Dear Scouts and Parents,
Happy New Year! Welcome to a brand new year of scouting. I'm so excited for what's in store for us in 2015 and I hope you are too! Parents, I know that sometimes things can seem a bit confusing or sometimes your scout may not have the answers you are looking for so I want to remind you that many questions can be answered by looking at the troop website and of course I encourage you to come to me with any questions or concerns at any time.
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THE MERIT BADGE COLLEGE takes place on Saturday January 3, from 7:00 AM to 4:30 PM at Rhode Island College in Providence. Meet in the Donovan Dining Center at RIC. Mr. Sutcliffe will be the leader in charge and will have blue cards available that day as well as lunch tickets for those Scouts and Leaders that pre-registered for the event. This event does not have any organized Troop transportation so you will either have to get there on your own or arrange carpooling with other Scouts/Parents. Registration closes today January 1.
There will be a TROOP COMMITTEE MEETING at 7:00 PM on Sunday January 4th upstairs at the Downey-Weaver post.
There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING (Class A uniform) just before the troop meeting on Tuesday, January 6, 5:30-6:30 PM at the Richmond School Library. All Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leader, JASMs 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 ask that all assistant patrol leaders and all scouts with administrative positions of responsibilties attend the PLC as well.
TROOP MEETINGS will take place on Tuesdays January 6, 13, and 20 (1/27 is an Activity Meeting) at 6:30 PM in the Richmond School Cafeteria (Class A beige shirt). SCOUT MEETINGS WILL NOT BE HELD if Chariho schools are closed or let out early on any Tuesday because of the weather.
At the JANUARY 6 TROOP MEETING we will discuss a few new trip/event ideas for the new year and the patrols will be allowed some extra time to meet and discuss these things amongst themselves. Patrols will also discuss the donation of their 2014 weekly dues.
SNOWSPORTS will begin Thursday January 8, weather permitting. Ski or snowboard lessons and merit badge instruction at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area in Exeter coordinated by Mr. Swanson will start January 8 and run for 9 or 10 Thursday nights from 6:00-9:00 PM through March 5 or so as long as the ski area is open and there is interest. Group rates for the 2015 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. Registered Troop 1 Richmond scouts and leaders who attended will pay $15 (the troop will cover the rest of the $25 lift ticket fee). The troop will not cover equipment rental fees. Friends and family can join us for the discounted group rate but can not receive the troops extra scout/leader discount. Contact Mr. Swanson at 539-6709 for questions. I've attached Mr. Swansons Snowsports handout to this email.
NOTE: Snowsports HELMETS are required. Helmets must be designed for recreational snow sports, not one meant for skateboarding or bicycling. Each participant must arrive with signed waiver forms available at this link: http://www.yawgoo.com. Each participant needs the EXPRESS ASSUMPTION OF RISKS AND FORUM SELECTION AGREEMENT and there are separate agreements for those renting skis or snowboards. Contact Mr. Swanson at 539-6709 for questions. We will likely need a parent volunteer who can get to Yawgoo Valley a little early and collect payments (a form will be provided). Anyone interested can call Rob Swanson at 539-6709 or email me at email@example.com.
At the January 13 meeting the OKEMO MOUNTAIN SKI TRIP payments of $25 are due. Payments of cash or check payable to Troop 1 Richmond will be collected by Mr. Reynolds.
The OKEMO MOUNTAIN SKI TRIP is on Saturday January 24th. This one-day ski trip is an exceptional opportunity to experience snowsports on some of the big-mountain slopes of northern New England. Okemo is about a 4 hour drive from Rhode Island. It provides 119 slopes, trails and glades with 19 lifts on 632 skiable acres over 5 interconnected mountains. Of the trails, 32 percent are rated novice, 36 percent are intermediate, and 32 percent are advanced/expert. The Summit Elevation is 3,344 feet with a total vertical drop of 2,200 feet. With an average annual snowfall of 200 inches, there is almost always fresh powdery snow. On a clear day the views from the top are spectacular. Although Okemo is known for being family-friendly, THIS TRIP IS NOT FOR BEGINNERS. The $25 payment is due at the January troop meeting. Due to the early hour we are asking scouts to find their own transportation to the Warwick. Scouts should be at New England Action Sports, 200 Bald Hill Rd, Warwick (next to Gold's Gym) at 4:30 am (bus leaves at 5:00 am and will not wait for anybody). Check in with Mr. Patton. Car pooling can be worked out with other scouts on your own. If this presents a problem contact Mr. Reynolds and he will try to match you with someone who lives close to you (firstname.lastname@example.org or 364-8609). Also scouts will need to get transportation home from Warwick. The bus usually returns around 8:30 pm. We will ask scouts to call home when we're about an hour away. More information is available on the troop calendar.
An ACTIVITY MEETING will take place on Tuesday January 27 from 6:30-8:00 PM at the Richmond School (Likely in the cafe if the gym is not yet ready (Class B T-shirt)). Webelo II's and their parents from area Cub Packs who are interested in joining Troop 1 are invited to meet in the library for the first half of the meeting then the Webelo's can join the rest of the troop in the gym for games.
As always, be sure to follow the troop on Twitter and Google+ for up-to-the-minute troop updates and pictures. Links are below.
Have a happy New Year and let me know if you have any questions.
Paul Jarry, Scoutmaster
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