August 23, 2015

Good Afternoon Pack 118!!

It seems like summer has flown by!  At least when I wasn’t working in the 98 degree heat!  I know that not all of us are ready for school to start back, but I hope you’re all ready for CUB SCOUTS!!!
We’ll begin our program year on Tuesday, August 25, with your Pack 118 Committee Meeting at 6:30pm at St. Stephen UMC.  We will meet in the classroom just to the left of the side entrance (off of Lutomma Circle).  All parents are welcome to attend, and your Pack 118 leaders and volunteers are expected to attend.  We will go over the first part of our year, and get into detail on the events coming up over the next couple of months.  If you want to get an insider’s look at our Popcorn Machine, this is the meeting to attend!

On Thursday, August 27, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm, we will have our Pack 118 Open House for the Cub Scout Round Up.  We will be in the front parking lot of St. Stephen UMC.  This event is being promoted all over Mecklenburg County and in every Elementary School in CMS.  If you know anyone who is thinking about Cub Scouts, invite them to come to St. Stephen.  Every Pack will have an open house Thursday evening, and it is designed to be a great way to visit different Packs in the area.  We will have members of our own Troop 118 on hand to serve hotdogs, drinks and chips.  We will also have a handy and very appropriate leather craft to work on.  I hear rumors that a kickball game is in the works as well.  I ask that all parents and Cub Scouts come out to support Pack 118 and be prepared to make our visitors feel like a part of the Pack 118 family right away!

Did you know that there are three big reasons a Cub Scout joins a particular pack?

(1)    He has friends in the Pack.  Please encourage your Cub Scout to invite his friends from school to come out and visit on Thursday evening.

(2)    The meeting night.  There are two other packs that we work around in the three schools we visit for open houses, and they both meet on Monday night.

(3)    The parents feel welcome.  This is where we can all make the difference.  I know we have a great pack.  You know we have a great pack.  Each one of you can talk to our visitors on Thursday and in the coming weeks to share your story and welcome them to our Pack 118 family.

We will have our first Pack 118 Den Meeting on Tuesday, September 1 in the Scout Room.  We will begin at 6:30 pm on the dot.  As you have no doubt heard, the Cub Scout Rank Advancement program has been heavily revised.  One result of this is that we don’t actually know how long it will take to instruct the new Adventures.  Starting at 6:30 pm each night will give your den leaders the ability meet the requirements within our calendar time-frame.  Also, please expect to stay during the den meetings this year.  Cub Scouts is a family oriented program, and should not be treated as a drop-off event.  If your den leaders don’t have anything for you to do, please come find Ellen, Robert, Scott or me.  We will be happy to have your help during most meetings.  I realize there are occasional times when you just can’t be at a meeting, but you should not expect to leave the meetings on a regular basis.

Since we have new requirements, please expect to stay at the meetings until 8:00 pm.  Over the course of the year, the den leaders may be able to adjust this time.  Occasionally, they may need to keep your Cub scouts later, but they will give you advanced notice if this will happen.

Our Fall Trip will be September 18-19, to Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC.  You should have received an email via Evite for this trip today.  Please use this to sign up for the trip.  We will meet on Friday, September 18, at 6:45 pm in front of the Zoo to check in.  Our program begins promptly at 7:00 pm, so there will be no wiggle room for this trip.  You will need to bring a sleeping bag and ground pad/air mattress.  We will be sleeping inside their classroom building, but there won’t be any beds or cots provided.  We will have access to regular bathrooms, but no shower facilities will be available.  That’s okay, though.  We’ll still smell better than most of the animals!  You should eat dinner before you arrive at the zoo.  On Saturday morning, we have breakfast and an activity before we are dismissed to put our luggage into our cars.  We can then re-enter the zoo through the main gate as a day visitor for the rest of the day on Saturday.  This admission is included with our trip fee of $30.00.  As you see in the Evite, the $30.00 fee is less than the zoo fee for this trip.  This is your popcorn sales at work!!

One more item you should be aware of:  Pack 118 will be buying your Cub Scout handbooks this year.  We will have those ready to hand out at the September 1st meeting.  These are your handbooks to keep.  Please use them as they are intended.  Write you Cub Scout’s name in them and use them to keep track of the Adventures he has earned.  CubTrails is a great tool to use, but the requirements listed in CubTrails are not complete.  They are there to help you know which requirement is which; NOT as a definition of what you should do to complete the requirement.

I am ready for a FANTASTIC year with Pack 118!!  I look forward to seeing you all next week on Tuesday at 6:30 pm for the Committee Meeting or Thursday at 6:30 pm for the Pack 118 Open House!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
Buffalo Patrol


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