Scouting for Food roundup

20141108_094951Troop 87 collected over 500 cans and jars of food for the local food pantry on Saturday November 6th.

Working with Cub Pack 113, they filled up the cabinets and had plenty of boxes left over that are still sitting on desks.

The Food Pantry in town is very small and empties out very quickly. Working with the Elementary School, and other groups in town, the Council on Aging works hard to get food into homes where it is needed. Troop 87 and Pack 113 are proud to help provide in this area.

 

As the holiday season approaches, please always consider picking up a little extra and dropping it off at Town Hall during business hours. The COA would really appreciate that.

Flag Retirement Ceremony – An Eagle Project

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Flags must be cut in half, then cut into stripes.

Flags must be cut in half, then cut into stripes.

Did you know that you should never throw a worn or tattered American flag into the trash for disposal?

When your flag is not worthy to be flown any longer due to wear or fading or damage, you should properly dispose of your flag in a burning ceremony.

But you can’t just BURN a flag. That is an act of disrespect. So what are you supposed to do?

Life Scout Geoff G.’s Eagle Project is to teach people what to do with their flags, while holding a clinic and ceremony surrounding the act.

This American flag is being prepared for the fire.

This American flag is being prepared for the fire.

He will be teaching a clinic after the Town of Groveland’s Veterans Day ceremony on November 11th at approximately 12 noon.

The Veterans Day ceremony begins at 10:30am and then people are invited to come into town hall to learn how to prepare a flag for disposal. The public is welcome, and this is a good place to start when learning about proper flag care, etiquette and retirement.

Geoff will  have free documentation available on how to care for your flag to prevent it from being damaged, and forms if you are interested in having your flag replaced.

On November 16th, Geoff and the town’s American Legion post will host a traditional flag burning ceremony at Veasey Park in Groveland at 1pm.  Veterans will be honored, and the public is welcome to attend.

Chris M places a flag on the fire in a 2012 ceremony

Chris M places a flag on the fire in a 2012 ceremony

If you have a flag that needs to be retired, you can bring it to Groveland Town Hall, the Groveland Diner, or Georgetown Therapeutic Massage any day before November 14th.

The final stage of Geoff’s Eagle project will be a box at Town Hall for flags to be placed in, so they can be retired going forward by the American Legion and the BSA Troop.

Please join Troop 87 in these events on November 11 and 16. And if you have questions about the project you can email the troop at Troop87groveland@gmail.com

Scouting for Food 2014

Flyer for Scouting for Food

Flyer for Scouting for Food

Troop 87 and Cub Pack 113 will be participating in Scouting for Food this November. During this upcoming week, bags and flyers will be placed in doors around the neighborhoods, and on November 8th the food will be picked up by Scouts and Cubs.

If you do not get a flyer delivered to your house, but you want to participate, call the number on the flyer or email Troop87groveland@gmail.com to let us know your address.

Bags should be on porches by 8:30am in order to be picked up by the Cub Scouts. All the food collected will be given to the Groveland Council for Aging at Town Hall.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to let us know. Help us to help others in the neighborhood!

Electronics Recycling Fundraiser May 10th!

ERF 36 Hey Everyone! Coming up on May 10th Troop 87 and Pack 113 will co-host the annual Electronics Recycling Fundraiser. Now, this is a great time every year, where we have the community bring us old, unwanted electronics and a local company takes them, strips out all the components, and they get re-purposed and recycled!

Did you know in a standard “square” computer monitor contains several pounds of lead? Throwing away a TV or computer monitor incorrectly can result in hazardous materials leeching out into our water supply.

Recycling your old electronics safely is very important for the Earth. The Troop can come pick up large items on Friday after 4pm if you need help. Otherwise, consult our list of prices to determine the donation amount for each of the items you want to recycle and we’ll see you at Perry Park (Rte 113/King Street) on May 10th from 9am to 1pm!

Court of Honor!

Our next Court of Honor is on February 27th, next Thursday. Every Scout should attend, even if he is not receiving a merit badge or rank advancement. It is important to support the achievements of fellow Scouts, and it also is inspirational to see your friends and peers succeed. What merit badge to YOU want to work on next? Are you focusing on Eagle Required badges?

Parents of Scouts are also encouraged to attend. We bond as family and friends around our sons’ successes.

7pm at the usual spot. See you then!