Troop 30 2019-2020 season starts now

Troop 30, serving youth age 11-17 through Watertown, Allston and Brighton, is starting its season Thursday, Sept. 5 — and you’re welcome to join us.

Scouts (boys and girls) meet at 7:30 p.m. at 80 Mt. Auburn Street any Thursday that there’s school. Youth are welcome to join as long as they’re seeking adventure — no matter their gender, orientation, nationality, religion or creed, or whether they prefer climbing or camping over canoeing.

Troop 30 scouts enjoy outdoor activities year-round, but it’s not just about camping and hanging out at a campfire. Scouts pick up skills that will help them later in life — how to cook, how use first aid, how to tie a knot — while learning conservation principles, citizenship and leadership. Troop 30 scouts also have the opportunity to learn how to paddle a canoe, how to defeat all opponents at water polo and how to rock climb, but participation in those activities is optional.

Scouts perform service projects supporting our community, and they earn badges — there are more than 135 badges demonstrating a knowledge of everything from archery to veterinary medicine. There are also a group of scouts — not many, but Troop 30 had one last year — who gain the highest rank in scouting, Eagle Scout. Earning badges and rank isn’t required by any scout, but they will be exposed to the opportunity.

The fee for this entire academic year is $100. Scouts are expected to fundraise to support their activities, and community support for these efforts is welcome — in the past, Troop 30 has raised funds with car washes, celebration dinners and wreath sales.

Anyone can join in scouts. Youth interested in learning about scouts are welcome to show up at any Thursday meeting to meet scouts and ask questions. (Youth attending may be asked to join in a game of steal the bacon.) Adults are welcome at meetings to learn about what we do, and offer their knowledge to youth. All adults who participate in scouting activities must allow a records check and be trained in youth protection before joining in official activities. We know scouts learn by doing so if you have a skill you can impart — how to build an engine, how to code, how to frost a cake — we’d love to hear from you.

Have questions before you can get to a Thursday meeting? Email and an adult leader will respond.

Does all this sound awesome but your child is 5-10 years old? Check out our little brothers and sisters in Pack 30, the area’s Cub Scout program. They meet in the same space, just an hour earlier.

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