September 12, 2016

Good Morning Pack 118 families!

Welcome back to another year of Cub Scouting! We have a great year planned for you in 2016-2017! On September 24, we’ll start off our outdoor program for the year with a camping trip to McDowell Nature Center and Preserve. I’ll have a brief schedule for this trip below.

On Tuesday, September 27, we’ll have our first Formal Pack Meeting, which will be a combination of welcoming families back, the kickoff to our October Popcorn Selling Season, and a few awards thrown in just for fun! We have three weekends of Show and Sells set up, with plenty of space for your Scout to crank up his sales at these events. We will explain how the process works with a few tweaks from last year. This is a meeting that you won’t want to miss!

And then, just when you were starting to recover from selling popcorn and a Monday night Halloween, we have another camping trip set up for November 12-13! This trip will be at Belk Scout Camp, and will focus on the outdoor achievements that your Scout needs to earn his next rank. The focus of this trip will be on Saturday, with camping on Saturday night to round out the day.

Looking farther ahead, we’ll have a Supertrip to the Myrtle Beach Aquarium to sleep with a few of our closest buddies, who also happen to be sharks! We’ll round out the weekend with some Saturday activities and actually getting some sleep in a bona fide hotel room!

Our Blue and Gold Celebration will be on February 25. We will also cross over our Arrow of Light Den at this event. This will be one Blue and Gold you won’t want to miss!

And now, let’s rewind to the present! We have had a great start to our recruiting season, with eight new scouts signed up at the Open House and last Tuesday’s meeting! We will have tables set up at four Elementary schools over the next two weeks and we need your help! We have put out the call to our Den and Pack Leaders and we have a good start, but we need parents to be at these events, dressed in your Class B Pack 118 t-shirts to share your experiences with other parents looking for the right Cub Scout Pack for them. We are signed up for the following four schools:

  • Wednesday 9/14 – 6:00 pm – Greenway Park Elementary
  • Thursday 9/15 – 6:30 pm – Rama Road Elementary
  • Tuesday 9/20 – 6:30 pm – Lansdowne Elementary
  • Wednesday 9/21 – 7:00 pm – Cotswold Elementary

If you’re Scout attends one of these schools, please don’t be shy about signing up for the whole night or part of the night. If you can’t swing your own school, please consider another school to help with. There are a limited number of spots, so don’t be left out in the cold!! (or heat.) Please contact Ellen Zoutewelle if you can help at one of these schools.

Did you know, that over 70% of parents said that the recommendation of a friend or family member influenced their decision to sign up their children for activities? Don’t wait and see if your friends are part of a Cub Scout Pack. Talk to them today and invite them to a meeting! That is the way to grow a strong pack!

Here is a brief rundown of our September 24th camping trip:

Our campsites will be open on Friday (9/23) afternoon/evening, so if you would like to spend Friday night please let me know. There will be no additional fee for this, but you will be responsible for dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Our program will kick off on Saturday morning by 9:30. Please plan to arrive no later than 9:00 to allow time to find us and get your day gear out. Everyone should have breakfast in their tummies before they arrive. Our day will be spent in a combination of pack and den activities. In the morning we will have a few sessions on setting up your campsite and then fix a “bag” lunch.

We will all set out on hikes about 11:30 am and plan to eat lunch on the trail. Each den will plan this time to meet their individual requirements. For instance, the Tigers don’t have to hike as far as the Webelos. We can also make use of the Nature Center during this time.

Everyone should be back at camp by 2:30 for some down time and activities around camp. We will begin working on dinner, with different dens helping with different parts of the meal. We will eat about 5:00 pm. We will finish off the day with an informal campfire program and S’Mores!! After the sugar rush has begun, there will be family time, just to hang out with your Scout or with other families. Quiet time will be at 9:00 pm and lights out will be at 10:00 pm.

We will start off Sunday with breakfast at 7:30 am. Around 9:00 am, we’ll have a brief devotion and then an Introduction to the Leave No Trace Principles. At 10:00 am we’ll work on a light-duty service project. At 10:30 am, we’ll pack up and head home.

The cost for this trip will be $25.00 per person. This will cover the cost of the campsite and food. Your reservation will need to be in by Friday, 9/16 and payments made by Tuesday 9/20. We will have someone at the Lansdowne Elementary table ready to take payments for all of you Lansdowne families.

I look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday evening! We will start our meeting at 6:30 pm sharp with our opening ceremony and a few brief announcements before heading into our den meetings. If you have any questions about this information or anything else about Cub Scouts or Pack 118, don’t hesitate to ask. If we don’t know the answer, we know where to find it!

Yours In Scouting,

Martin Zoutewelle
Cubmaster, Pack 118

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