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October 1, 2014

Scoutmaster's Message

Dear Scouts and Parents,

Now that Autumn is here the nights are cooler and the leaves are already starting to change. It also means that Scouting is in full swing!

Looking back at September, 9 scouts and 4 leaders spent a weekend at Camp Yawgoog helping Webelos earn their way through The Arrow of Light at the Webelos-O-Ree September 19th-21st. Thank you to Mr. Simpkins for organizing the event.

On Saturday September 20th, 41 people including 13 Boy Scouts/7 leaders from Troop 1 Richmond and 4 cub scouts/3 leaders from pack 1 Richmond helped clean up Misquamicut State Beach during the International Coastal Clean-up organized jointly between the troop and pack. Altogether nearly 100 pounds of trash was collected. Topping the list were 4,323 cigarette butts and hundreds of plastic bags, food wrappers, and plastic utensils. Thanks to everyone who helped, especially Mrs. Puglia who took command of the clean-up.

On September 20th and 21st Hayden Kendall completed his Eagle Scout Service Project with the help of Scouts, Leaders, Friends, and Family members. He cleaned the forest floor and removed shrubs and saplings to reveal a historical Cemetery. He then Straightened and raised head and footstones. Great job Hayden!

14 scouts and 5 leaders enjoyed a picture perfect fall weekend hiking Mount Mondadnock and going on a simulated sky-diving experience in a vertical wind-tunnel in New Hampshire on September 27-28. Many thanks to Mr. Simkins and Mr. Jacques for planning and organizing the trip.

And now onto October:

TROOP MEETINGS this month will be held on Tuesdays 6:30-8:00 PM at the Richmond School Cafeteria:

  • October 7 (Class A beige shirt), will include a meeting for all scouts and adults participating in the October 11 Boston trip.
  • October 14 (Class A beige shirt).
  • October 21 (Class A beige shirt), Scouting for Food planning will take place.
  • October 28 (Class B T-shirt) we will meet in the Richmond School Cafeteria or Gym for an Activity Meeting.

There will be a TROOP COMMITTEE MEETING Sunday October 5, 7:00 PM at Camp Richard.

There will be a PATROL LEADER COUNCIL MEETING (Class A uniform) on Tuesday, October 7, 6:00-6:30 PM just before the troop meeting in the Richmond School Library. 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.

Those attending the trip to BOSTON BY TRAIN on Saturday October 11 will be meeting promptly at 9:00 AM at Kingston Station. Return time is around 8:30PM. Please arrive by 8:15 to be on time to pickup your Scout. Each scout should bring around $40 cash for food and spending money. This trip is not open to additional sign-ups since reservations were already secured on September 5th. This trip was closed to any who hadn't paid and committed by the September 2nd meeting. Additional important details will be discussed at the October 7 troop meeting which everyone attending the trip must attend.

Be a volunteer AT SWAMP YANKEE DAYS October 11 and 12, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds. We will be directing people where to park. We are hoping to get 6 to 8 scouts/adults per shift. Mr. Reynolds will talk more about this on Tuesday. Class B T-shirt required. Sign up for a shift in the Red Book! This community service event helps the Richmond-Carolina Fire Dept. who do a lot for our troop so let's make a strong effort to help them.

The EMERGENCY PREP MERIT BADGE WEEKEND at Camp Yawgoog is October 10-12. This is not a troop event. To sign up and for information click here on or before 10/8/14. The cost of the event is $75. After completion the troop will reimburse you 50% so your end cost will be $37.50.

On Saturday October 18 we will have an ADOPT-A-HIGHWAY CLEANUP. Our Adopted Highway is Route 91 from Rt112 in Charlestown to Switch Road in Richmond. Meet at 9:00AM at the John M."Jay" Cronan River Access where the Pawcatuck river crosses Route 91. Pick up will be at the same location at 12:00PM.

A tentative ARCADIA DAY HIKE is in the works for Sunday October 19th. This hike is not confirmed yet. More details will follow if this event is happening.

Saturday October 25 is the day to PUT OUT YOUR SCOUTING FOR FOOD door hangers. This year Narragansett Council has decided to go "green" and will not supply bags but will instead supply "Door Knob Hangers" which explain scouting for food and asks folks to reuse their own plastic shopping bags. The troop is working on plans to increase coverage in neighborhoods around Richmond. For those who canvass entire streets or neighborhoods, put your Scouting for Food bags securely on doorknobs or mailboxes. Collect bags on Saturday November 1. The more food you can collect the better! Collection will be at the New Hope Chapel on Saturday November 1 from 9:00 to noon. This is an essential event for stocking the local food pantry, so please bring in your bags of food and help the troop sort!

Let me know if you have any questions. I'll see you at Camp Richard!

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

www.troop1richmond.us

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October

19 Arcadia Day Hike (Tentative)

21 Troop Meeting 6:30 pm

25 Scouting-for-Food (Bags out)

28 Activities Meeting

 

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