Featured letter: The Scouts are back!
Block Island Boy Scout Troop 30 gives a huge thank you to BIRA, the Fire and Rescue Ladies Auxiliary and the Harbor Baptist Church for their generous donations that enabled them to spend a week at Yawgoog Boy Scout Reservation in Hope Valley, R.I., this summer.
Four island boys, John, Andre, Anthony and Mac, spent a week training in a variety of vigorous programs including making their own shelters in the woods and sleeping in them, and earning merit badges in Medicine, Oceanography, Riflery, Wilderness Survival, Fingerprinting and Mammal Study. They hiked and explored the 1,800 acres of the reservation, climbing rocks, visiting caves, and reaching vistas overlooking lakes and forest. They met other Scouts from R.I. and New England and participated in many activities including campfires (complete with loud chants and songs), skits, games of capture the flag, and service work in the the cafeteria.
The boys continue to talk about the people they met, the fun they had, and all that they accomplished during that week in August, about how they plan on going back next summer and which merit badges they might earn. Their experience at Camp Yawgoog has expanded their capabilities and given them a solid base of scouting values: how to meet challenge, work cooperatively, respect and protect nature, and contribute to their community. Thank you again for supporting these boys, it has gone a long way.
If anyone is interested in finding out more about Boy Scouts, please call Bernadette McNerney at 486-1743 or Eileen Miller at 466-9725. We are also going to restore the old Boy Scout teepee. If anyone has any old sails or canvas that can be used to cover the teepee, please give us a call. Thank you!
— Bernadette McNerney, Eileen & Steve Miller, and John Breunig