Michael’s Eagle Scout Service Project

Michael, left, is a Life Scout enclosing a secure cabinet space for the Watertown Food Pantry. Fellow scouts Patricio and Deion, and Michael’s mom, are preparing the space by first cleaning and painting the cabinets.

In coming days Michael will lead a team of scouts who’s job it is to transform the space so Food Pantry volunteers can quickly and safely work in the space.

Troop 30 not slowing down this summer

Just because the troop doesn’t meet every week in the summer, don’t think there aren’t scouting things going on. Just a few activities in July:

  • Summer camp at T.L Storer has seen lots of swimming, zip lines, shooting and lots and lots of work on badges.
  • Cleanup at our sponsoring organization, the Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church.
  • Beach cleanups as scouts get in some service hours while on vacation.
  • Lots more work on badges. Citizenship in the Nation and Communication are two Eagle-required badges with a lot of book work scouts are finishing up over the summer.

Looking for more up-to-date info? We update our facebook page regularly, and we’ll be having our first meeting of the academic year Sept. 5, 2019 at 80 Mt. Auburn Street. If you’ve completed 5th grade, you’re not yet 18, and you are looking for adventure in Watertown, Allston or Brighton, we’d love to hear from you.

Who teaches scouts?

As we’re preparing for a Klondike Derby, where scouts show off their winter skills and compete in races where they’re the sled dogs pulling a sled, we’re bringing in Webelos who are old enough to join the race.

Who teaches the younger scouts the skills they’ll need for the competition? Here Michael, our senior patrol leader, shows Webelos Scout Tage how to tie together two branches.

The Boy Scouts lead the activity, working with adults who guide, not lead.

Making creche figurines for Watertown-Belmont UMC

Our sponsoring organization, Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church, asked if scouts could help celebrate the Christmas advent season by putting some skills to work.

Troop 30 scouts helped cut out creche figures for the church’s lawn, preparing a holy family, wise men, and barnyard animals to be painted by the church’s Sunday school classes.

Do you have a service project needing some scout help? Contact us at watertowntroop30@gmail.com.

Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts collect 200 bags of groceries for Watertown Food Pantry

What does the generosity of Watertown residents look like when combined with the hard work from scouts?

It looks like 200 bags of groceries for families in need in Watertown.

“We are so grateful for the contribution from the scouts,” Kathleen Cunningham, Food Pantry Director, said. “The hard work and commitment they supply to the pantry of food and service is overwhelming.  We are so grateful for the continued support of the Boy Scouts. The amount of food and personal products they have collected in just one day surpasses any amount we can imagine. Their donation will allow us to help our clients for many months to come, and allow us to use our financial donations to continue to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to our clients.”

This was truly a group effort. Boy Scouts from Troop 30 teamed up with Cub Scouts from Pack 30 to participate in Scouting for Food, a nationwide program of the BSA. Working with Stop & Shop at 171 Watertown Street, scouts asked store customers to donate items needed most by clients of the food pantry —  peanut butter, rice, beans, jams and cleaning supplies – to fill the pantry’s shelves.

Customers were given a shopping list created by Boy Scout Michael McNamara to use in the store. The result was amazing – families dropped off full shopping carts, couples dropped off full bags of groceries, and others gave cash so it could be used to get what was needed most. Boy Scoutmaster Chris DeRocher used cash to get cleaning supplies that are always needed but hard to find at food banks — $368.50 worth.

A few customers even wanted to support the scouts in what they were doing, buying them cupcakes to keep them going.

Troop 30 organizes a Scouting for Food drive every year with the help of Stop & Shop. Last year, scouts collected 126 bags of groceries to serve those in need in Watertown. Hoping to meet that same target, scouts organized the six-hour drive at the store. By 1 p.m., the target was surpassed and the Troop 30 trailer — usually packed full of camping gear for outdoor adventures – was nearly full of shelf-stable items.

Scouting for Food is just one of the community service projects scouts take on. Cub Scouts, age 5-10, clean trails, write letters to veterans and serve as an honor guard for local events. Boy Scouts, age 10-18, take on larger projects to earn merit badges – including two from Troop 30 who are regular volunteers at the Watertown Food Pantry.

BSA trains boys and girls in responsible citizenship, character development, and self-reliance through participation in a wide range of outdoor activities, educational programs, and, at older age levels, career-oriented programs in partnership with community organizations. For more information, see Troop30BSA.com and Pack30.com.

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.