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Pack 37 Update 04/19/2021

posted Apr 19, 2021, 6:05 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

 

Good morning Pack. I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend.

 

Thanks for all that attended our parent committee meeting last week and thank you to everyone that RSVP'd to the May 1 End of Year event! As of today, we have 30 families that will be attending!!  It is going to be a great event.

 

The award ceremony will take place on Saturday, 5/1 @12pm.  We will be providing catered hot and cold food for all attendees.  We are expecting the event to take about two hours.

 

There will be two prices for the weekend: one for those just attending the ceremony and one for those camping.  Please note we are only charging for the adults and the scouts, we will not be charging for siblings.  In normal years, we have 3 key fundraising events (2 bake sales and raffles at the Blue and Gold dinner) that generate close to $3,000 in total.  These proceeds are used to purchase the awards, badges and supplement the costs of camping and food.  This year we were only able to do the one fundraiser, Fun Pasta, which raised close to $500.  As a result, we will be charging a little more for the event.

 

For those just attending the ceremony, it will be $15/person (not counting siblings).

 

For those camping and attending the ceremony, it will be $30/person (not counting siblings).

 

Please make payments via Venmo to @BSA-packthirtysevensi

 

When you make payment, please be sure to include the names of attendees.  

 

Last, thank you to all the Bears and Jr Webelos that have been working so hard to complete their requirements.  I sent an updated version last night, please let me know if you did NOT receive it..

 

Upcoming Events:

· End of Year Camping trip - Friday (4/30) - Sunday (5/1) at Alpine Scout Camp (~45 mins from SI)  **Ceremony to start @12pm

Hiking Calendar:

· TBD

Den Meetings:

· N/A

Thank you,

 

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

 

Thanks,

 

Jim

Pack 37 Update 04/12/2021

posted Apr 12, 2021, 4:02 AM by Jim Duffy   [ updated Apr 12, 2021, 4:03 AM ]

Pack 37,

Good morning Pack. I hope everyone was able to enjoy the limited sun we had on Saturday.  

Thank you all that responded for our May 1st camping trip.  As of this morning, we have 24 families joining us!  If you have not responded and intend on attending (camping or just the day), please reply to this email and let me know.  

This Wednesday (4/14) @7pm we will be having our Parent Committee meeting.  The main topic will be planning for the May 1st camping trip.  This is much to do for this event and I encourage you all to attend.  Please attend via Zoom

There are still some requirements to be completed for the Bears and Jr Webelos.  All of the remaining requirements can be completed at home.  I have sent out separate email to the Bear and Jr Webelos.  Please let me know if you did NOT get the email. 

Upcoming Events:
  • Parent Committee Meeting - Wednesday, 4/14 @7pm via Zoom
  • End of Year Camping trip - Friday (4/30) - Sunday (5/1) at Alpine Scout Camp (~45 mins from SI)
Hiking Calendar:
  • TBD
Den Meetings:
  • N/A
Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 04/04/2021

posted Apr 6, 2021, 4:11 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning Pack. I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter Holiday.

We are in the process of planning our end of year festivities by camping at Alpine the weekend of May 1st.  Regardless if you camp, you can join us on Saturday, 5/1 for an outdoor ceremony to recognize the boys for their badges and hiking awards.  Thank you to everyone that did reply, we are up to almost 20 families.  If you are planning on attending, please REPLY to this email and let me know.

I am in the process of reviewing each of the Den's requirements to ensure all Scouts are able to complete their requirements.  Remember, the goal is to complete requirements to achieve your badge.  For example, the Tigers will receive their Tiger badge once they complete all of their requirements.  In normal years, we award the Scouts their badges at our Blue and Gold dinner, which would have taken place in late February.  Instead of the Blue and Gold dinner, we will be having an end of year camping trip and ceremony.  We are planning that camping trip for the weekend of 5/1 at Alpine campgrounds.  The plan is to arrive on Friday night (4/30) and return home Sunday (5/2). We will be holding our ceremony on Saturday (5/1) during the day.  If you do/can not camp overnight, you can join us just for the ceremony.  We are in the process of planning and booking the campgrounds and I will follow up with more details in the next week or so.  

Since we can no longer leverage the Salem church, I am going to try to complete any remaining den meetings either via Zoom or at an outdoor event.  I organized the records this weekend and our Lion, Tigers and Wolves are all set for their Badge.  There are still some requirements to be completed for the Bears and Jr Webelos.  All of the remaining requirements can be completed at home.  I have sent out separate email to the Bear and Jr Webelos.  Please let me know if you did not get the email. 

Our next meeting will be our monthly Parent Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 4/14 @7pm.  We will be discussing the plans for the camping weekend at Alpine and need all of your help.  Please attend via Zoom.

Upcoming Events:
  • Parent Committee Meeting - Wednesday, 4/14 @7pm via  Zoom
Hiking Calendar:
  • TBD
Den Meetings:
  • N/A
Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 03/08/2021

posted Mar 8, 2021, 5:27 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning Pack.  I was informed by our friends at the Salem Church that we will no longer be able to use their facilities.  This was in part due to many of their regular activities resuming.  This was never going to be a permanent home and I will always be grateful for their kindness and hospitality.  We continue to be challenged with ever changing circumstances that create obstacles for this Pack but will continue to push forward and find other ways to keep the Scouts engaged.  

Regarding Den meetings and finishing requirements, we are actually in a very good spot.  With the exception of our Jr Webelos, the remaining requirements can be completed at home.  I will work with the den leaders and/or send out information directly about the remaining requirements.  

While the news of the Salem Church is unfortunate, we have nice weather in our forecast and I will begin to increase our hikes once again.  Our next hike will be on March 20th at 9am.  I have not determined the location just yet but would love suggestions

This Saturday we also have a virtual event: Native American Day for Cubs (Virutal).  The event will be on March 13 from 10AM-12PM. They will be demonstrating crafts, Native American games, dancing, music and native regalia.  This is a fun event and the children have a great time.  If you are interested, please email Brenda at beavewhite@si.rr.com

The Staten Island Wide Pinewood Derby race will take place on April 24th. The location has not yet been shared with me but I have provided the names of our Pack winner to Paul Caminiti who will be in touch with the winners with more details.

Last, we have our Parent Committee Meeting this Wednesday at 7pm.  You join via Zoom.  We will be covering a date for the year end camping trip.  This trip will attempt to combine a number of events we would normally have to recognize the scouts hard work (e.g. badges, awards, etc) and also do a step up ceremony to the next rank.  Please join the call and help us decide on a date and location.


Upcoming Events:

  • Parent Committee Meeting on Wednesday, 3/10 @7pm via Zoom
  • Native American Day for Cubs (Virutal), Saturday 3/13 10am-12pm - email beavewhite@si.rr.com
Hiking Calendar:
  • Saturday, 3/20 @9am Location: TBD
Den Meetings:
  • TBD
Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim
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Pack 37 Update 02/01/2021

posted Jan 31, 2021, 5:27 PM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning....what a way to welcome February!!  Hope everyone is warm and stays safe when shoveling today!

We will NOT be having Den Meetings tonight.  We will move the meetings to next Monday (2/8).

Our Fun Pasta Fundraiser is going strong!  Thank you all who have purchased and/or shared.  Please feel free the share with your friends and family, the link is below:


The Pinewood Derby has been scheduled for Saturday, 2/20.  We will need help setting up the track on Friday, 2/19.  More details as we get closer to the date.  If you do not have your car, please let me know.

There will be no hikes this week, looking to have at least one hike in February.

Upcoming Events:
  • Parent Committee Meeting - 2/10 @7pm Zoom Meeting
  • Pinewood Derby Race - 2/20 @Salem Church (634 Clove Road)
Hiking Calendar:
  • TBD
Den Meetings:

Den Next Meeting Location
Lion 02/08 @6:00pm Salem Church Gym
Tiger 02/08 @6:00pm Salem Church Gym
Wolf TBD TBD
Bear 02/08 @6:45pm Salem Church Gym
Jr Webs TBD TBD
Sr Webs TBD TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 01/25/2021

posted Jan 24, 2021, 7:11 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning all!  We have a nice brisk hike this weekend at Fort Wadsworth.  Check out our Facebook page for some photos.

If you still do not have your Pinewood Derby cars, please let me know.  

I will be meeting this evening for the fine folks at the Salem Church about being able to use their gym space for our den meetings and Pinewood Derby race.  I will have an update later this week on the next den meeting and date for the race.

Our Fun Pasta Fundraiser is off to a great start!  Thank you all who have purchased and/or shared.  Please feel free the share with your friends and family, the link is below:


I made an order last week and it was already shipped to me!  

No hikes this weekend.  Have a great week.

Upcoming Events:
  • Pinewood Derby Race - TBD
Den Meetings:
TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 01/18/2021

posted Jan 18, 2021, 5:15 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning Pack 37!  Thanks to everyone that attended the parent committee meeting last week.  I am in the process of finalizing space for Den meetings and our Pinewood Derby race.  I am hoping that have that complete this week and update all of you.

Our next hike will be Saturday, 1/23 and will be hiking at Fort Wadsworth.  We will meet in the parking lot of the Gateway National Recreation Area (see map below)

For the Pinewood Derby cars, if you have not been able to pick up your car you can do so on Saturday's hike or email me directly and we can figure out a time.

Upcoming Events:
  • Pack 37 Hike (1/23) @9am - Fort Wadsworth

Den Meetings:
TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 01/11/2021

posted Jan 11, 2021, 5:26 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Good morning Pack 37!  Thank you to all the arctic hikers that braved the cold and joined us at Blue Heron Park this past weekend.  Check out some photos on our Facebook page.

This Wednesday, 1/13, we will have our next Parent Committee Meeting at 7pm via ZOOM.  We will be covering 3 important topics: 

1. Future Den Meetings
2. Pinewood Derby Race 
3. Online Fundraising.  

Please join the meeting, we need help with all of these topics.

Our next hike will be Saturday, 1/23 and will be hiking at Fort Wadsworth.  More details to follow.  

The last topic is the Pinewood Derby race.  We believe we have a location and will finalize that during the parent committee meeting.  

For the Pinewood Derby cars, I will be in the St Teresa parking lot on Tuesday, 1/12 from 5:30-6:30pm.  If you were not able to pick up your car during the hike, you can come by then.

Upcoming Events:
  • Parent Committee Meeting (1/13) @7pm All parents are encouraged to join. Zoom Meeting
  • Pack 37 Hike (1/23) @9am - Fort Wadsworth

Den Meetings:
TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 01/04/2021

posted Jan 4, 2021, 5:38 AM by Jim Duffy

Pack 37,

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone was able to enjoy some downtime and relax.  I know these times continue to be trying and we will continue to push forward.  

Unfortunately we are not in a position to resume any sort of in-person den meetings.  Before the holiday break, we had conducted a few Zoom Den meetings and assigned some requirements for the boys.  Please continue to work on those and email me once they are completed.  I would like to schedule another set of Zoom Den Meetings the week of 1/18.  Please stay tuned for an update on that.

In the meantime, I would also like to continue our Hikes.  We will have a hike this Saturday at 9am.  If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I could use some new ideas for hikes.

Next Wednesday, 1/13, we will have our next Parent Committee Meeting at 7pm via ZOOM.  We will be covering 3 important topics: 1. Future Den Meetings, 2. Pinewood Derby Race and 3. Online Fundraising.  Please join the meeting, we need help with all of these topics.

The last topic is the Pinewood Derby race.  This is normally run in January in the St Teresa lower church hall.  In our next Parent Committee Meeting (1/13), we will discuss options for a location.  In the meantime, I would like to start distributing the cars to the boys so they can begin working on them.  I will coordinate with the Den Leaders on how that will work, stay tuned.

Upcoming Events:
  • Pack 37 Hike (1/9) @9am - Location TBD
  • Parent Committee Meeting (1/13) @7pm All parents are encouraged to join. Zoom Meeting

Den Meetings:
TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

Pack 37 Update 11/10/2020

posted Nov 10, 2020, 4:18 AM by Jim Duffy   [ updated Nov 10, 2020, 4:28 AM ]

Pack 37,

Good morning.  Thank you to everyone that came out to our camping trip over the weekend.  We could not ask for better weather.  We all had a great time!!  Please check out some photos on our Facebook page.

This Wednesday we will be having our Parent Committee Meeting at 7pm.  All parents are welcome.  

This Saturday we will be taking a hike across the Bayonne Bridge!!  We will be meeting at the base of the bridge (SI side) at 1pm.  Parking can be a little tough over there, so please arrive early enough to find a spot.

Last, we will be having a few Den Meetings on Thursday, 11/12 at the Maple Cabin at Pouch Camp.  The Lions and Tigers will meet at 4pm.  The Wolves will meet at 5pm.  The Bears will meet at 6pm.  Please make sure to fill out the attached COVID form.

The Jr Webelos will be doing a Saturday Den Meeting on 11/21 at the Maple Camp site at 10am.  We will be doing a hike and some cooking.  More details to come.

Upcoming Events:
  • Parent Committee Meeting (11/11) @7pm All parents are encouraged to join. 
  • Pack 37 Hike Over the Bayonne Bridge (11/14) @1pm - Meet at the base of the bridge
Hiking Calendar:
Below are the hiking dates. The plan will always be to start the hike promptly at 9am and the hike will end within an hour.  You can check out our website for the Pack calendar as well.
  • 11/14 1pm- Hike over the Bayonne Bridge

Den Meetings:
Den Next Meeting Location
Lion 11/12 @4pm Pouch Camp Maple Cabin
Tiger 11/12 @4pm Pouch Camp Maple Cabin
Wolf 11/12 @5pm Pouch Camp Maple Cabin
Bear 11/12 @6pm Pouch Camp Maple Cabin
Jr Webs 11/21 @10am Pouch Camp Maple Camp Site
Sr Webs TBD TBD

Thank you,

I will send out weekly communications and provide updates on each of the above events.  My updates are also posted on our website under "Pack News" at pack37si.com.   As always, if you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Thanks,

Jim

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