Thursday, September 20, 2018

Youth Protection Training


Now that I have your attention -- ALL Volunteers and Leadership need to renew their Youth Protection Training to be in compliance with the Boy Scouts of America's global renewal date of OCTOBER 1 for the new training module.  

We appreciate you investing in the safety of our Scouts!

Need a link?  Here ya go:  www.my.scouting.org  Log into your account or create one now!  

Once you've finished your training, please e-mail a copy of your certificate to pack1910cubscouts@gmail.com 

More information on our Youth Protection Program can be found HERE.  Who has to take it, why, its purpose and more.  

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

God & Me and God & Family

There are only two awards Cub Scouts can earn that they can take with them into Boy Scouts and wear on their uniforms forever -- one is their Arrow of Light award, the other is their religious emblem.

You see, a Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion.

To encourage members to grow stronger in their faith, religious groups have developed several religious emblems programs. The Boy Scouts of America has approved of these programs and allows the emblems to be worn on the official uniform. We are blessed and grateful to have longtime Scouter and church member, Sheri Tull, facilitate the God & Me and the God & Family programs this year for our Cub Scouts enabling them to earn their religious knots.

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They're called "knots" because they ARE a rectangular patch depicting a silver square knot on a field of purple. "Knots" are awards earned by leadership (and youth) for achieving benchmarks in training and/or leadership.

The program we will be utilizing was created through Programs of Religious Activities with Youth (P.R.A.Y.) The program helps young people to develop a deeper relationship with God and to understand how God is active in their lives and in the world around them. It is a Christian Education resource that uses Bible lessons paired with service projects to help young people not only to grow in Christian faith but to also express their faith by reaching out in love and in service to others. P.R.A.Y. encourages families, youth agencies, and Protestant congregations to use the P.R.A.Y. series to foster spiritual growth in children, youth and families.

This program is easier not only to do as a group, but also with a versed facilitator. We are so blessed to have her! Plus, the Scouts like listening to people other than us all the time! Like all things in Scouting this shouldn't be a "one and done" process because faith and your commitment to your faith should be an ever-evolving continual dialogue which is why we have a Duty to God for every rank in Scouts.

We have our Classes set up for select Wednesday nights for both the God and Me and God and Family (for Webelos and AOL scouts). The requirements get increasingly more difficult the older the scouts are -- as they should. These events have been added to Scoutbook. If you do not see them, please let me know. All classes are scheduled for 6:30 pm at the Scout House with the exception of the FIRST God and Family one which will be at 7:30 the first class date and should be only 45 minutes.

God and Me WorkbookPicture of God & Family Student Workbook (Grades 4-6)

Grades 1-3: God and Me (9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/17, 11/7, 12/5, 1/16 and a pizza party on 1/30)
Grades 4-6: God and Family (9/26, 10/10, 10/24, 11/14, 11/28, 12/12, 1/9, 1/23, and the pizza party on 1/30)
Grades 6-8: God and Church
Grades 9-12: God and Life

I've reviewed the course content and have tried to put realistic breaks in the program so that there are more meetings than required, but that's in order to keep the classes SHORT. Spacing it out keeps it interesting... something to look forward to and not become a laborious chore, but more a new adventure. Again, this is OPTIONAL and this program will never be held in place of a den meeting. The religious component of Scouts is deeply personal and we are all not of the same faith. Therefore, Duty to God means something different for everyone. If you are not aligned with the Protestant belief doctrine, please feel no pressure to complete this course as it is NOT a requirement to complete the Duty to God requirement for each rank, it's simply to earn the knot. The knot is optional but shows your Scout has gone above and beyond the requirements to deepen his faith.

Since this is entirely optional, the costs of this program (supplies, workbooks and $ for pizza at the end) are up to the families participating. The Pack, however, will provide the purple knot upon completion.

Cost is $6 per participant.



ACTION REQUIRED OF YOU: RSVP on Scoutbook for your Scout by 12 noon on September 19 (today - date of publication) so we can order your workbook for you. If there is a sibling that would like to participate as well... include their name in the comments. Payment of $6 per participant is due to April Driggers immediately (if not sooner).


The church offers a Wednesday night meal every week that would be an inexpensive dinner option for you: http://www.kellerumc.com/connect/wednesday-night-meal/

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Trail's End

This is a great resource to explain the WHY right to your Scout!  #aScoutisThrifty Giving the boys the opportunity to pay their way for their adventures helps YOU while giving them the opportunity for character building, public speaking and representing Scouting across the nation! 



If we got every scout to hit $1,000 in sales -- I know our Committee would turn that right into covering dues for the Pack for the 2019 year.  Anyone up for the challenge??

Monday, September 17, 2018

Want to Win A Trip to Disney?

Scouts who register (or previously registered) an online account and record at least one online order in 2018 will have the chance to win a trip for two to Walt Disney World® Resort.



Eight Scouts will win a trip! Here’s how:

  1. Three Scouts who record at least one online sale in 2018 will be randomly selected. You'll receive one entry for each online sale recorded, so the more orders you record, the more chances of winning you'll have.
  2. Five Scouts who are the online Top Sellers will automatically win a trip!

Start funding your next adventure today!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Popcorn Selling Tips


While we want full participation from every Scout, we want to make sure that we are reminding them not only of what they should be doing to make sales, but also what they should be doing to STAY SAFE!

  • ALWAYS wear your uniform
  • ALWAYS smile and introduce yourself
  • ALWAYS tell your customers why you are selling popcorn
  • KNOW the different kinds of popcorn you are selling
  • ALWAYS say "Thank You"
  • ALWAYS make a copy of your order form
  • ALWAYS have a pen


  • NEVER enter anyone's home
  • NEVER sell after darkhave a pen
  • NEVER carry cash with you
  • ALWAYS walk on the sidewalk and driveway
  • ALWAYS have a buddy with you

Have your Cub practice what he's going to say. Write it on little cue cards. Let him stand in front of a mirror. Rehearse with him. Ask him questions he might get so that he knows how to respond.

Hi, my name is ___________, and I am a Cub Scout with Pack 1910. I'm selling popcorn to raise money for the things I like to do in Scouting like ______________. This popcorn is DEEEEEEEEElicious and there are many different kinds to choose from. Will you please help support me in Scouting?

(Always be sure they say "Thank You" when you are done whether they make the sale or not.)


Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Make Popcorn Sales POP!




It's that time of year again!

We hope this to have this be our ONE AND ONLY fundraiser for the year, but in order to make that happen, we need EVERYONE's help! So what can you do help? By doing what Scouts do best --- giving 110%



We will have the trifecta of programs this year:

  1. Show and Sell booths set up at storefronts throughout our community each weekend where we can make direct sales with the total sales being split evenly between the Scout volunteers with those amounts going toward their final total;
  2. Online Sales so that you can reach friends and family that are not in our community which will also count toward your Scout's final total; and
  3. Take Order Sales skyrocket using our Mobile payment app via PayPal Here that will enable you to take credit/debit card payments directly from your mobile device during our Take Order campaign that begins RIGHT NOW.



A way to make this your Scout's best year ever is to consider the following:


Go where the people are

Going door to door in your neighborhood or your grandparent's neighborhoods around town is the easiest way to make sales. Saturday and Sunday, we have booths reserved where the majority of the families seem to go – the stores! This is why we are present at Show and Sell. Both of these just make lots of sense to start planning your sales strategy.


Don’t scare easily – be confident in your case

Face it -- these boys in uniform are ADORABLE! Don't let a simple "No" discourage them. Be sure they are greeting passers by with a friendly, “Hi there!" followed by, "Would you like to buy some amazing Cub Scout Popcorn?” And make sure our Scouts approach every passerby with the same blind enthusiasm – never fearful of defeat or judgment. Confidence is key – especially at first - definitely with Show and Sell. Once they make their first sale with take order, it's ON!


Have plan B ready

“Sorry bud, I’m in a big hurry,” is something they'll hear at Show & Sell. Let them reply with, “That’s o.k.! Think about it and we’ll see you on your way out, thanks!” Have them watch their tone after being denied and let it be as happy (or even happier) than before. If someone isn't interested in popcorn for themselves at Take Order door-to-door sales, remind them that they can make a donation and Trail's End will send popcorn to our soldiers on their behalf.


Have a great product

We aren't just selling popcorn, we are selling SCOUTING! Over 70% of what we sell goes BACK INTO SCOUTING! The popcorn is great, but our customers are really investing in THESE LITTLE GUYS MAKING THE SALE!


Follow up when you say you will

If your Scouts greet people at the Show and Sell and tell them they'll check back as they leave, remember that and be enthusiastic as they depart. Know your delivery dates for take order. Have him make thank you notes to attach to his orders for delivery.


Be yourself

Let these kids get excited about their sales! High-five each other when they make one, not only because they're building their final sales total for prize incentives, but because they're doing their part to pay their way! Have your Scouts tell those who purchase popcorn from them, "You are GOING TO LOVE THIS!" and make it convincing! It really IS good stuff!


Thank people better

When your scout makes a sale, have them TELL PEOPLE what it's helping accomplish. "Thank you so much, this is going to help me get my own compass." "Thank you, we are hoping our sales pay for our entire November campout!" Give them a reason to feel good about giving money to Scouting -- they are funding the experience for these boys!


Have fun and be funny

Engage with your customers! Humor lightens the room, builds trust and relaxes people.


Test and retest

Learning how to respond to different people with the same positive attitude teaches all kinds of amazing skills they can use later in life -- be it market testing and implementing on the fly. You don’t have to be mailing millions of pieces of direct mail to use ‘test packages’. Gauge what resonates best and hone your key marketing messages as you go.


Exclusivity works

Let the boys use their dwindling product supplies at Show and Sell as incentive... “only 2 boxes of Unbelievable Butter microwave popcorn left!!!!” Stated simply, if you want people to want something -- just tell them they can’t have it. This really is one of the oldest marketing tactics. Why do you think QVC has a ticker showing the clock wind down or the ‘units available’ sell out? Same with giving. Whether it’s exclusive giving circles, parties for levels or the CEO’s monthly email to the planned giving council – create something they can’t have, then give it to them.


Use what you’ve got

It’s easy for organizations and staff to get caught up in what we don’t have. An “if only” mindset can slow progress and quell energy. Instead use the Strengths Finder approach, turn ‘good’ into ‘great’ and forget about the rest. Our strengths are an awesome Pack, enthusiastic boys, dedicated leaders and the hopes that we can fund our entire year without fees, costs or a burden to our families so that they can enjoy EVERYTHING about Scouting without a price tag. THAT is what the program should be about!


HELP US MAKE THAT HAPPEN!!!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Pack Meeting Prayer

Thank you so much, Michael Warren, for leading our prayer. I'm sorry the microphone died on you!

I wanted to share your pack's opening prayer for this evening.


PRAYER OF REMEMBRANCE

As we come together tonight to celebrate the family and brotherhood of Scouting, let us not forget those who paid the ultimate sacrifice 17 years ago today. Tonight we honor them. Please remove all non-religious headgear and bow your heads with me.

This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

This day does not pass in the calendar without our remembering. Our parents remember images of destruction. Images that human eyes were never meant to see. They remember words our ears were never meant to hear.

All Americans who remember this day know our own feelings of emptiness as our sense of security, as our own confidence in the predictable order of life and work was radically shaken. We know you never want your children --- us---- to know this feeling.

This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

We remember the heroism of the many that lost their lives in saving others. We remember all those who suffered and died, we grieve for them still, friends and strangers alike, along with their families and friends. 62 countries lost citizens that day...

This date, 9-11, carries a heavy burden of memory.

And it is right that it should not pass from our memory. We should never forget. But today and in this prayer, along with our remembrance of profound loss, it also seems right that we give voice to our deep longing for peace, and with this prayer, commit ourselves to those actions that will draw us closer to our most ancient and most holy desire, peace among all God’s children.

Please join us in a moment of silence as we remember together all those who were lost.



Lord, grant us peace. Amen.

Popcorn... for parents

A great watch on the benefits you may not realize your son is gaining from participating in this sales program that benefits not only our pack but Longhorn Council as well!

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pack Meeting TOMORROW!


Welcome new and returning members of Pack 1910!
Join us for our first Pack Meeting of the 2018-2019 Scouting year!

WHO: Boys in Kindergarten - 5th grades and their families
WHEN: Tuesday, September 11 at 6:30 pm
WHERE: Family Life Center (FLC) at the Keller United Methodist Church, 1025 Johnson Road

In addition to a fun meeting with recognition for all the hard work over the summer, we will also enjoy some songs, games and lots of information on the upcoming season of scouting ahead.

We will talk about our annual fundraiser, our calendar, registration process for upcoming events as well as collecting applications, health forms, taking payments and more.  It's going to be a whirlwind of an evening but we are so excited to start.

This is a great night to join if you weren't able to make our sign-up event.  Leaders will be on hand to answer questions and help you and your scout find his way on your journey!

READY?  SEE YOU THERE!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Transfers and New Families

We are working to get your applications processed and input into our system. Thank you all for your patience. We want to make sure nothing is over-looked and ensure that all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed to make your start with Pack 1910 a success!

Most dens aren't meeting until NEXT Sunday (other than the Wolves which meet today!)

We will do the formal meet-and-greet at the Pack Meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 pm.  Please be there 10 minutes early, if possible but arrive no later than 6:30pm.  We have a gathering activity that will begin at 6:20 pm and last until 6:30 pm (we will have one at every Pack meeting) to encourage you all to arrive well before our flag ceremony since many of your scouts will take turns being part of this important act of service.

Also, please see the previous post about coming to our Parent Orientation meeting. We need at least one parent from every family to attend. Scouts and siblings are welcome though this is for adults so please bring a quiet activity for them to do.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Pack 1910 Parent Orientation

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Parents, please make plans to join us for an informal but ridiculously important Parent Information and Orientation meeting Sunday, September 16 from 3-430 pm in the Family Life Center of the Keller UMC (west entrance of the church), 1025 Johnson Road.

Bring your questions. THIS is where you'll get answers.

If you have printed your New Parent Orientation Guide, please bring that to follow along or download it to your device. This document is always available from our blog's main page by accessing (on a desktop, not a mobile device) the Scouting Links header in the left hand margin.

Please RSVP on ScoutBook so we know to expect you.  If you have no idea what I'm talking about, then you definitely want to come! If you've not yet accessed and/or received your Scoutbook notification, just show up!  We will make things happen.

Friday, September 7, 2018

Time To Get Popping!


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

SHOW AND SELL BOOTHS ARE AVAILABLE!  CLICK HERE

Take order sales starts NOW!  Formal kick off was at our September Pack Meeting but you can start selling anytime! 

If you have any questions about our popcorn fundraising program, please check out our Popcorn Page dedicated to all things popcorn!

We have fun incentives to make this totally worth your while -- oh, and it's pretty tasty stuff!  That doesn't hurt one bit. 

Popcorn sales are what is allowing the Pack to provide a t-shirt to each Scout in our unit, all awards, registration for Cub Scout Fun Day, your handbooks, rank advancement, neckerchiefs.... popcorn FUNDS scouting so we count on YOU to help the pack.  Why?  Cause it's a small investment of your time which keeps more of YOUR money in YOUR pocket!  WIN/WIN!

Thursday, September 6, 2018

September's Hike is RESCHEDULED to 9/15


If you've been checking your email then you should know that we made the decision to reschedule our first hike of the season from this Saturday to 9/15 due to this....


Doesn't that look like fun hiking weather?  Yeah....  we didn't think so either!  Plus with the heightened risk of lightning, safety first -- always.  

So, please make sure you check your RSVP on Scoutbook for the new date and join us then! Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to a great hike focusing on geocaching... and not how to get mud out of your ears.


Monday, September 3, 2018

September's Hike


One of the main reasons boys want to join Scouts is to get OUTDOORS! There's no better way to do that than some good ole fun on the trail! We want to be more a outdoor-oriented Pack and keep our boys ACTIVE! In short, we will keep the OUT in scOUTing!

Pack 1910 goes hiking almost every month at areas around the DFW metroplex for distances between 1-4 miles. These fun outings are an integral part of our program. We want to get the boys outside and know that it's more fun to do these things with friends. That being said, there are incentives to participation. Attendance at these events is completely optional, but... you know you want to come.

Besides providing enjoyment and rewards, the hiking program helps boys become confident and comfortable outdoors and encourages healthy habits and lifestyles. It also helps makes the transition to Boy Scouting activities easier.

Our first hike will be Saturday, September 8 at 9-10:30 am on the new Shady Grove/Rapp Road Trail (approx. 1.5 miles). Check Scoutbook for where to park and meet.  We will be GEOCACHING!

Hikers -- be prepared with your six essential items for hiking! Check out THIS LINK for more information on that. Let your SCOUT gather these items into a lightweight backpack -- why? Because if you do everything for him, he loses the opportunity to learn for himself!




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

If you plan to attend, please be sure you RSVP on Scoutbook so we know who all to expect! All Pack events are FAMILY FRIENDLY but please do not bring the 4 legged kiddos!

If this is your 1st hike with Pack 1910, you’ll even earn your first pack hiking badge by attending!!

Sunday, September 2, 2018

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 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!

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, September 1, 2018

You've Got 30 days!


You've got 30 days to update your Youth Protection Training to be in compliance with the Boy Scouts of America's global renewal date.  We appreciate you investing in the safety of our Scouts!

Need a link?  Here ya go:  www.my.scouting.org  Log into your account or create one now!  

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Did Your Scout Earn His Summertime Achievement Award?


...that by joining us for one event a month this summer, 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.



Can't remember what all we did this summer?  Check out the list below and let our Awards Chair, Sereniah Mahanna know if your Scout earned this award! 

JUNE
4-7: Mustang District Day Camp
16: Stargazing Party
29: Mountasia Family Fun Night

JULY
7: Incredibles 2 Movie Outing
21: Stargazing Party
27: Federal Bureau of Engraving and Printing Tour

AUGUST
4-5: Webelos only trip to Space Center Houston (overnighter)
11: Raingutter Regatta
18: Stargazing Party
19: Keller Post Office Tour
26: Ice Cream Social Recruitment and Registration Event

Let her know ASAP so we can make sure to have these at the September 11 Pack Meeting!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

You MISSED Sign Up Day?

YOU MISSED PACK 1910 CUB SCOUT SIGN UP DAY?!?!?


(I'll let you in on a little secret... it's no big deal!)  If you were unable to make it to Pack 1910's sign up day, please know that it is not too late to join Cub Scouts.  In fact, it's NEVER too late to join.  We are a year-round program!

So, if you didn't make it to sign up night, no problem at all.  Simply send an e-mail to pack1910cubscouts@gmail.com and we will tell you how to get plugged in to the Cub Scout Experience! The faster you join, the more fun you can have!  Think about it!  Don't delay!  


Ready to join NOW?  You can apply online immediately Click the tab for Join Our Pack above!

BALOO


YOU need to take BALOO!

What IS BALOO training? 

BALOO stands for Basic Adult Leader Outdoor Orientation and it's a requirement for all Packs to have a BALOO trained adult at any Cub Scout den or pack outdoor event, including pack and Webelos den overnight camping. BALOO certification is reached after completion of two components—one online and one practical, hands-on session (that means you'll be camping). Both components must be completed to qualify as a “TRAINED” Cub Scout outdoor leader.

Check out THIS LINK for another great read on how they've overhauled the BALOO training.

The online module which must be completed prior to the practical component contains basic information that will be built upon during the hands-on portion. Cool thing... YOU CAN DO THIS PORTION RIGHT NOW in the comfort of your own home by simply logging into your my.scouting.org account (the same one where you took the updated Youth Protection Training -- yeah, I'm looking at you!!) so you can go ahead and just knock that out of the way!  Talk about being proactive!

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Why take BALOO?  

Great question! I'm glad you asked. Here's the simple explanation: We cannot camp without BALOO trained adults. It's that simple. 

As a Pack, we are not allowed to camp-out anywhere other than at a Council or District sponsored event UNLESS we have at least one BALOO trained adult. Currently, only have three BALOO trained adults ENTIRE PACK!  One more is registered but the real question is -- how is this possible in a Unit our size?!?

As a Pack, we have set a standard that we will have a minimum of two BALOO trained adults on every overnight event, because if there is only one.... and that person has to leave... the event has to end. The more BALOO trained adults we have in our Pack, the better off our entire program is.

We know not everyone can make every camp out which is why we need MULTIPLE PARENTS AND LEADERS to obtain their BALOO certification. This is not the time to rely on everyone else to ensure your Scout's program is the best one around -- THIS is a way YOU can make an IMMEDIATE DIFFERENCE!!!


"BUT I'M NOT A REGISTERED LEADER"

So what? You don't have to be!  Cool, huh? You only have to be an adult who wants to see our Pack's outdoor program continue and succeed.


"SO, WHAT'S THE CATCH?"

The catch is that... it takes a village... so BE THE VILLAGE!!  You need to take the training and then commit to being one of those BALOO trained adults who comes camping with us!  




"WHEN AND WHERE IS THE TRAINING?"

  • Sept. 15-16 8am-11am at Hills and Hollows Denton  REGISTER HERE
  • Sept. 22-23 8a-12 at Hills and Hollows in Denton REGISTER HERE


Registration is LIVE RIGHT NOW.  Take the online portions sometime this month and you're SET... and my personal hero!  Who wouldn't want that designation?

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Once you complete the course, you get a handy dandy business sized card that signifies you are indeed a BALOO trained adult. KEEP THAT IN YOUR WALLET!  It has to be on your person for the overnight events! Oh, and Pack leadership - we need a copy of that!

The only way to make our program be the best one around is to invest in it!  

It's full of some amazing leadership and parents just like you who want to see their son's units be awesome! Such a small investment with a huge payoff for everyone!

Monday, August 27, 2018

Parent/Committee Meeting Tonight

PARENTS WANTED!!! PLEASE ATTEND TONIGHT'S COMMITTEE MEETING TO HELP THE PACK MAKE PLANS AND DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR SON'S 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.

We have a few leadership roles we would love to have filled and just by coming to these meetings -- you could help the Pack tremendously!

The meeting is at 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, September 27. Come join us!

Friday, August 24, 2018

Raingutter Regatta



We are a couple of days away from one of our last Pack summer adventures -- 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.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 26
3-6pm
UMC-Keller Scout House
1025 Johnson Road

Grab your kit at the Scout Shop TODAY! They're open on Saturday too!  If you have a sibling wanting to race, too, grab an extra for them... everyone can race!

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! This is a super simple thing... and it's more about FUN than anything else!  Plus... ICE CREAM!

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.)
Each scout who participates earns a raingutter regatta patch for their brag vest.

Interested In Scouting? Join us THIS SUNDAY!

Pack 1910 families and those interested in our unit, come to our ice cream social and Raingutter regatta this Sunday to race and for our new families to register for scouts (or get more information about our program.)  Click the flyer to save a .pdf or e-mail us for more information!  Feel free to share the .pdf with your friends who may be interested as well!


Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bears and Blades

One of the benchmarks in Scouting that younger Cub Scouts really look forward to each year is earning their Whittlin Chip and then carrying their own pocket knife!

Once Bears take a class this year, they, too, will be prepared with the right training to have the basics of knife safety down and will be ready to start whittling on their own.  Maybe you want to let them learn on an old one, and buy them their very own for Christmas.

But, how do you find the best pocket knife?  Why not check out Reviews.com for their article on the best pocket knives  They have done the hard work for you!  Check it out... they tested 36 and narrowed it down to the best:

36 of the best pocket knives we tested

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Updated Annual Calendar



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 completed the one year monthly calendar.  We will be updating the year at a glance shortly.

Click HERE for the MONTHLY Annual Pack calendar.

Both calendars will also available on the Pack's blog along the left hand margin. Scroll down to the FORMS section or look for the mini image of the year at a glance version.

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!

Friday, August 10, 2018

Remind


Parents, leaders and friends of Pack 1910, please join our Pack's remind account. 

While Scoutbook enables us to utilize e-mail reminders, we feel this is more efficient for Pack notifications.  This will be used to communicate important announcements, reminders and urgent updates regarding events we are hosting (location changes, inclimate weather notifications, etc.)

Simple to join our notification list by taking out your smart phone and doing the following:


Or by sending a blank e-mail to myscoutpak@mail.remind.com


Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Youth Protection Training Renewals



The BSA has announced bold, wide-ranging updates to its Youth Protection program as part of an ongoing effort to protect young people from child abuse. This starts with an enhanced online Youth
Protection training course ("YPT2") that all volunteers must complete.  But we like to make sure that we're all on the same page so we are asking ALL PACK PARENTS to complete this.  You do NOT have to be a registered BSA member to take YPT2

Even leaders and volunteers who took previous versions of Youth Protection training must log into My.Scouting.org and complete the updated Youth Protection course.

Who needs to take YPT2? 
  • Anyone registered in any volunteer capacity with the BSA
  • All Den Leaders
  • All Assistant Den Leaders
  • All Committee Members
  • Plus, anyone who plans to attend a pack function or drive Scouts to or from Scout events. 
  • THAT MEANS YOU!
Let me state again -- you do NOT have to be a registered leader to take Youth Protection Training.  But let's consider the facts -- the more Pack families that take YPT2, the more protected ALL of our youth are!

The updated course debuted in February 2018; if you took Youth Protection training prior to that, you’ll need to complete the updated course by Oct. 1.

If you are a registered leader, be sure to use your BSA member number when you log into your my.scouting account so that your updated training shows up in the Council records. It should automatically be updated in Scoutbook as well.

Not sure what your BSA member number is? You can find it in your profile in Scoutbook.


DEADLINE FOR COMPLIANCE:  OCTOBER 1, 2018

Don't let your YPT certification expire!!

And a word to the wise – don’t wait until the end of September to take the new course. There are nearly a million adult volunteers and thousands of Scouting professionals who have to take the new online course.

And many of them will wait until the last minute to take it.  (Shocker, I know!)

You don’t want to be the one stuck in a situation where the website is terribly slow (dial up anyone?), making the experience excruciating, or perhaps even crashes, leaving you without a valid YPT certification.  Don't let that be you. 

Take it early and avoid potential hassles!

Take it now!

Cub Scouts - Do Your Best

Sunday, August 5, 2018

Committee / Parent Meeting is TOMORROW!

PARENTS WANTED!!! PLEASE ATTEND MONDAY'S COMMITTEE MEETING TO HELP THE PACK MAKE PLANS AND DECISIONS ABOUT YOUR SON'S 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.

We have a few leadership roles we would love 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 7pm at the Scout House on Monday, August 6. We will be reviewing the cost-per-scout analysis, discussing fundraising, addressing leadership, finalizing the fall camp out, making plans for back-to-school recruitment and the raingutter regatta and more. Come join us!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Fun New Shirts At The Scout Shop!

Have you signed up to receive the updates and newsletters from the BSA Scout Shop?  They have released their new t-shirt designs for fall and there are some great ones!  Take a look HERE

And just in case you are curious, here are a few of my favorites...





Want to get notifications on sales and gear?  Sign up for their newsletter online HERE. We are so fortunate to have a local scout shop just off Precinct Line Road on Cannon.  If you haven't been there in a while, go check out their new product!

Friday, July 27, 2018

Longest Blood Moon of the Century

The record-setting lunar eclipse paired with an extra-close Mars will soon have sky-watchers seeing red.  Check out this report HERE.

This feed goes LIVE in 3 hours:


Which will likely be our best bet to see the whole event... North America isn't in the correct proximity to witness the full lunar event.

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Sleepover With America's Team

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Save the date for the 2018 Scout Sleepover opportunity offered by America's Team. The greatest scout sleepover will be October 12. Don’t miss out on a night to remember at the home of our hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys! Every Scout and their family is welcome to come out and participate! Yes, the entire family can come!



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

• Free Parking • 

• Giveaways •

• Dinner and Breakfast •

• Field Activities •

• Movie on Big Screen with Popcorn •

• Camping Out on the Field •


WANT MORE FUN??   Access to the Dallas Cowboy Rally Day event which will be held the following morning is available for $12 per person.  Rally days are a fan fest at the stadium on Saturdays before the game. They have activities on the field, pictures and autographs with Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders, Dallas Cowboys Alumni appearances and autograph opportunities. Typically these tickets are $35 a person, but for Scout Sleepover attendees, they will be offered for $12.

Deadline for us to register as a Pack is October 5, therefore, your RSVP deadline is September 10 with payment due at September Pack Meeting held 9/11. Once we have a total number of attendees, we will ensure we qualify for the discounted rate and will register our group together. Be prepared to pay September 11 (or before).

Friday, July 20, 2018

Mabel's Labels



Believe it or not, it's time to start thinking about BACK TO SCHOOL shopping!  You'll be needing to label lunch boxes, waterbottles, athletic wear, shoes, jackets, school supplies, backpacks and we have partnered up for a fundraiser with one of the best sites for personalized labels -- namely, Mabel's Labels.  

You can visit Mabel's Labels by clicking THIS LINK.  You will be taken to the fundraising action page.  Under the box on the left, click the orange bar to scroll down and find "CUB SCOUT PACK 1910".  This will take you to our Pack's page within the Mabel's Labels fundraising selections.  From there... start checking out all their awesome options! 

I can attest that the quality is TOP NOTCH... dishwasher safe, waterproof, microwave safe... I've put them on everything from favorite blankets to stuffed animal tags to Matchbox cars to Scout handbooks to backpacks to sippy cups to headphones to every... single... solitary piece of camping equipment my Boy Scouts own --including their eating utensils, chairs and sleeping bags!

You needn't be part of Cub Scout Pack 1910 to order so feel free to invite your family and friends to do their back to school shopping here too!!  This is a perpetual fundraiser we keep active because EVERYONE needs labels!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Cub Scouts - A Great Purpose



One of the best gifts you can give your kid through Scouting is a whole new family... all of you!  Values that last a life time.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Happy Father's Day


A big shout out to all of the awesome dads that make up the true workhorse behind Pack 1910. Without you, we would be lost! Sometimes we perceive many benchmark holidays as fabrications by the flower, jewelry or candy companies for the obligatory "atta boy" shout outs but I believe Father's Day is a day that we should all recognize the important contributions that fathers make to their families.

We celebrate those dads that jump in with both feet and take an active role in parenting by being present. Your presence IS a present! By attending school functions, sports practices as well as helping supervise camping trips and even den meetings... we all thank you and wish you a Happy Father's Day!