April 2015

Posted by Shawn Donahue on April 30, 2015 at 4:50 AM

April was another whirlwind month with something going on almost every weekend! The bottle drive and Adult Pinewood Derby back on April 11th helped make a big contribution to the Troop’s funds and will make a nice dent in the cost of sending the Troop to the Florida High Adventure Sea Base in 2016. Thanks to all of you who donated bottle and came out to support us!

On April 19th and 20th, 30 members of Troop 6 participated in the Isaac Davis Camporee in Concord MA. We joined the other troops from Quincy, along with several hundred other scouts and scouters for this wonderful annual event. Sunday was warm and sunny and we played football and Frisbee and made a bunch of new friends. That night, there was a huge campfire and each troop did a song or a skit. It was early to bed, because we were up for 4AM and bused to Isaac Davis’s home in Acton and began the same march that he and his Acton Minutemen took after receiving the famous call that the “British are coming”. We learned quite a bit of history during the hike, including the fact that they never said the “The British are coming” since they were all British! We completed the 7 mile hike in the cold and the rain, and watched the reenactment at the Old North Bridge in Concord. It was a wonderful way to not only learn a little bit of Patriots Day history, but to help recreate it.

On April 25th, we held a Court of Honor to present Alex Samsel with his Eagle Scout award. Alex built the garden behind the Houghs Neck Congregational Church last summer for his Eagle project, and through that garden and his hard work, there were several hundred pounds of fresh vegetables donated to the Interfaith Social Services Food Pantry in Quincy. Alex received accommodations from the President, Vice President, US Senate, US House of Representatives, Governor, State Senate, State Representatives, Mayor, City Council, and the Houghs Neck Community Council all recognizing his amazing achievement. Congratulations Alex!

Next up is Cleaner Greener Quincy, another Eagle project, a Camporee to 6 Flags, all while we continue to work on advancement and merit badges. Currently, we are working on Chess Merit Badge while we take a break from First Aid!

Congratulations to Frankie Reich, our newest Life Scout, and to Ryan Laroche, Kevin Toler, Chris Donahue, and Jake Gordon for earning their First Class ranks.

Our next bottle drive is May 9th from 9-12 in Labrecque Field parking lot, and will continue to be the second Saturday of every month. Please remember that the bottle drives are our main means of fundraising for the Troop, and we really appreciate your contributions. Please feel free to call if you need a pick up!

Yours in Scouting,

Rob Gordon, Troop 6 Scoutmaster


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