Announcements from Pack 43

Popcorn Online Sales Questions

posted Oct 5, 2015, 5:55 PM by Cub Scout pack 43   [ updated Oct 5, 2015, 5:57 PM ]

Hello Pack 43!

    Our popcorn sale is popping right along, and we are looking forward to another exciting weekend of Show and Sell at Starbucks.  We still need Scouts and parents to sign up for shifts, particularly for the El Camino and Lawrence location both Saturday and Sunday.  Please consider taking a shift!

    There have been many questions about setting up an online account for the Scouts.  Here is the procedure (this all thanks to Steve Young for wading in and figuring it out!)
  1. Go to
  2. Create account, choose the following from the drop down list on the right side:
    1. Council: Silicon Valley Monterey
    2. District: Pioneer
    3. Pack 0043 - American Legion Post 419
  3. Click on the 'Spread The Word' tab. This will allow you to enter the email addresses of the people you want to ask to purchase on-line.
  4. After entering the email addresses, click next and choose a standard email message or create your own personalized one.
  5. Click Next and the email will be sent.
  6. Each email will have a customized link that will credit the scout with the sale.
Yours in Scouting,


Pack Fun night and Sign-Up! Thurs, Sept 17th, Sutter Elementary School

posted Sep 14, 2015, 6:44 PM by Cub Scout pack 43


Hello Pack 43 Families!,

Please be sure to join us (AND BRING A FRIEND OR TWO!!) for our annual pack fun-night and sign-up.  This night is geared to welcoming new members into our pack and having some fun activities for the boys.

While the boys are building rockets, shooting angry birds, and having ice-cream floats, the parents can sign-up and register for the year and meet the leaders and get all their questions answered.  (Remember existing families, you need to re-register too!).  The annual fee to join is $100 plus and optional $12 for Boys-Life magazine.  Checks or cash accepted.

This year we will do it a little different.  We will not have a formal “pack meeting” or a formal new-parent presentation session, but rather have it as a “drop-in” for the hour where families can have fun, sign-up and ask questions as desired, and leave when you want to.

So come one, come all, bring a friend, or two, or three that you think might like it in cubscouts!  Hope to see you all there!



Cub Master, Pack 43


Pack 43 Fall Family Camp-Out details and signup

posted Sep 10, 2015, 11:09 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Hello Pack 43 campers,

Pack 43’s  Fall family camp-out is around the corner!  The camp-out will be from Oct 9th,10th & 11th at BIG BASIN REDWOODS SP, CA. The cost will be $35 per adult and $25 per child for the weekend.  There will be a $10 per person fee for those that do not want to camp overnight, but want to drive down and join us during the day.  There is no fee difference if you camp 1 night or 2 nights.  The camp is limited to 50 people.  The cost covers the campsite and all your food for the weekend.  Please sign-up using the link in this email. The planning meeting is scheduled for 6th Oct 7PM.  All families that plan to camp must attend the planning meeting and submit payment at the planning meeting.  The first 50 people that sign up AND PAY for the trip will be the ones that attend.  Please make your checks payable to “Pack 43”.  Please put your son’s name and “Fall Camp-out” in the memo space on your check.  Payment is due no later than 6th Oct 7PM
As always, the Family Camp-out will be super fun!  We will hike, sing songs around the campfire, cook outdoors, and much more! This is a great opportunity to get to know other families in our pack.  Stay tuned for more details!

When: Oct 9th 2 PM. to Oct 11th 11 AM.
Where : sequoia Group site 1  BIG BASIN REDWOODS SP, CA
Who: scouts & Family
Cost: $35 per Adult, $25 per kid.
Payment instructions: Make your checks payable to “Pack 43” with Scout's name in memo.
Planning Meeting :  6th Oct 7pm At the home of Dave and Deanne Martin - 3048 Butte Street, Santa Clara, CA 95051
Payment deadline: 6th Oct 7pm
Signup deadline: 5th Oct
David Martin

Looking forward to a new year, here are the key dates and upcoming events!

posted Aug 18, 2015, 3:08 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Hello Pack-43 Families,

I hope you are having a great summer!  I know this week is all about back-to-school and new routines.  J   Hopefully your boy is excited about getting back into the swing of cub scouts with den meetings and pack events coming soon.

Also, a special welcome to all our new boys joining this year either into an existing den or our new 1st graders’ Tigers den (you’ll be hearing directly from me soon)!!   Welcome to all of you!

Also, the best way to expand our pack and offer all the fun and excitement of cub-scouting is through word-of-mouth.  So if you know of friends and family, please forward the info about the pack along, we always welcome boys who are interested in joining our pack.

We have updated our pack calendar with the various events for the whole year.  Please be sure to frequently check the on-line calendar tab at  .


Here are the key events coming up in the next little while:

Thursday, August 27th

6:30-8pm,   ICE CREAM SOCIAL!

Where:  Homeridge Park, Santa Clara

Join us for the first kick-off “pack meeting” at Homeridge Park.  We’ll have ice cream and goodies for the kids, and a chance to register for new and existing families as well as a time to sign-up as a volunteer to help with pack events (reminder that ALL families MUST help with at least one major or two minor jobs throughout the year!!).  Registration is $100 and we’ll have forms there as well as the books, neckerchiefs and badges for this year’s rank.  (New families welcome, no uniform needed for new boys, yet.)


Month of September…


Each den (ie grade) will be contacted by your den leader through email as to when and where your den meetings begin.   (I, Steve, will be contacting the Tiger families (1st graders) to get the Tiger den going.)


Thursday, September 17th


Where:  Sutter Elementary School

We will be promoting this externally as a chance for new families to join pack-43.  Tell your friends, send out flyers and signs at your school, host a booth at back-to-school night to promote this event so that other families can come and find out about cub-scouting, and register and join in on the fun.  We’ll have games and crafts galore and a chance to have new families’ questions answered by our leaders.


Thursday, September 24th


Where:  Sutter Elementary.

Join us for our first ‘regular’ pack meeting.  We’ll also have pop-corn available to sign-out and sell to help raise money for the pack.


Friday, September 25th


We’ll share more information on-line and at the ice-cream social on how to join-in on a fun night at the Shark Tank for scouting families.


Friday, October 9th – Sunday October 11th


Put this on your calendars now!  One of the funnest things any boy mentions about their time in cub-scouts are those first experiences in the great outdoors during the weekend family camps.  We’ll share more about this in the pack meetings, but plan now for the whole family to join us amongst the redwood trees for our fall family campout.  No experience required!  The whole family is welcome.  It will be a blast!   Not to be missed!



OK, that should be enough to get us started, right?    See you at the Ice Cream social on the 27th at Homeridge Park.   Don’t forget to tell your friends about Pack-43, and check the website for updated information: 



Lastly, please always feel free to email or call me with any questions or suggestions you have, I’m here to help!




--Steve Cooke, (Cub Master, Pack 43)



Home:  408-246-9246

Mobile:  408-931-0642

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

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