplishments.  

Camp Yawgoog Information for parents

posted May 24, 2017, 2:51 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 24, 2017, 2:54 AM ]

Camp Yawgoog Parents Meeting 2017 rev 3.pdf

Eagle Project's - Save the Dates

posted May 11, 2017, 2:52 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 9, 2017, 12:26 AM ]

We currently have 3 Eagle projects underway.  All scouts are encouraged to help out on all three projects and to work as many hours as you can.  Don't forget to log your hours, as they count as service hours.  

Michael K - Saturday June 10 & Sunday 11.   All of the work will be done in the Needham Town Forest and we will all be meeting in the parking lot at Horsford Pond. The scouts will all be assigned to groups and then the groups will all go down their individual trails. I have created detailed instruction sheets for each trail for the groups to follow. They will be going through the trail and placing trail markers or intersection markers as well as measuring the distance in between each intersection so that an updated map may be created.  Times will be posted nearer to the date.  

Tim M - My Eagle Project will take place on Saturday June 17 and Saturday June 24, each workday lasting from 11:00 am - 5:00 pm.  The project is at Circle of Hope Needham (65 Rosemary Street), right next to Christ Episcopal Church.  The goal for my project is to insulate the attic of the building.  This project will involve tearing up floorboards, knocking down kneewall, cleaning debris out of the attic, and filling the attic with blown in fiberglass insulation.  Lunch, drinks, and snacks will be provided.

Sam W - Save the date: My Eagle Project workdays will be on July 15 and July 16 in Dedham, MA.  More information to come as the date approaches, but the project will involve the removal of invasive species and the building of a stone path.  Thanks.

April 10th - Last day for Camp Yawgoog registration

posted Apr 5, 2017, 6:10 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Apr 5, 2017, 6:46 AM ]

Make sure you complete the Troop 13 Yawgoog registration by April 10th in order to get your free Yawgoog hat.  Click on the link, complete the form and remember to click "Submit".  If you wish to pay by PayPal scroll further down past the submit button to pay the $25 deposit.  If you wish to pay by check, please make out the check to Troop 13 Needham and bring the check to a Troop meeting no later than April 10th and give the check to Laura DeMaio or Virginia Carnahan.

After April 10th, there will be a charge for the Yawgoog hats.  

Reminder - Order your Class B T-shirts for the summer. All Troop 13 scouts and adult leaders wear Troop 13 Class B t-shirts for summer scout meetings and for informal activities during the school year (e.g., campouts). In addition, Troop 13 scouts wear Troop 13 Class B t-shirts every day at Camp Yawgoog. This is the only opportunity all year to order Troop 13 Class B t-shirts. Each Troop 13 scout and adult leader attending Camp Yawgoog receives ONE COMPLIMENTARY Troop 13 Class B t-shirt. If you are not attending camp, you may order the t-shirts at a cost of $15 per shirt.

Sign up and Pay for Troop 13 Activities

posted Mar 27, 2017, 4:12 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Please look on the left sidebar and note that we are now accepting Troop 13 sign-ups for 

Sign ups and PayPal

You can use our PayPal option (You do not need a PayPal account), or pay by check.  More information as to the location for the Introduction to backpacking will follow.  Please remember to order your Class B t-shirts and register for camp before May 15th.

Scouting For Food

posted Mar 14, 2017, 2:44 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Hello Troop 13 NeedhamThe annual Needham Scouting for Food drive begins Saturday, March 18, 2017 and the collection date is Saturday, March 25, 2017. For more information, check out the Scouting for Food website at:

NOTE: If you have a conflict on Saturday, March 18th, the donation bag distribution can be done on Sunday, March 19, 2017.

For those Scouts who volunteered for SFF - Please wear your scout uniform (Class A) and return to your route and pick up the food donations with your buddy on the 25th. Bags have been asked to be placed outside the front door by 8am. The food donations bags should be brought to the Masonic Lodge at 1101 Highland Ave (next to the town library on Highland Avenue) by 12pm Noon.

Saturday, March 25, 2017 - COLLECTION DAY Please refer to your e-mail for sign up times.

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