Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Cub Scout Fun Day

This Saturday is the Longhorn Council's Cub Scout Fun Day.  

Cub Scout Fun Day is an annual day of activities for families, den and packs.  Initially our Pack was going to have our annual Rocket Launch on Saturday but it was moved to Sunday so if you are looking for some fun for BOTH days, head out to Tarrant County College this Saturday.

Dozens of fun activities to do and displays to see!  Activities include 8 bounce houses, petting zoo, BB, archery, flour battles, jousting, walking the plank, softball toss, face painting, lassoing, monster tag, climbing wall, cub scout golf, leather crafts, monkey bridges, bowling, ring tosses, challenge games, wrist rockets, pipe crawling, reptile show, frisbee golf, wagon hoop racing, chariot racing, soccer, lawn fishing, and lots of new games! Plus the Council Pushmobile Derby (extra charge – separate form).


This is a family or den activity.  Cub Scouts and Webelos can participate in each activity as a den or with their family.  Arrival time is open: arrive at any time.  Pre-registration is requested and appreciated, as is will help to properly plan program and events.

Be sure you bring your own drinks and if you want to make it an all day event, pack your lunch and bring it with you!

If you want to attend, the early bird discount ($13 cub/sibling $4 per adult) ends tomorrow at 5pm.  Registration forms and payment may be taken directly to the Council office.  After 5pm tomorrow and walk-ups will pay $18 per Cub/sibling and $5 per adult)

To register, click here, and print out the form.  

Activities are from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. with an hour braek for lunch.  They resume at 1:00 p.m. and run until 4:00 p.m.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Annual Rocket Launch

Please make plans to join us Sunday, November 2 at 3pm in the field outside the Hallelujah Center for Pack 1910's Annual Rocket Launch.

Due to the location of this year's launch, our MC and host for the event, DARS (Dallas Area Rocket Society), has suggested that the only rockets we use should be those requiring a 1/4A, 1/2A and A motors with streamers / not parachutes.  These won't go as high, but we also shouldn't lose as many!  We are trying to keep the launch local as the area we utilized last year is not available due to construction.

For the rocket launch you will need to bring your fully assembled rocket, motors, igniters, pins and wadding. DARS will provide the launch pads.

I have taken the liberty to contact Estes and they suggested something similar to either a Wizard or a Firestreak SST for launching.  The major difference is that with the Wizard, the boys will have to measure, mark and glue the parts together to assemble the rocket and the Firestreak is molded from plastic and simply snaps together (requires no gluing).  The Wizard is pictured here:   and here is a copy of what you get in your kit:

The Firestreak and its kit's contents:

Rocketry may be new to your family and seem somewhat impossible... please don't be intimidated because it is a LOT OF FUN! Hobby Lobby sells rocket kits and you can use an app or download a 40% off coupon as well.  The kits come in a variety of levels of difficulty to assemble.  Some are "RTF" (Ready To Fly), "ARF" (Almost Ready to FLY), "E2X" (Easy to Assemble) and so on.  

1/2A3-2T Rocket EnginesAlso to note, when we speak of "motors," we aren't talking battery operated engines, we are talking about these guys (pictured right).  These engines come complete with an igniter and pin for each.  So, don't lose the little plastic pieces or the two pronged igniter.  Please be sure to PURCHASE THEM as kits do not include engines since many rockets can be launched by several different engine sizes.  
Also pictured is the "recovery wadding."  You will also need this for your repeat launches.

Recovery Wadding

I warn you, however, rocketry can be quite exhilarating!  Bring those cameras....and visit the DARS website for more information on their next public launch.  They have some launches where they shoot off the BIG DOGS!  It's definitely an amazing sight to behold.  

As with all Pack events, this is open to siblings so if brothers / sisters want to launch, they can bring their own rockets, too!

October Pack Meeting

cub-scout-ghostWe will be having our October Pack Meeting on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church's Hallelujah Center.

Be sure to have your Scouts bring in his GENIUS KIT to show off and at the display. 

The Scouts and LEADERS should definitely wear their Halloween costumes to show off in the costume parade. (Parents and siblings can get in on the costume fun too.)

Find out what all the Dens and the Pack have been up to and get the latest information for the upcoming months.

Be sure to bring all your popcorn money and orders (checks made payable to Pack 1910) to turn in.  

Den assignments:
  • Greet/Gathering - Webelos II
  • Flag Ceremony – Webelos I
  • Opening / Prayer - Bears
  • Skit - Wolves
  • Song - Tigers
  • Closing - Webelos II

Local BSA Establishments

One of the perks of living in the area that we do is that we are just a few miles away from two awesome Boy Scouts of America establishments 1) the Scout Shop and 2) the National Scouting Museum.

Scout Shop
As most of you should know, the Scout Shop is located on Cannon Drive in Hurst just south of Hwy 26 off of Precinct Line.  It has everything you could probably want or need for your Cub Scout.  From t-shirts to uniform, awards and hats, insignia and camping gear -- they have it all.


National Scouting Museum
BSA Museum LogoThe National Scouting Museum is located in Irving and offers some unique opportunities for Cub Scout Dens, Webelos Dens, Packs, Boy Scouts and Boy Scout Troops.  One of the many perks is the opportunity to take classes for specific Webelos activity badges.  I hope all of our Webelos and Bear parents make note of this.  It is inevitable that you will miss a den meeting or two, and so this is one way to ensure that your Scout stays on track.  These classes are taught by some of the best Scouters around.  There's not really a way to fall grossly "behind" in Scouting because it is, after all, DO YOUR BEST, but this definitely provides an alternate learning source for those missed meetings.  Check out their website today!

Friday, October 17, 2014

October Pack Hike

The Pack 1910 Hiking Club will meet this Saturday for the October Pack Hike.  

Let's face it -- one of the main reasons boys want to join Scouts is to get OUTDOORS!  There's no better way to do that than getting out for some good ole fun on the trails!  We want to be more a outdoor-oriented Pack and keep our boys ACTIVE!  We will keep the OUT in scOUTing!  Attendance at these events is completely optional, but... you know you want to come!  

The 3rd Saturday of every month, Pack 1910 will have a Pack-wide hike at varying locations somewhere in the D/FW area.  Hikes will be anywhere between 1-4 miles.  Oh, and did I mention that we will be logging miles!  Why?  Because for logging miles -- the boys will receive AWARDS for specific miles along the way.

One of the great things about taking part in a pack hike is that the boys will be on their way to earning the Hiking Belt Loop and/or Activity Pin as well.  To find out more about that, click here.  Simply print it out and once it is complete, turn it into your den leader.  You must earn the belt loop before you can earn the pin.  (Note:  you only need to turn in the first page if you are only seeking the belt loop.)

October's hike will be Saturday, October 18 at 9:00 a.m. at Bob Jones Nature Center in Colleyville.  The scheduled trail is the Walnut Grove National Recreation Trail.  You can find a link here with the trail maps.  From there, we will hit the trails as a group after going over important information on hiking, the buddy system, and such.  We will be going to the trail head that is where White's Chapel deadends into the lake area... you will park there and pick up the trail from there.  I will be there early to determine exactly where to park and will send out an e-mail on Scout Track.

Parents, please take a look at Pack 1910's Hiking Club packet for more information on what to bring, what to wear, etc.  It would be good to go over this with your scout BEFORE they show up to a hike.

If we have an avid hiker or parent that would like to become the Pack Hiking Chair, please contact April.  Many hands makes light work and we need to be sure we are all helping make the Pack "go".  

If you plan to attend, please be sure you e-mail April so that we know to expect you. All Pack events are FAMILY FRIENDLY but please do not bring pets.  

Another real helpful application to download to assist you and your boys is an application called Map My Hike.  I was told this was a must have by the Nature Center Staff.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

October's Core Value - Responsibility

The Core Value for the month of October is RESPONSIBILITY.

Responsibility is something Cub Scouts teaches by having boys fulfill our duty to God, country, other people, and ourselves as well as fulfilling our duty to help others and take care of ourselves. It is behaving safely and appropriately without having to be told. 

  • Being responsible for things makes us learn and grow.
  • Knowing you can be counted on to make the right choice creates a feeling of self worth.
  • Being counted on to do what you say you're going to do teaches internal qualities and characteristics you can't buy in a store or hope for... it just has to happen.

How can we teach RESPONSIBILITY?
  • Have your children do chores.  Have them be responsible for seeing the trash cans at the curb and bringing them inside the garage -- without being told, or paid to do so. 
  • Let your children be responsible for a pet or a plant... Here is a fun chia sock pet you can make together at home.