Notes from the PLC and Adult Leaders

Troop 13 Return to Camping

posted Aug 21, 2020, 3:19 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Sep 21, 2020, 4:46 AM ]

Parents & Scouts:
Troop 13 prides itself on being scout-lead.  However, this year has held unprecedented challenges for all of us, and the adult leaders and committee chair recognized that it was necessary to draft and implement guidelines for us to resume scouting activities, in accordance with state and federal directives. These include the practices that we have all become familiar with, such as masks, distancing, self-reporting, etc. Our Committee Chair, Sarah Bassett, has distributed these to the adult leadership and we have communicated these to the Scouts. 
 Over this summer, the troop held several meetings and outings where the Scouts worked within these guidelines, while doing many of the activities common to Scouting, such as food preparation, hiking, and other physical activities.  It is our belief that the Scouts who have participated in meetings this summer have conducted themselves in increasingly responsible ways, and that Troop 13 can now safely resume some of its camping program, with some modifications.  Some of these modifications for camping include:

COVID-19 Contact
Each activity will have a designated adult volunteer to ensure we comply with local and federal guidance. Outside of specific meetings and activities, please address any questions to Jim Murphy,
Whilst Scout camping trips are not necessarily the same as a registered camp, we will look at both the CDC and Massachusetts guidance for camps and children’s activities and apply such guidance as appropriate in line with our activities.

Camping by Patrols
Troop 13 will conduct its camping program with a stronger patrol focus this year, as each patrol (group of 8-10 scouts) will camp, cook, and run activities as a unit, separate from other patrols.  We are committed to 2 deep supervision, so  two adults will camp with each  patrol to provide supervision.   If there are not sufficient adults to directly cover each patrol the adults will be centrally located between the patrol camping areas. At present there is no porta-jon onsite, but one may be ordered.
Tenting for this year will be solo… one person per tent, unless shared with a sibling or parent. While this is not our standard practice, it is a measure that further reduces risk.  Use of suitable 1 to 4 person tents from home is preferred but the troop is fortunate to have many tents that can be used if necessary.

Cooking & Eating
With the patrols camping in separate locations, each patrol will cook and clean independently.  Practice this summer lead us to a strategy where a pair of masked Scouts conducts meal preparation, another pair does the cooking, and a third pair does cleanup.  Meals are consumed at a 12ft distance from each other. Sanitizing via immersion in boiling water will be mandated for all dishware. 

Our currently planned outings are local, as we recognize risk in driving multiple scouts to remote campsites.  As such, we request that each scout be dropped off and picked up by a parent, avoid carpooling for the present time.
With these modifications, Troop 13 is pleased to offer our first post-COVID campout.  It will be held in Camp Nehoiden in town forest, over the weekend from Aug 29-30.  Two to three campsites will be utilized depending on turnout.  Parents are welcome to attend and tent with their scouts, but the outing size will be limited to 24 total, three separate groups of 8 campers, including adults, who will gather, hike in, and setup camp separately.  The focus of this trip will be the use of knives, axes, saws and hatchets, working toward the Paul Bunyan and Totin Chip badges.  We will be felling dead trees near the campsites, and performing general enhancements to the campsites there, as we expect to use them more frequently this coming year.

June 2020 Patrols

posted Jul 6, 2020, 1:42 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Senior Patrol Leader - Jack H
Asst. Senior Patrol Leader - Jack C.
(Patrol 1)
Kookaburra (Patrol 2)Boogie Dogs (Patrol 3)
Jack DJohnWill

Troop 13 July and August Events and Meetings

posted Jul 4, 2020, 1:00 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jul 6, 2020, 2:02 AM ]

Please click at bottom link for a printable MS Word version.  More details will be displayed on the Troop Calendar.

Troop Meetings on Mondays
7-6: in person fire building, town forest 6:30 – 8:15
                                               7-13: Cyber Chip
                                               7-20: Talent Show
                                               7-27: cookIng

Trail Rides /Mountain Biking and Hike
  • Thurs 7-9: trail ride/ mtn biking ride. 6:30 22-2 Lyons St, Dedham, MA 02026 2.8 miles, flat
  • Sat 7-11: Hike at blue hills or Nobscott
  • Thurs 7-16: trail ride/mtn biking 6:30-7:15 10 Cheney St. Needham 3 miles, moderate
  • Thurs 7-23: trail ride/ mtn biking.6:30 -7:15 2.6 miles, Blue Heron Trail, Needham St, just inside 128
  • Thurs 7-30: trail ride/mtn biking  6:30 Ridge Hill 5 miles technical
Troop Meetings on Mondays
  • 8-3: requirements meeting (buddy system)
  • 8-10: Mr. Huemiller explains backpacking
  • 8-17: Virtual Escape the room (by patrols)
  • 8-24: Totin chip
  • 8-31: in person requirements (buddy system)


  • Tues 8-4: 30 days of fitness
  • Thurs 8-6: 30 days of fitness
  • Tues 8-11: 30 days of fitness
  • Thurs 8:13: 30 days of fitness
  • Tues 8-18: 30 days of fitness
  • Thurs Tues 8-20: 30 days of fitness
  • Tues 8-25: 30 days of fitness
  • Thurs 8-27: 30 days of fitness

EAGLE OBSTACLES COURSE - Either Friday or Saturday.  Eagle Obstacles Website

  • Fri 8-7 or Sat 8-8 Eagle Obstacle Course - MIT Endicott House, 80 Haven St, Dedham.


  • Sat 8-29 - Sun 8-30 Nehoiden, Paul Bunyon (Town Forest) 1 night overnight

Troop 13 Summer in-person activity guidelines

posted Jul 3, 2020, 1:26 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

Good morning, Troop 13 families:

Per my email on Tuesday, our Scouts are beginning to organize some in-person, outdoor meetings and activities for the summer. To support these in-person activities, the Scoutmasters and I are establishing a set of guidelines to prevent transmission of COVID-19. 

Before I outline the guidelines, I must emphasize that all outdoor activities are optional this summer. We respect each family's wishes to have their scouts participate or not participate. Further, scouts will not be disadvantaged in their rank advancement if they do not attend in-person activities. There will be sufficient opportunity for all scouts to advance in rank and we will also be holding virtual meetings that all scouts may participate in.

As of this writing, Massachusetts is in Phase 2 of the state reopening guidelines. We understand that Phase 3 will likely go into effect on Monday, July 6th, but our guidelines are informed by Phase 2 protocols.

We've consulted a number of resources in compiling these guidelines, including:
Following are the guidelines for Troop 13 in-person meetings and activities. Please review these guidelines with your scouts.
  1. If a scout or anyone in the scout's family has COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough (see CDC guidance)) the scout should not participate in an in-person activity.
  2. Scouts must arrive and depart activities in family cars only - no carpooling.
  3. Scouts must bring their own masks.
  4. Masks must be worn when waiting for an activity to begin, e.g., in a parking lot.
  5. Masks must be worn at all times when physical distancing can't be achieved - physical distancing is 6' separation, including out-of-doors.
  6. Scouts must adhere to adult scout leaders' guidance about when masks can be removed during an activity.  
  7. Scouts must bring their own water bottles, snacks, hand sanitizer, insect spray, scout book, etc., and not share with other scouts; items should be carried in a bag or backpack.
  8. Scouts must bring their own phones to an event if they wish to contact a parent, i.e., there will be no sharing of phones to contact a parent for a ride; scout pick-up should be arranged in advance. 
  9. Scouts must wash their hands frequently and use hand sanitizer if soap & water are not available. Scouts should use hand sanitizer at a minimum when starting and ending the event.
  10. Scout groups will include no more than 12 individuals, specifically a maximum of 10 scouts with 2 adults to provide two-deep leadership; larger events will have planned separation into smaller patrol groups, all with two-deep adult leadership.
  11. There will be no cabin camping planned for this summer; tent camping may be planned for later in the summer, with one scout/family per tent.
These guidelines will go into effect on Monday, July 6th with the Scouts' planned activity to hike into the Nehoiden property. Jack Henderson has emailed the Troop with the details on this outing.

Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Many thanks,

Sarah Bassett
Committee Chair, Troop 13, Needham

Information on Meeting 6/22

posted Jun 18, 2020, 4:31 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Hey folks,

I'm Jack H, and I am replacing Ian as your SPL. I have this position for the next year, so please contact me with any questions you may have.

New Crossovers: Please join the meeting at 6:35. You guys will be completing the rest of the requirements for scout rank then, so it is very important that you show up. Von, the new troop guide, will send out a reminder later this week so you don't forget. 

Whole Troop: Next meeting we will be creating patrols. I'd like to ask every scout to come prepared with an idea for a patrol name and yell, as well as create a flag. Also, we will be playing 2 truths and a lie, so please think about that before the meeting.

Both our PLC and COH will be held next week on the 29th, so be ready for more information about that in the next week or so. I'll also send the zoom link later this week. 

I hope to see you all on Monday

Jack H.

Newly Elected PLC June 2020

posted Jun 16, 2020, 12:01 PM by Webmaster Troop 13

The Troop Elections were held at last night's meeting. I was elected to be the Scribe. The following are the others who were elected and their roles. 

SPL: Jack H.
ASPL: Jack C.
Patrol Leaders: John, Will, Jack D.
Historian: Sara
Librarian: Carlos
Quartermaster: Corbin
Scribe: Nathan
Guide: Von
Outdoor Ethics Guide: Alex


Scoutbook changes to Camping, Service and Hiking Logs

posted May 8, 2020, 3:29 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 8, 2020, 3:33 AM ]

Scoutbook has changed how we enter information about Camping, Hiking and Service Hours.  Please read below and please know there may be flaws in the system as Scoutbook makes these changes.  They will be fixed.

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Recording Activities in Internet Advancement (IA)


Tracking the progress of unit members in the following activities is made fun and simple with the Activities module in Internet Advancement. Best of all – Any service hours recorded in Internet Advancement feed directly into Journey To Excellence (JTE).

  • Campouts – Days, Nights, Frost Points
  • Hikes – Miles, Elevation Change
  • Long Cruises (Sea Scouts) – Days, Miles
  • Service Projects – Hours

Do I still need to record hours in the Good Turn For America platform ( )?
NOPE! All your unit service hours will be recorded in Internet Advancement. Furthermore, all Good Turn for America service hours entries, except Eagle Service Projects, are now available in Internet Advancement. NOTE: Councils should still enter Eagle, projects using their current tools. Eagle Service Project hours remain in Good Turn for America. For Exploring Service Hours continue to use Good Turn for America.

JTE Service Hours Icon

How does this affect Scoutbook?
You now record activities in Internet Advancement. All Scoutbook camping, hiking, and camping logs have been moved to the new system. In Scoutbook, if you click on a Scout then their activity log, you will be directed to Internet Advancement to enter the activities. Or you can just go to Internet Advancement directly to enter activities. Scoutbook users will record all future activities in the new system. Scoutbook users should continue to record Advancement in Scoutbook though, not Internet Advancement.

Can Councils View the Data?
Yes! See our new council activity reports here.

More on JTE

  1. Legacy SB activities that were ported into Internet Advancement on May 6, 2020 do not feed into JTE
  2. Any service activities that were imported from GTFA show in IA and continue to feed into JTE
  3. Any service activities approved in Internet Advancement will feed into JTE

Who Can Record Activities?

Unit Leadership – Unit Activities (Many Participants)

Unit Leaders, Unit Key 3, Unit Advancement Chairs and Key 3 Delegates are each invited to create and approve unit activities, each containing many participants. Reports are available for providing quick summaries of unit and individual progress over time. Learn More

Parents / Youth – (Single Participant)

Parents and youth are invited to join existing unit activities or record personal activities. Reports are available to parents and youth to track their progress over time. Learn More

Abilities Matrix

Create Personal ActivitiesCreate Unit ActivitiesJoin Unit ActivitiesApprove Activities
Unit Advancement ChairYESYESYES
Key 3 DelegateYESYESYES

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2020 Camp Yawgoog Registration

posted May 1, 2020, 5:51 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 1, 2020, 5:56 AM ]

It is time to sign up for our summer week at Yawgoog. Due to the uncertainty of the impact COVID 19 will have on summer camps Yawgoog extended the registration deadline to May and will make all payments fully refundable. We would like to see which scouts want to attend Yawgoog this summer so please click on the link to register your scout. 2020 Yawgoog Registration

If you have any questions please let me know.



A Week of Boy Scout Summer
Camp with Troop 13
Camp Yawgoog, Rockville,

July 5 - 12, 2020

What: A week of sleep-over summer camp with the Scouts and adult Scouters of Troop 13 at 

Camp Yawgoog, one of the oldest, best equipped, and largest Boy Scout summer camps, located just 90 minutes away on the Rhode Island and Connecticut border.

When: Sunday, July 5, 2020 (afternoon) through camp set-up Sunday, July 12, 2020 (9:30-10:00am through dress parade)

Where: Camp Yawgoog (see:

61 Camp Yawgoog Road, Rockville, RI 02873

Cost: $505 per scout ($25 of the  fee covers troop 13 camp-related expenses). 


*We apply a discount of $40 per scout brother for families that send two or more brothers to camp. 


  1. Monday May 18th, 2020:  sign up on Troop 13 website (

  2. Monday June 8th, 2020:  payment via check, scout and adult health forms and paperwork / documentation due 

Why: A week of Boy Scout summer camp is unsurpassed in helping scouts really get into Scouting. It provides great scout skills, outdoor training, rank advancement opportunities, fellowship with scouts both in Troop 13 and in other troops, and the first steps toward greater self-confidence and leadership. And, it is tremendously fun! Scouts attending summer camp, especially in their first Boy Scouting year, are much more likely to stay in Boy Scouting in future years. The strong success of Troop 13 in bringing boys through to Eagle rank owes a great deal to the participation of the scouts in summer camp, especially when they first started in Scouting.

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Online Merit Badges - New England Base Camp Online

posted Mar 26, 2020, 10:01 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Mar 28, 2020, 5:48 AM ]

Just because we are social distancing doesn't mean the scouting ends.  Base Camp Online!  
If you are on Facebook, look for Spirit of Adventure Council and like their page to receive the updates on your feed.  

Lots of online Eagle Required Badges as well as many other fun badges.

Dear Scouting Families,

We hope that everyone in our Scouting community is well and taking precautions as we navigate this time. In our continued efforts to offer more program opportunities, Base Camp has brought our Programs and Merit Badge Classes online!

New activities are being posted and new videos are being uploaded to our youtube channel each day! We are also opening more merit badge online classes on Friday at 9am.

Follow the links below for more information on all of our program offerings:

We realize with schools closed for extended periods kids and families will be looking for educational and fun activities. These are great opportunities to review the depth of the Scouting program and work on badges not in your particular unit’s schedule. Remember that any electronic communication involving a youth member must adhere to BSA’s “two deep” leadership policies. 

Check out all of our Online Resources Here

Tying the bowline knot

Yours In Scouting,

Darrin Johnson
Director of Program- Spirit of Adventure Council

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Virtual Troop Meetings

posted Mar 25, 2020, 1:06 PM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated May 8, 2020, 3:22 AM ]

We have moved to virtual Troop meetings.  Look for the link sent to you weekly and the scout can join the meeting. A new link will be privately sent to you each week. Work on Merit Badges, and please make sure that Scoutbook is up to date for your rank advancement.  

You can still ask for your Scoutmaster's conference and Board of Reviews.  

Our council is also offering merit badges, and Eagle Required merit badge online.  Stay Safe and Healthy everyone.

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