Pack Newsletter – September 2018

Welcome to a new year of scouting in Pack 428! We are excited to start up our pack meetings again on the third Wednesday of each month at Rose Hill Elementary. The upcoming pack meeting on September 19th is our official start to a new year and our Joining Night, where we welcome new families to our program.  Please help us get the word out!  95% of our pack is built through word-of-mouth. Invite your friends and let them know how much you love scouting! In particular, if you have a Lion (kindergarten) or Tiger (first grade) Scout ready to join the pack, be sure to let us know ASAP. Remember, we are now open to girls as well. We will be starting with a girl den of a variety of ages. As we grow, the girl dens will be split up by grade level just as in the boy dens.

Don’t miss the October Fall Kick-Off Family Camp at the Renton Lions Camp on October 5-7. Each den will be working on some of the first important steps for achieving their ranks. Try to attend the daytime portion on October 6th, even if you can’t stay and camp.

The first newsletter of the year is always a long one, so please bear with me, as we cover all the important details you need to know.

Sunday, September 16, 8:45am-1:00pm

Cherry Creek Falls Hike

Cherry Creek Falls Hike – 5 miles round trip – Elevation gain 450ft – Waterfalls!!
Originally the site of a logging camp in the first part of the 20th century, Cherry Creek Falls is
now a popular place for locals (and visitors) to cool off after the hike in. The 25-foot falls are the
final waterfall along Cherry Creek. The falls drop over a wide, rocky ledge into a large pool.

Parking is limited at the trail head so we will carpool.  Please meet at the Houghton Park and Ride and we will carpool from there.  We will leave the Park and Ride no later than 9am. 

For more details and to sign up, CLICK HERE.

Wednesday, September 19 from 6:00-8:00pm at Rose Hill Elementary

Joining Night – 6:00-6:30pm immediately followed by our 

First Pack meeting of the New School Year – 6:30-8:00pm – Carnival!

Pack 428 will be hosting an informational meeting for new scouting families at Rose Hill Elementary near the playground on Wednesday, September 19 from 6-6:30pm. We will present an overview of the program, answer questions and sign up new scouts. All families are welcome to attend and then stay for our first pack meeting of the year, our fall carnival.

Encourage friends to join!

We encourage you to personally invite any friends interested in scouting. Our goal at Pack 428 is to do our best to make sure everyone knows they have a local Cub Scout Program available to them – we don’t want kids to miss out on the fun simply because they haven’t heard about us!

Other packs have had great results when scout families personally reach out to friends during other activities, whether at school, at baseball, soccer, or even sending out emails to friends, etc. Feel free to forward this newsletter to them.

If you find someone who is interested in scouts, but cannot attend Joining Night, or someone who simply wants more information beforehand, please have them email one of our recruiting team leaders, Melinda Gray at or check out our website at

Forms and Dues

Forms: Please let us know if there have been any changes in your contact information. If there have been changes to your insurance or medical alerts, you must fill out the BSA Medical Forms A & B for us to keep on file. This is to insure we have the necessary medical information in case of injury or accidents on all our Pack outings. Please fill the form out and bring it to the Pack meeting. Here is the link If you already filled out a Medical form for camp this summer, or last year and have no changes, then we have these on file and you are good to go.

Dues: September is the time to pay your annual dues! Please bring your pen and a checkbook to pay your annual dues – $100 per scout ($80 for Lions). The money we collect for dues covers the following items:

  • Payment owed to the Seattle BSA council for membership and Boys Life subscriptions.
  • Books, neckerchiefs and slides awarded to each scout at the June Picnic and Awards Ceremony as they advance to their next den level
  • Individual scout recognition and advancement patches, segments, belt loops, and pins
  • Payment for pack outings and events
  • Materials for pack meetings
  • Discounts for official camps

Need a scholarship?  If the fees are a hardship for your family, please contact our treasurer, Mark Nelson at We are willing to help out with any part of the pack fees that you may need help with. If you need help purchasing a uniform, we can help with that as well. Please let us know what we can do to help your child become an active and successful member of our pack!

October 5-7 at the Renton Lions Camp

October Family Campout!

Our goal as a leadership team is to offer our scouts three outdoor camping experiences per year. Our fall campout is at the Renton Lions Camp, our spring campout is in May (location varies) and our summer campout is Family Camp at the end of June.

Campers: Sign up here! There is no cost for this event!

For fall camp this year, we will be camping at the Renton Lion’s Youth Camp along the Cedar River in Renton, Washington. Join your friends for an opportunity to plan skits, take a hike, cook outdoors, sing songs around the campfire and spend the night under the stars.

We have reserved the entire camp from Friday afternoon, October 5 to noon Sunday, October 7. Spend one night, stay for the weekend or join us just for the day on Saturday (10am to dusk). There are plenty of covered areas for protection in case of rain, but our weather in early October is usually beautiful, right? Maybe bring a pair of boots and a raincoat just in case…

If you need a tent or other camping supplies, let us know, as many of our leaders are avid collectors of camping necessities.

The den leaders will contact you with activity plans for the weekend, but there is a perimeter loop trail for a short hike and a lesson in hiking essentials. There is a large grassy field for games. There will be a group campfire for dens that have a cooking requirement and of course the Bear Den boys will have a chance to earn their whittling chip so they can start carving soap animals or pointy sticks with their pocket knives. Bring a few bandaids… 😉

We hope to see everyone there!

Renton Lion’s Youth Camp – 21230 SE 184th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038

Saturday, October 6 from 9:00am to 2:00pm


Webelo Woods is a day of fun activities designed to introduce webelo scouts and their parents to some of the exciting adventures of Boy Scouting. No RSVP required to join this event, which is hosted by the district.

Sammamish Trails District Webelos Woods

Rose Hill Church – 12202 NE 90th Street, Kirkland, WA

Your 2018-2019 Pack Committee:

Cubmaster: Chris Gray

Committee Chair: Gina Rose

Recruiting: Melinda Gray and Deb Brady

Awards: Christi Higa

Charter: Jane Bueing

Communications: Miriam Schmidt

Treasurer: Mark Nelson

Assistant Cub Master: Brad Hallisey and Nirmal Bhandari

Lion Den: OPEN, Jason Christensen, assistant

Tiger Den: Nate Payne, assistant OPEN

Wolf Den: Ping Rodriguez

Bear Den: Jason Christensen, assistant John Weale

Webelo 1: Farooq Mahmud

Webelo 2: Jeff Deinhard

Girls Den: Rebecca Deinhard

Questions? Please contact:

Gina Rose

Pack 428 Committee Chair



Miriam Schmidt

Communications Chair


Pack 428 2018-2019 Calendar

Below are the currently scheduled pack events.  Changes from month to month will be highlighted in RED. We still have many events without a volunteer to help organize. Please contact Gina ( if you are interested!

Sept 2018

16      Pack Outing: 10am-2pm Cedar Creek Falls Hike

19      Fall Recruiting Event: 6pm at Rose Hill Elementary

19      Pack Meeting: Fall Carnival: 6:30 – 8pm at Rose Hill Elementary, 6pm for new families

25      Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Music Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm

October 2018

6        Webelo’s Woods (9am-2pm)

5-7     Pack Fall Camp: Renton Lions Camp

17      Pack Meeting 6:30pm-8:00pm: Awards presentation, Recycling Regatta

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

November 2018

TBD   Pack Outing: Amazon Spheres?

14      Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm: Awards presentation, First Aid Pack Meeting

27      Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Music Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm

December 2018

TBD    Pack Outing: Service Project

–          No Pack or Leader Meeting in December

January 2019

16        Pack Meeting 7:00pm-8:00pm: Awards Presentation/TBD

25        Pack Outing: Sleeping with Sharks

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

February 2019

1          Pack Outing: Sleeping with Sharks

TBD     Pack Outing: Snow!

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

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

March 2019

20       Pack Meeting 5:30pm-8:00pm: Awards Presentation & Pinewood Derby!

TBD    Pack Outing: Scouting for Food

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

April 2019

17       Pack Meeting 7:00pm–8:00pm: Awards Presentation/Boomerang Guys

TBD    Pack Outing: Bridle Trails Earth Day Restoration Project

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

May 2019

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

TBD     Pack Outing:  Rocket Launch at 60 Acres Park

28       Leader/Committee Meeting @ Lake Washington United Methodist Church, Music Room, 6:30pm-8:00pm

June 2019

12       Pack Meeting:  Picnic & Awards Ceremony

21-23   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 2019

–          Pack Meeting:  No Pack Meeting in August

TBD    Pack Outing:  Hike

TBD    Pack Outing: Bike Ride

TBD    Pack Outing:  Swimming @ Strattonwood