Nantucket Bike trip - Sept 3rd - 5th

posted Aug 20, 2017, 2:55 PM by Drew Schlussel

When:        Load Truck w/ bikes, gear & food on Friday, Sept. 1 at 3:00 PM

                   Meet at CVS w/ day pack, water, bag lunch (eat breakfast before) Sat. Sept 2 at 5:45 AM 
                   (DO NOT BE LATE!!)

                   Return to CVS Monday, Sept. 4 around 8:00 PM (will call on way in case time changes)

What:         A weekend biking Nantucket, exploring its beaches and history.  
                   Iron Chef dinner contest by patrol. Kite building contests by patrol.   
                   Work on achievements throughout the weekend

Cost:           $100 per scout - includes meals, round trip ferry ride, truck rental (for bikes), lodging on Nantucket

If your scout needs a bike, one can be rented on the island $60 for 3 days OR $48 if we get at least 6 scouts who need a bike rental!! Includes bike, helmet, bike lock, and assistance on the island if they run into bike trouble.  :)  If you want to see the type of bike they'd be renting, you can take a look.    Reservations should be made through me - if you want to rent, please EMAIL me ASAP and let me know HOW TALL your son is!

Trying to decide if you should rent a bike or take the bike you’ve had for years?

If your bike isn’t quite road worthy, is too small (or to big), doesn’t have good working gears or brakes, hasn’t been tuned up in several years and you’re not sure about it’s overall functionality and reliability, please opt to rent a bike!! You can rent a bike through Young’s bike shop and we’ll pick it up right after we get off the ferry! The last bike trip we took as a troop, we found that there were several bikes on the trip that probably shouldn’t have been and it made riding for the scouts difficult. We want to make this as enjoyable a trip as possible, so please make sure your scout has a bike in good working condition!

Springfield Armory, Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags

posted May 21, 2017, 5:52 PM by Drew Schlussel


Springfield Armory, Basketball Hall of Fame, Six Flags

MAY 27th – 29th

In addition to clothes and gear needed (see scout handbook), bring a swimsuit & towel for swimming at the park. Class A uniform for the parade.

Backpacking the Appalachian Trail in Massachusetts

posted Mar 8, 2017, 5:17 PM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Mar 20, 2017, 5:19 AM ]

April 29-30, 2017 - Join the Troop on a short (~12) hike along the famous Appalachian Trail. We'll head out Saturday morning, hike, setup camp, and enjoy some gourmet back country cooking. Sunday morning we'll hike to the end of the trail segment and head back to Hopkinton. Along the way we'll enjoy the freedom of the hills, fresh air, and some great exercise! This is a great way to shake off the winter and get ready for a summer of adventure in the woods.

Pico Mountain Ski Trip

posted Feb 15, 2017, 6:55 AM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Feb 15, 2017, 6:56 AM ]

When:   Fri - Sun March 3-5, 2017

Time:    Meet at CVS Parking lot at 3:30 PM on Friday, 3/3.  Return on Sunday approx. 6 or 7 PM (will call/text wtih exact time)

Where:  Pico Mountain, Vermont (near Killington)

Cost:     $169 (includes all equipment rentals, lift tickets, meals, overnight accommodations, swimming, indoor rock climbing, snow games and more)

Sign-ups: in person at our February Troop meetings (2/9 & 2/16) or email Jo Greystone with your interest and you'll need to get her your check and signed permission form NO LATER THAN 2/16

 ***** Please make checks payable to TROOP 4 and either bring it to a Feb Troop meeting, or you can mail it directly to Jo at PO Box 789, Hopkinton, MA 01748.

Bring:  Always review the Scout packing list in your handbook, and here are a few other suggestions:

  1. Sleeping bag (sleeping indoors, so no need for zero degree bags on this trip)
  2. Sleeping pad, pillow
  3. Waterproof Snowpants/ski jacket/gloves/hat/ski socks (not cotton!) for skiing
  4. Snow boots (waterproof)
  5. 2 pair ski socks (wool, NOT cotton)
  6. Base layer thermal long underwear (no cotton)
  7. Long sleeve mid layer shirt (no cotton)
  8. Long pants (thermal/fleece, no cotton)
  9. Fleece jacket, sweater or other extra layer
  10. Waterproof gloves/mittens/face shield 
  11. Hand/foot warmers
  12. Flashlight
  13. Toiletries (toothbrush, soap, etc.,)
  14. Bathing suit & towel
  15. Clothes to wear to indoor activities (shorts/pants/sneakers/extra shirt)
  16. chap stick
  17. Ski goggles or sunglasses
  18. 1 liter water bottle (filled)
  19. small first aid kit
  20. a great attitude!! :)

Summer Camp Sign-Ups Begin in February

posted Jan 26, 2017, 6:45 AM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Jan 26, 2017, 6:48 AM ]

This year our Troop will be attending Griswold Scout Reservation, Hidden Valley, Week 8: August 13 - 19 again for our annual summer camp week!

Last year we had a "Super Fantastic" time with a large group of Scouts. 

Thank you for supporting the boys by sending them to summer camp which promotes bonding within our Troop and gives our new Scouts a great introduction to scouting.


The total cost of the camp is $390  The Troop is planning on subsidizing $50 for each scout that attends, bringing the cost per Scout to $340.

Please note the subsidy is dependent upon successful fundraising at the Pancake Breakfast.  

$50 deposits for camp will be collected at the February meetings (2/9 and 2/23).

Any deposit payments after March 12 will incur an extra $50 fee added to camp tuition. 

The remaining $290 for tuition and any additional payments (some merit badges require an extra fee for materials) is due on or before the April 27th Troop 4 meeting.

Checks should be made out "Troop 4 Hopkinton"

For information about the Medical Forms required for camp, check out the camp director's video blog at

Indoor Skydiving and Winter Camping, Feb 11-12

posted Jan 22, 2017, 2:56 PM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Jan 22, 2017, 2:59 PM ]

We will travel straight to SkyVenture Indoor Skydiving, 100 Adventure Way (formerly 3 Poisson Ave), Nashua, NH.

There will be at least two separate group sessions of not more than 12 people each.
After instruction and safety training, each session will be for 30 minutes “dive” time.

From there, we will travel to the Friendly Beaver Campground, 98 Cochran Hill Road, New Boston, NH.     

We will have the opportunity swim in their indoor heated pool, as well as reinforce our winter camping skills, including digging snow cave shelters if there’s enough snow.  Bring your winter gear and your suit and towel!!!

We will meet at CVS’s rear parking lot at 7:30 AM on Feb 11th, and leave no later than 8 AM.

Scouts should eat breakfast before leaving.

We will return to the CVS parking lot Sunday morning by around 10-11AM, and will call from the road when we get close.

Personal Gear (suitable for Winter in NH! - see also the Scout Handbook):


1.     Backpack (smaller better) w/ pack cover or large plastic bag

2.     Sleeping bag (0-20 deg)

3.   Sleeping pad

4.     Winter Hiking Boots, waterproof

5.     2 pr Heavy-weight hiking socks (liner socks optional)

6.     Base-layer thermal under-garments

7.     Long-sleeve  mid-layer shirt (no cotton)

8.     Long pants (thermal/fleece, no cotton)

9.   Winter shell / snow pants

10.  Winter Coat or Shell w/ liner

11.  Fleece Jacket, sweater or other extra layer

12.  Waterproof gloves/Mittens, Hat/Balaclava

13.  Mess-kit (cup, bowl, spork)

14.  1-liter water bottle

15. Small shovel / scoop to dig snow cave/shelter

16. Plastic tarp / ground cloth for snow cave

17.  (the regulars) headlamp, pocketknife, toiletries, hand/foot warmers, small 1st aid kit


PLUS : Swimsuit and  towel!

Indoor Rock Climbing

posted Dec 5, 2016, 5:35 AM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Dec 5, 2016, 5:40 AM ]

Rock Climbing at Central Rock Gym
When: Saturday, 12/17
Time: Arrive at Central Rock Gym in Worcester at 7:15 pm.
Climb from 7:30-9:00 pm.

Cub Scouts will join us for a snack and quick Troop Overview after climbing at 9:00 pm before departing for the evening.

Scout will stay the night, camping out in the gym.

Chaperone: Webelos will need to have a Den Leader (or parent) stay during this event to be responsible for the Webelos scouts and bring them home after climbing and a snack.

Place: Central Rock Gym, 299 Barber Ave, Worcester
Cost: $20 for scouts or Webelos parents to climb from 7:30-9 pm.  Includes gear.
Checks can be made payable to Troop 4
RSVP: Please RSVP with your sons name, payment and completed forms to Jo Greystone at no later than December 12th.   Forms can be mailed to Jo Greystone at PO Box 789, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
Forms: A permission form (BSA/T4) and a waiver (Central Rock) will need to be completed and returned to Jo Greystone before the departure of the trip. The BSA permission form is in the resources section of this website. The Central Rock waiver is available on their website.

Please print and return them to Jo in advance of the trip or prior to departure on the 12th.

Christmas Trees Recycling

posted Nov 26, 2016, 5:53 AM by Drew Schlussel

Annual Troop 4 Christmas Tree Pick-Up and Recycling
Happy Holidays!

With the arrival of the holiday season, Troop 4 is once again offering curbside tree pick-up and recycling services.

To sign-up, simply go to and enter all of the necessary information.

Thank you for supporting the Boy Scout of America and Hopkinton's own Troop 4!

Wachusett Mountain Hike - Nov 19th

posted Nov 3, 2016, 9:16 AM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Nov 3, 2016, 9:19 AM ]

Come join us for a great day hiking around Wachusett Mountain State Reservation.

We will hike 6 miles circling, taking in some of the great natural sites of the old growth forest and a forgotten Apple Orchard, coming up the mountain from behind before we reach the summit for lunch. Then depending on early season weather and snow making, we will return down the face of the Ski Area via the Old Indian Trail, or descend the back of the Mtn via different and somewhat steeper trails. Come prepared with a Day Pack, your own packed lunch, snacks, a min of 2 litres of water, warm clothing in layers for cold and changing weather (Rain Coat Mandatory).

Check your Scout Handbook for details or ask a Scout/Assistant Scout Master. We will leave the CVS Parking lot at 9:00am on November 19th (please arrive 8:45am), and arriving home at roughly 4:00pm (We’ll call/txt from the road)

Charles River Canoe Trip Oct. 8th & 9th

posted Sep 19, 2016, 12:31 PM by Drew Schlussel   [ updated Sep 19, 2016, 1:39 PM ]

Trip Description:
This will be a 10 mile canoe trip over two days. We are renting canoes, paddles and personal flotation devices, which will be delivered to the West Street canoe ramp in Medfield at 9AM on Saturday. We will paddle downstream to the Rocky Narrows reservation in Sherborn, where the Trustees of the Reservations have granted us permission to camp overnight. Along the way we will pass through the Charles River floodplain and Medfield State Forest conservation land. If it is navigable, we will paddle up Bogastow Brook to have lunch on the banks of South End Pond. We will be camping on the river bank at Rocky Narrows. On Sunday we will proceed past Peters Reservation, Broadmoar Wildlife Sanctuary, and Elm Bank Horticultural Center before disembarking at the Natick Dam near Route 16.    

Signup and Cost:
Signup is at the September 22 troop meeting. The cost is $100 per person. This includes Saturday's lunch and dinner and Sunday's breakfast and lunch. Sunday's lunch will be at the Charles River Coffeehouse. This completed waiver must accompany the signup

Safety Requirements:
This trip requires special safety considerations due to our extended time on the water. While the Charles is a slow moving Class 1 stream, we expect the water temperature to be cold (in the 50's) and the air temperatures anywhere between 40 to 70.
1. All scouts must be swimmer certified. If you haven't passed the swim test, I will arrange for BSA swim testing at the Milford High pool during their public swim hours.
2. Absolutely NO collisions, paddle splashing or horseplay will be tolerated. We don't want hypothermia issues or damaged rental equipment. 
3. Personal flotation devices will be worn by all participants at all times.

Saturday, October 8th 7:45 AM depart from CVS back parking lot for West Street in Medfield. We will need some adult volunteers to drive the participants and camping equipment to West Street. 

Sunday October 9th around 2PM pick up will be at Grove Park at the South Natick Dam on Route 16. The Bacon Free Library at 58 Eliot Street overlooks the dam and is across the street from the coffeehouse. Parking can be a little tight, so carpooling makes sense. Scouts will be dismissed after the canoes are loaded on the trailer and they received their lunch at the Coffeehouse. 

Be Prepared:
This is a LIGHTWEIGHT trip, similar to a backpacking trip, with the complication  of things getting wet. Backpacks, food, camping equipment will be transported in the canoes. Pack and wear quick drying fabrics. Wear one pair of shoes that can get wet and bring another set for camp. Use waterproof stuff sacks or line your backpack with heavy duty trash bag and use a pack cover. Scouts should bring at at least three liters of drinking water. Despite the cooler temperatures it is easy to become dehydrated from the strenuous paddling.  In order to avoid transporting camp kitchens, Saturday's dinner will be foil pack cooking over coals to fulfill Requirement 5d of the Cooking merit badge. There are no facilities along the river, so bring toilet paper and be prepared to dig a cat hole.

Environmental Impact:
We will practice Leave No Trace low impact camping. The Trustees allow Scouts to camp at Rocky Narrows as a special privilege in return for our leaving the place in better shape than how we found it.

The fly for the trip is online here ->

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