Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Youth Protection Training

The Boy Scouts of America require that ALL registered leaders in our program be Youth Protection Trained.  As a Pack, however, we strive to have EVERY PARENT (registered as a volunteer or not) to be trained.  Why?  It's free.  It's easily accessible online.  It requires a mere 20-30 minutes of your attention.  Plus, face it, it's just a good idea in any youth program to have everyone on the same page.

To take Youth Protection training go to My.Scouting.org and create an account. You’ll receive an email notification with your account information, including a member ID/reference number.

From the My.Scouting.org portal, click Home then My Dashboard from the menu list. The My Training page displays to take Youth Protection training. Upon completion, you may print a training certificate or save it to .pdf to e-mail to Pack leadership.  Training will be automatically be updated in the BSA's system and associated with the member ID/reference number issued when you created the account.  If you are a registered BSA volunteer, you can insert your BSA membership ID number into your account profile so that they are linked.  If you don't know your BSA membership ID number, you can go back and enter it at any time.

Of all the things we do for the boys -- this one is vital to the safety and integrity of our program. Please take the time to complete YPT training today.  The online module certification is good for two years.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Sleepover With America's Team

Welcome to the 2015 Scout Sleepover opportunity offered by America's Team.  The greatest scout sleepover yet is only a month away! Don’t be the only scout to miss out on a night to remember at the home of our favorite team, the Cowboys!  Everyone is welcome to come out & participate!  Yes, the entire family can come!

The registration form (pictured above) can be found HERE.  

• Welcome Pizza Party • 
 Self-Guided Tours • 
 Field Activities • 
 Hot Air Balloons • 
 Movie on Big Screen • 
 Camping out on Field  

WANT MORE TIME ON THE FIELD? Rally Day October 31st - Extended Field Access - Meet & Greet Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders - Autograph opportunities with Dallas Cowboys Alumni Players - Photo opportunities with Super Bowl Trophies - Bounce houses and more!

Michelle Speas will be coordinating registrations for Pack 1910.  Please e-mail her HERE with your registration information.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

New Parent and Pack Orientation Night - TONIGHT

Please make plans to join us for an informal but important Parent Information and Orientation meeting tonight from 6-7 in the Hallelujah Center.  Bring your questions!  

If you have printed your New Parent Orientation Guide, please bring that with you as well to follow along, or download it to your device and go paperless.  It can be downloaded HERE or it is also available off our blog's main page by clicking the link to the left.

Thursday, September 24, 2015

Soldier To Serve

We are so pleased to announce that Pack 1910 has adopted CTM3 Jacob Burwell as our Soldier to Serve

At each Pack meeting, we will have a table set up for everyone to have the opportunity to write a note, draw a picture, leave cards, or just send encouragement to this young man serving our country. We will collect and send these letters monthly. 

Den leaders will be provided his mailing address so that, as a den, you can send care packages as part of a den service project. 

Feel free to write your cards/letters at home and bring them to the Pack meeting to deposit in the box. I can’t wait to spoil our soldier!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Pack T-shirts

We have definitely had enough expressed interest to generate another order for Pack 1910 t-shirts (these are also can be worn as the "Activity Uniform".  Let's face it, after spending money on a uniform shirt, you want to keep it clean and unmarred!  The best way to do that and is with an activity shirt!

Our Pack t-shirts are blue and printed front/back.  The front left breast area has the Cub Scout logo, our Pack number and Keller, TX.  

The back is the design voted on by the boys.  The boys are quite proud of this.  They love it and have some ownership since they are the ones that chose it during a pack-wide vote.

If you are interested in obtaining a pack t-shirt or two, please complete THIS order form and return it to April Driggers or your den leader.  The deadline for orders is the October Pack meeting.

The cost is $9.50 per shirt.  XXL is $3 extra and XXXL is $5 extra

Monday, September 21, 2015

Hey YOU! Yeah, YOU!!! Check out our Popcorn page!

And alllll the information can be found by clicking RIGHT HERE

This page on our blog has all the new and pertinent information on our Trail's End popcorn sale.  It talks prizes, deadlines and everything else!  Oh... and we NOW HAVE ONLINE SALES CAPABILITY!!!

Monday, September 14, 2015

Who is Ethan?

This year Cub Scouts will get to know a new member of the Cub Scout team—Ethan! 

Ethan is a Cub Scout who will guide Scouts through each rank in the new Cub Scout program. He’ll appear in each adventure in their new handbooks, and he will always be a year older and one rank ahead of the Scouts. 

As Cub Scouts learn a new skill, they’ll look to Ethan for encouragement, helpful tips, funny stories, and even some mistakes he’s made (and learned from) along the way. Ethan might not be perfect, but he does his best and has a great time with his Scouting friends. 

Boys can aspire to the increasingly exciting adventures Ethan is going on with his den—as a Wolf in the Tiger handbook, as a Bear in the Wolf handbook, and as a Webelos Scout in the Bear handbook. And as they work toward their Webelos and Arrow of Light ranks, they will catch glimpses of the fun awaiting them as they transition to Boy Scouts. 

Friday, September 11, 2015

Tiger Cub Adventure Day

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Cub Scout Adventures for Tiger Cubs and their Parents will be held October 3, 2015 at the Villages of Bear Creek Park, 1951 Bear Creek Pkwy. at Ash Ln., Euless, Texas 76039 (Mid-Cities West and Highway 360)

Come join us for a day of outdoor adventure with other new Tiger Cubs and their parent partners. This is a wonderful activity for Tiger Dens or just a Tiger and parent. There will be BBs, Archery, Climbing, games, crafts, and opportunities to earn requirements, so come join the fun and ROAR with the rest of the Tiger Cubs.

The adventure begins at 1:00 pm and continues until 5:00 pm. Bring an afternoon snack, a water bottle, and comfortable shoes!!

Early Registration Fee: $13, if paid by Wed. Sept. 30
Full Registration Fee: $18, if paid after Wed. Sept. 30
**please note this fee is only for Scouts... parents are not charged

Fee includes all activity supplies, patches, and insurance. This is a rain or shine event! In the case of inclement weather, some activities may be modified or adapted for safety and/or practicality.  

Be sure you turn in your form and registration to your den leader.  If you would like to print out a form, you can find them here.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Parent Information Guide

The new Pack 1910 Parent Information Guide is available now by clicking {HERE} or by clicking on the link located under the list of Scouting Links on the menu to the left.  This is an excellent resource for new and returning parents.  We encourage you to download your copy today!

Fourth Grade Has Its Perks!

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From Scoutingwire.com
For more than a century the BSA has used the great outdoors as a classroom to teach character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. And now families with Scouts in the fourth grade have a great opportunity to explore federally managed lands and waters for free.

Yes, you read that right. On September 1, the White House launched the “Every Kid in a Park” program to encourage fourth graders to explore public lands and inspire the next generation to be active in the outdoors, spend time with friends and family, and learn in outdoor classrooms across the nation.

“Every Kid in a Park is a chance for fourth graders from every background to be outside and get to know the lands and waters that belong to them, whether it’s a national forest, a wildlife refuge, a marine sanctuary or a historic site in the center of a city,” said Christy Goldfuss, Managing Director at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. “By expanding their horizons and learning all the ways the outdoors can enrich their lives, this innovative program hopes to create greater awareness of the many benefits of our nation’s public lands and waters.”

Kids to parks passFourth grade Scouts can head to the Every Kid in a Park website to snag a pass which grants them free access to all federally managed lands and waters, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and marine sanctuaries. What’s more, the pass provides free access for three accompanying adults (or an entire car for drive-in parks). The pass is good for the 2015-2016 school year, too, so Scouts and their families have plenty of time to take advantage of this sweet deal!

The Every Kid in a Park program is an administration-wide effort administered in partnership with the Department of the Interior, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Scout parents and volunteers can learn more and check out educational activities and fun trip-planning ideas by visiting www.everykidinapark.gov. So, get out there and take advantage of this offer. And, share your experiences in the comments section.

Catholic Cub Scout Retreat

In an effort to continue our Duty to God, St. John the Apostle Church is hosting a Catholic Cub Scout Retreat on Saturday, September 26, 2015 from 9:30 am - 5pm. The address is 7341 Glenview Drive, Richland Hills, Texas.

The cost is $15 and includes a patch, lunch and supplies.

The Cub Scout Retreat is a fun and informative way for the Scouts to enjoy the outdoors with other cub scouts and grow in their faith.  The day is filled with sessions on baptism, games, songs, storytelling, hands-on craft relating to our theme, and followed by mass at 5pm.  

For a link to a flyer to register you and your Scout, click here.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

First Pack Meeting - TONIGHT!!

We've been waiting since the end of May and through all summer just for this moment -- TONIGHT IS THE FIRST PACK MEETING OF THE NEW YEAR!!!

We have new friends joining our pack.  We have new leadership in place.  We have new places to go.  We have a whole new program!  We are ready to have some fun!

First things first, when you walk in the door.  Please sign in!  

Things kick off at 6:15p.m. with a gathering activity that coincides with our theme of CLEAN.  We will hold a flag ceremony promptly at 6:30 p.m.

We will learn a chant, meet our new friends, meet our leaders, be given a challenge, play a fun game, talk about fundraising, receive recognition, talk about the Outdoor Code and how our choice to be "clean" effects the world around us.  

Pack meeting protocol... boys on the floor in a line with their den.  Parents sit back a little so that they can help man any stations that we have activities going on at. But remember, this is a family affair!  We want everyone helping and engaged.  It makes it so much more fun for everyone -- ESPECIALLY your son when he sees you smile!

Welcome to the Adventure!  We're so glad you're here!

Time To Get Popping!!

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Pack 1910 -- it’s time to get popping!

Popcorn sales begin THIS Tuesday after the Pack Meeting.  

If you have questions about the popcorn program,  you can check our Popcorn Page

We have tons of of incentives to make this totally worth your while!  Oh, and it's pretty tasty stuff!  That doesn't hurt one bit!

Saturday, September 5, 2015

Cyber Chip

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Long gone are the days of the "be home before the sun goes down" kind of parenting that a lot of us grew up with.  Unfortunately however, the more kids are inside, the more inclined they are to engage in some kind of online, electronic activity.  Being the parents of boys of Cub Scout age (1st - 5th graders), we have seen news reports about cyber bullying, online security, location services on devices, geotagging of photos and social networking predators.  It would be nice to think these topics won't impact our youth, but we need to be proactive and realize that we are in the thick of it!

Crazy fact - did you know that over 5 MILLION Facebook users are actually kids under the age of 10 even though the age limit to even have an account is 13?

If you have a son, you've likely heard of.... Minecraft.  I know my boys absolutely LOVE watching YouTube videos that have to do with Minecraft and their other favorite video games.  However, if you think, for a second, they should watch these unsupervised, you're in for a shock.  A great deal of the content in these videos is highly inappropriate. Trust me on this one!

More and more children have iPads, iPhones, tablets, Ipods and more and more access than ever to a whole worldwide web that is not the most friendly to the eyes, heart and especially to the spirit and character of our children.

With the electronic world aimed against us, how can parents teach our children internet safety principles?  

In partnership with NetSmartz®, the Boy Scouts of America developed the Cyber Chip program. Along the same lines of how the Whittling Chip is designed to teach the boys pocketknife safety, the Cyber Chip is designed to teach them internet safety. There are BSA Cyber Chip requirements for boys in grades 1-3, grades 4-5 so your Cub Scouts are covered!  In fact, there are programs available from grades 1 - 12!  Even if your children aren’t in Cub Scouts, you can still take advantage of NetSmartz’s awesome programming.

Each Cyber Chip level covers topics such as cyber bullying, cell phone use, texting, blogging, gaming and identity theft. To earn the Cyber Chip, Cub Scouts sign an Internet Safety Pledge, watch an age-appropriate online video and share what they’ve learned with their den or den leader. Older boys complete additional activities.

The Cyber Chip expires annually. Our boys can “recharge” the chip by returning to the NetSmartz® website to learn more information.

It is definitely hard to navigate these waters, but we have a responsibility to keep our kids safe and we can only do that by first educating ourselves. By encouraging our kids to participate in programs like the Cyber Chip, we are taking steps to ensure they are equipped with the tools to keep them and their friends and siblings safe.

If you want to make sure you're on top of things, the Boys & Girls Club of America created a CyberSafe program that will give you tips, discussion cards and resources for broaching the topics of cyberbullying, mobile technology, social networks and online privacy.

Cyber safety -- it's all of our jobs!  It’s never too early to begin talking about it with your boys. Start your conversation today and help them earn this awesome temporary patch that can be worn with their uniform -- the Cyber Chip!

Friday, September 4, 2015

Keeping the OUT in ScOUTing

One of the changes with the new Cub Scout program that rolled out June 1, is the emphasis on the importance of connecting boys back with nature -- in short, they want to get them camping!  In fact, going on a cam pout is now a requirement to earn your rank badge with Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light dens.  Plus, let's face it, BOYS WANT TO CAMP! Our pack plans two (tent) camp outs a year.  One in the fall and one in the spring.  

So, be sure you save the date for the Pack 1910's October camp-out.  

WHO:  Pack 1910 Scouts and their families
WHAT:  Fall Festival and Haunted Hayride camp out 
WHEN:  Friday, October 16-Sunday, October 18
WHERE:  Sid Richardson Scout Ranch, Bridgeport, TX
WHY:  To work with your son to earn his rank, to get outside, to camp, to have fun!
COST:  $22 per child, $10 per adult
RSVP DEADLINE:  Payment and registration forms due to April, Sunday, October 11.
PAPERWORK:  The registration form, your payment and your BSA Health Form must be on file.  The registration flyer can be found here.

We reserve the camping area for BOTH Friday and Saturday night, but the official camp out activities do not begin until around 1pm on Saturday.  By allowing families to come Friday night, we are able to be more flexible and have more boys and families who can participate in the camping program.  In fact, there is even a place on the registration form to indicate Friday night camping - please fill this out.  Camping Friday and Saturday night is a great way to get to know your Pack families.  Please note, the form says to turn it into the Longhorn Council -- DO NOT DO THIS!  Forms need to be turned into April so that she can register us as a pack.  Payments via check should be made out to LONGHORN COUNCIL.

Activities begin around 1 on Saturday and include items like bounce houses, leather crafts, archery, bb guns, pumpkin carving, etc.  The haunted hay ride is fun and generally NOT that scary, but you know your child and, as such, it is not a mandatory requirement and they may stay back at the campsite with you until our group returns.  


Boys' Life Magazine

Subscribe to Boys' LifeOne of the items available to Scouts that some Packs consider optional is the Boy's Life Magazine.  Our Pack feels so strongly about the benefit from this publication that we actually include a subscription for every single Cub Scout with their membership fees.  

The official magazine of The Boy Scouts of America, Boy's Life Magazine also has an awesome web presence.  Check them out here.

Their website has fun interactive pages with silly quizzes, instructional videos (want to learn to tie a knot?), gear spotlights, recipes, and so much more!  It's definitely one to bookmark and add to their "parent approved" lists for them to visit over and over again!  

LAST CALL for Fossil Rim

Contact April here IMMEDIATELY.  Payments must be made when you RSVP.  If you RSVP, that's your guarantee.  PayPal invoices can be issued, you can pay via credit card or you can bring a check (made payable to Pack 1910) to April or Chris' house -- whatever is convenient!  

WHO:  Cub Scout Pack 1910 Scouts and family members
WHEN:  Saturday, September, 19 from 10am to Sunday, September 20 at 9am
WHERE:  Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Glen Rose, Texas
COST: $93.50 per person and includes, lunch, dinner, 3 education programs, a guided safari, accommodations in air conditioned/climate-controlled bunk houses, breakfast and a hike (weather permitting)

The information on Fossil Rim can be found here.  Again, if you want to go, contact April immediately!

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

We Are On Facebook

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If you're linked in on Social Media, please come on over to our page and "like" us to receive links on all of our upcoming events as well as share photos with us from your den meetings and Pack events!  All of our blog posts are propagated into our Facebook feed as well so you won't miss a thing!  Plus, if you add photos, we save these photos to our Pack Dropbox account for our annual photo montage played during the Blue & Gold while we eat.  We can be found HERE.  Come "like" us!

Awesome Sign Up Night!

PThanks to all you guys who came out to keep us all company on the annual Cub Scout Sign Up night!  

Thanks to Ed Attel for securing the rockets from the Longhorn Council to ensure that the boys new to scouting are completely aware that they ARE going to have a blast -- quite LITERALLY!  

There will be a few e-mails, lists, forms and such flying your way for the next few weeks until we tackle all of the paperwork.  However, once that gets handled, we should have smooth sailing for the year ahead! 

We have an excited and invigorated group of leaders ready to jump in and make this the best program for the boys in Pack 1910... probably the best Pack in ALL OF KELLER!  We hope to set the standard by which all Packs will judge a fantastic program!

That does require a lot of effort, and so we will be looking to YOU -- our awesome parents -- to step in and fill the gaps.  

The first sheet I wanted to provide a link to for you was the NEW CUB SCOUT CHECKLIST FOR PARENTS.  This is simply a way for you, as a parent, to track the few items that need to happen to ensure they they do.  I'm a checklist kind of girl.  I figure who can't use a checklist to make sure they're staying on course.  

In short, it makes sure you have your registration form turned in (so that we can get you added to our system).  Complete the BSA Health Form for registered adults and youth.  Be sure you're checking out our website frequently!  Meet with your den leader. Pay those registration dues.  One check and you're golden until next December!  Visit the Scout shop for your uniform components and insignia.  Volunteer for something!  Read the Scout Handbook!  Complete Youth Protection Training Online ASAP and provide April, John or Christopher with a copy of your completion card.

Welcome aboard!  We are SO excited to have you join!!