Friday, May 19, 2017

Bridging Potluck

The culmination and celebration of a year of hard work is something Pack 1910 scouts look forward to.  Our annual bridging celebration and potluck is definitely one of our most anticipated events. It is THIS SUNDAY!

The Scouts will begin with a graduation ceremony where they bridge to their new ranks in the prayer garden of the United Methodist Church of Keller at 3pm.  So, please have them present in their full field uniform.  They will be presented with their new neckerchief, slides and handbooks.  



Then, it’s time for some food and fellowship at the Scout House!   

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IN THE EVENT OF RAIN OR IF THE GROUNDS ARE TOO SATURATED, WE WILL BE MEETING IN THE FAMILY LIFE CENTER (THE BIG GYM) FOR BOTH THE CEREMONY AND THE MEAL. AN EMAIL WILL BE SENT OUT BY 2PM WITH THE EXACT LOCATION OF THE EVENT.  

A gentle reminder that this will serve as the last Pack Meeting until September. Other posts have been made on the upcoming summer events we have in store! Be sure to save the date for those.


Be sure to check your e-mail (and/or spam folder) for the Sign-up Genius that went out regarding sign-ups for potluck items if you haven't already. In order to make this great event EVEN BETTER, we need a little help from everyone.  So, thank you in advance for stepping up and helping the Pack go!

  • Sunday, May 21 at 3pm
  • Check your e-mail by 2pm to ensure you know WHERE we will be setting up due to the potential for rain tonight and tomorrow. (This will ensure you know if you need to drop your potluck items off at the Scout house or simply bring everything to the Family Life Center.)
  • Ideally, United Methodist Church Prayer Garden for Bridging then a short walk to the Scout House for the potluck and fellowship.  
  • Scouts should arrive in full field uniform
  • Please remember to bring drinks for your family
  • Don’t forget to bring your camp chairs if we are able to bridge in the Prayer Garden
  • Sign up for one or more of the slots to cover needed items for the potluck
  • Did I mention to bring drinks for your family?
  • Oh yeah, and chairs, too
  • Last but not least – Don’t forget to bring your cameras!

If you have any questions, please contact April or your den leaders.  Thanks to EVERYONE for a great 2016-2017!



Tuesday, May 16, 2017

2017-2018 Pack Calendars

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The Pack calendars for June 2017 - May 2018 have been uploaded to our Pack's Google Drive. 

The year at a glance can be found HERE or by clicking the image below.


The MONTHLY calendar can be found HERE or by clicking the image below.



While we don't have everything listed, it's got the majority of our big events for the upcoming scouting year.  The den events, obviously, aren't on here but we want to make sure that you have the dates for the BIG THINGS so you can SAVE THE DATES NOW!  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Happy Mother's Day!



Happy Mother's Day to all the Akela Moms out there in Pack 1910!  We owe you so much for not only putting up with the stinky, smoke-laden camp-out clothes to the finding of lost whatchamacallits...

...from the rides back and forth to den and Pack meetings to the planning of advancement

...from the selling of popcorn and chocolates to volunteering for those little jobs that mean so much

...from the smiles of support and encouragement to the mentoring of tomorrow's leaders

...from the snacks to the last-minute projects


...from the sewing of patches to the labeling of awards
...from the collecting to the leading


... from the depths of our hearts... THANK YOU AND HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY


Happy Mother's Day to the Lion moms who have jumped into this new program because you knew it was something your little cubs would benefit from! You're already taking steps to ensure that this is the best program for him! We appreciate you!



Happy Mother's Day to the Tiger moms who have jumped into this program fearlessly and helped turn this into something their boys want to be a part of!  We appreciate you!


Happy Mother's Day to the Wolf moms who are learning their way more and more through the program and start to realize the importance of Pack participation!  We appreciate you!


Happy Mother's Day to the Bear moms who are learning now that we the program is designed to lead these young Cubs into the steps of independence.  Staying ever so close... but allowing them more opportunities to grow in the wild!  We appreciate you!

And... last but not least...

Happy Mother's Day to our Webelos moms who are now learning to step back and let the boys experience the program as it was meant to be... supervised learning by doing. They're on the precipice of learning to lead each other.  Just like the superheroes of the past, you've equipped them with the right equipment in their toolbelt by effectively letting the program teach them to be self-reliant!  We appreciate you!

Simply put, we just couldn't do it without our MOMS!!  I read a quote somewhere that said, "God couldn't be everywhere, so he created mothers." May your day be blessed!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Patches!!

At last night's Pack meeting, everyone (well, just about -- whoops) received a small clear envelope with their name on it.  This contained several really cool things.  This post is to tell you WHAT to do with what you got!  

If you or your son are new to Cub Scouts, you may notice at some pack meetings or events, that some scouts are sporting red vests with many different kinds of patches attached. Another fun perk of Cub Scouts is getting to collect colorful activity patches for many of the activities they take part in.  For instance, when they turn in their take-order popcorn sales sheet, they earn a patch.  When they attend the USS Lexington (which you DEFINITELY WANT TO DO THIS SEPTEMBER), they get a patch!  Just for joining Pack 1910, we provide boys with their FIRST patch -- a circular Pack 1910 patch to start their collection.  

(Please note, the patch pictured below does NOT go on the official uniform. The official Uniform Insignia Guide designating what can be affixed to the actual uniform can be found HERE or just ask one of the leaders!)


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From there, for every Pack activity they participate in, they will earn a small colorful segment (unless it's a special activity, then they'll likely earn another specialty patch to add to their collection along with their segment). The segments are grouped along the edges of the circular patch (pictured above) so that it's a history of their Scouting career. After a wonderful, industrious Cub Scout career, their vests could look something like this on the back... what an awesome keepsake!


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The question most parents have is -- what in the world do we DO with all these things?  To that I say, you have options!

The easiest option is to just collect them in a box (but what fun is THAT!) or you could let you Scout pin them on a bulletin board. The downside of that is that they may get lost and the segments are small so it does require dedication to keep up with (and a LOT of pins)... oh, and pins can fall out or be knocked off.


I think the BEST way is to display these is on a red vest also called a "brag vest".  These can be purchased at the Scout Shop, online at ScoutStuff or you can use THIS PATTERN to make your own.  There is another online company called www.PatchVest.com that has free shipping and charges $10 per red vest.  Since these aren't official BSA uniform components, you can get them anywhere you want!



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Yet another option is a blanket.  This is a way that you can carry the patch collection display into Boy Scouts as well if you like. But again, this would likely be something that is stuck in a box or on a shelf -- no fun!  


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Again, please know that the red brag vest is not a required component of the official BSA uniform, but you gotta admit -- they look really cool -- especially when they are full of Scouting adventures!  That's why we call them a brag vest!  The boys get to show off and brag about all their experiences!



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To note -- most patches do not have an iron-on adhesive backing so sewing is the preferred method of attachment.  If you're not one who likes to sew, most dry cleaners have a seamstress that will do this for a nominal fee of $1-2 per patch for the large ones. 

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Cub Scout Zombie Survival Camp


Pack your bags and join your fellow Scouts for kayaking, canoeing, camping adventures, and summer fun with the NEW Cub Scout Program! Four Webelos sessions and four Cub Scout sessions are available. Cub Scout and Webelos Camps help you bring outdoor fun and learning to your Cub Scout summer at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch (SR2) near Bridgeport and Camp Tahuaya near Belton. You’ll go kayaking and canoeing on the lake, go rock climbing, and of course, go swimming!

You’ll spend lots of time in the pool and fighting water battles. All Cub Scouts and parents are invited to bring water blasters (not shaped like a gun), squirt bottles, water balloons, or other water battle devices.

All tents, meals, eating utensils, program materials and equipment are provided by the camp for each camper. The camp does not provide cots or mattresses for the campers. A limited number of cots may be rented for $5 per camp session on a first-come first-served basis.

If you’re the only member of the Pack attending camp, you can be an “Explorer” camper. An adult camping partner, must accompany each “Explorer” camper, in accordance with BSA’s Cub Scout Family Camping rules. You’ll make new friends and camp with other “Explorer” Cub Scouts and parents from Packs all over the Longhorn Council 


Where do you get to have all this fun?  Why at Cub Scout Zombie Survival Camp of course!

Camp dates are: 


Session 1: June 25 – 28 @ Camp Tahuaya

Session 2: June 28 – July 1 @ Camp Tahuaya
Session 3: July 9 – 12 @ Sid Richardson Scout Ranch
Session 4: July 12 – 15 @ Sid Richardson Scout Ranch

Cub Scout (Tiger, Wolf and Bear) are one program and Webelos are another but they run concurrently at each camp.  

The cost is $120 for youth, $50 for adults. It's 3 nights of camping at each location.

See this link for all the information including registration links.  This is not a Pack organized function, but families or dens can participate together. Attending one of these will also start your Scout on his way to earning the Outdoor Activity Award!

Friday, May 5, 2017

A Camping We Will Go!


We are so looking forward to this weekend's campout at Worth Ranch!  The weather is going to be beautiful!  Please be sure you've checked your e-mail for the maps. It was sent out yesterday.  




Camping Do's:


  • Practice setting up your tent before you get on the camping trip. Make sure it is complete and you know how to put it up. Of course we will help you but you don’t want to get out there to realize you don’t have stakes or poles!
  • Plan on it getting colder than you think – you can always take off a layer or remove a blanket. Put a sheet inside your sleeping bag it keeps it clean inside and will give you a layer of warmth or a layer of cool.
  • Bring rain gear – you never know what the weather will be
  • Change clothes to sleep in. (will keep you from getting cold due to moisture in the fabric from the day and you never know what you have on your clothes that you are bringing into your tent…poison ivy)
  • Always have a tarp under your tent. Make sure none of it sticks-out from the bottom of the tent or it will collect rain and make the inside of your tent wet.
  • Allow your son to do as much of the work while camping as possible (help putting up the tent, carrying stuff, etc). HE CAN DO IT!! And will be proud that he did it.
  • Store food, candy, toothpaste in your car or animal proof container but NOT your tent. They can smell it!
  • Maintain the buddy system & Youth Protection Training (YPT) at all times


Camping Don’ts:


  • Never sleep in a tent with a child who is not your own. – BSA rule
  • No alcohol anywhere, anyhow, anytime. – BSA rule
  • No smoking in sight of Cub Scouts. – BSA rule
  • Never leave candy/chips or candy/chip wrappers or food of any kind in your tent or in your clothes in your tent. Animals can smell it. This includes toothpaste, open Gatorade and other soda cans, etc. If in doubt leave it in your car.
  • Cub Scouts should not have/use knives in Tiger & Wolf ranks. Bears and higher ranks may bring pocket knives if they have completed the “Whittling Chip” pocket knife achievement and have their Whittlin’ Chip card or badge. No knives with a blade longer than the width of a child’s palm. – BSA rule.
  • Avoid 100% cotton clothing…think wool or synthetics. Cotton stays damp and makes you feel cold.
  • Leave behind Nintendo DSs, iPods, or other electronics/game systems. This is the boys’ opportunity to get away from all that. Besides, they could get damaged or lost.
  • No precious toys/ jewelry – could get damaged or lost.


After camping:


  • Air-out your tent, tarp, and sleeping bags as soon as you return home to allow condensation to dry-out (otherwise you get a musty smell that is hard to get rid of).
  • Store your sleeping bag loose when you get home, not in its stuff-sack, or it will lose loft (loft gives it warmth).

Reminder that registration fees are $10 per youth, $15 per adult. Payments can be made via cash, check payable to Pack 1910. Take care of this at camp if you wish!

Again, please note that camping out Friday night is completely optional but many families enjoy the extra night in the spring air. Many, however, do come in Saturday morning after breakfast. Whatever works for your family is great -- JUST LET US KNOW so that we can adjust for the food! Just get them there!! Because, let's face it -- camping is a HUGE reason why boys WANT to be in Scouts!

When the BSA realigned the program for Cub Scouts, they made being outdoors an integral part of advancement.  Thus, camping is a required component for earning your Wolf, Bear and Arrow of Light.  Bring their books -- lets go over it!

All Pack 1910 camp outs are family friendly events so the whole family is welcome! Can't make this one?  We'll be going again in the fall!  Make plans to join us then.

Completed BSA Health Forms Part A & B are required for all parties attending. If you haven't turned yours in yet, please turn those in upon arrival.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Feedback is a Gift


We sent out an e-mail to all Pack 1910 families just a few moments ago with a link to an end of the year survey. We would be ever so grateful if you took a few moments of your time to help us create the best program for you and your Scout by completing it for us. 

Feedback is truly a gift and we simply cannot change or enhance our program without your input.  Remember...


That being said, tonight is the annual planning meeting and bringing your ideas and vision to our program would make it that much better!  Why not join us at the Scout House at 6:30 pm!

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Annual Planning Meeting

ALL HANDS ON DECK!  LEADERS AND PARENTS WANTED!!!  PLEASE ATTEND MONDAY'S ANNUAL PLANNING MEETING TO HELP THE PACK MAKE PLANS AND DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR SON'S NEXT YEAR OF 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 but this one is the MACK DADDY OF THEM ALL -- our annual planning meeting!  

We have a few leadership roles we HAVE 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 630pm at the Scout House on Monday, May 1.   (They usually start at 7, but since this one tends to run a little long, we are starting at 6:30pm) We will be finalizing the calendar for the 2017-2018 Pack year, reviewing the dues structure, budget, setting dates for the entire calendar, as well as finalizing summer activities.  Please come join us!

Great Day for a Derby!


Thanks to everyone for joining us at the Pinewood Derby today.  Thank you to the United Methodist Church of Keller for letting our Pack utilize the Family Life Center again this year. We had some new records set and saw some awesome craftsmanship!

This year we added a new heat with our Lions racing their Lego cars. Since this was the inaugural year for that, we discovered that there are some kinks to be worked out but I think everyone still had a great time despite the setbacks. We are learning that a Scout is Cheerful and even when things don't go our way, we can all be good sports and cheer on our friends!

Our overall winners in the Pack with the fastest averaged times are:

 
Wolf - Preston W. with an average time of 3.27


Bear - Anson H. with an average time of 3.26





and Pack 1910's GRAND CHAMPION is Tiger, Joshua W. with an average time of 3.22!

We certainly want to congratulate all of our Scouts for their entries and for doing their best!  Here are the top three from each den and overall pack winners:


1st - Kingston H.
2nd - Arlan M.
3rd - Benji D.


1st - Joshua W.
2nd - William W.
3rd - Michael T.

1st - Preston W.
2nd - Nathaniel H.
3rd - Ben S.



1st - Anson H.
2nd - Rylan M.



1st - Gavin S.
2nd - Miguel D.
3rd - Logan W.


Hey, if you took any pictures during the event, share them with us!  E-mail them to pack1910cubscouts@gmail.com

Friday, April 28, 2017

Summer Adventures



Pack 1910 likes to provide our families with plenty of opportunities to stay engaged and active all summer long. Why? Because Scouting is year-round fun! We take great pride in ensuring that we have a well-rounded annual program full of excitement with new adventures each year for your family to experience together. 

In fact, our Pack has set up a specific four-year rotation of different activities so that, for your Scout's entire Cub Scout career, he won't have to participate in the same events summer after summer.  

As in years past, we will be utilizing Scoutbook to track RSVP's for these events. This helps the adult coordinators know which Scouts to expect so that no one is left behind and that your son receives credit for awards and advancement. Also, a few of these event do require advance deposits. Once you RSVP, you will be contacted to confirm how you wish to pay. PayPal invoices can be sent via e-mail or checks mailed to the treasurer for any events. 


One important thing to note -- please be sure you are RSVPing -- even if it is a "no" -- just so that we know you received the information. Don't make me a sad bear!

Please understand that many of these programs we are planning on require not only a minimum number of participants and as stated previously, but also a deposit. If you RSVP and are not able to attend, you will still need to pay your portion as it likely has already been covered by the Pack or, alternatively, you may find a family to go in your place and have them reimburse you. Most of these events do not allow refunds. Thank you for your understanding. 

Each event will have all specific information for each activity on Scoutbook. Today's notification is merely for you to save the date for our summer of fun! 


PACK 1910 SUMMER PROGRAM 2017: 




5-8: Mustang District Day Camp. See THIS PAGE on our website that is dedicated to all things Day Camp. $98 per camper
10: Stargazing Party 
25-28: Cub Scout & Webelos Resident Camps @ Camp Tahuaya
28-July 1: Cub Scout & Webelos Resident Camps @ Camp Tahuaya
30: Fort Worth Zoo Overnight 



1: Fort Worth Zoo
8: Stargazing Party 
9-12: Cub Scout & Webelos Resident Camps @ Sid Richardson
12-15: Cub Scout & Webelos Resident Camps @ Sid Richardson
16: Roller Skating 
21: DFW Airport Tour



6: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History and Omni movie.
12: The Fort Worth Experience
26: Raingutter Regatta Race, Recruiting and Recharter Registration 


...that by joining us for just one event a month, your scout is eligible for the National Summertime Achievement Pin? These are rank specific, color-coordinated very cool special pins to place on their uniform to show off their involvement. 




If enough of his den participates, they will earn the Summertime Award for their DEN! And, collectively, if enough of our Scouts participate all summer long, our PACK earns the National Summertime Pack Award! How cool is THAT? Awards will be presented at the Scout level at the September Pack meeting.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Kids to Parks Day



Kids to Parks™ (KTP) Day is a national day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust in cooperation with 19 national collaborators. This year’s KTP Day will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017.

Last year, more than 731,000 participants enjoyed 1,130 park events across the country. In addition, 420 mayors and elected officials proclaimed the day and joined in the celebration. What will you do on Kids to Parks Day? Check out our park events — and keep visiting our site as we add more events closer to May 20th. Pledge to participate and join our movement to encourage children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature, and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

One of my favorite sites, Bryan on Scouting, posted an article with ways to get involved on this national day of PLAY!

Monday, April 24, 2017

Outdoor Activity Award


Did your scout register for Day Camp? 

If so, he's on his way to earn the Outdoor Activity Award

Read all about the requirements for this cool award here. 

Tigers, Wolves, Bears and Webelos are eligible to earn this award which is sewn onto the uniform pocket flap.  

Because attending either Day Camp or Cub Scout/Webelos Resident Camp is a required component for earning this award, I would suggest starting work on this optional award in June after District Day Camp. That gives you a full year of Scouting to fulfill the requirements.  We have an awesome program that will allow for it to be completed easily with your continued involvement each month. 

Better yet -- the Outdoor Activity Award can be earned every year. The patch is awarded once and then pins are awarded for the additional years it is earned.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mustang District Day Camp Registration

Unfortunately, technology issues has delayed the launching of the online registration process for the Mustang District's Day Camp but we are going ahead and collecting the information so that everyone has it on the books and is squared away!  



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

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: Cub Scouts 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 5-8 from 8:30 am - 4 pm daily
WHY:  Because it's a BLAST
COST:  $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%. This is kept completely confidential.

We have created a Google Form for you to use to sign up your Cub Scout, your tot or yourself to be a walking den leader/chaperone. If you're on a computer, feel free to use the form below otherwise, click HERE for a form that will size to your mobile device's screen size.