Lexington’s Boy Scout Troop 10 has been up to a lot of exciting activities this fall! In September, the troop spent a weekend camping at Winter Island, a campsite in Salem, Massachusetts. Boys spent the day walking around the center of Salem, exploring all it had to offer. They visited the variety of shops and even took a tour of the Salem Witch Museum. Afterwards they returned to their campsite, located right on the beach.
In October, the troop hiked up to the Carter Notch hut in the white mountains. Most scouts took a direct route up to the hut, while others chose to take a more scenic but strenuous path which was almost twice as long. Up at the hut, scouts were able to explore a large boulder field just outside of the hut area. Rainy weather the next day motivated the troop to make a speedy descent.
In November, Troop 10 hosted a campout for Lexingtons Weblo Scouts, at the Sayre Scout Reservation. This trip was an opportunity for cubscouts from Lexington to spend a day with Troop 10 to see what Boy Scouts is all about. The Troop led the Weblos in games, lessons, songs, and many other fun activities throughout the day. Webloes got to learn the basics of fire and knife safety, general first aid, and even some of the geology of the surrounding area. At night a campfire was held where scouts and cubs were given an opportunity to sing, dance or perform a skit.
On Sunday April 27, members of Troop 10 participated in a 5k run supporting the MS Society of America. The race took place in in Devens, Mass. The race started at 10:00 a.m. It was a cold and cloudy day to run, but that did not make much of a difference, because the run was a giant mud and water filled obstacle course. Scouts ran in between roughly 15 different obstacles, which all incorporated mud, making for one dirty run! Despite the weather conditions, the scouts still managed to have a blast, and are looking forward to hopefully participating in the race again next year.
On Monday April 21, the town of Lexington celebrated Patriots Day as a whole, and many scouts from Troop 10 got the honor to help out or be a part of a portion of the days festivities. Members from Troop 10 marched in both the morning and the afternoon parades. In the morning parade, the troop 10 members got to march behind a Lexington Scouting banner all the way from Muzzey field, to the Lexington Battle Green. A ceremony was held there, in which a fellow Troop 10 scout Liam W., got to get up in front of the whole town and recite the scout oath. In the later parade, scouts were able to help march and push the Lexington fire pumper, an old fire truck which isn’t used anymore, but is pushed by the scouts of Lexington every year in the Patriots Day parade.
From Saturday April 12 to Sunday April 13, Troop 10 took a trip up to Sudbury, MA to spend the day and night camping in the Nobscot scouting reservation. This trip is an annual tradition for the troop as it is the first available outing for the newest group of scouts who had only joined weeks before. After setting up camp the older scouts lead the younger scouts in some introductory games. After a lunch break, a few of the older scouts taught the younger scouts about the fundamental skills in scouting, including proper camp setup, plant and animal identification, and even proper knife, axe, and saw use. Younger scouts had the opportunity to earn their Totin chit, which would allow them to use knives, axes, and swords in a responsible manner, with less supervision. Along with the basic skills, scouts were also working on bonding together as they got to know each other more and working well as a team and as peers.
After a troop-wide game of capture the flag, the scouts all cooked and ate dinner together. After dinner came a campfire where the scouts lead skits, sang songs, and told stories late in to the night. As the fire died down, scouts went off to bed for the night. The troop rose early Sunday morning to a light rain, while they cooked and ate breakfast. Afterwards scouts packed up and cleaned up camp, and headed out. Overall it was a very successful trip for both older and younger scouts and a lot of fun was had.
From Friday March 14th to Sunday March 16 Troop 10 spent the weekend in Jackson, NH. At 6:00 p.m. on Friday, the troop drove up to Jackson to the Schoch family’s ski house, where they stayed the night. Early the next morning, the scouts were up and ready to go skiing or snowboarding at Wildcat Mountain, just a short drive away. The troop spent all day at the mountain, and the conditions were very good. The area had received 18+ inches of snow the week before, and the temperatures just above freezing. The sun was out for a majority of the day, making it a beautiful day to spend on the mountain. After spending the day on the mountain the scouts returned to the Schoch’s house where they spent the night again. The boys had a video game tournament playing Mario Kart, that lasted long into the night. Scouts got up Sunday morning and drove back to Lexington.