Troop 30 News

What a week at summer camp!

With everyone healthy and COVID-tested, Troop 30 traveled to Yawgoog Scouting Reservation for a week of serious fun, a lot of merit badges and an appearance from a dinosaur.

Yawgoog is a very large and more-than-a-century-old camp. It’s actually three camps, with Troop 30 staying at Sandy Beach, the newest of all camps. That’s a quick explainer to show you the achievements of this very young troop — 75% of our campers are first-year scouts.
-Took first and second place in the All-Yawgoog regatta
-Took fourth and fifth place in the mile footrace across all three camps
-Had two scouts complete the mile swim
-Won the Sandy Beach basketball shootout
-Competed in the Sandy Beach superhero costume contest

All our scouts passed the beginner swimming test, even the two who came to camp as non-swimmers. Ten passed the BSA swim test, a first-class rank requirement.

Troop 30 scouts earned merit badges in everything from archery to riffle shooting to orienteering. It has been a fantastic week.

Celebrating Eagles

Eagles with Watertown connections: State Rep. Steve Owens, USMC Private First Class Michael McNamara, Patricio Pino, Troop 30 Scoutmaster Doug Syer, and Sons of Liberty District Chairman Steve Sookikian, whose childhood scouting experience was Troop 222 at St. Stephen’s Armenian Church.

In a ceremony highlighting the Eagle Scouts with Watertown connections, Troop 30 celebrated celebrating Patricio Pino, Watertown’s newest Eagle.

The event was held at the Lowell School, where Patricio attended grade school.

On his way to the rank of Eagle, Patricio chose a service project where he worked with Troop 30 and Pack 30 to collect coats for homeless veterans.

The June 26 ceremony featured area Eagle Scouts, including Sons of Liberty District Chairman Steve Sookikian, State Rep. Steve Owens, who is also a Pack 30 den leader, Troop 30 Scoutmaster Doug Syer and U.S. Marine Private First Class Michael McNamara. Rep. Owens welcomed Patricio “to the club” of Eagle Scouts.

A proclamation from the Watertown Town Council was offered by Town Councilor Vincent Piccirilli, who has known Patricio since he was 3, moving to Watertown from his native Peru.

Patricio Pino started joined Watertown’s scouting tradition when he was in first grade, joining Pack 30 as a Tiger Scout. In Cub Scouts, he learned teamwork and joined in outside activities, until in 2014, he crossed over to Troop 30.

Patricio’s favorite activity in scouts was the Thanksgiving trip, where the entire troop roasted turkeys in the woods and served dozens of Cub Scout families a meal they could all share together.

As he progressed in scouts, Patricio earned leadership positions, eventually becoming leader of the Baconators Patrol, then Assistant Patrol Leader, and finally he was elected Senior Patrol Leader in October 2020. The hardest part of scouting, he said, was learning to lead fellow scouts in Troop 30.

To earn the rank of Eagle, Patricio needed to complete 21 merit badges and a final merit badge project. He originally wanted to collect coats for a village in his native Peru, but the pandemic halted those plans. He instead collected winter gear for American veterans living in Boston.

Patricio Pino is our new Eagle Scout

May 3 Patricio Pino was named an Eagle Scout in his final board of review with officials from the Sons of Liberty District.

Patricio, a senior at Watertown High School, has been a valued member of Troop 30 in a great time of transition. He served as Senior Patrol leader during both a pandemic and at a time when Troop 30 integrated female scouts into its troop.

To become an Eagle, Patricio previously served as leader of the Baconators Patrol, which came in first place in 2020’s Northern Lights District Klondike Derby, a winter skills competition where scouts need to figure out problems and pit their skills against scouts in the region.

But being a leader is not enough to make you an Eagle. Scouts choose a service project that benefits their community and lead other scouts in making that idea a reality. Patricio, following COVID-safety rules, worked with Troop 30 and Pack 30 to collect coats for homeless veterans.

While scouting in itself is a goal, fewer than 10 percent of scouts become an Eagle. Troop 30 congratulates Patricio on this major achievement.

Second BSA Scout food drive fills Watertown Food Pantry shelves

Scouts collected 2.5 tons of food for the food pantry this past November, but both the Coronavirus pandemic and the resulting unemployment in Watertown has hit our community hard. At the November drive Kathleen Cunningham, Director of the Watertown Food Pantry made an unusual request: Could another food drive be held soon?

Scouting for Food is a service project the BSA Scouts have participated in for years: Supporting a local food pantry, scouts across the U.S. collect food once a year, usually around Thanksgiving when many are feeling generous.

Scouting for Food in Watertown is a tradition near to the scouts’ hearts: Both the Watertown Food Pantry and the scouts call the Watertown-Belmont United Methodist Church at 80 Mt. Auburn Street home.

The answer to Cunningham’s question was yes, and March 20, scouts from Troop 30 (age 10-17) and Pack 30 (age 5-10) responded, collecting 5186 pounds of groceries, cleaning supplies and personal items from Watertown neighbors. 

Of particular note was the Bear Den of Pack 30, a group of third graders who together collected 1,500 pounds of food that had to be delivered to the Food Pantry in several cars and one pickup truck. 

The individual scout who collected the heaviest load of donations was Webelos Scout Xavier Owens, who collected 814.7 pounds of food. 

“The extraordinary team of scouts and leaders is overwhelming. The Watertown Food Pantry is truly proud to partner with this team,” said Cunningham. “When support is needed they really know how to get a job done!”

For those who missed the food drive, the Watertown Food Pantry is open Tuesdays for donations (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and for services (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Scouts collect food for Watertown Food Pantry March 20

The 2.5 tons of food collected by scouts in November has gone to meet an unprecedented need in our community, so scouts are asking you again to help.
March 20, 12:30-3, scouts are collecting shelf-stable food items for the Watertown Food Pantry at 80 Mt. Auburn Street. 

Scouting for Food has become a tradition for Scouts in Watertown. Both Troop 30 (age 10-17) and Pack 30 (age 5-10) scouts have made the food drive part of their Thanksgiving tradition, collecting enough food that it’s measured in tons. With the need so great in our community this year, Watertown Food Pantry Director Kathleen Cunningham made the unusual request for a second drive this year.

Scouts are stepping up to the challenge, and will be on hand at 80 Mt. Auburn Street to collect groceries from the driveway of the church. 

For those who need a contactless option, scouts are also flyering their own neighborhoods. On the morning of the drive, they will pick up cans and boxes from doorsteps around Watertown to get them to the Watertown Food Pantry. 

What’s appropriate for the food pantry? Brand name canned and boxed items are always needed. The most popular item is instant rice, followed by soups. Federal food programs do not subsidize hygiene items like toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo, so finding those at the Watertown Food Pantry can be a bonus for its clients. 
Whatever you can offer will go directly to the Watertown families serviced by the food pantry.

Didn’t get a flyer from a scout? Make sure scouts will come to you. Contact watertowntroop30@gmail.com to arrange a pickup of items for the Watertown Food Pantry.

Boys and Girls cross over from Cub Scouts to join Troop 30

It was a chilly evening, but the Webelos of Pack 30 were prepared. Armed with knowledge of the Scout Oath and Law, the Outdoor Code, and wearing face masks, scouts from Pack 30 crossed over to BSA Scouts.

Proudly, Troop 30 has become ready for them. We are now calling ourselves BSA Scouts, as we accept scouts of any gender. Our youth leaders have trained to make sure they have the skills to teach younger scouts how to tie knots, set up tents, cook on camp stoves and play steal the bacon. We have male and female leaders who have trained in both scout leadership and mentoring youth to support the troop, and best of all, we have new scouts ready to learn.

For more information on how your child can join scouting, contact us watertowntroop30@gmail.com.

Masked scouts collect 5,403 pounds — 2.5 tons — of food

Scouts from Troop 30 and Pack 30 combined forces Saturday to collect two-and-half tons of food for the Watertown Food Pantry. 

In normal times, the Troop (BSA scouts age 10-17) and the Pack (Cub Scouts age 5-10) would solicit donations from customers at Stop & Shop as part of an initiative called Scouting for Food. This year, to keep contact at a minimum and taking Coronavirus precautions, Cub Scouts held a contest to see who could collect the greatest number of donations from neighbors. Cubs flyered their neighborhoods asking for help, and Watertown responded: Cubs collected carloads of groceries totaling 4,941 pounds. 

The Cub Scout with the heaviest donation, Nathaniel Dourianof Bear Den 8, collected 670 pounds of peanut butter, pasta, canned beans and other groceries, but he wasn’t alone. Other Cub Scouts gathered 200 or 300 pounds of groceries delivered Saturday to the food pantry. 

Other neighbors came and dropped off donations of their own. Dozens of bags of canned chickpeas, coffee, tea and tomato sauce were followed by carloads of jarred soups, jams and jellies, treats like Fluff and Jello, and of course that difficult-to-find commodity of 2020, toilet paper. 

Troop 30 scouts, armed with food pantry bins and hand sanitizer, sorted the items on the lawn of 80 Mt. Auburn Street, the Watertown-Belmont UMC building that hosts both the scouts and the Watertown Food Pantry. Donations are distributed Tuesdays at 80 Mt. Auburn Street.

The need remains for families in Watertown as many are out of work due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. For services and information on how to support our community, find the Watertown Food Pantry on the town website.