August 18, 2015

Good Evening Pack 118!!

I want to let you know about an important date change to the email I sent out several days ago.  I realized that on September 26, the Mecklenburg County Council will hold an important training event at the Levine Campus of CPCC in Matthews.  As you know, that is when our fall trip to Riverbanks Zoo was scheduled.  This is a training event that I cannot miss, and I wanted to give the leaders in our Pack the opportunity to attend a few classes at this event if they could.

Because of this, I have worked with your Pack Committee to change the date of this trip to Friday, September 18th.  This means that we will each drive to Columbia on our own and meet at Riverbanks Zoo at 6:45 pm on Friday, September 18th.  You will eat dinner on the trip down.  We will check in for the overnight program at 6:45 sharp, so you will want to arrive by about 6:40 pm to find a parking place and make it to the check-in point.  We will participate in their overnight program, sleep at the zoo, and on Saturday, you will be able to visit the zoo with free admission.  The positives to this change are that you will be able to choose what you eat for dinner on Friday evening, and you will already be at the zoo on Saturday morning, instead of having to drive down in time to visit the zoo before the overnight program.  PLEASE NOTE:  RIVERBANKS ZOO WILL NOT ALLOW ANYONE UNDER 6 YEARS OLD  TO ATTEND THIS EVENT.  Unfortunately, this is a zoo policy, and we have no say in this matter.

Also, I want to remind you about the first Committee Meeting of the program year at 6:30pm on Tuesday, August 25 (next week).  Please come if you are able.  This is a meeting for parents and leaders, so there won’t be any program activities for the boys.

We will have the first pack-wide event, the Cub Scout Round-Up, between 6:30pm – 8:00pm on Thursday, August 27 at St. Stephen UMC.  We will have representatives from Troop 118 grilling hotdogs for us, and we’ll have activities for the boys to do.  This is the main night for Cub Scout recruitment, so please attend if you can.

We will have a recruiting table set up at the open houses for Greenway Park and Lansdowne (and maybe Rama Road) on Thursday, so please stop by and say “Hi!” to our pack leaders.  Don’t forget to spread the word about Pack 118.  Invite your friends and your friends’ friends to come by St. Stephen on Thursday, August 27 between 6:30pm – 8:00pm to check out Pack 118!

And, finally, our first Den Meetings of the year will be on September 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm.  We will meet in the Scout Room and begin the meeting promptly at 6:30pm.  You will get a first-hand look at the new Cub Scout program!  Remember, Pack 118 will be providing the new Cub Scout handbooks for each boy!

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to let me know.  This email address is the best way to get in touch with me.  I look forward to seeing you all next week!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118
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May 26, 2015

Good Morning, Pack 118!!

I hope you are all ready to come out to our Star Wars Regatta tonight!! We will be meeting in the front parking lot; you can’t miss us!! Please plan to arrive between 6:15 and 6:30. The last boat registration will be at 6:45 pm. After that, we will get started!! There will be awards for the top three places in each den, top three overall, best decorated boat and best costume!! We will have an Ice Cream Truck on site!

On Sunday (June 7), we will meet at the NASCAR Hall of Fame for a visit from 2:00 – 5:00 pm. This will be a fun time! We will get the school rate: Kids – $11.00; Adults – $16.00. We have plenty of spaces open. If you are planning to go, please see Robert Burke this evening at the Raingutter Regatta. We will accept payment tonight or at the HOF on June 7.

We will have a swim test for those boys going to Cub Scout Day Camp and Webelos Adventure Camp (and anyone else who wishes to swim at a BSA function over the next year) on Wednesday, June 3 at 7:00 pm at Sardis Forest Swim Club. In case of thunder and lightning, the make-up date will be June 9 at 7:00 pm at Sardis Forest Swim Club. I will send out directions to the club in a future email.

Until I see you tonight, May the Force Be With You!!

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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May 18, 2015

Good Evening, Pack 118!!

Just a reminder (as if you needed one) that we will have our Formal Pack meeting tomorrow night!! This is our final formal meeting before summer break!

We will serve dinner starting at 6:00 pm in the gym. The meeting will start about 6:30, as soon as everyone is finished eating. Many thanks to the Tiger Den, who will arrive early to help set up the gym, prepare and serve dinner. This meeting will be a little longer than normal, since we are graduating out dens after a year of hard work!

Next week, we will meet in front of the church, in the parking lot for our Raingutter Regatta. Please arrive between 6:15 and 6:30 pm. We will start the races as soon as we have everyone entered into the computer system. Our cut off for entering boats is 6:45 pm, so please be sure to arrive by 6:30!

Robert Burke is arranging a visit to the NASCAR Hall of Fame on Sunday, June 7. If you are interested, please find the sign up sheet tomorrow night, or reply to this email to reserve your spot!

We are finalizing our Swim Test for Cub Scout Day Camp and Webelos Adventure Camp, and we should have information about that tomorrow night as well. We are fortunate that Andrew Kupfer has been approved to administer the swim test again this year. We will have it at a local swim club one evening over the next couple of weeks. This will allow us to pass on the opportunity to drive out to Belk Scout Camp, stand around in the burning sun for a few hours just for the few minutes that the swim test requires. I look forward to seeing you all there. (Yes, beached whales need to pass the swim test, too!)

If you have been contacted by Tessie Dodrill (or if you are contacted by her over the next week or so), please respond promptly, as she is doing her best to get all of our paperwork together for both the Cub Scout Day Camp and the Webelos Adventure Camp.

I look forward to seeing you all with your boys dressed in their full uniforms tomorrow night at 6:00 pm!!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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May 4, 2015

Good Evening Pack 118!!

Tomorrow night at 6:30 pm, we will have a den meeting.  This starts out our last month of meetings before the summer!!  Tomorrow night, you will also receive your Raingutter Regatta kit.  This is different kit than we have used in the past. And will require a bit more work to complete than the past kits.

The Tiger Den will be meeting at McClintock Middle School on Rama Road between the railroad tracks and Monroe Road.  You should meet Robin Williams outside the front doors at 6:30 pm.

The Bear Den will begin work on earning the privilege to carry a knife at certain Cub Scout activities.  The next two meetings will cover the Shavings and Chips portion of the Bear badge and the Whittling chip card.  This requires mandatory participation by parents or guardians, so at least one parent or guardian should be with each boy.  If the adult does not attend tomorrow and the next week’s meeting, then your Bear scout will not be allowed to work with a knife, and will not earn the Whittling Chip card that is required to be carried with his knife at Cub Scout events.

The Webelos and Wolf dens have great meetings planned, so you don’t want to miss them!

Here is our schedule for the remainder of May:

May 5 – Den meeting.  Meet in the Scout room at 6:30 pm sharp

May 12 – Den meeting.  Meet in the Scout room at 6:30 pm sharp

May 19 – Formal Pack Meeting.  Dinner at 6:00 pm(ish) in the Gym.

May 26 – Raingutter Regatta.  Meet in front of the church  about 6:30 pm.  (Actual time to be determined)

Please understand that this is the last month of our Cub Scout year.  All achievements should be completed and entered into CubTrails by May 12.  If you have trouble accessing CubTrails, please see your den leader tomorrow night to ensure you gain access in time to get the achievements entered.

We will have more details about the Formal Pack Meeting and the Raingutter Regatta coming soon.

Yours in Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118


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April 26, 2015

Good Evening, Pack 118!!

Please remember that this Friday, May 1, is our Spring Camping Trip.  We will camp at the Hiddenite Family Campground on Friday night.  There will not be food available in the immediate area (and we are not cooking as a pack), so be prepared to drive about 20 minutes to a restaurant, eat before you get there, or bring dinner to eat at the campground on Friday night.

Saturday morning, we will awake to the delicious aromas from our very own Bistro 118!  After we clean up breakfast, we will drive over to the Foothills Equestrian Center and earn our equestrian beltloop.  For this portion of the trip, it is required that all cubs wear closed toe shoes.  Sneakers are great, or boots with very little tread are good.  After lunch we will head back to Hiddenite to learn about gem mining in that area and look for gems ourselves.  After that, we will return to our campground and prepare dinner. Saturday night, there will be a movie presented by the campground.

Sunday morning, we will have breakfast, a short devotional, and then break camp and return home.  Robert will have details on Rocky Face mountain at the campground, which may be something you will be interested in doing after you leave the campground on Sunday.  It is a small mountain in the foothills region, and affords tremendous views of the surrounding area.  On a clear day, you can see the mountains of North Carolina very well.

I need to have a firm headcount for all parties by tomorrow night, so if you have not already done so, please visit the SignUp Genius link to sign up for the trip by Monday, April 27, by 5:00 pm.  If you have not paid your $35.00 per person for this trip, I will collect that when you arrive at the campground on Friday afternoon (cash or check).  Here is the link:

Driving directions to all points has been uploaded to the “2015 Spring Trip – Hiddenite, NC” folder on the Documents page.  Please be aware that I-77 North is a parking lot beginning just south of the I-485 interchange.  This means very slow traffic up through Mooresville on Friday afternoon.  The stack up begins just after lunch and continues well into the evening.  An alternate route is to travel NC 16 North.  You will have to pull directions for the last bit near the campground, but this route will probably be faster on Friday afternoon.

If you have any questions about the camping trip, please do not hesitate to contact me via this email address.  I look forward to seeing you on Friday in Hiddenite, NC!


Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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April 17, 2015

Good Morning Pack 118!!

I found out a couple of days ago that I have been dealing with the Foothills Equestrian Center near Hickory, NC; not the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center in Tryon, NC.  It turns out that this is a good thing, though.  The facility in Tryon, NC is hosting the Block House Steeplechases on May 2.  That means that we would be having a great time with 20,000 of our closest pals, all of whom would be dressed in their spring finest.  Oh, by the way, they also will have been tailgating since 7:30 in the morning.  Basically, if I had contacted them, as I thought I was doing, this trip wouldn’t have gotten off the ground.

So, two days ago, Robert Burke and I went into Eagle Scout mode, and we’ve come up with a better solution than our original plan!  We will now be camping at a great campground in Hiddenite, NC called the Hiddenite Family Campground.  We have arranged for a group camping area near the central pavilion.  This gives us a large covered area in case of bad weather.  Hiddenite, NC is just northwest of Statesville, NC.   You can either drive up I-77N to I-40W to US-64W, or you can go up NC 16N to avoid the stack-ups on I-77N.  Without traffic, this is 1:15 up I-77 or 1:31 up NC-16 from St. Stephen UMC.

On Saturday morning after breakfast, we will go over to the Foothills Equestrian Center just north of Hickory, NC.  It is about 25 minutes away from our campground, and is just north of Hickory, NC.  We will have the same program that I’ve been talking about, with several stations for us all to participate in.  After the activities, we will have a cookout, complete with smores!  One thing to note is that the adults have an option to ride in the horse ring when your group of boys is taking their lesson.  You can either take the lesson with the boys, or you can ride on your own at the other end of the ring.  The cost for this is $10.00 per adult.  This is in addition to the $35.00 trip fee.  If you would like to do this, please send me an email, and I will let Foothills know how many adults will be riding.

After lunch, we will drive back to Hiddenite, and go the Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine to see what we can find.  Did you know that Hiddenite, NC is the only place on Earth that the Hiddenite semi-precious gem is found?  This area is also a place that you can find several different semi-precious gems and other very interesting rocks and minerals.

After we are finished mining, we will return to our campsite to prepare a delicious dinner.  After dinner, we will be treated to a movie in the pavilion, courtesy of our Campground!

On Sunday morning, we will have a delicious breakfast, again courtesy of the famous Bistro 118, hold a brief worship service, and then clean up and head home!

Now, here’s what I need you to do:

  1. Go to: and sign up for this trip.
  2. Attend our informal Pack Meeting next Tuesday, 4/21, and pay the $35.00 per person trip fee.
  3. Arrive at the Hiddenite Family Campground on Friday, May 1, in the afternoon.
  4. Have an awesome weekend with Pack 118!!

I appreciate those of you who have already signed up on the link above, and those of you who have paid.  You don’t need to do this again.  I really need to have everyone else who wants to go sign up by next Monday, April 20.  This is needed to give the Foothills Equestrian Center, the Hiddenite Family Campground and the Hiddenite Gems Emerald Hollow Mine our group count so they can make adequate preparations for our visit.

Driving directions prepared by Robert Burke for all driving portions of this trip have been uploaded to the Documents page under the “2015 Spring Camping Trip – Hiddenite, NC” folder.  If you have any questions about this revised trip, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.

By the way, Robert Burke recommends that all cub scouts have a pair of Jungle Boots, shown in the second attachment.  Jonni Hovan has found both Jungle and Desert Boots in kids’ sizes at Ollies for $15.00.  I have found that a good pair of closed toe shoes is all that you will need to ride the horses.  If you happen to have English riding boots or Western riding boots (p***-kickers), you are welcome to bring those to ride in.  We will probably be creeking at the mine, so bring either a pair of waterproof shoes/boots, or expect to get that pair wet and bring a second pair to wear after the mine activities.

Please let me know if you have any questions.  I look forward to seeing you all on Tuesday, April 21 at our Informal Pack Meeting!!

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118



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April 15, 2015

Good Morning, Again, Pack 118!!

This is the second of two emails that I’m sending out this morning.  This one is about Cub Scout Day Camp!

On June 15 – 19, Etowah District (our district within Mecklenburg County Council) will host our Cub Scout Day Camp at Belk Scout Camp.  The theme this year is NASCAR, and it will be a ton of fun!  As a pack, we meet each morning at St. Stephen UMC to carpool over to Belk Scout Camp in Midland NC.  This is just past Mint Hill, and is on the border between Mecklenburg County and Cabarrus County.  The camp runs from 9am until 4pm, when we carpool back to the church.

Tessie Dodrill is our Day Camp Coordinator (and she is the expert at this!).  Due to everything that has been going on with our calendar recently, we have decided to extend our registration deadline until next Tuesday.  By that meeting, you should have your camp forms filled out and turned in to Tessie, along with your payment for the Day Camp and any extras you would like.

Here is a link to the Day Camp website that has the forms you will need:

Cub Scout Day Camp is a huge amount of fun for the boys!  My son, Cole, has attended the past two years, and he is looking forward to going again this year!  This camp is all about the boys!  There will be stations for them to swim, boat, shoot bb guns, shoot bows and arrows, learn about nature, and do crafts.  The older boys will also get to climb the rock wall and ride bmx bikes.  This is an opportunity that you won’t want your son to miss!  Day Camp is one of the awesome things about being a Cub Scout, and it is a great way to ease back in to the summer schedule after school is over for the year.  (What could be better than to absolutely wear them out every day for a week?)

One more thing to know is that Etowah District has Camperships available.  Last year, many of them went unused.  This year the Etowah goal is to make sure that every Cub Scout who wants to go to Day Camp, gets to go to Day Camp.  If you need assistance, please find the Campership application on the link above and fill it out.  Tessie will process that application with the rest of our Pack’s applications.

Remember, next Tuesday is the absolute deadline to sign up for Cub Scout Day Camp!

Always Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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April 15, 2015

Good Morning Pack 118!!

This is the first of two emails I’ll send out this morning.  On Friday May 1, we will meet at the Orchard Lake Campground to begin our Spring Camping Trip!  We will camp here for two nights, visit the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center (FENCE), and have some fabulous meals together.  For those of you who have camped with us, you know what a treat you are in for!  For those of you who haven’t camped, you don’t know what you’re missing!

What I have found in my years as a Boy Scout and as a leader in Pack 118 is that a bond is grown between boys who camp together.  It doesn’t matter whether they are tent-mates on a hike of the Appalachian Trail, or family camping in Cub Scouts.  Camping is where friendships are honed.  If you haven’t camped before, then you are with the right group of people!  We have no less than six Eagle Scouts involved with our pack!  In addition, we have families who have camped too many times to count, so we have the experience to help families new to camping.

The campground is a beautiful place.  It has been visited by our Assistance CubMaster, Robert Burke, in preparation for this trip, and we have a very nice section of reserved just for us.  The meal process is seamless!  We will have a den assigned to helping prepare and cleaning up for each meal, and those of you who want to learn to cook outdoors will have Tom LaFauci, the expert of experts, leading the kitchen crew!

This will be an awesome camping trip, and I am really looking forward to it!

Here is a link to a Sign-Up Genius site in which you can make your reservations.  Please take a moment to do this today if possible, so we can get a good idea of the number of people going.  The link will stay active through next Tuesday, so if you need a few days to think about it, that is no problem.

In addition to signing up through this link, you will need to bring a check for $35.00 per person to the meeting next Tuesday.  This will pay for the campsite, the activities at FENCE*, where we will work on our Equestrian Belt Loop, your meals all day Saturday (including smores!) and breakfast on Sunday.  (*Adults will have an opportunity to ride in a ring at FENCE, when their group of boys is riding.  The boys will be given a lesson.  The adults can choose to take the lesson or ride on their own within the ring.  The cost for each adult to ride will be an additional $10.00.  If you would like to do this, please let me know.)

So, you have four steps to take:

  1. Click the link to the Sign-Up Genius above and make your reservations for this Incredible camping trip.
  2. Pay $35.00 per person at the next Cub Scout Meeting.
  3. Contact me via email with the number of adults in your party who would like to ride.
  4. Get ready to have a great weekend with your family and your Cub Scout family!!

If you have already paid, we have your payment, but you still need to go to the Sign-Up Genius link.  If you’ve noted your interest for this trip on paper, we have that, but you still need to go to the Sign-Up Genius link.  Remember, the sooner you do this, the better prepared we can be for this trip!  If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me via email.

Yours In Scouting!

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118





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April 14, 2015

Good Morning Pack 118!!

Here is a quick (and late) reminder that we will have a Den Meeting tonight at 6:30 pm!  Please look for any correspondence from your Den Leaders.  I know that the Tiger Den will be meeting at the CMPD Providence Division Office on Wendover, and the Wolf Den will be meeting at Elizabeth Trosch’s house in Medearis.  If you need either of those emails, please let me know and I will forward them to you.  I look forward to seeing our older scouts in the Scout Room at St. Stephen UMC tonight at 6:30 pm.  We will start promptly, as both dens have a full meeting planned, so please be on time!

On May 1-3, we will be going on our Spring Camping Trip!  We will camp at the Orchard Lake Campground near Saluda, NC and doing some activities at the Foothills Equestrian Nature Center near Tryon on Saturday morning.

  • We will arrive on Friday afternoon/evening at the Orchard Lake Campground and set up our campsite.
  • Saturday morning, Bistro 118 will serve an amazing breakfast!  After clean-up, we will drive over to FENCE for a morning full of activities.
  • Saturday afternoon will be on your own to hang out at the campground (with several activities), or visit the towns in the area.
  • Dinner on Saturday will be served by Bistro 118.  After clean up, we will have campfire activities and SMORES!
  • Sunday morning, we will have another delicious Bistro 118 breakfast.  Following a worship service and clean up, we will head home.

The cost for the trip will be $35.00 per person.  On Saturday, everyone should be in our Pack 118 t-shirts (Class B’s).  The boys should wear their den hats.  On Sunday for the worship service, the boys should be in their Class A cub scout uniform.  Parents and siblings can wear what they want to the service.

Here are links to the campground:


I will send out a Sign-Up Genius link shortly that you can use to reserve your spot on the trip.  I will be taking payments for the trip tonight at St. Stephen and next week at St. Stephen.  You can pay with cash, credit card, or check.  Please understand that you should respond to the Sign-Up Genius link and pay in person to go on this trip.  When I send out the link, I will include more details about the campground and campsites available.

If you have any questions about the trip, I will be happy to answer them tonight, or you can send me an email and I will respond.

I look forward to seeing you all very soon!!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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April 4, 2015

Just a quick (but late) note that Pack 118 will not meet tonight, due to CMS Spring Break!  We will meet next Tuesday (April 14) at 6:30 pm in the Scout Room at St. Stephen UMC (unless your den leader instructs otherwise).

If you have not yet completed all three of the recharter forms:  BSA Health Form (Parts A & B); Pack 118 Release form (for photos); & the Family Information form, please do that before next week.  You are welcome to scan and email the Release and Family Information forms to me at this email address.

Please consider whether you would like to sign up for Cub Scout Day Camp (see Tessie Dodrill’s emails), or the Webelos Adventure Camp (our preferred dates will be July 9-12, but that is subject to change by the council) for current Bear and Webelos Scouts.  If you have any questions about either of these two summer camps, please email me.

I look forward to seeing you all next week!


Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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