Boy Scout Troop 49 Nears 60th Anniversary

For over 58 years, St. Williams Church on Main Street has sponsored Boy Scout Troop 49. The Boy Scouts meet on Tuesday nights at 7:00 PM in the Parish Building.  During meetings, the Scouts follow the Patrol Method, where the older Scouts teach the younger Scouts skills like First Aid, Fire Building, and use of a Map and Compass. The Troop then puts these skills into practice during their Camping trips each month.  The Troop’s goal is to follow the Aims of Scouting, and build Character, Citizenship and Physical Fitness in boys 11-17 years old.

Throughout the past 58 years, the Troop has had activities such as canoe trips, mountain hikes, rock climbing trips, and ridden the Cape Cod Rail Trail. The Troop goes to summer camp for one week each summer, where the boys  participate in supervised waterfront activities like swimming, canoeing and learning lifesaving techniques. Summer camp also has an archery range, rifle range and science center for the boys to explore.

As the anniversary of the founding of Troop 49 approaches in 2015, the Troop is planning an anniversary celebration inviting back any former member or leader of the unit. As part of this celebration, a massive research project is underway to gather as many photographs, memorabilia and articles of the Troop’s history for a presentation at the celebration.

If you were a member or leader of Troop 49,or know of someone who was,  we would like to add you to our anniversary database so that we can contact update you about the celebration as it approaches in February of 2015. You can contact us at TR49anniversary@gmail.com. Please feel free to forward this contact information to anyone who has been affiliated with Troop 49 in Tewksbury at any time during the past 58 years.

The Troop is still looking for new members, volunteers and leaders. If you are interested in learning more about how you can become part of this organization, inquire at infotr49@gmail.com.

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