Thanks for your Community Service!

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!

SC56: Wilderness First Aid course now open for adults

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)


–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

Jan/Feb newsletter

Hello folks,

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. for youths and adults. This is required to go on the Maine High Adventure trip. For more info, click here or contact Dr. Holmes.
The next unit trip is the cross-country skiing trip on 9-11 Feb, led by Sam, Sue, and Colin. See the website for more information.
Youth announcements
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 or contact Mr. Zick for more information.
Chef Tano Holmes (SC56 Eagle Scout graduate) will be teaching the Eagle-required Cooking MB over February vacation. Click here or contact Dr. Holmes to sign up or for more information.
Adult announcements
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 from our last committee meeting on 19 Dec. Our next committee meeting is on 30 Jan.

For all dates and additional information, check out .

Yours in Scouting,

J. Andrés Ballesteros
Committee Chair

Food Pantry Community Service 1/13

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
9:30-11:30 AM

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,
Michelle Holmes

Cooking Merit Badge

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!

Michelle Holmes

Scouts already signed up
1. Harrison (youth leader)
2. Mark
3. Hima
4. Dante
5. Bianca
6. Roberto
7. Imani
8. Nathaniel
9. Kevin

Details Follow:

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)

Wilderness First Aid Course

Scouting Friends, The Wilderness First Aid course, taught by the premier provider of such courses (SOLO), is coming up soon. We need to fill exactly 12 spots. I would like to give our youth the priority before I fill the slots with adults. I have room for approximately 3 more youth. Here are the youth currently signed up:

1. Dante (youth leader)
2. Gray
3. Roberto
4. Jeffrey.


After that date, I will open the course up to interested adults.

Course details:

  • Friday – Sunday Feb 2-4 (drive up Friday night; course all day Saturday and Sunday)
  • Held at SOLO headquarters Conway NH; We will stay at my house 20 miles away
  • Minimum age = 13 or attending Maine High Adventure this summer
  • The course is exciting and hands on, but intensive & requires maturity and ability to hold attention all day long
  • Fulfills all requirements for Eagle-required First Aid Merit badge and more
  • Will get a certificate for WFA and CPR good for 2 years, useful for summer camp jobs etc.

Michelle Holmes