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Richmond, Rhode Island, United States of America

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November 1, 2014

Scoutmaster's Message

Dear Scouts and Parents,

October was another active month for Troop 1 Richmond! 29 scouts and leaders went to Boston by Train on October 11 and enjoyed the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, explored the city of Boston, and ate and shopped at Quincy Market. We were even upgraded to Business class seating on the way up to the city! Thank you to Mr. Sutcliffe for planning and organizing the day. 18 scouts and adults volunteered for the troop by parking cars at Swamp Yankee Days on October 11 and 12 for a total of 74 community service hours. Thanks goes to Mr. Reynolds for coordinating. Thank you to everyone who helped. On October 18th 16 Scouts and 3 Leaders cleaned up our Adopted Highway. We made Rt 91 Spotless for all to enjoy. Thanks for your hard work. On October 19th 2 scouts and 3 leaders hiked through Arcadia management area led by Mr. Simpkins, Thanks Mr. Simpkins. And an extra big thank you to everyone who took the time to put out Scouting for Food door hangers on October 25!

Here is a summary of November events:

Additional information can be found on the troop calendar.

 

REGISTRATION FOR THE MERIT BADGE COLLEGE IS OPEN. The Merit Badge College takes place on Saturday January 3, 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 opens 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 at http://www.narragansettbsa.org/event/merit-badge-college-2015/1619608. 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.

TROOP MEETINGS this month will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 on Tuesdays November 4 (at the Downey-Weaver Post on Rt2 in Charlestown) (Class A beige shirt) and 18 (at the Richmond-Carolina Fire Station on Rt112) (Class A beige shirt). November 25 will be an Activity Meeting at the URI pool 7:00-9:00 pm. There is no meeting on November 11th, Veterans Day.

SCOUTING FOR FOOD COLLECTION is Saturday November 1 from 9:00 AM to noon with delivery to the New Hope Chapel on Route 112 near the fairground entrance. Collection of food should not begin prior to 9:00 AM so that families have time to put their full bags outside. Remember, Scouts are not allowed to go into the homes of strangers or to ride in the back of pick-up trucks. We are challenging each scout family to bring in AT LEAST 3 BAGS of food, the more the better! Anyone who put out door hangers but is unable to get them can email me at troop1richmond@gmail.com or Mr. Bacon at dmbacon@cox.net and we will find someone to pick them up. This is an essential event for stocking the food pantry, so please bring in your donated food!

There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING (Class A uniform) on Tuesday, November 4th, 6:00-6:30 PM just before the troop meeting at the Downey-Weaver post (upstairs). 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.

The TURKEY COOK OFF weekend is an opportunity for scouts to spend time at Camp Richard tending to the camp, working on advancement, and practicing cooking skills. Saturday night is a gathering of the extended troop family in a spirit of gratitude for a pre-Thanksgiving dinner cooked by your scouts. The weekend will start Friday November 14 at 7:00 PM (scouts should arrive fed) and will end Sunday November 16 at 11:00 AM. Dinner for scout families is Saturday November 15 at 5:00 PM.

A $12 cash fee will be collected from each scout at the November 4th planning meeting to cover Saturday breakfast and lunch and Sunday breakfast, and a patrol dessert for dinner (the troop will pay for Saturday dinner). A shopper from each patrol will purchase patrol meals. A Turkey Cookoff Packing List is available on the troop calendar webpage. THIS MEETING IS UPSTAIRS AT THE DOWNEY-WEAVER POST on RT2 in Charlestown, just north of Camp Richard.

Saturday Dinner November 15: Scout immediate families are invited. The troop will provide the main course of turkey and ham, potatoes, stuffing, squash, etc. Each family is asked to bring a dessert to share. Families are welcome to arrive anytime after 4:30 PM. Please label anything containing peanuts or tree nuts. Families may bring folding chairs to sit and chat around the fire.

The WILDERNESS SURVIVAL MERIT BADGE during the Turkey Cook-Off Weekend is open to all scouts. It is designed to help scouts understand how to survive in a variety of wilderness settings. It includes first aid skills, shelter-building using natural materials, finding water, starting a fire without matches, and methods for getting found if lost. Friday evening, after settling into camp, there will be an overview of the key elements of wilderness survival. On Saturday and Sunday you will learn the practical skills of signaling for help, starting fires without matches, and finding clean water. Scouts will build a shelter from natural materials and sleep overnight in their shelter. There is a special packing list below for this merit badge.

On November 18th our Troop meeting will be held at the RICHMOND-CAROLINA FIRE STATION on RT112 where those who are interested can begin (or continue) the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge with Mr. Coffey and Tom Santagata. Everyone else can choose to join in on the Emergency Prep discussion or work on personal advancement.

URI POOL ACTIVITY MEETING is a fun night out at the pool on Tuesday, November 25, from 7:00-9:00 PM. Parents are welcome to take their scout home before 9:00 PM, just make arrangements with your son in advance. It will take place at the URI Tootell Pool at the athletic complex off Route 138 in Kingston. Entrance to the pool is midway down the east (right-hand) side of the complex past the indoor track. Scouts will need to be driven to and from the pool. What to Bring: Bathing suit, towel, optional swim goggles, change of clothes. A suggestion is to arrive wearing a bathing suit and bring a change of clothes in a backpack or small duffle. Cost is $5.00 per scout, payable to the attendant at the front desk. Parents can review scout books to see if there are any swimming advancement requirements needed and have their scout speak to one of the leaders. We can accommodate any scout who needs to complete water rescue or swimming related advancement. We allow scouts to jump or dive off the high diving boards; any parent who does not want their son on the high boards should discuss that with him prior to arrival. A few days before this meeting we will reconfirm the times with URI and that all 3 pools are available since the pool schedule has been known to change at the last minute.

As always.. follow the troops Twitter Feed for up to the minute updates and event photos!

Paul Jarry
Scoutmaster
Troop 1 Richmond, RI
troop1richmond@gmail.com

www.troop1richmond.us

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18 Troop Meeting 6:30 pm

18 Emergency Prepared. MB Mtg

22 Activities Meeting

 

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