Maddie’s Ranger Project

Sunday, Dec 6: Pitch in, one and all, to contribute to Maddie's upcoming project, improving the Audubon nature center in Belmont by clearing out invasive plant species. This is a great opportunity to earn community service hours, as well as help out a longtime troop/crew 56 youth member.

Here's her pitch:

As part of my ranger project, I’m going to be helping remove invasive species from a meadow at Habitat, in Belmont.

Everyone should dress in layers, because it might get warm out there.
Bring a water bottle and a snack if you want, but we'll also have some
cocoa and chili available. Habitat is providing the tools and gloves
for this project.

People can park up at 10 Juniper Road, right next to Habitat
headquarters, where everyone working on the project will meet. If
anybody shows up late, you can find the group working up in highland meadow, which is labeled on Habitat’s map.

Shift 1 runs 9:30 to 1:00; Shift 2 from 1:00 to 4:00.

Anyone who needs a ride should get in touch with Maddie via email (see the Member Directory under "Contacts").

Hike Mount Washington

Climb Mount Washington and take the shuttle down.

Leave St. James's on Friday, Sept. 11. Camp at Dolly Copp campground. Climb Mount Washington on Saturday, Sept. 12. Return to Cambridge on Sunday, Sept. 13.

Trip counts as a Philmont qualifier. Those wishing to use this as a qualifier should plan to carry a backpack, not a day pack.

Mandatory pack check on Tuesday, Sept. 8. Packing below. For this challenging day hike, each hiker will need to carry extra layers, rain clothes, hat & gloves, and 4 liters of water.

Adult trip leaders: David and Robin

Youth leader: Sam

Packing List

  • Winter hat (wool or synthetic)
  • 2-3 Pairs wool socks
  • 2-3 Pairs liner socks (synthetic)
  • Water Bottles (like 1L Nalgene) and/or hydration bladder; have 4 liters capacity
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Toiletries (toothpaste, toothbrush, etc.)
  • bandana
  • Synthetic long underwear (base layer) top and bottoms
  • Raingear (rain pants and rain jacket)
  • Headlamp or flashlight plus extra batteries
  • 2-3 non-cotton shirts (good idea for at least one to be long sleeved)
  • Non cotton pants
  • Underwear
  • Sleep clothes
  • Fleece jacket (synthetic) or heavy wool sweater
  • Gloves – warm gloves or mittens
  • Mess kit – bowl, spoon, cup (fork and knife optional)
  • Scout Handbook
  • Hiking Backpack or Daypack
  • Hiking boots
  • Hat to keep sun off face
  • Sunscreen
  • Bug repellent



  • Book to read
  • sunglasses
  • trekking poles