Pack 845 Newsletter

February 2016

Pack 845 Updates

As you get your cars ready for our pack's pinewood derby later this month, your son is probably like mine and hoping his car will be a first place winner. I try to work with him so that he can learn that the fun is designing and building the car, and that the experience is not just what place his car finishes. Besides my son's wish to be #1, I'm thinking about other numbers important to our pack, 91 and 16 to be specific.

If you were not one of the 91 people from our pack that made the trip to Mobile to explore and sleep aboard the USS Alabama then you missed a real treat. We saw so much on Saturday and Sunday that it was hard to take it all in. While the accommodations were not the Ritz, I kept thinking this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to sleep on a real Battleship. The boys loved climbing in and out of the gun turrets, running up and down ladders and exploring from the engine room to the conning tower. When they got tired of that, there was a submarine and hangar full of planes to explore. The most memorable part of the trip for me was standing on the bow looking back at the armament and weaponry of that majestic ship, just incredible.

Sixteen is important because on Scout Sunday, that number of scouts stood in front of the congregation of Roswell United Methodist Church and received the scouting religious award for their faith. As Cubmaster Craig told the church that morning, the Scout Oath includes a commitment by the boys to do his duty to God and country and to be morally straight. Additionally, the last law is to be reverent. This is a special award that required the boys to take extra classes and will stay with them throughout their scouting career.

Look for our camp card program to start soon. We ask that the boys sell the $5 cards to help shore up the pack's budget so that we can continue to bring a quality program to the boys. There is a lot going on at both the den and pack level and we always encourage parents to get involved in the best way they can. I know you are busy, but also remember that this is the best time in your son's life to get involved. I challenge you to be an active part of the team that helps build character and equip him with life skills.

I would like to give a shout out to the following who have recently stepped up in a leadership position at Pack 845:

Anissa Ward, Heather Crane (Health & Safety)

Johanna Galvis (Assistant Cubmaster)

Teri Lamprey (Pack Trainer/Den Leader Coach)

Heather Snell, Michelle Gheen, Stuart Dougherty (Newsletter)

Thank you,

Todd Williams

Pack 845 Committee Chair

Pinewood Derby - at the Dod Center

Saturday, Feb. 20th, 8:30am-1:30pm

814 Mimosa Boulevard

Roswell, GA

2016 Pinewood Derby schedule

Friday, February 19

  • 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm Pre-race workshop in the RUMC Scout Hut and Track Set Up - volunteers needed

Saturday, February 20
  • 8:30 - 10:00 am Official Race Check-In (cars must be checked in by 10 am to be run with the Scout cars.
  • 10:00 - 10:30 am Flag/Opening Ceremony & Scout Voting on Derby Entries
  • 10:30 am Racing Begins
  • Race Order: Tigers, Wolves, Bears, Webelos 1, Webelos 2, Leaders, Family
  • 12:00 pm Pizza and other concessions will be available for purchase
  • 1:30 pm Approximate time Derby is over

Click here for additional information, tips, videos and rules.

Great Day of Service

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 8am-3:30pm

814 Mimosa Boulevard

Roswell, GA

Be sure to set aside the morning or afternoon of February 27 to be a witness and serve those in our community as part of our Global Impact Celebration. RUMC has lined up several projects and opportunities both on campus and throughout Roswell so that everyone can get involved–couples, families, kids, youth, and adults.

Join us for a light breakfast at 8 am at RUMC, then head out to your projects.

Who: Everyone! Childcare is available for morning projects.

Where: There are projects both on RUMC campus (morning), and out in the community (afternoon). Groups going out to the community will meet at the project site.

Questions? Amy Williams


Tiger through Bear - Class A Required

Webelos - Class B Required

Webelos Klondike

Saturday, Feb. 27th, 9am-5pm

15770 Birmingham Highway

Milton, GA

A Klondike derby is an annual event held by the Boy Scouts of America during the winter months and is based on the heritage of the Klondike Gold Rush. BSA units have been running Klondike derbies since 1949.The Klondike derby consists of several stations where patrols/units must test their Scoutcraft skills and their leadership abilities, earning points toward a total score. Good luck Webelos!

Did you know our Cubmaster is running this event? I didn't either...

Service Project: Scouting for Food

Sunday, Feb. 28th, 9-11am

814 Mimosa Boulevard

Roswell, GA

9 am: (Den 8, Den 9)

10:30 am: ( Den 1, Den 5)

Pack Committee Meeting

Thursday, March 10th, 6:30-8:30pm

RUMC Scouthut

All are welcome to attend. Den Chiefs are welcome but not required. All Dens must have one leader or a parent representative present.

District Roundtable - all welcome to attend

Thursday, Feb. 18th, 7:30pm

180 Academy Street

Alpharetta, GA

Round Table is a district event held monthly that enables leaders in like positions to get together and talk about what works and what doesn't. Breakouts are for Tiger, Wolf/Bear, Webelos and Cubmaster/Committee. It's a great opportunity to network.

Blue & Gold Ceremony

Thursday, March 31st, 6-8:30pm

814 Mimosa Boulevard

Roswell, GA

Help us congratulate the Webelos Arrow of Light Den (Webelos 2) on their outstanding achievement and the adventure that awaits in Boy Scouts. Special entertainment this year!! (Hint: Slithers and crawls and might be slimy) You don't want to miss this one.

As with previous years, dinner is included in the event and Scouts are free. The cost for parents and siblings will be released shortly.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.