Pack Newsletter – October 2017

We hope you are all getting settled into your new routines. We have some fun events planned for this month and a couple of activities that are not pack based, but we thought you might be interested in them.

 We are still signing up new scouts, so if you know anyone interested in scouting, please invite them to our Raingutter Regatta Pack Meeting on October 18, 2017 at 6:30PM.  Please note the change in time! We are starting at 6:30PM for more time for racing and awards.

 We now have an online registration system available at Just type in your zip code and look for Pack 428.  And as always, go to for information on our meetings, outings and the contents of this newsletter.

 This weekend we have a hike to Franklin Falls scheduled on Saturday morning. Please sign up and join the pack for hopefully rain free hike! This will fulfill the hike requirement for the younger dens. Please sign up below.

 In addition, our cubmaster Jeff Patrick wanted to remind you all that Brickcon 2017 is this weekend. If you have never been to Brickcon, it is a very cool event! For more information go to  If you would be interested in joining a group attending, please contact Jeff Patrick,

And my final announcement of the month…Remember to clean and save your best recyclables for making boats at our October pack meeting. Think materials that will float and make great little raingutter sized sailboats. This is a very fun activity!

 Hope to see you all soon,



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!

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.


October Pack Meeting at Rose Hill Elementary: Recycling Regatta

October 18 6:30-8:00pm

Note the time change!!

Back by popular demand, we are hosting our 5th annual Recycle Regatta!  The boys will use their creative genius to turn ordinary recycle items into boats.  They will test their skills to see if their creation floats and then they will attempt to race it down our inflatable track using wind power generated through straws!  We had some awesome creations last year and are really looking forward to seeing their creative genius at work again!

A few ground rules:

·         Each scout must bring in CLEAN recycling material:  plastics and cartons of various sizes and shapes work great.  NO tin cans and NO glass.


·         The boat must be built at the Pack Meeting.

·         The Pack will provide duct tape, hot glue guns, corks and popsicle sticks.

·         Encourage your scout to look through your recycling materials in the coming weeks and pick out things that he could use.  Get his imagination spinning with ideas for this fun project.

·         We will set up work stations by dens.  Each scout will take his recycling materials to his table to share with his den.  Each den will have their own hot glue gun and duct tape.  We will need parent volunteers to supervise the hot glue guns and duct tape use at each table.

 Dues!  Don’t forget to bring your checkbook and pay your dues at the Pack Meeting. If you haven’t updated your scout’s health form, we will have those on hand too! Let’s make Mark Nelson’s job easy get those dues taken care of! Thanks!

 If the fees are a hardship for your family, please contact Gina Rose


Camp Halloween Cub Scout Day at Camp Edward

Saturday, October 28th from 9:30am-:400pm

While not an official pack outing, our own cub scout parent Saffron Hodgson is cooking pulled pork sandwiches at this great day at camp! This day at camp is open for all scouts, their friends and girls ages 7-10!

 Ever wonder what cub scout camp is like? Have a son interested in attending Camp Edwards with our pack this summer? Want to try archery, bb guns, or make some crafts? Come and check out the fun activities at Camp Edward during this Halloween themed day.

 Cost is $27 per scout, friend, or girl age 7-10: $6 for sibling or family members purchasing lunch.

For more information or to sign up, go here: CAMP HALLOWEEN


November Pack Outing – Vertical World

Saturday, November 4th from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Join Pack 428 for an afternoon at the climbing gym! Have you ever wanted to scale a wall safely? The staff at Vertical World will be providing belay experts to help direct the boys as they have a chance to face their fears and show off their climbing skills! This is a great introduction to rock climbing and bouldering if it is new to your family and lots of fun for everyone!

Sign up is essential! The last day for signup is Friday, October 20th!

Redmond Vertical World: SIGN UP HERE!

15036 B NE 95th Street Redmond, WA 98052

The Pack will pay for all scouts. The charge is $20 for siblings, non scouts and adults wishing to climb. Please make checks payable to Pack 428 and turn into Mark Nelson at the October Pack meeting!

A waiver must be filled out and signed by all attendees including those just watching. Fill out the online waiver HERE!


November Pack Meeting at Rose Hill Elementary: Fitness Skills to Build Strong Scouts

November 15 7:00-8:00pm


Pack 428 has its own website at!

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!

Pack 428 Leaders!

 ·         Cubmaster: Jeff Patrick

·         Assistant Cubmasters: David Williams,

·         Committee Chair: Gina Rose

·         Webelos 2 Den leader: Rodney Rutherford

·         Webelos 1 Den Leader: Jeff Deinhard

·         Bear Den Leader: Farooq Mahmud

·         Wolf Den Leader: Jason Christensen

·         Tiger Den Leader: Open

·         Lion Den Leader: Nate Payne

·         Membership and Recharter Chair: Rebecca Deinhard

·         Awards Chair: Christi Higa

·         Treasurer: Mark Nelson

We have several openings in the coming year for our pack as our cubs transition from Webelos into Boy scouts. Please let us know how you would like to help make pack 428 great!


Pack 428 2017-2018 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!

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

4        Pack Outing: 3:30pm-5:30pm Vertical World

15      Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm:  Awards presentation, Fitness Skills to Build Strong 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 TBD

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