Troop 30 celebrates Thanksgiving at Camp Carpenter (a few weeks early)

Happy Thanksgiving! Troop 30 was joined by Pack 30 at Camp Carpenter in Manchester New Hampshire. Led by our Scoutmaster/Chef Chris, Troop 30 made four turkeys, gallons of stuffing and potatoes, and a few touches from home. Check out our mouth-watering gallery.

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Scouts teach other scouts outdoor skills

Baconators Patrol Leader Patricio, left, coached two younger scouts who were making breakfast for their patrol.

When scouts pick up new skills, like learning to set up a tent, they’re most likely to be found acquiring those skills from the scouts who learned them the same way — from other scouts.

Troop 30 camped out at Camp Sayre this past weekend, joining in the regular Saturday program of archery, swimming, axe yard skills and other sports.

What’s a Grubmaster? He’s the scout feeding the patrol

Troop 30 is planning its first trip of the year. One of the biggest jobs on any camping trip is that of Grubmaster.

The patrol is going to be grumpy without enough food and leftover food is wasted if it’s too much. The Grubmaster must set a budget, collect money from patrol members and plan meals accordingly. This is a leadership task requiring the scout to learn how to budget, how to plan meals, and how to keep the patrol satisfied while managing food preferences, diet restrictions and allergies.

This is a big job.

As Grubmaster, it is the scout’s responsibility to stay within the food budget.  Spending beyond your budget must be approved by patrol members helping to foot the bill. Parents have a role in this, but not as shoppers — parents might be supplying the coolers and driving the scout to the store, but it’s the scout who is getting the shopping done. Continue reading What’s a Grubmaster? He’s the scout feeding the patrol

Luke’s Eagle Scout project

If you’ve been at a grocery store in Allston recently, you may have seen Luke raising funds for his Eagle Scout project.

Luke, currently a life scout, learned that bikes were being stolen and vandalized near one affordable housing community — and the kids living there didn’t have a safe place to keep their bikes. Luke’s project will be to purchase and install a new bike rack at the complex. He’s even created a fundraising “thermometer” you can see, where he’s filling the bike wheels on his chart every time he gets $100 closer to his goal. Right now, thanks to the support of Start Market customers, Luke has at least three bike wheels completely full.

Stay tuned for project updates.

Regular meetings begin Sept. 6

It’s almost the first meeting of the year!

29243697_798752456984684_5535731675062861824_o Troop 30 will hold its first meeting of the 2018-19 year at 80 Mt. Auburn Street, Watertown.

Meetings are held Thursdays at our sponsor origination, the Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church, in the basement hall. Meetings are 7:15 – 8:30 p.m. Scouts can do anything at meetings from practice first aid (left) to play crab soccer to work on badges or plan out the next camping trip.

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Troop 30 summer camp


Troop 30 attended summer camp as a group at Camp Wah-Tut-Ca in New Hampshire. Troop 30 performed the Flag Retreat ceremony (above), swam a lot and individual scouts took classes to earn merit badges.

Water_DeionJumpEach summer Troop 30 chooses a week for summer camp, usually attending Boy Scout camps in Rhode Island, Massachusetts or New Hampshire. Summer camp is not a requirement, but it sure is fun for those who attend.

The requirement to attend summer camp with the troop is to be a member of Troop 30.