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Troop 2 Beverly Food Drive

Troop 2 in Beverly, MA at a Scouting for food drive.  Originally the collection date was to be August 22, but due to the impending threat of a hurricane, it was postponed to August 29th.  1400 door knockers were distributed to the community and signs were posted in Beverly neighborhoods.  1233 lbs. of various food and personal items were collected and donated to the Beverly Bootstraps food pantry.

 

Proud Mom

My youngest has HF ASD. He has always loved scouts, starting from when his big brother was there. As soon as he was able to join, we did. I was involved for many years, some of those as Committee Chair for the Pack, and others as just a parent volunteer.
When it came time to cross from Cubs to Boy Scouts, we chose not to go to the troop his brother was in. We found a troop that was smaller and more accepting of his differences. He has done a phenomenal job and had lots of fun with this group. After the older scouts Eagled/aged out this spring, his friend was voted SPL and he was voted ASPL. Due to Covid, there was no summer camp last year. I was secretly relieved, because I wasn’t sure how he would do for a week in the woods away from home. Cut to this year, and I had the same dread. But we signed him up, and got with the leaders to explain the fears/concerns.
We dropped him off last Sunday with high hopes. I’ll admit, I was on pins and needles most of the week, and kept my phone constantly with me – expecting a call any minute to come get him. But that call NEVER came. We got email updates & photos from the leaders telling us what a great time they were all having, and giving us quick snapshots of how the days went. Dad went to pick up, and this kid spent the whole car ride home excitedly talking about absolutely everything they did at camp. When he got home, he came bounding in the house to tell me all about it. And then did the same when his brother got home. He even bought his brother a new knife from the trading post (I swear this kid is always thinking of others!) Seriously. I am in awe.
I cannot put into words how I’m feeling right now. Gratitude, love, elation, happiness, just so many things all rolled into one. I *never* expected this. I’m crying tears of joy right now. My heart is SO happy.
I grew up in a scouting family. My dad was a leader for many, many years. I knew the value of scouting early. I was a Girl Scout (because back then girls couldn’t join the Boy Scouts). I believe in scouting and the programming it offers. I’m proud to be a scout mom. And I know somewhere my dad is smiling. ⚜️

2021-2022 Membership Fees

At the BSA’s National Annual Meeting last week, the proposed $6/person fee was approved for the upcoming Scouting season.  This brings the registration fees to $72/youth member and $45/adult member.  These fees will go into effect on August 1, 2021.

Additionally, as a reminder, last year it was announced that Scouts BSA youth were required to purchase the Adventure Card for $48.  At that time, it was decided to keep the Cub Scout Adventure Card at $30 for one more year and increase it to $48 in 2022.  This will bring all programs in line in all 3 participating councils (Daniel Webster in NH, Narraganset in RI, and Spirit of Adventure in MA), at $48/person for the Adventure Cards.  To learn more about the benefits of the Adventure Cards at any Base Camp facilities, visit www.experiencebasecamp.org. This increase will go into effect on January 1, 2022, and will be collected as part of the rechartering process.

As Scouting Units prepare to set their annual dues for the upcoming season, here’s the fee schedule to use:

  • Youth Registrations – $72/year or $6/month Effective August 1, 2021
  • Adult Registrations – $45/year or $3.75/month Effective August 1, 2021
  • New Youth Joining Fee – $25 one-time fee
  • Adventure Cards (youth only) – $48/year or $4/month Effective January 1, 2022
  • Scouts Life Subscription (optional) – $12/year or $1/month

Good We Do 5/21/21

Pack 105 Burlington had a “Cereal Drive” this past week in place of their Scouting for Food this year.  Cubs were asked to donate cereal boxes to our first in person Pack meeting of the year.  The Arrow of Light den launched the chain reaction of boxes for all families to watch and cheer on.

Everyone had fun watching the cereal chain tumble.  We were able to donate 124 boxes of cereal to the Burlington Food Pantry.

Minutemen’s Pursuit Trail

Discover history as you follow in the footsteps of the brave Minutemen as they pursued the retreating British Soldiers on April 19, 1775 from Meriam’s Corner in Concord to Prospect Hill in Somerville on this historic trail. This is a recognized National Historic Trail by the BSA and established by the Spirit of Adventure Council and the Concord Scout House. For more information and trail maps, visit http://concordscouthouse.org/pages/scouting-at-csh/trails.php.

Good We Do 4/30/21

Concord’s Scout Troop 132 worked to complete a year of service despite the COVID-19 shutdown.

The troop, under the leadership of Scoutmaster William Duggan and cadre of adult volunteers, responded to the needs they saw in the community. They worked to implement annual activities like the Christmas Tree pickup, as well as new need activities like making masks for health care workers. Most of these projects also supported other local social service organizations.

For full article, CLICK HERE.

Good We Do 4/9/21

Second BSA Scout food drive fills Watertown Food Pantry shelves

Scouts collected 2.5 tons of food for the food pantry this past November, but both the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting unemployment in Watertown has hit our community hard. At the November drive Kathleen Cunningham, Director of the Watertown Food Pantry made an unusual request: Could another food drive be held soon?

Scouting for Food is a service project the BSA Scouts have participated in for years: Supporting a local food pantry, scouts across the U.S. collect food once a year, usually around Thanksgiving when many are feeling generous.

Scouting for Food in Watertown is a tradition near to the scouts’ hearts: Both the Watertown Food Pantry and the scouts call the Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church at 80 Mt. Auburn Street home.

The answer to Cunningham’s question was yes, and March 20, scouts from Troop 30 (age 10-17) and Pack 30 (age 5-10) responded, collecting 5186 pounds of groceries, cleaning supplies and personal items from Watertown neighbors.

Of particular note was the Bear Den of Pack 30, a group of third graders who together collected 1,500 pounds of food that had to be delivered to the Food Pantry in several cars and one pickup truck.

The individual scout who collected the heaviest load of donations was Webelos Scout Xavier Owens, who collected 814.7 pounds of food.

“The extraordinary team of scouts and leaders is overwhelming. The Watertown Food Pantry is truly proud to partner with this team,” said Cunningham. “When support is needed they really know how to get a job done!”

For those who missed the food drive, the Watertown Food Pantry is open Tuesdays for donations (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and for services (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)