Chartered by American Legion Post 295, Germantown, Maryland

Pack located in North Potomac, Maryland

September 2019 Newsletter

Welcome Back! – We hope you all had a good summer and are glad you will join us for another exciting year in Cub Scouts.  Our first Pack meeting will be held Wednesday, September 18th at Jones Lane ES and will start promptly at 7:15 pm.  Returning scouts please be in full uniform – NEW scouts do NOT need worry about the uniform for the first meeting. 


Dues – We have a couple of key changes regarding dues this year:

o   For new Scouts, we’ll need to collect your initial dues payment promptly in order to get the initial registration in place.  Your Scout’s den leader will be collecting dues for the year – please bring a check in the proper amount made out to “Pack 436” so we can get you covered under the program’s insurance. If your Scout later ends up selling over $800 of popcorn, your dues payment will be refunded.

o   For returning Scouts, we ask that you get a check to your Scout’s den leader no later than the September Pack meeting, unless you expect your Scout will sell over $800 of popcorn.  If you’re going to take that option, please let your Scout’s den leader know so we can keep track of that, and if he doesn’t end up selling $800, we’ll need your payment promptly following our popcorn order turn-in (should be late October / early November) in order to keep his registration current.


Call for Volunteers – The experiences that we provide our boys as part of Scouting don't just happen by themselves – they require dedicated effort and support from parent volunteers.   As with prior years, we are asking that all our families volunteer for at least one position or activity within the Pack.  We also have a couple of particularly important roles that we’ll need to fill after this Scouting year – Committee Chair and Popcorn Kernel – so this would be a good year to learn the ropes as an assistant.   A big shout-out and thanks to a couple of our parents who have volunteered to take on den leadership roles:  Ed Taylor (Wolves), Leah Washington (Lions), Tejas Kadakia, and Rafal Olszewski (both Tigers)!


Here are some of the positions we are currently looking to fill:



We have done our best to offer a variety of roles, from those requiring some pretty intensive work focused at a specific time to those with a somewhat less intense commitment running throughout the Scouting year.  We have worked to incorporate feedback on the volunteering system worked last year, and we're happy to continue to take suggestions for improvement.


You'll note that for the activities requiring multiple people, the sign-up doesn't break down individual tasks - we'll leave it to the group of volunteers to decide how to split up the activities.  We'll be doing sign-up again this year via Sign Up Genius.  Please visit the following link:, which shows the positions available (and those already filled).  If you have taken a look and have questions about what's available and/or when the activity would happen, or if there's something else you have in mind to volunteer for, please contact Eric Victory (


New Scout Recruiting – We’re working on continuing to build on the momentum we had from great recruiting last year.   We’re also going to be welcoming girls into our Pack.  We have several things underway:



Remember that any boy or girl in grades K through five is welcome to join even if they do not attend Jones Lane Elementary School.  If you know of ANYONE who may be interested in joining, but cannot attend Join Scouting Night, their parents can contact Eric Victory at or Howie Draisen at for more information.


Boating – September 8, Black Hills Park – We’ll be starting the year with an outdoor activity – boating at Black Hills Regional Park, on the afternoon of Sunday September 8 at 2 pm.  We won’t be doing any sign-up in advance – you’ll get a boat when you’re there.  Some key elements to note:



Washington Nationals Scouting Day, September 29 – Interested Scouts, parents, siblings, etc., have the opportunity to attend a Nats vs. Cleveland Indians game, Sunday Sept. 29 at 3:05 pm. The boys will get a special patch for attending and we’ll get to sit together in a block. Please fill out this form to let us know if you’ll be attending and how many tickets you need:; let Howie know if you have any questions.  We need to have all responses by September 15th so the Pack can make the bulk purchase.  Tickets are $23 apiece and can be paid via PayPal to or by check to Pack 436. Please note how many tickets you are paying for on the check or PayPal transaction.


Popcorn Sales – We'll have order forms available at the September Pack meeting, and we'd recommend starting soon (the earlier the better before everyone else has started their fundraising events).  This is the ONLY fundraiser for the Pack and traditionally raises a LARGE amount of money to be used for Pack events.   


Our storefront popcorn selling opportunity this year will be at the Lowe’s in the Kentlands:

·         Saturday, October 12, 8-10 am

·         Sunday, October 13, 8 am-12 pm

Click here to sign up for storefront popcorn sales.

This year we’ll be doing an individual sign-up for each Scout for the storefront sales (i.e., we’re not going to have slots by den); we’ll follow soon with a link to sign up.  A few notes:

Please make every effort to attend one of these sessions - the sales at the grocery stores are a big part of the Pack's sales.


More details can be found on the 2019 Popcorn Sales Q&A. For further information please contact Stacey Buckner at

Fall Family Camping – Fall Family Camping will be October 26-27 (Sat-Sun) at Patapsco Valley State Park in Marriottsville.  Sign up will be at the September and October Pack Meetings or online – stay tuned for more at the September Pack meeting. 


Pack Calendar and activities – The draft Pack calendar for the year can be found here.

Pack 436 Website –
The Pack 436 website is  A copy of this newsletter as well as information about our meetings and events can be found at the website.  The Pack calendar is on the website as a Google Calendar, so events can be added to your own calendars by clicking on the "Google Calendar" button just below the calendar on the right-hand side.  Contact Matt Hicks ( with any questions or comments.


Communication – We will continue communication via e-mail in the form of a monthly newsletter (and occasional “special announcements”).  Your e-mail address will NOT be given out to anyone and will be used for Cub Scout related events ONLY. Please keep us informed of any changes in e-mail addresses.  If there are any changes, please contact Eric Victory at .


Feedback – We encourage your feedback on ways that we can improve Pack 436.  You’re always welcome to share your input with Eric Victory (Committee Chairman) at or Howie Draisen (Cubmaster) at  We appreciate your input!

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