Scouts and Explorers

Jan - Feb 2019| Volume 12, Issue 1

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The next issue (March-April) of this newsletter will be available in early March 2019. We will accept submissions through February 23, 2019 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.

SCOUTS| EXPLORERS

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 cubmaster@pack136epping.org.

Join us on Facebook and keep track of the Pack or go to our website where you can find more Pack information at http://www.pack136epping.org.

Boy Scout Troop 136

Scouts cooking for the December Court of Honor

The Epping Boy Scouts Troop 136 kicked off the Holiday Season with a Court Of Honor Dinner on December 9th at the Epping Community Church.  They earned Awards, did a Secret Santa gift exchange and cooked a wonderful ham dinner for the Troop families.  The Scouts also finished their annual re-charter to the BSA where they are registered, to kick off the new year, 2019.

January Scouts theme of the month is Winter Camping.  With this theme the Scouts have a campout planned for Camp Carpenter in Manchester on January 11th.  They will be sleeping in Adirondacks at the campsite.  They will be camping for three days and two nights out in the winter air. 

In February the winter theme continues, this month Skiing and Snowboarding.  They plan a fun weekend at Cater Lodge at the BSA campground up at Hidden Valley in Gilmanton Ironworks on February 8th.  They enjoy the weekend of fun and the adult Scout leaders cook for the Scouts.  On February 18th, they have planned another fun weekend at Pat’s Peak for some tubing, skiing and snowboarding.  They get to sleep inside the warm building of Pat’s Peak then enjoy a nice hot breakfast.

The Scouts have been very busy on other activities. They just finished with their Popcorn and Yankee Candle fundraisers to help them earn money for the Troop and for camp.  The boys also collected food in their annual Scouting for Food event where they collect food from their neighbors to help feed the hungry.  They also help monthly with Epping’s End 68 hours of Hunger where they help sort and pack food for Epping’s youth.  This year the Scouts of Troop 136 have put in more than 256 hours of community service and still counting. 

Submitted by Jennifer Sullivan.

Epping Explorer Posts

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 136

Our Post, the Red Cross and the Epping Firemen’s Association held a very successful Blood Drive this past November. The Red Cross was pleased with the drive and the number of donors. This drive helped many needy people. Some of our members assisted the Epping and Brentwood Firefighters Association with the Stuff the Bus toy drive at Walmart the weekend after Thanksgiving. We thank Robin Vanamburg, First Student Bus Company, for the use of the school bus, and Walmart for letting us hold the drive.

The Epping Fire Department Explorer Post 136 will have an officers’ meeting in early January to discuss the 2019 program, as well as fundraising and community service. They have been asked to join with a Girl Scout troop to purchase an Automatic Defibrillator (AED) for one of the local churches. That would be one community service project.

We meet on the 1st, 3rd, and if there is a 5th Tuesday of every month at the Epping Safety Complex, 37 Pleasant Street in Epping. All youth 14 to 21 years old are welcome. For more information call 679-5442 or 396-9436.