Saturday, February 25, 2017

Blue & Gold - How the West Was FUN!


Thank you to everyone for joining us last night for our annual Blue & Gold Banquet.  It was such a treat to see those smiling Cub Scouts, proud parents, dedicated leaders, and some of my most favorite Scouters who were guests.  We do it all for them -- the boys!  We want their experience in this program to be everything it can so thank you for making that all possible!

We have some fun pictures to share!  Here is a LINK to them all. We would love you to add your photos to our album too!

It takes hard work to set up a Blue & Gold!  But Monica's magnetic personality kept us smiling!

Some of the amazing culinary creations for the Cake Bake Competition:
 

 

 


Banana, Bandanna... banana... bandanna... 

A Tigers hiding out in the jail.


Our den after receiving their Arrow of Light awards.



And (the ones I was able to catch) a photo of them pinning their moms...

 

  

 


Everyone received an awesome patch designed by our Committee Chair's friend, Corey Pankey, just for  this event! THANK YOU COREY!



Another amazing highlight to our evening was that our new Cubmaster, Chris Mahanna, was the first member of his Bear patrol from his Wood Badge course to receive his beads after completing his tickets.  Wood Badge is the highest level of training an adult leader can receive as part of the Boy Scouts of America.  It's a lot of work, a lot of time but it's also a lot of fun... and reaffirms your commitment to the program.  We are so proud of you Chris!



The evening was a complete success and we thank you all for spending it with us celebrating these young men and the anniversary of Scouting.



It's bittersweet to see them all moving on!   Another round of applause for our AOL den as they are moving on to Troop 1910.

Friday, February 24, 2017

Scout Sunday

Thank you to all of our Pack, Troop and Crew members who participated in the Scout Sunday services at United Methodist Church of Keller.  Seeing the faces of our membership in acts of selfless service, I believe, helps bring home the message of why we do what we do!  


Thank you to the Brunell family for sending in your photo of your boys in action!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Save The Date for Day Camp!


The annual Mustang District Day Camp held each June is definitely a highlight of our Pack's summer calendar.  This year's theme is CREEPY CRAWLIES!  How cool is that?

We have a whole page dedicated to all things DAY CAMP!  Click HERE for that information. It continually be updated as we have more information.

But the important information you need NOW is:

WHO: Cubs entering 1st grade in the fall - 5th graders 

WHAT:  The BEST Day Camp in our Council
WHERE:  Harvest Church on 377 in Watauga
WHEN:  June 5-9 from 8 am - 4 pm daily
WHY:  Because it's a BLAST
HOW MUCH:  $98 per camper** and includes a t-shirt, patch, cap, all program supplies and insurance. EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION ENDS MAY 8.  After that, the fee is $108.

We NEVER want money to be a reason for your Scout to NOT attend District Day Camp so if there is a need, please complete the campership form, submit it to Chris Mahanna or April Driggers and your fee will be reduced by 50%.  We absolutely treat these in the most confidential manner.

**Please note -- We are participating again in the Camp Card Sales to let the boys earn money to pay for and/or offset this fee.  For ever $10 camp card they sell, 50% (or $5) goes toward their day camp fee (or if they're not going to day camp, toward another event fee).


So again, SAVE THE DATE!  

Monday, February 13, 2017

Pack Meeting TOMORROW

Don't forget tomorrow, February 14, is the February Pack meeting!  Bring your valentine with you for a sweet evening of fun and games!  It's our annual Minute to Win It showdown!




Think you got what it takes?  Well, bring it!  We will give you 60 seconds to prove it!

As always, siblings are welcome to attend and participate.  Your den's assignments can always be found HERE so you can come prepared!

We will be finalizing Blue & Gold attendance, taking registrations for the spring campout and talking about our spring fundraiser, camp cards and so much more!  We can't wait to see you!  Be sure to RSVP on Scoutbook.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Camp Cards

Pack 1910 is pleased to announce that the 2017 Longhorn Council Camp Card fundraising program is about to get underway!  




By selling Camp Cards similar to the one above, Scouts can earn their own way to District Day Camp this June, Medieval Times this July or even to the USS Lexington which we will visit this September!  Units participating in the program earn 50% commission on each card.  The cards cost $10 each so each sale nets $5.00 to go into the Scout's Account. We are passing this commission to the individual scout account of the Cub Scout who sold them.  This is not a fundraiser for the unit, it's allocated for your Scout to use to pay for his way to Pack events.

Oh, and did I mention they best part?  This fundraiser is completely risk-free! That's right. Any cards you don't sell, you simply return them and you're done.  100% Risk Free. 


All unsold cards and funds are due to April at the Committee Meeting held May 1. 

What specific savings can the boys sell from these cards?


The top and probably the way to obtain the easiest sell is to show an automatic return of your investment by simply spending money at the grocery store -- we're feeding hungry boys so that's QUITE easy to do!

The big savings here that makes it an easy sell is that the cost of the card is $10, but as soon as they go into Tom Thumb or Albertsons and spend $100 in groceries, they get their $10 back. 

If you can get your son to sell 3 packs of 10 Camp Cards, that's a $300 sale and a $150 commission, or, stated differently, your Scout has paid for 100% of Day Camp and about 90% his entire fee to stay overnight on the USS Lexington in September!


Please note that while this is an OPTIONAL fundraiser, we want to encourage participation in order to lessen the direct financial burden on our Pack families.  While it is SO EASY (albeit sometimes painful) to write that check and pay their way, that fails to give our Scouts the opportunity to learn a valuable lesson in sweat equity by participating in THEIR program. Selling teaches perseverance and being thrifty.  Besides, every Scout deserves the opportunity to pay his own way.  

Cards will be distributed at the March Pack Meeting.  I encourage to you to do your best! It's a VERY easy sell!


RESERVE YOUR SCOUT'S CAMP CARDS HERE.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

Recognition

 Cub Scout Pack 1910 Cubmaster, Chris Mahanna, and Cmmittee Chair, April Driggers, had the distinct pleasure of representing Pack 1910 tonight at The Longhorn Council District Award Recognition dinner at The Fort Worth Club. 

Pack 1910's Popcorn fundraising was led by the one... the only, Jennifer Woodruff and without her nothing would have even been possible!  Truly blessed are we to have her as part of our unit!

The fundraiser efforts this year enabled the Pack to purchase a camping trailer for all of our equipment and supplies.  

We look forward to an even more successful fundraiser this fall!


Friday, February 3, 2017

Spot The Space Station

Watch the International Space Station pass overhead from several thousand worldwide locations. It is the third brightest object in the sky and easy to spot if you know when to look up.




Visible to the naked eye, it looks like a fast-moving plane only much higher and traveling thousands of miles an hour faster!

Following THIS LINK you can sign up to receive texts to be notified when the ISS is viewable from your location (Fort Worth is the nearest checkpoint for us in Keller).

The Spot The Station link provides information to explain what all the data means for the notification viewing availabilty.  In short, it answers just how to spot the station.

For instance, it will give you a text or e-mail that reads 

SpotTheStation! Time: Wed Apr 25 7:45 PM, Visible: 4 min, Max Height: 66 degrees, Appears: WSW, Disappears NE.


But what does all this sighting information mean?

Time is when the sighting opportunity will begin in your local time zone. All sightings will occur within a few hours before or after sunrise or sunset. This is the optimum viewing period as the sun reflects off the space station and contrasts against the darker sky.

Visible is the maximum time period the space station is visible before crossing back below the horizon.

Max Height is measured in degrees (also known as elevation). It represents the height of the space station from the horizon in the night sky. The horizon is at zero degrees, and directly overhead is ninety degrees. If you hold your fist at arm’s length and place your fist resting on the horizon, the top will be about 10 degrees.

Appears is the location in the sky where the station will be visible first. This value, like maximum height, also is measured in degrees from the horizon. The letters represent compass directions -- N is north, WNW is west by northwest, and so on.

Disappears represents where in the night sky the International Space Station will leave your field of view.





Happy ISS chasing

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

February Committee / Parent Meeting

PARENTS WANTED!!!  PLEASE ATTEND MONDAY'S COMMITTEE MEETING TO HELP THE PACK MAKE PLANS AND DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR SON'S SCOUT ACTIVITIES.

The Pack Committee helps ensure that our Cub Scouts are offered fun-filled and meaningful events through the year. 

Parents please attend and help enrich and strengthen our Pack. Topics include upcoming pack meeting plans, assignments for the next month and upcoming large-scale activities.  

We have a few leadership roles we would love to have filled and just by coming to these meetings -- you could help the Pack tremendously!  You can RSVP on Scoutbook or just show up!  The meeting agenda link will be posted in the Comments field below the event on the ScoutBook calendar.  We ask that you please print your own (no wasted paper).

The meeting is at 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, February 6.  We will be finalizing the Pack Meeting, Blue & Gold, discussing Pine Wood Derby and the Spring Campout.  Come join us!

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Friends of Scouting



Longhorn Council is a nonprofit Cub Scout & Boy Scout council that provides services, programs, camps, and facilities to over 30,000 youth each year in 23 counties in North & Central Texas. 

The Council’s purpose is to provide the programs and infrastructure necessary to support Scout leaders as they work with your sons to deliver an effective Scouting program; including: 7 camps & program facilities (from 150 to 2500 acres), 21 major Cub Scout weekend programs during the school year, 19 day camps, 2 Cub resident camps, 9 major Boy Scout weekend events, 3 full Boy Scout summer camps & the Texas High Adventure Base, adult & youth training sessions, recruiting support, offices in Hurst & Waco, records, registrars, and insurance. 

Our projects are funded with Friends of Scouting contributions by Scouting families and business leaders, by popcorn and Camp Card sales, by activity fees, and by United Way.

So, as you can see, the Friends of Scouting is a critical fund-raising campaign that assists the Longhorn Council in offsetting program costs and enables them to continue providing quality service. The true cost of Scouting is much greater that what local dues, camping and event fees cover. 

All packs, troops and crews are encouraged to participate in the campaign and we hope all families will take the opportunity to contribute, too. 

Our campaign will kick off February 1 and will culminate at the Blue & Gold Banquet on Friday, February 24. The Council has established our Unit goal of $1400.  We have exceeded this the past two years and hope that we can keep this momentum moving!   By meeting our goal, we will be able to have FREE RANK ADVANCEMENT for our scouts OR a 50% discount on registrations to attend the Fall Festival in October at Sid Richardson!

SO the next burning question is...




WHO WANTS TO BE THE SOURCE OF CELEBRATION? 
PLEASE HELP US MEET OUR GOAL!

The pledge can be a one-time gift, it can be a monthly or quarterly contribution – however it makes sense for you to meet your commitment, Longhorn Council can accommodate various billing requests. No gift is too big... no gift is too small... 


As a reminder, the budget to run the Scouting program throughout the Council is about $6.3 Million. Of this amount, $1.5 million comes from the Friends of Scouting effort – half of this amount comes from businesses throughout the community and the other half comes from the generous support of the families that participate in the program. It costs the Council approximately $300.00 per youth to operate the Program. The money is used to provide:

  • Free Council Camps to the Scouting Units of the Longhorn Council (we have utilized this benefit, camping out of council costs units PER PERSON for every attendee)
  • Maintenance and improvements to these campsites (Sid Richardson, Worth, Tahuaya)
  • Delivery of the Scouting Program to inner city youth that would otherwise not be introduced to the program
Please consider a pledge to the 2017 Friends of Scouting Campaign to help the Pack hit our goal. If you would like to make a pledge, please be prepared to do so at our Blue & Gold banquet.  We will have cards available there.  

If you want to see what some of the monies have been able to do in the past, please click here to see the What's New flyer.  It's also a great way to see some of the activities your sons can engage in when they become Boy Scouts, too!  Some of these upgrades are AWESOME!

In short, what we see is only about 20% of what actually goes on in Scouting.  We have professionals at all levels working to ensure this program is the best out there to prepare our boys for leadership and by giving them experiences they likely wouldn't have otherwise.  


Friday, January 27, 2017

Scout Sunday


You may have heard us discuss Scout Sunday or perhaps have seen some of the e-mails about it but you may not know exactly what Scout Sunday is or what purpose it serves or what exactly is the point of this day or observance.

Basically, on Scout Sunday, uniformed Scouts and Scouters across the country will greet their congregations, participate in worship services, receive religious awards and conduct service projects to benefit their place of worship and the community at large.

Scout Sunday is special for units such as ours that are chartered by a religious organization because it gives us a chance to be visible within the church body on a day meant to highlight and embrace the partnership between the church and the BSA units chartered therein. 

Members of other units that are not chartered by a religious organization will use this date to seek out opportunities to be of service on Scout Sunday in their own houses of worship as part of their Duty to God.  We are blessed to be part of a church home that welcomes our service to their organization.

One of my favorite blogs, Bryan On Scouting, wrote a great article on Scout Sunday.  You can read it here.

Our Chartered Organization, First United Methodist Church of Keller, welcomes our scouts and leaders to wear their Field Uniform and volunteer in various capacities at their services held Saturday and Sunday of Scout Sunday weekend. If you are not familiar with your church's Scout Sunday protocol or if there is not one in place, this would be a great time to reach out to the church leadership and find out how you can help promote scouting within your own church home.  The link above will give you examples of things to do.

Nationally, Scout Sunday falls on the Sunday before February 8 (which would be February 5 this year).  Because, as you know, February 8 is the anniversary of Scouting in America (or if you didn't, now you do!)

Scouts that wear their uniforms to church on Scout Sunday will earn a Scout Sunday patch for their brag vest. Please be sure to notify your den leader if you attend and serve.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Be Prepared... for a BLAST!



Don't forget to get those rockets built this week if you haven't already!  

Sunday, January 29 is our rocket launch!

See THIS POST for information on supplies, materials and kits to buy.  Oh, and be sure to RSVP ON Scoutbook so we know you're coming!  As always, siblings are welcome to build their own rockets to launch.  

Why not bring have your Scout invite a friend that would like Scouting and invite him to build his own rocket to launch, too.  If he joins, your Scout earns his RECRUITER patch to wear on his uniform! Pretty cool, huh?




Monday, January 16, 2017

Pack 1910 at the Lone Star Brahmas Game!

January Pack Meeting

It was great to see our creative and smiling cub faces at the January Pack meeting!  If you took photos, please send them my way!  I would love to have a full Google Photo album of Pack events!  We love to see everyone's perspective and close ups of their favorite Cub Scouts. 

Another post was made on the CUB-O winners and the campers who earned their Polar Bear patch for camping in below-freezing temps.  

At the Pack meeting, we talked about the Blue & Gold Banquet which is coming up next month!  Be sure to get your reservations made NOW by clicking HERE.  We need to be able to plan for seating, food and need your help to do so!

But back to the main event -- the CUBANAPOLIS!  You can view the whole album HERE, but here are some highlights!


 

 

 

 


Sunday, January 15, 2017

Congratulations!



Congrats to Pack 1910 CUB-O participants!  

Our Wolf den placed 20th out of 41 teams with a total of 135 points and our Webelos den placed 39th out of a total of 77 teams with 135 points as well.  Great job!

AND the campers earned their POLAR BEAR PATCHES for camping in weather that falls below freezing!  WHAT A BUNCH OF SUPER TROOPERS!