Pack Newsletter – March 2017

Welcome to my page of Signups!

We have so many upcoming activites and we want to help remind you when they are coming up! You can also refer to our new website at for this information.

Service Projects are a great way to help in your community and have fun at the same time!
SIGN UP: Scouting for Food
SIGN UP: Earth Day Bridle Trails Clean Up

Then of course we have the Camping Signups!  Also fun and more likely to involve a sugar high.
SIGN UP: Tolt MacDonald Camp Out!  Finish those badges!!
SIGN UP: Bowman Bay Family Camp – Summer fun starts here!
SIGN UP: Cub Scout Day Camp at Hans Jensen State Park – 4 days of twilight fun!
SIGN UP: Residence Camp at Camp Edwards – 4 days of pirates, songs and a relay race!

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
6:30 PM – Arrive early, skip dinner at home, and join us for pizza!
The first 30 minutes of the meeting will involve getting your cars registered, inspected, weighed on the OFFICIAL scale and lined up for racing. The pack is providing Costco pizzas and bottled water. There will be a few games to keep the boys entertained and there is a buzz about the room as the boys see each others cars, decide whose is the fastest and watch the track master set up his elaborate track.

Remember the rules! I have attached them again to this email or find them at All cars must be weighed on OUR OFFICIAL SCALE.  Even if you weighed your car at home and it was spot on, you may have to make adjustments once you weigh the car on our official scale.  We advise making your car a little light and adding weight if necessary once you arrive here.There will be glue guns and some extra weights to help get cars perfected and race ready. If you cannot arrive on time, please send your car with a friend to make sure you get it registered!

7:00 PM – Racetime!
There will be two heats. In the first heat, every registered car races on each of the 4 tracks. The worst time for each car is dropped and the den awards are given based on these times. The fastest cars move on to the second heat in which the cars race again on all 4 tracks to determine the final winners of the pinewood derby.

7:50 PM – Awards!
There are awards for fastest cars by den and overall. In addition, we are looking for a parent who would like to determine the fan favorite car for design. Let us know if you have an eye for design and would like to gather feedback from scouts and adults on the cutest/craziest/wackiest/most cleverly designed car.

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.

Questions?  Please contact Colleen Rutherford.

April Pack Meeting: TDB

Wednesday, April 19 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

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!


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
*19-21 Pack Campout: Tolt MacDonald Park
22        Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Rm 8, 6:30pm-8:00pm
28        Pack Outing:  Rocket Launch and Optional Picnic at 60 Acres Park

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

September 2017
22-24  Pack Campout at Renton Lions Youth Camp in Renton, WA