Announcements from Pack 43

Overnight on USS Hornet 2015

posted Mar 26, 2015, 11:38 AM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Pack 43 scouts can spend a night as junior crewmembers on the aircraft carrier USS Hornet. USS Hornet is a national treasure, having participated in two of the greatest events of the 20th century — World War II and the Apollo 11 manned space mission when the first humans in the history of mankind set foot upon the moon.

 Sleep over includes : 
  • Participate in the Aviation, Radio or Space Exploration Merit Badge Program
  • Sleep in restored berthing compartments where the real HORNET crew lived
  • Enjoy dinner and breakfast in the Crew's Mess
  • Learn about this famous aircraft carrier's daring exploits
  • Explore the key areas in the ship and the historical naval aircraft on board
  • Learn about NASA's Apollo 11 and Apollo 12 space missions that put the first humans on the moon
  • Ride the flight simulator - experience what it's like to catapult and fly from the carrier
  • Participate in night watch
  • Earn a special crewmember patch & certificate!
When   : Sat May 2nd 4.30 PM (sharp)  to May 3rd 10 AM.
Cost     :  $70 Per person
Signup :       

Last Day to signup :  Apr 17th (EOD)

How to pay:  Mail the total fee (checks payable to “Pack 43”) to our treasurer, Meggie Lu at 2343 Bray Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95050, to be received by Apr 17, 2015.

Dog Tag : Optional - If anyone would like to purchase Dog Tag, please place your order at-least 10 days  ahead of the  overnight using the following link - Use the confirmation "LA4706 -- Sat. 5/2/15"
  • Please go through the attached document and for  general information about the sleepover.
A separate email will be sent before the event with all the details - Following are some important ones: 

Equipment to Bring:  A pillow, sleeping bag, and extra blanket in cold weather, toiletries, hand towel, flashlight, a jacket, and a warm hat in cold weather. Scouts are encouraged to wear their uniforms.

Please do not bring :Electronic devices, including hairdryers; laser pointers; knives; open flame devices, including lighters and matches; or food items.

Day 1 - Saturday
1615 (4:15pm)    Hornet Crewmembers will meet with Group Leaders to get final count, brief your group on the evening activities, and take questions.
1705 (5:05pm)    Begin boarding with overnight gear.
1730-1745 (5:30-6:00pm)  Introductions, Orientation, Ship Rules.
1745-1800 (5:45-6:00pm)  Set up quarters, stow gear in berthing areas.
1800-1830 (6:00-6:30pm)  Mandatory Fire/Safety Drill. (Weekday arrivals will set up quarters and have the emergency evacuation drill after dinner)   
1830-1930 (6:30-7:30pm)   Chow time begins (dinner). Junior crew organized into serving and clean-up teams.
1930-2230 (7:30-10:30pm)  Evening program includes self-guided tours: CIC, Engine Room, Bridge, Catapult, Brig areas, Flight Simulator & other activities.
2300 (11:00pm)  Lights out. Retire to quarters for the night. For those assigned Night Watch, first shift begins.
Day 2 - Sunday
0700 (7:00am)  Reveille. (Rise & Shine)
0700-0730 (7:00-7:30am) Pack belongings, clean berthing quarters, and receive bunk inspection.
0730-0830 (7:30-8:30am) Breakfast. Junior crew organized into serving and clean-up teams.
0845-0930 (8:45-9:30am) Muster out ceremony begins with presenting Colors. Junior Crew receives certificate and patch.
0930 (9:30am)  Ship’s Store and Flight Simulator opens. (10:00am on weekdays)
1000 (10:00am)  Museum opens – Participants are welcome to stay aboard to continue tours of the ship.
1100 (11:00am)  Sundays only – Church service. Live-Aboard crewmembers are welcome to attend a non-denominational service in our Chapel
If you have any questions please send me an email @

Scott Perry

Pack 43 Blue and Gold Dinner invitation

posted Feb 24, 2015, 3:14 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Please join us for the Pack 43 Blue and Gold Dinner on March 20, 2015 at St. Justin’s Hall.

This year the theme is camping and taking in the great outdoors.  We have lots of fun activities planned for the scouts as well as their siblings this year so do not miss out on all the fun.  The Pinewood derby awards will also be given out at this event.  Have your scout wear his uniform and feel free to invite the grandparents!


It is very important that you register for this event. Please see attached invitation for registration and more details!


We look forward to seeing you at the event!



Pack 43 T-shirts

posted Jan 5, 2015, 9:44 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Hi Pack43

We are taking orders for Pack 43 T-shirts!  The shirts will be yellow with a blue design on the front and back that says "Pack 43".  These shirts will be great to have for all of our upcoming FUN events!  We encourage you to buy shirts for parents and siblings, too.  Our pack shirts will be a great way to identify who is with Pack 43 when we are on campouts and hikes.

T-shirts are $8.00 each for any size.  By filing out this form you are committing to purchase the number of shirts you indicate.
(please fill out the form once again even if you ordered during May )

The deadline to order is Jan 25th (the day of the Pinewood Derby). Sol will send out an email once the shirts are ready for pickup. You can pay by cash or check during pickup. 

We may order sweatshirts at a later date if there is enough interest.  Please indicate if you are interested in purchasing a sweatshirt.  If enough people are interested we would announce the price and take orders in a similar way.

Contact: Sol for any questions.


Caroling at Pacific Gardens this Sat Dec 20th at 11 am

posted Dec 17, 2014, 4:07 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43


I've confirmed with Pacific Gardens Retirement Home that we'll be coming to Christmas Carol this Saturday Dec 20 at 11 am.  Please come on time.  Pacific Gardens, 2384 Pacific Drive, Santa Clara, CA 95051.  Please RSVP using the following link so we have an estimate of the number of boys coming.


Pinewood Derby Information

posted Dec 8, 2014, 6:06 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43


The Pack 43 Pinewood Derby will be held this January the 25th! At the last pack meeting we handed out the car kits.  If you don't have yours we will bring them to the next pack meeting Thursday, December 18th. 

New to the Pinewood Derby?
In order to help you get your child's car ready for the event we have organized a few cuttings.  These are not mandatory, but a Pack event to help you and your son to cut their car using several power tools provided by the Pack/Dave.  It is recommended that your son has a design before the cuttings, and that you come to one of the events in December. Once you and your son have a car, you must bring it to a weigh-in.  At the weigh-in your car must be at or below 5.000oz and meet the pinewood derby rules It is recommended that you use the weigh-in to add the weights to your car and attach the wheels to the car. Once you are ready to check in the car: I will take a picture of it, ask for car name, and gather a few bits information. At this point the car will be impounded and returned to your son at the Blue and Gold Dinner.

The day of the Pinewood Derby there will be there will be 3 races: Tigers, Scouts (Wolfs, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos IIs), and a Open class where siblings, parents, friends and relatives can enter their own cars. The top 2 fastest Tigers and the top 2 fastest Scouts cars will be entered in the Pioneer District race to compete against the fastest cars from the district.  Please see the above PDF for details on this event.

What is the Pinewood Derby?  Find out more information here:

What are the rules for the car design?  Find out here

How does the race work?  All Tigers race against one another.  All scouts (Wolfs, Bears, Webelos I and Webelos IIs race against one another in a double round-robin lineup).  In the end the top 2 Tigers and the top 2 Scouts may move on to the Pioneer District race where they will compete against cars from other Packs in the District (See the rules link for information on this race)

Where do I shape my car design?  You can use the Dave and the Pack's tools to shape your car at Maywood Park on these dates:
  • Thursday, December 11th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
  • Tuesday, December 16th 6:30PM - 8:00PM. 
  • Thursday, January 8th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
  • Tuesday, January 13th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
How do I enter my car into the race?  Bring your finished car to these weigh-ins at Maywood Park. All cars entered in the race will be impounded after being weighed in.
  • Tuesday, January 20th  6:30PM - 8:00PM.
  • Wednesday, January 21st  6:30PM - 8:00PM.
What if I am not a Scout and I want to do a design?  YOU CAN!!!  Following the Tiger and Scout Races is an Open race for all those who would like to test their own designs (siblings, parents, friends, etc.)  The rules above only need to be followed dimensionally so that the car will not get stuck on the track, but extended wheel bases and other ingenious modifications are allowed as long as there is no potential for the design to ruin the track.

Where can I get car design ideas?  Browse through some images of cars here:  There are a number of books on Pinewood Derby designs too:
Are there prizes?  YES!!!  First, Second and Third Place Tiger and Scout by time will get trophies.

How about other prize categories?  Yes there are other prize categories which are decided upon by the Pack's Pinewood Derby Committee.  Historically we have awarded trophies for the follow catagories:  Most Aerodynamic, Most Original, Funniest Design, Best Paint Job, Most Futuristic Design, Most Realistic Design, Most Unusual and Craftsmanship.  

When will we get the prizes?  You will get the prizes during the Blue and Gold Dinner check the calendar on the pack website for more information:

When will the cars be returned?  The cars we will be returned at the Blue and Gold Dinner.

When and where is the Pack 43 Pinewood Derby Race?  It is being held on Sunday January 25th from 12-4pm, at The American Legion Post 419 958 Homestead Rd Santa Clara, CA 95050-4955

What if I have more questions regarding the Pinewood Derby?  Please email me, Alan Young if you have any questions.

-Alan Young, Pinewood Derby Chairperson.

Decorating at Christmas in the Park: THIS SATURDAY!!

posted Dec 4, 2014, 3:40 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Hello Pack 43 Families,


Thanks to Noah’s mom, Nel Sonntag, we have a tree at Christmas in the Park!  We are so lucky that she pulled some strings for us.  Thank you, Nel!!!!  Another big thank you to Tom’s mom, Tricia Finnegan, for coming up with the idea for all of our cute ornaments and making it happen!


We will meet at the Christmas in the Park information booth at 10am on Saturday morning (December 6).  I will be there with the ornaments.  A Christmas in the Park volunteer will tell us where our tree is when we get there.


Keep in mind that parking is not free in downtown San Jose.  Be prepared to pay for parking and to walk a little way to get to the park.  Please allow time for this.  In the past we have had so many scouts helping that we are done decorating in about 20 min.  If you are late you may miss it entirely.


Have your scouts wear their uniforms.  We’ll hang the ornaments and take pictures with our awesome tree.


See you Saturday at 10am!



Jennifer Barber

Cubmaster, Pack 43

Scouting For Food - Nov 20th 6 pm.

posted Nov 18, 2014, 12:38 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Hi Everyone,

We are doing SCOUTING FOR FOOD on Thursday.  We will meet at 6pm before the meeting and head out in groups to put door hangers around the neighborhood.  Scouts should wear a warm jacket and bring a flashlight.  Each group will need a parent to go with them and lead the charge.  SCOUTING FOR FOOD is a national community service event put on by the Boy Scouts.  Please help if you can!


Community Service:Table Painting @ Sutter

posted Nov 14, 2014, 11:29 AM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Hello Pack 43!

Wear your dingy shirt, and old shorts, it's time to paint!

Community Service Table Painting is TOMORROW Saturday Nov 15, 10am at Sutter Elementary School.

Please do not wear your uniform, wear something that may get paint on it.

We have all the supplies, all your scout needs to do is show-up.

See you tomorrow,

Marc Sanzone
(M) 408-839-9236

Veteran’s Day Parade

posted Nov 6, 2014, 6:26 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Hi Everyone,
This year’s Veteran’s Day Parade will occur on Tuesday, November 11 (Veteran’s Day).   To give a rough idea of Parade Starting Location – it is close to SAP Center (where the Sharks play hockey).
Our Pack will meet at the following time:
Date:                      Tuesday, November 11 (Rain or Shine)
Meeting Time:      11:00 am
Meeting Location: Corner of Delmas St. and San Fernando Street in the Parade Staging Area.  We are designated in group area - Division #4.  (see attached map)
Scouts should dress in full uniform.

Marc Sanzone will be the contact on Day of Parade.

Marc Sanzone

Here is the information from the Parade Marshall:
Entry Name:  Cub Scout Pack 43
Staging Area:  Water Company – West Side Parking Lot (Delmas Avenue Parking Lot – West Side)
Division #4
Entry Number 63
Lunch After Parade:
Scouts and Parents are  invited to the American Legion Hall (958 Homestead Rd, Santa Clara, CA 95050) for Lunch after the Parade.

Please sign-up by 11/9 if you are attending:


Veteran's Memorial Cleanup

posted Nov 6, 2014, 12:54 PM by Cub Scout Pack 43

Join us on Saturday, November 8th at 3:00 PM at the Veteran's Memorial in Central Park, along Kiely Boulevard and help clean the monuments in preparation for Veteran's Day.  This is an annual community service project for our Pack, and one which means a lot to our Veterans.  Mr. Jim Lee will provide all of the equipment and instruction necessary.  Please have the boys wear clothes that they can get wet.  This will take between 30 minutes and an hour.

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