|December 1, 2013|
Scouts and Parents,
I hope you enjoyed a great Thanksgiving. Here is a quick look back at November:
The SCOUTING FOR FOOD bag collection took place on November 2. This year along with Pack 1 Richmond we collected 4,750 pounds of food for the Richmond food pantry at the New Hope Chapel. That's 925 more pounds than last year! Narragansett Council collected a total of 231,229 pounds. Many thanks to Mr. Reynolds for organizing and for everyone who participated in this important event. On November 2 STEVEN LABIER COMPLETED HIS EAGLE PROJECT which included clearing around, repairing, and repainting a storage shed behind the Frosty Drew Nature Center in Charlestown. Fifteen scouts and leaders spent their day in the trees on the November 3 ZIPLINE/TREE CLIMB adventure in Connecticut.
The November 15-17 TURKEY COOKOFF WEEKEND was a success again this year under warm, clear skies with a full moon. Sitting down for dinner together is a good reminder that the troop is really one big extended family. Thanks to everyone who helped out, in particular Mr. and Mrs. Migdail Smith who did the shopping, Mr. Erkan, Mr. Migdail Smith, and all of the adult leaders and scouts who helped cook as it is very much a team effort. We had 70 people attend including 22 scouts. During the same weekend, under the instruction of Brennan Reynolds, eight scouts participated in the WILDERNESS SURVIVAL MERIT BADGE and slept out overnight in survival shelters that they built. On November 23-24 MATT PACILLO COMPLETED HIS EAGLE PROJECT on the newly acquired parcel of the Nature Conservancy Grass Pond Preserve with the help of 15 scouts and leaders which included building a bog bridge and clearing trails. Our annual pre-Thanksgiving ACTIVITY MEETING AT THE URI POOL on November 26 was attended by 18 scouts.
Now looking forward:
To view detailed information on the online Troop Calendar. Click on Agenda, then click on the event, and scroll down to view all the details.
Remember to pay your dues! We are trying to collect all outstanding dues at the December 3rd troop meeting.
A TROOP MEETING will take place Tuesday December 3 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Richmond Elementary School Cafeteria (Class A beige shirt). Troop Elections will be held (see below). Mr. Swanson will talk about snowsports at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area and we will practice for Christmas Caroling at Shady Acres.
TROOP ELECTIONS for Senior Patrol Leader and Patrol Leaders will take place during the December 3 meeting. Candidates for the position of Senior Patrol Leader must be at least 14 years old, must have achieved the rank of First Class, and must have served in the role of Patrol Leader for at least one six-month term. Candidates for Patrol Leader must have achieved the rank of First Class. Assistant Patrol Leaders must have achieved the rank of Second Class. Candidates for all non-elected positions except Den Chief must be First Class and are appointed by the Senior Patrol Leader with the approval of the Scoutmaster, except for Junior Assistant Scoutmaster which is appointed by the Scoutmaster. Term limits of not more than 2 consecutive six-month terms apply for all positions except Den Chief and JASM. All scouts interested in a position of leadership must fill out the Leadership Position Application form and have it signed by their parents. Here is a link to the form.
CHRISTMAS CAROLING is Saturday December 7 at Shady Acres Nursing Home, 415 Gardiner Road in Richmond from 9:30 to 11:00 AM. Dress in Class A shirt with neckerchief and remember that it can be warm inside the nursing home. For lunch and a movie after caroling DRIVERS ARE NEEDED. Each scout will need to bring enough cash to cover the costs, $15-$20. Please encourage your scout to attend to sing! This event brings holiday cheer to the Shady Acre residents and counts towards community service.
There will be a TROOP COMMITTEE MEETING at 7:00 PM on Sunday December 8 or 15 at 7:00 PM. Date and location are still being finalized.
The annual GIFT EXCHANGE AND COURT OF HONOR will be held on Tuesday December 10, 6:30-8:30 PM, at the H. L. Arnold Fire Station on Route 112 in Carolina (entrance on the left side of the buildingóClass A shirt and neckerchief). For this event each scout is asked to bring a wrapped $5 gift (or prank gift) for the exchange. No dues will be collected. We will honor all scouts who advanced this fall and present the past year in pictures. If you have digital photos of troop events, please get them to me as soon as possible. Families are invited for the entire evening, but if you do not want to watch the gift exchange you can come after the first 45 minutes. Each scout family is asked to bring some food to share (cookies, brownies, fudge, chips, drinks/cups, etc.) for the end. This will be the last meeting of 2013!
There will be a PACK MEETING for all den chiefs (class A shirt) on Thursday December 19 at 6:30 pm in the Richmond School Cafeteria.
On Saturday December 28 at 2:00 PM you are invited to attend the EAGLE SCOUT COURT OF HONOR FOR ISAAC BODE at Stony Lane Baptist Church, 921 Old Baptist Road, N. Kingstown, RI. A reception will follow the ceremony. Please RSVP: 885-3419 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It is almost time for SNOWSPORTS AT YAWGOO VALLEY! Ski or snowboard lessons and merit badge instruction at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter coordinated by Mr. Swanson will start January 9 and run 10 Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM through March 6 as long as the ski area is open and there is interest. Registered Troop 1 Richmond scouts and leaders who attended will pay $15 (the troop will cover the rest of the $25 lift ticket fee). There is no longer a requirement to attend five or more sessions to receive a troop discount. The troop will not cover equipment rental fees. Group rates for the 2014 season (prices subject to change!) are $45 for rental and lift ticket combo or $25 for lift ticket only (regular non-group fees are $50/$30). Seasonal equipment rentals are available for $179 or $199 depending on size. Any non-scout youth or adult who comes to ski can also get the group rate. To get the group rate we need to collect money and pay all at once, so please arrive on time. Contact Mr. Swanson at 539-6709 for questions.
REGISTRATION FOR THE MERIT BADGE COLLEGE IS OPEN. The Merit Badge College takes place on Saturday January 4, from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM at Rhode Island College in Providence. Cost is $25 per scout including lunch. Scouts can participate in their choice of the 60 merit badges offered. Registration opened November 1 and is on a first come, first served basis. Last year more than 1,000 scouts attended. Popular classes fill up fast. Register online here. Pay online with Visa or MasterCard. Troop transportation to RI College will not be provided. This event is open to boy scouts of all ages. Click here for the Merit Badge College course catalog:.
For scout GIFT IDEAS visit www.scoutstuff.org. Items available at outdoor stores include a ski or snowboard helmet, mummy sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees F or below for cold weather camping, a sleeping pad, a Camel Pack hydration daypack, a backpack, or clothes for hiking or snowsports.
Enjoy the season and let me know if you have any questions.