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On behalf of all the volunteers that make up Pack 991, we welcome you back from summer and to the New Year in Scouting.
I would especially like to welcome those that are new to Scouting. Your boys are in for a great adventure. Our Den’s and Pack emphasize a safe, nurturing environment, where we encourage our Scouts to try new things, push themselves to achieve, and plant the seeds that we are hopeful will embark them on a lifelong journey of citizenship and leadership.
This Thursday we will be kicking off our meeting at Huddart Park, which is located at 1100 Kings Mountain Road, Woodside. Information about this and our other Pack Meetings are located on the Pack 991 Website. Scroll down a bit until you see “Upcoming Events”, click on the link and you will find a map to Huddart Park. Upon entering the Park, follow the signs to the West Meadow Picnic area.
Pre-Activities will commence at 6:15 and the flag ceremony will begin promptly at 6:30 which begins each of our Pack Meetings. There will be fun, information, and adventure in between and then we will close the meeting at about 7:45 with the closing flag ceremonies and The Cubmaster Minute.
Most future meetings will be held at the Elks Lodge in Emerald Hills which is our Charter Organization, but we wanted to take advantage of the light and summer weather while we still can.
I am looking forward to seeing everyone from last year and welcoming the new families to the world of Scouting.
Every year, the Scouts of Pack 991 join many other Cub and Boy Scouts in honoring America’s veterans. They do this by placing flags on the graves at the Golden Gate National Cemetery in San Bruno. The Cemetery covers 161 acres and over 130,000 veterans and their family members are interred there. Placing flags is a wonderful way to help the boys recognize the meaning and importance of Memorial Day.
The day of service begins at 8:30 with a ceremony (although arrival earlier, with check-in at 7:15, is requested and suggested). Then, boys are assigned a specific area in which to place the flags. This task does not usually take long, although if weather permits, Scouts are encouraged to salute each grave as it is marked. After the placing of flags, interested families can meet for brunch at a nearby restaurant.
All boys who participate in the placing of flags on May 25th receive a patch, those who also participate in the removal of flags on June 2, will receive a pin.
Please contact Rebecca Ratcliff (cliffrat (at) hotmail.com) if you would like to attend.
By now, your boys are accumulating patches. There’s the Pinewood Derby Patch, the One Warm Coat, and the Cub-ON patches to come. But, what to do with them? These patches are not part of the official Cub Scout uniform and should not be sewn onto the uniform shirt. Instead, patches are to be sewn onto another garment. Most Packs have boys sew them onto red vests, but our Pack has boys purchase red or blue hooded sweatshirts, and the patches are sewn onto them. The traditional Cub Scout color is red, but not all schools in Redwood City allow students to wear red, so some dens have dark blue sweatshirts.
Remember that Scouts are supposed to wear a uniform at ALL Scouting events – including service projects and field trips. The BSA requires uniforms because they help to create a sense of belonging. They symbolize character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness. Wearing a uniform gives youth and adult members a sense of identification and commitment. In addition, uniforms represent a democratic idea of equality, bringing people of different backgrounds together in the Scouting tradition.
But, sometimes hats, scarves, slides and beads don’t quite fit the activity or the venue. That’s when Scouts wear their Class-B uniform -> their Pack 991 t-shirt. At the last Pack Meeting, the Scouts voted 2 to 1 for this great design representing all the ranks.
All Scouts who have paid their 2013-2014 registration will receive their t-shirt at the Pack Picnic on June 2nd.
Boys should wear their old shirts to the Cub-ON on May 17-19.
Thursday, April 18, the Cub Scouts of Pack 991 were visited by firefighters from Woodside. They learned about different kinds of fires and the different kind of fire extinguishers used to put out those fires. A lucky 10 boys even got to enact PASS – Pull the Pin, Aim, Squeeze the Trigger, Sweep.
After learning about fire safety, the boys showed off their thespian skills with songs and skits. In addition to completing several requirements for Wolf and Bear achievements and for the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, the evening prepared the Scouts for the May Cub-ON.
Sign-up here for the May 17-19 Cub-ON. While check-in is on Friday night, Scouts can also arrive on Saturday, participate in the fabulous Saturday night campfire and then do BB guns, archery, and crafts on Sunday morning. Food is provided, families need to provide their own tents and sleeping bags.
Saturday April 13, 2013 Scouts from Dens 3, 4, 8, and 9 had an adventure under the sea at Aquarium of the Bay. Beginning at 7:30 on Saturday night, the boys learned the difference between sharks and fishes, about the different kinds of water in the Bay and about taking care of fisheries. Led by 2 ebullient naturalists, the Boys earned their Wildlife Conservation Belt Loops, and were well on their way to completing their Wildlife Conservation Pins. Thankfully, the Aquarium had plenty of coffee on hand (and chocolate croissants) for groggy parents who “slept” in the shark tunnels with the 22 Cub Scouts, the 1 brother, and the 1 brave sister of a Scout who tagged along. Check out the photos!
The Tiger Den 10 has arranged a visit to KQED on Saturday, May 4 at 10:30AM. They have a minimum number that they need to make, and with a small Den they need your help. Now’s your chance to see where the (non-profit) magic happens!
Please contact Valerie Peoples (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested.
Camp Fires are a tradition in scouting and to honor that tradition Pack 991 will have our annual Camp Fire Pack Meeting. Right now it looks like the weather should be great as I am showing sunny and a high of 72 at 5:00 pm cooling down to about 59 degrees by 8:00 pm. Bring a sweater or sweat shirt, a chair or two if you have them and a flash light.
This is also recruitment night, so bring a friend and their parent. The Meeting will once again start at 6:30 and will feature two core values; Resourcefulness and Faith.
Come early and enjoy the pre-activity starting at 6:15, which is sure to be a great experience for all those participating. Those coming early will also be able to place their vote for the design of next years class B – t-shirt.
We will have a crew from the local fire department there talking to us about fire safety. Additionally, for those who would like to participate hoping you are brushing up on your skit or individual talent. I hear there may be a song or two and lots of applause.
Looking forward to seeing everyone. Royal Robinson Cubmaster
Come to Hillsdale Mall this Saturday to watch Pack 991’s 10 entries race in the Redwood District’s Pinewood Derby district finals! They will race on an official track in the mall’s center court. Bring a friend who might be interested in Scouting! The first 25 boys to sign up for Cub Scouts at this event will receive a free Pinewood Derby car kit. Cost: No charge Date: Sat, Apr 13, 2013 Time: 10:00-11:30am Location: Hillsdale Mall’s center court, El Camino Real in San Mateo
We had another great Pinewood Derby thanks to all the PWD volunteers, and the Boy Scouts that helped make it a memorable by catering the event and setting up the monkey bridge for our Webelo II bridging. We had a record 65 entries in the race. Congratulations to Joshua Tinker, Andrew Dodson, and Matthew Nave for 1st, 2nd and 3rdplace. This is the second year in a row for Joshua to place in the top three! The fastest 10 cars in the regular race qualify for the District Finals on April 13th, which will be held from Noon to 3pm at Hillsdale Mall Center Court.
The top ten finishers in the regulation race are:
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Finally the overall results by rank so you can see how your car performed. It’s time to start thinking how to make a winning car next year. » Read more
Pack 991 invites all interested families to attend our April 18 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 18, 6:30pm, at the Elk’s Lodge!
All Cub Scouts are invited to attend the Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremony to be held during the Pinewood Derby pack meeting on Sunday, March 17.
The Arrow of Light is the highest achievement Cub Scouts can earn, and is the only Cub Scout badge worn on the Boy Scout uniform.
We will take a break from racing cars to hold this ceremony from 11:45 to 12:30. This ceremony will mark the transition of the Webelos II scouts from cub scouts to boy scouts. Similar to last year, Boy Scout Troop 149 will provide their “monkey” bridge for our scouts to walk across. After the Webelos II have bridged, we will open up the bridge for the younger scouts and siblings to cross as well. I know my sons really enjoyed this ceremony last year and I hope you will stick around or come early to participate this year. I also heard a rumor the Big Dave will be present for the ceremony!
Troop 149 will also be selling hotdogs, snacks and drinks at Woodside Town Hall during the Pinewood Derby and Bridging Ceremony from about 11 – 2. Please support them and purchase your snacks and lunch from them on Sunday.
We hope all our scouts are working on their Pinewood Derby cars. We will have two check-in dates. Please drop off your car at one of the check-ins. The cars will be held by Pack 991 Pinewood Derby Coordinators and returned after the race, except those cars that qualify for the District Final event.
Please read the rules to make sure your car meets the basic requirements. There will be some tools to make adjustments to the cars at least at the first check-in.
If you do not have a scale you can take your car to the post office and they are usually happy to weigh it for you. The check-in times are March 9 and March 16 from 9am to noon. Locations will be at two of our member homes and will be sent to you by email.
The Scout Store at the Foster City Scout Office has a track available for test-runs on Saturdays!
The Pinewood Derby Race Schedule is now available. All Scouts of the same rank will race together, with trophies awarded to the top 3 and all boys earning a patch for participation.
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.