Troop 30 meeting outside and masked

Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts meet outside in Watertown.

With the Coronavirus crisis still forcing school changes and mask mandates in Massachusetts, Troop 30 is meeting outdoors every week.

Outdoor meetings on Thursdays in October and November? Absolutely — Be Prepared is our motto, after all. Scouts wear masks, always, and when the weather is cool, they have jackets. Now that everyone is trained in setting up a lantern, we’re able to work on advancement, we’ve had an election of new leaders and we’ve even met with Cub Scouts who will move up to Troop 30 in early 2021.

Boys and girls age 10-17 can join Troop 30

So far this year, Troop 30 has had a campout — also with Webelos, the oldest of the Cub Scouts — where we’ve mastered orienteering, outdoor cooking and and the eating of chocolate cake made in a Dutch oven on the fire.

This year has been a very unusual year in the history of scouting in Watertown, no doubt, but we are continuing to serve the community. Since the pandemic hit, one scout took his family to clean up a section of the Charles River, filling an entire car with trash to haul away. One planted a tree at a state campsite on behalf of the family of a longtime camper who died of Covid earlier this year.

And, we have our Eagles. Michael McNamara received his Eagle rank this summer after building secure storage for the Watertown Food Pantry. Another Eagle project is currently under way.

Scouts take care of each other and our
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Troop 30 has always had a strong outdoor program, but now that the safest place to be is outside, we’re doubling-down on those efforts. Any youth who has completed fifth grade is welcome to join us.

Scouts learn citizenship and leadership, but there’s so much more they do. Scouts learn to camp, to cook and how to build a campfire. They also have plenty of opportunity to make friends as they sit around a campfire — just in masks, this year.

Troop 30 is for boys and girls in Watertown, Allston and Brighton. Contact us at watertowntroop30@gmail.com to learn more.

Troop 30 staying safe

Ian Mask InstructionsWith school out of session due to the Coronavirus crisis, Troop 30 has changed its meetings to online. Scouts are still advancing in rank, merit badges are being earned and public service is still a priority, it’s just being done with COVID-19 precautions.

Looking to make your own mask? Assistant Scoutmaster Ian Clark developed his own mask with a stiff nose bridge to keep you safe. Instructions are at the link.

Ian’s Mask Making Instructions

Scouts collect $10K in canned goods for Watertown Food Pantry

Scouts sorting foodIn what may be the largest-ever one-day event to benefit the Watertown Food Pantry, scouts on Saturday collected $10,000 worth of food at the Watertown Street Stop & Shop.

That’s twice what was collected last year in the annual event called Scouting for Food.

Lift“I’m overwhelmed by the effort of all the boys and girls in the scouts,” said Kathleen Cunningham, Watertown Food Pantry Coordinator. “It’s amazing that all those parents and leaders make this work possible.”

Pack 30, with scouts age 5-10, and Troop 30, with scouts age 10-17, come together every year to collect donations for the Watertown Food Pantry. Last year, 200 bags of groceries were collected from Stop & Shop customers at 171 Watertown Street.

The this year, the response from Stop & Shop customers was so great, scouts needed to change how they collect goods. Twice they filled up a Boy Scout Troop 30’s trailer, collecting 400 cubic feet of food six hours.

CollectionsScouts provided a shopping list for store customers to donate items needed most by clients of the food pantry — peanut butter, rice, beans, jams and pastas – to fill the pantry’s shelves. Customers handed items over to other scouts in charge of thanking customers. Then Webelos and Bear Scouts ran full shopping carts of canned goods to the sidewalk outdoors, where cans of cranberries, peas, beans and tomato sauce were sorted and packed in the Troop 30 trailer. The trailer was filled twice with a total of 400 cubic feet of food in the six hours scouts collected food.

Tiger Scout Jeremiah Rios said of all the jobs the scouts did, it was most fun sorting the food that was donated by Stop & Shop customers. He reported that while peanut butter was the most popular item, the grape jelly looked the most delicious.

Bears and shampooWhen customers opted to give cash, those donations were turned into personal hygiene items like shampoo, soap and deodorant. When customers wanted to fuel scouts and their good work, they gave them chocolate and bags of Doritos.

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 10-17, complete larger projects in service to veterans and the community.

BSA trains boys and girls in citizenship, conservation, 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. Both the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts share a home with the Food Pantry in the Watertown-Belmont UMC at 80 Mt. Auburn Street.

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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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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.

Want to join the scouts? We can provide more information at WatertownTroop30@gmail.com.

Troop 30 summer camp

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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.

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