Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Sudden Pond Campground, Harold Parker State Forest

Sudden Pond is in Harold Parker State Forest on the border of North Reading and Middleton, Mass.

From Wakefield, proceed through the 129 rotary and follow Haverhill Street through Reading. Follow Haverhill Street until North Reading Center.  After  crossing Route 62, go straight for approximately 1.5 miles, and take a right onto Marblehead Street at the blinking yellow light.   Follow Marblehead Street for about 1.7 miles, and turn left onto Salem Street -- you will see a small brown sign on the right pointing left to Harold Parker State Forest.  If you pass a sign that indicates the border of North Reading and Middleton, you've gone too far.

From Salem Street, you will be turning right at Gate 7. If you're setting your GPS, the closest street address to the gate is the Forest Riding Academy, 33 Salem Street, North Reading, MA 01864-1513. Turn right at Gate 7 and follow the road to the campsite, which will be on your right.

Total drive time about 20 minutes.

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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Spring Cleanup

Thanks to everyone that helped out with the Spring Cleanup today. What a great turnout! Sure, it was a bit breezy but everyone had fun... and made a difference in our community. Way to go, Cubs!

Check out some pictures by clicking on the image below.

Spring Cleanup

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Spring Cleanup Service Project this Saturday

Our annual Spring Cleaning service project will be held this Saturday, April 16. Meet at the Greenwood Union Church at 9 am. We will pick up litter and trash from around the church, and then walk over to the Greenwood School and clean up around there, too. We should be done about 10:30 am.

Bring work gloves if you have them. Plastic grocery bags are helpful too -- the boys pick up into the smaller bags and dump them into the larger ones the pack will provide.

This is a great way for our Cub Scouts to "give goodwill", and at the same time, practice protecting our environment. Both are important core values of Scouting so we value your participation.

Here are some pictures from previous years... see you Saturday!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

USS Salem Sleepover

Click below to see photos from our overnight adventure on the USS Salem. A great time was had by all!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

USS Salem Overnight Adventure this weekend

It's here!   The long-awaited USS Salem overnight adventure is this coming weekend, April 9-10.   Click here for directions.   Below is the schedule of events, but if you want more detail, see this PDF document.

Very important: If you will be arriving late (especially after 3 pm), please let Jeff know by email (jeffrey (dot) crump (at) gmail (dot) com) or cell phone (781-258-3298)    We need to know because they lock the gates when the museum closes to the public.  Call Jeff on Saturday for any emergencies.

Cub Scouts are strongly encouraged to wear their uniforms on Saturday.

Things to bring:
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Flashlight, toothbrush
  • Change of clothes for Sunday
  • Winter cap and warm pajamas as we've heard it can get cold in the berths.
  • Keep an eye on the weather and bring an appropriate jacket/raincoat.

Saturday April 9
  • 1:00 Arrival/Registration
  • 1:30 Fire Drill/Safety Briefing
  • 1:45 Group Orientation
  • 2:00 Ships Tour
  • 3:00 Activities/Training Rotation
  • 6:15 Dinner
  • 6:45 Mess Clean up
  • 7:00 Free Time
  • 7:30 Movies
  • 10:00 Report to Berthing
  • 10:30 Lights Out
Sunday April 10
  • 7:00 Reveille
  • 7:15 Berthing Area clean up
  • 7:30 Breakfast
  • 8:00 Mess clean up
  • 8:15 Scavenger Hunt
  • 9:20 Boston Harbor Cruise (1 1/2 hours)
  • 11:00 Departure

    USS Salem

    The USS Salem is located at the United States Naval Shipbuilding Museum in Quincy, Massachusetts. From Wakefield, take I -93 south to exit 12 (Route 3A/Neponset/Quincy). Go across the Neponset River Bridge, staying to the left, onto Quincy Shore Drive. Go to the end of Quincy Shore Drive to Sea Street. Turn right on Sea Street. At the next traffic light take a left onto Southern Artery. Stay on Southern Artery until the intersection with Washington Street (Route 3A). Go left at the lights onto Route 3A south. Approximately one mile south you will come to a rotary. Look to your right for Harbor Express and USS Salem signs. Proceed through the main entrance (daily MTBA parking is $2, overnight $6, paid at admissions office) and go to the end of the pier. Board USS Salem by the gangway.

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