Trip Log

December 2016

Indoor Rock Climbing

For our December trip, we went to the Rock Spot Climbing Gym in South Boston. Scouts were able to climb climbing walls with a wide variety of difficulties.  In fact, some scouts were able to climb a wall and get to the top and go down a slide to get down again! After climbing and some games, we went to sleep. Then, we woke up and did a bit more rock climbing and left.

December 2014

Indoor Rock Climbing

Before Christmas break, we went to Rock Spot to do some Indoor Rock Climbing. Scouts could climb all night, as well as climbing in the dark. There was a bouldering wall that some scouts could overcome and make it to the top of! We slept inside the Climbing Gym, woke up, did a bit more climbing, then left.
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December 2014

Ziplining (Over 14)

During December, all scouts that were over 14 could go on a ziplining trip! We drove to New Hampshire, and set up camp. When ziplining, we could see amazing views of giant forests and mountains covered in snow. After the ziplining, we came back to the campsite and used dutch ovens to make our dinner.
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November 2014

Mt. Monadnock

Our November trip was at Mt. Monadnock. Camping at Camp Wanocksett, we hiked the mountain, all the time teaching younger scouts how to read maps and hiking 5 miles
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October 2014

Fall Camporee

At the Camporees, scouts from many other troops compete with each other at different stations. These stations required problem solving skills, and had scouts in our troop collaborating to find the best solution. Nick Steinhower of our troop was the Senior Patrol Leader for the Camporee.
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September 2014

Treasure Valley

We camped at Treasure Valley, with a focus on making patrols stronger, as it was the new patrols first outing. We worked on patrol cheers and yells at this beautiful scout reservation. At night, we held a campfire, performing many different skits and songs.
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July 2014

Camp Squanto

As per our yearly tradition, we went to the amazing Camp Squanto! Our scouts earned 136 merit badges total, while 6 scouts were called into the Order of the Arrow. We swam in the camp’s lakes every day, and once again took part in the Apache Relay.
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June 2014

Tide Pools

We went to Tide Pools in New Hampshire. While there, we observed and picked up marine life in the pools. Then we checked out the Tide Pool’s Museum, which had a touch tank and other activities. Afterwards, we went back to the campsite and performed skits around a campfire.
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April 2014

Washington DC

We took a charter bus down to Washington DC over spring break. We stayed at the wonderful Turkey Ridge Run Campground. Throughout the week we toured places like the Capitol building, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian museums. Of course, we also saw several of the numerous memorials, and some we even got to see lit up at night!
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February 2014

Ski Trip

We went downhill skiing at Crotched Mountain in New Hampshire. We skied well into Friday night, and Saturday morning as well. Several Scouts took skiing lessons and were hitting the slopes very early into the trip. We had a lot of fun skiing the uncrowded slopes across the entire mountain, and sleeping in the lodge and getting our breakfast from them too.
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January 2014

Klondike Derby

Our troop participated in the annual Klondike Derby, which was held at Camp Norse in Kingston this year. We had 6 sleds, 3 over-14 Mountain Man and 3 normal. We pulled our sleds filled with supplies we could need around and participated in events such as snowshoeing, sled races, shotgun shooting, and fire starting. Everyone worked as a team to get to as many events as we could, and at the end we placed in several events!
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December 2013

Indoor Rock Climbing

We went indoor rock climbing at Rock Spot in Lincoln, Rhode Island. We climbed many hours into the night and learned how to use the auto belays there and how to boulder. Everyone slept on the comfortable mats and had a fun time.
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November 2013

Blue Hills Hiking

We went on a 5 mile hike through the Blue Hills, and camped at a site in Camp Sayre. We had a beautiful view of Boston atop Hancock Hill. The Super Shark patrol won the personal chef for this outing for selling the most popcorn in our annual fundraiser.
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October 2013

MassJam

We attended MassJam! There were over 7,000 Scouts from many troops around Massachusetts camping at the fairgrounds and participating in activities
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September 2013

Prudence Island

We did a weekend camping trip on Prudence Island in Narragansett Bay. We took a ferry out to the island, and did a service project with the Narragansett Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.
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August 2013

50 Mile Canoe Trip

We did a 6 day, 50-mile High Adventure trip with the older scouts in the troop. In addition to white water canoeing through class I and II rapids, we focused on Dutch Oven cooking for the entire trip. We canoed for 2 days on open water on Spednic Lake before portaging around the dam at Vanceboro and canoeing the St. Croix River. Several scouts did some fishing and were catching small mouth bass. We experienced most types of weather including some beautiful sunny days and some rainy days with intermittent thunderstorms.
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July 2013

Camp Squanto

We had another great week this summer at Camp Squanto in Plymouth MA. The troop completed a total of 140 Merit Badges. We swam every day and had some great water games. Every scout participated in the Apache Relay and we were very pleased with our 5th place finish. The entire troop demonstrated teamwork and a positive attitude when cleaning the dining hall Tuesday night. One scout (Kevin) was even called out at the closing ceremony for his cheerful service. Several scouts survived a very rainy night in their Wilderness Survival shelters. We had 8 scouts and 1 adult called out for the Order of the Arrow.
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June 2013

Delaware Water Gap Canoe Trip

We canoed 20 miles down the Delaware River and camped overnight on an island in the river. We had heavy rains on Friday night and stayed in a lodge at BSA Camp Turrell in Cuddebackville, N.J. On Saturday, the weather was perfect and we paddled 14 miles from from Eshback Access to Tocks Island. We camped on Tocks Island that evening and paddled 6 miles on Sunday and pulled out at Kittatinny Access in the Water Gap. It was the first canoe trip for everyone where we carried our own gear and stayed over along the way and it was a great success.
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May 2013

Pioneering Outing

We camped all weekend and constructed a double platform monkey bridge out of timbers and rope. This was the first large pioneering project any of the scouts had done. The scouts did all of the construction themselves and were able to spend the afternoon crossing the bridge.
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April 2013

Purgatory Chasm

We camped at Purgatory Chasm and did a lot of hiking in and around the chasm. We had several first time scouts on this outing and although it was rainy Friday night, the older scouts made a fire and kept everyone in good spirits. We did a service project cleaning out debris from the chasm.
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January 2013

Klondike Derby 2013

30 Scouts camped overnight at the Klondike Derby and woke up to single digit temperatures. We had 8 scouts (2 sleds) that competed in the Mountain Man competition which included Archery, Rifle and the log chop. All of the scout sleds competed well and placed in several of the competitions.
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December 2012

Indoor Rock Climbing

We spent the night at a climbing gym and practiced climbing skills. 7 Scouts earned the Climbing Merit Badge while the rest of us got to climb on walls with varying levels of difficulty. All of the adults got Top Rope trained so that they could belay the scouts. We were up until 2:00 a.m. climbing and having fun.
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November 2012

Ziplining (Over 14 Trip)

We camped in the snow and low temperatures and went Ziplining on Saturday. The older scouts got a break for leading the troop and were able to relax and have fun.
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Mt. Alander Hiking Trip

We hiked to the top of Mt. Alander and had a great view over New York. The weather was brisk but we had sunny days and starry nights!
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October 2012

Seven Rivers District Camporee

We attended the Seven Rivers District Fall Camporee and won first place in the overall competition!
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September 2012

Cape Cod Rail Trail Biking

We spent the weekend on Cape Cod and biked 28 miles along the Cape Cod Rail Trail.
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August 2012

50 Mile Backpacking High Adventure Trip

We completed a 50 mile high adventure backpacking trip along the Appalachian Trail with the older scouts.
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June 2012

Survival Weekend (Over 14 trip)

Some of the older scouts spent the weekend learning survival techniques and camping with minimal gear.
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Whitewater Rafting

Whitewater RaftingWhite water rafting on the Deerfield River in western Massachusetts.
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April 2012

Gettysburg National Military Park

Over Spring Break we went to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. We spent 4 days there and learned a tremendous amount about the civil war and American history.
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February 2012

Downhill Ski Trip

The troop spent the night and next day skiing and boarding at Crotched Mountain. Most of the scouts stayed up and skied until 2:00 a.m. Several scouts had never skied before and learned how to ski on this trip. Scouts could hang around the large bonfire or visit the lodge to warm up.
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January 2012

Klondike Derby

We competed in the annual Seven Rivers District Klondike Derby. All of our sleds and teams competed strongly and placed in several of the competitions. 8 scouts with 2 sleds competed in the Mountain Man competition which included Archery, Rifle and the log chop and one of our teams came in 3rd place. We won first place in the Site Gateway competition.
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December 2011

Indoor Rock Climbing

We spent the night at Rockspot in Boston to spend the evening climbing on the rock walls.
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November 2011

Mount Monadnock Hike

Site GatewayWe traveled to Camp Wanocksett at the base of Mount Monadnock. On Saturday we hiked to the top of Mt. Monadnock for a 6 mile round trip hike.
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October 2011

Seven Rivers District Fall Camporee

Site GatewayOn October 21-23 our Troop competed in the Seven Rivers District Fall Camporee at Camp Norse in Kingston. Individual Patrols vied to win tough skill-based events such as shelter-building, archery, and first aid. We had a blast!
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September 2011

Lovells Island Camping (Boston Harbor Islands)

Service Project on Lovells IslandIn September we camped out on Lovells Island in Boston Harbor. While out there we participated in a National Park Service cleanup project, explored the bunkers and batteries from WWII and explored the beach and tide pools. At night we had a campfire on the beach and the patrols had time to work and relax together. The weather was perfect and it was a very good trip.
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July 2011

Camp Squanto Summer Camp

Site GatewayCamp this year was a great success. We had 28 boys attend and we had 80 merit badges completed. Seventeen boys receive their Totin’ chip, 2 boys complete C.O.P.E., one boy completed the outdoor chef program and one boy completed the mile swim. Although we had a few showers at the beginning of the week, in general the weather was very nice with cool nights for sleeping and warm days.
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June 2011

Saco River Canoe Trip

CanoeingIn June we did a major canoe trip along the Saco River in Maine with 24 boys and 6 adults. We paddled 11 miles down the river, portaged the canoes around a dam and camped overnight. This was a challenging trip that included a lot of work, some rain and cooler than expected temperatures. However, every one of the boys rose to the challenge and made this a successful trip.
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May 2011

Beartown State Forest Backpacking

The Troop ready to goThis was the first backpacking trip that the whole troop has done in a while and with the large number of new boys we knew it would be a challenging weekend. We backpacked a few miles along the Appalachian Trail with all of our gear and food and had a chance to break out our rain gear along the way. Everyone did a great job working together and successfully completed this challenge.
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April 2011

Mt. Washington State Forest, Sr. Scouts

The Crew on a Log BridgeThis was a Senior Scout Backpacking weekend where the boys 14 and older worked on camping and leadership skills and also practiced packing all of the equipment into the woods. It was a great success and whole lot of fun.
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Medfield Sportsmans Club

On the Rifle RangeThis was the first outing with some of the new scouts who recently crossed over from Webelos. It was a great weekend in that the new boys were eager to learn about camping and the older boys were great leaders and mentors. While we were there all of the boys had the opportunity to learn about firearm safety and shoot 22 caliber rifles on the rifle range.
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February 2011

Skiing at Crotched Mountain

Troop Members SkiingFor our February trip we decided to take it easy and dedicate the weekend to having fun with downhill skiing. Friday night we spent some time teaching those who needed it how to ski. We all then skied on the lighted slopes at Crotched Mountain until 3:00 a.m. After a short sleep on the floor of the lodge the boys were ready to get up and go skiing the next day until 3:00 p.m. Everyone had a great time.
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January 2011

Klondike Derby and Winter Camping

Keeping warm by the fireIn January we participated in the 7 Rivers District Klondike Derby. The Klondike derby is a competition between the different Boy Scout troops using outdoor skills. The boys move between events on sleds pulled by members of the troop. In addition to the standard competition, we had a team of older scouts who entered the Mountain Man competition. We camped out Friday night before the competition and had over 2 feet of snow on the ground which provided a lot of fun with setting up the camp.
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December 2010

Bouldering and Climbing Overnight

BoulderingIn December we spent the night at a climbing gym. While we were there we did many hours of bouldering and climbing and 12 boys completed the climbing requirements for the climbing merit badge. We had 95% attendance and everyone enjoyed this challenging and relaxing time.
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November 2010

Blue Hills Hiking and Camping

Climbing Hancock HillThe Blue Hills hiking trip was a great success. The boys were well prepared for sleeping in the below freezing temperatures and everyone stayed nice and warm. The entire troop hiked together for half the day and split up to complete a 5 mile and a 9 mile hike. Everyone had a great time!
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October 2010

Seven Rivers District Fall Camporee 2010

Seven Rivers District Troop FlagsThe Seven Rivers District Camporee last weekend was a blast! It was a well organized event with lots to do for all of the boys. Many of them came away with the Pathfinding merit badge and have most of the work done for Carpentry as well. Although the wind blew mercilessly, it was a bright sunny and great weather for the event.
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“Cache to Eagle” Placement

Sean's Eagle ProjectSaturday was a beautiful day for a walk in the woods. We successfully placed the cache about 500 feet from Sean’s Eagle project and all of the boys were the first to sign the log. We also did a little geocaching ourselves while we were out.
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September 2010

West Hill Dam

Paddling the West RiverThis trip to the West Hill Dam Recreational Area in Uxbridge, Mass was primarily focused on canoeing. We camped in tents and the new patrols began working together while they did their own cooking. This trip allowed the boys to get comfortable in canoes so they can be better prepared for a longer trip in the spring.
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