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Welcome to Boy Scout Troop 87! 

Whether you are crossing over from Webelos Scouts, transferring from another Boy Scout troop, or entering Scouting for the first time, the experience you are about to embark upon has the potential to be one of the most memorable and rewarding of your lifetime.  And, what’s really unique about this program is that it is led by the boys themselves! 

Troop 87 has a robust program with a very wide variety of activities available to the Scouts.  The troop has a campout almost every month of the year.  One month the troop may be rock climbing and rappelling; another month they may be snow skiing; on other campouts the focus may be on basic Scout skills such as first aid, knot tying, cooking, or fire building.  Frequently our program also includes, at some point in the year, activities focused on shooting sports, wilderness survival, and leadership development.  The activities on the schedule each year depend on what the boys decide to include in their program. 

Summer time offers some even more exciting opportunities.  Typically we organize one or two summer camps for young Scouts and upcoming Eagles alike. For older Scouts (14 and up), high adventure trips are organized that might involve backpacking, sailing, scuba diving, white water rafting, or canoeing.  These are high-octane events that challenge the Scouts both physically and mentally while producing life-long memories! 

Fundamental to the structure of the program is the concept that the troop is boy-led.  This does not mean that the boys are in charge and whatever happens just happens.  Rather, consistent with the original intent of Baden Powell, the founder of the worldwide Scouting movement, it means that the boys lead the troop under the direction of an adult leader.  When the first Scout units were established, Baden Powel observed:  “We then made the discovery that boys, when trusted and relied on, were just as capable and reliable as men.”  At Troop 87, we fully endorse the boy-led concept and are committed to supporting the boy leadership so that they may be successful and effective in their efforts. 

For those who want to enhance their leadership skills even more, Boys Scouts of America (BSA) offers additional leadership training opportunities including National Youth Leadership Training (NYLT) and Brownsea, offered locally, and National Advanced Youth Leadership Training Experience (NAYLE) at Philmont Scout Ranch in Cimarron, New Mexico.  These two programs provide world-class leadership training delivered in an outdoor setting. 

Parent involvement is an integral part of the Scouting program and key to the success of our troop.  We cannot do this program without the support and active participation of all parents.  We encourage the parents of our Scouts to become involved either on the organization and administration side through participation on our Troop Committee, or as Assistant Scoutmasters working directly with the boys in the program.  

We are excited that you have decided to join the Boy Scouts and in particular Troop 87.  We look forward to working with you and we know you are in for the experience of a lifetime! 

Please feel free to contact us anytime you have questions or need additional information,

 

Scoutmaster

Eric Buchholz

 

 

 

 

Summer Camp sign-up open now!

Posted by ccuster on Mar 9 2016 - 9:21am

Scouts,

Please go on the troop website page ( http://northandover87.mytroop.us/node/1663 ) and sign up for summer camp.  We owe deposits by the end of March and I'd like to get a rough count of attendees by the 15th of March.  Dates, times and forms are on the site for your review.

Merit Badge Fair- Clark's Trading Post: Registration Open!

Posted by ccuster on Mar 7 2016 - 9:16pm

Earn merit badges in Railroading, Mammal Study and Environmental Science -- in one visit!

Registration is open now and the two dates will sell out. This is a great outing for the whole family to enjoy the Trading Post as well. 

Potential Eagle Scout Project Available

Posted by dcostello on Feb 22 2016 - 2:31pm

Potential Eagle Service Project:  The Shawsheen River Trail, which begins at the end of Greene Street, lost its kiosk over last winter. It needs a new kiosk. This may be an ideal Eagle Service Project for a Life Scout on his way to Eagle.  If you are interested in further details about this project, then please contact Mr. Stan Limpert via email slimpert@comcast.net

Scout Book Updates for 2016

Posted by ccuster on Feb 12 2016 - 6:06pm

BSA has now released a printable insert to update Scout Books to the new requirements that go into effect January 1st, 2016

The insert is formatted to allow for double-sided printing to save on paper:

Seabase 2016 High Adventure Registration Open - Deposit Deadline Extended to Feb. 5th

Posted by ccuster on Feb 2 2016 - 1:51pm

 

Florida Seabase 7 Day High Adventure Sailing trip off the coast of the Florida Keys on a 40 ft. sail boat!

Cooking Merit Badge

Posted by ccuster on Jan 22 2016 - 12:59am

 

  Cooking Merit Badge @ Troop 87 Scout Hut!

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