Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pack 1910 Visits the National Scouting Museum


Pack 1910 visited the National Scouting Museum in Irving today. From seeing all the Norman Rockwell masterpieces to the thousands of artifacts, I believe everyone got to take something positive away from the experience. What a great American tradition every boy should be proud to be a part of!

The museum had a pinewood derby track set up with cars for them to test...

...a sample of a soapbox derby car created by a local pack

...a kayak and canoe to sit in

...uniforms from Tiger through Boy Scout, Venturing, Sea Scouts

... gear like backpacks to try out as well as a tent set up

... a mock campfire for stories

...a full display of US Council shoulder patches 

...a historical display of all the merit badges for Boy Scouts (many have been discontinued)

...a laser shooting range

...sketches and watercolors from Baden Powell's personal book (he was wickedly, amazingly, artistically talented!) 

...many interesting artifacts from the inception of the Boy Scouts of America from 1910 to today from past Jamborees

...a full section honoring Eagle Scouts

... this carved Corvette! was definitely a memorable experience!  Our full photo album is HERE.

If you weren't able to make it with the pack today, please pick another Sunday to visit with your family as the museum will close its doors for good mid-September to make the move to Philmont Scout Ranch in New Mexico. You should definitely visit it while it's still in our backyard! Plus, as a bonus, it's free on Sundays!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Solar Eclipse Patch

A total solar eclipse is a rare event. A total solar eclipse whose path crosses right over the heart of the United States? Even rarer.
On Aug. 21, 2017, the solar system serves up a special treat. Aug. 21 is a Monday, but those Scouts and Venturers who are still on summer break should plan a big celebration. Like all the best celebrations, this one comes with its own patch.

There won’t be another total solar eclipse over the United States until 2024. After that, you must wait until 2045. In other words, when Aug. 21 arrives, make sure you’re ready.

How to earn the BSA 2017 Solar Eclipse patch
  1. Locate a site suitable for viewing the eclipse. Search Google for “eclipse viewing” and the name of your city or town to find events near you.
  2. Describe how to safely view the eclipse.
    • Never look directly at the sun. Instead, look directly at these tips from NASA on how to view the eclipse safely.
  3. Discuss with your group what you saw and felt during the eclipse.
    • Post your comments and eclipse photos on social media using the hashtag #BSAEclipse2017.
  4. Do the following:
    • Discuss what a solar eclipse is with your leaders.
  5. Ask your unit leader to buy the 2017 Solar Eclipse patch.
    • It can be ordered through your local council service center.
(special thank you to Dave Hammonds for sending us the safety protocol for viewing the eclipse)

When Day turns into Night

On Monday, August 21, 2017, a solar eclipse will be visible (weather permitting) across all of North America. The whole continent will experience a partial eclipse lasting 2 to 3 hours. Halfway through the event, anyone within a roughly 70-mile-wide path from Oregon to South Carolina will experience a brief total eclipse, when the moon completely blocks the sun’s bright face for up to 2 minutes 40 seconds, turning day into night and making visible the otherwise hidden solar corona — the sun’s outer atmosphere — one of nature’s most awesome sights. Bright stars and planets will become visible as well.

Only View with Proper Eye Protection
During an eclipse, eye safety is very important.  The Sun can be viewed safely with the naked eye only during the few brief seconds or minutes of a total solar eclipse. Partial eclipses, annular eclipses, and the partial phases of total eclipses are never safe to watch without taking special precautions. Even when 99% of the Sun's surface is obscured during the partial phases of a total eclipse, the remaining crescent is intensely bright and cannot be viewed safely without eye protection.   

Avoid Eye Damage
Looking directly at the Sun (the bright disk of the Sun itself), even for just a few seconds, can cause permanent damage to the retina of the eye, because of the intense visible and invisible radiation that the sun emits. This damage can result in impairment of vision, up to and including blindness. The retina has no sensitivity to pain, and the effects of retinal damage may not appear for hours, so there is no warning that injury is occurring.

Irreversible Eye Damage within a Fraction of a Second
Under normal conditions, the Sun is so bright that it is difficult to stare at it directly. However, during an eclipse, with so much of the Sun covered, it is easier and more tempting to stare at it. Looking at the Sun during an eclipse is as dangerous as looking at it outside an eclipse, except during the brief period of totality, when the Sun's disk is completely covered (totality occurs only during a total eclipse and only very briefly; it does not occur during a partial or annular eclipse). Viewing the Sun's disk through any kind of optical aid (binoculars, a telescope, or even an optical camera viewfinder) is extremely hazardous and can cause irreversible eye damage within a fraction of a second


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School! Back To Scouts!

Most of Pack 1910 had their first day of school today! So, with a new year is a fresh set of crayons (don't you just love the smell of a fresh box of crayons?), sharpened pencils, new shoes and new friends! It's also time for new adventures... new rank... new skills... new challenges... In short, It's back to scouting!

The beginning of school starts the beginning of our recruiting season so if you know someone who may be interested in Cub Scouts... invite them to one of our activities!

It's nothing big... Ya know, just things like...





Knife skills 

(yes, they really learn how to properly use a pocket knife)

First Aid

Community Service


... and cool experiences like overnights at Fossil Rim... The Perot Museum... the USS Lexington... or visiting cool places like the police department... the fire station... or even the Texas Capitol... 

Who WOULDN'T want to join?  Bring a friend and come to the Raingutter Regatta August 26 from 3-6 at the Scout House! 

It's time for back to school... so that means it's time to get back to Scouts!

Are you ready for YOUR next adventure?  Join Cub Scout Pack 1910 today!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Raingutter Regatta, Registration and Recruitment (R4)

We are a couple of weeks away from our last Pack summer adventure -- the Annual Raingutter Regatta.  This is our highly anticipated end of summer back to school blast and we look forward to seeing you all there.

UMC-Keller Scout House
1025 Johnson Road

Kits will be available next week. Watch for an e-mail from Scoutbook! If you can't wait or want to make more than one kit (for a sibling), the kits are also readily available at the Scoutshop on Cannon Drive. 

The "official" rules and regulations on this event can be found by clicking {HERE} Be sure that you have logged into Scoutbook and RSVP'd so that we know you're coming. Big things to note -- use the kit, be sure to paint it so that the wood is sealed, don't attach the sail, but most importantly -- HAVE FUN!

What to bring?
  • Completed regatta boat
  • Portable camp chairs for your family
  • Drinks for your family
This is a BRING YOUR OWN DRINK event. No glass containers please.

We will be cooking hot dogs for the family too!  Come join the fun. Each scout who participates earns a raingutter regatta patch for their brag vest.

Have a friend interested in Scouting? This is a great introductory activity to show them all the fun we have in Pack 1910. This is the official day to JOIN PACK 1910!

This is our August sign-up night so if you have a friend interested, pick up a peer-to-peer recruiting card from April and have your friend turn it when they join!  In return, your scout earns his RECRUITER patch!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Ten Things All Parents Should Know About Cub Scouts

The Utah Parks Council (which is a fantastic source of information for those Scouting nerds like myself who enjoy garnering as much information as they can from all types of sources across the Scouting-world), published an article recently and I wanted to share part of it with you because... well, it's so true and it's great information to keep in your forethought when you're getting into the program.

Whether you grew up in the Scouting program, or are completely new to the idea of the Boy Scouts of America, know that you don't have to come from a Scouting background to be a great Scouting leader -- you simply have to believe in the program and have a desire to make a positive influence on the youth that surround you -- including your own son!

So, that being said, here are 10 things all parents should know about cub scouts

1) Cub Scouts is amazing, and the program encourages moral choices and behavior. The more you learn, the more you’ll like it.

2) Cub Scouts requires resources: time, people, money. It requires more than a meeting... Boys need uniforms, handbooks, etc. Boys also meet more frequently the higher the ranking in the program.

3) If the program isn’t run well, it’s just a pain and won’t accomplish its purposes. It takes PEOPLE, however, to make that happen!  By the way, that means YOU!

4) Den leaders are crucial to the success of Cub Scouts. This is an important calling. Boys want leaders who inspire, prepare, and are fun.

5) Cub Scouts is fun! Fun is so important! Cubs are young and active, and Scouting shouldn’t just be like school. LEARN BY DOING!

6) Faith in God and Cub Scouts are not mutually exclusive. The two programs go hand-in-hand, so remember to connect them.

7) Training for leaders and two-deep leadership is not optional. Training teaches leaders, and two-deep leadership protects leaders and boys. Every boy deserves a well-trained leader!

8) Den meeting is for working on advancement, not just goofing around so parents can do the work at home. Even though they should have fun, they should be working towards goals and learning (learning can be fun too). 

9) That being said, no boy will ever advance without the support of his family. He needs you!

10) A well functioning Cub Scout Pack leads to experienced, confident, excited 5th graders who love Scouting... and who move onto Boy Scouts to continue to discover their leadership skills and potential.

From school to work to home to sports to youth to scouts, we get that you are swamped with responsibilities, but helping to keep your eyes on the purposes of the program and knowing that a plan is in place for you to follow will help make it a success for everyone!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

Updated Calendars

There are so many opportunities for fun in the year ahead!  We have been hard at work confirming dates and securing campsites so that you can plan ahead!  Be sure to check out the calendars for updated dates!  You can get yours below.  We have a one year / one page calendar or a monthly calendar.  

Click HERE for the ONE YEAR AT A GLANCE calendar.

Click HERE for the MONTHLY Pack calendars.

Both calendars are also available on the Pack's blog along the left hand margin.  Scroll down to the FORMS section. 

Also, if you are ever in a pinch, remember that the Scoutbook calendar is always up to date and general information is always available on the blog's calendar page (it's synced with Scoutbook!) 

We want our parents to be in the know!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Calling All Superheroes!

Every superhero needs a side kick and our Pack's leadership is no exception!

We NEED A SIDE KICK for our popcorn kernel IMMEDIATELY to help ensure slots are filled for our Show And Sell locations, to help solicit prime locations for Show And Sell opportunities, to ensure product is set up, maybe to help with a last minute restock, to help with pick up and/or delivery of popcorn, to help process the take orders for accuracy, to help check paperwork when forms are turned in... easy peasy!

This awesome side kick position is great for someone who might not have all the time to commit to a full time volunteer position but knows that even these SMALL amounts of help have a BIG IMPACT on our Pack!  We need you to dust off your tights... grab that cape...and be our much needed side kick!

Please e-mail Jennifer Woodruff HERE to let her know you're ready to be HER SUPERHERO!