Pack Newsletter – March 2018

Hello families! I can’t believe it, but spring is just about here, and it is time to start thinking about recruiting! If you love scouts, let your friends know how much fun we have! New families are always welcome at our pack meetings and activities! We even have wheeled bases for the pinewood derby so that visiting boys and girls can build a Lego car and race with the scouts! In addition, we now have the ability to register girls for scouts. We are going to start slowly on this, but if you have a daughter or friend that might be interested, please let us know and we can start working on a plan for the new girl dens.

Thank you to all who joined us for the Blue and Gold Dinner as we said goodbye to our Webelo II Den. Our Webelo I den now has taken on the leadership role for our pack and will be performing the flag ceremonies for all our pack meetings. Thanks to all the families who donated to the Friends of Scouting Campaign. Thanks to your donations, we raised over $1000 for scouting and will receive free pinewood derby cars next year for all our scouts.

Now on to the fun stuff and the Pinewood Derby. One of our most popular events of the year is right around the corner. I hope you have those cars under production! I can’t wait to see all the creative designs this year!!

BSA “Friends of Scouting” Campaign

Consider Donating to Scouting

 There is still time to donate online for the Friends of Scouting Campaign at To correctly route your online donation, please click Sammamish Trails District and Pack 428.


Wednesday, March 21st 6:00pm to 8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary 

6:00 PM – Arrive early, skip dinner at home, and join us for pizza!

The first 30 minutes of the meeting will involve getting your cars registered, inspected, weighed on the OFFICIAL scale and lined up for racing. The pack is providing Costco pizzas and bottled water. There will be a few games to keep the boys entertained and there is a buzz about the room as the boys see each other’s cars, decide whose is the fastest and watch the track master set up his elaborate track.

Remember the rules! I have attached them to this email or find them at All cars must be weighed on OUR OFFICIAL SCALE.  Even if you weighed your car at home and it was spot on, you may need to make adjustments once you weigh the car on our official scale.  We advise making your car a little light and adding weight if necessary once you arrive at the race. There will be glue guns and some extra weights to help get cars perfected and race ready. If you cannot arrive on time, please send your car with a friend to make sure you get it registered!

7:00 PM – Racetime!

There will be two heats. In the first heat, every registered car races on each of the 4 tracks. The worst time for each car is dropped and the den awards are given based on these times. The fastest cars move on to the second heat in which the cars race again on all 4 tracks to determine the final winners of the pinewood derby.

7:50 PM – Awards!

Den Awards

Speed! We have awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd for each den.

Overall Awards

Speed! Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Creativity! Trophies for 1st, 2nd and 3rd

Turtle Award! Trophy for the slowest car

Most Realistic Award! Trophy for the most realistic looking car

This event is one of the highlights of the year! There are rules for the pinewood derby. For your convenience, they are attached to this email, but you can also find them on our website at

If you have any questions, please contact Jeff Deinhard.

 Back again to the event this year…LEGO cars! David Williams made us many wheeled bases in which LEGO’s can be added to create a competitive car. This is a great opportunity for scouts to invite a friend who is interested in scouting and that friend can build a Lego car before the race and participate. The Lego built cars will be a non-award category and inspection will be kind of relaxed, but what a fun way for non-scouts or siblings to easily participate in this event. As a warning, the LEGO built cars will need to be returned at the end of the event. Invite your friends!

 The scouts who are lucky enough to win 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their dens are eligible to race in the District Pinewood Derby which is at Redmond Town Center on Saturday, April 28. It is a fun event and a chance to see lots of different cars race and maybe give you some good ideas for next year! Contact David Williams.

March Overnight Option: Pioneer Farm Overnight

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

Living History and Farm Experience

 There are still spots available. Please remember to bring your $20 per family fee to the Pack Meeting.

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 spaghetti, Caesar salad and bread for dinner and a quick grab a go breakfast of bagels and yogurt with hot chocolate. Any adults willing to help out with meal prep would be appreciated! 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), approximately 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.


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

March Pack Outing:  Scouting for Food

Saturday, March 31th 1pm-4pm at the Totem Lake Fred Meyer

This is BSA’s national campaign to collect food for our local food banks and make a difference in our community! Food banks are typically at their lowest levels this month and this is a fun and simple way we can help out!  We are mixing things up a bit and having our Scouting for Food event a little later than the national event so that we do not compete with Girl Scout cookie sales.

Scouts sign up for a one hour time slot between 1pm and 4pm at the Totem Lake Fred Meyer.  We need four uniformed scouts and two parent supervisors for each hour.  We will be stationed out front between the two large double doors. We hand out shopping lists to shoppers as they enter the store and then collect the food that they purchase. We can also accept cash donations. It is a great opportunity for scouts to share their enthusiasm for scouting and practice politely asking for donations. The last group of the day helps pack up the food collected and it is all taken to HopeLink.

SIGN UP HERE: Scouting for Food

Questions?  Please contact Jeff Nelson.

April Pack Meeting: Paper Airplanes

Wednesday, April 18 7:00pm – 8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Come and bring your paper airplane folding skills!

April Pack Outing: Earth Day Stewardship Event at Bridle Trails State Park

Saturday, April 21 from 9:00am – 12:00pm

 We will be participating in an Earth Day 2016 event at Bridle Trails State Park on Saturday, April 21 from

9:00 am to noon.

It’s a great opportunity to celebrate Earth Day and help our community!

We will meet at the main parking lot area off 116th Ave NE. There is plenty of parking but because this is

state park property, a Discover Pass is required to park. If you don’t already have one I encourage you to purchase one, as the sale of $30 Discover Passes provides much of the Parks’ revenue.

Be sure to bring your boots, gloves, and hand pruners –

A free pizza lunch will be provided for those who want to stay after their hard work. There will be water and snacks during the event as well.

All scouting ranks require community service or a community clean-up project ~ this is a fun way

to get those projects in. The boys love pulling ivy and digging in the dirt!


Please contact John Weale with any questions.


You should all be logging into scoutbook to note your scout’s progress towards his rank. We try to award all ranks by the June picnic so the boys can kick back and enjoy the summer events just for fun or to kick off the new year. If you are having trouble logging in, or becoming familiar with the program, please ask for help!

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!

March 2018

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

24-25  Overnight Adventure: Pioneer Farm in Eatonville

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

31       Pack Outing: 1PM – 4PM Scouting for Food at Totem Lake Fred Meyer

April 2018

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

21       Pack Outing: Bridle Trails Earth Day Restoration Project

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

May 2018

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

18-20  Spring Campout: Tolt MacDonald Park

27        Pack Outing: 5:00pm-7:00pm  Rocket Launch at 60 Acres Park

June 2018

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

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 July

9-12*   Pack Outing: Day Camp Twilight Session 2:15pm-8:30pm  -Need Volunteer Organizer

26-29  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