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.  Scouting.org 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.

 

 

What to do with all those patches?

By now, your boys are accumulating patches.  There’s the Pinewood Derby Patch, the One Warm Coat, and the Cub-ON patches to come.CubScoutPatchVest  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.

The boys have voted…new Class B uniform design has been chosen!

Remember that Scouts are supposed to wear a uniform at ALL Slide1Scouting 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.

 

Pinewood Derby District Finals at Hillsdale Mall!

Pinewood Derby carCome 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

Pack 991 Scouts Bridge to Boy Scouts

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.

Thanks,
Vince Kapral
Den 6 Leader

Pinewood Derby Check-in: March 9 and March 16

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!

Pinewood Derby Schedule

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.

Official 2013 Redwood District Pinewood Derby Rules

Sunday, March 17, 2013 at Woodside Town Hall on Woodside Road in Woodside

10:00am ­ Webelos II

10:30am ­ Webelos I 

11:00am ­ Bears

11:45am ­ Webelos Arrow of Light and Bridging Ceremony

12:30pm ­ Wolves

12:50pm ­ Tigers

1:10pm Finals (top 3 cars from each rank)

1:45pm ­ Siblings

2:10pm Outlaws

Save the Date: Plant a tree for Earth Day

Trees

On April 20, Pack 991 has been invited to join CityTrees in planting trees for Earth Day.  CityTrees needs 20 Scouts and 10 Adults to help from 9:00-12:00.  We’ll meet at Henry Ford Elementary and plant along Kentucky and Carolinas in the Woodside Plaza area. Wear your Cub Scout Uniform and bring a re-usable water bottle.

 

Participation fulfills one of the requirements for the Cub Scout Outdoor Activity Award, Cub Scout World Conservation Award, Bear Achievements, and Wolf Achievements, as well as others.

Cub OverNight May 17-19

Have you been to a Cub-ON? Have you been to a Cub-ON lately? If you haven’t, you’ve been miss­ing out. Cub-ONs are Cub Scout OverNights and are opportunities for Scouts and their families to en­joy the Cutter Scout Reservation. It’s a great way to meet other Scouting fam­ilies and to get to know the families in your Den and Pack better.

Food and plenty of entertainment is provided. You bring your own sleeping bag and tent, and adults volunteer in the kitchen and with the activities. Activities include bb-guns, archery, leather­working, crafts, canoeing, fishing (bring your own rod for catch-and-release fishing), and hiking. Each Cub-ON also has opportu­nities for boys to earn Belt Loops, as well as their whittling chip. In fact, it is the only place that boys can earn their Archery or BB-gun belt loops (other than summer camp). There are special activities for Webelos Scouts, too.

Capping off a day of fun activi­ties is the big Campfire with skits and songs that will have your boys giggling – and you, too.

To be honest though, although there are many fun activities, the boys seem to mostly enjoy build­ing forts, finding the ultimate stick, and counting banana slugs. You’ll want to make sure they are wearing their Pack 991 class-b t-shirts as they explore the woods around camp.

Register at www.pacsky.org/Activities

More Pinewood Derby Workshops

Pinewood Derby carMore workshops have been added exclusively for Redwood District packs. Please pass along to your pack families and encourage them to bring along Cub Scout prospects.  Contact steven.aguirre@scouting.org  if you have any questions.   Palo Alto has many slots open (no signups yet for this Sunday)

Let the experts help your family create a custom pinewood derby car. Bring your car kit or kits will be available for purchase. Parent/adult must stay with youth. Stations will be set up for: 
-Car Design 
-Cutting 
-Sanding 
-Painting 
-Wheel Attachment 
-Weighing 

Register: http://pacsky.kintera.org/RedwoodDistrictPWDWorkshopPA

Pinewood Derby Workshop

Pinewood Derby car

Need help with your Pinewood Derby car? Come to Lowe’s in San Bruno! Bring your car kit or kits will be available for purchase. Parent/adult must stay with youth. Stations will be set up for: Car Design, Cutting, Sanding, Painting, Wheel Attachment, Weighing

Cost: Free!
Date: Sat, Mar 2, 2013 
Time: 10am – 2pm
Location: Lowe’s San Bruno, 1340 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066
Click here to register
Click here to download flyer (updated 1/22/13)
Questions? Contact Marti NobleBSAMarti@hotmail.com or 650.624.3145

Scout Special Event at Hiller Aviation Museum, Jan 12th

Boy and Girl Scouts of all ages are invited to visit the Hiller Aviation Museum on Scout Saturdays! On these dates, Scouts and Scout leaders in uniform will be admitted to the Hiller Aviation Museum at no charge. Explore the Museum’s collection of some 50 historic aircraft, observe airport operations at busy San Carlos Airport, and find out more about Badge and Patch programs held at the Museum throughout the year. 

Complimentary admission is available to Scouts all day on Scout Saturdays, but special speakers and activities are offered at specific times. 

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Pack 991 is hitting the ice! FRIDAY January 4th

Pack 991 is hitting the road and traveling to Belmont Iceland in Belmont for our next Pack meeting!  In honor of this special event, the Pack meeting will be held on Friday, January 4th, starting at 6:30, as usual. Boys will get a good start on their ice skating loop or pin.

The Pack will pay the rental fees for the Scouts, and parents, siblings, and other visitors are welcome to attend (cost will be $5.00, including rental).  Please be on the lookout for an Evite coming to your mailbox soon.  We need to know how many intrepid skaters to expect!

Pack 991 Gives Coats to Homeless Families

The coat drive at the holiday party was a big success, with over 29 families donating to the drive. When the 4 big bags and boxes of coats were delivered to the Shelter Network Redwood Family House Program in Redwood City, they were so appreciative and thankful for the efforts of the Scouts in Pack 991.

Scouts who donated either a coat or a toy for the Toys for Tots drive will receive a patch.  If you donated, but your child’s last name is NOT listed below, please contact Cami (camimenko (at) gmail.com)

Atkins*Beatty*Black*Blair*Bohannon*Chen*Craddock*Cryan*Drolapas*Evans*Gellrich*Gipson*

Gogan*Gutierrez*Johnson*Kinder*Koop*Kreidler*Ludvig*Marks*Mendez*Moore*Nave*Neilson*Nguyen*

Robinson*Rout*Salazar*Tinker*von Briel*Yagen

A Scout is Compassionate: Pack 991 provides gifts to Seniors in Need

As a Pack, the boys decided that one thing they wanted to do with some of the popcorn money was to help the less fortunate. So, Pack 991 adopted 4 senior citizens through Samaritan House in San Mateo.  Our seniors, Carmen, Mary, Adrienne, and Candy had simple requests: slippers and pajamas, a couple of pies, a gift card to Safeway, a toaster, and a pair of walking shoes. 

Delivery times are below.  Please contact the lead parent if you would like to help deliver.

Sunday at 1:00pm (Spanish speakers especially needed), contact camimenko (at) gmail.com

Saturday at 2:00pm, contact Anne Blackwood-Chirchir, abchirchir343 (at) gmail.com

Saturday at 10:30, contact Stephanie Drolapas, scarathimas(at)hotmail.com

Monday at 10:30, contact Michelle Rout, michellerout (at)gmail.com

Welcome The Melt and Help our School Kids!

Hi Pack 991

A new restaurant called The Melt is opening in town on Sunday and 100% of the proceeds that day go to the Redwood City Education Foundation who’s mission is to support the Redwood City Elementary School District.

To build some excitement around the opening The Melt is also having a soft launch on Saturdayand are treating Girl and Boy Scouts, in uniform, to free food. Below are the details. » Read more

December Pack Meeting December 13th, 6:30 pm. Theme “Minute to Win It”

Values; Perseverance and Positive Attitude  Charity: Thankful for the opportunity to give

We have another exciting Pack Meeting in store for us on December 13th at 6:30. Den 4 will be leading the Pre- Activities starting at 6:15, they will also be in charge of conducting the Flag Ceremony.

CORE VALUES – Our Core Values for the December Meeting; Perseverance and Positive Attitude. These will fit well with our main activity for the evening; “Minute to Win It”. Each Den Leader has been assigned a station for the main part of the program. They will be reaching out to you for volunteers to help with their station. Please jump at the opportunity to volunteer. It takes all of us to help the Pack go.

Please review the core value on respect prior to arriving to remind your Scouts to be respectful of others, individuals and property. If correction is needed use this opportunity to positively influence your Scout and remind them of their oath to this core value. » Read more

Announcing our Lost and Found Department

Did you know we  have a Lost and Found? With more than 60 boys at our pack meetings it is inevitable that things get misplaced, accidentally picked up by someone else, or left behind.  You can reduce the potential frustration and make it easier to return items if you mark them where possible with your scouts name.  

We will pick up any leftover or returned items we find, and post them on our Lost and Found Page. The link can also be found on the right side of our home page. So if you’re missing something check out the page. Someone left a hooded vest at the last meeting. It would  sure make a nice gift to the Coat Drive. If you think it is yours you can find a description of it on the Lost and Found Page.   » Read more

Coat Drive at our Holiday Party

Pack 991 is collecting clean, gently used coats and jackets as part of the One Warm Coat community service project.  Coats of all shapes sizes are welcome. One Warm Coat is dedicated to distributing reusable coats, free of charge, directly to local children and adults.  The program is an easy way for you and your family to pass along coats and jackets that you no longer need.

Pack 991 has made donating a coat simple.  Just bring your clean, gently used coats and jackets to the Holiday Party, Thursday, December 13.  All donated coats will be given to the Shelter Network Redwood Family House Program which is committed to providing housing and support services that create opportunities for homeless families and individuals to re-establish self-sufficiency and to return to permanent homes of their own.

Each scout that brings a coat will receive a patch and feel like they are helping someone in need!

Any questions please contact Stephanie Drolapas or Kathi Black. 

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