Troop 9 runs an ambitious Outdoor Program consisting of at least one
weekend trip a month and several day trips throughout the course of
the year. In July of each year, we hold an Idea Night where all scouts
and adult leaders are welcome to toss out ideas for our trips and activities
for the upcoming year. We make a list and vote to narrow the list of
choices down. This list is then submitted to the PLC where a rough
Calendar of Events is drawn up and submitted to the troop for review.
Over the years, Troop 9’s adventures have taken us to all six
New England States as well as New York and Pennsylvania, and next year
we will be traveling to Sea Base in the Florida Keys for a Sea Exploring
Adventure. We have explored the battlefields of Gettysburg for a week.
We have participated in camporees at the US Military Academy at West
Point, New York and Norwich University in Vermont. Our whitewater rafting
trips have included the Hudson River in New York, the Kennebec River
in Maine and the Miller’s River in Massachusetts. Our overnight
ski trips have been to mountains all over New Hampshire, Vermont and
Maine, and our hiking trips have covered many of the peaks in New Hampshire’s
The scout camps that we have stayed at for weekend and high adventure
trips is long and includes Camps Squanto, Sayre, Norse, Cachelot, Greenough,
Horace A. Moses, Buxton, Nobscot and Massasoit in Massachusetts, Camps
Aquapoag and Yawgoog in Rhode Island, Camp Wakpominee in New York and
the Boy Scout High Adventure Bases in New Hampshire and Maine. Massachusetts
state forest and White Mountain National Forest camping areas round
out where Troop 9 can be seen camping on a regular basis.
Whether it is to historic sites in Boston, the Basketball Hall of
Fame in Springfield, the USS Nautilus in Connecticut, deep sea fishing
in the Atlantic, hiking Blue Hills or just going somewhere close by,
our day trips are chosen by the scouts. Usually anything and everything
Each year, Troop 9 spends a week at Boy Scout summer camp. For the
last thirty years, we have attended summer camp at Camp Squanto in
Myles Standish State Forest in Plymouth, Massachusetts. The scouts
have a great time earning merit badges and participating in troop activities
at the ranges, waterfront, sports, nature and handicraft areas. The
highlights of the week include the campwide Apache Relay where Troop
9 is the two-time defending champ, and the annual waterpolo grudge
match with Troop 41 Abington.
With the exception of our high adventure trips, all overnight and
day trips are open to all Troop 9 scouts, leaders and parents. High
adventure trips have age and rank restrictions. To participate in our
ski and whitewater trips, scouts must complete a minimum number of
troop service hours at our troop fundraisers.
Check out the Photo Album and Past Events buttons on the left for
pictures and summaries of Troop 9’s travel and tribulations.