CUB SCOUT PACK 436

Chartered by American Legion Post 295, Germantown, Maryland

Pack located in North Potomac, Maryland



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Pack 436 traditionally meets at Jones Lane Elementary School and draws primarily from the Jones Lane and Darnestown Elementary School areas. We are a very active Pack with dens at the K-5 level. We currently have about 50 Cub scouts, but are happy to have more active families join our ranks. All of our dens are currently boy dens, but we are happy to take girls into new girl dens with accompanying leadership.

Due to COVID-19, the programming this year will all take place outside with social distancing and masking policies in place to ensure the safety of the Scouts and adults. For the time being, all gatherings will be at the den level (generally less than 15 people total) to ensure that safe distancing can be
achieved.

If you are interested in hearing more, we would love for you to join us for Join Scouting Night! This event will be all-virtual this year, and held on September 16 at 7:00 pm. Please use the link below to join us for this informational meeting.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88093336436?pwd=MVdPc3hMa1A1V0xOS2hhanhTRDJTUT09


When you’re reading to join our Pack, please go to www.beascout.org, enter 20878 in the search bar, and scroll down to Pack 436.

We’d love to see you at the virtual join scouting night, or email questions to Howie Draisen at cubmaster@pack436.com.


  September 2020 Newsletter


 

Thank you & welcome: For the first time in many years, Pack 436 will be without the leadership of Eric Victory as Committee Chair. Thank you, Eric, for the innumerable contributions you have made to our Pack and Cub Scouting!

The Pack is in good hands for this year! Our new Committee Chair is Howie Draisen, who previously served so capably as Cubmaster. Our new Cubmaster is Bryan Mulholland, who was most recently the Wolf Den Leader. Thank you, gentlemen!


Scouting This Fall We all recognize that Scouting this fall will be different from past years. While we hope to offer in-person activities outdoors, we recognize that every family has a unique situation and differing levels of comfort regarding in-person gatherings. Please look for a Pack Survey in the next few days, to help the Pack plan what type of activities families are willing to participate in, and what they would prefer to do virtually (if possible) or postpone. NCAC has directed all units to follow local health guidance, and the Pack will be adhering to group size limits and mask and social distancing requirements, and using a pre-screen questionnaire.

As the surveys are returned, Den Leaders will be in touch regarding their plans for the fall. We want to take advantage of the daylight and warmer weather in the next few weeks while we can, if families are comfortable with outdoor, small group events.

The Pack has purchased a group Zoom license. Any Den wishing to hold meetings virtually will have that option available to them.

 

Pack Meetings We will not be holding full Pack meetings this fall and winter. We hope that some larger get-togethers will be possible in the spring.


Recruiting While we do not have Back-to-School Night to actively recruit new Scouts, we will be sending out announcements and flyers about joining Scouting through online channels. If you have any connections to online communities that may be helpful, please contact Howie. If your children have friends interested in Scouting, please encourage them! Join Scouting Night will be all-virtual this year, and held on September 16 at 7:00 pm.  If you know of any potential new Scouts, please forward this link to their families to join us for the zoom call: 

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88093336436?pwd=MVdPc3hMa1A1V0xOS2hhanhTRDJTUT09

Adults who are interested in helping out, please let Howie know.



Popcorn Sales – At this week’s Parent Meeting, the consensus was to sell popcorn using online sales only, not sending Scouts door-to-door. Our Popcorn Kernel, Fabiana Sivila, is working on flyers and announcements that can be shared on social media.


Looking Ahead – Many leadership positions within the Pack are currently filled by families with 5th graders who will be graduating out next spring. If you are interested in becoming more involved, this year is a great time to shadow or assist these jobs, so next year’s transition goes smoothly. Openings will include: Pack Treasurer, Communications (Newsletter), Hiking Coordinator, Camping Coordinator, Blue & Gold Banquet (we hope this can happen!), and Pinewood Derby (which will happen in some format – the District ran a successful Championship virtually this summer).

If you are interested in, or have questions about, any of these positions, Howie can put you in touch with the right people.


AwardsWe went quite a long time without recognizing the Scouts for all their hard work this past year.  With appropriate safety guideline, we'd like to acknowledge all the great work the Scouts did (mostly in the first part of the year) with a small achievement and rank award ceremony at Aberdeen park this Sunday (August 30th) at the pavilion by the playground. We say small, because we will do it with one rank at a time instead of having the whole pack there at once. We're just trying to keep the numbers down for safety. Masks and physical distancing will also be required for the event. The Scouts will get their awards and their new neckerchiefs as they advance to their next rank. The schedule will be as follows:

Lions: 2:00
Tigers: 2:30
Wolves: 3:00
Bears: 3:30
Webelos 1: 4:00
Webelos 2: 4:30 - several boys bridging to Boy Scouts!

We hope everyone can make it, but if you can’t or don’t feel comfortable, we’ll make sure your Scout gets their awards.


Stay Safe, Everyone! Here's to a Great Cub Scout Year!
 



Pack 436 Website –
The Pack 436 website is www.pack436.com.  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 (webmaster@pack436.com) 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 Howie Draisen at committeechair@pack436.com .

 

Feedback – We encourage your feedback on ways that we can improve Pack 436.  You’re always welcome to share your input with Howie Draisen (Committee Chairman) at committeechair@pack436.com or Bryan Mulholland (Cubmaster) at cubmaster@pack436.com.  We appreciate your input!



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