Announcements & News
This Sunday is our Arrow of Light Ceremony at Bay Area Park where all of our graduating Webelos II scouts will be bridging over to their chosen Boy Scout Troops. This is a very special event where we celebrate the accomplishments of these boys as they start their next adventure in scouting, so I encourage you to attend. Near the end of the ceremony each scout will cross the bridge and be welcomed into their new Boy Scout Troop by representatives from their troop, followed by a reception with snacks/drinks at the Scout Hut.
Webelos I and Bear dens will attend as you have a role in the ceremony. Wolf and Tiger scouts are welcome to attend as well, we just ask that parents help keep your scouts sitting still and respectful of the ceremony. All scouts wear class A uniform.
Location: Bay Area Park at 7500 Bay Area Blvd. We will meet at the fire pit area next to the Scout Hut on the left side of the main road after you enter. Map: https://goo.gl/maps/txMknwHBpa72
Time: Ceremony starts at 5:00pm, some of you will need to arrive early to help prepare (see below). Please arrive at your prescribed time to allow us to start on time.
· The graduating Webelos II scouts (Lightning Dragons & Robotic Raptors) should arrive by 4:00pm to start setting up the ceremony area with Class A uniforms. After setup, be ready for a quick walk through of the ceremony by 4:30pm. Scouts should know the Boy Scout Law, the Boy Scout Oath and how to tie a square knot. All graduating scouts should have a length of rope looped onto their belts for the rope circle later in the ceremony (supplied by your den leaders).
· The Webelos I scouts (4th grade) should arrive by 4:30pm to set up the snacks for the reception.
· The greeting den (Bear Den 2) should arrive by 4:45pm and be ready to hand out programs to the arrive guests. Everyone else plan to arrive by 5:00pm.
See you all on Sunday!
I meant to get this note out sooner, but wanted remind everyone that our Blue & Gold Banquet is on Sunday (Feb 26th). This is the annual banquet in which we celebrate the anniversary of scouting’s foundation in the US as well as the achievements of our scouts so far this school year.
Event – Pack 958 Blue & Gold Banquet
Location – American Legion #490 at 11702 Hwy 3, map: https://goo.gl/maps/h6GUcnXXhgx
Date – Feb 26th
Time – 5:00pm – 6:30pm
The Bears will be hosting this event and they have a lot of fun games planned for the scouts to learn and enjoy. The American Legion post 490 has generously offered their facility for us to use again this year, but this time the dinner will be potluck. The Bear leaders should be contacting all den leaders to let you know what each den can bring, and we can set up a sign-up sheet on google docs as well to make sure everything is covered.
Since food will be provided it will be important that we get a good headcount for attendance. We need EVERYONE please RSVP at the link below as soon as possible:
Even if you can’t attend please open the link and indicate that at the bottom of the form.
In addition to the special activities we will also be awarding any belt loops or pins earned in the past month. If your scout has completed any of these, please update Scout Track by Wednesday, Feb 22nd so that your scout can receive his award at the banquet. Thanks and see you on Sunday!
Yours in Scouting,
The school fair will be this Saturday, February 11th. Every year, Pack 958 runs the Ring Pop booth. This is a VERY popular booth at the fair and we need your help to make it successful! Each den has been assigned a 50 minute time slot to work the booth. Scouts should wear their Class A uniform while working the booth. Den leaders should plan to work the booth with their scouts. If a den leader is unable to help out, please make sure that there is adult supervision.
Booth Set-Up: 10:15 to 11
- We need all scouts and parents to help set up the booth. There are over 800 soda bottles that need to be transported from the stage to the booth area! We normally pass these "fire brigade style". The more scouts and parents on hand, the faster this will get done!
11:00 - 11:50 - Arrow of Light Den 3 and 3B
11:50 - 12:40 - Tigers Den 7
12:40 -1:30 -Bears Den 2
1:30 -2:20 -Wolf Den 4
2:20 - 3:10 -Wolf Den 6
3:10 - 4:00 - Webelos Den 5
Booth Tear-Down 4:00 - ???
-Any scouts still in attendance at the fair should help. This should be a fairly quick process as most of the soda bottles will already have been claimed as prizes!
Thanks in advance for all your help!
Ring Pop booth coordinator
It’s time to start off 2017 with some good old scout fun and prepare your car for some Pinewood Derby racing action! Pinewood derby kits were passed out at the December holiday party so hopefully you already have one. If you were not at the party then please contact your den leader to obtain your kit (they picked up extras for anyone who was not there).
If you would like some help designing and building your car (especially if this is your first time, or need to borrow tools), we will be hosting our Pinewood Derby Build Day this coming Saturday. Here are the details:
Pinewood Derby Build Day
Where: Gilruth Live Oak Pavilion at Johnson Space Center (map attached below)
Day: Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017
Times: 10am to noon
Tools available: one band saw, one belt sander, one drill press, and pit tools. We will also have a few extra kits available if needed.
The Live Oak Pavilion is located on the south side of the Gilruth Center gym near the small jogging track.
We will be outside so dress appropriately if the weather is cold.
Please have your design drawn on your car before you arrive to help save time with the tools!
Draw the outline on one side and on the bottom (the side with the axle grooves).
In addition to speed awards for each rank and overall pack, we will give appearance awards listed included below. The car construction rules are included in the second attachment.
You can also find lots of great tips and design ideas on the internet (try Googling “Pinewood derby’ don’t forgot to check out the pictures).And if you like podcasts check out “How Pinewood Derbies Work” from Stuff You Should Know.
· Most Creative
· Best Cub Scout Theme
· Fastest Looking
· Best Vehicle Not a Car
· Best Use of Color
· Judges Choice / Hard Luck
A reminder that we will be having our pack holiday party at our pack meeting on Monday, Dec 12th at 7pm. We will be meeting in the Northpointe cafeteria this time. In addition to awarding scouts any belt loops and pins they have earned, we will have Christmas carols, games, and snacks! We will also be handing out pinewood derby kits to each scout so you can start thinking about your design for the race in January.
See you all Monday evening,
A reminder that our next pack meeting is on Monday, Oct 24th. We will meet in the Northpointe Elementary gym at 7pm. In addition to some Halloween games, we will have our Bobcat ceremony where all of our new scouts will be recognized and awarded their first rank patch.
For all new scouts who joined last spring or this fall: Please make sure that you have completed the Bobcat rank requirements with your scout and have recorded completion in Scout Track at www.scouttrack.com. This is the only way we can officially track what your scout has completed, so this must be completed ASAP in order to be awarded his Bobcat patch on Monday. This is easy to complete so please take care of this, we don’t want anyone to feel left out!
If you can’t access your Scout Track account or need help, please let me know right away. Or let your den leader know you have completed the Bobcat requirements and he/she can enter into Scout Track for you.
Pack meeting responsibilities:
Setup – Wolf Dens (arrive by 6:45pm)
Opening / Closing Flags – Bears
Raffle – Tigers
Cleanup – All
The San Jacinto District is hosting a rocket launch event for all new scouts in the area who joined at the beginning of the school year and received a rocket as part of the rally promotional. The event will be held this Saturday (Oct 8), 4pm, at Parkgate Community Church (3715 Preston Ave, Pasadena, TX 77505).
The event is free but you must register individually to ensure that they will have an engine for your rocket available on site. The following link has additional information regarding what to bring, safety information, and a link to the registration page. Don’t forget to have your scout write his name on his rocket.
Note that the district will need to see a copy of your annual health and medical record (parts A & B). If you already completed one and sent to me, you will still need to bring a separate copy on Saturday since this is a district-level event not a pack event.
Let the countdown begin!
My name is Bruce Blazine, and I am this year’s Pack Camping Chair! This means I’ll be helping the Pack plan and coordinate the camping trips over the next school year. So, when is our first campout? Glad you asked…!
· WHAT: Pack958 Fall Camping Trip
· WHERE: Martin Dies, Jr. State Park (2.5-hrs NE of Houston)
· WHEN: 9/ 30—10/2
· RSVP: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up now!
· REGISTRATION DEADLINE: 9/26 Pack Meeting.
· COST: $20 per campsite per night. Each site can accommodate up to 8 campers. Feel free to combine with other families in your Den. Usually two tents per campsite is best. There is also a $4 daily adult entrance fee (kids under 12 free).
· NEXT STEPS: Decide if your family is going. If you already know that you are coming then sign up via email at email@example.com. Note that we require a completed BSA medical form for every scout, adult and sibling attending (complete parts A&B of the attached form, plus immunization record, and copy of medical insurance card front and back).
We have 18-camp sites reserved. Each site has electricity, water, and nearby bathrooms. Specific activities for the weekend are still being planned, but there are lots of fun options such as hiking, geocaching, wildlife viewing, fishing, swimming, playground / outdoor games, and hands on activities in the nature center. Of course we will end the day on Saturday with our traditional evening campfire with jokes, skits, stories and s'mores. In the weeks ahead, I will be sending out a list of what to bring (for those first-time campers), meal planning suggestions, caravan details, and other information to make planning for our first campout as enjoyable as possible.
YIS,Bruce ‘Camping Chair’ Blazine
Use this sheet to sign-up for your desired time slots at Lowe's (Gulf Freeway location): Link to Sign-Up Sheet
Welcome back to another great year of scouting! Our first event of the year is our fall rally / sign up night next Monday (Aug 29th), 7pm at the Northpointe Elementary gym. This is our big opportunity of the year to recruit new scouts into our pack.
We will be accepting dues for the year at this meeting ($75 per scout, $50 each additional scout in family), selling class-B pack T-shirts ($10 each), and will have a sign-up sheet for our fall campout, so don't forget your checkbook. Also remember to have your scout wear his class-A uniform if he has one. If you joined the pack this past spring and don't have yours yet that's ok.
We'll meet together in the gym as a pack with each den sitting together in groups on the floor in front of the chairs. New boys will also sit with their den group according to what grade they are in. We'll start at 7pm with a flag ceremony and some opening remarks, then the scouts and new boys will be dismissed to the cafeteria for activities and games while I give an informational presentation about our pack to the new parents and take new applications. The leaders of each den rank will have an activity planned to keep the boys occupied and engaged. We have volunteer parents assigned who will be helping in the gym with applications and sign-up, but if you don't have a specific role during rally night we ask that parents accompany your den to the cafeteria to help your den leaders manage the scout activities and keep the chaos to a minimum. Appreciate your help to make new families feel welcome and to help answer any questions!