Scouts and Explorers

Jan-Feb 2018 | Volume 11, Issue 1



Newsletter Schedule

Have we missed your group or event? Please let us know. Our purpose is to include as many Epping groups and events as possible.

The next issue (Mar-Apr) of this newsletter will be available in early Mar 2018. We will accept submissions through February 23, 2018 to be included in the next issue. Please send your content, including contact information, for consideration by using the CONTACT US section of our web site or by emailing us.


Scouting Around Epping

Boy ScoutsCub Scout Pack 136

Pack 136 is looking for boys and families who are looking for adventures. Cub Scouts is for boys entering grades 1 to 5. Cub Scouting has ideals of spiritual and character growth, citizenship training and personal fitness. The Scout Oath is a pledge of duty to God and family. The Scout Law is a simple formula for good Cub Scouting and good citizenship. The Cub Scout motto, “Do Your Best,” is a code of excellence. We believe in involving families and Cub Scouting provides opportunities for families to work and play together and have fun together.

If you would like information about joining Cub Scouts, please contact our Cubmaster, at

Join us on Facebook and keep track of the Pack or go to our website where you can find more Pack information at

Boy Scout Troop 136

In November Epping Boy Scouts camped at a BSA campground just outside Boston from November 17th through November 19th. Saturday the Troop traveled into Boston to hike the Freedom Trail. During the hike they had a chance to earn a Freedom Trail Patch and Pin. This is only offered to the Boy Scouts of America. This special event is supported by Minutemen Council. The Scouts also enjoyed exploring the historical sites of Boston.

In December, the Boy Scouts were active in supporting the Stuff the Bus with the Epping Fire Department on December 11th, They helped by sorting out gifts for the children of Epping. On December 10th they celebrated the holidays by cooking a ham dinner for the Troop and their families at their Court of Honor. This is an annual tradition to celebrate the upcoming holidays with friends and family. The Scouts spent the afternoon cooking and preparing the meals. They finished the night with awards, rank advancements and a Yankee swap.

Upcoming events:

Submitted by Jennifer Sullivan

Venturing Crew 795

Venturing Crew 795 is a new Scouting unit/youth group for males and females ages 14-20. Those completed 8th grade and 13 may also join.   Members can be from any town. We primarily serve the towns of Raymond, Epping, Candia, Fremont, Brentwood, Auburn, and Nottingham. Venturing is a branch of the Boy Scouts of America. How much does it cost? We have an $18 membership fee that is good for the year. Many of our activities are free, while others have a small cost. We will be doing fundraising to cover some costs of activities. 

In Venturing Crew 795 you can: Explore the outdoors and discover new, exciting places including: hiking, trails, boating, nature centers, museums, etc. Earn awards including: ranks, conservation, STEM, physical fitness, leadership, boating, lifeguard, etc. Learn new skills like: fire building, cooking, knot tying, first aid, etc. Become a leader in the crew (elected by your peers) to the following positions: Crew President, VP of programming, secretary, etc. Conduct service projects in the community. Examples could include: trail clearing, cleanup projects, etc. Do career and hobby exploration. Crew 795 also does career and hobby exploration-- tell us about a career or hobby you are interested in learning about and we will try to set something up with an expert! We do day trips.

We try to meet twice a month, normally on a Tuesday or Friday in Raymond. Please contact us for this month's schedule.

Feel free to e-mail or call us for more information  or 895-0469.  Check out our website!


Epping NH Police Explorers

This is a hands-on program for youth ages 14-20.  It is for those interested in a career in law enforcement or related fields in the criminal justice system.  The program promotes growth through character development, respect for the rule of law, physical fitness, good citizenship and patriotism.  Please join us in helping to support this local youth program as well as the Child and Youth Program of the SAL.

Youth 14 -20 may join the Police Explorers by calling 679-5122.

Fire Department Explorer Post 716

The Fire Department Explorers have had a good year with several members completing training that allows them to ride the apparatus and help at fires. They have sponsored a very successful Red Cross blood drive at the station, attended the Explorer banquet in Concord and some assisted with the Fire Department "Stuff the Bus" toy drive. Our next meeting will be at the Safety Complex on January 5, 2018. Our members are always ready to welcome new members age 14 to 20.

What opportunities are in the Fire and Rescue service? At the beginning, learn what the fire and emergency medical service does. We teach new explorers CPR, how to use the self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA), what the various tools on the fire trucks are used for and much more. Jobs that could be in your future are Fire Investigator, Arson Investigator, Fire Marshal and Forest Fire Warden.

Many of our Explorers continue their education at Laconia Community College, nursing schools, also 4-year courses in college. The Explorer post also elects its officers to run the post. The adults are advisors and training instructors. If this is a field you want to pursue or for more information, call Firefighter Tim Labonte or Captain Cliff Cray at 679 5446 or 396-9436.