TOP PRIORITY – RECHARTERING – On December 19th, we will be meeting at Closer Walk Church for our yearly rechartering with Boy Scouts of America. The fee will be $36. For those unfamiliar with the rechartering process, in order to be considered a registered scout with BSA and thus eligible to earn awards, participate in council functions, and be covered by their insurance policy EACH scout, leader, and unit must pay a yearly rechartering fee. Those scouts who joined us in September paid a prorated fee of $12 which enrolled them in said benefits until January 31st, 2018. In order to continue to be considered a registered scout, we must collect this fee on Rechartering Night and turn over the necessary funds and paperwork to council. All rechartered scouts will receive their Pinewood Derby car kit that evening. To ease the burden of this fee during the holidays, our committee has elected to postpone collection of pack dues of $50 for those scouts who didn’t participate in the popcorn fundraiser until January 31st, 2018.
NEXT WEEK – ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY – Also on December 19th, we will be having our annual Christmas Party at Closer Walk Church. (6:30 PM) The scouts will be treated to Dr Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas in the sanctuary, refreshments (“Christmas” Popcorn and bottled water), and get to vote on the three derby car design themes for the 2018 Pinewood Derby. Scouts will not be required to wear their Class A uniforms; any Christmas attire is encouraged. There will be no awards issued at the pack meeting this month. All awards earned during the month of December will be awarded at the kickoff pack meeting on January 2nd, 2018 for the second half of our Scouting year.
2017-18 PACK T-SHIRT – We are happy to annouce we will be moving forward with this year’s Class B T-Shirt. These t-shirts are considered acceptable wear for all active wear den meetings, camping, service projects, and outdoor practical experience meetings, but NOT for Pack Meetings or for Public Service visits (police, fire, etc). If you signed up for the order, please bring $12/t-shirt on December 19th and see the appointed collection representative that evening. Should you still wish to order a t-shirt for your scout and/or yourself, you are more than welcome to sign up on December 19th (provided you have the funds necessary that evening).
SCOUT SUNDAY – A scout is Reverent. We will be showing that reverence by participating in a scout themed worship service at Closer Walk Church on February 11th, 2018 (10:00 AM). Scouts who attend will be eligible to participate in the opening flag ceremony, pledge, oath, and law, and offering collection. Please show your support for our charter organization.
PINEWOOD DERBY – We will be conducting our annual Pinewood Derby race on Saturday, February 17th (time TBA) at Closer Walk Church. All rechartered scouts will be eligible to participate in the racing fun (scouts who do not recharter will not be eligible to progress to district, regional, and national races). There will be trophies for first, second, and third place in each den, in addition to three themed car trophies and a Cubmaster’s Choice trophy (based on theme and/or scout’s display of sportsmanship).
CYBER CHIP – NetSmartz Online Safety program sponsored by Boy Scouts of America is an optional scout adventure you and your scout can do independantly of den meetings. If you do not wish to partake of this opportunity, it will have no bearing on your scout earning his Rank Badge for the year. For returning scouts, a new device (pin) has been created by BSA national supply to recognize those boys who have “recharged” their Cyber Chip.
BAND APP – In effort to provide a more secure, but significantly more advanced notification system, we are switching to the social media app BAND. Available both in a desktop and smartphone format, BAND will allow our leadership to provide alternate meeting time/location calendar events with GPS coordinates, provide unhindered uploads/downloads of files and photos, polls, chat, and text notification all in a secure format. Upon joining you will find all the familiar information and media currently found on this website and other social media outlets have been transferred seamlessly to BAND. Check it out on your preferred App Store or visit BAND’s website!
SCOUTBOOK – Our Pack Leadership has decided to enroll in Scoutbook, an online tool for den leaders and parents to easily track the progress of each individual scout in their den. Parents will be able to check off requirements completed at home and den leaders will be able to more efficiently track each scout’s progress to earning adventure loops, adventure pins, badges, and ranks. Enrollment for Scoutbook will go live on Tuesday, November 14th. We will provide more details on registering at the website that evening..
Remember to check back on this page regularly for updated information regarding fundraising, camping, and special pack events. Please keep in mind, the more people who volunteer, the better the program will run. This page will be updated every Monday night so should questions arise, they can be addressed prior to the weekly den meetings on Tuesday nights. If you have a pressing question that you would like answered (and isn’t already covered in the FAQ portion of this website), please email the pack at: firstname.lastname@example.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate individual.