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November 2019 Newsletter

posted Oct 26, 2019, 7:52 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Oct 27, 2019, 3:52 AM ]

Troop 13 - Needham, MA

November 2019 NEWSLETTER

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Troop News Items...

·         Troop Committee meeting open to all parents, will be held Monday, Nov 4th at 7:20 pm.

·         Turkey Shoot will be Nov 16th at Fin, Fur and Feather.  Both rifle and shotgun will be offered.

·         There are only a few more weeks left until the Court of Honor.  Have your scout review what they have to do for advancement. 

·    Any Blue Cards that have not been turned in?  Find them and make sure you get them in.

·    Did your Scout log the Webelos Woods overnight if they attended it?  Write it in your handbook and log it in Scoutbook as your digital copy.

·    New England Base Camp has opened its registration on Oct 31st for February and April Vacation Weeks and all merit badge offerings (see bottom of the newsletter for all of the merit badges.  Wonderful offering on Merit Badges including Eagle Badges such as Cooking, First Aid and Physical Fitness.  Environmental Science can be taken at T.L. Storer overnight camp.  As always, ask Mrs. Murphy for a blue card and discuss your plan with her before you register.

·    Troop re-registration for the year 2020 will be coming soon.  We will send out the re-registration information hopefully by the beginning of November. 

·     All adults registered with BSA Scouts have to submit a new background check form.  Watch for the registration letter that will come as we will have to submit the new forms. 

·    Is your Youth Protection up-to-date?  

Troop Calendar - meetings until the Court of Honor are numbered.  5 meetings left....


    5. Monday 11/4 – Troop Meeting, Cooking and Cleaning
    4. Monday 11/4 – Troop Committee Meeting @ 7:20. All parents are welcome.
  • Monday 11/11 – No School /No evening troop meeting
  • Monday 11/11 – Veteran’s Day Ceremony @ 10:30 on Memorial Field
  • Saturday 11/16 Turkey Shoot at Fin, Fur Feather in Millis
    3. Monday 11/18 – Troop Meeting – Planning Mt. Tom Trip
    2. Monday 11/25 – Troop Meeting – Baking Cookies


1. Monday 12/2 - Elections 

  • Saturday 12/7 - Webelos ½ Day Hike (Bring a pedometer with you so you can get 5-miles if needed.  This hike has gone as far as 6.2 miles and has also been 4.4 miles.  Track it for advancement).
  • Monday 12/9 - Court of Honor 
  • Saturday 12/14 - 15 Mt. Tom Hike and Campout 
  • Monday 12/16 - Yankee Swap 
  • Monday 12/23 - No meeting - Winter Recess 
  • Monday 12/30  - No meeting - Winter Recess 

Here is what's happening around the various councils...

Nov 16th (9:00 am – 1:00 pm) Stamp Collecting Merit BadgeSpellman Museum of Stamps & Postal History 241 Wellesley St, Weston, MA 02493.  Great opportunity to get a merit badge and get to start your own collection.  Registration fee: $21. Scouts take home hundreds of stamps and meet all badge requirements. Individual scouts are welcome. For more information and/or to register email to scouts or call 617-784-5838. 

Nov 16th (7:00 am – 4:00 pm) Yawgoog Forestry Corps. Work Day 2019

Yawgoog Scout Reservation, 61 Camp Yawgoog Rd, Rockville, RI 02873, USA (map)

·         WHO - Registered members of Scouts BSA - individual adults, youth, or units.

·         WHAT - Work day at Yawgoog to earn service hours or for a service project.

·         WHERE - Check-in and parking located at Sandy Beach parking lot

·         WHY - Earn service hours, contribute to camp improvement while enjoying the reservation. 

          WHEN - Saturday November 16, 2019 - 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Check-in - 7:00 AM - 7:30 AM

·         HOW - Please come dress in work clothes, weather appropriate. Lunch will be provided - Hotdogs or Pizza, Chips &                              Drink - Registration Link

One of the hottest merit badges - Scout Metalwork Merit Badge Workshop

Old Sturbridge Village’s Metalwork Merit Badge Workshop with a focus on blacksmithing is designed to meet all of the badge requirements*. Participants will make a trivet and a lid lifter during the course of the day. Workshops will only run if full. These workshops are led by OSV staff members who are approved as Scout Merit Badge Counselors.  Pre-registration is required. Learn more and register here.

November 16, 2019,

January 11, 2020 SOLD OUT
March 21, 2020

*Option 4 (Blacksmith) is currently the only workshop being offered for Requirement #5.

Please log on to your ScoutBook account and make sure that your Camping, Service Hours and Hikes are all up-to-date.  BSA and our Council use ScoutBook to track advancement and awards.  Look over the Awards section and check off your partials to see what awards you are tracking for.  It is important to keep ScoutBook up to date as this is your Scouting Record. 

ScoutBook tip – Scan in copies of your Blue Cards and partials into the bottom of the merit badge where the camera icon is located.  This way, if a Blue Card is ever lost, you always have a digital copy of it.

You can subscribe to Troop 13’s Merit Badge Opportunities and have my updates from that webpage go into your Subscription Feeder.  Just click the link and add your e-mail address and you can have the information sent to you whenever I update the page.

Base Camp Express in Woburn- Merit Badge Programs - REGISTRATION OPENS ON HALLOWEEN.  Partials can be obtained for Eagle Required badges.  Remember to speak to Mrs. Murphy about any Eagle Badges BEFORE you register. 

Any Scout can come to Base Camp Express and work on merit badges, including Eagle-required badges! One merit badge offered on each Saturday from 8:00am - 10:00am

$25 per Scout. 20% Adventure Card Discount. Please register, no walk-ins. Max 12 Scouts.

Depending on the badge, scouts can complete most or all of the requirements. Please bring blue cards signed by your Scoutmaster. If you use Scoutbook, it will make data input easier.

Webmaster Troop 13,
Oct 26, 2019, 7:53 AM