Pack Newsletter – June 2017

What is not to like about Rockets? The month was spent blasting off and enjoying the sunshine that has finally arrived! Our spring campers had the best weekend of the spring for their campout and hopefully everyone has finished their badges. Our crossover is this Wednesday at 6PM. Come for our annual picnic dinner, bring your cameras and take a moment to shake your son’s hand and congratulate him as you present him with his rank badge. It is amazing to see how far they come each year in scouting.

Enjoy your summers and remember to check out our summer activities. You can get a jump start on the next rank or take the summer activities for what they truly are, a chance to get to know the other families, relax and have fun!
Remember to refer to our new website at for all this newsletter information and more!

June Pack Meeting: Pack Picnic & Awards Ceremony

Wednesday, June 7th at 6:00pm
Grasslawn Park in Redmond, Domed Picnic Shelter
***Needed: two people to man the grill!  Please email me at if you can flip burgers for us! 

Come celebrate the achievements of our scouts at our end-of-the-year picnic! Charge your camera batteries to catch the moment when your scout is awarded his final patches of the year and receives his book, neckerchief, and slide for next year.
Take a moment to consider how you can help our pack next year. The volunteer board is ready and we have a lot of spaces to fill. We need a cubmaster, two assistant cubmasters, a recruitment chair and a newsletter/website organizer in addition to people to help plan all the great outings we have planned for next year. Please consider signing up and let’s make next year great for our boys!

What’s for Dinner?
The picnic dinner is a blend of items provided by the Pack and pot-luck contributions from the families. Here are the assignments.

  • Pack: Hamburgers, veggie burgers, cheese, hot dogs, buns, water, juice boxes, desserts, and service items (paper plates, napkins, forks, spoons, knives)
  • Tigers:  Condiments (please coordinate amongst yourselves who is bringing what: ketchup, mustard, tomatoes, onions, pickles, lettuce)
  • Wolves:  Side dishes – such as potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, green salad, baked beans
  • Bears:  Cut up fruit & veggies – such as watermelon, grapes, oranges, carrots, cucumber slices
  • Webelos:  Chips & dips

Any new Lions or Tigers out there?
If you have a Lion or Tiger Scout ready to join the Pack be sure to let us know ASAP!  We would love to introduce them at the Picnic and give them their book and neckerchief.

Summer Activities

Bowman Bay Family Camp

Friday-Sunday, June 23-25, 2017

What better way to celebrate the start of summer and the last day of school? Why camping at Bowman Bay, of course!

Come join us for two nights of tent camping in the beautiful San Juan Islands! We have 14 camp sites reserved at Bowman Bay; a quieter and more secluded section of Deception Pass State Park.  The views of the Pacific Ocean are stunning, with campsites 100 yards from the beach. We will enjoy some hiking, beach combing and campfire cooking!  Come join the fun and get to know other scouting families!  This is where the memories are made!

Check in on Friday begins at 2:30PM, Check out on Sunday by 1PM
SIGN UP: Bowman Bay Family Camp – $75 per family. Summer fun starts in the San Juan Islands!

July Bike Ride!

Sunday, July 9th, 1pm
Iron Horse Tunnel bike ride to Olallie State Park

Want to try a new adventure? Ride your bike thru an old train tunnel, down hill all the way to Olallie State Park! The path is made of compact gravel and is straight and level.  It is cold and dark in the tunnel, so come prepared!  Warm (layered)clothes and a light for your bike or helmet are a must.  Reflective clothing is helpful too. The tunnel is 2.3 miles one way.

We will stop at the end of the tunnel and regather. Those who wish to turn around can do so. All others can continue on the slight downhill grade another 12 miles to Olallie State Park. We will plan ahead to leave cars at Olallie for carpooling back up to Snoqualmie Pass. Save the date!  A sign up form will be coming out soon.
Make sure you bring plenty of snacks and water for the ride!

July Hike

Saturday, July 22, 9AM
Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek
8:45am – 3:00pm (pack a lunch)

Parking is limited at the trail head so we will carpool.  Please meet at the Houghton Park and Ride at 8:45am and we will carpool from there.  We will leave the Park and Ride no later than 9am.

Start out from the trailhead on a wide trail that meanders through forest, with trees young and old. Due to its popularity, this part of the trail has been the focus of numerous trail maintenance outings, yet there are still rocks and roots to contend with; that’s just the nature of the terrain.

At a half mile, freeway noise peaks as you pass under the elevated span of eastbound Interstate 90. Then at just over 1 mile is a popular natural feature known by various names: the Denny Creek Water Slide, Slide Rock, the Slippery Slab. This is the destination for many families, for frolicking and/or picnicking on a hot summer day. If this is your destination, see our hiking guide entry for Denny Creek.

At the water slide, Denny Creek is posted as “Impassible During High Water”. In normal flows however, strategically placed rocks offer a dry crossing. The trail re-enters pleasant forest on the opposite side, marked by a sign on a large tree that reads “Main Trail”. A quarter mile from the water slide, the trail passes through an area of lush vegetation then breaks out into the open, revealing two tiers of Keekwulee Falls, the main drop falling 90 feet into a steep ravine. In the morning, the falls can be seen glinting in the sunlight.


  • Scouts are encouraged to carry a pack with the essentials appropriate for their den year.  Please consult your den handbooks to determine which gear they should carry.
  • Feel free to bring appropriate gear to go swimming/wading in the water but also for the hike before.
  • Please pack a lunch as we will likely be out on the trail during lunch time
  • Water! Water! Water!  Please make sure to have enough for the hike in and out.

August Swimming at Strattonwood

Saturday, August 5th 10am – 12pm
Strattonwood Swim Club, 7616 139th Place NE, Redmond, WA 98052.

You may bring a drink, but no glass containers, please; this prevents accidents on the pool deck that can cause cuts to bare feet.  The Pack will provide popsicles/ice cream or some other yummy treat.

This is a great opportunity for scouts, especially Webelos and Bears!! to earn swimming related advancements, so be sure to read up on the requirements before you come.

Pack Outing: Scouts at the Seattle Sounders

Sunday, August 12, 2017 1PM

Cheer on the Seattle Sounders as they face off against Sporting Kansas City!
Tickets are $21 per seat.

Make sure you sign up below and mail or drop off your payment to Gina Rose at 7828 135th Ave NE Redmond, WA 98052
Seattle Sounders Game Sign Up

Looking for an added adventure? Consider taking the bus to the Sounders Game. There are several express options to the Seattle tunnel and it is a quick walk to Century Link Field from there. I will forward some bus plans closer to the date! 

September Campout!

September 22nd-24th Renton Lions Camp

Our goal as a leadership team is to offer our scouts three outdoor camping experiences per year.  Our summer campout is end of June (Family Camp!), our fall campout is in September (Renton Lions Camp) and our Spring campout is in May.
Please save the date and join us for one night or both at the Renton Lions Camp.  Or come just for the day!  We will have a variety of outdoor activities, including hikes, songs and skits around the campfire, outdoor cooking and other den related activities.

If you have any ideas on other summer activities or are interested in leading an activity please let me know!

Gina Rose

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!

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
9**      Pack Outing: Iron Horse Trail Bike Ride 1PM-5PM
10-13  Cub Scouts Day Camp Cubs at Sea, Hans Jensen State Park
22**    Pack Outing: Hike to Keekwulee Falls via Denny Creek 8:45AM-3PM
27-30  Pack Outing:  Camp Edward Residence Camp in July or August

August 2017
–          Pack Meeting:  No Pack Meeting in August
5**      Pack Outing:  Swimming @ Strattonwood Pool 10am-12pm
12**    Pack Outing: Seattle Sounders 1PM-4PM
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