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Congratulations to our Cub Master!

posted Mar 5, 2014, 6:01 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

The Pack 503 Committee sends our sincere congratulations to our Cub Master LeeAnne Burkhalter for earning the prestigious Wood Badge.  The Wood Badge is Scouting’s premier adult leader training achievement and consists of instructional components relating to communication, setting goals, group dynamics, and leadership styles.  The skills are put into practice and demonstrated through a series of patrols and “ticket punches’ before the Wood Badge is awarded.  Much of what’s taught is re-applied back to what we promote with our very own Pack. 

Wood Badge recipients are tied into an international group of trained Scouters that can be traced back to the first Scoutmaster training courses. 

Congratulations LeeAnne!

Still a Place for Your Crock Pot on the Table!

posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:59 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

This year’s Blue and Gold Banquet will be held on March 9th at St Matts Elbert Hall.  The B&G Banquet is one of our Pack’s flagship events!

Go online HERE and sign up to make a food contribution today!

Get ready for some sizzling excitement! Join us for SAFE and scientific fun with fire and ice! Witness and learn about the amazing properties of fire. Then, cool off with spectacular demonstrations involving dry ice! We’re talking about things called the “Big Burp”, the “Screwdriver Sizzle” and the famous “Mad Science Shower”.  The Mad Science shows provide live, interactive and compelling educational experiences that make learning a blast!

Think you can help?  We do!  Contact us by email at cubscout503@gmail.com and let us know how you can help!

We expect to have Phillies Tickets in-hand for the Blue & Gold.  If you placed an order for tickets, be sure to swing by the event table and pick up your envelope!

Scout Day at the Phillies Tickets to be Distributed at the B&G and Beyond

posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:57 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

We expect to have Phillies Tickets in-hand for the Blue & Gold.  If you placed an order for tickets, be sure to swing by the event table and pick up your envelope!

Scouts afternoon with the Phillies is on Saturday, March 29th at 1:05 p.m. when the Phillies face off against the Pittsburg Pirates in pre-season action at Citizens Bank Park.

Scouts *in full uniform* can join in on the pre-game parade on the field and receive a special Commemorative Phillies Scout Patch (your Scout has to march in the parade to receive the patch). 

If you want to participate in the on the field parade, muster with the Pack at 11:00 am near the left field gate.  Look for the Pack banner and balloons flying . . . and bring some things to keep the kids busy until the parade line starts moving: sidewalk chalk, games, etc.

Scout Sleepover at the Philly Zoo Rescheduled!

posted Mar 5, 2014, 5:55 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503   [ updated Mar 5, 2014, 5:55 PM ]


The Zoo Sleepover has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 10th. Please let me know that you still plan on attending.   If you couldn’t make it before and now you can, drop our event chair a note at edabel44@gmail.com.  We’ll make every attempt to get you added to the group!

Carpool information will be reconfirmed as we get closer to the event.

Pack 503 Pinewood Derby Video Posted!

posted Feb 5, 2014, 12:27 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503




Check out this amazing video of this year’s Pinewood Derby proceedings done by Wolf Owen Peterkin.  The reviews are in:  Owen’s done an amazing job with capturing the intensity of the event, the hard work done by our Scouts, and the excitement of the races!  Two Thumbs Up!

Blue and Gold Banquet Online Sign-Up Now Available

posted Feb 5, 2014, 12:25 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

This year’s Blue and Gold Banquet will be held on March 9th at St Matts Elbert Hall.  The B&G Banquet is one of our Pack’s flagship events!

Go online HERE and sign up to make a food contribution today!

Think you can help?  We do!  Contact us by email at cubscout503@gmail.com and let us know how you can help!

2014 Scout Day with the Phillies vs. Pittsburg Pirates – Saturday, March 29th

posted Feb 5, 2014, 12:24 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503


Come out and join fellow members of local Boy and Girl Scout troops for Scouts afternoon with the Phillies on Saturday, March 29th at 1:05 p.m. when the Phillies face off against the Pittsburg Pirates in pre-season action at Citizens Bank Park.  Tickets will be on sale at upcoming Pack events.


 

Game Date: Saturday, March 29th

Game Time: 1:05pm

Muster Time: 11:45am by the Citizens Bank Park Right Field Gate

Cost: $12 per ticket

A LIMITED NUMBER OF TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE AGAIN THIS YEAR . . . FIRST COME - FIRST SERVED!

Pack 503 seats this year are located in Section 429 Rows 9-14. Please sign up and payment for tickets are due NO LATER THAN the Friday, February 21st at our Pack Meeting.

Any questions, please contact Scott Wilding dwoowilding@verizon.net (484-472-8525) or Pat Spatola pspatola@wberkley.com

Official 2014 PWD Results

posted Jan 26, 2014, 5:29 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503

Our congratulations go out to ALL of the Scouts who participated in this year's running of the Pack 503 Pinewood Derby.  It was one of the most competitive collections of cars we've seen in quite some time. 

 

A special 'Job Well Done' goes out to this year's Pack Champion – Nate Pintof – and the rest of the tall trophy takers.  Nate was gracious (albeit tight-lipped) during his on-stage acceptance interview.  We’re sure this win is already behind him and he’s begun taking the steps needed to ‘repeat the feat’.  Congrats Nate as well as all of the other race participants!

 

Pack Champion:

 

NATE PINTOF (Tiger)

 

Special Class Awards:

 

Best in Show:               Andy Brown (WEBELOS I)

Cub Crafted Car:         Andrew Bassett (WEBELOS I)

Most Creative Car:     Christian Diromaldo (WEBELOS I)

Most Unique Car:        Tyler Sondermann (Bear)

 

 

Den Winners:

 

DEN

1st Place

2nd Place

3rd Place

WEBELOS II

Aidan Doyle

Matthew McGarrigle

Matthew Karian

WEBELOS I

John Croce

Christopher Merth

Dominic Spatola

Bear

Ben Pintof

Jack Madden

Domenic Doyle

Wolf

Owen Peterkin

Jacob Purcell

Daniel LeTourneau

Tiger

Nate Pintof

Joshua Simonds

Ryan Merlino

 

Have some nice Derby pictures you wouldn’t mind sharing?  Just send them to us and we’ll add them to the online album!

 

 

A ‘Thank You’ from the Pack Committee

 

On behalf of the Pack 503 Committee, we’d like to send out a sincere Thank You to tonight’s event volunteers.  Lifelong memories are made from Scout events like the Pinewood Derby that just wouldn’t be possible without a small platoon of parent helpers willing to chip away at the long list of tasks that make the event one that our kids will reflect back on fondly with their own Scouts: ordering trophies, track set-up and tear-down, running pre-race check-ins, making sure the right cars are on the right lanes, recording heat winners, staffing the kitchen, ‘zoo keeping’ the kids, and much much more.  Without your help, events of this size wouldn’t be possible.

 

We’d like to send along a special thank you to this year’s Event Chair and Heat Manager – Mike Madden – who did a tremendous job coordinating all efforts and emceeing the event.  Mike is very likely still wrapping something up and making notes for next year.

 

 

Have something for next year’s Derby Mason Jar?

 

This year we launched a new race management format, changed our scoring system, checked in and impounded 47 Scout racers and 4 Sibling cars on time and without incident, and adjusted our event start time.  Our total race time was 1 hour 38 minutes during which we ran 104 Scout heats.  That averages out to about 1 heat run every 54 seconds throughout the event!  All in all, a pretty efficient evening. 

 

With that in mind we’re always interested in getting your feedback and suggestions for improving any part of the Derby.  Have a suggestion on how we might want to approach the elimination heats, weigh in process, or sibling races?   How was the food and craft?  We’d love to take your suggestions and put them on the table during next year’s event planning.  Feel free to send them to us at cubscout503@gmail.com while they’re fresh in your mind.  We’ll make sure they get put in the mason jar of ideas for next year’s Derby and are discussed during the planning sessions.

Call for Scouts to Welcome WWII Vets Back to Town on Saturday, November 2nd

posted Oct 24, 2013, 4:53 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503   [ updated Oct 24, 2013, 4:54 PM ]


Pack 503 and other area Scout Packs and Troops are asked to participate in the day’s celebration by welcoming the Vets home from their trip when they return to St. Kevin’s Church, 200 West Sproul Road, Springfield, PA 19064 on Saturday night.  See the attached Flyer.

Muster at St. Kevin’s by 5:45 pm Saturday Night.  Interested?  Email Mike Brown at michael@sirspeedy7099.com for more information!

Our veterans are men and women who at some point in their lives decided that they were prepared to suffer the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. Thanks to their dedication, spirit and sacrifice we live in a society filled with freedom and liberty.  Although we can never repay our veterans, we can honor them.  An "Honor Flight" – a trip by World War II veterans to Washington DC to be recognized, thanked and admired as the conquering victors that saved the world – will be held for our local Vets on Saturday, November 2nd at 5:45 p.m.

Get more information about Honor Flight Philadelphia HERE


Consider turning out for this worthy cause!

Springfield Police Offering “Recognizing Drug Use in Children” Seminars for Parents

posted Oct 24, 2013, 4:49 PM by Cub Scout Pack 503   [ updated Oct 24, 2013, 4:50 PM ]


The Springfield Twp. Police Dept. will be hosting seminars on how to recognize drug use in children.  The seminars will show the physical characteristics associated with drug use in children and also some of the common drug paraphernalia that could be found by parents. 

 

The seminars are designed to help parents recognize what they are seeing in children and adults early on before the dangers of drug addiction can be realized. 



The seminars ARE NOT intended for children – Please no children at the seminars

 

Where:            The Springfield Twp. Building Basement

50 Powell Road

Springfield, PA 19064

 

When:      Contact Ofc. Sean Clifton of the Springfield Twp. Police at 610-544-1100 Ext. 407 or at sclifton@springfieldpd.com and leave your information.  You will be contacted with dates and times of upcoming seminars.

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