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)

Agenda for Tuesday, December 11

Good evening everyone,

This is the agenda for the meeting:
7:00-7:05  |  Opening
7:05-7:20  |  Bennett’s Presentation (Those who are not going to January trip)                    
                 |  Pack Check (Those who are going will do the pack check)
7:20-7:35  |  Advancement Check-ins (Pack check may still continue if necessary)
7:35-8:00  |  YPT

Please bring your books so we can check up on your progress in theyear. There may be a COH (Court of Honor) coming up soon!

Pack checks will be mandatory for the January trip. Shannon Taylor (SISUNG.TAYLOR@GMAIL.COM) and Gerry Katz (GERRY.KATZ@HOTMAIL.COM) are the adult leaders for the trip. Harrison Taylor (HSTAYLOR96@GMAIL.COM) is the scout trip leader as well. Refer to them for any questions.

Also, please book in your calendars that 12/18/18 will be the troop party. Special events will be planned for the troop party.

Feel free to talk with me if you need to.

Yours in Scouting,
Jeffrey Gomez

Adult Committee Meeting, Tuesday, November 27

From Andres, here is the proposed agenda for tomorrow’s Adult Committee Meeting.

SC 56 Committee Meeting—Nov 2018


  1. 2-4 Nov conservation trip (Andrés/Sue)
  2. 1 Dec Boda Borg (Lizbeth/Robert)
  3. Trip limits/lotteries (Andrés)
  4. 4-6 Jan Winter Skills (Shannon/Gerry)
  5. 1-3 Feb X-country skiing (Susan/Colin)
  6. Mar wilderness survival (Michelle/Andrew)
  7. Philmont (Britt)


  8. Troop room/gear update (Gail/Larry)
  9. Advancement report/CoH (Scott/Erin)
  10. Service report (Michelle)
  11. Inclusion update (Marietta)
  12. Treasurers’ report (Neil/Hitesh)
  13. Fundraising update (Kate)
  14. Announcements

Other dates to know:

  • 18 Decnext committee meeting (brief) and holiday party

Agenda for Tuesday, November 27

Hello Troop 56:

On behalf of Jeffrey — I am reminding you of our meeting tomorrow evening.  Bring your books, wear your uniforms.

Convening: pledge, law, oath
Patrol meetings
Shelter Building & demonstrations
Tree sale turn-in – FINAL
Tree sale shift sign ups
Trip announcements: Dec- Boda Borg & Jan- Winter trek

Looking ahead – we have meetings 4 Dec, 11 Dec & 18 Dec and then 8 Jan.

There is a trip 4-6 Jan — we do NOT have a meeting before that trip so planning will be done well in advance – stay alert.

Christmas Tree Sales – Script available!

After Edward B’s awesome “how to sell” tutorial at our weekly meeting, he has kindly provided a sales script to practice with.

Scouts can print this out and practice with family or a fellow Scout before heading out to their neighborhood. Thanks to Ed for providing the resource!

Download the script here: Christmas Sales Script v1

We also would like to link to the Salesmanship Merit Badge which Scouts might like to take advantage of:

Correct Forms are AVAILABLE

Dear All:

The Flyer has been revised to correct the date at the top (from 2016 to 2018), and I’ve edited the copy in a few places (Wilson Farms is no longer our tree vendor). They are available for download here.

If you have already started using the previous version, rest assured that the products, prices, and pick up address and dates were all correct on the original version.

Kate Scherlis (formerly Kate Elliott Smith)

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!

Adult Committee Meeting TONIGHT, Tuesday, Oct 30

All parents and adult volunteers are invited to the monthly committee meeting tonight 30 Oct at 7pm after the opening ceremony. Please email me any agenda items you would like to include in addition to the ones below!

Also, Jeni (our usual grubmaster) will not be able to join us tomorrow. Could someone volunteer to get some food for the adults? You’ll be reimbursed.

Committee Chair

Agenda Items: 
  1. 6-8 Oct MassJam (Jeni/Richard)
  2. 2-4 Nov conservation trip (Andrés/Sue)
  3. 1 or 2 Dec Boda Borg (Lisbeth/Robert)
  4. 4-6 Jan Winter Skills (Shannon/Gerry)
  5. 1-3 Feb X-country skiing (Susan/Colin)
  6. PhilmontLogistics:
  7. Advancement report/CoH (Scott)
  8. Service report (Michelle)
  9. Treasurers’ report (Neil/Hitesh)
  10. Troop room/gear update (Gail)
  11. Fundraising update (Kate)
  12. Autism awareness (Kathy/Julie/Marietta)
  13. Announcements