Pack Newsletter – September 2017

Greetings Pack 428!  Welcome to a new year of scouting!  We are excited to start up our Pack Meetings again on the third Wednesday of each month at Rose Hill Elementary. The upcoming Pack meeting on September 20th is our official start to a new year and our Joining Night where we welcome new families to our program.  Please help us get the word out!  95% of our Pack is built through word-of-mouth. Invite your friends and let them know how much you love scouting!  In particular, we need more 1st graders for our new Tiger Den and for the second year, we are looking for Kindergarteners interested in a Lion Den. Nate Payne has volunteered to be our Lion Den leader, but we are still looking for a Tiger Den leader! Let us know if you are interested in helping out our pack!

Did you know that Jeff Patrick, our pack cubmaster is moving on to boy scouts in February after about 10 years in our pack? The Patricks have had 3 boys move through the ranks of Pack 428 and helped our pack meetings run smoothly for many years! In fact, his eldest son is working on his Eagle Scout Project this year and we will all get a chance to help! We need a new cubmaster and soon, so that Jeff can help make the new cubmaster comfortable and make it a smooth transition! Consider how you and your family can help make Pack428 great!

Don’t miss the September Fall Kick-Off Family Camp at the Renton Lions Camp on September 22-24th. Each den will be working on some of the first important steps for achieving their ranks. Try and attend the daytime portion on September 23rd, even if you can’t stay and camp.

I create signups for almost all events to help track boys for awards, to know how many people to plan for, and to provide reminders as the event draws close. Please make sure you sign up and update if your plans change. We are all very busy and we do our best to make our awards chair’s job a little easier, and to help remind us so we do not miss important events.

The first newsletter of the year is always a long one, so please bear with me, as we cover all the important details you need to know.

Sunday, September 17th 1PM-6PM

Bike Ride through the Iron Horse Trail down the John Wayne Trail to Olallie State Park

Bike Ride: Sign up Here

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/iron-horse-tunnel

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.

Start: I-90 to Hyak. Follow signs to the John Wayne Iron Horse Trail State Park/Snoqualmie Tunnel. We will meet at the trailhead at 1PM sharp! Be ready to go! There are bathrooms available.

Make sure you bring plenty of snacks and water for the ride!

Wednesday, September 20th from 6:00-8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Joining Night – 6:00-7:00pm immediately followed by our

First Pack meeting of the New School Year – 7:00-8:00pm

Pack 428 will be hosting an informational meeting for new scouting families at Rose Hill Elementary in the gymnasium on Wednesday, September 20 from 6-7pm.  We will present an overview of the program, answer questions and sign up new scouts. All families are welcome to attend and stay for our first pack meeting of the year, First Responder First Aid which is outlined below.

Encourage friends to join!

We encourage you to personally invite any friends interested in scouting.  Our goal at Pack428 is to do our best to make sure everyone knows they have a local Cub Scout Program available to them – we don’t want kids to miss out on the fun simply because they haven’t heard about us!

Other packs have had great results when scout families personally reach out to friends during other activities, whether at school, at baseball, soccer, or even sending out emails to friends, etc.  Feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

If you find someone who is interested in scouts but cannot attend Joining Night or someone who simply wants more information beforehand, please have them email or call me, Gina Rose or check out our website at http://www.pack428.com.

Wednesday, September 20th from 7:00pm-8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Our First Pack Meeting of the New School Year – First Responder First Aid

New scouts who sign up at Joining Night – and those still considering joining – are welcome to join the rest of Pack 428 for the first Pack Meeting of the school year at Rose Hill Elementary in the gymnasium on Wednesday, September 20 from 7-8pm.  Leaders are planning a surprise first aid scenario for the kids to learn a few basic steps in first aid. It looks to be a fun activity, so we hope to see everyone there! If you have a child that may be nervous about unexpected scenarios, you may want to warn them beforehand.

Forms, Dues and Fundraising

Forms: The first meeting of the year involves our annual check of paper work to get us on track for the new scouting year. Please let us know if there have been any changes in your contact information. All parents will be asked to fill out the BSA Medical Forms A & B for us to keep on file for the coming year (a new one must be filled out every year).  This is to insure we have the necessary medical information in case of injury or accidents on all our Pack outings.  Please fill the form out and bring it to the Pack meeting.  Here is the link http://www.scouting.org/filestore/HealthSafety/pdf/680-001_ABC.pdf  If you already filled out a Medical form for camp this summer, we have these on file and you are good to go.

Dues: September is the time to pay your annual dues! Please bring your pen and a checkbook to pay your annual dues – $170 per scout. Checks should be made payable to Pack 428 and given to our treasurer, Mark Nelson or committee chair, Gina Rose.  The annual dues cover the costs of books, neckerchiefs, slides and annual fees sent to the Seattle BSA office. In addition, these dues pay for the costs for running den and packmeetings and a large portion of the activities for our scouts each year.

Review of Items Covered by Pack 428 Dues Fees:

Annual Dues are $170 per scout. The money we collect for dues covers the following items:

  • Payment owed to the Seattle BSA council for membership and Boys Life subscriptions.
  • Books, neckerchiefs and slides awarded to each scout at the June Picnic and Awards Ceremony as they advance to their next den level.
  • Individual scout recognition and advancement patches, segments, belt loops, and pins
  • Payment for pack outings and events
  • Materials for pack meetings

Need a scholarship?  If the fees are a hardship for your family, please contact Gina Rose. We are willing to help out with any part of the pack fees that you may need help with. If you need help purchasing a uniform, we can help with that as well. Please let us know what we can do to help your son become an active and successful member of our pack!

September Family 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.

Campers: Sign up here! Cost: $10 per family

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.

Here is your chance to kick off your scouting year ahead of the game at our annual fall camp. This year we will be camping at the Renton Lion’s Youth Camp along the Cedar River in Renton, Washington. Join your friends for an opportunity to plan skits, sing songs, take a hike and spend the night under the stars.

Renton Lion’s Youth Camp – 21230 SE 184th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038

We have reserved the entire camp from Friday afternoon, September 22 to noon Sunday, September 24. Spend one night, stay for the weekend or join us just for the day on Saturday. There are plenty of covered areas for protection in case of rain, but our weather in September is usually beautiful, right? Maybe bring a pair of boots and a raincoat just in case…

Cost is $10 per family, payable by cash or check written out to Pack 428 at our September 20th pack meeting. If you need a tent or other camping supplies, let us know, as many of our leaders are avid collectors of camping necessities.

The den leaders will contact you with activity plans for the weekend, but there is a perimeter loop trail for a short hike and a lesson in hiking essentials. There is a large grassy field for games. There will be a group campfire for dens that have a cooking requirement and of course the Bear Den boys will have a chance to earn their favorite award of the year, the whittling chip. Then they can start carving soap animals or pointy sticks with their pocket knives. Bring a few bandaids… 😉

We hope to see everyone there!

October Hike – Franklin Falls

Saturday, October 7 9am-2pm

Hike: Sign Up Here!

 Join us for a fun hike to Franklin Falls!

9am Houghton Park & Ride

We will meet at the Houghton Park and Ride at 9am and carpool to the trailhead. A Northwest Forest Pass is required to park at Franklin Falls—if you don’t have one, please make arrangements to get one beforehand or carpool with another family that has one!

http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/franklin-falls

We will be headed out rain or shine, but let’s hope for a little sunshine and some beautiful fall foliage! Make sure you go over any hiking requirements your scout may be able to accomplish on this hike. Bring plenty of water and pack a lunch! 

Franklin Falls is a beautiful two mile hike, roundtrip with only 400ft of elevation gain suitable to kids of all ages. The forest service has been doing a ton of work to this trail making it very accessible and family friendly.

A Northwest Forest Pass is required for the parking lot at the Franklin Falls trailhead. If you don’t have one, please carpool with someone who does have one! There has been a lot of work done to this trail in recent years and there is plenty of parking. There is a large parking area past the bridge that marks the trailhead for Franklin Falls that can hold 30 cars. If that one is full, head up to the larger parking lot, a half mile past the bridge and trailhead, where there is more parking available. There are no garbage receptacles at the trailhead so be sure to pack it out!

Driving Directions: From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 47 Denny Creek/Tinkham Road. At the top of the exit ramp, turn left and cross over the freeway. Go 0.2 miles and turn right at the stop sign onto Forest Road 58. The road crosses under the freeway, after driving 0.2 miles, turn left.

Continue straight on for 2.9 miles and about a half mile past the Denny Creek Campground there is a large paved parking lot on the right that can accommodate about 60 cars.

The trailhead can be accessed via a trail that begins near the bulletin board in the parking lot.

Pack 428 has its own website at http://www.pack428.com!

Keep up to date on events and activites! Our calendar and all the pack events and activities will be posted on this site. This year we will be making an effort to get the individual den events and activities posted as well.

If you are interested in helping maintain this website, please let us know, as we could use the help!

 Pack 428 is on Facebook!!

Our FB page is a “Closed” group, so please request permission to join!  We would love to see you all there! We also frequently post photos from our various events on our FB page.  We encourage you to check them out!

https://www.facebook.com/groups/pack428/

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!

September 2017

*17     Pack Outing: 1:00pm-6:00pm Bike Ride down the John Wayne Trail

20      Meeting 6pm – 7pm: Joining Night: New Scout Orientation,

Pack Meeting 7pm – 8pm: Awards presentation, First Responders First Aid

22-24 Family Camp: Renton Lions Fall Kick-Off Camp

23      Day Activities at Renton Lions Camp 9am – dusk

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

October 2017

*7        Pack Outing: 9am-3pm Hike to Franklin Falls

18      Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm: Awards presentation, Recycling Regatta

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

November 2017

TBD   Pack Outing: Living Computer Museum

15      Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm:  Awards presentation, Scout Skills with the Boy Scouts

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

December 2017

TBD    Pack Outing: Service Project

–          No Leader Meeting in December

–          No Pack Meeting in December

January 2018

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

TBD     Pack Outing: Overnight Adventure

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

February 2018

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

TBD     Pack Outing: Snow! – Need Volunteer Organizer

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

March 2018

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

TBD    Pack Outing:  Scouting for Food

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

April 2018

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

TBD    Pack Outing: Bridle Trails Earth Day Restoration Project

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

May 2018

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

TBD     Pack Outing:  Rocket Launch at 60 Acres Park

June 2018

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

13       Pack Meeting:  Picnic & Awards Ceremony

TBD    Pack Outing:  Family Camp- Need Volunteer Organizer

July 2018

–          No Leader Meeting in July

–          Pack Meeting: No Pack Meeting in August

TBD    Pack Outing:  Day Camp- Need Volunteer Organizer

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

August 2018

–          No Leader Meeting in August

–          Pack Meeting:  No Pack Meeting in August

TBD    Pack Outing:  Hike

TBD    Pack Outing: Bike Ride

TBD    Pack Outing:  Swimming @ Strattonwood