Troop In4mer

The newsletter of Boy Scout Troop 4

Proudly sponsored by Annunciation Parish at Holy Spirit Chapel, Gardner, MA
continuing for 83 strong years
Meetings are held Wednesday evenings from 7:00 to 8:30 PM in the Chapel Hall

VOLUME 38. ISSUE 2

APRIL / MAY 2021

From the Scoutmaster’s chair

Welcome New Scout Carson Brinker to Troop 4! With a special cross over ceremony on Saturday, April 24, Carson has chosen to follow his older brother, Jameson, to Troop 4. We need to welcome Carson and encourage him to feel a part of our team. All Troop 4 Troop meetings are now at the church on Wednesday nights 7 to 8:30. Our PLC plan is to have outside campfire meetings as weather permits. Note: please wear your mask and be safe. Mr. R.

Special Parent and Youth meeting

ON WEDNESDAY APRIL 28 AT HOLY SPIRIT 7PM! This is to share and discuss important changes about summer camp.

Summer Camp at Camp Wanocksett

Sunday, June 27 to Saturday, July 3, 2021. (Note: Early Bird due May 1, Campership Apps due ASAP. SM recommends all Troop 4 Scouts apply for campership due to COVID and show commitment.) Please attend April 28 meeting before making your camp commitment!

Cemetery Sweep

On May 14 to 16 we will camp on Mr. Rousseau’s property again this year behind the cemetery. Our campout will start on Friday at 6:30pm at the Campsite. This Saturday morning of sweeping is a great help for the parish and counts for us as service time toward JTE. Thank you to the Rousseau family for allowing us to camp. Note: we plan to have a PLC meeting at this event.

Going Camping? What Do I Bring?

Each Scout should:

1. Check the weather forecast and prepare / dress accordingly.

2. Bring their own sleepwear, change of clothes, proper footwear, proper outer wear.

3. Bring their own water bottle, drinking cup, plate, bowl, fork, knife, spoon and bag to carry it.

4. Bring their own sleeping bag, pillow, flashlight.

5. All prescription medication should be turned into the Scoutmaster.

Every Scout must always have a current medical form on file with the Scoutmaster.

* For more info check your Scout handbook.

Did You Receive Scout Life Magazine?

Troop 4 pays for this magazine for every registered family. Check it out. Some interesting articles in the April edition are: Page 24 – Get a job! Page 28 – Dave Marshall Comic Book Editor.

 

 

Summer Adventure -Look Out Nantucket-Here Comes Troop 4

Is your bike ready? Yes, our Summer adventure trip this year will be to an island off the coast of Massachusetts called Nantucket.

We plan to leave Gardner Friday, August 6th at 5:45am and return on Monday, August 9th at 6:00pm.

The total cost is $150.00 per person. Pay Early & Save! Pay $25 per person by June 2nd and balance of $100 by June 30th and you will be paid in full! That is a $25 discount! Or pay $150.00 by July 14.

If interested in Whaling Museum please bring spending money.

More info coming about med form, covid tests and vaccine requirements for this trip.

Load your personal gear and bicycle on truck Wednesday, August 4 (time TBD).

(You must be able to walk 1 mile & ride a bicycle for this trip.)

Note: To swim in this warm ocean water (not kidding). See Mr. R for more BSA policy details about this.

Thank You

to all of our Scouts who helped with the Annunciation Parish Easter Vigil Fire. This year our Charter Rep invited us, Troop 9 and Troop 749 to join together for this long time tradition. Thank You to Annunciation Parish for inviting all of us for this special Easter Vigil experience.

Who is Our Troop Equipment Boss?

We actually have 2 in the troop. Ashton and Jacob are now in charge of our Troop equipment and our storage room at the church. (Mr. Lemek is their advisor.) They will both supervise and direct equipment going out for our campouts and return after. All equipment must be clean and returned at the next meeting after the campout.

Can and Bottle Drive

On Saturday, June 5th from 9am to 1pm, we will meet at our Bottle and Can collector at Royal Steam. All participating Scouts will receive credits as Scout Bucks in their account. All Scouts are encouraged to attend. Remember – “A Scout Earns His Way.”

Upcoming Troop Activities

Flag retirement Campfire Ceremony June 12 at Holy Spirit (not confirmed).

Court of Awards with campfire

Current Council Activities

April 30, Life to Eagle Leaders workshop

 

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 39. ISSUE 1

JANUARY / FEBRUARY 2021

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

below:

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 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.

 

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

1/22/2021
Registration opens for Spring Session Virtual Merit badges

https://commerce.hnebsa.org/event/hne-virtualmerit-badge-university-spring-session/

 
1/29/2021
Life to Eagle Workshop

https://commerce.hnebsa.org/event/life-to-eagleseminar-5/

 
2/1/2021
Council Roundtable

7 to 8:30 PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/755516396?pwd=VStLK1htL3c4V2F0cjdDd1BrMnhvZz09

Meeting ID: 755 516 396
Passcode: 478647

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

https://commerce.hnebsa.org/event/hne-virtualmerit-badge-university-spring-session/

3/1/2021
March 1 Roundtable

7 to 8:30 PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/755516396?pwd=VStLK1htL3c4V2F0cjdDd1BrMnhvZz09

Meeting ID: 755 516 396
Passcode: 478647

3/6/2021
Life to Eagle Workshop

https://commerce.hnebsa.org/event/life-to-eagleseminar-6/

 

B.S.A. News

 

Check out in your January to February 2021 Boy’s Life magazine. Page 20 Your best foot forward. Page 32 Buying your first car!

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 38. ISSUE 4

SEPTEMBER / OCTOBER 2020

From the Scoutmaster’s chair

Camp Collier Map ThumbnailWelcome back!

Wow, what a summer! We had a grand time at our Camp Collier summer camp, but this was just the start to 8 weeks of excitement. From the pool party at Sean’s dad’s house to our sling shots and foil packs at Rousseau’s to our drive-up movies. Even with COVID, it was an exciting summer! Let’s plan for a safe fall and winter.

Welcome to our new PLC! Leonard will be our Senior Patrol Leader and Quintin his Assistant SPL. Jameson will be stepping into the position of Patrol Leader. The PLC has had their first meeting and has many new and exciting ideas. Onward to a great Autumn. We have a lot in store, so read on!

Are we ready for the Fall Camp out?

Due to COVID, this year the council is not offering a Fall Camporee. We will follow social distancing requirements and have our own campout on October 16 to 18, 2020 at Camp Collier.
Camping: We will camp at the Adirondack area. What is an Adirondack? An Adirondack is a 3-sided shelter. The open side has a fireplace with a very large rock in front. The rock reflects heat back into the shelter. Social distancing requires only 2 people in each shelter. Our plan is that we will pitch tents for every Scout and Adult and use the Adirondack for our troop gear.
Cost: $10.00 per Scout or Adult will cover food for the weekend.
Transportation: Due to COVID, we will ask each family to transport their Scout(s).
Activities: On Saturday, we will leave camp and come into town for our first bottle and can drive from 9 am to 1 pm. All participating Scouts will receive credits as Scout Bucks in their account (See article “A Scout Earns His Way”). We will have Webelos arrive in the afternoon. They will visit and camp with us. Our Troop PLC is encouraged to be creative, welcoming and provide an exciting, dynamic Scouting program.

A Scout Earns His / Her Way!

National BSA has severely increased the membership fees for all youth and adults. A Scout is thrifty. A Scout works to pay his or her way and to help others. Paying your own way with money that you have earned gives you independence and pride. Our bottle and can drive and our family plan are both good ways to help to earn our way. Sign up today! If finances are a challenge, a parent should contact Mr. R. ASAP for information about the financial assistance program.

Boy Scout Troop 4 of Gardner announces summer camp patch sale.

Camp Collier Patch ThumbnailTroop 4 followed our state social distancing rules and enjoyed our own summer camp this past summer 2020 at Camp Collier in Gardner. In the excitement of preparing for camp, the boys designed a patch to celebrate the event. This is a limited edition and we have a small supply for sale. If you are interested in this patch, please send a check payable to Boy Scout Troop 4 for the amount of $5.00 per patch (this includes postage) to:

Boy Scout Troop 4
125 Oak St
Gardner MA 01440

Note: we have a patch reserved for all Scouts that went to camp with us. Thank you for supporting Troop 4.

Merit Badge Wrap-Up!

Got a partial? Need some help? Need a counselor? See Mr. Billings. Now is the time to finish up and receive your badge at Harvest Festival. GET IT DONE!

Troop 4 Selected!

Thank you to all of the Troop members that participated in the special, 3-part National BSA selected survey. What do we get for doing this? Earn gift cards for the Troop at the Scout Shop.

A Time to Tell

National BSA strongly recommends that every troop offer the opportunity for every Scout to watch the video “A Time to Tell”. This personal safety video is geared directly to Scouts in the 11 to 14 age group. On Wednesday October 21, parents are invited. We will view this at our Troop meeting. Ernie Bettez, a retired school counselor, will be available if Scouts or parents have questions.

Cooking Tripod

Check out Page 48 in the September Boy’s Life Magazine. This is the same experience from our Troop meeting. How many times do you wrap and frap?

Youth Protection Training

The Heart of New England council has adopted a resolution that all YPT must be completed yearly in the month of December. Troop 4 is encouraging all adults to take it on line. GET IT DONE! If adults have an interest in participating in a group session, please contact Mr. R. ASAP.

Do you need a sign?

For a month can you support the troop with a lawn sign to recruit? Please see Mr. R. and say, “I need a sign!”

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