Announcements from Pack 43

Please join us for our 1st Pack meeting of the 2016/2017 year - Thursday, Sep 29th, 7pm, Sutter Elementary

posted Sep 27, 2016, 11:53 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

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!!

posted Aug 30, 2016, 10:53 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

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.  (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 < > 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)


Mobile:  408-931-0642

Pack 43 Orienteering Event Reminder

posted Mar 10, 2016, 9:38 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Our Pack 43 Orienteering Event is just under two weeks away.

    Never Get Lost Again... with the Bay Area Orienteering Club
    Mills College
    Oakland, CA

    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.


Brad Wetmore
Den 1 (Tigers) Co-Leader

Pack 43 Blue and Gold Dinner - Don't Forget to RSVP

posted Feb 10, 2016, 7:27 PM by Cub Scout pack 43   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 7:39 PM ]

Don't forget to sign up for the Blue & Gold Potluck Dinner. Click here to register

See you soon!

Hiking Signups.

posted Jan 18, 2016, 9:12 AM by Cub Scout pack 43

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
Morgan Territory
Livermore, CA
March 20th, 2016

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Happy Holidays to everyone, and looking forward to fun-filled New Year!


Tree Decorating at Christmas in the Park

posted Nov 19, 2015, 5:11 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Hello, Pack 43 Families,

The holiday season is around the corner. We will be decorating our tree at Christmas in the Park on Nov.25 this year. Please find the detailed information below. For any questions, please contact Lei Wang or 408-714-8218.  

When: Wed, November 25, 9am - 10am
Where: Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park (map)
            170 S Market St
             San Jose, CA 95112
We will meet at the Christmas in the Park information booth at 9 am on Wednesday morning (November 25th). The information booth is located at the fountain area, in the middle of Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. 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. Please refer to www.sjdowntownparking.comfor a map and directions to public parking lots and their proximity to Christmas in the Park. 
Have your scouts wear their uniforms or yellow Pack 43 t-shirts.  We’ll hang the ornaments and take pictures with our awesome tree.
See you Wednesday at 9am!

Lei Wang

Pack 43 Pinewood Derby Jan 16th 2016

posted Nov 19, 2015, 5:10 PM by Cub Scout pack 43


  • Pinewood Derby is coming this Jan 16th 2016 at The American Legion Post 419. 
  • Cars need to meet weight and dimensional requirements and there will be prizes for the top cars. 
  • There are several Pack 43 cuttings in December and 2 weigh-ins in January that must be attended to enter the race.
  • View GoPro Onboard footage from the 2015 Pinewood Derby here: 


Details you should read:
The Pack 43 Pinewood Derby will be held this January the 16th! We will be handing out the car kits on this Thursday's pack meeting.

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. Here is the 2014 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 3rd 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
  • Tuesday, December 8th 6:30PM - 8:00PM. 
  • Thursday, December 10th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
  • Tuesday, December 15th 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 5th  5:00PM - 6:30PM.
  • Thursday, January 7th  5:00PM - 6:30PM.
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 categories:  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 Saturday January 16th from 1-3pm, 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 at if you have any questions.

-Alan Young, Pinewood Derby Chairperson.

Veterans Day Parade - Wednesday Nov 11

posted Nov 9, 2015, 12:08 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

What: Pack 43 Scouts will join in San Jose Veterans Day Parade! Our unit is among nearly 90 entries participating in this parade! The parade will feature bands, floats, military units and special guests. Thousands of spectators are expected to line parade route in the downtown San Jose to watch this event!


To avoid any surprises, please read very carefully all four attachments.



Parade Route: Approximately 1.0 miles - Official start is at the highway 87 overpass on Santa Clara Street and proceed east on Santa Clara Street, turns right onto Market Street passing Plaza de Cesar Chavez and ending at San Carlos Street.

Staging Information: all Pack 43 Scouts and Parents will meet at Delmas Avenue - West Side Parking Lot. Entry Name: CUB SCOUT PACK 43. Entry Number: 61. Division Number: 4.  Please read two attached maps carefully.


When     : Wed November 11, 2015. Reporting Time: 11:15am. Parade step-off time: 12:00 noon.


Who   :   Pack 43 Scouts and Parents


Parking   : There is NO PARKING in the staging area or surrounding streets. Recommended parking;

• Santa Clara Street, across from the SAP Center, between Autumn and Montgomery Streets. You

may utilize other downtown parking lots. These parking lots may charge for parking.

• Limited number parking spaces may be available in staging parking lot on Delmas Avenue lot for

those vehicles carrying handicapped persons only in the parade and with a handicapped placard.

• San Jose parking information can be found at and click maps..


 IMPORTANT:  Please follow Parade Day Entry Rules and Guidelines. Bring enough water and snacks.

    For any questions please contact  Neil directly (, or 408-242-8263).

Overnight on USS Pampanito - Details & Signup

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:37 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

What: Pack 43 Scouts can Spend the night aboard the historic World War II submarine USS Pampanito. While on board, Scouts will have both a self-guided tour and personalized instruction by staff on the history and operation of submarines. During the course of the visit, each scout will complete a submarine qualification worksheet and earn a special certificate from the USS Pampanito commemorating his overnight stay.

To avoid any surprises, please read very carefully all the links at:

Where:    The USS Pampanito docked at Fisherman’s Warf in San Francisco Pier 45 ( )
When     : Sat April 2, 2016 6:30 PM (SHARP-no late arrivals allowed)  to  Sun April 3, 2016  9 AM 
Who   :   Pack 43 Scouts and Parents
Cost   : $40 Per person - Pay check ("Pack 43") or cash at November 19, 2015 Pack Meeting (no payment, no reservation!).  Note that we need a minimum of 25 people, and maximum is 48.

NOTE: Given the limited space, and the high popularity of the event, we are now asking that one parent and just the scout consider signing up, so that a maximum number of scouts can come.  If there is still space afterwards, then we can open it up to siblings on a first-come, first served basis.
Sat April 2, 2016 Evening:
Arrival; obtain parking instructions; group leader meets with staff to complete necessary paperwork.
Group tours pier exhibits, accompanied by staff member.
Rules of conduct,audio tour of submarine, pierside activities/instruction).
Fire Drill (mandatory)
Conning tower tour.
Load Gear
Sat April 2, 2016 Nighttime:
Lights out. Night watch established and begin watch activities
Sun April 3, 2016 Morning:
Reveille. Dress; begin packing up gear.
Clean up time; pack gear off the boat; take group photograph. 
Each Scout will be responsible for bringing his or her own sleeping bag, blankets, pillows, etc. The bunks on board the submarine do not have sheets or blankets. It is recommended that you also bring: 
* personal toiletries 
* face cloth 
* warm clothing (nights can be chilly) 
* flashlight 
* camera (with flash) & film (or camcorder) 
* card or board games, if desired 
More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
    For any questions please contact  Alpesh directly (, or 408-887-6315).

Youth Protection training

posted Nov 3, 2015, 12:19 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Hello Families of Pack 43!

Nothing is more important than protecting our boys.  All Scout Leaders are required to take the following online training.  Parents can also benefit from the training by gaining a thorough understanding of the policies and practices leaders of Pack 43 live by to ensure the safety of your boy.  Youth Protection training is also the first step to becoming a volunteer in Scouting.  All parents are encouraged to take on a more active role in their boy's Scouting. 

You do not have to be a registered member or have a member ID to take Youth Protection training.

To take Youth Protection training go to  and create an account.

From the portal, click on E-Learning and take the Youth Protection training.

Upon completion, you may print a certificate of completion to submit with a volunteer application or submit the completion certificate to the unit leader for processing at the local council.
When your volunteer application is approved, you will receive a BSA membership card which includes your member ID number. After you receive your membership card, log back into MyScouting, click on My Profile and update the system by inputting your member ID number. This will link your Youth Protection training records, and any other training, in MyScouting to your BSA membership.


  • Youth Protection training is required for all BSA registered volunteers.
  • Youth Protection training must be taken every two years. If a volunteer’s Youth Protection training record is not current at the time of recharter, the volunteer will not be reregistered.
  • ALL TIGER volunteers must complete this training.

Please complete this brief training by Friday, November 20th.

For more information on Youth Protection please visit: Youth Protection

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