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Welcome to Troop 437! Proudly sponsored by American Legion post 437 in Westford Massachusetts.

 
   Are you an Arrow of Light scout looking for a Scout Troop to cross over to?  or maybe you are new to Scouting and want a great Troop to join?
 
Either way, Troop 437 welcomes all youth to come and experience the adventure of scouting!  Visit one of our meetings to experience what Scouting is all about and what makes Troop 437 a great Scout Troop.
 
We meet every Thursday evening when school is in session.  Meetings start at 7:00 pm at the American Legion Post 437 at 114 Dunstable Road.  Feel free to contact us at info@westfordtroop437.us and let us know you are coming or to contact us with any questions.  For more information about the troop, you can start at our About Us webpage.

2023 Summer Camp at Camp Wanocksett

Philadelphia and Valley Forge Trip, April 13-16. Sign-ups due Feb 15

Posted on Feb 14 2024 - 4:11pm

The April trip is a 3-night, four day trip to Philadelphia and eastern Pennsylvania.  Sign-ups are due by February 15th since we need to reserve a lot of group tours.
 
We'll leave early on Saturday April 13th to drive to the Scranton area, visit the No. 9 Coal Mine in Lansford, PA, and tour historic Jim Thorpe, PA, followed by a pizza dinner. We'll be tent-camping nearby. On Sunday, we'll visit Lost River Caverns in Hellertown, PA and then go on to spend the afternoon at Valley Forge National Historical Park. We'll spend Sunday and Monday night in a large lodge at BSA Camp Jarvis in Devon, PA. We may visit an Escape Room Sunday evening, depending on the level of interest.  
 
On Monday, we’ll spend the day in Philadelphia! Some of the sites that we will see include the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Independence Visitor Center, the U.S. Mint, Betsy Ross House, and either the Eastern State Penitentiary or the Museum of the American Revolution. (You can vote on the sites you prefer on the registration form.) In the evening, we’ll take a Spirit of ‘76 Ghost Tour before returning to Camp Jarvis. On Tuesday morning, we’ll depart Camp Jarvis and head to Ronks, PA to tour an Amish dairy farm, followed by a pretzel factory tour in Lititz, PA. We'll be home by about 9:30 or 10 PM Tuesday evening.
 
The trip cost is approximately $250 per person, although this may be adjusted slightly based on the sites that we visit in Philadelphia. Cost includes:
  • One night tent-camping and two nights at a cabin/lodge at Camp Jarvis
  • Transportation to and from PA (we will be carpooling and do need adult drivers)
  • Tickets for entrance into activities (except escape room)
  • Breakfast on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday
  • Bagged lunch on Sunday, lunch funds for Monday
  • Saturday, Sunday and Monday dinners
  • Cracker Barrel (snack) each evening
You'll need to bring additional funds for lunch and dinner on Tuesday as well as souvenirs and treats (ice cream, etc.).  The escape room outing is an extra $35 per person, for those who choose to participate.
 
Please fill out the registration form ASAP.  There are several questions on the registration form where you can vote for your preferred activities in Philadelphia.
 
       

Calendar Change - Winter Court of Honor moved to March 14th!

Posted on Feb 14 2024 - 4:11pm

Our Winter Court of Honor, which was scheduled for mid-February, is being moved to March 14th.  This will allow many of our scouts who are working to complete advancement time to complete their requirements.  The advancement deadline for the Court will now be February 29th.

Scouting 101: What is a Court of Honor?

Posted on Feb 14 2024 - 4:11pm

Have you heard the term "Court of Honor"?  Are you wondering what it is?  If so here is a quick description that will hopefully clarify things.

Courts of Honor are when Scouts, Families, and Friends come together to recognize and celebrate the achievements of Troop members.  Courts come in two flavors...

Troop Courts of Honor

Troop 437 holds "Troop Courts" are held three times a year.  One in the Fall, One in the Winter, and one in the Spring.  Troop Courts are where Troop members are recognized for their achievements such as Rank Advancement, Merit Badges, Leadership, and other accomplishments that have been completed since the last court.  Troop Courts take the place of a regular Thursday evening Troop meeting and end with "pot luck" style refreshments.  Look for notices in the e-blast newsletters about upcoming Troop Courts.

Eagle Courts of Honor

Obtaining Scouting's highest rank of Eagle Scout is a major accomplishment and as such the Troop hosts a special "Eagle Court of Honor" whenever we have a new Eagle Scout to recognize.  Eagle Courts are planned and scheduled as needed throughout the year and might honor a single scout or multiple scouts as appropriate.  Invitations are sent out electronically announcing the Eagle Courts with a requested RSVP deadline.  All families and scouts from the Troop are encouraged to attend the Eagle Courts to help celebrate the accomplishment - even if you do not know the scout it is still important to participate.  Scouts from the Troop will be asked to arrive before the ceremony to help with set up and preparations.

Regardless of the type of court, be it Troop Court or Eagle Court, all Troop families are encouraged to attend.  If you have any questions, please feel free to let a scoutmaster know.

Mark your calendars! Summer Camp 2024 is coming - Jul 28th to Aug 3rd

Posted on Feb 14 2024 - 4:11pm

 Summer camp is coming!  Troop 437 will be once again attending Camp Wanockett.  Our Troop week is July 28th through August 3rd.  More details will published soon, including information about CIT opportunities!

Snowshoeing trip in Gilford, NH, February 9th - 10th

Posted on Feb 7 2024 - 8:54pm

February's trip is snowshoeing in Gilford, NH.

Scouts will overnight at the church in Gilford, adjacent to the Gilford Youth Center. Scouts will enjoy a cracker barrel and the use of the youth center for a couple of hours before bed. In the AM, we will have a dry breakfast (we have kitchen use, but it would be for boiling water not cooking bacon), then head to a nearby location for snowshoeing. 

We would like to hike 3 to 5 miles with the shoes, and may break into groups depending on participation.

Arrive: Friday, February 9, 2024, 8:00 PM at Gilford Youth Center directions
Carpooling to be communicated, assume a meetup at the Abbot School at 5:30 PM.
Return: Saturday, February 10, 2024, at approximately 3-4:00 PM or when done snowshoeing - depart at
1PM.
Cost: $20 per person
Snowshoe Rental: $15 per person
Meals: Friday night cracker barrel and Saturday morning breakfast are included. In the AM Scouts will prepare
a sandwich lunch for after the snowshoe and before departing

Klondike Derby is Saturday February 3rd! Sign-ups due by Thursday, January 25th

Posted on Jan 31 2024 - 8:35pm

It's Klondike Derby Time!

February 3rd is the West Wind District Escape from Hoth!

Klondike Derby is an all-day event where scouts stock sleds with all the gear they need to conquer many challenges they will meet along their travels.

This year's Derby is being held nearby at Centralville Sportsmen’s Club in Dracut, MA.  Scouts should plan on arriving at Abbot school at 7:00 am.  See the sign-up form for more details.

Sign-ups are due by Thursday, January 25th at 7:00 PM

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