Thursday, December 28, 2017

CUB-O Registration

Cub-O is the annual Cub Scout orienteering event held at Sid Richardson Scout Ranch. This year CUB-O will be held Saturday, January 6. We are also organizing a campout to coincide with this event for those needing or wanting to get some additional tent time into their program. Obviously, you have the option to camp Friday and/or Saturday nights or simply attend for the event during the day on Saturday 11a-4p.

Cub-O is the most popular orienteering event in North America. A fun day of hiking and friendly competition for Cub Scouts, parents, and leaders. Orienteering (the use of map and compass) to find locations and plan a journey, has been a vital skill for humans for thousands of years. Thousands of people participate in the sport each year in local clubs and competitions. Longhorn Council has two events annually for orienteering. One is for Cub Scouts (Cub O), and one is held for Boy Scouts (SCORE-O)

The cost to participate in the CUB-O event held Saturday is $19 per scout and includes a patch, lunch, liability insurance and a Cub-O map. T shirts are available to purchase for $12 each.

Additional attendees (attending, assisting or camping but not competing) can pay $6 for lunch and liability insurance only but must register and be paid.

Each team of 3-6 Cubs gets a Cub-O map half an hour before the race starts.
Your goal is to hike in the woods and find as many of the 40 orange and white orienteering flags as you can.

Two-deep leadership is *required* for each team. So, parents, if you HAVE NOT taken Youth Protection Training, NOW IS THE TIME TO DO IT!

This is a rain or shine event: extreme inclement weather (ice or snow) may cause a one week postponement. Weather announcements will be made on the Longhorn Council Website and on our blog as well.

Sound like something you want to do? 

Well, click HERE to print out a registration form and get it submitted to the Longhorn Council before the deadline of Wednesday, January 3. Two adults are required to register per team. Teams will be assigned based upon the number of cubs registered in our Pack. We will do our best to keep younger dens and older scouts together.

Be sure to let leadership know if you wish to camp so that we can plan accordingly.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

New Years' Resolutions

While the last few days are counting down on the calendar before we all gather with family and friends to count down the minutes and seconds to another new year, we get to reflect on the past year and also look ahead to the new.

Do you make New Year's resolutions? Or, have you resolved to make no resolutions? Either way, I've got a challenge for you!  Interested?  Good!  Keep reading.

Did you know the top 10 New Year's resolutions are:

What if I told you that there was a way to incorporate almost all of these into your year just by taking on a simple challenge I issue to you and yours?  My challenge is for you to exemplify and encourage your family to live out the 12 points of the Scout Law in your lives EVERY DAY!

While the Boy Scouts of America gives us a single point of the Scout Law to have as our primary focus for each month, I'm going to list just one individual points of the Scout Law every day for the first 12 days of our new year with specific examples on how to incorporate and encourage your scout to live out his pledge. My hope is that you are continually inspired to encourage his journey. And, who knows, it just might help you bring your own resolutions to fruition as well!

Read the examples given and then recall them monthly as we reintroduce the specific point of the Scout Law that will be our focus and "theme" of the month.

So, while you may not be interested in making traditional resolutions, how about simply setting a goal for the benefit of you, your Scout, our program and mankind in general. How can you say no to that?!

Come January 1... we will begin! Happy New Year Pack 1910! Let's make 2018 our best year yet!

Monday, December 25, 2017

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to our Pack 1910 family.

My hope is that amid the wrapping frenzy, the last minute errands and the "hurry" that can sometimes overshadow this blessed day...

... that Santa brought everyone something from your list

... that the food was amazing

... that your blessings were plentiful

... that the memories made are irreplaceable

... and that you were able to spend quality time with all those you love and cherish.

My hope is that the spirit of the season is rekindled within each of you to carry forward through to the new year. Merry Christmas to one and all!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Join us tomorrow at Wreaths Across America

On Saturday morning, December 16, 2017, at 9:15 am a wreath laying ceremony will commence at the Arlington National Cemetery to honor those veterans laid to rest there.  The Wreaths Across America story began over 25 years ago when the Worcester Wreath Company from Harrington, Maine initiated a tradition of donating and placing wreaths on the headstones of our nation’s fallen heroes at Arlington National Cemetery. Worcester Wreath Company continues to be a major supporter of the project donating over 25,000 total wreaths each year. Although well over 100,000 wreaths will be sponsored by individuals, businesses and groups from communities nationwide. Wreaths will be placed in all 50 states, at several locations in Iraq, and at 24 national cemeteries on foreign soil.

In 2016, when Texas State Cemetery in Austin, was added as a Wreaths Across America participant, Governor and Mrs. Abbott joined for the ceremony and wreath placements on veteran graves. His remarks to the volunteers gathered truly captured the patriotic mission of this program's mission:
“We're called on today and every day to remember our fallen heroes. ​We must remember their names, we must remember their lives and we must remember their sacrifice, because we are each entrusted with their legacy of faith in this great nation. May we always remember our troops in harm’s way still today, and may we never forget the price they pay so that we can be free.”

While we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, our servicemen and women sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year, to preserve our freedoms. And in many homes across the U.S., every day there is an empty seat for one who is serving, or one who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country.

Pack 1910 has the amazing opportunity to be part of this movement recognizing our veterans this holiday season at the Oak Grove Memorial Gardens in Irving while similar ceremonies occur at over 400 other participating locations nationwide – a solemn tribute to those who served and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Oak Grove Memorial Gardens began working with the Wreaths Across America project in 2010 with over 300 wreaths donated that first year and placed on the graves of veterans buried throughout the cemetery.

After the ceremony some 2000 plus wreaths, all donated from individuals and local businesses, will be placed on the graves of the designated veterans graves and throughout the cemetery. Oak Grove Memorial Gardens does allow the wreaths to be designated and placed on a certain individual veteran’s graves if a sponsor so wishes.

The remaining wreaths will then be placed on veteran’s graves in certain areas of the cemetery. All they ask is that a small prayer of thanksgiving and remembrance is said as each wreath is laid upon the headstones and reading the name of the veteran buried there. Honoring our commitment to never forget.

Pack 1910 was proud to be a part of this event the last several years and made a commitment to honor those who have served by continuing to participate each year. Duty to Country. A Scoutbook notification was e-mailed to the Pack. Please RSVP there so we know if we should expect you and your family.

We hope you consider participating in this community wide event of remembrance. What's 60 minutes out of the Christmas season, compared to our veterans’ years of service in locations far from home?

Monday, December 11, 2017

Christmas Party Pack Meeting TOMORROW!

Don't forgot TOMORROW is the December Pack meeting Christmas party!  We can't wait to see you!

Don't forget our POTLUCK!!

Don't forget:

  • Your potluck provisions!
  • Your Christ's Haven donations
  • EVERYONE is to bring one package of BRAND NEW WHITE SOCKS per child that attends. (It's for a game, and then the socks will be matched and donated to community storehouse.)

Oh, and don't forget your seasonal hat!

Christmas Tree Coil Spring Hat

If you're planning on attending CUB-O (whether it's to camp or just for the day), please bring your completed registration form to turn in.  Those can be found HERE.

If you have not turned in your new health forms for the 2018 year, NOW is the time to do that as well.  We only need sections A & B.

Lastly, if you haven't made your recharter payment, please bring your checkbook and/or credit card. This is the last time to make arrangements for payment before we have to remove names from our recharter list to submit to National. Thanks for your help!

The pack will have plates, paper goods and, of course, all the entertainment.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

December Committee Parent Meeting is TOMORROW!


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 still have a leadership roles we need filled and just by coming to these meetings -- you could help the Pack tremendously!  You can RSVP on Scoutbook or just show up!  The link to the meeting agenda 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 December Committee meeting is at 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, December 4. Come join us!

Monday, November 27, 2017

Medieval Times

Pack 1910 members, family and friends have the awesome opportunity to attend a special engagement at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, Sunday, April 22, 2018.

Your Scout will also be given the opportunity to attend an animal workshop before the tournament. Please note that the workshop is optional and you are not obligated to attend in order to attend the tournament and dinner.

Sound like fun?  You may RSVP right HERE right now!  

Please note that there is a 25% deposit we must make at the time of the reservation so we are asking for a $10 per person deposit with the balance due April 1. The ONLY way we can guarantee that our Pack sits together is to make the reservations at the same time.  We want to make ONE reservation early January with any revisions / additions being made February 1.  Final head count is due by February 1 (and we will hope that they still have space to make additions at that time.)

Rules of engagement:  Scouts and leaders are expected to be in full field uniform. Children under 3 are free so long as they sit on a parent's lap and eat from their plate. 

Friday, November 24, 2017

Feeling Stuffed

Did you gobble til you wobbled yesterday?  Why not use today as an opportunity to work off some of that "stuffed" feeling and have fun in the process?  Grab the family, your cell phones and head outside to geocache!

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has a great resource for those interested in this modern-day treasure hunt! People hide geocaches everywhere—from just down the street to the most remote wilderness areas. Many are hidden in your state parks. If you plan to look for those, join the Texas State Parks Geocache Challenge (ends Dec. 31, 2017) or read on to learn more about geocaching!

What is Geocaching?
Geocaching is the hunt for any of more than 2 million geocaches worldwide hidden by folks like you. Each treasure hunt will take you to a fun, creative or beautiful place outdoors.

But what is a geocache?
Geo means earth and cache means hidden item. Geocaches range from very small (like a film canister) to large (such as a metal lunch box). Many are camouflaged, but they are not buried. Geocaches hold things like a log book to sign your name, tradable items for kids and adults, and more.

How do I find a geocache?
Use a GPS unit or smartphone app to find the coordinates (the exact location) of a geocache nearby. Then set out on your adventure, enjoying the sights along the way!

How can I play?
  1. Visit, or use a smartphone app to find caches where you are. Choose an easy cache for your first hunt. Caches have ratings on difficulty, size and terrain.
  2. Download the coordinates to your GPS or use your smartphone, and head out to look for your treasure. It might take a few minutes to find the cache once you reach the destination!
  3. Approach the cache safely. Some of the best hiding spots can also be homes for wildlife. Open the container, sign the log, and trade a family-friendly item with something in the cache.
  4. Replace the container exactly as you found it. This keeps the game fun for the next geocacher.
  5. Log your find on and tell the world about your adventure! Collect a "smiley" face symbol for each geocache find you report.

What should I bring?
  • GPS or smartphone with coordinates
  • Pen or pencil
  • Water
  • Hat, hiking shoes and raingear, if needed
  • Sunscreen and insect repellent
  • Park or trail map
  • Inexpensive small items to trade for cache "swag"
  • A sense of adventure!

What else do I need to know?
  • Size: The size of each geocache is posted on
  • Terrain: Each geocache has a terrain rating of one to five stars. (One star means the geocache is accessible by wheelchair. Five stars means you will need special equipment (boat, 4WD, etc.) to find the cache.)
  • Difficulty: Each geocache also has a difficulty rating of one to five stars, based on how hard it is to find. (One star means the cache can be found quickly. Five stars means the cache is hard to find or open.)
  • FTF: First to Find, or the first person to find a new geocache.
  • TFTC: Thanks for the cache, or a thanks to the original hider of the cache.
  • Ground Zero or GZ: A cache’s location.
  • TNLN: Took Nothing Left Nothing, meaning that the finder did not trade any swag.
  • SL: Signed Log
  • Muggles: Someone who is not geocaching. Avoid muggles while geocaching, so that they won’t vandalize or “muggle” the caches.
  • Geocoin, Travelbug or Pathtag: These items have identification numbers. They can be shared with friends and tracked as they are carried from one cache to the next.

Be sure to Leave No Trace of your visit!

Stay on trails for as long as you can.
Leave what you find, including flowers, rocks and artifacts.
Consider others. Don't park in campsites; keep voices low.
Take your trash. Help keep our spaces beautiful.
Respect wildlife; you are in their backyard!

Information courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department © 2004.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving!

As families come together near and far to celebrate with food and fellowship while counting their many blessings, we would like to take this opportunity, too, to wish our Pack 1910 family a Happy Thanksgiving.

The first Thanksgiving was a celebration of the culmination of a successful partnership and harvest between different groups of people and was a further testimony that people of all creeds can live in harmony.

So, this Thanksgiving, we give thanks to children of all beliefs who have joined into the brotherhood of Scouting for the purpose of the greater good. We are united in a common purpose to be a different breed of person... the leaders of the future.

Thankful are we for the opportunities presented to us through the Scouting movement and the ability to serve our chartered organization, our community, our family, our unit and our country.

Thankful are we for the opportunity to Do A Good Turn Daily by acts of selfless service to those in our family, school and community.

Thankful are we for the blessings of leaders and volunteers who give of their time and their many talents to lead these boys with purpose.

Thankful are we for the bright-eyed enthusiasm as we witness young men take on greater responsibilities and meet challenges they didn't know they could overcome.

Thankful are we for the freedom afforded to all Americans and for those who are willing to fight for it... whatever the cost.

Thankful are we to not get everything we want, but to continue to be grateful for what we have.

Thankful are we for the partnership with nature and the outdoors as we learn to live in harmony with our earth and protect it for the generations that will follow.

Thankful are we for the gift of a merciful and gracious God that hears our prayers. Oh great Scoutmaster of all, please be with all of our Pack families until we can join together again.

Until that time... Happy Thanksgiving one and all!

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation-minded

Outdoor ethics is deeply ingrained in the BSA program. No place is this more important than in the outdoors. Scouting has a long, proud tradition of conservation service to the nation. How do we preserve that tradition?

By being clean in our outdoor manners by:

  • treating the outdoors as a heritage.
  • taking care of it for myself and others.
  • keeping my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.

By being careful with fire

  • preventing wildfire.
  • only building fires only where they are appropriate.
  • by making sure that when I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
  • by leaving a clean fire ring, or removing all evidence of my fire.

Be considerate in the outdoors

  • I will treat public and private property with respect.
  • I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.

Be conservation minded

  • I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
  • I will urge others to do the same.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Save the Date - December Pack Meeting

It's hard to believe but it's time to start thinking about CHRISTMAS already! But hey when there are...

...we've gotta do what we've gotta do!

As usual we have a fantastic evening planned for all our Pack families. This year, we are having a Christmas Potluck Pack Meeting

Oh yes, FOOD glorious FOOD!  NO rushing to try to feed the family before the Pack Meeting. Our Arrow of Light Den will be preparing main course entrees and we are asking families to sign up to bring sides, drinks and desserts.  The Sign Up Genius will be out soon.

What can you do to help? Well, I'm so glad you asked!

  1. WATCH for the Sign Up Genius that will come through Scoutbook.
  2. Be sure to RSVP on Scoutbook so we know how many to expect.
  3. SAVE THE DATE on your calendar!  
  4. SHOP for the food drive benefiting Christ Haven for Children's food pantry.  Be watching for that list from your den leaders.  
  5. We will also be doing a SOCK IT TO ME "snowball" war!  So, bring a package of NEW solid white adult socks.
  6. Like a good Scout, BE PREPARED for a holly, jolly, merry good time!
  7. Find and wear your most festive hat!  (Parents, Scouts and siblings!!)

The pack will have plates, paper goods and, of course, all the entertainment.

So, save the date for the our Pack Meeting Christmas Potluck Tuesday, December 12.
  • We will pass out popcorn sales winner prizes
  • We will have some silly string wars
  • We will have a PINATA!
  • Wear your most festive hats
One thing we DO have a GREAT NEED for is for YOUR PHOTOS!!!! If you can e-mail, provide them via flash drive, share them in the cloud, e-mail them one by one. We would love to have your best snapshots to play during our slide show and it's always better when we get enough submissions to make complete den... so think of field trips, pack meetings, camping.... rockets, anything! Send me your pictures! Thanks so much!

Monday, November 13, 2017

November Pack Meeting TOMORROW

Don't forget tomorrow is the Pack 1910 November Pack Meeting at Bear Creek Park Pavilion 3.  We will be having a campfire and flag retirement ceremony followed by hot chocolate and snacks.  We hope you and your family can join us.  

Be sure to RSVP on ScoutBook for this event to ensure we have enough for everyone!

If there is a burn ban or chance of rain, updates will be sent out ON SCOUTBOOK so be sure you are checking your e-mail regularly.

WHAT TO BRING:  Scouts should be sure to bring a HEADLAMP if you have one (to keep your hands free for reading), water bottleschairs and maybe a blanket... you may need it!  

Our event will commence at 6:30 sharp.  Once the service has ended, we invite pack members and their families to the pavilion for some hot chocolate and a sweet treat.  

Saturday, November 11, 2017


Every Scout deserves a well trained leader!

The Longhorn Council will give you the tools to “do your best” to deliver a FUN and exciting program to our Cub Scouts. Both the Longhorn Council and our Mustang District Training Team offers a range of National BSA training courses to help make your job easier and more FUN.

If you are new to Scouting, new in a particular Scouting job, or perhaps you want to step up to offer assistance in a supporting role, position-specific training courses are offered for you to learn the basics of your new position. If you are a seasoned veteran, there are a variety of advanced training programs.

Saturday, November 18 is the University of Scouting. If you haven't registered, there is still time to pick your courses and make a day of it. If you can't attend this year, know that we hold it EVERY YEAR!  Registration is $25 and includes lunch.  (There are a few courses that have supplemental fees such as CPR, see the course guide for more info on that.)

Online registration will close on Friday, November 10, 2017.

Walk-in Registration at the event on will be $25 for adults, $15 for youth but does NOT include lunch so plan accordingly if you're a late registrant.

Check in is from 8:15a-9a
Classes begin at 9a and last until 12p
Lunch is from 12p-1p
Afternoon classes are 1p-4p




Alternatively (or additionally), please be sure to check out the online courses at From there you will be taken to a portal to create an account and password. At that point, you can tap into the wide array of available online training courses. Leaders, please be sure you are trained for your specific position within the pack by December 1 so that we have NO issues with recharter.

Parents, this is also the site where you should go to take the on-line version of Youth Protection Training (YPT). We want EVERY parent in the pack to take YPT.

Veteran's Day

Veterans Day originated as “Armistice Day” on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. A celebration to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Today we pay homage and give thanks to all of those who have served this great nation of ours from the United States Navy to the United States Army to the United States Air Force to the United States Marine Corps to the United States Coast Guard and each branch of reserves.

Scouting has a history rich in military service as well.  Robert Baden-Powell, the father of Boy Scouts, was a British officer with a long military career.  Much he learned along the way in his military career directly correlated with how he established scouting.  As it stands, many of our current military academies are home to a considerable amount of Scouts - over 1/3 of the cadets at West Point were involved in scouts and 16% are eagles; over 20% of the Air Force cadets were in scouting and 12% are Eagles; and 25% of the Naval Academy midshipmen were in Scouts and 11% are Eagle Scouts.  Thought it's not the only way, it's definitely a great path to being a part of something much bigger than yourself.

So, today, we humbly give thanks to those who have signed their name on the line and said, "Whatever it takes... I'm here for America."  Those are the kind of courageous men and women we honor today.

Some interesting facts from about veterans:

The brave men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life; they are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and an important part of their communities. Here are some facts about the current veteran population of the United States.

There are approximately 21 million military veterans in the United States.
  • 16.1 million living veterans served during at least one war.
  • 5.2 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • 2 million veterans are women.
  • 7 million veterans served during the Vietnam War era (1964-1975).
  • 5.5 million veterans served during the Gulf War (representing service from Aug. 2, 1990, to present).
  • Of the 16 million Americans who served during World War II (1941-1945), about 620,000 are still alive.
  • 2 million veterans served during the Korean War (1950-1953).
  • 6 million veterans served in peacetime.
  • As of 2014, 2.9 million veterans received compensation for service-connected disabilities.
  • As of 2014, 3 states have more than 1 million veterans in among their population: California (1.8 million), Florida (1.6 million), Texas (1.7 million).
  • The VA health care system had 54 hospitals in 1930, since then it has expanded to include 171 medical centers; more than 350 outpatient, community, and outreach clinics; 126 nursing home care units; and 35 live-in care facilities for injured or disabled vets.

We remember your sacrifice. We honor your patriotism. To quote President Coolidge, "The Nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Enter The Boy's Life 2017 Say Yes To Reading Contest!

Write a one-page report titled “The Best Book I Read This Year” and enter it in the Boys’ Life 2017 “Say Yes to Reading!” contest.

The book can be fiction or nonfiction. But the report has to be in your own words — 500 words tops. Enter in one of these three age categories:
  • 8 years old and younger
  • 9 and 10 years old
  • 11 years old and older

First-place winners in each age category will receive a $100 gift card from Second-place winners will receive a $75 gift card; third-place winners, a $50 gift card.

Everyone who enters will get a free patch like the one on this page. (And, yes, the patch is a temporary insignia, so it can be worn on the Boy Scout uniform shirt, on the right pocket. Proudly display it there or anywhere!) In coming years, you’ll have the opportunity to earn different patches.

The contest is open to all Boys’ Life readers. Be sure to include your name, address, age and grade in school on the entry.

Send your report, along with a business-size, self-addressed, stamped envelope, to:

Boys’ Life Reading Contest
P.O. Box 152079
Irving, TX 75015-2079

Entries must be postmarked by Dec. 31, 2017 and must include entry information and a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Committee/Parent Meeting is TOMORROW


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 still have a leadership roles we need filled and just by coming to these meetings -- you could help the Pack tremendously!  You can RSVP on Scoutbook or just show up!  The link to the meeting agenda 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 November Committee meeting is at 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, November 2.  Come join us!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween Pack 1910!  We hope the weather holds out and that it's no tricks -- all treats!  Be safe, keep warm and see you soon!

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Veteran's Day Parade



To celebrate our veterans this year, Pack 1910 is cordially inviting all Cub Scouts and their families to attend the annual Fort Worth Veteran's Day Parade together, Saturday, November 11.  

Cub Scouts, in uniform, will meet together with their families to celebrate these brave men and women.  The parade route can be found HERE. Bring your flags to wave. Bring homemade signs of thanks. Bring your whole family.

See Scoutbook to RSVP and for all event specific information and staging site for Pack members.

We hope to see you there!

Monday, October 23, 2017

Pack Meeting TOMORROW!

Don't forget to join us TOMORROW for our annual Pack 1910 Halloween Party Pack Meeting!  Scouts, siblings and parents are welcome to our October Pack Meeting October 24 from 6:30-7:45pm. While our usual Pack meeting date is the 2nd Tuesday of the month, in October we schedule it out further so that we can have some Halloween fun with the Cubs!

Don't forget it's a COSTUME party! We want everyone in costume! Parents, siblings and ESPECIALLY leaders included! 

We will have some important announcements about upcoming events.  We will have an awesome ceremony for our new Scouts that have earned their BOBCAT.

We will play games. Oh yes... we will pay games! We will have fun the Cub Scout way! I hope you all make plans to join us. Be sure to RSVP on Scoutbook.

Monthly Pack Meetings are where all dens come convene to experience Pack fellowship, parents get to meet new faces, we all get to hear about the exciting things coming and enjoy the boys having fun during the activities! After all -- what we do -- it's ALL for the boys!

Monday, October 16, 2017

A Special Announcement...

... We interrupt your Monday for a very, very...

After careful consideration and much deliberation, the theme for the 2018 Blue and Gold Banquet has been selected by our Arrow of Light den...


For those of you who may be new to the world of Cub Scouts, the Blue and Gold banquet is one of the highlights of our Cub Scout year. It is a celebration of the anniversary (or "birthday") of Scouting. Simplified, it's a large-scale Pack meeting with food (dessert). On a broader scope, it's the last meeting our Arrow of Light Scouts will ever come to as a Cub Scout -- we say good by to them, their families and at least two of our registered leaders that are crossing over to Boy Scouts. As part of the Blue and Gold, we have a themed cake-baking competition (they should be quite interesting this year with this theme for sure!) We have special guests. But, the bottom line is... we have fun! Save the date for Friday, February 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m.

We would like a member of each den to be on the Blue and Gold planning committee. This is an easy way for each den to have a member familiar with the process so that when it comes time for their son to cross over to Boy Scouts, they are well versed with how to coordinate this event since it is run and conducted by the AOL den each year.

Friday, October 13, 2017

Cyber Chip

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. I'm sure we've all 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! We must protect them.

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 pulse, 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.  Predators use clickbait to lure them to watch material that is anything but age appropriate for Cub Scouts!

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.

Once they present their completion certification to their den leaders, they will earn their Cyber Chip which is a temporary patch to be worn on their uniform. (It's pictured at the top of this post.)

The Cyber Chip expires annually. Scouts are required to “recharge” the chip each year by returning to the NetSmartz® website for their grade and completing the recharge requirements (at the bottom for their required grade). Grades 1-3 have their own experience, Grades 4-5 have another, 6-8 have another and grades 9-12 have their own as well. This keeps the information relevant and age appropriate. Upon this completion, they'll be presented with a recharged pin to wear on their patch.

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 and 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!