Important Notes for Tonight’s Trip Departure

Hello Scouts,
We are going to have an exciting weekend learning survival skills, and eating is one of them!
Please remember that tonight (Friday) night’s dinner is BRING YOUR OWN BROWN BAG.  We are gathering at 3:30 PM at the Carriage House parking lot, and it is very desirable that we do our drive and arrival while it is still daylight.  If you  arrive at 3:30 expecting to then run to Porter Square to buy something for dinner you will hold the group up.  Please plan accordingly!
See you soon! YiS
Dr H.

Wilderness Survival trip – Pack Check

Scouts  going on the Wilderness Survival trip  (and your parents):
1.  This Tuesday we will repeat the mandatory pack check.  If you do not pass the pack check you cannot attend the trip.
–Congratulations to Neelu, Kavita, and Jeffrey who came with complete packs and do not have to repeat.  Kevin is traveling and has made other arrangements.
–All other Scouts going on the trip must come with their entire pack with everything on the attached list,
        –except those items you are borrowing from the AMC (0 degree sleeping bag, foam pads, water bottle insulators)
        –except those items being supplied by the troop (contractor trash bag, tarps, snacks)
–Safety is our top priority.  Winter camping is fun AND can be very dangerous if you are unprepared.  We need to be absolutely certain you have the right gear.  The following statements do NOT provide that assurance:
     –“I have it at home”
     –“I forgot to put it in”
     –“I’m going to be getting one”
     –“You know things have been so busy…”
—One item on the list is a survival kit which you may have to construct
     –We expect you to have this even if you have not passed your Totin’ Chip and your Fireman Chip.  It is a badge requirement
     –You may find suggestions for a survival kit in your Scout Handbook, it is called  “The Scout Essentials”
     –Other outdoor organizations call this kit “The Ten Essentials” and the items can differ somewhat by the organization.  NH Fish &
       Wildlife Ten Essentials listed here:
2.   Could a parent volunter not going on the trip to be the communications coordinator?  When returning home we will call that parent with expected arrival time, who will then call all other parents.  This way Scouts will not need their cell phones on the trip and we can have the electronics-free time that so many families have expressed a desire for.  Please contact me if you are will ing to do this.
Thank you!  Yours in Scouting
Michelle Holmes


Agenda for Tuesday, March 12

Hello everyone,

The March trip is coming very close and we will start preparing for it. As Mr. English has stated before, the most dangerous thing we do in this troop are our winter trips. The cold is a very serious and dangerous threat but can be mitigated and prevented to a very minimal threat. It can be easily protected against as long as we keep up with our Scout motto, “Be Prepared”.

7:00-7:05  |  Opening

7:05-7:55  |  Pack Check & Food List
*7:05-7:55 |  Learn new skills
7:55-8:00  |  Closing

*=scouts not going on the trip will learn about wilderness survival skills, especially for the winter

Scouts that are not going on this trip will also be needed for next week. The skills they learn will be taught to the whole troop in some presentations and demonstrations.

Yours in Scouting,
Jeffrey Gomez

March Trip – Please email regarding your interest

Hello Everyone

Eli and me, Emily, are the co-leaders for the March Trip.

We would like to know if you are still planning to go to this trip. Please reply to this email either way, so we can know if there is any space for the people on the waiting list.

March Trip description by Andres Ballesteros

Mar: Wilderness Survival (led by Michelle and Andrew)
· The focus on the March trip will be to try and complete as many requirements as possible of the Wilderness Survival merit badge, under the guidance of Registered Maine Guide Lou Falank. We will have a wood stove heated cabin for Friday night and emergency back up for Saturday night. The wilderness survival trip is mostly held outside and is geared to how to keep yourself alive if stranded out in the woods: making fire with no matches, creating your own shelter out of sticks, etc. One such requirement is to spend a night outside in a shelter you built. However there is nothing in the requirement that says you can’t use a sleeping bag so the plan is to use zero degree winter bags from the AMC.

Yours in scouting,


Cross-country ski trip packing list (and permission slip)

Hi Scouts,

I hope you’re all having a good week!

The February trip is coming coming up soon! Make sure to take a look at the packing list below and get ready for a pack check next week (1/22).

This pack check is mandatory meaning IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE PACK CHECK YOU CANNOT GO ON THE TRIP, especially since this is a cold weather trip. If there is anything you need to borrow from the AMC, email Colin at or let us know at the next meeting.

We will have the ski boots from the AMC for you to try on either next week or the week after.

Please feel free to email with any questions:



Clarification of Electronics Policy: TROOP & CREW 56

Via Michelle Holmes:

I have been asked to distribute the electronics policy of Troop & Crew 56.  This is based on many years of experience, a recent Troop Committee vote, and consultation with several leaders. 

The ONLY use for cell phones, (also laptops, iPads etc) on Scout trips is to call parents for pick up after the trip is done.  If brought, phones should stay in the cars during the trip.  We strongly urge families to consider having their Scout leave their phone home period.  Adult phones will be available to call parents for pick up after the trip. 

The following reasons are not considered legitimate needs for a phone:
·      entertainment during the car ride
·      alarm clock
·      desire to complain to parents during the trip
·      taking photos
·      music to fall asleep by
·      ordering pizza
·      and others 

Reasons for enacting this policy include
·      encouragement of pro-social interactions, and teamwork
·      appreciation of nature
·      encouragement of youth independence, problem solving, and overcoming obstacles
·      discouragement of disruptive behavior such as making of crank calls, emails, and social media posts; and looking at inappropriate websites and movies in the tents.  This is very difficult for adult leaders to police.

We encourage parents to discuss these rules with their children prior to attending this weekend’s trip, and any other trips.

Winter Trek this Friday!

Hello Everyone and Happy New Year!

As you all know, we are leaving for the Winter Trek this Friday.  I know Harrison sent a reminder a few days ago, but because we are not meeting before we head out…we are sending extra reminders.  

Please, Please, Please make sure your packs are packed with the gear listed below.  We want to keep everyone safe and warm during all the outside activities.  It looks like Saturday may be a mix of rain/snow, so please take a double or triple check to make sure you have rain gear, snow gear, and warm layers.  Mr. Katz will be picking up our borrowed gear from the YOP on Thursday.  In efforts to make a speedy departure, we will keep it stored in the car and distribute it to each individual when we reach VT.  Can’t remember what you asked to borrow?  Check out the list here.

We will meet at the parking lot behind the Carriage Building (2067 Mass Ave, Cambridge) at 3:30 pm.   Please, please, please bring a SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP with you.  You can find it on the troop website here and I’ve attached a pdf to this email.  
Everyone please bring a bag dinner on Friday for the ride up to VT.  
Remember that any medication needs to be in its original packaging with directions and please leave your electronics at home.  

It will take us about 3.5 – 4 hours to reach the camp.  Right now, Friday looks to be good weather for driving.  There will be other troops arriving on Friday night and the camp has some activities and ice breakers planned for Friday evening.  Before our departure on Sunday, we will make some peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for scouts to eat on the way home.  We have had limited contact with the camp and do not have an accurate time as to when we will be leaving…sometime in the morning after breakfast.  We will provide you with pick up details as soon as we can.  I’m sure the reception is spotty up there, but we will pull over to fill you in during travel.  

Please feel free to contact either Mr. Katz or myself if you have any questions.  Looking forward to having some fun in the snow…it’s going to be a great weekend!
Happy New Year!
Shannon – 617-710-6799
Gerry – 617-515-8383

t-shirts (not cotton) 3
Long sleeve shirt (not cotton)3
Long pants (not cotton)2
Fleece jacket (synthetic) or heavy wool sweater2
Warm gloves or mittens1-2
Warm winter jacket1
Snow pants1
Wool socks 3
Liner socks (synthetic)3
Synthetic long underwear (base layer) top & bottom2
Rain gear (pants and jacket)1
Warm hat (wool or synthetic)2
Warm, insulated hiking boots or winter boots 1
Slippers for inside cabin to avoid wet floors1
Sleeping bag (30°F) no sleeping pad needed1
Towel – small hand 1
Toiletries (thoothpaste, toothbrush, etc1
Headlamp or flashlight 1
insulated mug or cup for hot drinks (not ceramic)1
Water bottles (1L Nalgene)1
Scout handbook1
Clothes to sleep in (can be cotton)1
Lightweight daypack1
Large duffel or backpack to fit everything1
Optional Items Optional Items
reading book
pocketknife (Need Totin’ Chip)