Pack Newsletter – April 2018

Hello, everyone! What a fun month we had! Our cars raced, there were winners and losers and a fun time had by all. At least your cars all made it down the track! A fail for one of my cars! Those of you who were the lucky winners at both the den level or overall, remember you are now eligible to attend the District Pinewood Derby at Rose Hill Elementary on Saturday, April 28 from 9AM to 12PM. It is a fun event and a chance to see lots of different cars race and it will maybe give you some good ideas for next year! For more information, contact David Williams.

The Pioneer Farm was a blast, although quite cold. We had 13 families attend and do without many of the luxuries we experience today for just one day. After a hot shower and a good night’s sleep, I am sure we can all look back on it quite fondly. We had one successful batch of hand shaken butter for our popcorn and I don’t know about you, but I took a fair amount of straw home from cleaning out the stalls. The kids all worked very hard and hopefully you have all implemented some new household chores for them to master at home!

We collected food for our annual Scouting for Food Event and thanks to the great effort of a few of our boys and parents, we collected 645 lbs of food and $205 in cash for Hopelink. That is extremely impressive. The entire Sammamish Trails District  collected 2600 lbs of food in their separate door to door event. It is amazing what we were able to accomplish in just 3 hours! Well done!

Looking forward, we are ready to start our spring recruitment. Let your friends know how much fun you are having in cub scouts, get them to join, and you will earn a recruitment patch! We always welcome new families and do our best to make sure everyone feels welcome.

April Pack Meeting: Paper Airplanes

Wednesday, April 18 6:30pm – 8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Please make note of the early start time: 6:30PM

Bring $15 cash or check for Powerups for participating siblings

Join us for a lesson on lift, weight, drag, thrust as we build some paper airplanes and test them for speed, accuracy and maneuverability.

We will learn how to control our paper airplanes with elevators, the rudder, and dihedral angles. The elevators are located on the back of the main wing. If the elevators are pointing up, they create less lift and a momentum is created which forces the back up the airplane down and then the nose up. Elevator up = Tail down = Nose up

The rudder is the vertical flap on the rear end of the airplane. Like an elevator on its side, you can adjust it to adjust airflow and make your paper airplane turn. Rudder to the left = Tail to the right = Nose to the left = left banking

Dihedral is the upward angle between the wings which eliminates inverted or spiral maneuvering during flight. This is the most stable position for the wings of your paper airplane. An anhedral angle or downward pointed wings will cause your airplane to turn upside down during flight.

We will provide the boys with several templates to build planes at both the pack meeting and more for once they get home.

We will test the speed and accuracy of the boys’ planes through several different tests and help them learn the adjustments needed to improve performance.

Once a paper airplane can successfully glide across the room, it is amazing what Pack 428’s final tweak will do to improve on the speed and most importantly FUN of paper airplanes!

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 2018 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.

Scoutbook – Finish your ranks! June is coming up fast!

You should all be logging into Scoutbook at 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 in RED. We still have many events without a volunteer to help organize. Please contact me if you are interested!

April 2018

18       Pack Meeting 6:30pm–8:00pm: Awards Presentation, Paper Airplanes

21       Pack Outing: Bridle Trails Earth Day Restoration Project

May 2018

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

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

5         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


Thanks everyone!

Gina Rose

Pack 428 Committee Chair

2 thoughts on “Pack Newsletter – April 2018

  1. Hi Gina, if the siblings not coming, scouts still have to bring $15?


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    1. The Cub Scouts are already covered by the yearly dues, so no need to bring $15 for Cub Scouts. Only if you want a sibling (or friend) to have the same Powerups.

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