Dear Scouts and Parents,
Fall is just around the corner and that means it's time to start our Scouting Season! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are ready to take advantage of all that scouting brings to you.
We had a successful August fund raiser and I appreciate all the help and hard work that everyone put into our Washington County Fair Booth. Many thanks to Mr. Kilkenny for organizing the booth and to everyone who helped clean, set up, run errands, purchase items, work the booth, and close up.
On August 16th two scouts and 3 leaders helped as course marshals for the New England Bicycle Time trail Championships. Thanks to Mr. Reynolds for heading this event.
Over the Labor Day Weekend a good group of scouts and leaders enjoyed an exhilarating day hike in the Arcadia Management Area on August 30. Thanks goes to Mr. Simpkins for planning and spearheading the hike.
Now it is time to look forward to our new scouting year...
One of our goals this year is to ramp up attendance at our community service projects and events since attendance at too many of these types of events has been very poor lately. Please try your hardest to make it to our service events. Remember that service to your community and helping others is the second point in the three points of scouting.....
In his book, Scouting for Boys, Robert Baden-Powell chose the three-finger salute for Scouts to represent the three aspects of the Scout Promise:
1. Honor God
2. Help Others
3. Obey the Scout Law
The online troop calendar has been (mostly) updated for the fall.
There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING (Class A uniform) on Tuesday, September 2, 5:30-6:30 PM at Camp Richard, just before the first troop meeting (Richmond School Library if it is raining). All Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leader, and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader must attend. Any Patrol Leader who cannot attend needs to contact his Assistant Patrol Leader so that each patrol is represented. We now ask that all assistant patrol leaders and all scouts with administrative positions of responsibilities attend the PLC as well.
TROOP MEETINGS this month will be held 6:30-8:00 PM on Tuesdays September 2, 9, 16 and 23 (Class A beige shirt). These meetings will take place at Camp Richard. Scouts should arrive prepared to meet outdoors (bug spray, flashlight, and warm clothing). The Richmond School Cafeteria has been reserved as back-up if it is too rainy to meet outside at camp. Check for email updates on rainy days.
The $30 payment for the October 11 BOSTON BY TRAIN TRIP is due at the September 2nd meeting since Amtrak requires a commitment for groups one month in advance. Payments can be made in cash or check payable to Troop 1 Richmond and given to Mr. Sutcliffe. At least $40 of additional cash will be needed on the day of the trip for meals, shopping, etc. Scouts will not be able to sign up after September 2nd. For questions, contact Mr. Sutcliffe at email@example.com. Adults must commit by this date as well and must only commit if they are 100% sure that they can attend.
CUB SCOUT PACK 1 RICHMOND SIGN-UP NIGHT will take place on Thursday September 18 at 6:30 pm at the Richmond Elementary School. Please help with recruitment by telling your friends, relatives, and neighbors who have boys in grades 1-5. Cub Scouts begins with Tiger Cubs who must have completed kindergarten or be 7 years old and ends in the spring of fifth grade.
The INTERNATIONAL COASTAL CLEANUP community service event sponsored by the Audubon Society of RI will take place on Saturday September 20 from 9:00 AM-12:00 noon. Our designated clean up site is Misquamicut State Beach in Westerly. Non-Scout family members are welcome to help out. This activity counts toward community service hours and is a combined activity with Pack 1 Richmond cub scouts. Meet near the pavilion and wear yellow troop hat. Bring work gloves, lunch, a drink, sunscreen, and clothing appropriate for the weather. Takes place rain or shine. Contact Mrs. Puglia with questions.
The WEBELOS-O-REE will take place September 20-21. It is a weekend campout at Camp Yawgoog hosted by boy scout troops for Webelo Scouts. It involves activities for Webelos that focus on scouting skills and scout spirit. Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday dinner is provided at one of the Camp Yawgoog dining halls. Troop 1 Richmond Boy Scouts will cook dinner for Pack 1 Richmond Webelos at the campsite. See packing list and other details on the troop calendar.
September 30 from 6:30-8:00 PM will be an ACTIVITY MEETING (class B t-shirt) at Camp Richard.
The MOUNT MONADNOCK HIKE will take place 8 am Saturday-5 pm Sunday September 27-28. Mount Monadnock, located in southern NH is 3,165 feet high offering spectacular views. We will drive up Saturday morning, set up camp, climb the mountain, camp at the base, and on Sunday morning head to Skyventure for a simulated skydiving experience in a vertical wind tunnel. Cost: $10 cash for food and $20 cash or check payable to Troop 1 Richmond for the simulated skydiving is due at the September 16 troop meeting. This challenging hike is open to all physically capable scouts. Additional information is available on the troop calendar page. Skyventure no longer requires individual waivers for groups however it is expected that parents are aware of the potential risks.
Let me know if you have any questions. I'll see you at Camp Richard!
Troop 1 Richmond, RI