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The Feb 9th Turkey Shoot registration is up

posted Jan 18, 2019, 6:02 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

The Turkey Shoot will be Saturday, February 9th. The Turkey Shoot is an annual trip to the Fin, Fur and Feather Club at 101 Larch Road, Millis, MA. 
Over the course of this trip, Scouts will learn proper gun safety and how to handle firearms as well as target practice on (paper) turkeys. Lunch will be provided, and Scouts will do a service project for the club before we leave. 

If scouts above the age of 13 would like to shoot shotgun they will need to pay an additional $11, they will be done later in the day. There will be lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs served. The basic cost of the trip with rifle shooting and lunch is $15 or $26 with the Shotgun Shooting.

What to Bring:

  • Work Gloves f
  • Scout Handbook to work on requirements during downtime
  • Playing Cards/Board Games
  • $15 or $26 can be paid by checks made out to Troop 13 Needham.  (Please note we are not using PayPal for this event).
  • A Fin, Fur and Feather Release Form which is located at the bottom of the page as an attached filePlease print out, Fill out, and bring with you to the church.
  • Scout Spirit!
Thank you, and see you at the Turkey Shoot!

Feb 11th Arrow of Light Scout Visit

posted Jan 14, 2019, 4:41 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jan 15, 2019, 4:22 AM ]

All Needham Arrow of Light Scouts are warmly welcomed to visit our Troop on Monday, February 11th. Parents and Scouts are welcome. 

We also welcome boys with their parents who are not currently scouts (and who will be entering 6th grade in the fall) to this meeting to discover what scouting is about.

There will be activities for Scouts and information and conversation for parents. We'll be serving pizza to kick things off.

Monday, February 11th
7:15pm - 8:30pm (we start promptly at 7:15 with a flag ceremony, so feel free to come a few minutes early)
1458 Central Avenue, Needham - Presbyterian Church corner of Great Plain and Central.
Please park in the Newman Elementary parking lot. 

Should you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bassett at

Summer Camp offerings through Spirit of Adventure Council

posted Jan 12, 2019, 5:08 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Every Year Troop 13 goes to Camp Yawgoog for Week 2, which is July 7 - July 14 in 2019.  We highly encourage every scout, including new crossovers to attend this troop week of camp. 

However, the summer lasts much longer than one week, so why not continue with Scout Camp?  There are many offerings for Boy Scouts from Day Camps at Base Camp to Overnight Camps at T.L. Storer or Base Camp.  Check out the full summer offerings.  S.O.A. Camps, Summer 2019

Your scout can also attend camps offered through another Council, however, there are so many options it is not possible to list them all here.  

Registration is Open for Harvard MBU and Math Science Tech Merit Badge Classes

posted Nov 24, 2018, 7:39 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Merit Badge March! 
Work on merit badges outside a camp setting at Harvard University or UMass Lowell! 

Merit Badge University
March 2nd & April 6th 2019 at Harvard University

Math Science Technology Expo
March 2nd & 16th 2019 at UMass Lowell

Click on the link above for registration and information.

Yawgoog 2019 dates

posted Oct 1, 2018, 5:01 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Yawgoogs 2019 dates are out!  Save the dates as camp will be July 7th - 14th.

Philmont 2019

posted Sep 19, 2018, 3:52 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Sep 23, 2018, 5:04 AM ]

Wondering if you want to go to Philmont?  Philmont Scout Ranch has lots of information on their website from how to pack for their trip.

12-Day Treks

As the traditional backpacking trek at Philmont, 12-day treks give crews the opportunity to hike for 10 days in the backcountry, with an arrival/departure day in Base Camp on each end of the journey. Crews will be welcomed and accompanied by a Philmont Ranger for their first 3 days, and will participate in program activities throughout their trek. 12-day crews cover 50-120 miles over the course of their trek, and also complete the 3 hours of conservation work necessary to earn the Philmont Arrowhead Patch and 10 hours of service are needed to earn the 50-Miler. 

Physical Conditioning The importance of being in top physical condition cannot be overemphasized! Backpacking 5 to 14 miles daily, for 12 days with a 35-50 pound pack, at elevations ranging from 6,500 to almost 12,500 feet, requires great physical strength and endurance. Your physical training program should start in December; at least six months of training is strongly recommended.

As an added bonus - it is possible for Scouts to receive credit towards a few merit badges with a little extra preparation. The Camping, Cooking, Hiking, and Backpacking merit badges all have requirements that can be completed through these shakedown hikes while preparing for a Philmont trek. The requirements that can be earned from the Camping merit badge are: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9b; from Cooking: 5, 6, and 7; from Hiking: 2, 3, 4, and count towards the hikes for 5, 6, and 7; and from Backpacking: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10. 

Participants on most Philmont treks are eligible to earn the 50-Miler Award. Ten hours of conservation service are required to earn the award. Each participant will complete three hours of conservation service during their trek. Crews are encouraged to conduct an activity that allows time for seven hours of conservation service prior to their trek. Spending time together in service is another opportunity to grow together as a team. By completing the additional service prior to the trek, each member of the crew will be eligible to receive the 50-Miler Award upon their return home.  

Plus - It also counts toward the National Outdoor Achievement Award for Hiking - You need 100 miles of hiking, but every hike counts, Even the shakedowns and other hikes with the Troop.

The Wilderness First Aid Class is needed for at least 2 people going on the trip (ages 14 + can take the course), however, each participant can take the course.  Course expires every 2 years so please check your expiration date if you have taken the course (code # N02).

Mayflower Council is offering the Wilderness First Aid course you need for Philmont and other High Adventure for $90. They have multiple dates and it is offered at Nobscot Scout Reservation as well as Camp Squanto.

New England Base Camp is offering an advanced course Solo Wilderness Survival on Sept 29th - 30th as well as March 30 -31st.  The cost is $225 per person.  This course is also good for Philmont, but the course is much more in-depth.

Please see the attached documents below.  There is a packing list and medical forms as well as other information.  More may be added if appropriate.

YouTube Video

How to pack your backpack for Philmont

Having proper Layering for Philmont

Highlight - Adventure Canoe Troop Sept 1 - 3.

posted Jul 31, 2018, 6:19 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 31, 2018, 6:46 AM ]

Join Troop 13 on a Highlight trip.  This will be a Canoe Trip on the Blackstone River in Rhode Island.  

There will be a river guide who knows the ins and outs leading us on the expedition and the rental and transportation of the canoes as well as all life jackets, paddles etc are included.  

This will be a two-night trip and one of the highlights of the year.  Please note we have an adult registration sheet as well as the scout registration sheet.  

Bonus -Scouting Credit - You can log 2 nights of tent camping AND in the awards section of Scoutbook under the National Outdoor Achievement Award for Aquatics, you can log how many hours you were on the River.  All Scouts that went to Northern Tier should log those hours as well.

Jacob and Stephen's Eagle Court of Honor

posted Jun 27, 2018, 10:31 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 27, 2018, 10:32 AM ]

Hi all,
Please save the date for Jacob Cullison and Stephen DeMaio’s  Eagle Scout Court of Honor to be held on Saturday, August 18, at 11:00 am. A reception will follow the ceremony. A formal invitation will be sent soon.

The Cullison and DeMaio families

Kurt's Eagle Project Workday

posted May 22, 2018, 12:55 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

I will have my final project work day on Sunday, May 27, from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  

The project will start at my house at 40 Emerson Rd, and finish at Powissett Lodge in Hale Reservation.  Directions to the Lodge are in the added file below.   (56028)

We will roof the crib at my house, transport it to the site, and repair the fire pit with mortar.  

We will need about 9 people for this workday, and each person must bring work gloves, mortar trowels, and shovels.  Also, if you can bring a drill, please RSVP immediately.  I am looking forward to seeing you!

YIS, Kurt

Evan's Eagle Project Workday June 2nd and 9th

posted May 10, 2018, 11:50 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 20, 2018, 5:19 AM ]

The Eagle Project will take place at the Carter Memorial United Methodist Church (800 Highland Ave, Needham) and I currently plan on doing workdays from 9-5.  

The project will involve digging out an area for a concrete pad, installing the concrete pad, and installing a fence around the pad.  The concrete pad is for the church's dumpster which currently sits in an area that often becomes flooded.  
Please set aside some time on your calendar. If you could RSVP and let me know if you could make either or both of these days that would be great.

Thank you,

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