Welcome to Troop 147, Oxford, MA

Have you ever wanted to become a Boy Scout?

Boy Scout is for any boy that has completed the 5th grade to 18 years old.  Troop 147 is an active troop which has been chartered continuously by the Oxford United Methodist Church since around 1944.

Troop 147 camps and holds monthly activities year round. Activities include winter camping, summer camping at Treasure Valley, hiking Mount Greylock, Mount Monadnock and the Mid-State Trail, canoeing to the ocean via the French River, biking on the Cape Cod rail trail, white water rafting in Massachusetts,  urban hiking in Boston, high adventure trips to Philmont in NM, Northern Tier in MN, and Sea Base in FL, among others.

The troop is also active in Oxford community service, committed to the annual Scouting for Food drive, marching in the  Memorial Day and Veteran's Day parades, helping with the Oxford's share garden, clean up for our sponsoring organization, participation in local events and helping out whenever we are asked. 

Troop 147 is dedicated to serving the youth in our community by helping to prepare them to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes, and instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law. 

Meetings are held throughout the  year on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm in the hall of Oxford United Methodist Church. We welcome you to join us.


Scoutbook Troop 147

New BSA Transportation Policy

posted Jul 19, 2017, 9:23 AM by troop147@charter.net   [ updated Jul 19, 2017, 11:36 AM ]

There is a new BSA Transportation Policy: Drivers must be licensed and at least 18.

The Boy Scouts of America’s updated transportation policy now requires all drivers to be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license. Scouting youth under age 18 are not insured under the BSA’s commercial general liability policy and cannot be allowed to drive to or from Scouting activities.

This includes an under-18 Scout or Venturer driving himself or herself to a Scouting event, even if he or she is the only one in the car. It includes short trips across town and long trips across the country.

There are no exceptions, and the new policy is effective immediately.

Please see the following for additional information:

New Scouting Transportation Policy--Scouting Magazine

New Scouting Transportation Policy--Scouting.org

New Merit Badge - Exploration

posted Jul 19, 2017, 9:20 AM by troop147@charter.net

The Boy Scouts have issued a new merit badge - Exploration. For the requirements, see:


Troop 147 doesn’t currently have a merit badge counselor for this badge, but if you are interested see Mr. Zostant at a meeting to express your interest in earning this badge.

BSA 2017 New Rank & Merit Badge Changes

posted Jul 19, 2017, 8:47 AM by troop147@charter.net

Two Second Class and one First Class Scout rank requirement have changed effective January 1, 2017. The Second Class scout rank requirements (2d. and 8e.) changes are merely sentence restructuring. The content of the requirements hasn't changed.

The First Class scout requirement (8b.) is noteworthy as it adds the words "...and develop a plan for doing so." to the requirement (second sentence) that currently states: "Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life."

Scouts who have completed the 2016 rank requirements need not redo these requirements, but Scouts who haven't will need to follow the new requirements. You can find the new rank requirements by checking them in Scoutbook.

A number of merit badges have either had their requirements revised or had minor updates made to the requirements. All new merit badge revision updates are now available in Scoutbook. Some of the more popular merit badges that have changes include: Camping, Climbing, Cooking, Fire Safety, Fishing, Music, Rifle Shooting, Safety, Wood Carving.

It's always best to check for new merit badge updates (they change frequently) for merit badges before starting at the following website:

A summary of the 2017 changes are included here

If you have any questions about these or other advancement requirement see Mr. Zostant.

Congrats to our newest Eagle Scout - Nate

posted Jun 14, 2017, 9:58 AM by troop147@charter.net

Congratulations to Nate for achieving the rank of Eagle scout on May 22, 2017. 

Nate led a project to create a pollination garden at Buffumville Lake in Charlton with seedlings and plantings for bees.  Nate created a "bee-friendly" garden with plants not filled with a class of pesticides that can kill bees and other pollinators.  The honey bee population has been on a decline in the past decade.  Nate led the project to till the soil to ready it for the plants and seedlings.  After planting a special mulch was put down that didn't have any chemicals. 

If your up at Buffum check the garden out to see how the bees like it.

Excellent job Nate!

Congrats Max - Troop 147's newest Eagle Scout

posted Jun 14, 2017, 9:33 AM by troop147@charter.net

Congratulations to Max on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout on April 17, 2017!  He made a great contribution to our community in his Eagle project.


Max led a project to convert a storage cabin to a science/nature cabin for the campers at Clara Barton Diabetes Camp in North Oxford, MA.  His project consisted of painting both inside and outside of the cabin, replacing the wooden shutters, restringing the ropes to close the shutters, replacing the wooden stairs, adding a stone patio, building a picnic table, painting benches for inside the cabin, adding a folding table in the cabin, cleaning up an sitting area, and removing fallen trees from around the camp's pond trail.


Great job!

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