Cub Scout Pack 33 Newsletter

Wilmington, Delaware

Happy New Year!

2013 was a fun and busy year for Pack 33. We began the scouting year with an ice cream social in early September. Our Webelos 2 scouts began preparing for their transition from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts that month by attending a Troop meeting and a boy scout camping trip, a very different experience from cub scout camping.

In October, we had 2 pack hikes in local parks. We also helped out IHM Parish at their annual Consignment Sale. All through the fall, cub scouts raised money by selling refreshments at IHM School basketball games. Many families enjoyed our annual hayride at Bellevue State Park.

In November, we had our first overnight trip, an outing to Ashland Nature Center, studying "Unhuggable" animals, astronomy and hiking with naturalists and parents. This month's pack hike was to a national wildlife refuge in Philadelphia. Cub Scouts had a great time racing their homemade boats and practicing good sportsmanship at the Raingutter Regatta as well.

In December, we had another local pack hike as well as our annual Adopt A Family service project and celebration in which scouts and families shop for families from St. Paul's parish and celebrate Christmas together.

As always, please follow the wiksispace for information on Pack activities.

We have lots of exciting events planned for 2014, but we will need the help of family members (parents, grandparents and others are welcome). We will also have some change in Pack Committee leadership as some parents leave for Boy Scouts with their sons. We always welcome new volunteers, whether on a one time project like shirt sales or registration, or an ongoing position like Service Chair. Contact any leader for more information on available opportunities.

Adopt a Family

Thank you to Bev Randolph, Jenn Ditomo and all of the scouts and parents who shared their time, talent and treasure to brighten the holidays of our scouting family and of those less fortunate families in our area. Photo provided by Erin Fahnoe.

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Pack 33 BINGO

Thursday, Jan. 16th, 6:30pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Lower Hall, Wilmington, DE


The Tiger Dens are organizing a Pack Bingo Night at IHM's Lower Hall on Thursday, January at 16 at 6:30 p.m. This event is for cub scouts, webelos and their families.

You may bring your scout's siblings if you like.

Please bring crayons to mark your cards!


6:45 PM: Welcome by Tiger den leaders, Presentation of Colors by Tigers, Announcements
6:50 PM: Presentation of advancements by den leaders to any scouts who have earned them
7:00 PM: Play Bingo!
8:00 PM: Clean Up, Leave no Trace


Volunteers are needed for set up and clean up and to call out the numbers for the games and hand out prizes. Tiger parents are needed to purchase prizes in preparation for the event, borrow a bingo set, set up and clean up.

Calling all Sports Fans

Joe Dugan of the Delaware 87ers recently contacted our Pack about opportunities to present the colors at one of this minor league NBA team's home games at the Bob Carpenter Center. Pack 33 has presented the colors at the games of the Wilmington Blue Rocks and the UD Hockey Team in the past and it has always been a special and fun experience. If you are able to set up a date for this event and help coordinate, please contact Kerry Doyle-Shannon at

Not a basketball fan? You can arrange a similar event at a professional or semi-professional sporting event such as hockey, soccer or baseball games.

Pack Hike

Sunday, Jan. 19th, 1:30pm

David English Trail, White Clay Creek State Park 880 New London Road Newark, DE 19711

This single-track loop trail passes through hardwood forest and hayfields over a packed earth surface. Twin Ponds cut-off trail is located at the approximate midpoint along the trail and returns to the trailhead.

Trailhead: Park Office on Thompson Station Road –CARPOOLING OPTIONS UNDER CONSIDERATION

Mark Your Calendars Now

2014 will be another fun-filled, busy year for Pack 33. Please update your calendar with these events. When you see that your den is leading an event, talk to your den leader about how you can participate. If you have an event you would like to add to our calendar, please contact your den leader or Kerry. We welcome your ideas.

January 2014

BINGO on Thursday, January 16 at 6:30 p.m. in IHM Lower Hall

organized and led by our Tiger Dens

Pack Hike on January 19 at 1:30 p.m. at White Clay Creek State Park

Distribution of Pack 33 t-shirts and sweatshirts to those who ordered them

Winter Camping - January 31 - February 2

organized and led by our Webelos 1 dens


Purchase Pinewood Derby car kits at Wilmington Scout Shop for $3.99 in February and build cars for Derby in March.

Winter Camping - January 31 - February 2

Pack Hike on February 16 at 1:30 p.m. at Brandywine Creek State Park

Blue and Gold Dinner on Saturday, February 22 at 6:30 p.m. in IHM Lower Hall

organized and led by our Webelos 2 Den. Webelos 2 scouts will also be presented with the Arrow of Light if they have earned it.


Webelos 2 join Troop 33

Pinewood Derby on Saturday, March 15 at 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. in IHM Lower Hall (Purchase car kits at Wilmington Scout Shop for $3.99 in February and build.)

organized and led by our Bear Den. Webelos 2 scouts will assist with races.

Pack Hike on March 16 at 1:30 p.m. on Brandywine River Trail

Scout Sunday at noon mass at IHM on Sunday, March 23 followed by reception and service project

organized by Bev Randolph


Spring Camping event TBA

Pack Hike on April 9 at 5:00 p.m. at Alapocas Run State Park

Pack Hike on April 20 at 1:30 p.m. at location TBA


Crossover Ceremony at bridge at Bellevue State Park, date TBA

Organized and led by Pack Committee

How your employer can help our Pack

Does your company make donations to organizations for whom you volunteer? If so, your employer's donation can support the scouting programs you and your family enjoy and you can receive credit for the hours you spend helping out den leaders at meetings, camping trips, pack hikes and more. Contact Treasurer Bryan Cochran at for more information.

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Local Scouting News

Cub Scout Summer Camp

There is no better way to retain scouts than to offer them excitement and adventure in the outdoors. Del-Mar-Va Council has great facilities where Scouts make nature their classroom! During the summer, our council offers fantastic programs for Cub Scouts at Resident Camp at Henson Scout Reservation and Day Camp at several locations spread across the peninsula. Some of these day camps offer multiple weeks of programming and Scouts are encouraged to sign up for multiple sessions. At camp, Scouts will learn, play, advance and enjoy experiencing the out-of-doors.


Questions About the Cub Scout Program?

Check out the Parent Information Guide at

January is Pinewood Derby Month at the Scout Shop

Come in for Ways to Test and Fine-Tune
Your Pinewood Derby Design!

Did you know? January is Pinewood Derby Month! Stop in at your local participating Scout Shop (at the Riverfront's Shipyard Shops next to Planet Fitness) anytime, all month long, for a free, accurate weigh-in for your car, and a chance to check out what's new and exciting for 2014.

Then plan to join us for Pinewood Derby Champ Camp. Contact your local Scout Shop for more details, store hours, and event specifics. All Cub Scouts® must be accompanied by an adult.

National Scouting News

See for an article discussing Scouting Around, a news television show from Boys Life magazine beginning in 2014.
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Changes coming to BSA Cub Scout Program in 2015

Please see the below article for information on changes to the program effective in the 2015-2016 scouting year.