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

VOLUME 37. ISSUE 3

JUNE / JULY / AUGUST 2020

From the Scoutmaster’s chair

The Troop 4 plan is very simple to understand.

  1. Meeting on Zoom for the rest of June.
  2. Summer adventure trips (see below).
  3. Weekly summertime fun program.
  4. Current plan is to resume hall meetings if allowed on Wednesday nights in September.

When I am writing this, summer is just around the corner. Presently Troop 4 is meeting every Wednesday night on Zoom. Thursday evening is available for advancement, Scoutmaster conferences, Boards of Review, and any Scout who needs help with advancement. How does this Thursday night happen? This is very simple! Before or at Wednesday’s meeting, YOU AS A SCOUT NEED TO SPEAK UP, CONTACT OR SAY Mr. BILLINGS or Mr. R I NEED HELP WITH ADVANCEMENT! – Mr. R.

If you have a question or need help with an online meeting, please call or text Mr. R. at 978-4070028 right away.

CW Summer Camp

Camp Wanocksett Not this summer. Camps are closed due to the COVID-19 Virus. We have forwarded our reservation and site deposit to next year Week 1 of camp.

Lost River Adventure

What is this trip about? This is a fun adventure to the site of an airplane wreck and a potential side trip to Clarks Trading post. This trip is scheduled for August 6 to 9, 2020. Cost $130.00 due Wednesday July 8 at Troop summer program.

T-shirt Contest Update

I hope everyone has been working on their ideas for a new Troop 4 T-shirt. Unfortunately, since we won’t be having any in person meetings soon, we are changing the deadline and how to submit your designs. Please e-mail me your designs, if possible in jpeg format, by July 4. My e-mail is afdmedic@hotmail.com. I will then send out the designs to the Committee members for their votes, then we will send out the final 4 to the troop members for the final vote. The goal is to at least have the new design for when we resume our regular in-person meetings and possibly wear the new shirts.

Remember the design contest is open to all Troop and Committee members along with their families, 2 designs per person max. It can be front, back or both. Single or multiple colors. Must include “Troop 4” “Gardner” and “Holy Spirit Church” or “HSC”. Any other wording can be included as long as it is appropriate.

Thank You Ray Lemek

Troop 4 Website

Troop 4’s website has been given a face-lift. Please check it out at http://troop4.gardnerscouting.org/. 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 jonathan.brinker@gmail.com. Also, our monthly newsletter (the In4mer) is now being posted for your delight.

National BSA to introduce new required Diversity & Inclusion Merit Badge

Introducing a specific Diversity and Inclusion merit badge that will be required for the rank of Eagle Scout. It will build on components within existing merit badges, including the American Cultures and Citizenship in the Community merit badges, which require Scouts to learn about and engage with other groups and cultures to increase understanding and spur positive action.

Did You Survive Camp Quarantine?

Camp QuarantineThanks to the Troop 4 Troop Committee for their help with the movie popcorn. It was soooo goooood!

BSA News

Check out page 21 in your August 2019 Boy’s Life: So that is what a Fly Fishing rod looks like!

Troop 4 Summer Program

Dates Activities
July 1, 2020 Biking
July 8, 2020 Fishing at Dunn’s Park
July 15, 2020 Gear Prep
July 19 to 24, 2020 Summer Camp (Collier)
July 29, 2020 Field games at MWCC
August 5, 2020 Gear Prep Lost Lake Trip
August 6 to 9, 2020 Troop Adventure, Lost River Trip
August 12, 2020 Gear Return
August 19, 2020 Mini golf
August 26, 2020 Pool/Party at house?
Sept 2, 2020 Bowling candlepins
Sept 9, 2020 Return to hall

Back to Collier Happy Land!

Have you ever heard the song? I have! This is going to be a great week of camp. What is on the list of adventures? A sling shot and rifle shoot with fully trained and qualified instructors. To top it off – a Court of Honor. Here are the dates of camp: July 19 to 24, 2020 The cost $130.00 per person youth or adult. This includes campsite, meals and opportunities to earn badges. $ due Wednesday July 8 at Troop summer program.

Are you in the patch contest? Bring your own tent or use a Troop tent. Need help choosing badges? At the next Troop meeting, say, “Hey, Mr. Billings! I need help choosing badges!” Stay tuned for a full Schedule coming. Ask Mr. R what is needed for your med form! Download it today at www.campwanocksett.org

Welcome to Scoutbook

What is Scoutbook? Scoutbook is a computer program that will track your advancement, events and communication in the troop. Looking ahead, we will have an excerpt each time an In4mer is published focusing on an aspect of Scoutbook. Hiking Log, Camping Log, Service Log for instance and more. See the worksheet below for a quick start.

Troop Bottle and Can Collector to Open!

Can and Bottle Box ClosedPart 1 (family plan) of our bottle and can collector is open!

  • 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.

Part 2 (community collector) will open soon! We will announce when part 2 is allowed to reopen.

Thank You!

Thank you to Mr. Sioui and Mr. Rousseau for welcoming our PLC to check out camping opportunities. Mr. R.

MMMM Meatball Supper

POSTPONED Saturday March 21st. This is an excellent way to earn $ for summer camp and our troop trip this summer. See 2 articles in this edition. More to come. See “The many ways to make money with meatballs” – coming soon!

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

VOLUME 37. ISSUE 2

APRIL 2020

From the Scoutmaster’s chair

Welcome new Scouts, Ayden and Jacob! Thank you for choosing Troop 4! Onward to a great opportunity for campouts, activities, meetings and of course fun! — Mr. R. 

How are we existing in a virtual world?

Wow this is new to all of us! Learning curve expected. All of our virtual meetings have 2
options for participation.

1. Click on the link in the email invite and log in with a computer.

2. In the same invite, there is a telephone # and an access code. Please try the one that works best

Below is a listing of our virtual meetings.

Troop 4 youth are still meeting every Wednesday from 7 to 8 pm. The PLC goal is to have a meeting encouraging everyone to participate. Games and challenges welcome.

Thursday evening is advancement. If you need help or have a question, you can sign up during the Wednesday Troop meeting by asking Mr. R. and Mr. Billings for an invite to the advancement meeting. We try to set up this meeting for 7 pm
on Thursday. The invite can go out around 4 pm.

PLC is meeting on a regular basis (weekly at the moment).

Troop committee is meeting once per month. If you have a question or need help with an online meeting, please call or text Mr. R. at 978-407-0028.

It’s Here!

Our new org chart and contact list is attached to this newsletter. Get to know your patrol. I challenge you to telephone a different person on this chart every day. Welcome their friendship. Ask them, “Why are you in Scouts?” “How did you get started?” Check it out now and make a Scouting friend.

Attention all Troop 4 Scouts!

Below is a flier for an interesting camp out. Tell Mr. R. that you are ready to camp!

Camp Quarantine

Camp Quarantine 2020 is a Virtual Camporee for Cub Scouts, Webelos, Scouts BSA, Venturers, Sea Scouts, Scouters and Families of the Heart of New England and Western Massachusetts Councils. Make sure you bookmark campquarantine.hnebsa.org.

Please click on the link below for more information and to register:
-HNE: https://commerce.hnebsa.org/event/camp-quarantine-2020/
-WMC: https://www.wmascouting.org/camp-quarantine-2020

Please note: While there is no cost to participate, you may choose to to make a donation to support our HNE or WMC camps.

Earth Day challenge!

Earth Day Network

April 22, 2020 is the 50th Anniversary! Please wear gloves and pick up 50 pieces of trash in your neighborhood.

CW Summer Camp

Camp Wanocksett

June 28th – July 4th! Save $___ if you pay the Troop $____ before May 1! Pay later and pay more. Expensive? Can a campership help? What is a campership?
How do I apply? How much can I get? All very good questions. See Mr. R. ASAP!! Don’t forget your med form!
Download it today at www.campwanocksett.org 

BSA News

Check out in your April Boy’s Life: Pg. 33 Public Health and Textile Merit Badges. What can you learn?

Thank You!

Thank you to Athol Conservation for camping in the Paige cabin, Bears Den, the Athol Congregational Church for a super breakfast, Mrs. Nault and the Pequoig Bow Club for a wonderful archery opportunity in January. Mr. R.

Advancement Updates

Congrats to all of the Scouts who participated in Merit Badge University.

How many merit badges are you now taking on line?

Do you know how to find online advancement including merit badges? It is really simple. Our
council website is a good place to start. Go to Heartofnewenglandbsa.org. On the blue bar, select program, then calendar and activities. 

Also check out the council Facebook page. The
30-day rank challenge up to first class is a great
opportunity. 

It’s Here!

Our new org chart and contact list is attached to this newsletter. Get to know your patrol. I challenge you to telephone a different person on this chart every day. Welcome their friendship. Ask them, “Why are you in Scouts?” “How did you get started?” Check it out now and make a Scouting friend.

Upcoming Events

Camp Quarantine April 24 – 25 Virtual camp
Meatball Supper (Potential May 16)
Cemetery Sweep (Potential May 15 to 17)
Summer Camp (Planned June 28 to July 4)
Summer trip Lost River NH Adventure (Planned August 6 to 9)

MMMM Meatball Supper POSTPONED

March 21st. This is an excellent way to earn $ for summer camp and our troop trip this summer. See 2 articles in this edition. More to come. See “The many ways to make money with meatballs”

Troop Bottle and Can Collector

Can and Bottle Box ClosedOur bottle and can collector is temporarily closed. This is due to the current COVID-19 virus. We will announce when we are allowed to reopen.

 

 

 

Easter Vigil Fire

Eater Vigil Fire Candle

Troop In4mer
The newsletter of Boy Scout Troop 4

Proudly sponsored by Annunciation Parish at Holy Spirit Chapel, Gardner, MA

continuing for 80+ years

Meetings are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Chapel Hall
VOLUME 36, ISSUE 4 NOVEMBER 2019
From the Scoutmaster’s chair

Congratulations to all the Scouts
who received badges and ranks
at the Harvest Festival! Thank
you to everyone who helped to make this event
a success! Mr. Wallgren and Mr. Pillsbury Sr.
have had recent health issues and I ask that you
please join me in wishing them both a speedy
recovery. Welcome Webelos! In the next few
weeks, we have invited 3 Webelos dens to visit
with us. This is a great opportunity to showcase
our troop. Coming soon: Game Night
(December 20) and a Bears Den cabin campout
with Archery in January.

Congratulations to Brady
Billings and Leonard Bettez
for completing NYLT! We
look forward to seeing them use their new
leadership skills!

Our Hebert candy bar
sale is on!
For each box of 60 candy bars
you sell, you will get $24 in your account. Sell a
box, bring $60 to a Wednesday night meeting,
and get another one! If you need more before
Wednesday, contact Mrs. Bastien.

Pack 496 Dessert Auction
The Scouts in Pack 4 will be
having a dessert auction on
Friday, November 15 at 6:30pm at Holy Rosary.
Please come and support our feeder pack.

Climb on!
Our annual trip to the climbing
Gym in Worcester is Wednesday,
November 27. Do not miss this fun
and exciting trip! Permission slips must be
turned in ASAP! Can you tie the special knot??

Caroling and Campfire
On Tuesday, December 10 at
6:00pm, Pack 496 is sponsoring
a door-to-door neighborhood
walk to sing Christmas carols. This is an old
European tradition to encourage community
awareness. Would Troop 4 like to sponsor a
campfire here at Holy Spirit? The Pack will have
light refreshments after the neighborhood walk.
Please join us for any portion of the above.

Game Night
We will have our annual Troop 4
Lock-in Game Night in the hall
at Holy Spirit from Friday, December 20 at 6pm
to Saturday, December 21 at 9am. The doors
are locked – once in, you are in! The boys will
cook dinner and breakfast, and they will also
have their Christmas party. There will be a $10
gift swap for all who want to join in. You may
bring video games if they are rated up to “T” for
teen audience. You must have more than 1
controller so a friend can play, and you are
responsible for your own game system and tv.
Please note Wi-Fi is not available at the church.

Have you ever wondered?
What is Merit Badge Minute? See
page 30-31 in the November 2019
issue of Boy’s Life magazine. What
merit badges are highlighted this

month?

For adult leaders only!
Check out page 13 in the
November/December issue of
Scouting Magazine – “Getting
Schooled: The rules of group
merit badge instruction.” Have you ever
thought about teaching a merit badge? Talk to
Mr. R. or Mr. Billings!

Youth Protection Training
Heart of New England Council has
adopted a resolution that all YPT
must be completed in the month
of December. Troop 4 will offer a group
training. Come to this on a Wednesday night or
take it on line. Your choice…..GET IT DONE!
What is next? Position training!

Upcoming Dates –
Mark your calendar!
Nov. 13 – Personal Management
Merit Badge 6:30pm
Nov. 15 – Pack 496 Dessert Auction 6:30pm
Nov. 20 – Troop Committee meeting at
Wallgrens’ 7:05pm
Nov. 27 – Climbing Gym 5:00pm
Dec. 4 – Personal Management
Merit Badge 6:30pm
Dec. 10 – Pack Caroling & Campfire 6:00pm
Dec. 20 – Game Night 6:00pm