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October 2019 Newsletter

posted Oct 14, 2019, 7:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Oct 18, 2019, 2:37 AM ]

Troop 13 - Needham, MA

October 2019 NEWSLETTER

(for a printable copy of this newsletter, go to the bottom of the letter and click on the blue W for a MS word copy)

Troop News Items...

1. Webelos Woods will be held Oct 19th – 20th at Hale Reservation in Westwood.  Scout Registration Link, Adult Registation Link.  Please try to register by this weekend.

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

3. Canceled - The 2nd Pumpkin unloading, Unfortunately, our suppliers (Native Americans in New Mexico) "have experienced the worst freeze in 27 years", and it has left them with "300 acres of frozen pumpkins." Accordingly, there will be no unloading this Sunday.  

4. 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.


Troop Calendar (Oct/Nov):

·         10/14 – No School/No Scouts

·         10/19 – Webelos Woods overnight – Hale Reservation

·         10/21 – Troop Meeting

·         10/28 – Troop Meeting

·         11/4 – Troop Meeting, Cooking and Cleaning

·         11/4 – Troop Committee Meeting @ 7:20.  All parents are welcome.

·         11/11 – No School /No evening troop meeting

·         11/11 – Veteran’s Day Ceremony @ 10:30 on Memorial Field

·         11/18 – Troop Meeting – Planning Mt. Tom Trip

·         11/25 – Troop Meeting – Baking Cookies


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

Always ask Mrs. Murphy for a blue card.....

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


Spirit of Adventure Council has added a New Base Camp at 2 Tower Office Park, Woburn called Base Camp Express and they hold Merit Badge Clinics.  Currently sold out, below is a list of what they offered.  This was on our website, but I will put the new offerings in a newsletter.

·         September 14th- Scouting Heritage Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         October 5th- Collections Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         October 14th- First Aid Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         November 2nd- Disability Awareness Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         November 9th- Citizenship in Community Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         November 11th– Citizenship in Nation Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         November 16th- American Cultures Merit Badge SOLD OUT

·         November 16th- Landscape Architecture Merit Badge SOLD OUT

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% Adv. 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.

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.





Webmaster Troop 13,
Oct 14, 2019, 7:41 AM