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The Good We Do 1/15/21

Troop 74 and Girl Scout Troop 65321 worked with DCF (Mass Department of Children and Families) and the WonderFund to make sure that 27 children would get fantastic presents this holiday. These young kids are without their own families and wanted to be sure they got something amazing.

The Good We Do 1/8/21

Minute Man National Historical Park welcomed Hanscom Air Force Bases’ Scout Pack 173 for an enjoyable day of service before winter arrives. Pack 173 assisted in maintaining some of Minute Man’s back-trail footpaths and helped relocate the Codman Community Farm sheep that are currently hosted by the park.

In the morning, scouts were divided into small, socially-distant groups and dispersed around the Hartwell Tavern area to help clear storm damage and weeds from the Vernal Pool trail, Smith trail, and Smith and Hartwell Connector trails. In the afternoon, Pack 173 convened at the Hartwell Tavern to learn about the Ouessant sheep housed at Minute Man. Scouts enjoyed refilling the water trough and moving the fence around the sheep’s new grazing grounds. For the day’s grand finale, scouts released the sheep from their pen and herded them through the field to their new enclosure!

Minute Man National Historical Park is very appreciative of the support provided by Scout leader Chris Nichols and Pack 173 and can’t wait to host them again!

Pack 4 Needham scouts and families held a clothing and toiletry drive for Circle of Hope, a Needham-based nonprofit that provides clothing and other necessities to homeless men, women and children in Boston. Scouts also worked together to make nearly 100 “Covid kits” for Circle of Hope. Each kit contained a new bottle of hand sanitizer, hand soap, a face mask and a towel, for Cirlce of Hope to distribute to homeless families.

Good We Do 12/23

Pre Covid, 4 boys from Troop 87 went to Putnam Farms in Danvers, which is a senior living center, and put on a Hannukah service for the residents.

Troop 306 for Teens For the 8th year in a row, Troop 306 Arlington partnered with the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families to run a holiday drive benefitting local teens in need. Scouts collect, sort and pack donated items. Thanks to the generosity of the Arlington community and the hard work of our scouts, we were able to deliver 120 gift bags packed with age-appropriate gift items.

Good We Do 12/18

Pablo Alvarez of Troop 6 Brookline was walking through Larz Anderson Park one afternoon and saw a lady (Ginnie) about his age (50s) pulling up vines, and stopped to help. She had been removing invasive vines for weeks in her free time! She was thrilled at the offer of Scout help, and contacted the Park Rangers on our behalf.

So we set things up and managed to get three good workdays in before the ground froze: over 140 hours of work, at least 25 different scouts, families and volunteers involved, and a cleared meadow ready for native species.

See thank you notes below from Ginnie and Park Service.

Hi, Pablo, unfortunately you can’t fight the weather which appears increasingly harsh.

The Scouts and Scout Masters have been so incredibly helpful and productive in clearing invasive porcelain berry vines from the Larz Anderson swamp/meadow.  I have appreciated their help so very much and their good cheer as they ripped up vines, cleared area of debris, and raised huge invasive roots from the ground.

Perhaps there’s a chance for more work in the spring if that works for the Larz folks, you, and your scouts, but whatever happens, your scouts have been the major force in getting this area into the current condition, so thank you so very much to all!



Hi All,

I wanted to thank you all for your hard work and effort with the invasive removal at Larz. It was a bummer that we were not able to fit in another day before the cold weather, but the work that you all have done has already made a huge impact on the park.

Ginnie and Pablo, thank you for initiating, coordinating and organizing this project with the Scouts. It was great to be a part of this project with such fun, ethusiastic, and dedicated folks!
Please pass along a huge a thank you to the Scouts (and their parents) from the Town of Brookline, for giving up several Saturday and Sunday afternoons to dedicate their time and hard work to improve the park. We are so very appreciative! We truly could not do it without you.

All the best,

Kiara Huntress
Park Ranger
Town of Brookline
Parks and Open Space Division

Good We Do 12/11

Pack 8 Dracut participates in a yard clean out of a disable veteran. Pack 8 filled 40 leaf bags and a trailer with leaves and debris.

Adam from Troop 87 in Groveland completed his Eagle project by leading an effort to create 30 back-to-school backpacks for children living at Emmaus House in Haverhill.

Here’s a link to the article in the local newspaper:


The Good We Do 11/25

Shout out to Pack 7 Lowell for the awesome donation of clothing that they dropped off for The Wish Project. Their clothing drive will be so appreciated by the lucky families that receive warm winter clothing as a result.

Pack 731 North Reading collects food for the North Reading Food Pantry.