New Merchandise Available for TOSA and Troop 1 Stow

We have made some changes at the TOSA store, new for 2017. The store is now called the “TOSA & Troop 1 Stow” store. We have some terrific items for sale at the store, including new Troop 1 Stow t-shirts, hats, hoodies, and jackets. We have reduced some of the TOSA offerings but kept the really great stuff.

Show your Troop and TOSA pride by purchasing some snazzy new duds! Check out the link on the masthead above or go to:

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2016 TOSA Decathlon

The 2016 TOSA Decathlon will be held September 25-27 in Sebago, Maine. There are 14 participants currently signed up for this epic event. If you would like to participate, please respond directly to our CEO, Gary Bernklow, at This year’s events include tomahawk throwing, double-ball, knots, darts, badminton and other assorted Scout skills and yard games.

Jack Curtis will be defending his title from the past two years while the rest of the field does their best to take him down.


The rugged Badminton competition is always a crowd favorite. Here, CEO Gary Bernklow cleans up against CFO John Wood. Just one of the many competitions in the annual TOSA Decathlon. Contact the CEO for more information.

Amazon Smile Tosa

In case you missed this, Amazon has
a program called Smile that will donate a portion of their payments directly to a charity of your choosing. Troop One Stow Alumni is one of the charitable organizations listed on Amazon Smile. There is no additional charge for this service so if you use Amazon, please consider using Smile and send some of that Amazon profit our way. You can follow this link:

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2014 Decathlon Results

Jack Curtis earned his second straight TOSA Decathlon Championship on September 6th, and came very close to earning a record number of points in the process. John Wood finished second and 3-time champion Gary Bernklow came in third. Finals standings are shown below.

In the team standings, the Y-Knots edged out Buttsweat and Tears by only 1 point to take home the team trophies.

2014 Leaderboard Final

Congratulations, Jack.  If you would like to participate in the 2015 TOSA Decathlon, please contact the CEO.

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2014 TOSA Decathlon

The 6th Annual TOSA Decathlon will be held this weekend in beautiful Sebago Maine. This year’s event will feature knot tying and fire building, axe-throwing and double-ball, rifle and pistol accuracy, badminton and basketball, and a host of other competitive events designed to crown the 2014 TOSA Champion. In all, 15 brave TOSA members will be participating and hoping to take home the TOSA Trophy.


Make your plans now to join us in the 2015 TOSA Decathlon. Mark your calendar for the weekend after Labor Day, 2015, and join us. Ultimate TOSA bragging rights are at stake.

Your CEO



In other news:  

The troop returned from it’s California High Adventure backpacking trip several weeks ago. The hiking was fantastic.  Yosemite was a thrill. And there were bears. For pictures, you may want to check out the Troop 1 Stow website at

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Board/Membership Meeting

The final 2010 TOSA business meeting was held on December 6th at 7:30 pm at the Halfway Cafe in Maynard.  The Board of Directors made several decisions.  We approved our first fundraiser for 2011, to be a wine tasting event.  Details on date and time will follow when they are firmed up.  We also decided to pursue the establishment of a TOSA Scholarship to be awarded for the first time in 2012.  Again, the Scholarship committee will provide details as they are established.

Dues was a hot topic with several members noting that the requested amount, $5 per year, was exceptionally light.  We’d like everyone to remember that TOSA is not specifically a fundraising organization and we therefore will need only a small amount of funding to file our yearly paperwork.  Rather, we want to encourage as many alumni as possible to join the organization so that we can keep in touch and provide guidance and experience to the current crop of Scouts registered with Troop 1.  For those who would like to pay their membership dues (only $5) for 2011, please send a check to:

Troop One Stow Alumni, Incorporated
PO Box 75
Stow, MA 01775

Other items:

  • The TOSA Decathlon will be held June 24th – 26th at Sebago, Maine
  • The next TOSA membership meeting will be held in March, 2011
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