Announcements from Pack 43

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

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,


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