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Scavenger Hunt! July 29th at 8:30am

posted by Admin Pack958

Wolf Den 7 is throwing down the challenge to see who can solve our riddles and find the pirates booty.  If you are up to the task, join us at Challenger Park on Saturday 7/29.  We plan to start at 8:30 am to beat the heat.  Scouts, and of course siblings, must show their mental resolve in solving the clues and their physical strength as they scour the park.  We will setup near the far end of the parking lot.
 Details:
  • WHAT:  Pack958 Scavenger Hunt
  • WHEN:  Saturday, July 29.  8:30am—10:30am
  • WHERE:  Challenger Seven Memorial Park, 2301 W Nasa Blvd, Webster, TX 77598, USA (map)
  • WHAT TO BRING: 
    • Water
    • Sunscreen
    • Thinking Hat
- Alex and Troy McCracken (Wolf Den 7)

Rocket Launch! July 8th, 8:30am

posted Jul 5, 2017, 8:12 AM by Admin Pack958

Hope everyone’s Summer is going well!  The question now is… are you ready to launch some rockets??  Come join your friends in Pack958 next Saturday, 7/8, at Sylvan Rodriquez Park to launch your own model rocket.  We are starting early, at 8:30am, to try to avoid the heat as much as possible.  This event hosted by the Bears and is open to all incoming Scouts to the Pack—and their siblings, of course!

If you do not have a model rocket yet, you can find kits in a variety of experience levels at any hobby store, such as Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.

Details:

·         WHAT:  Pack958 Rocket Launch Party

·         WHEN:  Saturday, July 8.  8:30am—10:30am

·         WHERE:  Sylvan Rodriguez Park (1201 Clear Lake City Blvd)

·         WHAT TO BRING: 

o   Model Rocket (built & ready to fly)

o   Spare Model Rocket Engines

o   Small Tools (glue, tape, etc)

o   Hat

o   Sunglasses

o   Sunscreen

o   Water Bottle

o   Camera

·         WHAT WILL BE PROVIDED:

o   Launch Tower with Launch Controller (but bring one if you have one already)

- Bruce Blazine


Roller Skating & Laser Tag! June 17 at 1pm

posted Jun 14, 2017, 9:35 AM by Admin Pack958

The Den 4 Bears are hosting our Pack’s first summer activity this year.  What better way to beat the heat and get some fun exercise than going skating indoors!   While we’re at it, we plan to play lazer tag too.  So, come join us roll our way into the summer and have fun with our friends at SkateWorld in Pasadena this Saturday.

Here are all the details:

What:  Pack Summer Activity #1 – Skating

When:  June 17, 2017  @ 1pm

Where:  SkateWorld Pasadena

               2606 Cherrybrook Lane

               Pasadena, Texas  77502

Website Info:  http://skateworlds.com/pasadena/

Cost:  $8 per skater (includes Lazer Tag)

– admission is free if not skating

If you have any questions or need more info let me know.

Mike Nevills

Bears Den 4 Leader

832-993-7814 


Bridging Ceremony - May 21st at 5pm

posted May 8, 2017, 12:16 PM by Admin Pack958   [ updated May 16, 2017, 12:10 PM ]

The end of this scouting year is almost here!  A reminder that our rank advancement and bridging ceremony is planned for this Sunday evening (May 21st).

Time/Date - May 21st at 5pm
Location - University Baptist Church (outdoor pavilion) on Middlebrook Drive - map:  https://goo.gl/maps/uCpFaTapcK12

At this event we will recognize our scouts for all their hard work this year and award the rank patches that they have earned.  After this, each scout will cross over the bridge to start on the trail for next year’s rank, and will receive his new neckerchief and slide.

All new scouts joining the pack this spring are also encouraged to attend and bridge over with the pack as well.  Any new families who attended our rally night last month but did not turn in an application yet can do so on Sunday (including families with boys currently finishing kindergarten).  Just in time to join us for the summer fun!  I will also share the schedule for the summer activities we have planned as a pack. 

Afterwards we will celebrate with a reception, with hot dogs provided to roast over the fire.  The pack will provide the dogs, buns, condiments & drinks, but sides and desserts will be potluck.  Bring whatever sides or desserts you would like to share, and fill in what you plan to bring at this google sheet link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XebYVGLket3OLErH0H2ld3v3VbSl4MI_X9vHXd8VO8o/edit?usp=sharing

We will have the fire going so bring your marshmallows to roast for s’mores!

Pack meeting roles:

Bears – Bridge setup

Webelos I’s – Build/tend the fire, place neckerchiefs on bridging scouts

Wolf Den 6 – Opening / closing flags

Webelos I’s and Bears to arrive by 4:30pm to help with setup

Everyone else arrive in time to start by 5:00pm

Each family to bring:

Camping chairs

Skewers for hot dogs, marshmallows, etc.

Side item or dessert


See you all Sunday!

Houston Scout Fair - May 6th at Minute Maid Park

posted Apr 25, 2017, 12:04 PM by Admin Pack958

The Scout Fair is coming up soon, this is a huge Houston-wide annual event showcasing scouting and features tons of interactive exhibits, crafts and other activities for the scouts to enjoy.  I highly encourage everyone to attend this event and spend the day, there is so much to do and see.  Admission is free, only need to pay for parking.  More information can be found here:  http://www.samhoustonbsa.org/scout-fair.

At Scout Fair, Scouts of all ages converge to showcase their Scouting skills. Meet leaders and Scouts from your neighborhood. Sample the amazing dutch oven creations and other delicacies in the outdoor cooking area.

Visit the midway with over 90 experts representing merit badges. Enjoy live entertainment on the center stage. Watch demonstrations, interact with participating booths from our community partners...pick up free offers.

We will be hosting a booth again this year, this time we will be hosting a box hockey game for the scouts to enjoy.  Each den will cover a 1 hour shift during the day per the schedule below, and your den leader will be contacting you to confirm your ability to support.  So come help cover your shift for an hour, then spend the rest of the day exploring all the different scouting activities on offer.  Here is the shift schedule for our booth:

·         Setup, 10-11am – Webelos I

·         11am-noon – Tiger Den 7

·         Noon-1pm – Wolf Den 4

·         1pm-2pm – Wolf Den 6

·         2pm-3pm – Bear Den 2

We will also have the prize tokens that each scout earned selling coupon books available to pick up at our booth.  These tokens can then be redeemed for the prizes your scout earned based on the number of coupon books sold (there will be a scout shop area at Scout Fair where you can get your prizes).  More information including maps and our booth location will be coming out soon.

Raingutter Regatta / Spring Rally - Apr 24, 7pm!

posted Apr 22, 2017, 10:56 AM by Admin Pack958

Due to a scheduling issue with the school, the gym will unfortunately not be available for our pack meeting on Monday.  Instead, we will be meeting at Clear Lake United Methodist Church (16335 El Camino Real) for our raingutter regatta race and spring rally.  Link:  https://goo.gl/maps/YLCuC1T15V72

We will be meeting in the Great Hall in the Youth Wing (the building closest to Seafoam Rd).

Meeting time is still 7pm.

We apologize for the last minute change, but come on out for some boat racing fun and welcome any new scouts to our pack.  Since Monday is a rally event, please have your scout wear his class-A uniform to school that day (neckerchief & optional).  If you have invited any new families please let them know about this update.

See you all Monday evening,

Ronny

Arrow of Light Ceremony - Mar 26th at 5pm

posted Mar 24, 2017, 1:08 PM by Admin Pack958

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.

Arrow of Light Ceremony Assignments

Setup for Ceremony

5th Grade Scouts (Webelos 2)

Robotic Raptors

Building of fire

5th Grade Scouts (Webelos 2)

Lightning Dragons

Setup for Snacks/Reception

4th Grade Scouts (Webelos 1)

Webelos I Patrol

Ceremony Greeters

(Handout programs)

Bear Den

Bear Den

 

Akela

 

Order of the Arrow

Medicine Man

 

Order of the Arrow

Four Winds (4 adults)

5th Grade Scout Parents (4)

Beanye Mrozinski

Kerry Neyland

Tom Nutbrown

Kate Suratt

Passing of the Eternal Flame

Webelo 1 & 2  Scout

Alex Gonzalez

Ian Mrozinski

Arrow Ceremony – Placing of arrows on Plaque

Webelo 1 Patrol Den Leader

John Thomas

Clean up

Everyone

Everyone


See you all on Sunday!

Ronny

Blue & Gold Banquet - Feb 26th!

posted Feb 19, 2017, 11:04 PM by Admin Pack958

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:

http://www.pack958.org/blue-and-gold-rsvp-form

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,

Ronny

School Fair - Feb 11th!

posted Feb 7, 2017, 11:57 AM by Admin Pack958

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!

Jean Neyland

Ring Pop booth coordinator

Pinewood Derby Build Day Details - Jan 7, 10am-noon

posted Jan 6, 2017, 8:23 AM by Admin Pack958

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.

Appearance Awards:

·         Most Creative

·         Best Cub Scout Theme

·         Fastest Looking

·         Best Vehicle Not a Car

·         Best Use of Color

·         Judges Choice / Hard Luck

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