- April 2018 Pack Meeting - The next Pack Meeting will be on Wednesday, May 16th.
April 2018 Newsletter
Rescheduled March Pack Meeting - Everyone cross your fingers that we don’t get too much snow this week! Our March Pack meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, April 4, 7:15-8:15 pm at the Jones Lane ES cafeteria. We’ll be working on making kites. The Wolves will conduct the opening and closing flag ceremonies; the Bears will have setup and the Tigers will have cleanup.
April Pack Meeting - Our “official” April Pack meeting will be Wednesday, April 18. The agenda will depend upon the weather:
If the weather is good (no rain): - If the weather is good (no rain): We’ll be flying the kites made earlier in the month. We’ll do it at the South Germantown Recreational Park, adjacent to the Adventure Park with the castle and pirate ship. If we are able to do this, we’ll be meeting at an earlier time than usual: 6:45 pm-7:45 pm. Also if we’re doing this outside Pack meeting, please have your Scouts wear their Pack t-shirts
If there’s rain: If it’s raining, we’ll hold the meeting at our usual time and place – JLES cafeteria, 7:15:8:15 pm (time/date to be confirmed once we have a JLES booking). We’ll have a STEM activity. If we do this, the Tigers will conduct the opening and closing flag ceremonies, the Wolves will have setup, and the Bears will have cleanup.
March Pack Meeting Our March Pack meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21st, 7:15-8:15 pm. We will be building kites in preparation for going to the National Kite Festival a little later. The meeting starts promptly at 7:15 pm, and the Wolves will conduct the opening and closing flag ceremonies; the Bears will have setup and the Tigers will have cleanup.
Look for emails on or about the 18th for confirmation of whether we’ll be out in the park or at JLES, and good luck finishing up the kites!
Spring Family Campout - Our Spring Family Campout will be at Pataapsco Valley State Park, McKeldin Youth Group area, north of Ellicott City (same place we were last spring). It’s scheduled for Saturday-Sunday April 21-22. The cost is $20 if staying overnight and $10 if you’re coming for the afternoon and evening only.
Address and directions: McKeldin Area – 11676 Marriottesville Rd, Mariottsville, MD 21104
From I-695/I-70 West take I-70 to Marriottsville Rd. (Exit 83). Go north on Marriottsville Rd. for 4 miles to the park entrance on the right
The youth camping area is to the left of one of the disc golf parking areas as you go into the park road. See the screen print on the next page.
Pack Service Project - We’re going to be doing a cleanup project at Pleasant View Church (on Darnestown Rd across from the Kentlands) on May 5 – more information to follow as we get a bit closer.
Upcoming Spring Events - We’re still working on confirming dates but expect the following events to happen this spring:
BALOO Training - We need to have several of our adults certified in the “BALOO” outdoor leadership training in order to go camping as a Pack – there are training sessions coming up at Little Bennett on April 6-7. If you’re available and interested, please contact Eric Victory (Committee Chairman) at firstname.lastname@example.org – the Pack will cover the cost of attending.
Spring Pack Hike - We’ll have our spring hike on Sunday, April 29 at Black Hills Regional Park, roughly mid-afternoon. More information to come as we get closer.
District Fishing Day - There will be a District Fishing Day, Saturday May 12, at Black Hills Regional Park Fishing Pier, 8 am-12 noon. Bait and tackle will be provided. A few rods are available on a first come-first served basis for those who need them. The cost is $6. There’s more info including registration at https://scoutingevent.com/082-17505. We are also looking into a Pack Fishing Day in August. More details to come on that.
Boating - Come out for a paddle on Little Seneca Lake at Black Hill Regional Park, Saturday, June 9, time TBD. We won’t be doing any sign-up in advance – you’ll get a boat when you’re there. Some key elements to note:
Because this is an activity on the water and safety is paramount, a parent is required to be in the same boat with each Scout.
Canoes, row boats, and pedal boats are available to rent first-come first-served to parents with a driver's license.
We do want to try to get a tentative count – if you’re planning to attend, please contact Dan Helgerman at email@example.com
Camp Snyder: - For the younger boys (current Wolves and Tigers), Camp Snyder, located near Haymarket, VA, has weekend programs in the summer that are a great introduction to camping for the boys. We will register as a Pack for July 13-15.
Camp starts 9 am Friday morning and ends 9 am Sunday. They have platform tents for us and we eat in the dining hall. The 2-night trip is designed to introduce Cub Scouts to week-long Boy Scout summer camps on their own at an older age. It is for registered Cub Scouts only, no friends or siblings, and a parent or guardian is necessary (only one parent needed for multiple scouts in a family). There’s more information at the camp’s website:
Pricing for the weekend is $235 for Scouts and $75 for adults. If you are interested, please contact Dan with preferred dates at firstname.lastname@example.org. As discussed at the Pack meeting, please get your checks into Dan ASAP for the early-bird rate.
How to get to the Youth Camping Area from the park’s McKeldin Area entrance:
Pack 436 Website - The Pack 436 webiste is www.pack436.com. A copy of this newsletter as well as information about our meetings and events can be found on the website. The Pack calendar is on the website as a Google Calendar, events can be added to your own calendars by clicking on the "Goolge Calendar" button just below the calendar on the right-hand side. Contact Steve Meyer (email@example.com) with any questions or comments.
Communication - We will continue communication via e-mail in the form of a monthly newsletter and occasional special announements. Your email 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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