Notes from the PLC and Adult Leaders

Troop Committee Meeting Feb 12

posted Feb 5, 2018, 4:37 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Troop 13 Adults - 

We will be holding our next Troop Committee meeting on Monday, February 12th at 7:20, at the Presbyterian Church.  All Troop 13 parents are invited to attend.

Ordinarily, we would hold our monthly meeting tomorrow night, but we expect a couple Arrow of Light scouts and their parents to visit tomorrow, so we'll meet next week, instead.

Many thanks,

Sarah B.
Troop Committee Chairwoman

8 Eagle Scout Scholarships

posted Feb 1, 2018, 10:15 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

From Bryan on Scouting

8 great scholarships for Eagle Scouts

These days, higher education comes with a higher price tag. These scholarships for Eagle Scouts, sorted chronologically by deadline, will help take out some of the sting.

If you know of a scholarship not listed here, please share the name and link in the comments.

National Jewish Committee on Scouting scholarships

How much: Ranging from $500 to $4,000

Who’s eligible: Active Eagle Scouts who have earned the Ner Tamid or Etz Chaim religious emblem and are active in their synagogue. Applicants must demonstrate financial need.

Deadline: Jan. 31

What’s required: Application listing school and Scouting record.

LinkNational Jewish Committee on Scouting scholarships

Questions: Email

American Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

How much: $10,000 for the winner and $2,500 apiece for three runners-up

Who’s eligible: Eagle Scouts who are at least 15 and registered, active members of a Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew chartered to an American Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary unit or Sons of The American Legion squadron — or Eagle Scouts who are registered, active members of a chartered Boy Scout Troop, Varsity Scout Team, or Venturing Crew, and the son or grandson of a Legionnaire, Sons of The American Legion or Auxiliary member,

Deadline: March 1

What’s required: Application, photograph, school participation record, Scouting record, community service record, religious award record and four letters of recommendation.

LinkAmerican Legion Eagle Scout of the Year

Questions: Email

Emmett J. Doerr Memorial Scout Scholarship for Catholic Scouts

How much: Six scholarships at $2,000 apiece

Who’s eligible: Catholic high school seniors who are Scouts or Venturers in any BSA program. Applicants must have earned the Eagle Scout Award, Silver Award, Summit Award or Quartermaster Award.

Deadline: March 1

What’s required: Photo and application listing service to Scouting, church and the community

LinkNational Catholic Committee on Scouting scholarship

Questions: Email

Veterans of Foreign Wars Scout of the Year

How much: $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place and $1,000 for third place

Who’s eligible: Young people who are are least 15 and registered, active members of a Boy or Girl Scout Troop, Venturing Crew, or a Sea Scout Ship who have received the Eagle Scout Award, Girl Scout Gold Award, Venturing Summit Award or Sea Scout Quartermaster Award.

Deadline: March 1

What’s required: Application, photograph, school participation record, Scouting record, community service record and three letters of recommendation.

LinkVFW Scout of the Year

Questions: Email

Mervyn Sluizer Jr. Scholarship for Philadelphia-area Scouts

How much: Two scholarships at $1,000 apiece

Who’s eligible: Eagle Scouts who have been active in BSA at least five years and live in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Deadline: April 16

What’s required: Application, essay, school transcript and two letters of recommendation.

LinkMervyn Sluizer Jr. Scholarship  

Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting scholarships

How much: $1,000 for first place and $500 for runner-up

Who’s eligible: Eagle Scouts who are active in an Eastern Orthodox Church and have received the Alpha Omega Religious Scout Award.

Deadline: May 1

What’s required: Application and four letters of recommendation.

Link: Eastern Orthodox Committee on Scouting scholarships.

Questions: Call 516-868-4050

National Eagle Scout Association scholarships

How much: At least 150 scholarships available, ranging from $2,000 to $50,000 per recipient

Who’s eligible:National Eagle Scout Association members. (Note: Eagle Scouts can apply for a NESA scholarship before you apply for a NESA membership.)

Deadline: Oct. 31

What’s required: Application (though one scholarship requires a reference letter).

LinkNESA scholarships

Questions: Email

Arthur M. and Berdena King Eagle Scout Award

Presented by the Sons of the American Revolution

How much: $10,000 for first place, $6,000 for second place and $4,000 for third place

Who’s eligible: All Eagle Scouts under 19 years old

Deadline: Varies by chapter. Find your state’s SAR society contact here.

What’s required: Application listing Scouting and school achievements and an essay about the Revolutionary War.

LinkSons of the American Revolution scholarship

Questions: Email your state’s contact person here.

Institution-specific scholarships

There are a number of scholarships for Scouts attending specific institutions of higher learning.

Find a nice list here and always check with your college or university to see whether they recognize Eagle Scouts in this way.

Council-specific scholarships

Check your council’s website — or give them a call or email — to see whether there are scholarship opportunities exclusive to Scouts in your council.

Troop Calendar Jan - April

posted Jan 27, 2018, 3:03 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Troop 13, this is from the PLC Meeting, prepared by the scribe, Jack C.

Mon Jan 29, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Sewing meeting

Description: Parent Run- Mrs. W & Others TBD

Mon Feb 5, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Meeting: Troop Competition

Description: Lead: Eddy F Activities: First aid, tents? etc?

Mon Feb 12, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Klondike Preparation

Description: Lead 1: Von Knots & Lashings Lead 2: Kurt Orienteering

Mon Feb 19, 2018 - Sat Feb 24, 2018

Feb break - No Scouts Monday

Mon Feb 26, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Klondike Prep 2- outdoor meeting

Description: Lead 1 Tim & Ian Fire building exercise- outdoors LEad 2: Will G & Steven big Picture- also outdoors

Mon Mar 5, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Klondike Prep III

Description: meal planning

Fri Mar 9, 2018 - Sun Mar 11, 2018


Where: New England Base Camp Scout Shop, 411 Unquity Rd, Milton, MA 02186, USA

Description: Weekend of outdoor skills competition

Mon Mar 12, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Klondike cleanup,

Description: - SFF handouts citizen requirements orienteering & knot requirements early requirements for new scouts

Mon Mar 19, 2018

7:15am - 8:15am Merit Badge- wear your sash!!!

Description: Lead: Eddy F Explanation to new scouts of badges, how to get them. Each scout talks about favorite badge.

Mon Mar 26, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Indoor campfire

Description: Lead: Tim and Will G. Skits, songs, etc. ask about fake indoor fire (Pack 4 has one)

Mon Apr 2, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Backpacking

Description: Lead: Mr Huemiller

Mon Apr 9, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm AT & Intro Planning

Description: Lead: Steven what to bring, shakedown

Sat Apr 14, 2018 - Sun Apr 13, 2018

Intro to Backpacking

Description: Young scouts to location TBD totin chip

Mon Apr 16, 2018 - Sat Apr 21, 2018

April Break

Wed Apr 18, 2018 - Sat Apr 21, 2018

AT Backpacking trip (1st class)

Mon Apr 23, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Hike at newman

Description: Lead:??

Mon Apr 30, 2018

7:15pm - 8:15pm Knife safety

Description: Lead: Tim Is this redundant after Intro to Backpacking?

Troop 13 Library is online

posted Jan 26, 2018, 4:06 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Troop 13,

Please look at the troop website to see the new Troop 13 Library list.  It is in the sidebar under troop links.  We have 84 merit badge books available to lend out.  There are 136 badges, so we don’t have them all, but we have many of them. 

If you have any books you don’t need any more, please donate them to the troop library for other scouts to use.  We need:

  • Merit badge books and any other books relating to scouting like:
  • BSA and other outdoor cookbooks,
  • Skill books, like knot tying or anything else
  • Hikes and maps etc. 
  • Other scouting related books

MBU is coming up in March, so you can check our list to see if we have a book you can borrow.  If you want to borrow a book, complete the Sign out a troop book form by 5:00 on a Monday, and I will give you the book at the Troop meeting.  

The librarian’s e-mail address is



Please Update your Scoutbook Account regularly.

posted Dec 29, 2017, 3:21 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Scoutbook is replacing all of BSA's software and it is connected to the council.  It is the most accurate record of what BSA shows that you have achieved.  Updating your records and checking it before a C.O.H is helpful to everyone.  

Have you logged in lately?  Please go to your Scouts Scoutbook page and update the following:
  • Camping nights - please note if they slept in a Tent, Lean-to or Cabin.  You need this for the Camping Merit Badge and Order of the Arrow.
  • Do you have a Troop position?  Have you entered the correct dates for your position?
  • Service Hours - Were they part of an Eagle Project, Stack Wood at the turkey shoot, place flags or participate in the church yard sale, Scouting For Food or Camp service hours?
  • Hikes - Don't forget hiking up Mt. Washington, Blue Hills or the Hike with the Webelos last year.
  • Awards - This can be fun for your scout.  Open each award and check off what requirements they already completed.  Check off all applicable Merit Badges and Ranks and see how the percentage of completion changes for the awards.  
  • Click on My Units, Troop 13 and click on Troop reports and then OA Eligibility Report. (Order of the Arrow).  Is your information correct?  Do you have more camping nights?
  • Under Troop Reports, check out your individual report.  That is your scouting history.  Missing anything?

PLC Meeting - Sunday, December 17 @ 2:30 pm

posted Dec 7, 2017, 11:57 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

There will be a PLC Meeting held on Sunday, December 17th at 2:30 p.m. This meeting is required for all members of the PLC (Patrol Leaders Council) and is open to all scouts.  More details will follow.

Renew your Membership by November 20th

posted Nov 2, 2017, 1:27 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Nov 2, 2017, 4:35 AM ]

Hi All,
With Halloween behind us, it is now time to prepare for our annual troop rechartering process.

This year, to expedite this process, we are offering online registration forms on the Troop website:  2018 Troop/Adult Membership Renewal

Please have these forms and payments submitted no later than Nov 20, 2017. You may pay dues, either with Checks or online via PayPal. I'll be there at the beginning and end of every meeting to collect checks, or you may drop it or mail it to my home (see address in the e-mail sent to you).

*For adult volunteers*, please complete the form on the troop website and make sure your latest Youth Protection Training (YPT) occurred between March 1, 2016 - Jan 5, 2018. 

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.

If you need to check your Youth Protection Training information or update your Youth Protection Training, please log in 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 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 before submitting this form.

Please email me directly with any questions you may have.

Thank you in advance for your prompt action in this regard.


Anwar Bardai - Registrar, Troop 13 Needham

We now have Scoutbook

posted Jun 28, 2017, 3:11 AM by Webmaster Troop 13   [ updated Jun 28, 2017, 3:22 AM ]

What is Scoutbook?  

BSA has purchased Scoutbook and Spirit of Adventure Council is now using Scoutbook for Advancement tracking.  Scoutbook is a web-based application that you can access from any smartphone, tablet or desktop, that tracks the Scouts' achievements such as advancements, logs for camping, hiking, and service and shows what awards the Scout may be eligible for.  

Scoutbook is also for all Troop Committee members and Adult Leaders to keep track of your training as well as all of your Youth Protection.  This is important as Journey to Excellence will be part of Scoutbook in a few months.

Not to mention it is a pretty cool tool for visually seeing your scouts Rank requirement completions and Merit Badge completions and partials.  

Please look on the left sidebar under Troop Links.  The last entry is for Scoutbook.  All of the instructions are posted there.  

Patrol Leaders Meeting

posted Jun 27, 2017, 4:40 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Hello All,
Just a quick reminder that because we are into summer meetings we change over to wearing class B shirts instead of our class A uniforms.

 Also please note that we will be holding a PLC (Patrol Leaders Conference) on June 29th at 7:00.  please refer to your e-mail for address 

All Scouts are welcome, but all that hold leadership positions are required to attend, we will be planning the schedule for the next six months. See you all tonight at the meeting.

Stephen D.

Yawgoog Advancement planning

posted Jun 14, 2017, 2:32 AM by Webmaster Troop 13

Yawgoog Scouts,

Please see the following steps and dates for Yawgoog Merit Badges. 

1 - Send me your draft Merit Badge list by June 19th for my review.
2 - I will let you know by the 21st if you plan looks good.
3 - Complete Prerequisites (If required) due to the Scoutmaster for approval by June 26th.  Click to see MeritBadge Pre-Requisites
4 - Blue cards can be picked up from the Scoutmaster on July 2nd after we have moved into camp.

New Scouts should plan on New Frontiers and Swimming Merit Badge First period.

All Scouts should check Yawgoog website for required prerequisites.  Click to see MeritBadge Pre-Requisites

All Scouts should review Merit Badge Schedule to avoid schedule conflicts.  click for Merit Badge schedule

 If you have any questions please contact me.

Mrs. Murphy

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