New Additions to Website

New information has recently been added to the Troop/Crew 56 website. List of posted documents plus their location is as follows:

  • Troop 56 FAQ plus supporting documents: Who We Are -> Key Info
  • Chartering Organization Relationship: Who We Are -> Key Info
  • COVID Protocols for 2021–2022 Trips: Forms & Policies -> Trip & Event Planning
  • 2021 Holiday Tree/Wreath Sales Info & Docs: -> Fundraising

2017–18 Trip Calendar

Sept. 15–17: Whitewater Rafting on Kennebec River in Maine
Oct. 6–8: Backpacking at Mount Greylock*
Nov. 10–12: Conservation Service Trip at AMC Noble View Outdoor Center**
Dec. 9: Day Trip at Boda Borg Boston
Jan. 5–7: Snowshoe Trip in White Mountains*
Feb. 9–11: Cross-country Ski Trip in New Hampshire
March 16–18: Red Gate Farm in Ashfield, MA
March TBD: Wilderness First Aid**
April 27–29: Backpacking on the Appalachian Trail*
May 18–20: Backpacking Stratton Pond area*
May 26–28: Philmont Shakedown (Philmont Participants Only)**
June 22–24: Bicycling Trip on Martha’s Vineyard
June 28–July 12: Trek, Philmont Scout Ranch, New Mexico (Philmont Participants Only)

* Philmont Qualifier
**Philmont Required

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