March 31, 2014
Dear Scouts and Parents,
Looking back on the month of March brings to mind three words.. snow, snow and snow. I sure am ready for Spring and I bet I'm not alone.
The last snowsports session at Yawgoo Valley ended on March 6th. We had an average of 8 scouts participate in snowsports each night at Yawgoo Valley. Many thanks to Mr. Swanson for organizing and teaching snowsports again this year and to the adult leaders and parents who helped him throughout the ski season. 20 scouts and 4 leaders enjoyed a snowsports weekend at Cranmore Mountain February 28th - March 2nd. Scouts had a blast skiing, snowboarding and tubing. Thank you to Mr. Reynolds for making it happen. On March 11 and 12 we welcomed 10 new scouts into the troop at Arrow of Light/Crossover Ceremonies in both Richmond and Wakefield. 43 scouts and 4 leaders attended the New Scout Welcome Weekend campout and Game Night on March 22 and 23. Thank you to Mr. Reynolds for coordinating Game Night and for scoring a free breakfast from Dunkin Donuts. Saturday Night Pizza was donated by The Richmond/Carolina Fire Department! Congratulations to the following Game Night tournament winners: North P. chess, North P. checkers, and Arron S. connect four. Every new Scout who attended earned their Scout Badge and worked towards the rank of Tenderfoot. Thanks to Jake F., Sully L., Jake H., and Nick I. the New Scout Partol Guides.
Now onto April:
There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING before the April 1 Troop meeting from 6:00-6:30 PM in the Richmond School Library. All Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader must attend. We now ask that all assistant patrol leaders and all scouts with administrative positions of responsibilities attend the PLC as well.
TROOP MEETINGS will take place on Tuesday April 1, 8, 15 and 29 at 6:30 PM in the Richmond School Cafeteria (Class A beige shirt). Troop neckerchiefs and hats are not required at troop meetings.
Camp Yawgoog $25 deposits are due at the April 15 Troop Meeting in cash or check payable to Troop 1 Richmond. New Scouts can pay now but do not have to pay until after the informational meeting about attending camp. Final payments and two copies of health forms for scouts and leaders are due at the May 20 troop meeting. Every scout and leader attending Camp Yawgoog must provide a new BSA Health Form parts A, B, and C which requires a doctor signature. Please start now to get the signature since it can take weeks. For a copy of the BSA HEALTH FORM click here.
CAMP YAWGOOG FEES 2013: Once you pay the $25 deposit, remember to subtract it from what you owe. The 2014 fee to attend Camp Yawgoog is $385 per Scout. (Keep in mind there is a $40 brother discount for families with brothers attending) The Troop will support each Scout registered to Troop 1 Richmond using the following formula:
If this is your Scouts first or second year attending Yawgoog, Troop 1 Richmond will contribute 25% toward the Yawgoog fee.
If your Scout is attending Yawgoog for the third or fourth time, the Troop will contribute 50% toward the tuition.
For Scouts attending Yawgoog for the fifth year on up, the Troop will contribute 75% toward the tuition.
Please see me or our Committee Chairperson Mark Reynolds with questions or concerns.
Troop 1 Richmond is attending Camp Yawgoog Week 4 July 20-27, 2014.
There will be no meeting on Tuesday April 22 due to public school vacation.
A Special Meeting For Parents of Scouts attending Florida Sea Base will take place on Tuesday April 1st at 6:30 PM in the Richmond School Libray. All parents of Sea Base attendees are required to attend.
On April 4th selected members of the troop will attend the Pack 1 Ashaway Blue and Gold/Crossover at the Ashaway Elementary School. 3 new scouts will join our troop at this event!
The rescheduled Richmond School Pond Cleanup will take place on Saturday April 12 from 9am to noon. Bring rakes, tarps and gloves. Meet at the Richmond School Pond near the tennis courts behind Richmond Elementary School.
The Florida Sea Base Trip will be from April 20 through April 26. This trip is closed to those who are not scheduled to attend.
At the April 29 meeting the $15 food money is due for our Patrol Challenge Weekend which will be held the weekend of May 2-4. There will also be a planning meeting for this event at this troop meeting.
Narragansett Council is offering a number of MERIT BADGES DURING APRIL SCHOOL VACATION.
Here is the link. Keep in mind, these are sponsored by Narragansett Council NOT Troop 1 Richmond.
Let me know if you have any questions.
Troop 1 Richmond, RI