Announcements from Pack 43

Popcorn sales 2017!

posted Aug 28, 2017, 1:29 AM by kalyan Tata

Popcorn sales 2017!

Hello Cub Scouts and Parents!

Popcorn sales are back! Selling popcorn is our major fundraiser that supports our activities throughout the year. These activities include Den and Pack meetings, Pinewood Derby, Scout-a-Rama, the Blue and Gold dinner, and the end of year awards ceremony. This year, we have set a goal to sell $10,000 (~$200/Scout) worth of popcorn product and we need your help to reach that goal.

Selling Popcorn - Benefits for Scouts:
Learn to develop goals
Earn money to support our scouting activities
Learn invaluable sales skills
Communicate within their community
Earn prizes

Ways to sell:

1. Online Sales
Online sales are open. Your Scout can start selling today. Sales are available year-round. All sales through October 31 count towards Scout Rewards. This is a great way to sell popcorn to family and friends who do not live in the area. Parents can go to to set up an account. You can send emails to family and friends asking them to purchase Trail's End products online. Customers order online and pay with a credit card, and Trail's End ships directly to them (shipping fees extra). Scouts do not need to handle product or money.

2. Show and Deliver

Scouts go door-to-door with popcorn products on hand and available to sell. Customers can select from a variety of products and Scouts deliver the product and collect the money at the time of the sale.

3. Show and Sell

We will have a sales table at Safeway on September 16, 17, 23, and 24. We will be asking for parents and Scouts to support sales. Participating Scouts will earn credit towards their goals and prizes.
Sign-up details will follow.

4. Take Order

Scouts ask family and friends, and/or go door-to-door and take orders using pre-printed order forms. The last date to submit the forms to your popcorn organizers is October 10.

For safety, all Scouts must be accompanied by a responsible adult when selling door-to-door or at a sales table.

The Council asked us to remind Scouts to say thank you to each potential customer whether or not they choose to buy popcorn.

Cards are available with a suggested script to help Scouts get started.

We will have Take Order Forms, script cards, and popcorn available for pick-up at the Scout Fun Night on September 14 and at the Pack meeting on September 28. We will also be available to answer any questions.


Scout Reward Program (offered through Trail's End)
Each participating Scout is eligible for prizes based on his sales. Please refer to the Take Order form insert for a list of prizes by sales level.

Patch (offered through Trail's End):
Each Scout who participates will earn a 2017 Trail's End commemorative participation patch. Additional patch pieces are awarded based on sales. Refer to the Take Order form insert for details.

Pie in the Face (offered by Pack 43):
Earn a chance to throw a pie in the face of our Cub Master, Chad, by selling $300 or more

Pizza Party (offered by Pack 43)
The den with the highest total sales percentage per Scout in the den will earn a pizza party for their den (time to be arranged with the den leader, and at a regularly scheduled den meeting).

Drone (provided by the Council and offered by the Pack)
Sell $200 for a chance to enter a lottery to win a drone. Earn an additional chance to win for each additional $100 in sales (for example, earn 4 chances by selling $500).

The $650 Club (offered by the Council)
Earn a $20 Scout Shop gift card for selling $650 or more

$1500 Club (offered by the Council)
Every scout that sells $1500 in face-to-face and online sales will receive 2 tickets to the Council viewing of the new Star Wars movie during opening weekend. Please note, these tickets are good ONLY for the Council's Viewing. These tickets can not be used at any other time or venue.

Big Spin (offered by the Council)
Sell a minimum of $1,500 in popcorn for a chance to join the club. Only the TOP 100 sellers in the Council will be invited. Earn an additional spin with each additional $1,500 of sales. Every spin wins. Prizes include electronics, gift cards, remote control cars, and more.

Scholarships (offered by Trail's End)
Scouts that sell at least $2,500 of qualifying Trail's End products in a calendar year will have 6% of their total sales count towards their own Trail's End Scholarship. Once enrolled, 6% of ANY amount of sales therafter will go towards the scholarship. Scouts only have to hit the $2,500 minimum one time. Visit for full details.

We are very excited to support your Scouts during this year's popcorn sales. If you have any questions, please contact us.

Thank you!

Mary Rydeen ( and Debbie Wetmore (

Raingutter Regatta 2017 - Come Sail Away!

posted Apr 19, 2017, 12:58 PM by kalyan Tata

Raingutter Regatta 2017 - Come Sail Away!

Hi All -

Hope everyone is having a great week.

Please come join us for a fun afternoon of boat racing on April 30th.

Race Details

- Scouts will construct sail boats from tin foil, paper, tape, and straws
- Scouts will race boats in plastic rain gutters
- Boats may be propelled by scout 'wind' power
- Prizes awarded for the top 3 finishers (in a playoff-style format)

- Sutter Elementary courtyard 

- Sunday, April 30th from 2-3:30 pm

Hope to see you there!


Peter Obico
(408) 921-8346

Pack 43 Hike at Alum Rock Park

posted Feb 19, 2017, 11:33 PM by kalyan Tata

Pack 43 Hike at Alum Rock Park

Greetings Pack 43,

The last hike of the school year will be a traditional daytime hike. The exact hiking itinerary is TBD, as several of the trails I wanted to use are currently closed due to the wet trail conditions.

Date:              Saturday, April 1st, 2017
Time:              1:30 pm to 4:30 pm
Cost:              Free (Potentially $6 per car for parking, see below)
Length:            3-4 miles round trip

Signups and further details are at:

Hope to see you there,


Pack 43 Pinewood Derby Car Cutting.

posted Nov 30, 2016, 5:48 PM by kalyan Tata

Pack 43 Pinewood Derby Car Cutting.

Hello Pack 43 Families,

Please join us for one of our Pinewood Derby Car Cutting Sessions at Maywood Park (Eisenhower). Please make sure that you come before 7:30 as there will not be much time left for you to begin working on your car and you may be asked to come another session.

Friday, December 2nd has been cancelled

Tuesday, December 6th 6:30PM - 8:00PM. 
Thursday, December 8th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.
Tuesday, December 13th 6:30PM - 8:00PM.

We provide the tools you need to cut your car. You just need to come with a design in mind for your car. Designs and templates can be found online by searching Pinewood Derby cars/designs. You can also check out the official Pinewood Derby website:

Pack 43 Hike Schedule

posted Nov 16, 2016, 10:30 PM by kalyan Tata   [ updated Nov 21, 2016, 9:47 PM ]

Pack 43 Hike Schedule

Our first 2016-2017 pack hiking adventure was the October Scout 
Orienteering Championships (map/compass) in Oakland's Tilden Park.  Our 
pack did quite well: I'll have an event recap at our Thursday pack 
meeting, as well as information about our next two hikes:

1.  Willow Glen Holiday Lights Hike.

The next hike/outing for Cub Scout Pack 43 is a festive hike (or run) 
among the well-decorated houses in San Jose's Willow Glen neighborhood. 
Come join us for a evening of learning to use a map/compass and 
navigating to different spots where you answer simple multiple choice 
questions about the decorations.

Date:          Saturday, December 17th, 2016
Time:          5:15 pm to 8 pm
Cost:          $20 per group/team.  If a group is two scouts/two
                parents, then $5 each.
Length/Climb:  As far as you can go and return in either 60 or 90
                minutes.  Willow Glen is a flat residential area.

Signups are now open and *RSVPs must be made by Saturday December 10th 
at noon*:

Michelle Ray will be the event leader.

2.  Stevens Creek County Park to Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve

This will be a more traditional daytime hike, starting at the south end 
of Stevens Creek Reservoir and hiking up the western ridge along the 
Zinfandel Trail to the Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve.  We will 
picnic on the grounds of the historic winery, and then descend back to 
the trailhead.

Date:          Sunday, January 29th, 2017
Time:          10 am to 2 pm
Cost:           Free ($6 per car parking, see website). There are limited light snack/drink options
                available for purchase at the winery.
Length/Climb:  2 miles each way, with about 400' of climb.

Signups are now open and *RSVPs must be made by Sunday January 22nd at 

Brad Wetmore will be the event leader.

Hope to see you there.


Scouting for Food & Pack Meeting

posted Nov 16, 2016, 10:29 PM by kalyan Tata

Scouting for Food & Pack Meeting

Hello Pack 43 Families,
Please join us in two phases for Thursday’s PACK MEETING, starting earlier than usual - at 6PM!!

Please come to Sutter at 6PM to help with “Scouting-for-Food”.  You will be paired with another family or two, given a map and send out into the Sutter neighborhood for the boys to hang door-hangers on people’s front doors.  Bring a flashlight if you can.  (On Saturday, a smaller group will meet at Sutter to go back out and collect the food goods that people have left out, and bring them to the food-bank where it will be distributed to those in the community in need.)  Snacks and drinks will be provided for those that come and help with this activity!

Please join us for our regular November pack meeting.  Lots going on, so please be on-time so we can finish on-time.  In addition to finding out what’s going on in the pack and celebrating our successes, we will have:

  • Christmas ornament making – Our GATHERING ACTIVITY will be to make Christmas ornaments for our annual Christmas in the park contribution (please come a little early if you can so the boys have time to do a good job)
  • Talent night – several boys will show-off their musical and dramatic talents!
  • BobCat awards – awarded to the new scouts who have joined this year
  • Uniform inspection – wear those uniforms!  Shirt, neckerchief, slide.  Gold stars for those with proper uniforms – we’ll take a group photo in December!

Looking forward to everyone’s participation.  Especially if you can make it at 6pm to help distribute door-hangers for gathering food for those in need – a great way to help instill community service in the boys!!
See you there!!!
--Steve Cooke
(Cub Master, pack 43)
M:  408-931-0642

Pack 43 Camping Trip

posted Nov 9, 2016, 6:20 PM by kalyan Tata

Pack 43 Camping Trip

We are camping at Mt. Madonna Park the weekend of November 18-20. This is a camp for the whole family; siblings, grandparents, etc. are welcome. The cost is $35 per adult and $25 per child for the weekend. There will be a $10 per person fee for those who do not want to camp overnight but want to drive down and join us during the day. 

If you would like to join us, please respond ASAP. We are limited to 50 people.
Signup for Campout

Veterans Day Parade Details

posted Nov 9, 2016, 6:19 PM by kalyan Tata

Veterans Day Parade Details

Pack 43 Scouts will join in San Jose Veterans Day Parade on Friday November 11th. Our unit is among nearly 90 entries participating in this parade! The parade begins at Cesar Chavez Park and continues down Delmas along Santa Clara to Market Street and ends at San Carlos Street.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!

When: Friday November 11th 11.15 am.
Meeting Point: parade staging area on Notre Dame Ave - between W. Santa Clara Street & St. John Street (in the vicinity of Andy's Pet Shop), Downtown, San Jose.
Meeting Time: 11:15 am. (Parade Starts at 12pm.)
Parade Group: Pack 43 is group #64
Contact :Scott Perry at (408) 394-1649 the day of the parade if you need help meeting up.
Additional Details: Please check this link for info on Parking, route map and staging area. 

Please sign-up if you plan to attend.

Signup for Veterans Day Parade

UPDATE: Creek Clean-Up Postponed to Sunday, Oct 23rd, 2pm.

posted Oct 18, 2016, 6:12 PM by kalyan Tata

UPDATE: Creek Clean-Up Postponed to Sunday, Oct  23rd, 2pm.

Thank you for those that showed up for this event.  However it has been postponed by one week.  We will meet at the same time and place on the 23rd.  Hope to see you all there.

For those who are curious about what happened, although it had been raining all day and the night before, at 11am Sunday, the creek was still dry (no flowing water).  However, when everyone showed up at 2pm, the creek was flowing at a high level.  What must of happened is that the water authority opened a valve on the creek system (Lexington Reservoir) to let some of the water flow out, causing unsafe conditions.  The next day, it was dry again!

So with luck and no further rain forecast, we will meet again on the 23rd at 2pm.  See you there!


Upcoming Events - Creek Cleanup,Next Pack Meeting & Fall Campout

posted Oct 14, 2016, 1:04 PM by kalyan Tata

Annual Creek Clean-Up

Every year, Pack 43 does a great turn for our city, our waterways and our environment.  Join us this Sunday, Oct 16th, at 2pm for an hour or so as we clean-up Saratoga Creek starting at Maywood Park parking lot (3330 Pruneridge Ave, Santa Clara, CA 95051) and we will work our way up to the pedestrian bridge or until the water stops us.

This is a great way to get the boys out of the house on the weekend and contributing in a meaningful and fun way directly cleaning the creek and helping the environment.

  • Come rain or shine (a little rain never hurt anyone, right?!!) --  We will not go into the creek bed if the water is flowing a lot and there is danger for the little guys - otherwise its on!
  • Dress for getting wet feet.  There will be standing water.  Wear old shoes / pants.  (dress for rain if raining -  a chance to test your rain gear for the coming winter season!!!)  
  • Bring gardening/work gloves if you have them.  But kids will be cautioned not to touch any glass or metal - parents can get those
  • Everyone is welcome - sisters, friends, cousins, brothers, grandma... :-)
  • Plan on somewhere between 1 and 2 hours, max
  • No need to RSVP, just come if you can - but we will start on time, so don't be late!

Help needed from a couple of families for our October pack meeting --> Diwali Celebration

We are seeking help from a couple of families to help us organize a few fun activities for our "Diwali" themed October pack meeting (Hindu Festival of Lights).  You don't need to be a Diwali expert, but it might help.  :)

We plan on having some ways for all the boys to learn about the significant festival through speech, songs, games, crafts, and sweet treats.  We have some ideas already.

So just need a few families to help brainstorm and organize this for the pack and help at the pack meeting.  I will be aided by the new tiger leader Sanjeev.  So if you can help, please email BOTH MYSELF AND SANJEEV to get started:


Thanks in advance for anyone that can help!  (Bahut Shukriyaa)

Fall Camping Trip - Save the Date!

We have chosen the weekend of November 18/19 for our campout at Mt. Madonna. I will send the sign-up sheet first to the families who signed up for our original trip. The sign-up window for them will remain open for 1 week, after which we will open it up to the whole Pack. 

Keep your eyes open!

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