It is the beginning of August and Yankee Peddler will be here before we know it. Yankee Peddler is the biggest fundraiser of the year. The money earned goes toward Summer Camp and Troop dues for our Scouts. For 2018/2019 this covered the cost of camp $330.00 and dues of $120.00 for total of $450.00. We also were able to put some monies into the scout accounts for them to be able to use toward scout gear and camp outs.
This year’s dates are:
Saturday, September 7th and Sunday, September 8th
Saturday, September 14th and Sunday, September 15th
Saturday, September 21st and Sunday, September 22nd
Families need four (4) adult days and three (3) Scout days. Scouts that are 5th year Pipestone holders have a different requirement if they are not planning on attending summer camp.
The Scouts handle the trash around the festival. The adults cook and staff the two booths we run, which requires handling food and money. Adults also can supervise the Scouts as walkers, which requires walking through the Yankee Peddler festival. Time is also credited for set up and tear down of the booths. (We will have dates and times for these once we hear from the Yankee Peddler organizers). As in the past, if you have an adult relative or family friend that wants to work a day or two to help your family meet your required adult days, they may. Only a registered Scout may work for another Scout (no siblings or youth friends).
For each workday we need:
3 cooks (Historically adult men due to working with fire and the cooker. They will wear period apparel). Start @ 0630 and get that fire going!
8 women (5 for Moms booth, 3 for Pie booth)
15 Scouts (wear red troop shirts, boots, solid colored pants with belts.) We have this broken down by a) Older scouts 3rd year pipestone holders and above b) Younger scouts Webelo II to 2nd year pipestone holders.
6 adult walkers
The festival runs from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm each day. Scouts and other parents not cooking must arrive BY 9AM. The start time is earlier for the first Saturday, 8:30 AMof the festival, this is to get the booths ready and the Trash barrels to the correct spots. So plan on a full day 9:00 am to approximately 7: 00 pm. We have to staff full days before we can look at partials.
Scheduling will be done on a First Received basis of emails.
New this year:
We will be scheduling Older scouts with a minimum of 3 no more than 4 for each day until each of the older scout spots are filled. This is to ensure that we have a good mix of Older and younger scouts so the younger ones will have the benefit of being trained by the older scouts and to ensure we have a good coverage on each day. This is also to ensure we can fulfill our obligation to the Yankee Peddler with giving them the best service possible. For the older scouts if you request certain days and the maximum number of spots for Older scouts is filled you will need to schedule other days that have open spots for older scouts.
Scott King is in charge of Scheduling this year. Please use the email below to send your request. If you send your request to another email you may not get scheduled. This email is only for Yankee Peddler.
Please send an email with your family’s first choice and then second choice for days and jobs. Please make sure you specifically list names and i.e. list adult vs scout. Sounds silly we know, but if you have a friend or relative helping out in an Adult spot we will know who they are working for and we can call them by name instead of “Hey you”. If you have any physical limitations please let us know also. We will try to accommodate as best we can for schedules. We do have quotas that must be filled for staffing. Once those are met, we will close a day/job.
Full disclosure, we do have some positions already filled by Committee members or parents who have experience in them. There are no best days. They are all long, hard, challenging, and honestly, fun!
The final schedule will be posted on the Troop website and emailed out to everyone closer to the festival.
We will close scheduling August 18th. So please send your emails BEFORE August 19th.
If you need Red Troop Shirts you can order from the troop website. http:/tuslawtroop1933.org Troop Gear / Online store. You can click the link below to take you directly there. The shirts costs $9-$12 depending on the size, we do not carry youth sizes. Payment is made at the time you get your shirts, checks can be made to Troop 933. Matt and Renee Polen take care of ordering the shirts and getting them to you.
ANY questions, please check with myself, Lori Wood, Denise Carter, Rindi Stutzman, or Scott King.
March 15-17 – Good Turn at Seven Ranges
April 12-14 – Scout Skills at NLFGC
May 17-19 – Mohican Canoeing
June 16-22 – Summer Camp – NLFGC
July 11-14 – Summer trip – Gettysburg
Aug 9-11 – Court of Honor – Place TBD
Klondike is coming up and there are skills and gear ALL
Scouts will need to be familiar with to compete. This is shaping up to be
a very Scout Skills intensive Klondike. We have gone over
fire building and other Scout skills the past few meetings and camp outs, and
we will go over lashings this coming meeting.
From the above Council link, click on the Resources
Tab. The two items all Scouts need to be familiar with are the
Equipment List and the Waterless Stew Recipe.
The Equipment List has required Patrol and Scout gear
listed. If your Scout does not have the correct winter gear, they will
not be allowed to compete. DO NOT go out and buy a snow
suit/pants. If you have them, wear them, if not, make sure your Scout is
layered up and has extras as needed. We will make sure each Patrol has
the required gear.
The Waterless Stew Recipe is for lunch. They will be
cooking “on the trail” at whatever city they happen to be at during lunch
time. We will have two sleds competing right now, so we will
need two meals. As you can see from the link, this is
an older recipe, from an older event, and it was typed out on a
typewriter! Scouts these days do not make a lot of stews.
They will have to for this Klondike. After Monday’s meeting, a
couple Scouts from each Patrol will be tasked w getting the food and
precutting/packaging as needed. We will go over it on Monday.
IF your Scout will not eat a stew, please send something to supplement the meal
for them, that does not need to cook, would probably be best.
Again, please pass this on to your Scouts. They
need this info!!
We have approximately 12 Scouts attending this event right
now. If your Scout is coming in for the day Saturday, make sure
they are at the Scout building by 7:30 am at the latest. We
have a few Scouts with sports conflicts that will be there later in the
morning. We also have three older Scouts, including our SPL, that
cannot attend due to Band Solo/Ensemble. Cole Carter will be our
The Klondike is $20 per Scout. Patrol food will be an
additional fee. I would guess $5.00 or so each, but we will have to
see. The Assistant SM’s, the PLC, and I will look over the lunch
meal recipe and discuss. We will let you all know
ASAP. For Adults, it is $10 a person, plus our breakfast and
lunch cost, TBD.
If your Scout has NOT signed up, but wants to participate,
please let us know by Friday, January 11th.
Yankee Peddler 2018 is almost upon us. In little over a month, we will once again be on the midst of our biggest fundraiser of the year. This year we are only tweaking our menu a little bit, with the addition of Potato Chips for our sandwiches and Skewers for our… PICKLES!!
Mrs. Carter is once again leading our team. She did a fantastic job last year. Everyone really got together and made it a great year.
Assisting her with the scheduling of hours is Mrs. Allen. She has sent out an email for families to start the sign up process. We will need a good mix of veteran and new Scout families to insure that our high quality is maintained. Also, this will make sure that the institutional knowledge the veteran volunteers have is passed down to the newer families. This will be invaluable going forward as our Troop skews younger with the addition of new Scouts and their families. So, please be flexible if we ask people to move around or to lead a days efforts.
From her email, with additions:
For each weekend we need:
2 cooks (Historically adult men due to working with fire and the cooker. Will wear period apparel. Provided by the Troop). Start @ 0630 and get that fire going!
7 women (4 for Moms booth, 2 for Pie booth, and one floater. Will wear period apparel. Provided by the Troop).
10 Scouts (wear red troop shirts, troop hats, sturdy boots, and solid colored pants with belts.)
2-4 adult walkers t(o supervise the Scouts and lend assistance as needed).
The festival runs from 10:30 am – 6:30 pm each day. Scouts and other parents not cooking must arrive BY 9AM. (The start time may be earlier for the first Saturday of the festival). So plan on a full day, 9:00 am to approximately 7:00 pm, or until released by the Adult in charge for the day. We have to staff full days before we can look at partials.
For more information, please see her email from July 19th, it goes into a lot more detail.
Thank you for all your efforts in support of YOUR Scouts!!