Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Popcorn Selling Tips

While we want full participation from every Scout, we want to make sure that we are reminding them not only of what they should be doing to make sales, but also what they should be doing to STAY SAFE!

  • ALWAYS wear your uniform
  • ALWAYS smile and introduce yourself
  • ALWAYS tell your customers why you are selling popcorn
  • KNOW the different kinds of popcorn you are selling
  • ALWAYS say "Thank You"
  • ALWAYS make a copy of your order form
  • ALWAYS have a pen

  • NEVER enter anyone's home
  • NEVER sell after dark unless you are with an adult
  • DON'T carry large amounts of cash with you
  • ALWAYS walk on the sidewalk and driveway
  • ALWAYS sell with another scout or with an adult

Have your Cub practice what he's going to say.  Write it on little cue cards.  Let him stand in front of a mirror.  Rehearse with him.  Ask him questions he might get so that he knows how to respond.

Hi, my name is ___________, and I am a Cub Scout with Pack 1910. I'm selling popcorn to raise money for the things I like to do in Scouting like ______________. This popcorn is DEEEEEEEEElicious and there are many different kinds to choose from. Will you please help support me in Scouting? 

(Always be sure they say "Thank You" when you are done whether they make the sale or not.)

Monday, August 22, 2016

Let's Get Popping!

This page on our blog has all the new and pertinent information on our annual fundraiser! It talks prizes, deadlines and everything else!  We need everyone to sign up for at least one slot in our Show & Sell drive, you have the ability for On-Line Sales that are now tied into your over-all totals for incentives AND we will be doing take-order sales beginning September 1.  The Sign-Up Genius can be found HERE.  

And ALL the information can be found by clicking RIGHT HERE

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Popcorn for Parents

A great watch on the benefits you may not realize your son is gaining from participating in this sales program that benefits not only our pack but Longhorn Council as well!  

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Why Choose Scouting? It Brings You Together as a Family!


Raingutter Regatta

We are two weeks away from our last summer adventure -- Pack 1910's Annual Raingutter Regatta, pizza party and ice cream social! This is our highly anticipated end of summer back to school blast and we look forward to seeing you all there!

Have a friend interested in Scouting? This is a great introductory activity to show them all the fun we have in Cub Scouts!

Kits are available NOW by picking them up from April's. Just call or text to arrange pick-up. 817-301-3163.

The "official" rules and regulations on this event can be found by clicking {HERE} Be sure that you have logged into Scoutbook and RSVP'd so that we know you're coming. The cost is $7 per person or $28 max per family.  The PayPal payment button is LIVE and can be accessed on our Pack's payment page HERE.

What to bring?
  • Completed regatta boat
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Sunscreen
  • Towels
  • $7 per person (exact change or check made payable to "Pack 1910")
  • Drinks for your family. 
This is a BRING YOUR OWN DRINK event. No glass containers please.

We look forward to seeing everyone for the last event of the summer and the last weekend before SCHOOL STARTS! (I can see the moms smiling right now as they read this!). So, don't forget... RSVP for the race and...

Pizza, fun, sun, ice cream, friends... what more could you ask for?! See you there!

Thursday, August 4, 2016


Pack 1910 has partnered with the City of Keller's Adopt-A-Street Program and now we have our own designated stretch of road to help keep our city beautiful!

We are now responsible for the one-mile stretch of Johnson Road between Chandler and Pearson.  

More information will be provided to our den leaders in order to utilize this opportunity for community involvement and clean up activities.  

All of us working together makes it easy to do our part to continue to...

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

We Keep the OUT in scOUTing

ScoutingWire, the official blog of the Scouting movement, published an article by Scott Olson, market intelligence manager for the Boy Scouts of America, called Ask the Expert: Why Camping Should Be On Your Family's To Do List.  I wanted to share part of it with you because it directly correlates with why Pack 1910 is upping our camping program.  

Why is Camping Important to the Boy Scouts of America?
In addition to the basics of survival and conservation, older Scouts instruct younger campers in the basics of wilderness training, plant science and perfecting a camp’s food storage plan. Essential skills are passed from generation to generation resulting in rewarding youth-led and adult-guided experiences. 

At the Cub Scout level, camping has become an integral part of the advancement path so that the youth are prepared for the adventures of Boy Scouts.  Speaking of Boy Scouts, did you know that Boy Scouts can earn more than 136 merit badges, most of which involve outdoor experiences. Therefore, camping trips go a long way toward putting a Scout on the path toward Eagle.

The typical American’s first camping trip occurs before he reaches 18 years old. The Physical Activity Council, an association of sports recreation and leisure activity companies, surveyed 10,778 Americans in early 2015. The survey asked 6 to 24-year-olds which of 104 activities they preferred. Respondents consistently choose camping and swimming.

Researchers discovered 28% of us did nothing last year! That’s right – 83 million are sedentary. Camping encourages us to be active and enjoy the outdoors resulting in three main benefits:

First, improved physical health.
  • We feel better – Oxygen emitted by plant life releases serotonin, a molecule essential to feelings of happiness and well-being. You can even lower blood pressure and body strain in the outdoors.
  • Clean air and water – Lower levels of pollutants result in fewer lung irritations and illnesses.
  • Greater physical fitness – Per hour calorie consumption increases for campers. Hikers burn 120-300 calories, fly fishers burn 200. Biking and swimming, gathering wood and building a temporary shelter results in healthy calorie burn and increased flexibility.
  • Sunlight – Moderate sun exposure increases Vitamin D – essential for healthy bones and teeth.
  • Natural food – Fishing and hunting provides nourishment without preservatives. And camp food just tastes better!

Second, greater mental health.
  • Socialization – Improved mood from face-to-face interactions, teamwork and bonding without distractions.
  • More Sleep – After a full day of outdoor activities, the body achieves more natural sleep when the sun goes down.
  • Solving Problems – You can apply skills to overcome unexpected challenges and promote self-sufficiency by collaborating with your camping party.
  • Discovery – Learn about plant science and build trust from working with domesticated animals such as horses and dogs. Be prepared to prevent insect bites and predator intrusions.
  • Minding nature – The outdoors challenge you to minimize trash and leave your camping space cleaner than you found it.

Third, camping is fun! 
As evidenced by posts on the Boy Scouts of America social media pages, people love to camp and comment on successful Scout camping expeditions. Check out the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting magazine, Boys’ Life or High-Adventure bases Facebook pages, Twitters and Instagrams.

Because of this beautiful trifecta, we have upped the ante in our camping program agreeing to participate in more Council-sponsored events as well as our three Pack campouts to provide our Scouts every opportunity to experience Cub Scouts as it was intended -- OUTSIDE DOING!  Besides having our monthly hikes, we will be camping October 7-9 (with the option to attend the Council Fall Festival and Haunted Hayride the following weekend for those die-hards that can't get enough), November 11-13 at the Council Camporee, January 6-8 at CUB-O and March 31-April 2.  

Won't you join us?

Monday, August 1, 2016

A Boy's Eyes


"I'd like to be a Cub Scout"
His eyes were deepest blue.
"I'd like to learn, and play, and build
Like Jim and Freddy do."

"I know how to use a hammer;
I can drive a nail if I try.
I'm eight years old, I'm big and strong
And hardly ever cry."

I gave him the application
and parent participation sheet.
His eyes were filled with sunshine
as he left on dancing feet.

Next day, my friend was back again -
a dejected little lad.
"I guess I'll skip the Cub Scouts."
His eyes were dark and sad.

"My Mom is awful busy -
she has lots of friends, you see.
She'd never have time for a den;
she hardly has, for me."

"And Dad is always working -
he's hardly ever there.
To give them any more to do
just wouldn't be quite fair."

He handed back the papers
with the dignity of eight years,
And, smiling bravely, left me.
His eyes were filled with tears.

Do you see your own boy's eyes
as other people may?
How he looks when you're "too busy"
or "just haven't time" today?

A boy is such a special gift -
why don't you realize,
It only takes a little time
to put sunshine in his eyes.

(Credit given to Pat Beardslec, Den Mother, Hawthorne, California)

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Cub Scout Purposes - Character Development

Cub Scout Purposes – Character Development

In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will talk about Character Development

1. Character Development6. Respectful Relationships
2. Spiritual Growth7. Personal Achievement
3. Good Citizenship8. Friendly Service
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness9. Fun and Adventure
5. Family Understanding10. Preparation for Boy Scouts
Character Development is one of the Purposes of Cub Scouting.  Character development isn’t just one of the purposes of Cub Scouting, it’s also one of the Aims of Scouting—The big 3—Character, Citizenship and Fitness.  And it’s listed as number one in the Cub Scout purposes.  I’m not sure it they are listed in order of importance but the fact that it’s a purpose and an aim tells me that it’s a pretty major part of Scouting. Since its origin, the Scouting program has been an educational experience concerned with values. In 1910, the first activities for Scouts were designed to build character, physical fitness, practical skills, and service. These elements were part of the original Cub Scout program and continue to be part of Cub Scouting today.
What is Character?  When I googled “What is Character” the very first definition that came up defined it as “The mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual.”  The next definition I found was “A pattern of behavior, thoughts and feelings based on universal principles, moral strength, and integrity” and still another was “The combination of mental characteristics and behavior that distinguishes a person or group.” And since we are talking about this in connection with Cub Scouting, here is what it says about Character “Character can be defined as the collection of core values by an individual that leads to moral commitment and action.” So what are those “core values”?  Those listed in the Scout Law of course: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent.  Those are the values that we want boys to have. Those are the character traits that we are trying to build.Scout Law defined

What parent doesn’t want those attributes for their children? Whether a mother of boys or a mother of girls its obvious to see that society as a whole would be much better if we all lived by the Scout Law.
How do we do it? In the Cub Scout program, the particular part for teaching character development used to be called “Ethics in Action” then it became “Character Connections”. Both of those were specific to the previous “Cub Scouting’s 12 Core Values” which were a bit different but quite similar to the 12 points of the Scout Law. In the new program, there are Character Compass icons in the boys’ handbooks as well as reminders in leaders’ manuals to reflect on one of the values listed in the Scout Law. In the Cub Scout Leader Book it tells leaders to “Take every opportunity to point out how an activity or service project your Cub Scouts are doing connects with the Cub Scout ideals (Scout Oath, Law and Motto) Again from the national website it says “Character development should extend into every aspect of a boy’s life. Character development should also extend into every aspect of Cub Scouting. Cub Scout leaders should strive to use the 12 points of the Scout Law throughout all elements of the program—service projects, ceremonies, games, skits, songs, crafts, and all the other activities enjoyed at den and pack meetings. Character development should challenge Cub Scouts to experience core values in six general areas: God, world, country, community, family, and self.”
Character Compass WolfCharacter Compass – What’s that? As Cub Scouts work on the adventures in their handbooks, they will notice the Character Compass symbol. A compass is a tool that guides a person from place to place. Character is how we act, and it guides our entire lives. This compass will be a guide to one or more of the 12 points of the Scout Law. Every time Cub Scouts check the compass, it will remind them of how the activities in each adventure are related to the Scout Law. This may also help them think about how the points of the Scout Law guide their way in Cub Scouting and in daily life.
Are we succeeding? According to a recent independent study done by Tufts University the answer is a resounding YES!  Scouting builds character!  Scouting was put to the test over the course of three years, when a research team from Tufts University worked with theBoy Scouts of America’s Cradle of Liberty Council to measure the character attributes of both Scouts and non-Scouts — all with a goal of better understanding the character development of youth as it was happening. The project, surveyed nearly 1,800 Cub Scouts and nearly 400 non-Scouts under age 12 using both interviews and survey data. In the beginning, there were no significant differences in character attributes between the two groups. By the end, however, the differences were striking in several areas: hopefulness, helpfulness, obedience, cheerfulness, kindness, trustworthiness.  (notice some of those scout law values in there)Tufts Study
And of course they also found that those that regularly attend, are engaged and involved in packs with engaged programs gained even more.  That’s just common sense right?  Tufts Key Findings

Of course for those of us involved in scouting, part of the reason we are involved is because we believe and have seen the influence for good on the boys. (And on us leaders too).  So for those of you who are true Scouters none of this will come as any surprise but for those who are sitting on the fence or are opposed to Scouting, there is proof that Scouting really does help build character in boys. The program delivers what it aims to deliver. You can read more about the Tufts study here.  And here.  And here too.

Posted by the Utah National Parks Council authored by Annaleis Smith.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Jump Into Scouting!

Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park | Kids Birthday Parties & Corporate Events

It's time again for another fun summer outing with Pack 1910!  This time, we are headed to Jumpstreet Indoor Trampoline Park in Colleyville!

Want all the fun details on this event?  Keep reading my friends!

WHO? Pack 1910 Scouts, Siblings, Friends and Parents -- yep! Scouting is for EVERYONE!

WHAT? Jumpstreet indoor trampoline park -- time to get your jump on!

WHERE? Jumpstreet Colleyville

WHEN? Tuesday, July 26 from 6-8pm

WHY? Because it's fun! Plus -- it's exercise... AND IT IS INDOORS! (Anyone else ready for this heat to end!?!)

COST? The event is $12 per person payable at the door.

DRESS CODE? Please wear your pack t-shirt -- and socks! Socks are required.

NOTE:  A waiver must also be signed for each child participating. (Choose the Adult / Child) waiver.  Using their online form, you can complete waivers for multiple children at the same time.

They have printed waivers there, obviously, you can sign as well. No worries.

I would recommend bringing a water bottle and a small stringed backpack or something for them to keep that and their shoes in. LABEL EVERYTHING. Leadership there will help try to keep an eye on anything but just know that they will need to be responsible for their belongings.

Parents are welcome to stay and visit or you may drop and enjoy dinner and return for pick up.

LEADERS/PARENTS: Please RSVP on Scoutbook for yourself ONLY if you will be choosing to stay with April at the facility with the kids as a point of contact if they need any assistance over the jump time-frame (Please wear your Pack t-shirt).

Don't forget that by participating in just one event per month, your Scout will earn the Summertime Achievement Award.

Get your dodgeball arm ready!

There's a special place for those aged 4-7

They are all going to bounce, run, jump and have a blast!

Cub Scout Purposes - Spiritual Growth

Cub Scout Purposes – Spiritual Growth

In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will talk about Spiritual Growth 
1. Character Development 6. Respectful Relationships
2. Spiritual Growth7. Personal Achievement
3. Good Citizenship8. Friendly Service
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness9. Fun and Adventure
5. Family Understanding10. Preparation for Boy Scouts 
Before we can talk about how Cub Scouting helps a boy’s spiritual growth let make sure we all have an understanding of what I mean when I say “Spiritual Growth”  So, Let’s look at a few definitions I found online in no particular order:
  1. Spiritual growth is the process of becoming more and more like Jesus Christ.
  2. Spiritual growth is a life-long process of manifesting the acts of the flesh less and producing the fruit of the Spirit more.
  3. Spiritual growth is simply matching my practice with my position.
  4. Spiritual growth is the personal development to enlarge the diameter of the sphere of consciousness.
  5. The process of inner awakening, and becoming conscious of our inner being.
Blue QuestionmarkOkay, I’ll admit some of those make sense to me and some make me think “What?” so let’s just say that no matter how you define spiritual growth – I think it’s one of those things that is SO personal and SO… well for lack of a better word, spiritual… that I’m not sure that it really can be defined in a way that makes everyone happy. So let’s get on to the HOW part.
Scout Oath and Law – The first part of the Scout Oath is to do one’s best “…to do your Duty to God…” and the last of the 12 points of the Scout Law is Reverent.  And since (at least in my experience) we usually say the Oath first and then the Law this creates a bit of a spiritual sandwich if you will.  We start with God, put lots of other good things in there like duty to country, helping others, being trustworthy, loyal… and finish with Reverent.  This reminds us first and last that Scouting is an organization that believes in God.  Sometimes we have a mistaken belief that we can’t talk about God at Scouts.  Wow!  That is SO not true.  In fact I think if we don’t talk about God in Scouting then we are doing a great disservice to the boys.
Duty to God AdventuresDuty to God adventures – In the Cub Scouting program there is a Duty to God adventure that is required for each rank (except Bobcat).  The BSA Statement of Religious Principle “maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God.” 
Religious Emblems programs – The Religious Emblems programs are programs created by the various religious groups to encourage youth to grow stronger in their faith. The religious groups—not the Boy Scouts of America—have created the religious emblems programs themselves. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the recognition to be worn on the official uniform, but each religious organization develops and administers its own program. 

BSA Religious Emblem/Knot
BSA Religious Emblem/Knot

Outing in Scouting – We as Scout leaders have some unique opportunities to point out how beautiful God’s creations are and help teach a respect and love for all He has given us. There experiences and feelings that boys feel while outside learning about, enjoying and just being outside that they may not feel anywhere else.  
Leader “Shout-outs” – That seems an odd term when talking about spirituality but I think you know what I mean. Those times when an leader makes a specific effort to point out how Duty to God factors into the current activity. A leader that guides a reflection/discussion after an event and asks the right types of questions can get boys to think about how what they do during the week relates to what they learn on Sundays.
Duty-to-GodDuty to God – I can’t conclude an article about Spiritual Growth without linking to my all time favorite video about Duty to God. Hopefully most of you have seen this video created by the LDS church a few years ago with some great quotes by Baden Powell, Jimmy Stuart, John Wayne and others.  If you haven’t seen this before it is worth watching.  It’s worth showing to your boys at a den meeting, to the families at a pack meting. A very good explanation of where and how God fits into Scouting.
Article from the Utah National Parks Council member Annaleis Smith and can be found in full here.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Cub Scout Purposes - Friendly Service

Cub Scout Purposes – Friendly Service

In a continuing series we are taking a look at some of the reasons WHY Cub Scouting is important and relevant as well as HOW we achieve those purposes. This week’s article will be about Friendly Service. 
1. Character Development 6. Respectful Relationships
2. Spiritual Growth7. Personal Achievement
3. Good Citizenship8. Friendly Service
4. Sportsmanship and Fitness9. Fun and Adventure
5. Family Understanding10. Preparation for Boy Scouts 
Part of the Scout Oath that every Cub Scout learns is “to help other people at all times.” What does that mean to a Cub Scout?  At this age, most boys are aware of how their actions affect others. He is learning that he can be a force for good. And he can choose to be helpful. Not only does he need to learn to give service, but he needs to give friendly service. To me, that means with a cheerful heart, with a smile on his face, to do so willingly.  Giving service goes hand in hand with citizenship, with family and with character development.  Learning to think about someone other than just yourself is part of growing up. Even young boys of Cub Scout age can learn that it’s good to help other people and that you feel good when you do.
What kind of service can Cub Scouts do? 
The Cub Scout adventures have many requirements that allow them to provide service. But we don’t have to wait for a requirement to have Cub Scouts provide service.  Boys should be taught to look for opportunities everywhere.
The first place to start may be to ask yourself, or them, WHO they can give service to. Cub Scouts can serve their parents, their siblings, their friends, their neighbors, their charter organization, their school, the community, the world. Is there really a limit on who they can help? I don’t think so. Yes, it’s true that there probably are some projects that are just too big or too heavy for these little guys to do that might be better handled by the Boy Scouts, but Cub Scouts are capable of more than just picking up trash in the neighborhood (I think that is the #1 Cub Scout Service project). And while that IS a good thing to do, let’s try to think of other things they can do too.
scouting-for-food-350Scouting for Food –  Food is collected for local food banks. As a Pack, we can distributes bags/fliers before the pick up date and the Boy Scouts do the actual picking up. Most Cub Scouts are big enough to help with both parts of this annual service project. It might be good to help them see the end result as well as the beginning.
Collections – Are you collecting something else to donate to a hospital or shelter or other organization?  Books, coats, gloves, toys or anything else?  Cub Scouts can help.  Many Cub Scouts are not yet at the age where they care what others think of them, so they are often more willing than older boys to knock on doors (with the proper adult supervision of course) and ask their neighbors to contribute (and they are so cute… that can’t hurt). There are lots of things that need to be collected and donated to various organizations and Cub Scout boys can help.
Cub Scout Outdoor ServiceConservation Projects – While some boys may not be big enough to do some of the heavy lifting of trees, rocks, etc, they can certainly help rake, shovel, pull weeds or plant small plants.  And yes, they can help pick up trash too.  Boys love to rake up leaves—especially if they are given a little time to play in them first.  
Flag Ceremonies – There are many different types of meetings that could start with a flag ceremony from the local pack. How about roundtable or a PTA meeting?  What about a city council meeting or a local sporting event? This is something Cub Scouts can do. Cub Scout Flag Ceremony
Simple Ordinary Things – Cub Scouts learn that there are simple things they can do every day to be of service to someone.  Unload the dishwasher without being asked.  Give up their seat on the bus to an elder.  Hold the door open for a teacher.  Play with the new kid at school.  Make your brother’s bed—it’s best if you do it in secret. Help bring in the groceries.  Read to a child.  Share your toys.  Give a hug when someone is sad.  Smile.  It doesn’t take much to make a difference every day.
It’s good to teach boys to do service quietly—secretly, even—and to not expect anything in return. It was the Boy Scout in London who would not accept a reward for helping the American find his way that led said American, William D Boyce (founder of the BSA), to seek out Baden Powell to find out what this Scouting thing was all about. However, it also helps to know just how much good is done by scouts.  So once you have done those service projects as a den or pack be sure to record them on the Good Turn for America website and report that service project too (Journey to Excellence item #8, Service, requires reporting it).
Giving friendly service in simple ways as a Cub Scout will lead to bigger ways as a Boy Scout and even bigger ways as an adult. Don’t discount the good that can be done in the world by your average Cub Scout-age boy.

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Thanks to those scouts who joined us for the first-ever Cardboard City Lock-In at the Family Life Center this Saturday!  We talked a little about homelessness, city planning, recycling and had some fun making some awesome shelters!  Take a little look-see.

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