The Troop’s first trip of the school year, led by JJ, Logan, and Ben, included a camping trip to Ft. Getty and sailing in Newport. It was a great success. Four J/22 sailboats and crews sailed Narragansett Bay under clear skies and winds from the ESE. The boys manned the helm, hoisted and trimmed sails and dodged most other boats. Before sailing, we toured Ft. Adams and went deep into listening tunnels constructed over 100 years ago that virtually intact. Right after the tour, our tour guide had the scouts bring out a 4lb cannon, cast by Paul Revere and the scouts fired two blank shots. Your Scoutmaster had a chance to fire the cannon which was a real treat. The meals were the best in memory and included stir fry, steak, potatoes, and fajitas. Good job.
On Sunday we had the opportunity to tour the Oliver Hazard Perry tall ship and assist with the bracing all of the yards. This means that all the yardarms on all three masts had to be changed and brought in closer. This required good communication and teamwork and a lot of individual work to coil down all of the lines. There’s a lot to learn from sailing including communication and teamwork. Thank you, Mr. Cancio, for honchoing and the great meal prepared for the adults. This meal will be hard to beat in the future.
The first Patrol Leader Council (PLC) meeting was held Monday 9/17. These meetings are for the senior leaders including patrol leaders and position of responsibility, such as scribe/historian and Den Chiefs. Miles Inman is the new scribe/historian and the Den Chiefs are Ben C, Simon, and Xander. These monthly meetings are required for all positions of responsibility and they are held on a Monday at 6pm at Monument Hall. The boys have a meal budget and we usually have pizza. All the planning for the October Troop meetings and the Ramblewild camping trip campfire program were planned. At our last Troop meeting, the older scouts focused on working with the scouts who participated in the Trailblazer program during summer camp. This allowed the Trailblazer scouts to ask questions and to get their books updated. The patrol leaders are tasked with this work and this will be helpful when planning camping trips to ensure that the younger scouts are getting the help they need to earn rank advancement. The next Troop meeting is one of our three yearly Troop Courts of Honor. Please come and support all the scouts who have earned merit badges, rank, or special awards.
On Sunday, October 7 from 3-4:30pm will be an Eagle Court of Honor for Mike Flannery and Will Duggan at the Scout House. Please come. It’s a great event for the younger scouts to see and what the older scouts have achieved through scouting. It’s a unique and inspiring program.
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