Cub Scouts - Pack 18

December 2014 & Remembering 2014

A BIG THANKS!

Rachel Cantrell has volunteered to help the Pack by becoming our advancements chair "in training". Between now and February, Julie Jackson, our current and long time advancement chair, will be teaching her the position to ensure a smooth transition. Thanks Rachell!

Cub Scout Resident Camp

We have reserved a weekend for Cub Scout resident camp. Mark your calendar for July 24-27, 2015. This is a big deal for the boys, and adults. Cost this year will be $190 per boy and $130 per adult. This includes the full weekend of food and fun. Those that have gone in the past have never been disappointed. Look for announcements later for payment due date. Tentatively, we will be asking for these fees be paid at April's Pack meeting. See the link for information on reimbursement and other frequently asked questions. Registration flier.


Too expensive you say... remember that every scout will get a scholarship to go to Day Camp or Resident Camp. And all sales from the next fundraiser (see below) will go directly into the individual scout's account for use at camp. It can be affordable!!

Day Camp announced...

On June 15-18 (4 days this year), the boys have their annual Day Camp. This year it is all different and exciting. It will be a TWILIGHT CAMP, running from 2pm until 8pm, in Redmond. The district activities chair is promoting such activities as bb guns, archery, swimming, mountain biking, rock climbing, sports, nature trails and more. You wonder..."Why the change from the previous years?" Well, the hardest part of day camp is getting parent participation (as each unit needs to maintain a 4 scout to 1 adult ratio every day) because it would require parents to take an entire day off work. Now you can come and only miss a portion of the day. Mark your calendars. As more information is available, we'll pass it on.

Another Fundraiser....With you in mind!

Speaking of the next fundraiser.... We have the last Crater Lake Council sponsored fundraiser until popcorn next September. This fundraiser starts in January and runs until April 15th and is optional for those that want to participate. We are selling "Camp Cards". Sales of these start so soon after popcorn because our direct competitor is the little league cards that happen in the spring. The reason to participate is, unlike the popcorn fundraiser, 50% of each card sale goes directly into your scout account (none is kept by the Pack). In other words, every card you sell gives you $2.50 (cards are $5) that you can use for any approved scout expense (camping gear, new scout shirt, registration expenses, etc.). The primary purpose of this fundraiser is to help pay your way to camp this summer. It is not uncommon that you can get to camp at no cost, if you will to work for it. Here's what it is and how it works... link.

Thanking our Veterans!

Thanks to all the boys and parents that came out to show gratitude to all the men and women that served, and are still serving, this country and allowing us the freedom we live everyday. We had a large increase in participation compared to last year. The boys stood in uniform and saluted the veterans and flags as they passed. They all did a great job!

Scouting for Food. You guys ROCK!

Thanks to everyone that came out to collect food on November 15, 2014. It was about 10 degrees at 9am when we started, so we weren't expecting many to show. But we had a great turnout. We walked away with about 225 food items or 180 pounds of food. Not bad considering the weather conditions we were up against. Fantastic job both parent and boys!!!! Nativity Lutheran's food bank and the hungry, less fortunate people in our community thank you too also.

Adult Training - We can do better!

Registered and participating adults (that is everyone not registered but spends time with the boys), we need to get our training numbers up. The goal for the district is to have 80% or more of the adults trained from every unit (our Pack) trained. Right now our Pack sits at 18%. It doesn't take much to be trained. Simply follow these instructions:

  1. Go to www.myscouting.org. Put in your user name and password. If you don't have one, create a new account.
  2. Go to the "E-learning" link on the top right.
  3. Scroll down and look for your training. EVERYONE needs to take Youth Protection Training (YPT) every 2 years if you are around the boys. Additionally, if you are registered with the Pack, you need to do the "Leader Specific Training" for your position. If you are a den leader, you need to do the Tiger, Wolf, Bear, or Webelos Leader Specific Training. If you are not a den leader, you do the Pack Committee Leader Specific Training.
  4. Other trainings are required if you want to do special events such as swimming, boating, or any outdoor activities. Without the training in place, the Pack can't pull the permits and therefore can't be covered by BSA insurance during activities.
  5. Provide Chris Henningsen your certificate at the end of the training (PDF preferred otherwise paper copy works). These are kept on file for those parents that are not registered with the Pack, allowing us to distribute the certificates at the necessary events.
  6. If you are registered, you must link your account with your membership number. This is the only way that BSA and the Pack can accurately follow who is trained and not trained. This is important and is the only way we can bring up our Pack's trained percentage. Contact Chris Henningsen for your membership number.

To make this easier, I will bring my computer to pack meetings for adults to do the training during the meeting. Each training takes about 20 minutes +/-. Just come early and grab me so I can get it set up. Let's get these numbers up!

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December Pack meeting

Saturday, Dec. 13th, 9:30am-12pm

Mount Bachelor Ski Resort

You voted on it so here it is...we are going snow tubing. Scouts can participate free, paid for out of the Pack funds. This is one of the awards for participating and doing so well at popcorn sales. Adults and siblings are welcome and encouraged to come too but have to be pay your way. Come have fun!! More information, link. Please be there early, no later than 9:00-9:30 as it does sell out. The tubing opens at 10:00. If you can please let Chris Henningsen know if you plan on attending, I might be able to get the Pack a deal. If there isn't enough snow, the event will be rescheduled. Watch for updates.


We will be passing out Pinewood derby kits at this time. Every boy gets 1 kit, paid for by the Pack. Parents, please do not let the boys open the kit at the Pack meeting. There are a lot of small pieces (wheels and nails).


This Pack meeting is also the deadline to sign up and pay for Snowcapdes. Fee is $15 per adult and $18 per scout/sibling, checks made out to BSA. See below for more information.


If you can't be at the Pack meeting, make arrangement with Chris Henningsen to get your Pinewood derby kit and to sign up for Snowcapdes, if you are interested.

Round Table (Leaders & Adults Welcome)

Thursday, Dec. 18th, 7pm

60800 Tekampe Rd

Bend, OR

Meeting for Pack and Boy Scout leaders to discuss regional schedules and techniques to better the program.

Pack 18 Committee Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 8th 2015 at 6:30pm

20265 Meyer Dr

Bend, OR

This is not just for committee members but for all adults interested in helping the Pack or voicing their opinion on a Pack matter. This meeting we will be discussing modifications to the Pack budget, Pinewood Derby, and Blue and Gold.

Round Table (Leaders & Adults Welcome)

Thursday, Jan. 15th 2015 at 7:30pm

60800 Tekampe Rd

Bend, OR

Meeting for Pack and Boy Scout leaders to discuss regional schedules and techniques to better the program.

Jan. Pack Meeting - Pinewood Derby races

Tuesday, Jan. 27th 2015 at 6pm

60850 Brosterhous Rd

Bend, OR

This is Pack 18's Pinewood Derby race. Notice the meeting is a little early because the Pack serves a pizza dinner. Bring your own drinks. This meeting can go alittle long too so be prepared.

Remember the rules included with your car kit: 5 ounce max car weight and the keep to the required car dimensions. Cars will be weighed and measured before the day of the race.

Based on the results of the race, some boys go to the District Pinewood Derby races on February 28th. The top three from each den and all tigers get to go race against the top cars from the regions Packs.

Snowcapades

Saturday, Jan. 31st 2015 at 4am

Oregon 140

Klamath Falls, OR

For those that signed up for this event in December, meet at the SE Albertson's at 4am. We will caravan down to Camp McLoghlin, west of Klamath Falls. This is a full day of activity for scouts and families, full of sledding, snow shoeing, scouting skills and other activities. Everyone is to bring a helmet (bike helmet or sledding helmet) and warm clothing. We will be outside all day, except for lunch (which is provided, but you can obviously bring snacks). Those that are driving need Snow Park passes.


More information...See flier.

The Pack needs your help....

We need help from adults to do:


Day Camp organizer. This is collecting medical forms and attending informational meetings.


Cub Master. Chris will be leaving this position December 2015. Start thinking about the future of the Pack. Join up as an Assistant Cub Master and learn the position now.

Contact us!!

Whether you are looking to join, or you are a member of the Pack and have questions or comment, give us a call or email us at your convenience.

Wolf den News

Nothing submitted for announcements.

Webelos 1 Den news


Thur Dec 4 - Den meeting, Jewell Elem, 6:30 pm.

Thur Dec 11 - Den meeting, Jewell Elem, 6:30 pm.

Sat Dec 13 - Pack Meeting.

Thur Dec 18 - Den meeting, time and location TBD.

NO MORE MEETINGS UNTIL Jan 8th.

Webelos 2 den news

Nothing submitted for announcements.

Message from the Cubmaster - Chris Henningsen

I would like to say I have had a great 2014 with all the boys, and parents, of Pack 18. I hope everyone has learned a lot and had a great time over this year under the leadership of our fantastic den leaders and Pack committee. We, the registered leaders of Pack 18, do our best to provide a program where hopefully families grow together and scouts work their way toward being responsible young adults.


I am so proud of all the boys, seeing many of them grow in such a short time. This growth is what makes my position in the Pack so rewarding, seeing that we are helping to shape the future. Keep it up. I am reminded every day of how quickly these boys grow up. Wow!


We have had a great year but can have an even better 2015. I challenge the parents/guardians to continue to be involved in the program and with their boys lives. For those that didn't know, I was a Boy Scout as a youth earning my Eagle Scout rank, the highest rank in scouting,much like other adult members of our Pack. I had a conversation with my parents the other day (literally): "You had the motivation to get yourself to Eagle, but we had something to do with it. Without our help by being involved in your life (and as volunteer's in the BSA), it would have been more difficult." Looking back as an adult at my youth experiences, I believe they are absolutely right. There is nothing more important than a solid home life. BSA is centered around this ideal. For those that aren't involved in the Pack, think about what you can do to help. No one in the Pack is paid to do what they do; it's a volunteer position for all of us. With that said, I would like to say a very special thanks to the following people (some that work behind the scenes to make the program work). They make this Pack work and don't get the recognition they deserve.


Russ White: Committee Chair

Michelle White: Tiger/Wolf Den Leader

Wendy Schrank: Bear Den Leader

Christian Benedict: Pack Treasurer and Webelos 2 Den Leader

Eric Spinney: Pack Secretary

Julie Jackson: Advancements Chair

Curt Schrank: Fundraiser Chair


Enjoy the pictures from 2014 below. Have a great Holiday season and let's make 2015 one to remember! God bless you all.

2014 - A great year to be in Pack 18!