As we’ve discussed at a couple previous meetings, our unit is getting ready to take on a high adventure trip this summer! A small group of us will spend a week canoeing in the Maine wilderness
All registered youth who are 13 years of age before 1 Sep 2018 are eligible. Please read the attached document and feel free to email me if you have any additional questions.
So far, we have going:
Adults: Andrés and Jeni
Youth: Harrison, Dante, Roberto, Daniel Ballesteros
We have spots available for a few more youth, but we need a signed contract (attached) and the first round of payments* by February 1st to guarantee your spot!
*Note that we are applying to the trust for funding, so we should be able to reimburse a large portion of the costs for this trip, pending their approval.
The following Scouts each worked a 2 hour shift at St. James’s Helping Hands Food Pantry yesterday:
Kevin, Henry, Harrison, Lixing, Hima, & Gray
These Scouts sorted and distributed food, and assisted with bags and carts for 50 families. The uniformed Scouts made a big and positive impression on the guests who gave them loud applause. They were also given kudos at today’s church service.
These Scouts exemplified the Scout Laws of Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, and Kind.
A big THANK YOU to the 6 of you!
Tomorrow we will start to plan for February’s ski trip, and with the remaining time we will be doing advancement, which means everyone needs to remember their scout books.
See you all then,
This Tuesday we will be wrapping up from the trip this weekend. This includes briefly taking notes on memorable events and making sure everything is put away.
Dear Parents and Adult volunteers of Scouting Collective 56,
There are spaces for 4 adults to take the Wilderness First Aid course sponsored by the premier providers of such teaching, SOLO.
Details are as follows:
–The course will be held at SOLO headquarters in Conway NH.
–We will drive up on Friday evening Feb 2. The course is all day Saturday and Sunday Feb 3-4.
–Not all of will need to drive but it will be good to know who can.
–We will spend Fri & Sat night at my country home 20 miles away; I don’t have 12 beds so some will need to “camp” on the floor
–The course is hands-on, active, indoors and outdoors. It includes CPR certification. It is an excellent course that I have taken many times, and gives you great confidence to lead outdoor groups.
–The cost (~$170) is typically paid for by our Cambridge Scouting Trust Fund. Because of that, the priority is for registered leaders who are willing to lead a trip in the coming scout year (2018-19)
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO GO PLEASE EMAIL ME BACK ASAP WITH THE INFORMATION BELOW:
–Name / email / cell phone
–Are you BSA registered?
–Can you commit to leading/co-leading a Scout trip in 2018-19?
–Can you drive on the Feb 2-4 weekend
Thanks! Michelle Holmes
As an experiment, I’m sending out a newsletter to give you a heads up on what goings-on we have over the next couple of months.
Zoe, Britt, and Jeni are currently leading our unit on a brave snowshoeing trip to New Hampshire.
Michelle Holmes has organized a Wilderness First Aid training in early Feb.
The next unit trip is the cross-country skiing trip on 9-11 Feb, led by Sam, Sue, and Colin. See the website
Effective 6 Feb., youth leadership will be transitioning from Henry to Gwei. Thank you Henry for a semester of your leadership as SPL/president!
Colin Zick (Asst. Scoutmaster) has offered to help Scouts interested in getting the Snow Sports Merit Badge. Click here
Chef Tano Holmes (SC56 Eagle Scout graduate) will be teaching the Eagle-required Cooking MB over February vacation. Click here
There are several positions available for parents new and old! Please contact me or the people listed if you are interested in any of the following:
Grub master (contact Jeni)
Registrar (contact Mike Ravicz)
Nurse/Medical Records (contact Tara)
Treasurer (contact Kate)
Bursar (contact Kate)
Tara has compiled the minutes
For all dates
Yours in Scouting,
J. Andrés Ballesteros
SC56: All Food Pantry service slots are now filled for next Sat Jan 13th.
Thanks everyone! Michelle Holmes
Here are the minutes from the Troop Committee meeting held on 12/19/17.
Dear Scout Families,
Here is an opportunity for one Scout to get 2 hours (of the 6 hours required) community service to St. James’s:
Helping Hands Food Pantry
364 Rindge Ave
Cambridge MA 02140
Saturday January 13, 2018
Scouts already signed up for next Saturday include:
(9:30-11:30) Harrison, Henry, __?__
(11:00-1:00) Lixing, Gray, Hima
Please email me ASAP if you wish to fill this slot, thanks,
In order to plan accurately for the Cooking Merit Badge (location, equipment, etc), I would like to confirm the following Scouts who have signed up. (IF CONFIRMED, NO NEED TO EMAIL ME BACK, ONLY EMAIL ME IF NOT CONFIRMED)
If additional Scouts would like to sign up for this opportunity, could you please email me by 5 pm Saturday January 6th? Details are listed below. Thank you!
Scouts already signed up
1. Harrison (youth leader)
(Eagle-required) COOKING MERIT BADGE INTENSIVE, & 4 HRS COMMUNITY SERVICE
Taught by SC 56 Eagle Scout graduate, Chef Tano Holmes,
Of William Street Catering, & New York City.
Sous-chef (Youth Leader) Harrison Taylor
Occurs during February school vacation:
Thursday, Friday, Saturday February 22, 23, 24, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm location TBA
Sunday February 25th, 11:30 – 1:00 PM at St. James’s
Cost: $65 (for food costs)