Historian Report - October 2011

Pancake Supper Report

Nick Hall, Troop Historian

On Sat, Oct 29, 2011 at 11:42 PM, Jennifer Shields <pancakemama33> wrote:

Dear Troop 33 Families,

Thank you for all your hard work. The supper was a smooth success. A friendly and happy scene. Lots of good food, conversation and a pretty atmosphere.

Here are my shout-outs:

Carol Clayton--did most of the work, to be honest. She ordered silverware, got donations, set up a remote pancake cooking location, printed table tents, schlepped food from Costco, the list goes on. The kitchen ran well and was a cheerful place. She was amazing.

Karin Theophile--helped with lots of the planning, picked up donations, worked the floor. She put the details in perspective for me many times.

Elizabeth Gelfeld--ticket supervisor. She distributed and kept track of all ticket sales. Corralled the boys and their money every Thurs and coordinated all money in and out. She sat at the front for ticket sales the whole supper with a smile and a cheerful vest.

Lisa Caprioglio--ticket assistant. Learned the ropes from Elizabeth and pitched in on Thursdays and all night on Saturday, including the last gasps of clean up when we were all beat.

Holly Fechner--plastered signs over the 'hood.

Rob Valente--spearheaded the bazaar sales, a real bonanza

Susan Sell--true to her name, helped the boys sell at the bazaar too

Chris Lindsley--gave me my Sundays back by organizing and implementing farmers' market sales

David Cookson--mastermind of ticket sales neighborhood canvassing Also hauled tables and chairs out to set up.

Margaret Newman--brownie provider for neighborhood sales ticket sellers--the boys loved the sweet reward at the end of the night

Stu Gagnon and Karen Lange--cleaned the kitchen Fri night before the supper. No small task.

Glenn Jackson--sausage czar for the second year. He ran a tight ship--no burns, 200 lbs of raw sausage cut, boiled, and roasted in one morning. He thought out all the details and kept his crew cheerful with fun music and his signature calm. He was in the kitchen from 9am to 2:30pm until the last link was ready to go. (boy shout out to Ian Jackson and Graham Lindsley for cheerfully helping with sausage work all morning.)

Marcelle Fozard--sausage work all morning. Cheery and hard working. She also helped out on the floor during the supper (scrape those plates, boys!)

Doug Abrams--unflinching attitude in the face of 200 lbs of sausage.

Bethany Karn--a second year of gorgeous flower arrangements to turn the gym into a dining room. Your creativity makes all the differences.

Stephanie Fitzpatrick--aide to Bethany at the flower shop and at the supper. Stephanie also pitched in a lot on the floor in the beginning of the supper and then again at the bitter end when the kitchen was a greasy, crusty mess. She was calm and pleasant and swept and mopped until we were done.

Michael Richards--set up and take down of chairs and tables. Hard work and not glamorous.

Pamela Fields, maker of the signature pancake tiara--silverware rolling all night. She also forced me to sit down for 15 minutes. Not sure I would have made it through the night if she hadn't.

Simone Fary--table set up and lots of silverware rolling. A quiet giant of background work (table numbers and signs).

Margo Kabel--silverware rolling and good cheer

Susan Firdgen--silverware service, another year, another thousand rolls of silverware

now the kitchen crew!

Joel Quillin--a blast from the past, an alumnus of Troop 33, mixed batter, mostly by hand, the whole night, plus he brought his wife, Rose and friend Jackie Machado who served pancakes all night. Wouldn't it be great if our boys came back 40 yrs from now to help?

Dallas Burtraw, Chuck Alston, Tim Miller and Steve Marschall--pancake cooks. They hit the ground running and never stopped til the last jack was flapped. (?)

When the slam hit, Paul Bridenhagen and Carol Laham made pancakes from afar so we never had a big back up line of scouts. That made a big difference.

And on the floor, corralling scouts, guests, and cleaning tables--Geoff Harris (dapper in an apron if I do say so), Dirk Fitzpatrick, Deb Lindsley, Catherine Varchaver, Mike Tidwell, Dave Naden (experienced bus boy), Salome Dzrekey and Terry Ocheltree.

Liz Pester wrangled the applesauce and syrup, a sticky business indeed.

Jim Voorhies sold tickets as is our tradition. I had to beg him to eat some dinner when it was all over.

Richard Hall made beverages look easy but they cannot be. What will we ever do without him? (Sorry about the unground coffee beans, Richard). He also made a time lapse movie of the dinner.

Jeff Plungis--assistant to Richard. Ready to take over soon, Jeff?

And finally, when the sticky, crumby, greasy mess had to be faced, the clean up crew stepped up: Mark Verschell, Bill Barbieri and the ever-contributing Sue Tripp.

AND THEN--a big thanks to the boys who greeted, served, washed dishes, scraped, hauled chairs and just did what needed to be done. The community loved being there and seeing you work. One fellow insisted on tipping, his service from a scout was so excellent (Ishmael!).

Thanks to everyone and a job well done.

Jennifer Shields

Campout Report Weekend of October 1, 2011

Nick Hall, Troop Historian

On October 1st, 2011, five scouts (myself included) and three adult leaders departed for camp Schmidt on reports that Troll Pond was filled with fish. Usually, camp-outs are attended by twenty or so scouts, ten on a busy weekend. But this time, only a few took the bait. Eight isn't too much for a troop camping trip, but our attendance was far greater than the fish's. Not one of the pond's Bass, Catfish, or Coy (if they did indeed exist) so much as touched our baited hooks. Perhaps it was the rain, which fell constantly over the weekend, that drove fish and scout alike away from the place. Well, that's just theory, but this much is certain. Despite the bad weather, the campers still managed to have a decent time. We hung out around the fire place, piling up wet wood to dry in the flame's glow, warming our hands, eventually hanging up soggy socks just far enough away to avoid being burned. A good, long game of monopoly was played. Tacos in a bag, roast apples, ham sandwiches, and blueberry pancakes, plain and simple as they were, seemed like a feast in the dreary gloom. A few of the younger scouts got their cooking rank requirements done, so I'll forgive the partially-finished pancakes – they're still learning. When night came around (you could tell because the view from the cabin windows turned from gray to black), it became clear that no one had pitched tents. Going against the tradition that it be reserved for the oldest patrol (which, in this case, was one person-me), all five scouts slept in the Venture Cabin. I'd been worried about the kids staying up all night, but the gentle beating of rain lulled me to sleep in an hour or two. In the end, I was wet, cold, and a little disappointed at not frying up any fish. But it wasn't too bad. That's the thing about the great outdoors. Sometimes, it rains, but you just have to make the best of it.

Yosemite YCC

Nick Hall, Troop Historian

The Youth Conservation Corps is a government work program for young people (ages 15-18) that involves many of the skills and values boy scouts usually learn. Participants work in National Parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone, doing trail maintenance, campground maintenance, restoration, and other work for the park service. In addition to the two 8-week, residential programs, the YCC has many non-residential programs across the country. Work is hard manuel labor, outdoors, and paid. It is a great opportunity for Boy Scouts who enjoy the great outdoors to spend a lot of time in some of the nation's most beautiful places. Boy Scout skills such as fire-making, navigation, and camping are valuable, as there is ample opportunity to go backpacking and live in rustic conditions. Also, values from the scout law go a long way in making the YCC work experience positive. If participants are cheerful, trustworthy, and obedient, they'll have a good time and impress their supervisors, which can help them later find work with the National Park Service. The application process is easy and fast, so scouts who might enjoy two months of working in a national park should apply and see what happens.

More information can be found at: