Do you remember: troop meetings - weekends at the cabin - summers at Cautantowit and Wetuomuck - bus trips to YMCA pool in Norwich - Ad Altare Dei - camporees - slumgullions and beanhole bakes - digging the hole for the latrine at the cabin - Blaine Brothers story - Wincheck Indians - St. John Bosco Chapel - Saturday Night Shows - Sunday Dress Parade - toy drives for St. Francis orphanage?
Do you remember those leaders who gave so much to help shape our lives ... Jim Hawkins, Charlie McGrath, Charlie Keegan, “Duck” Shortman, Johnny Ball and the multitude of others who gave their time, effort, guidance and, most of all, their caring throughout the years?
Well, folks, the troop that was so much a part of our youth is still around and thriving under the leadership of SM George Werrbach and his committee. It’s still sponsored by St. Michael’s Parish, as it has been for almost 90 years. It’s Troop 9 “Pawcatuck” now, but it’s still the same old gang.
Some of us have been talking recently about starting an alumni organization to provide us all with a way to share and preserve our memories and experiences. We’ve been particularly remembering how our lives have been changed in so many ways because we had the good fortune of being guided and trained by the leaders in Troop 9. It’s time for us to give a little back now.
I’ve been living in Vermont for the past 40 years so I’m a bit rusty on locating all of you folks. With the help of some others who’ve been living here for years, I’ve gathered a beginning list of “old timers” for this mailing. In some cases I’ve sent this notice to your parents in the hopes it will find its way to you. Once you receive it, I’m hoping you’ll do a few things:
Yours in Scouting,