Cub Scout Pack 33 Newsletter

Wilmington, Delaware

The Year Ahead

We have lots of exciting events planned for 2014, and we will continue to rely on the help of family members (parents, grandparents and others are welcome). We will also have some changes 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.


In the coming weeks, look for information on spring camping organized by the Webelos 2 dens and a trip to a Blue Rocks game at which scouts will present the colors organized by parent John Sparco.


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

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Pretzel Sales

We are in the home stretch of our fundraising efforts. As our sole fundraiser for Pack 33 Cub Scouts for 2013-2014, we will rely on your participation and assistance to volunteer time at IHM Basketball (previously Volleyball) games this year.


We have 2 dates left, Feb. 15 and 16. Please sign up if you have not volunteered yet and/or if you have time on either date.

Alan Allgeier (302-383-7173), Bryan Cochran (302-540-7953) and Tom Warnock (302-668-5281) have agreed to coordinate the event.
Each Den will be assigned a day to cover.


----The Incentive Program:

This Incentive will be in effect for the entire time our Pretzel Sales are held at any event (Volleyball, Basketball, Consignment sale)-

For every hour time slot that your scout works (max of 2 scouts per slot), your scout will earn a raffle ticket. For every additional hour they work in the same day, they will receive 2 raffle tickets (i.e. 2 hours will be 3 tickets, 3 hours will be 5 tickets). This will also apply during the consignment sale.

Raffle tickets will be provided to the Scouts based on their attendance at the Pretzel Sales events. The raffle will occur at our Blue and Gold Dinner in February. The scouts will have a choice of prizes that will could include gift cards from Amazon, Target, 5 Below, Scout Shop, etc and other possible prizes (sorry no ipads…J).

Essentially, the more slots they work, the more chance they will have in winning the raffle. It is possible for scouts to win more than one prize.

February Pack Hike

Sunday, Feb. 16th, 1:30pm

47 Adams Dam Rd

Wilmington, DE

Hikers will tackle the 1.8 mile Indian Springs Trail. This trail begins behind the Nature Center in the Tulip Tree Woods Nature Center Preserve, a stand of mature Tulip Poplar trees, on a packed earth surface. Open fields will be visible to the south beyond the carefully crafted stone walls built by masons in the early 1900s.

See http://bsapack33.wikispaces.com/Pack+Hikes%2C+Outdoor+Activities for details.

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Blue and Gold Dinner

Saturday, Feb. 22nd, 6:30pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary Lower Hall, 4701 Weldin Road, Wilmington, Delaware

Most Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a "birthday party" called the blue and gold banquet. In nearly all packs, the blue and gold banquet is the highlight of the year. It brings families together for an evening of fun and cheer. The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the pack's anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and present awards earned to cub scouts and webelos. Pack 33 has a modified potluck dinner with entertainment in the form of brief skits by each den. We also have our Arrow of Light Ceremony for Webelos 2 scouts. We welcome scouts and their immediate and extended families to this fun annual event. It's one of the few occasions where most of the Pack families are all together and it's always fun.


We do need families to RSVP on the wikispace at http://bsapack33.wikispaces.com/Blue+and+Gold+Dinner.

Details on the event are also available there.


March 15 from 10:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in IHM's Lower Hall

This is your scout's chance to use his imagination and woodworking skills to create a cool car from a block of wood. He should be able to do most of the work himself with adult supervision when using tools. Kits are available at the Scout Shop for $3.99. See http://bsapack33.wikispaces.com/Pinewood+Derby for rules and details. This event is organized by the Bear Den, and Webelos 2 Scouts and Boy Scouts will assist. Parent volunteers are needed as well. There are lots of online materials and library books to help with design ideas.
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March Pack Hike

Sunday, March 16th, 1:30pm

Brandywine River Trail Coordinates: +39° 50' 2.30", -75° 34' 31.58" (39.833972, -75.575440)

Meet at the parking lot on Brandywine Creek Road, south of Smith's Bridge (between Smith's Bridge Road and Ramsey Road).

Scout Sunday and Earning Religious Emblems

Sunday, March 23rd, 12pm

Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Wilmington, DE

Scout Sunday is open to all scouts and their families. Cub, Boy and Girl Scouts will attend mass in uniform and several will participate as altar servers and in other ways. Those who do not wish to attend mass are welcome to attend a service and social event that will be held in the Lower Hall immediately after the noon mass on Sunday, March 23 at IHM. Details about that project will be distributed in coming weeks.


Religious Emblems may be earned by cub scouts of various ranks and religions. The Catholic emblems (Light of Christ and Parvuli Dei) for cubs scouts are available to second through fourth graders. Earning a religious emblem is completely voluntary and is done by families not dens. The scout and his family complete a workbook and typically need to meet with their priest or religious leader after doing so.


If a scout intends to complete his Arrow of Light requirements as a webelos 2 scout, he must earn a religious emblem at some time earlier.


Details on Religious Emblems can be found at links on the wikispace page at http://bsapack33.wikispaces.com/Scout+Sunday+%26+Religious+Emblems.


If your son is interested in earning a religious emblem, you must

1. contact Bev Randolph at randolphbev@aol.com and tell her which award your son would like to earn by February 15

2. pay for a workbook which Bev will purchase for you (typically $4.00 and available at the Scout Shop)

3. complete the workbook independently by the date she sets to have it filed with the local organizations.


Bev will arrange meetings between an IHM priest and interested cub scouts. If you do not attend IHM Church, your scout may meet with his religious leader at a meeting you schedule; Bev can still obtain the workbook you need. She will send detailed information out to families who express interest to her by Feb. 15.


The Bishop presides at a mass and ceremony in May for all scouts receiving religious emblems and awards. Details on that event will be available in coming weeks as well.

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 slipnfal@verizon.net for more information.


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Local Scouting News

Cub Scout Summer Camp

Our Delmarva Council offers both day and resident summer camps for cub and boy scouts. See http://www.delmarvacouncil.org/cub-scout-camping/cub-scout-day-camp/9474 for details. Our Area 1 camp is at Granogue in Wilmington. Scouts may attend camp in other locations as well, however.


Questions About the Cub Scout Program?

Check out the Parent Information Guide at http://cubscouts.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Cub-Scout-Parent-Information-Guide.pdf

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.