Westborough’s three Boy Scout troops are preparing for a year of events and service projects.
This summer, all three troops attended a week at Camp Resolute in Bolton, and one troop travelled to Cimarron Mexico and hiked for 11 days in the Rocky Mountains at the Philmont Scout Ranch, one of the Boy Scouts’ high adventure camps.
This year, the troops will camp throughout New England, from climbing Mt. Greylock to bicycling on Cape Cod; from winter camping in the White Mountains of New Hampshire to deep sea fishing off the New England coast; from whitewater rafting on the Deerfield River to exploring Purgatory Chasm in Whitinsville. Next summer, about 25 Westborough scouts and five adult leaders will attend the National Jamboree, at the newest Boy Scout high adventure base in West Virginia. The Jamboree typically draws 30,000 to 40,000 attendees from all over the U.S. and many foreign countries.
This year, one troop will have a pig roast, another a turkey roast and the third is rumored to be roasting their scoutmaster. And the annual Pancake Breakfast the first Sunday in March has hosted up to 1,000 guests in the past.
In addition, scouts regularly participate in conservation projects, provide services to their chartering organizations, help with microphone duties at town meetings and contribute to the community through many Eagle projects.
A major event is the annual Scouting for Food Drive held every November, one of the largest Good Turns the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts perform. This food drive is done in conjunction with scout troops throughout the U.S. and is coordinated through the local council. Westborough is part of Knox Trail Council. which serves 21 towns in the MetroWest. The council’s goal this year is to collect over 100 tons of food for local food pantries. If that goal is reached, then the scouts in the council will have collected over 4,000,000 pounds of food for local pantries in the event’s 25-year history.
In addition to the Boy Scout troops, Westborough hosts an award-winning Explorer Post, a co-ed High Adventure Crew and two Cub Scout packs. It has one of the highest youth participation rates in the 21 council towns.
Over the years, the town has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to support Boy Scouting through the annual Good Scout Dinner. The dinner recognizes a community member who has demonstrated the values and character traits promoted by scouting.
This year’s Good Scout Dinner, on Nov. 7, honors Ryan Maloney, the owner of Julio’s Liquors, who has supported local youth and family programs. To attend, or support scouting through a donation, visit www.ktc-bsa.org/goodscout.htm for more information.
-- submitted by the Westborough Boy Scouts