February 2020 Newsletter

Happy Birthday to Scouting! This is the month we celebrate scouting with our annual Blue and Gold dinner and say goodbye to several of our families and leaders as our Webelo IIs crossover to Scouts. To the wonderful families leaving us, we thank you so much for your many years of service to our pack, and we thank you for allowing us to watch your scouts grow and become leaders in the pack this year. It is difficult to believe they were the excited young Tigers wearing oversized scout shirts just four years ago. We especially thank our den parents for all they have done to support the Webelo IIs. 

Saturday, February 8, 9-11am
Pack Outing: Sledding!
Sign Up Here! 
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 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! Look for our banner! 

If you have questions: Please contact Melinda Gray at Melinda.chambers@gmail.com. 

Friday, February 21st 6pm to 8pm at LW United Methodist Church
Blue and Gold Dinner and Webelo II’s Crossover Ceremony
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.  After enjoying a meal together and some entertainment from our own scouts, we will celebrate the Crossover Ceremony of our Webelo II scouts as they move on to become Scouts! This is a very meaningful night, recognizing the hard work of our Webelo II scouts and their leaders.  Please make every effort to attend! The whole pack is invited. Cost is $5 per person (kids under 5 free). Webelo IIs and their families are free. 

Sign-ups for dinner and for helping with this event coming soon. (We will need help!) 

*The Blue and Gold Dinner is in place of our monthly pack meeting!  Please note date and location are different than usual. Directions: http://www.lwumc.com/be/find-us/ 

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

This year’s entertainment for our Blue and Gold Dinner is YOU! That’s right! We are having our scouts provide the entertainment this year in a mini talent show. Does your scout like to juggle? Play an instrument? Tell jokes? Perform martial arts? Dance? Sing? If your scout is interested in sharing his or her talent at the Blue and Gold Dinner in February, please SIGN UP HERE. We are looking for 5 to 7 scouts to share talents. Please note that this is not campfire skits! Talents should be prepared ahead of time and last no more than three minutes. It is OK if scouts want to pair up or do something as a small group. 

More details about the event: At the Blue and Gold Dinner, we will be presenting BSA’s annual “Friends of Scouting” campaign.  This is the annual fundraiser for the BSA. 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 children and consider what your family might be able to donate toward our pack’s Friends of Scouting Campaign at the Blue & Gold Dinner. We will be collecting donations that evening – cash or checks should be written directly to the Seattle Council, BSA. 

A Look Ahead
March Pack Meeting: March 18 – Cub Scout Athletic Skills
Scouting for Food: March 28, 1-4pm at the Bellevue Fred Meyer (off 148th Ave NE)
Pinewood Derby: You’ll get to race cars you’ve built at our April pack meeting.  

Please take a minute to log in to Scoutbook and check your scouts’ badges and awards. Although our dutiful den leaders are also maintaining this, it is very helpful if parents are involved as well, especially in the older grades, as you can log your scout’s progress and the den leaders can simply sign off on it. If you have trouble logging in or need a new invitation to Scoutbook, please contact Christi Higa at cashiga@gmail.com. 

Questions? Please contact:
Debbie Brady
Pack 428 Committee Chair


Miriam Schmidt
Communications Chair