Troop 6 News - November 2014

Posted by Shawn Donahue on November 30, 2014 at 8:00 AM

Troop 6 News…

Always up for a challenge, the boys of Troop 6 decided that just camping in the cold wasn’t enough, and on November 15-16, the scouts build shelters with branches and leaves and pine boughs and slept the night in the woods of Camp Massasoit. You might remember that weekend, it was the first time this year that it got really, really cold. Like 18 degrees cold! Everyone was well prepared, and a number of the boys were convinced that their shelters were warmer than a tent would have been, and they are probably right! We also had the first ever Troop 6 Cook Off on this trip. Each patrol had to cook their own food over the open fire and present it to the judges for dinner. The Duct Tape Patrol made a nice Chicken Parmesan and pasta, the Task Force Patrol had a hearty American Chop Suey, but the winner was the Border Patrol with an amazing Beef Stew. Congrats to Jake Walsh, Patrick Lee, Chris Fournier, and Brendan Cavin!

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The troop continues to work hard on advancement, with Brody Gillespie and Andrew Engren making Tenderfoot, Jake Gordon, Kevin Toler, and Ryan Laroche all earning Second Class and Jake Gordon, Ryan Laroche, Brendan Cavin, Kevin Toler, and Chris Fournier all earned both Rifle and Archery Merit Badges, thanks to Dick Striano and the Weymouth Sportsman’s Club (THANKS!!!) Congrats as well to Jake Walsh for completing his Family Life Merit Badge. He should be a Life Scout soon! There is also a big group of boys that are coming to the meetings early every week to work with Rich Sutherland on Communications Merit Badge as well.

In addition, John Bonfiglioli completed the majority of his Eagle project last month! John raised over $800 through an 11+ mile Hike-A-Thon that the scouts participated in. He then worked with Carl Reich to build an Osprey tower for the marsh by Broad Meadows. On November 29th, with the aid of a team of scouts and leaders, we put the tower up on the island in the middle of the marsh. The tower stands over 12’ tall and will hopefully provide a safe and secure nest for a family of Osprey this spring. You can see the tower clearly from the end of Moffat Road. As part of the project, John is also providing Broad Meadows Middle School with 3 pairs of high powered binoculars and a teaching guide about why Osprey are important to the marshes and our ecosystem. Congrats John!

We closed out 2014 with our biggest ever Christmas/Holiday party, with 20 pizzas and a Yankee swap among 45 of us! It was crazy, but a lot of fun! We were also proud to present the “Pop Josselyn” Award to Don and Barbara Oakes for their years of dedication to the Troop and Pack. They exemplify the type of service that Pop would have been proud of, and we are going to miss them, and wish them well in their next great adventure in North Carolina.

Our next bottle drive is January 10th 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, 617-479-7412



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