March 1, 2013
Dear Scouts and Parents,
The snowy and busy month of February has provided scouts with many opportunities to participate in all of our winter events. There has been good attendance at our Thursday night Snowsports/merit badge nights at Yawgoo Valley Ski Area. Many thanks to Mr. Swanson for coordinating Snowsports. 11 Scouts and 6 leaders enjoyed a day on the slopes February 1st during our one day ski trip to Bretton Woods. A big Thanks to Mr. Reynolds for coordinating the trip. A special thank you goes to our Den Chiefs who I was proudly saw in action with their dens at the Pack 1 Richmond Blue and Gold banquet on February 9th. The wintery conditions did not chill the spirits of the 10 scouts and three leaders who attended the snowiest Klondike Derby that I've witnessed since joining the troop. Thanks to Mr. Patton for organizing the event on February 14th-15th and thanks to Mr. Bode and Mr. Simpkins for chaperoning. On February 21st - 23rd 10 boys and 5 leaders hiked in Snowshoes to the Carter notch hut in the white mountains of New Hampshire during our yearly snowshoe trip. A huge thank you goes to Mr. Magdail-Smith for putting this trip together. On February 28th scouts and leaders left for the Mt. Cranmore Ski Weekend and are currently enjoying the weekend as this message goes out. Thank you Mr. Reynolds for making it happen.
RICHMOND SCHOOL DOORS WILL BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. An adult leader will be at the door at the beginning of the meeting to let group participants inside. If you come late and no one is at the door, BANG 6 TIMES loudly on the side door to the cafeteria (or back door to the gym on Activity nights) and we will let you in.
SCOUT MEETINGS WILL NOT BE HELD if Chariho schools are closed or let out early on any Tuesday because of the weather.
CRANMORE MOUNTAIN SNOWSPORTS WEEKEND departed at 4:00 PM Friday February 28th, returning at approximately 5:00 PM Sunday March 2.
SNOWSPORTS AT YAWGOO VALLEY in Exeter continues to Thursday nights March 6 conditions permitting. Contact Mr. Swanson at 539-6709 for questions. To make sure they are open call Yawgoo Valley at 294-3802 and press 4 or check their website www.yawgoo.com.
There will be a TROOP COMMITTEE MEETING Sunday March 9 at 7:00 PM, location TBD.
There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING (Class A uniform) just before the troop meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 6:00-6:30 PM at 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 Tuesdays March 4 and 18 at 6:30 PM in the Richmond School Cafeteria (Class A beige shirt). On Tuesday March 25th there will be an activity meeting in the Richmond School Gym.
The RICHMOND SCHOOL POND CLEAN-UP will take place Saturday March 8 from 9:00-noon. Meet at the Richmond School Pond by the tennis courts at Richmond Elementary School. Bring rakes, tarps, and work gloves, as this is primarily a leaf raking and stick-removing event. Parents can help too! This is an excellent opportunity to serve the troop, gain troop and school community service hours, and help others! This event will be postponed to Sunday March 9 in heavy or steady rain.
The ARROW OF LIGHT CEREMONY to welcome the Webelos II from Pack 1 Richmond into the Troop is Tuesday March 11. Boy Scouts will ARRIVE AT 6:30 PM to set up for the ceremony (Class A uniforms with neckerchief, hat, etc.). The ceremony begins at 7:00 PM.
The BLUE AND GOLD / CROSSOVER CEREMONY to welcome the Webelos II from Pack 5074 Monsignor Clarke into the Troop is Wednesday March 12 at the Elks Club of Wakefield. This event starts at 6:00 and will be attended by a handful of selected members of the troop and myself.
The NEW SCOUT WELCOME WEEKEND is Saturday March 22 to Sunday March 23 and will be the same weekend as Game Night. The older boys will meet Saturday at 9:00 AM at Camp Richard, the new scouts will meet at 10:00 AM. The scouts can be picked up at 9:00 AM Sunday. Cost is $5 cash per person due at drop-off. For a packing list click here. While on the month of March click "agenda" then click on "New Scout Weekend" and the full description will appear which includes a suggested packing list.
GAME NIGHT at Camp Richard will start 6:00 PM Saturday March 22 and end 9:00 AM Sunday March 24. For those just attending game night $2 cash needs to be paid at drop-off to cover the cost of paper products and drinks, etc.. This year The Richmond-Carolina Fire Department is donating the pizza as a thank you for the service that the troop provided during Swamp Yankee Days last fall. There will be official elimination competitions for trophies for those who wish to participate in checkers, chess, and connect-4. Scouts may also bring cards, battleship, monopoly, risk, twister, and any other games they like to play. This is an old-fashioned fun night out! Questions? Call Mr. Reynolds at 364-8609 for more info.
A couple other things...
The Westerly Sea Scouts are holding classes for the CT & RI Certified Safe Boating Course. If interested contact Pete Caulfield at firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP for details or to join the class. Classes start Sunday March 16 and run for 6 to 7 weeks.
I've had a number of requests lately for letters of recommendation and proof of community service hours. I'd like to wish good luck to all of our scouts who are applying for membership in the National Honor Society. I'm very proud of all of you!
As always, Let me know if you have any questions.
Let me know if you have any questions.