Notes from the PLC and Adult Leaders

Backup your scout handbook before campouts

posted Jun 14, 2019, 4:07 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Before you venture out on your next campout, use your smartphone, or computer scanner and make copies of your advancement, camping and service pages.  

If you ever lose your scout handbook on a trip, or drop it in a puddle or leave it in the rain, or even spill all over it, you will have backup documents showing your advancement so you do not need to start a rank all over again.

Troop 13 is using Team Snap

posted Feb 7, 2019, 4:09 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Feb 7, 2019, 4:11 AM ]

Troop 13 is trying a new method of communication for parents.  TeamSnap is an app you download to your smartphone.   If you have not received the invitation to join Troop 13's closed group please contact Carolyn at Parents that have scouts that are crossing over to Troop 13 should contact Carolyn so she may add you to the group.

Sarah sent out the following e-mail that summarizes out use - 

As I mentioned in an earlier email, Carolyn Yates has volunteered to create a directory so that families can contact each other.

Some of you may have used the TeamSnap app for sports teams and clubs. Many Scout troops use it, too. It's a good way for parents to stay in touch with each other and to share information about events, who's attending, who's volunteering, etc. It can also be a way to see upcoming events and trips from your phone. 

Your information is only shared within the defined group in TeamSnap.

We are rolling out a trial of TeamSnap to parents of the Troop. There is no information included about your scout, other than his name. It is up to you whether you want to add your contact information (such as your phone number), so other parents can reach you. When you login, you'll be able to see your son's name, your name and your email address. There are no scout emails being shared. The TeamSnap directory is entirely optional, but it could be a good way for parents to have easier access to information and to each other.

If you don't have TeamSnap already, you can download it from the app store. If you have questions, please contact Carolyn Yates at

Many thanks - enjoy the weekend.


Schedule of Events Jan - June 2019

posted Jan 17, 2019, 6:01 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jan 17, 2019, 6:14 AM ]

Troop 13 Schedule of meetings (1/14/19- 6/24/19):

In addition on the Troop Calendar on our website, you can find MBU Dates, Base Camp offerings etc.

Mon 1/21 No school, No scouts
Mon 1/28 Ian’s meeting on first aid

Mon 2/4/2019 Webelos Prep

Sat 2/9 Turkey shoot:
Mon 2/11 Arrow of Light meeting
Mon 2/18 No school, No scouts
Mon 2/25 Jack C: map & compass

Mon 3/4  Klondike Prep

Fri 3/8  - Sun 3/10 Klondike Derby
Mon 3/11 Peter’s meeting on lashings & Knots
Mon 3/18 Timmy: Knife and tool safety
Mon 3/25 New Scout meeting

Sat 3/30 Climbing Day Trip

* Scouting For Food Dates Coming Soon

Mon 4/1 Teambuilding
Mon 4/8  Mr Huemiller’s meeting on backpacking
Mon 4/15  No school, No scouts

Wed 4/17 - Fri 4/19 AT Trip for First Class Scouts and higher
Mon 4/22  Shakedown
Mon 4/29 Intro prep

Sat 5/4 - Sun 5/5 - Intro to Backpacking

Mon 5/6/2019 Commando rope
Mon 5/13/2019 Camporee prep
Mon 5/20/2019 SPL trip prep
Mon 5/27/2019 No school, No scouts

Sat 6/1 SPL Trip

Mon 6/3/2019 elections
Mon 6/10/2019 Court of honor
Mon 6/17/2019 Bike campout prep

Mon 6/24/2019 Cleanup and yawgoog prep

Your New Troop Leadership December 2018

posted Dec 4, 2018, 10:00 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Here is the list of the new leadership starting Dec 2018

Patrol leaders- Will W, Peter, Tim M, Jack D

Quartermaster- Jack C

Scribe- John C 

Librarian- Alex L

Historian- Corbin

Troop Guide- Ian M

Bugler- Anwar

Congratulations to all.

Upcoming Events

posted Nov 27, 2018, 5:30 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Hi everyone,
We have a couple of important events and trips coming up and several notes/requests for these events:

Elections(12/3): If any scouts wish to run for a leadership position please inform me, Zack, and Mr. Murphy beforehand.

Court of Honor(COH)(12/10): We are looking for a volunteer to be master of ceremonies(MC) for the COH. Being MC would satisfy a requirement for the Communications merit badge (Eagle required), and there are not many opportunities to fulfill this requirement. The responsibilities of the MC are to create the pamphlets and slideshow for the COH and to announce the rank advancements, awards, etc. at the COH. The MC will get all the help needed to finish everything. If any scouts are willing to be MC please let me, Zack, Mr. and Mrs. Murphy know ASAP. 

Winter Campout(12/14-16): Location, details, and sign up will be sent out some time this week.

Yankee Swap(12/17): All scouts(and scoutmasters) should bring a wrapped gift(suggested worth of about $15). Joke gifts are OK as long as something good is included. The goal is for a fun time to be had by all.

No meeting 12/24 or 12/31: Happy Holidays!

Eagle Court of Honor for Evan A - 1/6/19 at 2:00 pm at the VFW.  Class A's please.

Ski/Snowboard Trip(1/11-13): We will be staying at D Acres once again after our great time there last year. Scouts' families are welcome to join Troop 13 on this outing. All other details are TBD.


Eddie F

It's time to re-register for 2019

posted Oct 3, 2018, 1:34 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Troop 13 Scouts and Adults, It is time to renew your membership with Troop 13.  This covers the 2019 calendar year.

It is time to re-charter our troop with the Boy Scouts of America.

What that means it that all currently registered scouts and adults must indicate if they will stay with BSA through next year and if so, pay the dues for 2019.

For scouts, please complete the Troop 13 registration form (attached and below). 

For adult volunteers, please complete the Troop 13 registration form and make sure your that you have taken the NEW  Youth Protection Training (YPT).  All of the previous version of  YPT training expired Oct 1, 2018 regardless of when you last renewed the previous version. This is also a good time for unregistered adults to join as to be able to participate in future troop activities. If you decide to do so, please click on this link ( ) to start the process and submit a CORI form, a copy of your driver’s license and a copy of your YPT training no later than the indicated date.

If you need to check your Youth Protection Training information or update your Youth Protection Training, please login to Then click on “Home” and select “My Dashboard” from the drop down menu. You should now be able to view the expiration date for your Youth Protection Training. If it has expired, click on “Retake Course”. 

NOTE FOR ADULTS: If your YPT is not current, please do not submit this form until you have taken your YPT, after which time you will need to attach your YPT certificate to this form before submitting it.

NOTE FOR RECENT EAGLE SCOUTS (18 years of age or older) WISHING TO STAY ON WITH THE TROOP AS ADULTS: You will need to submit an Adult Application form, a CORI form, current YPT certificate, and a government issued photo ID  (ask Mr. Bardai for the forms) before submitting this form.

Troop Committee Meeting January 7th

posted Jul 26, 2018, 1:22 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Dec 5, 2018, 7:31 AM ]

All Troop parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.  The next Committee meeting will be held Monday, January 7th from 7:20 -8:30.

Love scouting and want to work or need Volunteer hours?

posted Jul 23, 2018, 3:39 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

If you are 14 and want to volunteer to work at Base Camp, you can click on the link below to apply to be a volunteer. You may want to work during the summer with younger scouts or be in a CIT (Counselor in Training) Program.  You might even get paid work if you are an older scout.  OR you might be able to work on weekend programs during the school year.

Maybe you wish to help around the camp as part of a work crew beautifying the camp or doing conservation work.  So many possibilities.   

Apply to be a Base Camp Volunteer!
The New England Base Camps and their 5 satellite programs locations provide outdoor education and character education opportunities across Eastern MA. The two primary locations (Blue Hills – just outside Boston and Kingston NH on the MA border) provide year-round programs for families and school age children each weekend.
The Boy Scouts of America has long been one of America’s largest volunteer organization with over 100 years of youth development experience and 50 million alumni nationwide. Now that the Boy Scouts are actively seeking to unlock the magic of their curriculum for all families who want to raise children of character – they are also able to provide impactful short-term volunteer opportunities.
These opportunities are great for older teens looking for hands on experience in teaching, coaching or youth development. The volunteer hours are often recognized by school districts and other organizations to fulfill community service requirements. Young adults will be trained and often work along-side educational or recreation professionals.
The opportunities are also great for older folks or retirees. Most the volunteer “heavy lifting” in Scouting is provided by the parents of the children in the program. The short-term volunteer roles provide support and expertise to those parents. As a weekend program volunteer your role will be to impart skills that you’ve acquired throughout your life to children. The program is so robust that virtually every life skill is a part of the curriculum, so even if you’ve never camped, and can’t navigate by the stars, it’s OK! We still need your unique skills so kids can learn about computers, citizenship, gardening and hundreds of other activities.

Logging Your BSA activities and Blue Cards

posted Jul 21, 2018, 5:41 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 21, 2018, 5:46 AM ]

Tip of the Day: When you have earned an Blue Card, before you turn it in, or once you get your Merit Badge at a C.O.H., scan in the Blue Card and upload it to Scoutbook under the appropriate Merit badge.  Scroll to the bottom of the page and you will see Notes and a camera icon.  Click the camera icon upload the image of the blue card.  Here is a copy of your proof if you ever lose a blue card.  You will need these for your Star, Life and Eagle Boards of Review.  You don't want to lose of copy of your hard earned work.

Remember to keep logging your camping, hiking, water, riding and conservation hours and keep them up-to-date.  (You can use the notes section to keep a running journal of the hours).
Please also check the Awards section and go through all of the National Awards for Outdoor awards and start to log your hours of time spent in a BSA Program where you spent time for the following:
  • Water Time (Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, fishing, fly-fishing, kayaking, rowing, scuba, small-boat sailing, stand up paddleboarding, water sports, or whitewater activity) - High Adventure gives a lot of hours.
  • Camping (Complete 25 days and nights of camping—including six consecutive 264 days (five nights) of camping, approved and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America—including nights camped as part of requirements 1 through 3 above. Boy Scouts must complete six consecutive days (five nights) of the 25 nights at a BSA accredited resident camp)
  • Conservation Work (Complete 25 hours of conservation work under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America)
  • RidingComplete 200 miles of riding activities, including cycling, stock riding, skating, motor boating, mountain boarding, snowmobiling, (including ATV or PWC riding at an approved council program)
  • Hiking Complete 100 miles of hiking, backpacking, snowshoeing, or cross country skiing under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America (AT Trips are a great source of hours)
Please note - Skiing, camping or swimming etc. with your family does not count - all must be done through a BSA program.  Your hours at Yawgoog or Base Camp count as well as High Adventure and hiking/camping with the Troop.  Most of the senior scouts should have already achieved Camping and Hiking....just saying....

June Election Results - your new leaders

posted Jun 12, 2018, 11:17 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Congratulations to Troop 13's newly elected leaders.
Your New Leaders Are:
SPL- Zach 
ASPL- Eddie 
Patrol Leader- Ian 
Patrol Leader- Brian 
Patrol Leader- Jack C
Troop Guide- Kabir 
Scribe- John 
Historian- Ronan 
Librarian- Kurt 
Quartermaster- Von 
Outdoor Ethics Guide- Peter 

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