Pack Newsletter – December 2017

Well, after a month of climbing and fitness skills, I hope our scouts are ready to take on a service project tomorrow. We had 20 of our 30 spots filled for Food Lifeline before the signup closed so that they could ensure they had enough volunteers to work their warehouse on Saturday morning. I know the boys will enjoy this event and will hopefully leave feeling a little in awe of the scope of the operation and the need that they fill on a daily basis. I think is a great eye opener for our boys and a chance for them to really appreciate what they have. A big thanks to Laurie Boyd for organizing this event for us again this year.

We will meet again in the new year for a myriad of fun activities! Until then, I wish you all a wonderful, family-filled holiday season!


December Service Project at Food Lifeline in Seattle

Pack and Sort Food

Saturday, December 9th 9:00am-11:30am

Pack 428 has an opportunity to help serve our community by helping pack and sort food at Food Lifeline on Saturday, December 9th from 9:00am to 11:30am. 

Remember to bring a consent form for all participants under 18. The link is below.


The Food Lifeline warehouse is now located at

Hunger Solution Center

815 S 96th St 
Seattle, WA 98108

Online Map

Help feed your

hungry neighbors!

Last year Food Lifeline rescued more than 40 million pounds of healthy nutritious food from farmers, manufacturers, grocery stores, and restaurants. This food often arrives in large quantities that can’t be directed immediately to the more than 275 food banks, shelters and meal programs that we serve.


Make an impact by helping us sort and repack the food we rescue every day. It’s easy, fun, and you can make a huge difference in just a few hours.


Food Lifeline is an industrial food handling facility which means certain procedures need to be maintained to keep everyone safe.

• Closed-toed shoes are required, no exceptions.

• It is often cold in the warehouse. For your comfort, please dress in warm layers.

• Your work will be physical in nature and includes long periods of standing. You may be asked to lift up to 40 pounds.

• Please arrive 10 minutes early and plan to work the full session.

No December Pack Meeting

January Pack Meeting at Rose Hill Elementary:

The Reptile Man

January 17 7:00-8:00pm

Isaac, the son of the Reptile Man presents live animal demonstrations all over the Pacific Northwest. The show portion of the service he provides runs about 40 minutes in which he talks about 8 to 12 reptiles from all over the world. All of the venomous species have been surgically devenomized, meaning that they pose no serious risk of injury to anyone. After the show the adults and kids will have the opportunity to handle or touch between 4 and 5 of the animals for another 10 to 15 minutes (the whole event lasts about 50 minutes to an hour).

Show is educational and entertaining for ages 3 and up.


February Pack Outing: Snow!

Hyak Sledding Hill

Saturday, February 3 9:00am-11:00am

Sledding SignUp

Pack 428 is headed to the mountains! Let’s all go and have some fun sledding at the Hyak Tubing Hill!

This groomed sledding hill located off of I-90 exit 54, near Snoqualmie East, Hyak is a Washington State Parks snow play area, and is not affiliated with the Summit at Snoqualmie ski resort. The area is groomed up to five times a week (depending on conditions) but is not supervised by rangers or snow patrol. You can also go snowshoeing or cross-country skiing on the groomed trail. Tip: The parking lot can fill up. Go early or late in the day to avoid crowds.

Directions: Take Exit 54 off I-90 past the summit. Follow signs to the John Wayne Trail, just off to the right. This is the same parking lot as we start our Iron Horse Trail bicycle ride!

Fee: No admission fee, but you’ll need to have a daily Sno-Park permit for your car and a daily or annual Discover Pass; OR a Seasonal Sno Park Permit plus Special Groomed Trails Permit sticker, without Discover Pass. ; there is an electronic pay station where you can buy one-day Sno-Park or Discover Pass permits. Bathrooms are the only onsite amenity. Note: This Sno-Park gets VERY crowded; go early or late to avoid peak times.

Hours: Hyak is open daily from 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m.

What to Bring: This is a bring your own sled or innertube park. It is just a hill that is groomed for sledding! The kids will have to climb with their sleds or innertubes, so expect some very tired and happy scouts after a couple hours of sledding. The pack will provide hot cocoa and a light snack/granola bar at the end of the event. Let’s have some fun!


Friday, February 23rd 6pm to 8pm at LW United Methodist Church

Blue and Gold Dinner and Webelo II’s Crossover Ceremony


Abracadabra! – This year’s theme is magic…

Expect us to have a few tricks up our sleeve and the Wolf Den is preparing a skit for us!

*The Blue and Gold Dinner is in place of our monthly pack meeting!  Please note date and location are different than usual.

The Blue & Gold Dinner celebrates the birthday of scouting and gives us an opportunity to give back to this wonderful organization.  Please mark your calendars to attend this special event.  We will enjoy a meal provided by our very own chef and barbeque master, Saffron Hodgson and then we will celebrate the Crossover Ceremony of our Webelo 2 scouts as they move on to become Boy Scouts!  This is a very meaningful night, recognizing the hard work of our Webelos 2 scouts and their leaders.  Please make every effort to attend!

Sign Up: Blue and Gold Dinner

The Blue and Gold Event is a fundraiser for Friends of Scouting. The suggested donation is $50 per family which goes to Scouting at the district and national level. For more information, please read the details below.

At the Blue & Gold Dinner, we will be presenting BSA’s annual “Friends of Scouting” campaign.  This is the annual fundraiser for Boy Scouts. Money collected from the “Friends of Scouting”  campaign goes directly to the Seattle Council of BSA and provides the money necessary for the council to maintain Camps Edwards, Parsons, Pigott and Sheppard; provides liability insurance for all registered youth and leaders; provides full-time executive staff and office support; provides training; offers council and district activities such as camporees, day camps and recognition dinners; and many other ‘behind the scenes’ programs and expenses.

Each Troop and Pack in the Council is asked to raise funds toward the Friends of Scouting campaign to support these important programs.   The council estimates that the cost of sustaining one youth in the Chief Seattle Council is $124 per year, and they would appreciate a $50 donation from each family.  However any amount that you are able to donate is greatly appreciated.  Every contribution, both big and small, makes a difference!

Please take some time to consider the benefits scouting offers your boy(s) and consider what your family might be able to donate toward our pack’s Friends of Scouting Campaign at the Blue & Gold Dinner on Tuesday, February 17th.  We will be collecting donations that evening – cash or checks should be written directly to the Seattle Council, BSA.

Wednesday, March 21st 6:30pm to 8pm at Rose Hill Elementary


Yes, you heard it right! It is time to get those cars shaped, shined and ready for racing! Please contact me if you haven’t received your car yet and would like to get started on it over winter break. Otherwise, they can be picked up at the January Pack Meeting!



Each of you should have received an invitation to login to This is how we are tracking rank advancements this year and it allows parents to login to their accounts and add achievements as your scout completes them. This should make things much easier for your den leaders so please take some time to familiarize yourselves with the website and begin tracking your son’s progress.

Pack 428 has its own website at

Keep up to date on events and activities! 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 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!

December 2017

9         Pack Outing: 9am-11:30am Sort and Pack Food at Food Lifeline

–          No Leader Meeting in December

–          No Pack Meeting in December

January 2018

17        Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm: Awards Presentation and the Reptile Man

19-20* Pack Outing: Overnight Adventure White River Valley Museum Tentative…more info soon

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

February 2018

3*     Pack Outing: Snow! – HYAK Sledding Hill

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

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

March 2018

17-18  Overnight Adventure: Pioneer Farm in Eatonville

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

24-25  Overnight Adventure: Pioneer Farm in Eatonville

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, Paper Airplanes

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

18-20* Spring Campout: Tolt MacDonald Park

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

22-24* Pack Outing:  Family Camp- Lake Wenatchee State Park: North Campground

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