Pack Newsletter – January 2018

Happy New Year to all our scouts and families! I hope you all had a wonderful vacation and are ready to jump in to a new year of scouting! Our December trip to Food Lifeline was hard work but very rewarding. The attending scouts and families shucked enough corn for over 5,000 people. A big thank you to all who participated. For those of you looking for a way to help more this year, please consider helping our pack! We need leaders to help with recruitment, organizing events, preparing and serving food, and most importantly leading our scouts in becoming strong and capable individuals on their own. The quality of our pack depends on the contribution of our families. Please consider helping out!

We have a lot of fun events coming up, so please take a few minutes to check your schedules and get signed up!

January Pack Meeting: The Reptile Man

January 17 7:00-8:00pm @ Rose Hill Elementary

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 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. 

Overnights

We have setup 2 museum pack overnights for our scouts. One at the White River Valley Museum in Auburn and one at the Pioneer Farm in Eatonville. We hope that you can attend one or both of these adventures as they look to be educational and fun! As always, scholarships are available to those who need it, please contact Gina Rose.

January Overnight Option: White River Valley Museum

Friday, January 26 at 7PM to Saturday, January 27 at 8AM

Mythical Creatures at the White River Valley Museum

Have you ever spent the night at a museum?  I’ve wanted to spend the night at a museum ever since I saw the movie back in the 1990’s (hmmm. . . maybe this is the time to introduce the kids to an old classic!). Well, now’s your chance! 

At this overnight, kids will go on a private tour of the museum and learn about the history of the region. The theme of the night will be Mystical Creatures where the scouts will explore mysterious and mythical creatures that shape the culture of the region (think Sasquatch) with games, scavenger hunts and crafts.

White River Valley Museum Signup

All scouts are invited with a parent or guardian accompanying, unless previous arrangements have been made with an attending den leader. Siblings are welcome, but must be 6 years of age or older.

Cost is $20 per family. We do need an exact count so all attendees must be signed up. Please make checks payable to Pack 428.

 What’s Included?

–          One Professional Museum Educator to lead the entirety of the event.

–           4 – 6 activities including crafts, scavenger hunts, games and a flashlight tour of the museum’s collection storage.

–          Movie screening will be Shrek 2 or another appropriately themed film.

–          Popcorn, fruit snacks and juice box in the evening and cereal bars and go-gurt in the morning.

Logistics:

–          Program begins at 7pm with pack-out by 8am the next morning.

–          Everyone should arrive in their pajamas and have already eaten dinner.

–          Sleeping facility is our classroom and scouts and leaders must provide their own supplies.  There is only space for sleeping bags and pillows for kids and twin size inflatable beds for adults.

–          Please do not bring: large comforters, large backpacks, games, flashlights, light-up toys, electronics etc. We will have plenty of activities planned and there will be no space for storage of these items.

–          We do not allow ANY glow products in the Museum. If broken their contents can harm our artifacts!

–          If you scout cannot eat the snacks we provide please send them with an alternate. non-

 

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. 

What to Bring: This is a bring your own sled orinnertube 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!

Pack Meeting: Blue and Gold Dinner

Webelo II’s Crossover Ceremony

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

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.http://www.lwumc.com/be/find-us/ 

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 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.

Pack Meeting: PINEWOOD DERBY

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!

Any scouts who have not yet received their car, please make sure you pick it up at the January Pack Meeting!

March Overnight: Pioneer Farm Overnight

12PM Saturday, March 24, 2018 to 9:30AM Sunday, March 25, 2018

Living History and Farm Experience

Pioneer Farm SignUp

Join Pack 428 for an overnight journey back in time at the Pioneer Farm in Eatonville, WA. In a “Hands On” living history tour, try your hand at daily chores; jump in the hay, collect eggs, milk a cow or goat, pet animals, grind wheat, work a butter churn and more, while touring our cabins, barn, forge and woodshop.

Pioneer Folklore/Craft: Bring the past to life with true stories of pioneer adventures. We will play real pioneer games and make a craft from that era. 

Nature Trail: We will walk a forested path on the Ohop Valley Hillside and learn how to identify native plants. Learn how they were used for nutrition, medicine, tools and even clothing.

Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 12 PM to 9:30 AM, Sunday, March 25

Cost is $20 per family. We do need an exact count so all attendees must be signed up. Please make checks payable to Pack 428.

All children over age 5 are invited to attend! Any solo scouts need to be approved in advance and have a den leader in attendance who is willing to be responsible for the scout. 

We are responsible for all our own meals, their preparation, and cooking and serving utensils. Pack a sack lunch for the first day. We will plan on making chili and cornbread for dinner and a quick grab a go breakfast with hot chocolate. Any adults willing to help out with meal prep would be appreciated! I will create a signup for food items as well.  Please make note in the signup of any allergies and we will try and accommodate. In addition, Pioneer Farm Staff will help us prepare two snacks: a pioneer style popcorn with our own hand churned butter and hot apple cider!

Directions: Pioneer Farm Museum 7716 Ohop Valley Road East, Eatonville, Washington 98328

From the East Side: Follow Hwy. 167(Valley Freeway) South to Hwy. 161 South(Meridian South), appoximately 25 miles. Turn Right onto Ohop Valley Road, Turn Right onto Ohop Valley Road East(this is the second right)

There are large brown with white signs before each turn off.

For Everyone:

Bring lunch for the first day, rain gear, flashlight, sleeping bag, hand towel and toiletries. Wear appropriate clothing, especially comfortable walking shoes and an extra sweater or jacket. The farm grounds will be muddy. Bring extra socks and hiking shoes or boots, rain gear, long pants, and cold weather clothing.

Keep in mind this is a rustic facility. Pioneer Farm is just that: no indoor bathroom facilities, sleeping in the cabin and food cooked by fire outdoors. Preserve the experience by stressing the fun and awe of “roughing it” as did the pioneers.

Note for Adults:

The Pioneer Living Experience is carefully scheduled and presented in a way that gives the children an optimum learning opportunity. This goal is achieved only with the cooperation of the parent chaperones. We realize the natural desire of parents to be involved in their children’s education, which we applaud and encourage. However, without forethought, adults can unintentionally disrupt this learning opportunity.

Please: Take part in all the programs, but do not answer questions asked. These are directed to the children. Set a good example by following the rules. Do not talk during a presentation, even if you are standing in the back of a group. Do not give your child permission to go places or do things without first checking with the Pioneer Farm Staff. Stay within the farm boundaries. Do not do chores for the children. Supervise them and let them do the best they can.

Schedule: 

12:00 Arrival, registration, lunch, buggy ride

 1:00 Introduction/Orientation

 1:30 Nature Walk

 2:30 Craft  project

 3:00 Cabin Tour

 4:00 Barn Tour (adults start fire and meals)

 5:00 Chores & place bedding in sleeping area

 5:30 Supper by the Fire

 6:30 Make popcorn and apple cider

 7:30 Pioneer games

 8:00 Stories & songs in cabin by fire

 9:00PM Bedtime

 7:00AM Breakfast

 8:00 Barn chores

 9:00 Stubbs Cabin and wrap up

 9:30 Trading Post/Gift Shop

Scoutbook

Each of you should have received an invitation to login to www.scoutbook.com. 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 athttp://www.pack428.com

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!

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

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 inRED. We still have many events without a volunteer to help organize. Please contact me if you are interested!

January 2018

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

26-27*  Pack Outing: Overnight Adventure White River Valley Museum Tentative

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

TBD    Pack Outing:  Scouting for Food

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

24-25  Overnight Adventure: Pioneer Farm in Eatonville

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