Space Derby (November 6th)

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

So get your Rockets Ready!!!!


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)


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

For Webelos 2 Dens: Fire Building Meeting with Troop 222

We have an opportunity to observe Troop 222 of Menlo Park and learn about fire building techniques.  This also helps count towards the outdoor requirements for the Arrow of Light.

November 5th (Wednesday) at 7:30 at Fire Station 1 on Middlefield Road in Menlo Park, just North of Willow Road.  Meetings usually run from 7:30 to 9:00.

Respond back to Ian McAlexander if you plan to attend – we need to give them an idea of attendance numbers.

Interested in Cub Scouts? Come learn more…

Our first two Pack Meetings (Sept 4 and Oct 16) will have time set aside to explain Cub Scouts and how to get your son connected and having fun. says it best,

“Cub Scouts do fun things with other kids! They get to wear a cool uniform, go places, and see things. They play all kinds of sports and build things, like race cars and bird houses. Want to learn a secret code? Want to learn about wild animals? Go Cub Scouting!”

Pack meetings start at 6:30pm at Elk’s Lodge,938 Wilmington Way, Redwood City.



Sleepover at the San Francisco Zoo Sept 13

Since our boys were Tiger Scouts, Pack 991 has slept with fishes, under stars, and on an aircraft carrier – in 2014 the Webelos Scouts are bedding down with wild animals!

Webelos Scouts are invited to a sleepover at the San Francisco Zoo on Saturday SEPTEMBER 13!  They’ll complete several requirements for the Outdoorsman Badge (required for Arrow of Light), get a night hike tour of the zoo, and meet with an animal keeper.  It’s a unique opportunity to camp “in the wild”!  There are limited slots available!

Sign up here by August 25 and submit checks by August 29 (the Pack must pay by August 30)!




Advancement and Picnic May 18!

Pack 991 will celebrate the Scouts and their Families – and recognize achievements and advancement at the Annual Picnic on May 18 at the Elk’s Lodge (1-4pm).  Activities include water rockets and food!  Look for an Evite so that we can have plenty of vittles for everyone!

Get ahead of the curve and pay your 2014-2015 dues – and pick-up the hats and scarves to go with the new Rank!

Pack 991 invites all interested families to attend our April 10 Pack Meeting.  Our theme is campfires and we’ll have a full program for boys to participate in, as well as in informational meeting for parents!  Please join us!  We encourage current Scouts to bring a friend!

Come see us on April 10, 6:30pm, at the Elk’s Lodge!


Pinewood Derby Car Cutting event on Saturday (3/1)

bandsaw2Hassett Ace Hardware in Palo Alto is doing a second Pinewood Derby Car Cutting event on Saturday (3/1) for us from 10:30-2:30. Bring your pinewood derby wood block down and they will cut it for you. They also have a dremel and sandpaper to sand it down and  primer to prime it afterwards before you paint it. You will want to draw the outline on the car that you want cut beforehand. They also sell car weights, stickers, etc there in the store.

Based on the feedback I received so far I sent a note to the manager expecting a good number of boys. She has asked that we please wear our Scout uniforms so they can take photos of the boys working on their cars.  

Hasset’s address is 875 Alma Street, Palo Alto.

Pinewood Derby Schedule 2014

The Pinewood Derby Race Schedule is now available.  All Scouts of the same rank will race together.

Official 2014 Pack 991  Pinewood Derby Rules 

For complete information go to the calendar event.

If your Scout is NOT planning on creating a car, please notify your Den Leader.  Younger Scouts may enjoy watching the advancement of the Webelos II to Boy Scouting and Boy Scout Troop 149 is expected to be selling food at the event as a fundraiser.

Our Webelos II scouts will be leaving the Pack and many will be Bridging to local Boy Scout troops. It is a good time to talk to representatives of the different troops and learn more about scouting. 

Pack 991 Pinewood Derby Schedule
Woodside Town Hall, March 16, 2014
10 AM  Webelos II
10:30 AM Webelos I
11 AM  Bears
11:45 AM Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremony
12:30 PM Wolves
12:50 PM Tigers
1:30 PM Finals
2:00 PM Siblings
2:30 PM Outlaws

Pinewood Derby BUILD Day! – Feb 22

Pack 991 Pinewood Derby is March 16.  If you need help with your car the Peninsula Scout Shop offers help. 

PinewoodDerbyCar.ashxCome by the Peninsula Scout Shop (Foster City) for help building your Pinewood Derby car. Saturday, February 22, 10am-3pm. Custom body cutting, cars drilled for weights, sanding and painting, tool demonstrations, custom tuning for speed, scale and test track available. Questions? Please call the Peninsula Scout Shop (650) 358-0588.


Pack 991 faces the Pirates!

Pack 991 is heading to the San Jose Children’s Musical Theater to see the Pirates of Penzance.  This classic show is sure to delights Scouts, siblings, and parents, and attendance meets achievement requirements for all ranks!  It is Fun with a Purpose!

When: March 2, 5:00pm show
Where: The Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
How much:  $5.50 for Scouts, $10.50 for  non-Scouts under 12, $13.50 for adults

Deadline for online registration:  Wednesday, February 12. click here to register
Deadline for payment: Tuesday, February 18

Bring a Check to Blue and Gold Dinner or Send Payment to:

Pack 991 Treasurer
702 Paradise Way Emerald Hills, CA 94062

More information is here:

Blue and Gold Banquet & Arrow of Light on February 6, 2014

bluegold_banquetarrow_of_light6_colorMost Cub Scouts celebrate Scouting Anniversary Week in February with a “birthday party” called the blue and gold banquet. The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is for the scouting families to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire the leaders, Scouts, and parents.

We will hold our annual B&G banquet at our February pack meeting next Thursday.  We will have the Arrow of Light ceremony for those Webelos who have completed this achievement that prepares them for Boy Scouts. 

Thursday, February 06, 2014, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Elks Lodge, 938 Wilmington Way, Emerald Hills CA 94062 
6:00PM – Start
6:30PM – Dinner
Post Dinner – Arrow of Light Ceremony and Fair Share Presentation
We hope to see you there!



Scout Recognition for Serving our Vets

serve_the_vets_1.2014Pack 991 thanks the following scouts and their parents for participating in this important service project last week:

  • Den 6: Lawrence Yauch, Logan Carroll, and Waylen Thayer
  • Den 2: Alex koop
  • Den 9: James Marks and Matthew Nave
  • Den 8: Zak Kinder
  • Den 3: Rory Taylor and Tristan Goodwin

Five of our dens were represented and appreciated by the vets, who served our country, and the Elks Club who sponsored this event. As part of their service they all enjoyed a delicious steak dinner courtesy of the Elks!  

serve_the_vets_steak_dinnerIf your scout would like to serve the vets in the future our Pack 991 participates in this service project every three or four months on the first wednesday of that month.  

Serve the Vets, Wednesday, January 15th

Pack 991 Cub Scouts have the opportunity to serve our Veterans dinner  at the Elks Club this Wednesday.  If your scout would like to participate then please rsvp to Fred Livingston.  The vets will arrive at 5:30, get seated and we serve them appetizers, salad, steak and dessert. The cubs and adult helpers will eat after the Veterans are served.  This is a great opportunity to serve the community. Scouts and their family who participate get to meet and talk with our vets as they serve them dinner, and earn a great steak dinner for themselves! Full uniform is required. (no holes in jeans or pants). To sign up you can also visit our Serve the Vets page. 

Space Derby Results

 spacederby_raceAt our November Pack meeting we were entertained by a fleet of 47 rubberband powered rocket ships built by our scouts for our first ever Space Derby. Volunteers helped stage the event and the scouts raced their rockets against the clock.   All the rockets were entered into a design contest and a team of judges assigned special awards to the rockets during the race.

We had 17 finishers our of 47 entered in the time trials, so finishing the the Derby is an accomplishment the scouts can be proud of.  Ryan Cleere took first place with his rocket named “The Missle”, the fastest rubber band power rocket in Pack 991’s history since this was our first Space Derby. All the finishers are listed below. » Read more

Scouting for Food – this Sunday

sff-bag-distribution-2009This Sunday we will meet at 9am at Kennedy Middle school to distribute door hangers for our Scouting for Food project.

This is a great project for all ages – and a great way for parents to get to know other parents in the Pack as they walk around the neighborhoods placing door hangers on doors (the kids DO NOT knock on doors).  We are in a new FLAT neighborhood in Woodside Plaza (which is especially great as we have a new Tiger Den that is half Henry Ford kids).

We have several routes and we’ll distribute the maps when we arrive.  Make sure to check-in so that your son gets credit and his participation patch. 

If a Den is interested in doing the Roy Cloud area, please contact Cami.

The following weekend we will then collect food that is left out for us.

Pack Meeting: October 10th 6:15 Pre-Activity 6:30 Start Halloween Theme


Hi All,



Our next Pack Meeting is coming up soon, Thursday October 10th; It will be held at the Elks Lodge with the festivities kicking off at 6:15 with the pre-activity.  At 6:30 the meeting will commence with the opening flag ceremony. 

The Theme of course is Halloween – Come dressed up in your scary outfit or as a Cub Scout, even scarier.  We have a lot of fun in store for your Scout, this is a can’t miss event. 

Recognition will be given to those Scouts who have completed work toward any belt loops, pins, or achievements.  Please make sure you get those in to your Den Leader.

For those that have just entered Scouting and completed their first step, we will be holding a Bobcat Ceremony, complete with face painting.   

During the activities portion of the meeting we will set up various stations with games and crafts for the boys to do.   

We will close as usual with the Closing Flag Ceremony around 7:45 to 8:00.   

Please talk to your Scout prior to arriving about a key core value in Scouting; RESPECT – As defined by Cub Scouts – Showing regard for the worth of something or someone.   We don’t expect our young Scouts to  be perfect, but take advantage of the lessons that can be learned and the core values that can be instilled by talking to your Scout about the use of the Lodge prior to arriving at the meeting and if needed during the meeting.

Talk to your older Scouts about having COMPASSION for and not scaring our younger Scouts.  Although with the Haloween theme it can be tempting, we need to make sure that the environment at the Pack Meeting is Safe and Fun for all.  COMPASSION is another core value in Cub Scouting; Being kind and considerate, and showing concern for the well-being of others.    

It is our privilege that we use the Elks and we need to keep in mind the following rules.

Parents please make sure that your Scout stays with the group, that they obey the rules and our courteous to our host, the Elks.  If we all take responsibility we will continue our long relationship with the Elks and stay in good standing. 

1.  Unless we are going outside for an activity the Scout must stay with the group in the designated room.  Unless accompanied by you their parent. 

2.  If going outside, we will go through the front door and around to the field below.  At no time should a Cub Scout or siblings be around the pool area, on the balcony, or any other location other than where the event is being held.

3.  We are not to go through the doors leading out to the balcony, the doors are to remain shut, we have air conditioning if needed.

4.  We cannot climb in the trees located in the front of the building or walk on the fountain.   Although tree climbing is a favorite past time of our Scouts it is not appropriate at the Lodge. 

5.  Basically, be courteous and considerate when arriving at, during the meeting, and leaving the lodge.  

Again, please remember that using the Elks Lodge is a privilege so please speak to your Scout about good manners while on the Elks property.  

Thank you,

Cubmaster Royal 




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