Red Gate Packing List

Red Gate Farm Packing List
Sleeping Bag
Sleeping Pad
2 Nalgene Water bottles
Head lamp or flash light
Long underwear
Base layers (T shirt, Pants, etc)
Outside layers (Winter Coat)
2 Fleeces or sweaters
Rain Gear (tops and bottoms)
At least five pairs of socks and Underwear (Wool, NOT Cotton)
Winter gloves/mittens
Winter hat and Balaclava
Clothes to sleep in (Can Be Cotton)
Boots that you are comfortable getting dirty
Scout Book
Comfortable clothes/shoes to wear in the evening
Toiletries (Toothbrush, Toothpaste, etc)
Mess Kits
Work Gloves
***Please note that ONLY your sleeping clothes should be cotton, NONE of your base layers should be cotton.***

Optional Items
Book to Read
If there are any questions about the trip please ask me.


Red Gate Farm Reminders!

Hello Red Gate Gang!

Just a few reminders for our upcoming trip.

Proper clothing

1) You will need rain gear. pants and a jacket (no ponchos). The weather will be in the low 40s with a good chance of precipitation. This is perfect hypothermia weather. We will be moving around out in the open all day on Saturday. You don’t want to miss out on earning your merit badge because you had to go sit in the dining hall due to being wet and cold.
2) Work gloves… You can find these for a couple bucks at any hardware or big box store
3) For the rest, consult the packing list that our youth leader, Harrison, sent out on Tuesday.

Farm Mechanics Merit Badge

Attached you will find a detailed schedule of our time on Red Gate. At the bottom of the attachment you will see some items that your Counselor would like you to look into before you get there. You will be given your books at the next mtg. Please have the $5.53 with you. Checks would be best…

Permission Slips

The permission slip is also attached. Please bring it on Tuesday. No slip, no trip.

Meal Planning

Due to the last blizzard we did not get to go over our meals for the trip. Harrison, Gwei & Henry put some work into that over the weekend. I would expect an email from Harrison on that subject shortly. I do know that you will need to bring a bag lunch/dinner for Friday evening.

Departure on Friday

We will be leaving St James parking lot at 5pm sharp. We are expected by the farm at 7pm, and we’re giving ourselves a little extra time in case of rotten weather.

That’s all I have for now. If you have any questions please contact either Harrison, Shannon or myself.

Scott Donaldson

Citizen Science Events in April

For any scouts (and adults) who are not going on the April weekend trip, here is the information about the citizen science events happening in Cambridge that weekend. You can help teach others in Cambridge about our local biodiversity by volunteering. Volunteer as a “welcomer,” or a citizen science guide (using the iNaturalist app), or an art guide (helping younger kids create arthropods). High school students can receive community service hours, but kids as young as 10 can serve as “welcomers” alongside an adult. The three events are:

Saturday, April 28, 2018, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Kids, Bugs, Art at Magazine Beach. MAKE A BEE. Rain date Sunday, 4/29 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 9:30-11:30 a.m. Kids, Bugs, Art at Danehy Park. MAKE A BEETLE. (Rain cancels). ***We really need some volunteers at this session!! -all volunteer roles needed***

Sunday, April 29, 2018, 1:00-3:00 p.m. Kids, Bugs, Art at Fresh Pond. MAKE A BUTTERFLY OR MOTH. (Rain cancels)

The three events are part of the global City Nature Challenge. The Cambridge Wildlife Puppetry Project and Green Cambridge are co-sponsors (along with some other local organizations). The volunteer signup is a google form, here:

Hima Saini’s Parents

Canoeing MB Course

Scouts and families of 56,

I will be offering the Canoeing merit badge soon. To earn this badge requires attendance at the following events listed below. This merit badge is excellent preparation for our two upcoming canoe trips in May and June.

** 5 Classroom sessions. These will be held from 6:30 – 7:00 PM at St. James’s Church just prior to the regular Scout meeting. Because of the short time frame it is very important to be on time. Also the class is largely Scout- taught: Each Scout will be given a topic & expected to prepare a 10 minute talk to be presented to the other Scouts to learn. Failure to prepare your topic means that everyone misses that requirement.

**Passing the BSA Swimmer Test

**Basic paddling lesson

**Learning and performing a canoe capsize and rescue  (2 persons per canoe).

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an exhilarating trip!

Tuesday Feb 13 Meeting

Dear Everyone

The cross country trip was very fun and people had a blast.

This Tuesday’s-meeting I am asking Harrison to do the pledge allegiance, Roberto to do the Scout Oath, and Nathaniel do the Scout Law.

We will be in patrol for finishing flags, doing knot tying skills, and have a February trip reflection, and game.