Please join us for our 1st Pack meeting of the 2016/2017 year - Thursday, Sep 29th, 7pm, Sutter Elementary
Hello Pack 43 Families,
Please join us for the first pack meeting of the year! Please be on-time so we can also finish on time. :) We'll have a registration desk for those that still need to register and we'll have plenty of popcorn for those that want to take some home to sell to friends and neighbors.
Also, well have lots of fun to get to know each other and catch-up on what's going on with the pack including upcoming events and activities. If you have not signed up for a job (or two) to help the pack run, then you'll have a chance then too.
Just a side note: between registration, popcorn sign-out, and the actual pack meeting with the boys, it can become a noisy environment. We need to ask that any conversations be kept to a minimum so that ambient noise remains at an acceptable level and we can hear the various speakers. Thanks for everyone's cooperation in this regard!!
Lastly, anyone that can come and help set-up chairs and things about 15 minute earlier would be much appreciated!
Looking forward to seeing you all Thursday!
(Cub Master, Pack 43)
Welcome Back to Cub-Scout Pack 43!!! -- Info about the coming year - Pack Fun night on Sept 15th, and beyond!!
Hello Pack 43 Families!!!,
First of all, I hope your family had a great summer and your boy is eager to start the new cub-scout year with the Pack and his Den. Also, welcome to the new families both in the Tiger program, and new older boys that are joining an existing den.
Your Pack 43 committee has already just recently met and we have what we think is a great year planned out. With the enthusiasm of the boys and the help and effort of ALL the parents (wink, wink), then this should be another great year.
With that all said, let me cut to the chase and outline some of the first things happening so you have an idea of what to expect. And don’t forget to consult the Pack Calendar on the website to keep up-to-date as time goes on. www.cubpack43.com (if the calendar is not updated, it will be soon. J)
Here we go….!
FIRST DEN MEETING: You will be getting a den (ie, grade) specific email from your den leader as to when your first den meeting is. Look for that separately from your den leader. With two exceptions:
1. TIGER DEN (1st graders): First parent meeting will be at Sutter Elementary School Playground on September 8th at 7pm. The kids can play on the playground while we adults discuss future den leadership (one of you!) and best meeting times and locations.
2. BEAR DEN (3rd graders): As you may know, Moshe and his family are moving out of the Bay Area, so we need to choose a new leader. More info to follow, separately for the Bears families. Look for that soon.
PACK FUN NIGHT: September 15th, 7-8PM at Sutter School ground. We’ll have fun, games, and treats for the boys while new and returning families will be able to register. Registration remains at $100, and you will get a new book, neckerchief, and patches. This is also a great opportunity to bring a friend to see if they would like to join too! We will also have some POPCORN available to sign out and sell for the popcorn drive (our main way of raising money for the pack!)
FIRST PACK MEETING: September 29th, 7-8PM at Sutter School. Join us for the first pack meeting. Fun and games for the boys. Also, a second chance for parents to sign up for critical jobs to help the pack run smoothly. There will also be a registration desk for those that could not make the fun-night.
FALL CAMPING EVENT!!: Sept 30th thru Aug 2nd at Mount Madonna Park (near Gilroy). You will get more information via email on cost and how to sign-up. For new folks: Pack 43 does two camping events each year. These are family-style camping, where all you need to bring is a tent and sleeping bags, and the Pack will supply the food, we all do the cooking, and we’ll have fun activities for all. The camp-fire skits and s’mores are a favorite of the boys. Camping starts on the Friday night, but you can also come on Saturday morning, or join for just Saturday. Anyway, look for a sign-up email coming soon. There will be a mandatory meeting for 1 person from each family on the evening of the 26th. Camping is also the number-one way all the parents get to know each other much better!
COMING IN OCTOBER: We have several cool events lined up for October. Here they are…
9th 8am-5pm, Orienteering Event at Tilden Regional Park (look for a sign-up email, coming soon). This is a cool event run on behalf of pack 43 by Brad Wtmore (our Wolf leader), all about having fun and competing using map and compass.
16th 2pm Creek Clean Up at Maywood Park (every year the boys have fun helping our local environment by cleaning the creek starting over at Maywood Park. Look for an email closer to the event.)
27th 7pm Pack Meeting (This will probably be our annual “talent night” where the boys show off their musical, physical, and intellectual skills… plus joke telling abounds. A sign-up message will be sent a few weeks prior.)
A FINAL NOTE ABOUT (MANDATORY!) VOLUNTEERING: As most of you are aware, the pack can only run and have all these great activities throughout the year if ALL of you parents help out. There are plenty of jobs open and each family MUST participate by doing at least one major job (like a den leader, or committee person, such as camping) or a few smaller jobs (like booking events, or helping prepare and run an activity). These roles (big and small) are CRITICAL to a fun and smoothly running pack that everyone wants to join and can’t wait to be there. As mentioned, we will have several opportunities for you to sign-up to help (do not reply to this message). Some of the major openings that we need immediate help with include:
POPCORN HELPERS: Help needed to book selling locations (eg. In front of SafeWay, etc.) and distributing and coordinating popcorn delivery, etc.
CAMPING: Help needed in chairing and running the camping events, including booking, coordinating equipment, and making sure all the families do their part.
PINEWOOD DERBY RACES: We need enthusiastic people that help the pack run the super-fun car races we have. Are you a good at wood-working? (To help the boys get a great car ready for the race.) Are you computer savvy? (To register cars, run the race equipment, and display the results on the big screen…). Primarily we need a race chair-person to run the show with help from 2-3 others.
VETERENS ACTIVITY PERSON: We need someone to immediately start coordinating our entry into the annual San Jose Veterans day Parade (and other activities, mostly for next Memorial Day).
Sorry about the long email; this will be the longest of the year, promise. Check the website <www.cubpack43.com > often for updates. And look for a den-specific email for when your den will start meeting. SEE YOU ALL SOON AT THE COMING EVENTS!!!
(Cub Master, Pack 43)
Our Pack 43 Orienteering Event is just under two weeks away.
Never Get Lost Again... with the Bay Area Orienteering Club
March 20th, 2016
*Signup by 9am on Monday March 14, 2016*:
I recently discovered that the event organizers at the Bay Area
Orienteering Club (BAOC) changed the event schedule considerably.
Instead of being held in the wilderness, the event on Sunday is now
being held at the Mills College campus in Oakland. The campus has a mix
of Spanish-revival architecture combined with contemporary buildings,
open space, and some forested areas.
So what are we actually doing? The object of Orienteering is to navigate
to multiple checkpoints successfully, and have the lowest overall
elapsed time at the Finish line. All of the event details are available
at the link above.
Please note that this will *NOT* be the same kind of large group hike
like we did at Joseph D. Grant in January. This is a combination of a
game and a hike, with each "team" being 1-2 scouts and their adult(s).
I expect about 2.5 km of distance and about 40 m of elevation gain.
Since the event has changed considerably since it was originally
proposed, I request that everyone please sign up again. Since we are
attending an event outside our district, I need to let our Scout
District Office know how many people are expected to attend.
As the event draws closer, I will be emailing further instructions and
information to those who have signed up.
If you have any questions, please let me know.
Den 1 (Tigers) Co-Leader
Don't forget to sign up for the Blue & Gold Potluck Dinner. Click here to register
See you soon!
Hi Scouts/Families/Friends of Pack 43,
Our trip to Lick Observatory and Joseph Grant on SUNDAY January 24th is now just a short week away. It's not too late to signup: we currently
have 30 people going, but there's room for more.
I will be sending last minute instructions via email to those who have
signed up, so if you are planning to go, please do sign up so you won't
miss anything important. The original email is below, but here are a
few additional details:
1. Will this event be held "Rain Or Shine?" Yes, Rain or Shine. The
Observatory tour is indoors, so weather shouldn't be an issue. If you
don't want to get wet/dirty while hiking, please feel free to skip the
hike after the tour. Alex and I personally like hiking and being in the
rain/mud, so bring some ponchos, boots or other foul weather gear and
join us. The weather forecast is for clouds on Sunday, with some rain
the Friday before.
2. Drivers, if you have a larger vehicle or minivan, please consider
bringing it so we will have fewer cars at the parking lots. Bonus
points if you organize your own carpools from Santa Clara!
3. The mountain road will take one hour from base to top (in addition
to the rest of your drive). Our meeting point at Grant is about 1/2-way
up. The road is very sinuous in spots, making some passengers prone to
motion sickness. There are a limited number of places to pull over.
Some people find preemptive relief in an over-the-counter medication
like Dramamine. A gallon sized ZipLock bag can be very helpful in
4. I believe the Parking Fee at Grant is $6 per car, but there
shouldn't be any other expenses for this event.
Thanks, looking forward to seeing you all next Sunday!
P.S. Here's the original message:
Hello Pack 43!
As I mentioned at our Pack Meeting last Thursday, I have two hiking
events planned for the New Year, and they are now ready for signups!
Once You've Touched the Stars, It's All Downhill From There
Mount Hamilton (Lick Observatory)/Joseph Grant Hike
East San Jose, CA
January 24th, 2016
Never Get Lost Again... with the Bay Area Orienteering Club
March 20th, 2016
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Happy Holidays to everyone, and looking forward to fun-filled New Year!