September 2021 Newsletter

Pack 428 Newsletter

September 2021

Welcome to a new year of scouting in Pack 428! We are excited to start up our pack meetings IN PERSON again on the third Wednesday of each month at Ben Rush Elementary. The upcoming pack meeting on September 22nd  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! Feel free to forward them this newsletter or point them to our website: We are welcoming boys and girls in all grades. Many scouts start as Lions in kindergarten, but if you have a friend in a higher grade, he or she is welcome to join. It is never too late to start Cub Scouts!

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. See below for information on pack meetings, family camp (it’s back!), renewing membership, parent involvement and district events.

The TLDR (Too Long /Didn’t Read): Invite your friends, come to the Leadership Meetings, Sign up to help out, and mark your calendars with upcoming Pack events summarized below.

September 13, 2021Leadership Meeting (all parents welcome
September 22, 2021Pack MeetingCarnival at Ben Rush
September 26, 2021Family HikeBellevue Botanical Gardens
October 8-10Fall Family Camp
October 20Pack MeetingRaingutter Regatta at Ben Rush

Wednesday, September 22 from 6:30-8:00pm at Ben Rush Elementary Blacktop Area (behind the school)

Joining Night and our First Pack meeting of the New School Year – Carnival!

Leaders from Pack 428 will be available starting at 6:15 to answer any questions and help new/potential scouts fill out applications. We will present an overview of the program, answer questions and sign up new scouts. All new families are welcome to attend and then stay for our first pack meeting of the year, our fall carnival. Returning scouts should come at 6:30.

Please note: We will NOT have access to any indoor space at Ben Rush, including the bathroom. Please plan ahead!

Forms and Dues

Forms: If you are a returning scout, you only need to fill out a new medical form if there have been changes to your insurance or medical alerts. You can find the form here: Please bring it with you to the first meeting.

Dues: September is the time to pay your annual dues! Last year, due to COVID, the pack suspended dues, but we will need to reinstate them this year to keep the pack running. The new dues are still being calculated, and that information will be sent out shortly. Scholarships are available to those who need them, and that information will be included in the due update.

Next pack meeting: October 20 – Raingutter Regatta

Sunday, September 26, 12:30-2:30

Pack Outing: Bellevue Botanical Gardens
Ping Rodgriguez will lead this event for us. More details to come!

October 8-10 at the Renton Lions Camp

Fall Family Campout!

Our goal as a leadership team is to offer our scouts 3-4 outdoor camping experiences per year. Our fall campout is at the Renton Lions Camp, our spring campout is in May (usually at Tolt-MacDonald in Carnation) and our summer campout is Family Camp at the end of June (location varies). This year we will be adding Winter camp to the mix, so stay tuned!

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, play field games, sing songs around the campfire and spend the night under the stars. There will be a group campfire for dens that have a cooking requirement and of course the Bear Den 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 have reserved the entire camp from Friday afternoon, October 8 to noon Sunday October 10. Spend one night, stay for the weekend or join us just for the day on Saturday (10am to dusk).

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

Renton Lion’s Youth Camp – 21230 SE 184th St, Maple Valley, WA 98038
Sign Up Genius: Look in your September newsletter email.

Pack Committee and Parent Involvement

Our pack committee is made up of various parents who have volunteered to give their time and talents to support the pack. We are always in need of more volunteers. We have space for regular and occasional volunteers. Our monthly committee meetings are open to ALL parents and you are encouraged to attend! The schedule can be found on our website: Our next meeting is Monday, September 13 at 6:30, via Skype. The link was sent in your September newsletter email.

This year’s Pack Committee:

Cubmaster: Chris Gray
Assistant Cubmaster: OPEN- Volunteer Needed
Committee Chair: Chris Hackmann
Recruiting: Melinda Gray
Awards: OPEN- Volunteer needed
Charter: Chris Hackmann
Communications: Miriam Schmidt
Treasurer: Steve Donahue
Boys Lion Den:  Tomas Velasquez
Boys Tiger Den: OPEN – Volunteer Needed
Boys Wolf Den: Amanda Howell
Boys Bear Den: John Weale, assistant Jason Christensen
Boys Webelo 1: Nate Payne
Boys Webelo 2: Ping Rodriguez
Girls Lion/Tiger: OPEN – Volunteer Needed
Girls Wolf/Bear: Adell Lichtenberg, assistant Melinda Gray
Girls Webelos 1 and 2:  Gary Catlin, assistant Chris Hackmann

Calendar and Communications
We are always striving to provide timely communication for upcoming events without overburdening your inbox! This year we will continue our monthly newsletter with occasional reminders of upcoming events as needed. We have a Google calendar that is kept up to date, always accessible at our website, There are also instructions on how to subscribe directly to the calendar here:

Our private Facebook group is a place where we celebrate events and achievements of the scouts and post more photos.

Camping Opportunity!
Not an official Pack outing BUT, there’s a great park in Eastern Washington that just opened a brand new camping area that we are excited to check out! Some of the older Scouts from the BSA Troop (572) will be there as well. Feel free to join us. Here’s the info: 

Dates: October 22-24 (Fri-Sun) – if you can only make it Sat-Sun that’s fine and up to you.

Location: Steamboat Rock, Cove Loop

Reservations can be made at

Some of the BSA families are in sites 54, 56, 59, 61 and 62.  

If you are interested in joining us please feel free – you are responsible for making your own reservations. Once we know how many people are attending we can figure out exactly what the days will look like but there’s good biking and hiking in that area. Generally, up to eight people can camp on a given spot and have two tents on a spot. That would allow for some doubling up. The sites are going quickly so if you think you are interested, make the reservation sooner rather than later.

Camp Halloween
This is a day camp sponsored by the district. We don’t attend as a pack, but it is tons of fun and your scout and family are welcome to join! Registration is on your own.

 Give your Cub Scouts and their families and friends a spooky good time at Camp Halloween!  Spend the day immersed in fun activities such as pumpkin decorating, Archery, BB Guns, haunted house visits and more! Dates: October 9, 10, 16,17, 23, and 24 Cost: $35 per youth age 5 and up; $10 per adult, sibling under 5 purchasing lunch

Don’t miss out on this popular event – sign up today!

Note:  Camp Halloween is using our new registration system Tentaroo – for individuals please create an account to register. If you have questions please contact us at, or 206-725-0361.  
2021 Camp Halloween Registration