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)

UPDATED PARKING for the Cape Cod Conservation Trip this Friday

The countdown is on for our Cape Cod Conservation Trip, starting this Friday 11/2.

We will meet at 3:30 in the parking lot behind the Henderson Carriage Bldg on Mass. Ave., and we’ll return there Sunday around noon.

It’s the big brick building at 2067 Mass. Ave., not far up from St. James – just past the fire station and gas station.

To get into the parking lot:
Turn right on Hadley St. just past the Speedway gas station or Russell St. just past the building and traffic light at Walden, go around to the back.

See you there at 3:30 – don’t be late!
And don’t forget your bag dinner and your raincoat!