Pack Newsletter – January 2017

Welcome to a new year of scouting! We had a very successful food service project this month where 16 scouts and their families made trail mix for the homeless. On Monday, we have 16 scouts and their families joining us to go sledding up at Snoqualmie. We have more fun events planned for the coming months, so be sure to invite a friend to our events! We always welcome new scouts or potential scouts!

The signups are active for the February 10th Blue and Gold Dinner

Flying Gizmos at the Museum of Flight!

Friday, February 3rd 5:45pm to Saturday February 4th to 10am

The Flying Gizmo show is a fun assembly-style program designed to help participants discover the science and history of flight through the use of flying toys and models. The museum toy collection includes a flapping-winged bird, kites, parachutes, gliders, stomp rockets and many others.

Rocket Building Activity and Launch is also part of the program as well as a late night museum tour.

Sleep with a View of Boeing Field! The second floor private View Lounge is carpeted and large enough to accommodate air mattresses, cots and everything you need to be comfortable. Scouts go to bed around 10:30 – 11:00pm. Keep this in mind for younger scouts and siblings.

Cost: $45 per person. Make checks payable to Pack 428

Museum admission is included! Take advantage of the closed access time in the Great Gallery

and Space Exhibit between 9-10am on Saturday. You are welcome to stay as long as you like in the museum on Saturday. If you would like to come early on Friday, you will need to let us know ahead of time so wristbands can be made up for you in advance.

SIGN UP: February 3rd Overnight at the Museum of Flight

Details: We will meet in the lobby of the Museum of Flight at 5:45pm. The address is 9404 E Marginal Way S, Seattle, WA 98108. Parking in the East lot is available at no charge.

Available to all scouts, siblings 5 and older, and adults. Limited to the first 60 persons who sign up.

An evening snack is provided as well as a continental breakfast. Please let us know of any special dietary needs so that we can pass this information on to the museum. No outside food is permitted without prior approval from the museum.

What to bring: sleeping bag, pillow, toothbrush, toothpaste, brush or comb, washcloth, t-shirt or shorts to sleep in, jacket, bag large enough to hold all these items labelled with name and phone number. Please do not bring: stereo, hairdryer, electronic games or toys, food, snacks, gum.

Blue and Gold Dinner and Webelo II’s Crossover Ceremony

Friday, February 10th 6pm to 8pm at LW United Methodist Church

*The Blue and Gold Dinner is in place of our monthly pack meeting!  Please note date and location are different than usual.

The Blue & Gold Dinner celebrates the birthday of scouting and gives us an opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization.  Please mark your calendars for our annual Blue and Gold Dinner!  We will enjoy a meal provided by our very own Saffron Hodgson and served by the Webelos 1 den and then we will celebrate the Crossover Ceremony of our Webelo 2 scouts as they move on to become Boy Scouts!  This is a very meaningful night, recognizing the hard work of our Webelos 2 scouts and their leaders.  Please make every effort to attend!

Please Sign Up here! Cost is $5 per person payable at the door.

The Blue and Gold Event is a fundraiser for Friends of Scouting. The suggested donation is $50 per family which goes to Scouting at the district and national level. For more information, please read the details below.

Friends of Scouting (Annual BSA Fundraiser):  Each Pack is required to participate in this worthwhile fundraiser that allows the Boy Scouts of America to keep running and provides our boys with such an excellent program.  The district sets a fundraising goal for us and we do our best to meet it each year.  Matching donations from Microsoft have helped us a great deal in the past, so please consider this option if you work for Microsoft or another employer who matches fundraising dollars.  Read on for more details:

At the Blue & Gold Dinner, we will be presenting BSA’s annual “Friends of Scouting” campaign.  This is the annual fundraiser for Boy Scouts.  Unlike the Wreath fundraiser that provides money to support our Pack activities, money collected from the “Friends of Scouting”  campaign goes directly to the Seattle Council of BSA and provides the money necessary for the council to maintain Camps Edwards, Parsons, Pigott and Sheppard; provides liability insurance for all registered youth and leaders; provides full-time executive staff and office support; provides training; offers council and district activities such as camporees, day camps and recognition dinners; and many other ‘behind the scenes’ programs and expenses.

Each Troop and Pack in the Council is asked to raise funds toward the Friends of Scouting campaign to support these important programs.   The council estimates that the cost of sustaining one youth in the Chief Seattle Council is $124 per year, and they would appreciate a $50 donation from each family.  However any amount that you are able to donate is greatly appreciated.  Every contribution, both big and small, makes a difference!

Please take some time to consider the benefits scouting offers your boy(s) and consider what your family might be able to donate toward our pack’s Friends of Scouting Campaign at the Blue & Gold Dinner on Tuesday, February 17th.  We will be collecting donations that evening – cash, check and major credit cards are accepted.  Any donation that you make is tax deductible since BSA is a 501(c) 3 organization.  Receipts will be immediately available at the meeting.  Also, many companies offer matching donations that would double your contribution.  In the past we have been able to reach our fundraising goal (set for us by the BSA council) and we received our pinewood derby cars for free as a reward.


Wednesday, March 15th 6:30pm to 8pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Yes, you heard it right! It is time to get those cars shaped, shined and ready for racing!

Pack 428 2016-2017 Calendar

Below are the currently scheduled pack events.  Changes from month to month will be marked with an asterisk * and highlighted in RED. We still have many events without a volunteer to help organize. Please contact me if you are interested!

January 2017

18        Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm: Awards Presentation and Carnival Time

30        Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm

February 2017

3-4    Pack Outing: Overnight Adventure at the Museum of Flight

10 (Friday) Pack Meeting 6:00-8:00pm: Blue & Gold Dinner, Friends of Scouting & Awards Presentation

27        Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm

March 2017

15       Pack Meeting 6:30pm-8:00pm: Pinewood Derby!

TBD    Pack Outing:  Scouting for Food

27       Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm

April 2017

19       Pack Meeting 7:00pm–8:00pm: Awards Presentation, TBD

TBD    Pack Outing: Bridle Trails Earth Day Restoration Project

24       Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm

May 2017

17        Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm:  Awards Presentation and Rocket Building Workshop

*28      Pack Outing:  Rocket Launch and Optional Picnic at 60 Acres Park

22        Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm

June 2017

7         Pack Meeting:  Picnic & Awards Ceremony

23-25  Family Camp: Bowman Bay at Deception Pass State Park – Need Volunteer Organizer

July 2017

–          No Leader Meeting in July

–          Pack Meeting: No Pack Meeting in August

10-13  Cub Scouts Day Camp Cubs at Sea, Hans Jensen State Park

TBD    Pack Outing:  Camp Edward Residence Camp in July or August – Need Volunteer Organizer

August 2017

–          Pack Meeting:  No Pack Meeting in August

TBD    Pack Outing:  Hike

TBD    Pack Outing:  Swimming @ Strattonwood – Need Volunteer Organizer

28       Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm