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Memorial Day Parade

Troop 2020 is officially registered to march in the parade.

Meet at Northeast School between 8:30am-8:45am

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Reminder: Aaron Johnston’s Eagle Ceremony

Scouts are asked to arrive at 12:30 to help with set up and ceremony.  See invitation attached below. 


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Aaron Johnston’s Eagle Ceremony

Please join the Johnston family and Troop 20/20 in celebrating the achievement of Aaron Johnston as he is awarded the rank of Eagle Scout.

Date: Saturday May 21st at 1:00 PM
Location: Strong Family Farm, 274 West Street in Vernon.
Casual Dress or Scouting attire.

RSVP to or 860-454-4348.

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Summer Camp Payments and Forms


Payment in full is due by May 5th.
Please see Gabi LaBrecque to make your payment. (Colton’s mom)

If you’d like to pay by credit card please email with the amount of your balance owed and you will receive a payment request from PayPal to complete that payment.

Payments received after May 5th will have a $25 fee added to your balance due.

Medical Forms are due on or before our Court of Honor on June 12th. Please be sure to complete the ENTIRE packet. Forms are posted on our website Summer Camp page.

Please contact us with any questions.

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Last Phone Book Update

And…. Just like that we are done.  All of the sheets and trackers were turned in earlier this week.

John Drost went above and beyond to ensure any extra books, pallets odds and ends have been removed from the warehouse both inside and out.

Thank you to everyone that helped with this tremendous effort.

Just in case you still have any books at your house or in your car, here are few ideas of what you can do with them.

Check out Pinterest:

And from around the web:

In the House

Emergency toilet paper (Note: may not be the best for your pipes or septic system.)

Stack them under the table cloth to elevate a nice centerpiece.

Fold pages at angle from top outside corner to mid at center to make a door stop

Bullet-proof your house! Build 6-foot book shelves along all exterior walls within your house and line them with phone books. They make the best bullet stops there is, and it makes you look like an intellectual .when people stop by. Another option to do build these “bookshelves” alongside the front and back doors. It’ll give you something to duck behind when you have unwanted company…with guns.

Stack them to create a make-shift booster seat.


Washing windows

Hollow one or two out to make some hidey holes for valuables

Wrap Christmas decorations and other fragile items to protect them in storage or shipment.

Wrap compost in  it to carry to the bin, then just throw the whole thing in so you don’t have to worry about washing a dish or bucket out.


Uses for phone books in arts & crafts

Floor cover for little artists

Tear out the pages and use them for papier mâché

Coat pages in petroleum jelly. Roll them up and dip them in wax. Makes emergency candles that are also waterproof.

As a teenager I would use them as scrap books. Cover them with all kinds of art.

Save them and turn it into paper snow flakes. It’s what I do with my used non returnable textbooks

Pattern paper

Origami practice

Outdoors, Fires, and Animals (Pets)


Target practice

You can pack them in a box or wrap them up together for a safe backstop for dry fire practice with a gun.

Bullet penetration/expansion tests

Mix with ashes and lamp oil or kerosene to make fire logs

Tear out a few pages and stuff them into empty toilet paper tubes. Great firestarter.

Cage liners, especially shredded, for rabbits, birds, feral cats, etc. (better if mixed with hay)

Lay under tomatoes, under the straw for weed help

Tear them up and use them to smother weeds, putting mulch on top. Works better than the black plastic stuff, and the best part is that they degrade completely.

Use with this awesome tool to never run out of seed pots!

Shred for compost (except for the cover, which was probably treated with chemicals)

Worm bin





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GPS Trackers

A follow up… these trackers will cost us $65 each if we do not turn them in.  Five trackers = $325.  Please double check so we do not get charged for them.  

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One last call for GPS Trackers

Good Morning,

I will be dropping off the last of the routes tomorrow.  Please take another look around the house, car and even the kids clothes to look for any GPS trackers you may have.

We are 5 short at this point.

Thank you,


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