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Pinewood Derby ’08

Posted: February 12, 2008 in Scouts

We had a blast at Pack 731’s 2008 Pinewood Derby!

Jake’s car took second place in the Webelos II division this year!! Jake was actually quite excited about this as he’d taken first place the previous couple of years and was actually cheering for his buddy Nathan to beat him this year – and he did!!

John built the “Cub Cam” car this year with a wireless video camera that produced live race video as it travelled down the track and proved very popular with the fans! Some boys never grow up!

Pinewood Derby is always a fun night!

Scout Sunday

Posted: February 3, 2008 in Church, Family, Scouts

A scout is reverent.

And a father is proud when he gets to go to Scout Sunday service with  his two boys.

Deep Freeze

Posted: December 2, 2007 in Scouts

Usually sometime in late November or early December around here, things change. We go from the cool dry weather of fall to the cold weather of winter. This year, the weekend of December 1 and 2 marked the arrival of the cold – with snow to follow on Sunday night.  When this happens, most people try to finish raking their leaves up, snuggle in by a fire, and watch football. Not Joshua and John…

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They decided to go camping with the Boy Scouts. Yup, camping. In a tent.

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Twelve of Troop 750‘s Scouts and three “adult” leaders hiked into the woods of Andover’s Ward Reservation for Saturday night. There they built a fire to stave off some of the cold, cooked dinner on backpacking stoves or the coals, spent a chilly night that reached an official low of 15F but was locally measured into the single digits, rose for breakfast, and hiked out again with everyone and most everything they took in.  And they had fun!!!  Yah boy!!!

Scout Camps

Posted: August 11, 2007 in Camp, Family, Scouts

Both Jacob and Joshua got to attend Scout camps this summer!! It makes dad pretty happy that the guys are into Scouts!


Jacob spent Webelos Week at Camp Massasoit in Plymouth, MA. It was Pirate Week there so there were many reports of burning and pillaging. Jacob completed many advancement requirements in a number of areas and even earned his 2007 National Shooting Team badge for his proficiency on the BB range!


Though John didn’t get to spend much time there this year, he did make it down for the final BBQ and campfire – many fun songs and skits were performed!

Joshua spent a week tenting with his buddy Walter at T. L. Storer Scout Reservation in New Hampshire.  John did a three night stint as Assistant Scoutmaster and got to share in some of the fun!

Josh earned the Archery, Wilderness Survival, and Environmental Science merit badges while at camp – a busy week!!

In a moment that made dad particularly proud, Josh participated in the big relay race at camp. He was to ride the mountain bike leg for his troop (a tough hill climb on a gravel road that most riders had to walk parts of). When he got to the end of his leg, the runner he was supposed to hand off to wasn’t there!! Josh bravely dropped his bike and ran on to complete the subsequent leg as well!! Well done boy!!!

Scouting’s 100th Anniversary

Posted: August 3, 2007 in Scouts

At 8:00 AM on the morning of August 1, 1907, General Robert Baden-Powell sounded a kudu horn to open the Brownsea Island camp for boys. 100 years later, Jake, Josh, and John joined Scouts and Scouters from the local Flintlock District and their guests at St. Theresa’s in North Reading to recreate that moment.

Assistant District Commissioner Tony O’Brien practiced for weeks with the kudu horn in advance of his virtuoso performance at precisely 8:00 AM. The brief, but tonally pure note from the horn was followed by a recounting of the story of Brownsea Island Scout Camp by Unit Commissioner John Intorcio.

The event, hosted by North Reading’s Troop 750 and featuring a hearty breakfast of pancakes and eggs, was attended by representatives of the Council and District leadership, guests from Troops and Packs in neighboring communities, Cub and Boy Scouts from North Reading’s Packs 729 and 731 and Troop 750, and well as guests from the community including the most senior attendee, Eagle Scout Joe Sadlow, who joined the Scouts in 1938.

The event concluded with a recommitment to Scouting’s next 100 years: On my honor, I will do my best, to carry on the traditions of Scouting, to the Scouts who follow in my footsteps, and to commit myself to live by the Scout Oath and Law.

It was a great morning!