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Rock Climbing - Central Rock Gym in Worcester, Dec 9-10

posted Dec 8, 2017, 11:23 AM by Kul Thapa   [ updated Dec 8, 2017, 11:23 AM ]

Man climbing rock wall


Drop off: 5:15pm meet at CVS on Sat .night
Pick up: Sunday, 8:00am

Place: Central Rock Climbing Gym, 299 Barber Ave,
Worcester, MA 01606
(508) 852-ROCK (www.centralrockgym.com)

Cost: $65 overnight
$95 if 14+ year old want to earn Rock Climbing Merit Badge

Guests: 7:15 pm - Webelos will meet Troop 4 at the Central Rock Gym inWorcester. View brochure for Webelos

Required: Both Troop 4 Permission Form and Central Rock Release Form

The Troop 4 Online Store is open for the Holidays!!

posted Nov 7, 2017, 10:19 AM by Kul Thapa   [ updated Nov 7, 2017, 10:21 AM ]

Troop 4 tshirts


This is your opportunity to purchase the required Class B shirt, which is needed for all trips. Both short sleeve and long sleeve shirts are available.   There are also optional items that can also be purchased, but these are not required. All items in the store are made of polyester so they are suitable for camping. Names can be added to the sleeve of the sweatshirts for $5.00, which can help identify clothing on campouts. The Troop 4 logo is printed on the back of all products except the women’s 1/4 zip shirt.

It is important to note that the store closes November 19th. There is a handling fee for each item that is charged by the online store.  You will have the option of having your order delivered to your home or if you want to save the shipping fee, all orders can be picked up at Tri Valley Sports in Medway. 
Below is the link to our store which can also be found on our website at troop4hopkinton.com
 
Happy shopping and if you have any questions please feel free to contact: Sharon McCabe scoutingmccabe@gmail.com or cell phone 508-361-8979.

Long (Appalachian) and Old Job Trail Hike: Nov 10–12

posted Nov 4, 2017, 3:00 PM by Kul Thapa   [ updated Nov 4, 2017, 3:01 PM ]


When: Depart: Friday, Nov 10th at 12:00 PM

Meet at CVS with Backpack loaded and ready to go, bring Packed Lunch for the drive
Return: Sunday , Nov 12 th around 8:00 PM (will call on way home)

Weather: We hope its dry, but it will be cold.

Please pay attention to the Packing List, pack for layers and freezing temperatures overnight.
If you have questions, please contact your SPL or ASM/SM for advice. During troop meetings
we will be providing further information/education.

What: Our first Backpacking trip for the Scout Year.


We’ll be hiking in the Green Mountain National Forests of Vermont, Hiking
13.69 Miles over 3 days

Cost: $75 per scout. 
Includes meals, fuel for cooking, safety hat and transportation

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.   http://www.youngsbicycleshop.com/bike-rentals/?gclid=CPqcoMO4itUCFYaPswodOGALsg    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



MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND TRIP

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.

COST:

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 https://youtu.be/vX3vLUDZYkw

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 http://www.centralrockgym.com/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 jogreystonetroop4@gmail.com 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.

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