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


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