2017 San Francisco Zoo Sleepover

I wanted to let you know about one of our exciting upcoming events this year. We will be going to the SF Zoo for a sleepover. We did this same event last year with great reviews from kids and adults alike.

DATE:
Arrive – 9/16. The program begins promptly at 5:30PM and ends at 10:00AM the following day.

COST:
Scout – $50
Adult – $70

BASIC INFORMATION FROM ZOO:
In order to avoid disrupting the program for other participants; there are NO LATE ARRIVALS OR EARLY DEPARTURES.
We will be sleeping outdoors so, please plan accordingly.
Please remember children must be at least 8 years old
The zoo will provide an evening snack and continental breakfast.

LINK WITH FAQs & WHAT TO BRING

If you are interested in attending please sign up at goo.gl/haf9t3.

If you have questions please email alexschernig@gmail.com or call 650.906.0780. The pack needs to send final numbers to the zoo on 9/2/2017.

Thank you…and see you at the zoo!

-Alex Schernig

2016 San Francisco Zoo Overnight!

Pack 991 cub scouts have been invited to an overnight adventure at the San Francisco Zoo!  30 spots are available on a first come first served basis for this exciting pack event

September 17, 2016 @ 5:30pm, rain or shine

Wild Nights is a fun-filled and educational overnight experience. Groups go on a nocturnal safari and meet a Zookeeper for an up-close animal encounter. Games, and evening snack and activities are all part of the wild adventure! After waking up, enjoy a continental breakfast and a morning nature walk. You are then free to explore the Zoo on your own for the remainder of the day!

You need:
– Tent
– Sleeping bag
– Warm clothes
– Flashlight
– Airtight container for food (loose food is discouraged around animals)
– Toiletries

Dinner plans TBD by pack leadership
Evening snack and continental breakfast provided

This trip costs $60/child and $70/adult. All attendees must be at least 8 years old. Sign up here: https://goo.gl/forms/x9x5GnZsPOZ4dzqk1

Blue and Gold, more Bobcats, Wood Badge and Arrow of light

What a busy evening we had last Thursday!!

not only did we once more celebrate The birthday of scouting with our annual ‘Blue and Gold’ dinner, we also had several other events packed into it.

  • -two more boys received their bobcat badges and had a ceremony built around this
  • – advancements for scouts of all ranks where announced
  • -it was great to see our old assistant cubmaster again who together with our cubmaster received his woodbadge
  • -5 of our oldest scouts received their ‘Arrow of Light’ and we had the lighting ceremony for them

All this topped off with a great selection of buffet style food items with salads, pastas, chicken fingers and fries.

physics show visit

What’s better to do on a rainy Saturday afternoon than go to a theater and

watch students read ‘Cat in the Hat’ in a really high pitch

(sponsored by Helium) or low pitch (sponsored by Sulfur Hexafluoride)

voice?The Physics Show

We all had a great time visiting the physics show this year. I’m still debating whether it was more fun for the adults or the kids?

The  highlight of the day of course was when they had a student lie on a bed of nails;  topped off with another bed of nails and then smashed a cinderblock on top. Luckily also this year the event ended without any major injuries…

 

great Jump time at Rockin’ Jump

All boys that participated in the popcorn sales, food drive, coat drive or toy drive where invited to participate in our service party at Rockin’ jump on January 21st. It was great to see all these Classs B shirts in action.

Great job boys in collecting

  • -over 500 lb in canned foods from the neiborhood
  • -over 50 coats which we delivered to ‘one warm coat’
  • -over 30 toys we delivered to ‘toys for tots’

..and selling over 14k in popcorn this year!!!

raingutterAfter 2 years of substituting the Regatta by a space derby, we this year in preparation of El Nino unpacked our Raingutters and had our boys race their catamarans through them – the boys had a great time and we saw some really great designs!
Many debates amongst the boys which one is the more fund event – Raingutter Regatta or Space derby? We’ll have to do it again next year to
try and find out!

USS Hornet sleepover

 

Once more our pack spent the night on the USS Hornet! We had the chance to sleep in the original crew bunks and eat in the same mess hall as the crew membhornet1ers. We had a guided tour on the ship and listened to ghost stories just before bedtime.We learned that even a ghost hunters episode was filmed there – check it out:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2ik6in

Our guides insured us any spirits that haunt the ship are friendly – we anyways the next morning made sure all scouts and parents made it safely back from that adventurous trip!.

Welcome to our new scouts

Welcome to all the new scouts! We have I believe 20 new scouts join our pack this year!!! The revised scouting program that Boy Scouts of America started this year sure is a great combination of fun activity and skills for advancements. We hope all of our new scouts will have as much fun as our current members have. Next meeting we will have a Halloween theme with lots of games planned – scouts can come dressed up in their costumes!!

Welcome to an exciting scouting year

welcome to another exciting scouting year!!!
Our first pack meeting will be this coming Thursday in Stulsaft park –
but before that please take the opportunity to look at your calendars – we are again organizing a sleepover at the USS hornet in Oakland. For many of the ones that attended the last time we went, the feedback was, that it was the best of all our sleepovers !!. So here is the opportunity to go again!! – for the scouts that were too young last time – here is your chance!!

Please sign up from now until next Sunday  August 30!! If you know already by next Thursday, you can bring your check directly to the Pack meeting (alongside with your annual dues if you have not paid yet)

Second, Redwood City will have their annual Fall Cleanup on Saturday, September 19th. Please email me  if you are interested in participating. You can find some more information about it at
http://www.redwoodcity.org/government/bcc/pride/CoastalCleanup2015FinalFlyer.pdf

Cheers,

Heidi

End of scouting year

The end of the scouting year has come and we celebrated with our year-end picnic.
The boys had a lot of fun shooting off bottle these bottle rockets – there were some amazing designs – unbelievable how high they could fly!
Thanks to Dave and Glenn for constructing these rocket launchers!!
Several of us met again a few days later to decorate the graves at the Golden Gate National cemetery in South San Francisco for Memorial Day. Together with many other Cub Scout and Boy Scout Troops from the different councils around the Peninsula, we planted roughly 140000 flags.
http://storage.pacsky.org/event/docs/1127/memorial_day_information_2015.pdf

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campfire meeting on Thursday April 16

scout_campfireThis coming Thursday we will have our annual campfire pack meeting. The boys from the different dens have prepared skits and songs for this event. It is a lot of fun every year.

WE ARE INVITING POTENTIAL SCOUTS TO COME JOIN US FOR THIS EVENT! COME AND SEE WHAT SCOUTING IS ALL ABOUT!!

We will meet at 6:30 at the Elks lodge. The boys will start with building bottle rockets which we will launch at the picnic in May. Please don’t forget to bring your empty 2l soda bottles as well as old tennis balls.

pinwood derby

Our March pack meeting was our pinewood derby. With this new aluminum track the event went very smooth. Great job pinewood derby committee!!! Those were some good looking cars our boys put together again for this pinewood_derbyyear! The top 3 races will advance to the district championships held at Hillsdale Shopping Center.

Our Webelos II boys had their bridging ceremony and where greeted by members of their boy scout troops. Troop 149 built a bridge for the ceremony and sold hot dogs and snacks. The boys where bridging to Troop 10, Troop 109 and Troop 149.

Sleepover at the Academy of Sciences

We had a large group of boys sleeping at the Academy of Sciences last weekend! academy_of_sciences

We all had a great time learning about telescope building, how to navigate the night sky and how Curiosity made it onto Mars. After official closing time at 6pm they reopened their doors for all of the overnighters. They targeted their program towards a boy scout audience; and it was possible to follow along the programs to get the Astronomy belt loop and pin or for our fresh Arrow of Light receivers work towards their Astronomy Merit Badge. Most of the exhibits where open until 11pm when it was time to turn off the lights. Due to daylight savings time starting that night, it was quite a short night until wake up at the (new) 6am!!!!

But breakfast and lots of coffee definitely helped. Many of the families stayed to spend the day at the Academy also. My boys favorite part: The Earthquake shaker!!!! If you did not participate, go check it out before that exhibit is over!!

 

Blue and Gold /Arrow of Light

Last Thursday we celebrated boy scouts birthday with a Blue and Gold feast DSC_6298– we had several pasta dishes, pizza, salads , fries and much more. Thanks a lot to the Blue and Gold Committee for putting this Feast together and organizing everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

After dinner our Webelos II boys were rewarded with the Arrow of light. DSC_6274They were given symbolic arrows mounted onto nice wooden plates, after Ken and Ian lid all the candles and the boys had their traditional face painting. Good job boys – your hard work definitely got rewarded with this nice ceremony!

 

Blue and Gold this coming Thursday!

I hope you all are able to attend our annual Blue and Gold dinner this coming Thursday!

6:00 Arrival – Centerpiece Creation Activity – Thank You Cards
6:10 Flag Ceremony

6:30- Dinner
7:30 Arrow of Light Ceremony and Awards
8:15 Closing Ceremony

The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary. This year the dinner will be Italian with vegetarian options. During the dinner we will also have our Arrow of light ceremony for the WEBELOS II scouts that will be advancing to boy scouts next month.

 

It’s time to participate in the Scouting for Food service project

Scouting 4 Food Extravaganza – 2014!

When: Nov 9th @ 2pm and 15th @ 2pm

Parents and Scouts – Scouting for Food is a nation-wide service project where scouts help collect millions of pounds of food for needy families. Each year Pack 991 participate and collects hundreds of pounds of food that we deliver to a local food bank. Last year our collection was slightly down but I know we can all get out this year and help raise it back up. A door hanger with a flyer about the project is placed on front doors the first Sunday, and the food is collected on the second Saturday.

How it works

This is a two weekend activity. The first event is this Sunday, November 9th. We will be meeting at Roy Cloud School front parking lot on Jefferson this at 2pm and from here moving to our identified territories to deliver the door hangers in 10 neighborhoods – Maps will be provided by our Scouting for Food coordinator, Ian Stevens, so you know where to go. We need 15-20 kids to hand out all the door hangers we have and if turnout is strong, we should be easily done in under 2 hours.

This is a great way to burn off some of that Halloween candy and also to spread good cheer ahead of the holidays as well as have some fun with the other Parents and Scouts! The boys do not knock on any doors – we just hang the flyers on the door handle at each house on the street.

Food Collection

The following weekend, November 15th, we meet again at Roy Cloud at 2pm and coordinate for pickup of the donated food items (canned) from the neighborhoods. We will need adult drivers to drive behind the kids and load up the food. Minivans and Pickup trucks are the easiest for collection. We will then take the food to the food bank for processing.

This is a great chance for the boys to feel what it is like through Scouts to give to others. Your scout can participate in one day or both days. They will get a patch for participating.

Thank you !

Space Derby (November 6th)

Reminder on November 6th, Pack 991 will be holding its second Space Derby.

So get your Rockets Ready!!!!

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We have made a couple of changes based off of last year’s experiences.  We will not be timing the rockets or trying to calculate the fastest (well save that for the Pinewood Derby!).  But that shouldn’t stop you from challenging your fellow den members in a Race for whose fastest!

Additionally we will be conducting a competition for the best rocket in a number categories.

Also check out this YouTube video on how to build your rocket (a vegetable peeler is a safer alternative for shaping the rocket), and click here for more hints from this experienced Pack.

 

I am excited about this year’s space derby and can’t wait to see you all.

 

-Bryan (Den 6)

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Troop 301 BBQ and hike for Webelos

Another fun activity for Webelos scouts coming up next weekend:

Here is the flyer for it : Webelos Day Hike 2014

Troop 301 would like to invite all Webelos I and IIs to come to a BBQ and hike at Edgewood Park on Saturday November 1st to meet our scouts and learn about our program.  The lunch should start about noon and we will be done by 3pm.  If you can’t make the whole time, come for what you can – we will be happy to see you!

Please have your families RSVP by October 27th, so we can make sure to have enough food –

Rebecca Ratcliff
(for those Gellrich boys)
Troop 301 Recruiting coordinator

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