It is a truth universally acknowledged by any good chiropractor that you should lift heavy objects with your legs rather than with your back. I am not a good chiropractor. When lifting a table at camp this year, I knowingly injured my back and proceeded to board a giant inflatable battle-dome during some obvious lapse of judgment. I have now come to equate this decision to pouring salt directly into an open wound (not a good idea). Like any true scout, however, I was almost unphased by my horrible injury and denied any recommended medical treatment. The next day I was feeling better (mentally) - although I threw my back out, the flames of scout spirit in my heart were on! As the troop went through summer camp, earned their badges, and blazed through any competition, I was sure to be there cheering them on and selectively excusing myself from most straining physical activity. I was especially proud of my patrol at the time (Heavy Metal Moose II) - they crushed any competition like I crushed my trapezius muscle. Any other patrols competing looked kind of like my spine: weak. This year was surely another great summer camp for the troop. Our troop and its patrols earned many great and memorable accomplishments this summer (competition wins, merit badges, scout spirit), but I like to think that the real memories are of the half-brained injuries we sustained along the way (I think this as an obvious effort to comfort myself - literally nobody else should think this).
At the 24th World Scout Jamboree, I had a great time. Over the course of the two weeks, I met many new friends, did several activities, and had so much fun, I was sad to leave. The Jamboree had a lot to offer, including ziplining, stand-up paddleboarding, a water obstacle course, and mountain biking. I did some of the water activities, which were stand-up paddleboarding and the obstacle course. I made friends with many of the people from my troop, but also from other troops, including one from Mexico; which was right across the road from us. The closing show was amazing, using a lot of fireworks, fire, and even a laser light show (which is probably what most of their budget went to). After the closing show, many troops had to leave, so we had to say goodbye to our friends and sleep in our tents one last time. Unless you were me. I ended up staying up all night, until 3:00 am, when we all woke up and boarded the bus home.
Hi all! This is just a reminder from your friendly, neighborhood QM to turn in your troop gear. There is a decent amount of troop gear out, I’m assuming from Merit Trip, so make sure if you still have that to bring it in next meeting cleaned and ready. Since its only the second meeting of the year, and I wasn’t able to make the first, I won’t be calling people out by name, but be warned that later in the year I will be putting names in this section of people who haven’t turned in their gear. Also, if you have any suggestions for anything related to the QM (new gear to add to kits, replacements, etc.), talk to me, Connor, or any other person in leadership.
This summer we went to Acadia National Park in Maine for our merit trip. Usually we go somewhere super special each year for the scouts that have contributed all year round. After a long drive up to Maine in our cars we reached the campground and relaxed for the rest of they day. Over the course of 5 days we saw many cool things and visited many cool places. One of the interesting sites was a place on the beach called the Thunderhole, where you could hear a loud booming sound coming from an underwater cave if it was low tide. We also went on a couple hikes in Acadia, the first one was on a mountain that had rungs on the side to help us climb up to the top. Afterwards we visited the nearby beach and swam for a while. The second hike took us to the Penobscot Summit, which was probably one of the most beautiful places I have ever been. We saw many interesting pieces of wildlife and we even got to swim in a lake near the top of the mountain. The boardwalk that we took near the bottom of the mountain also led us around a gorgeous lake view. Besides hiking and swimming, we were also fortunate enough to be able to take a kayaking tour and a cruise around the harbor. We got to learn about all the islands near the shore and why they had such interesting names. Half of them were named after porcupines! The rest of the time we got to spend time wandering around the town and going into various tourist shops. Our favorite being a trinket shop called Jekyll and Hyde.
Hey everyone, Troop 100 has a new historian, me! This year, the historian position will hopefully be a lot more active in our troop. As a troop we want to make sure all of the scouts, the parents, and the Westborough community know what we are doing, what we have done, and what’s coming up. Ideally, mumbles will become a source of information along with an upcoming newsletter. Patrols will each be tasked a specific member to be responsible for a mumble. There may be points involved!