Troop In4mer

The newsletter of Boy Scout Troop 4

Proudly sponsored by Annunciation Parish at Holy Spirit Chapel, Gardner, MA
continuing for 82 strong years
Meetings are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Chapel Hall



From the Scoutmaster’s chair

Personal Fitness Merit BadgeHAPPY BIRTHDAY! Troop 4 is turning 83 this year. Welcome to the oldest Troop in Gardner! For 83 years, Scouts like yourself have had similar experiences, campouts, activities, meetings and of course fun! – This year we have challenged the PLC to be creative and  develop meeting plans that are different. We may also have a guest speaker at a virtual or in-person meeting. Stay tuned. Mr. R.


Change it up!

Coin Toss

On March 1, we will honor our tradition of changing up the top PLC members. Brady will become our SPL and Leonard will become our ASPL. Are you interested in a position? Have a chat with Mr. R. Our PLC is planning super meetings. Some will be Virt* (virtual) some IP (in person). All of the in-person meetings will be at the church, in the driveway with a campfire. See the schedule


Date                Day     Time            Type
1/20/2021     Wed    7-8:30 PM    IP HS Ch
1/27/2021     Wed    7-8:30 PM    Virt*
1/30/2021     Sat      9-1:00 PM    Hubb Hike
2/3/2021       Wed    7-8:30 PM    IP HS Ch
2/7/2021       Sun     10:30 AM     IP HR Ch
2/10/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   Virt*
2/13/2021    Sat       9-1:00 PM   Bettez CMP
2/17/2021    Wed     Special        IP Special
2/24/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   Virt*
3/3/2021      Wed     7-8:30 PM   IP HS Ch
3/10/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   Virt*
3/17/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   IP HS Ch
3/24/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   Virt*
3/31/2021    Wed     7-8:30 PM   IP HS Ch

Note: Mr. R. will send out the link for all of the
Virtual meetings through Scout Book.


Game Night Change to Movie Night

Movie NightDue to COVID, we have had to try different activities. Some activities like
our traditional game night went through a change. This year it was a movie night. We rented a movie theater and saw the movie Jurassic Park. After the movie, we went back to the church for pizza and our traditional gift swap. Thanks to the PLC and Mr.
Brinker for pulling this together.


Bottles & Cans – the Family Plan!

Refundable Cans & BottlesCan you support the Troop
and earn $ for your account?
Please ask your family and
friends to help.

A. Get special bags from Mr. R.
B. Only MA 5 cent accepted!
C. Separate bags for plastic & cans. Glass in a box.
D. Contact Mr. R. to turn in, get credit & more bags.


Troop 4 Website

Troop 4’s website has been given a facelift. Please check it out at We would like to promote and tell our story to the world and need your help. If you have any information and/or photos about previous Troop
adventures and activities that you would like to share, please
send them to Also, our monthly newsletter (the In4mer) is now being posted for your delight.


Coming Soon

Our new org chart and contact list is coming soon.
What position interests you? See Mr. R. today!


Hot News

Red & Gold FireworksTroop 4 achieves Gold status on Journey To Excellence! Journey To Excellence (or JTE for short) is a measuring system that all Scouting units use to review the past and plan for
our coming year. Some of the criteria is very easy for us as we regularly have youth advancement, Troop Committee meetings, PLC meetings, community service and much more. Congratulations to Troop 4 for once again achieving Gold on JTE!


Potential Activities

  • Troop Court of Awards (Spring, Outside)
  • CW Summer camp early bird $ due April 15?
  • CW Summer Camp June 27 to July 3, 2021
  • CC Summer Camp July 18 to July 23, 2021
  • Troop Trip August
  • Meatball Supper October 2021
    (Note all potential activities are under discussion
    with the Troop Committee. If you have a question
    or concern please contact our Troop 4 Committee
    Chair Jim Wallgren.)

Take a Hike!

Hiking Merit BadgeOn Saturday, January 30 from 12 Noon to 3PM, we will have a discovery hike in Hubbardston. For this easy day hike, we will meet at the entrance to the Hubbardston State Forest. Dress for the weather and bring 2 water bottles and trail snacks. Most of this is trail hiking. Be sure to wear boots. Sneakers are not recommended. Thanks to Jameson for helping to pull this together.


Scout Sunday February 7th

Scout Sunday 2021 PatchA Scout is Reverent. On Scout Sunday, February 7th we will attend the 10:30AM Mass at Holy Rosary. At the end of the Mass, we will present the charter and a very special envelope to St. Vincent De Paul. Due to COVID, we have limited seating available in church. If you are interested, please see Mr. R. ASAP. Thanks to our Charter Rep. Mr. Sioui for making this happen. 


Ice Fishing

Ice FishingOn Saturday, February 13 from 9am to 1pm, we have been invited to experience ice fishing at the Bettez camp on Brogan Rd. Where is Brogan Rd? Go past the gate to Camp Collier (Do not enter the camp!) take your next right at the mail boxes and drive all the way to the lake. You will see the Bettez Brothers truck at their family camp. Thank you to Leonard for setting this up.


Special School Vacation Event

Put This On Your CalendarWhat is this going to be? What do you want to do? Will it be sledding? Will it be another foil pack campfire or both? You make the VOLUME 38, ISSUE 1 JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2021 decision and talk to all of the Scouts in the troop at the February 10 Virtual meeting!


Postponed Scouting Activities

Due to COVID19

Game Night
Adventure in Bears Den
Klondike Derby
Archery at Bow Club
Heywood Hall
Meatball Supper


Current Council Activities

Registration opens for Spring Session Virtual Merit badges

Life to Eagle Workshop

Council Roundtable

7 to 8:30 PM

Meeting ID: 755 516 396
Passcode: 478647

2/1/2021 to 4/30/2021
Virtual MB University

March 1 Roundtable

7 to 8:30 PM

Meeting ID: 755 516 396
Passcode: 478647

Life to Eagle Workshop


B.S.A. News


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