Announcements from Pack 43

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

Pack43 Community Service - Creek Cleanup on Saturday, Oct. 17th

posted Oct 12, 2015, 11:12 PM by Cub Scout pack 43

Its Creek Clean Up time again!

As you may know, Pack 43 is part of the Adopt-A-Creek Program. We have adopted Saratoga Creek between Pruneridge and Stevens Creek. We make an annual venture down into the creek to pick up anything, within our power, that doesn't belong there.

It is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 17th at 2 pm. we will meet at Maywood Park in the parking lot by the tennis courts. Please wear old clothes (no scout uniforms), footwear you don't mind getting wet, and work gloves.  Be ready to get dirty while we make the creek clean!  We will have trash bags for collecting trash from the creek bed. It usually takes us about 1 to 2 hours. This is a great opportunity for the boys to do some community service. I hope you can join us!

Keun young

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)



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