Our May Pack meeting, like the April meeting, will be outside. This time it will be at the RVS Baseball Field and on Friday, May 17th starting at 6:45PM. In case of rain, we will be in the Lower Gym.This is a fun meeting and a recruitment opportunity. Parents, please encourage your sons to invite friends, classmates, teammates, etc. to the meeting (along with at least one parent). Any scout bringing a friend will get a special patch at the June meeting.
LEADERS. A few leaders are needed to volunteer to attend Orientation for Fall Recruiting, called School Week For Scouting (SWFS). Sessions will in May through August throughout the area. Registration is needed and those links may be found of the linked document. Registration links for each date can be found at http://signs-up.ppbsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/SWFS-Orientation-Schedule-2013.pdf
Here's a way to share some information on who's going to riding the bus to Wheeler or attending one of the Webelos camps available. This is voluntary and this is NOT the camp registration. Each family must still register with the council. See the following website for more information. http://www.camps.ppbsa.org/camping/Summer%20Camp.htm.
To share information about when your scout is going to camp, please go to the pack sign-up page, http://www.cubpack69.org/signups.
We know you like what scouting provides our youth. Now, the question is, "Do you like to golf?". The local scouting alumni association is hosting the 3rd Annual Alumni & Friends Golf Classic on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 (RSVP by April 26). Flyer available online.
Keith Donnelly is organizing this for our pack. If interested, please contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It's time to stake a claim at Wild West City. The scouts are holding the Gold Rush on June 3rd at the western themed park in Stanhope. The Gold Rush is from 1:00-4:00. The tickets give you access to Wild West City from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, so come early or stay late.
Cub Scouts will experience all the fun of Wild West City plus test their skills at our Gold Rush towns which will be scattered around WWC. At each town, they will earn “gold nuggets” to take home with them. Dens can bring their own wagon or you can mix boys of different ranks. Wagons do not need to be fancy (but if you want to get fancy, go ahead!). The equipment list has items that will be found around most homes.
The fee is $20 per youth (Cub Scout or sibling). One adult enters free with each paying youth. Sorry but any “extra” adults must pay too. You get admission to WWC & the Gold Rush, plus 2 ride tickets. The tickets can be used for a parent and son to ride together or for a child to do 2 rides. Tickets are for train, stage, pony, mini-golf or Wanted poster.
Sign up today from the pack sign up page, http://www.cubpack69.org/signups.
When it comes to signing up for summer camp, you are going to be asked for your sons' "membership ID" or Scout ID. If he has a membership card, it will be on that. You can also find it on the any edition of his Boy's Life subscription. On the address label, directly above your sons' name you should see a number that starts with "#000" followed by 10 digits and ends with "#358C". The 10 digit number is your sons' Scout ID. Other information you may need to know is:
- Our council name: Patriots' Path Council
- Our council number: 358
- Our district name: Fishawack
- Our unit number or pack number: 69 (0069 if four digits is needed)
Crawling through a darkened Touch Tunnel. Checking on predators in Eat or Ben Eaten. Learning about liquid nitrogen with the Sub Zero show. Building sentences with pictures in the Communication exhibit. Watching Klinky and her clan of Meerkats survive in the Kalahari Desert. Getting shocked on a Van de Graaff generator during the It's Electrifying show. Discovering what a salt water wedge is about and running a ship container simulator in Our Hudson Home. Walking on an "I" beam 18 feet up in Skyscrapers!. Watching polar bears in their shrinking world on the biggest IMAX theater around. Separating DNA strands in test tubes in the Infection Connection lab.
Safe to say there was plenty for our scouts to do at the Liberty Science Center Sleepover. For photos from the trip, checkout the pack scrapbook online or this direct link to the album and more photos are always welcome (just get them to Daniel).
Our winter campout was over last weekend, Jan 26-27. Thirteen scouts were on the trip and they has a double session of BB guns and an afternoon session of Cooking and Knots provided by Tom Stoddard. For the afternoon session, we walked from the OA Lodge in Camp Somers to the Kent Center in Wheeler taking a historic trail past some ruins by the stream between the two lakes. On the way back, we took Chapel Road using mostly by the light of a very bright full moon. The boys and leaders were treated to an astronomy lesson from Anthony Pisano (telescope by Keith Donnelly) looking at the moons of Jupiter and a stellar nursery in Orion. Some of the photos are available in the pack scrapbook on our website (link).
Community Forum for Mountain Lakes, Boonton Township, and Boonton
January 30th, 7:00 – 9:00 PM, at the Boonton Township Offices, 155 Powerville Road
On Wednesday, January 30, will be one of eight grass-roots meetings being held throughout our local scouting district to discuss the challenges and opportunities for Scouting in each town.
Much of our focus will be on growing our Cub Scout Packs, which is open to all first through fifth grade boys, and retaining their members. This is the greatest challenge facing Scouting, but we will also discuss transitioning to Boy Scout Troops, Venturing opportunities for coed high school youth, and any topic that you see as important for your town.
We hope to find action steps specific to each town’s needs. Each meeting will begin at 7:00 pm and conclude no later than 9:00.
Please share with any adults in our towns who may want to learn about the scouting programs and who care about keeping such programs strong and growing.