Folks, I am sure you have all been on the edge of your seat wondering when scouts will start so i am pleased to anounce we will start next Tuesday (September 19th).  In all probablity we may go to Monday nights at least till my daughter’s basketball season is over.  I realize there are several date conflicts so trying to establish the best day for everyone. Let’s look to get scouts started at 6pm no later as we may even go for a hike that night so please bring a headlamp. We will heading out to Eagle Rock near Dublin School.  We should be returning around 815pn.

I still have some shirts that scouts purchased and can hand those out.  If you still owe money for the shirts please send the money along.  Class A’s to start the meeting with a Class B uniform for the hike, also include a light snack and water.

I am also looking to add a hiking trip for the day to the White Mountains to climb a 4000’er so more to come on this but also we will be doing a fishing day as well.

Yours in scouting,

Peter Switzer

New Scouting season 2017-18

So after a successful camping week at Bell I am sure the scouts are roaring to get back into the saddle and particpate in some great activities.  We will look to start scouts in the next couple weeks so be on the lookout for the start date.

At the first meeting I will hand out the popcorn fundraising order forms and it would be great to see each scout sell at least $100 in popcorn but even at that this does not cover our troop’s expenses.  Last year we squeaked by at the time of re-chartering and I we did not collect any dues.  I have two parents who have volunteered to help me with the fundraising with the annual council popcorn and our holiday wreaths.  Like last year this is a great way to earn either summer camp credit or money towards gift cards to EMS if you want.

This year we really need to get back to a dues format but will be changing it some.  In the past we had charge as much as $40-45 per scout to participate in our program and even at that we did not have enough money to cover all the expenses which inlcude paying for the adult leaders & scouts re-charter, awards and equipment.  This year we will look to collect a $30 from each scout at the beginning of the season and then a $1 for each meeeting they attend.  The $1 per meeting should be earned by each scout as they perform a good deed whether it be helping with chores around the house, community involvement or some other activity you feel a $1 is worth the reward.  Each week the scout will submit their dues to the troop treasurer a position held by one of the scouts.

On a national level scouting costs have gone up and we need to make sure we cover our costs not only through the local council but also as a troop.  With our Main Crust fundraiser we were able to add some much needed coooking equipment to our inventory but also pay for awards handed out earlier in the summer.

Also this fall we will be holding elections for several positions including the Asst Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Patrol Leader.  Wyatt has been the troops Senior Patrol Leader for the past couple years and it is time for him to take on other challenges within the troop but also devote his time working on his Eagle project.  Wyatt has been a fantastic mentor to the younger scouts and will continue to do so when he is able to participate in meetings throughout the year.  It is time for other scouts to take on leadership roles within the troop.

This fall we have the opportunity to possibly earn the Fishing MB so we will try and squeeze that into our schedule.  Other activities to inlcude a hiking trip either up Monadnock or even to the White Mountains for they day.  We will also continie to work with the younger scouts on rank advancement but also trying to be outside as much as possible till winter hits.

I look forward to seeing all the scouts in the next couple weeks once we start back up!

YiS,

Peter

Camp Bell 2017 a Success

Well another summer is disappeared into the books and our scouts are back in school.  So what does this mean? It means we need to continue with the same energy we had at camp and carry it through the 2017-18 season.  So all of the parents are aware camp was outstanding and I am extremely proud of what the boys accomplished.

The younger scouts of Tyler, Jack H., Dan and Sam P. worked very hard in the Curlews program for two day refining their scout skills which was highlighted with a hike into the wilderness followed by cooking, eating, building a shelter and sleeping under the stars.  These scouts were able to knock off several requirements in the Tenderfoot, 2nd Class and First Class ranks.

Nat Y. was elected by his fellow peers to join the Order of the Arrow if he so desires by attending an upcoming Ordeal weekend.  For those who don’t know the Order of the Arrow is the “national honor society of the BSA”.

Other highlights included having Ethan, Jack L and Wyatt attain their Brotherhood in the OA along with adult leaders Peter and Patrick.

Each of the boys spent a day on the water earning their Kayaking merit badge and for some that is their first MB so congrats.  They also earned the BSA snorkeling award as well.  While the younger scouts participated in the Curlews the older scouts of Ethan, Wyatt, Jack L and Nat all set out on the Lewis & Calrk expedition to discover the northwest.  Even the the trip was started by two scouts getting stung by sever ground wasps after stepping on thier home, their adventure was rewarded by a hearty porkchop meal on the Biolite grill.

For two days the scouts also spent time at Fire Fox honing in on their metal work skills comleting all but just a couple final requirements for the Metalworking MB.  Additionally the boys won their second straight Travois race award by coming in with the the quickest time over the summer.  The scouts also proved their ability to cook by winning for the third year in a row the Cast Iron Cookoff by taking home the Golden Spatula!  I think we are developing a dynasty.

All in all it was a great week with your scouts and I look forward to an exciting 2017-18 season.

Yis,

Peter

For all of those scouts who are not traveling, marching in the band and are around please come to the Marlborough town library at 130pm to march in the Memorial Day Parade. This is a great opportunity for us to recognize the men & women who have defended our freedom.

I would request you wear your class A uniform and khaki or belted shorts if you have them. Please wear your neckerchiefs and merit badge sashes for those who have them.  If all you have is sport shorts than that is fine.  I also ask we make sure your shirts are tucked in.  I believe we will be handing out some survival bracelets during the parade to help out Main Crust Pizza who played a major role in our benefit diinner.
I would really like to see as many scouts as possible, last year it was only Wyatt and I.
Have a great holiday weekend.
SM Peter Switzer

SUCCESS!!!

It’s amazing what this troop can accomplish when everyone helps out.  For the first time in the history of the troop we had 100% participation in a fundraising event and with all of the effort put in we had an amazing night.  Through a combination of cash donations and proceeeds donated by Main Crust Co. we raised over $900 which will help us so much moving forward!  I really appreciate everyone coming by and lending a hand.  As the scoutmaster it makes my role within the troop easier and allows me to focus on the scouts.

A HUGE THANKS for Main Crust Co.  for partnering with us on this event.  Please thank Trent and his staff the next time you stop in.

I know several families travel over the memorial day weekend but for any of those that don’t and can particpate in the parade by handing out the American Legion paracord bracelets to help Trent (owner of Main Crust Co.) I would appreciate your time to be there.  More info to follow.

Yours in Scouting,

SM Peter Switzer

 

Benefit Dinner

I wanted to let everyone know that on Saturday April 29 at Main Crust Co. in Marlborough, NH from 12-8pm we are participating in a benefit dinner where a portion of proceeds from people dining in and takeout will be going directly to our troop.  We do need volunteer scouts to stay there in 2 hour blocks, starting at 2pm.  I can’t have this all fall on the shoulder of one or two scouts because all of you will benefit.

On Wednesday I will have a duty roster so you can sign-up for a time.  You can help deiliver food, bus tables and simply share the scouting spirit with those eating there. Please be sure to wear your uniform that day.

Yours in Scouting ,

Peter Switzer

Scoutmaster Troop 14

Main Crust Co-troop 14

Fantastic experience

Scouts and parents I wanted to send a note out to let you know what a fantastic shopping experience I had last night at the Peterborough EMS store location.  I am confident that their entire staff is like this however if you decided to go down there please be sure to ask for either Stephanie or Jillian.  Their attentiveness, knowledge, passion and friendly service is unlike anything you will get at any other outdoor equipment store.

I spent close to 90 minutes with Jillian learning about backpacks and daypacks mostly in the Osprey line but also EMS.  We also talked about packing a backpack a but also learning about sleeping bags and lightweight cooking stoves.  Don’t forget if you go down there please be sure to tell them you are with Troop 14 and you will get an extra 10% off regular or sale priced items.

I know many of our scouts need equipment like a good daypack, water bottles, hiking shoes, mess kits, sleeping bags, sleeping mats and even a backpack as we will be starting to do some overnight camping in tents in the wilderness.

If you have any questions let me know.  We will be having a backpack fitting seminar at EMS after the holidays for all scouts and parents to attend.

Yours in scouting,

Peter Switzer

Scoutmaster Troop 14

Great sale at EMS

Folks there is a great sale going on at EMS both on-line and in Peterborough.  They are having a a great sale right now and for those that want to get their scouts a daypack now is the perfect time.  The very same pack I use which is the Osprey Talon 22 is on sale for $59.95 normally $99.  There are some other slight bigger ones also but you should go down there and get properly sized.

Also a great time to look at backpacks as many are 30% off and as a scout in our troop you also get an additional 10% off even sale items.

We have developed a great partnership with EMS locally here in Peterborough where our scouts can get 10% off regular priced and sale priced items.  If you are interested in going to EMS this weekend please let me know so I can notify the store manager.  In the future I will give each scout and leader an id card to help identify themselves as members of Troop 14.

Yours in Scouting,

Peter Switzer

Scoutmaster Troop 14

We are looking to head up to Mt. Osceola after school on November 4th around 530pm.  We will drive up to Waterville Valley pitch tents, eat dinner and get a good night sleep as the troop will wake up early Saturday morning to eat a healthy breakfast prior to hiking up Mt. Osceola which is on the 4000′ mountain list here in NH.  If the weather is too cold to sleep over we will leave bright & early on Saturday morning around 630am and head up for the day.  Either way our plan is to be back Saturday night.

Assistant Scoutmaster Jeff Rodden will be leading the “expedition” along with help of the Patrick Lyons and Ham Richardson.  Depending on my daughter’s basketball schedule I may or may not be there.

On the way home we will stop in Concord, NH for some pizza so probably best to send $5 with each scout to help with cost of food at dinner.  We will likely return around 830-9pm.

This trip will allow all scouts from new to those trying to attain Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class and First Class rank requirements.

Please let me know if you scout is interested in attending this event.

Things you will need:

hiking boots, hat, mittens, warm socks(no cotton), 2nd pair warm socks, long underwear, pants(technical or Carharts work ok), fleece, wicking shirt, long sleeve wicking shirt, wind breaker, (2) 32 oz water bottles or full camelback, daypack, healthy snack for hiking, good spirit! The key is to wear layers you can easily remove or put on.

If we spend the night you will need a sleeping mat, sleeping bag and tent.  We will let the scouts know how many tents we will need. If we go up Friday night we will stop at Subway on the way up to get dinner.  Therefore total cost for the trip may range from $5-$20 per scout.  This will also cover breakfast which the scouts will be using backpack stoves to make their meals!  These stoves will be provided.

I will be providing more details over the next two weeks.

Yours in Scouting,

Peter Switzer

Scoutmaster Troop 14

 

Fundraising update

Everyone is doing a great job fundraising so far, I really appreciate it.

Wreaths orders are due to me by Sunday October 30th.  Please make sure you have them to me by this date.

DD and Popcorn orders are due to me by Thursday November 3rd.  If you could each email me how many DD booklets you have sold so far I would appreciate it.

Thanks for your efforts!

Peter

Scoutmaster Troop 14