Pack Newsletter – February 2017

We said goodbye this month to eight of our scouts as they became boy scouts. As exciting an event it is for them and their families, at the same time we lost seven very involved leaders in our pack. Going forward we need volunteers to help run events, help recruit new scouts and families to our pack. As you know, we are 100% volunteers, so if you have an idea for an outing or a fun family oriented activity, or if you just want to help, please let us know. We are always welcoming to new ideas and new adventures! After all, we are all parents to boys with endless amounts of energy and what better way to expend it than through scouting!

In case you missed it, we also had a great Overnight Adventure at the Museum of Flight. We slept in the WWII gallery alongside some very cool airplanes, we learned a lot about lift, drag and even dabbled in rocketry. Our water pressure propelled rockets blasted into the sky and most of our “Eggstronauts” were scrambled, but one very lucky group’s egg survived a tumultuous fall and one very talented adult group’s egg glided gracefully to the ground. I am pretty sure everyone had a blast!

We have a new website at! A huge thanks to our Tiger den leader, Jason Christensen! Jason and I will do our best to keep it updated with these newsletters and other important information.

February is the BSA “Friends of Scouting” Campaign
Consider Donating to Scouting

If anyone else would like to contribute towards supporting our local Council office and the many services they provide for us, we would appreciate it.

I have more donation forms available, or you can give online at the following link:

We are suggesting between $50 and $100 per family, but any amount is appreciated.  Please indicate if your company will match your donation (Microsoft, Boeing, Alaska Airlines, Google and many others will match).

If you could send me an email and let me know you donated, that helps me keep track of how much we have left to work towards our fundraising goal.

When giving a donation, please note the following:

District: Sammamish Trails

Unit Type#: Pack 428

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

It is time to get those cars shaped, shined and ready for racing! This event is one of the highlights of the year! There are rules for the pinewood derby. Please make sure you refer to the list attached to this email. For your convenience, it is also on our new website

If you have any questions, please contact David Williams.

New to this year’s derby…LEGO cars! David Williams is putting together wheeled bases in which LEGO’s can be added to create a competitive car. This is a great opportunity for scouts to invite a friend who is interested in scouting and that friend can build a Lego car before the race and participate. The Lego built cars will be a non-award category and inspection will be kind of relaxed, but what a fun way for non-scouts or siblings to easily participate in this event. As a warning, the LEGO built cars will need to be returned at the end of the event. There should be about 10 available.

March Pack Outing:  Scouting for Food
Saturday, March 25th 11am-2pm at Red Apple in Bridle Trails, Kirkland 

This is BSA’s national campaign to collect food for our local food banks and make a difference in our community! Food banks are typically at their lowest levels this month and this is a fun and simple way we can help out!  We are mixing things up a bit and having our Scouting for Food event one week later than the national event so that we do not compete with Girl Scout cookie sales.

Scouts sign up for a one hour time slot between 11am and 2pm at the Red Apple Market.  We need four uniformed scouts and two parent supervisors for each hour split between the two doors. We hand out shopping lists to shoppers as they enter the store and then collect the food that they purchase. It is a great opportunity for scouts to share their enthusiasm for scouting and practice politely asking for donations. The last group of the day helps pack up the food collected, gets to purchase food with any cash donations and then it is all taken to HopeLink.

SIGN UP is coming soon!

Questions?  Please contact Colleen Rutherford.

April Pack Outing: Earth Day Stewardship Event at Bridle Trails State Park
Saturday, April 22 from 9:00am 12:00pm

We will be participating in an Earth Day 2016 event at Bridle Trails State Park on Saturday, April 22 from

9:00 am to noon.

It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and help our community!

We will meet at the main parking lot area off 116th Ave NE. There is plenty of parking but because this is

state park property, a Discover Pass is required to park. If you don’t already have one I encourage you to purchase one, as the sale of $30 Discover Passes provides much of the Parks’ revenue.

Be sure to bring your boots, gloves, and hand pruners – The plan is to remove blackberries and ivy!

A free pizza lunch will be provided for those who want to stay after their hard work. There will be water and snacks during the event as well.

All scouting ranks require community service or a community clean-up project ~ this is a fun way

to get those projects in. The boys love pulling ivy and digging in the dirt!

SIGN UP is coming soon!

Please contact Jeff Nelson with any questions.

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!

February 2017

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!

*25     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

*22     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

*27-30 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