2013-14 Scouting Events:
Derby Day, Feb 22nd: The Pack conducted a Derby Day consisting of Pinewood Derby and Raingutter Regatta at the Seabrook Community House - approximately 75 Scouts and family members attended this event. The day started with check-in and modifications to the cars and then moved on to the Regatta. At the regatta, all Scout Ranks and siblings had an opportunity to race their Trimarans. After this we moved inside for the main event - the Pinewood Derby. The field was divided by ranks and included races by siblings and the Leader's Outlaw Race. After a short lunch break for Pizza from Marios . . . the Pack Championship began, pitting the top-3 racers from each divisions against each other. When all was said and done . . . the outcome was 1st Place - Gavin (Bear); 2nd Place - Doug (Wolf); 3rd Place - Sam (Webelos I). We'll continue this with the 'Crash Derby' in late March / early April.
Pinewood Derby Workshop, Feb 13th: To help the Scouts get ready for the Pinewood Derby, we held our third Derby Workshop of the season at this month's Pack Meeting. During this time Adult Leaders cuts and drilled cars, while the Scouts worked on designs and sanding. In addition, the Scouts received their Fall Fundraising Prizes. In addition, to the standard Council Prizes, the Pack Prizes included Survival Whistles, Multi-Tools, and Swedish Fire Brand Mess Kits.
Overnight of the USS Lexington, Feb 8th and 9th: We had 25 Scouts and Family Members for this year's Overnight on the USS Lexington in Corpus Christi. The Scouts had the opportunity to live aboard the Blue Ghost and explore throughout the ship. They participated in the Scavenger Hunt and Ghost Stories, and the IMAX Movie. In addition, many of the Scouts spent time at the Texas State Aquarium next to the Lex.
Monster Jam, Feb 1st: After a full-day of providing service to the community . . . Over 50 Scouts and Family members attended the Monster Jam Pit Party and Show at Reliant Stadium. The Scouts thrilled this spectacular show where they saw Monster Truck races, Quad Races, and Free-Style jumps and car-crushing. When all was said and done Bounty Hunter had emerged victorious in the Races and everyone's favorite Grave Digger had won the Free Style Championship. Prior to the Show the Scouts participated in the Pit Party where they got to meet the drivers and see the truck up close.
Scouting for Food, Feb 1st: For the 4th Consecutive Year, Scouts from Pack 389 were out helping the community via the Scouting for Food Service Project. This year the Scout collected ~550 pounds of food in El Lago and Seabrook and donated it to the Food Pantry at St. Paul's Catholic Church.
Souper Bowl of Caring at Kroger, Jan 26th: Fitfteen Scouts, Siblings, and Parents participated in the Souper Bowl of Caring at the Kroger in Seabrook. Over a three hour period the Scouts helped needy families in Seabrook by collecting 120+ Donation Bags of Food. This equates to over 1000 pounds of food!!! The Scouts will continue on Saturday, Feb 1st with the Scouting for Food Drive.
Scouting for Food, Jan 25th: Once again Pack 389 is helping the community via the Scouting for Food Service Project. For the fourth consecutive year, the Scouts place door hangers in El Lago and Seabrook for this event. The Scouts will collect and distribute the donated food to local food pantries on Saturday, Feb 1st.
Benchwarmers with the Houston Rockets, Jan 18th: Once again Pack 389 attended the Rockets Game and participated in the Houston Rocket Benchwarmers Fan Experience. Approximately 35 Scouts and Family Members watched the Rocket beat the Milwaukee Bucks and Forward Terence Jones have a career game. Prior to the game the Scouts had the opportunity to sit on the Rockets Bench during Pre-Game Warm Ups. A number of the Scouts met and had their picture taken with NBA Hall of Famer Clyde Drexler. In addition, Scouts talked to past and present Rockets Matt Bullard, Aaron Brooks, and Donatus Montejunas.
Fitness and Nutrition Meeting, Jan 16th: The theme for the January Pack Meeting was Fitness and Nutrition. Approximately 60 Scouts and Family Members enjoyed healthy snacks of fruits and vegetables, as well as fruit-yogurt parfaits while they learned about nutrition. The Scouts earned the Nutrition Belt Loop while playing Food Pyramid Go-Fish and making poster about good eating habits. In addition, the Scouts were introduced to the Scout Strong Program - which is part of the Presidential Fitness Challenge.
Pack Christmas Party, Dec 4th: Approximately 60 Scouts and Family Members attended the annual Pack Christmas Party at the Seabrook Community House. The Scouts enjoyed a visit from Santa - which included pictures and gifts. In addition, the Scouts madeLeather Christmas Tree Ornaments, Snowflakes, and prepared Christmas Cards for US Troops.
Collecting Belt Loop Pack Meeting, Nov 14th: The theme for the November Pack meeting was Collecting. In line with this, the Scouts who have been participating in the Fall fundraiser were presented with trading cards for their weekly prizes. In addition, the Scouts brought out examples of their collections - these includes rocks, trading cards, lego figures, trains, patches and even a set of swords!
Houston Gem and Mineral Show, Nov 10th: Approximately 20 Scouts and Family members attended the annual Houston Gem and Mineral Society show. All scouts were able to work on their Geology Belt Loop and Pin, while five Webelos were able to earn theirGeologist Activity Badge. At the Show, the scouts were able to participate in many activities where they learned about minerals, rocks, and fossils; they also learned about energy and careers in geology.
Native American Weekend, Nov 8th - 10th: Approximately 20 Scouts and Family members participated in Native American Weekend at Karankawa in Sweeney, TX - this is an annual event put on by the Bay Area Council where Cub Scouts learn about Native American Culture and participate in outdoor activities. The activities included shooting sports (archery, BB guns, and sling shots), crafts, canoes and paddle boats, cooking, tomahawk throwing demonstrations, and Indian lore. On Saturday evening, many of the participants attended a Council Fire where Order of the Arrow members demonstrated Native American Dances.
Bobcat Ceremony and Camp Out, Nov 2nd: Approximately 60 Scouts and Family members came out to Pine Gully Park for a cook out prior the Bobcat Ceremony and Flag Retirement Ceremony. During the Bobcat Ceremony we welcomed 13 new Scouts who have fulfilled the requirement for the Bobcat Badge to our Unit. As is our tradition we also retire several US Flags in a respectful manner in order to teach the boys about Citizenship. Following the ceremonies the boys make Smores over a separate propane fire, while they maintained a vigil over the Fire Bowl where the flags were retired. In addition, approximately 20 Scouts and Family members camped out in the awesome Fall weather.
Ed White Elementary Fall Festival, Oct 26th: Our Pack once again provided the Snow Cones at the Ed White Fall Festival, as part of the PTA Fundraiser. We provided somewhere between 150 and 180 Snow Cones for the PTA over a 4-hour period as our contribution to our Partner School. Thanks to many adult leaders and Scouts who helped out with the booth - prior to using the last block of ice at 2:55 PM, we never had less than 5 people in our line. Overall, we make 100 pounds of snow cones.
Fun with Son Event at Camp Strake, Oct 19th: Approximately 10 new Scouts and family members went out to Camp Strake for the Sam Houston Council Annual Fun With Son Camping Experience. This event is intended as a first camping experience for many of the new and younger Scouts. The Scouts participated in lots of great activities such as BB guns, Archery, Air Rockets, and Crafts - just to name a few. In addition, they camped out and got to experience a large campfire as part of the Camp. Adult leaders from our unit helped out with the BB gun range on Saturday.
Habitat Day at Ed White Elementary, Oct 12th: About a dozen Scouts and family members came out to Ed White Elementary to work on the Habitat behind the school. The Scouts focused on cutting down bushes that had become overgrown, trail maintenance, and cleaning out the pond. All the scouts who participated will receive a Patch at the November Pack Meeting. Great work to Aidian, Dakoda, Damian, Logan, and Sam.
Astronomy Pack Meeting, Oct 10th: We continued the theme of Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) with the October program, which featured the Astronomy Belt Loop. During the Pack Meeting the Scouts worked on this Belt Loop by learning how tofocus binoculars and a telescope to look at the stars. In addition, they played games that taught them Astronomy terms and learned about the solar system.
Flag Ceremony at the Dynamo Game, Oct 4th: Approximately 20 Scouts and family members came out to the Dynamo Game. Prior to the start of the game the Scouts spend time at the Orange Avenue Rally. At the start of the game four Scout presented the US and Texas Flags on the field as the official Color Guard during the national anthem.
Bayshore District Fishing Tournament, Sept 28th: Approximately 20 Scouts and family members came out the Cub Scout Fishing Tournament at Seabreeze Park in La Porte. The Scouts had a great time fishing and Fabian defended his title for Smallest Fish - 2nd year in a row. While not every Scout caught a fish, all received an event patch and earned the Cub Scout Fishing Belt Loop.
Pack Meeting, Sept 19th: We had our first Pack Meeting of the School Year at the Seabrook Community House. The theme was Paper Airplanes in support of the Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) program. The scouts had a great time seeing some of their buddies that they hadn't seen in several month and they made 8 different styles of paper airplanes. They finished up the evening with an airplane distance contest from the porch of the Seabrook Community House.
Seabrook Kid Fish, Sept 14th: Approximately 15 Scouts and family members came out the Seabrook Kid Fish at Pine Gully Park - this is the first time this event has been help since the hurricane in 2008; P389 adult volunteer assisted with registration of participants. Although none of Scouts placed in the top 3 for longest fish, most won Door Prizes. In addition, Sam was the first participant 'on the board' with an 8" croaker and Fabian caught 9 fish - which would have won 'most fish' if the tournament had that category.
Camp Out at Pine Gully Park, Sept 7th: Despite the weather, approximately 35 Scouts and Family members came out to Pine Gully Park for fun evening and afternoon. Some of the Scouts fished on the pier, while all spent a lot of time playing on the new natural playground at the Park. The Scouts enjoyed pizza in the evening prior to conducting a Flag Retirement Ceremony. Following the flag retirement, the scouts lit a separate fire for Smores. About 15 people camped out in the park.
Back to School Cook Out, August 24th: Approximately 50 Scouts, Siblings, and Parents came out to McNair Park for an afternoon Cook Out. The Scouts had a blast while launching water rockets, slinging water balloons, shooting the water balloon launcher, and spraying each other with their water guns. Our awesome leaders prepare Hot Dogs and Hamburgers with all the trimmings and great guacamole and pico de gallo.
Moody Gardens Palm Beach, August 3rd: Approximately 35 Scouts, Siblings, and Parents came out for a Fun Day at Moody Gardens Palm Beach Water Park. The Scouts enjoyed the various water slides and the lazy river . . . they particularly liked water bombing tubers on the lazy river from the bridge. Later in the evening everyone enjoyed the Band on the Sand concert.
Webelos Extreme Adventure Camp, July 21-24th: Several Webelos Scouts attended the Webelos Extreme Adventure Camp at the Lost Pines Scout Reservation in Bastrop. The Scout in attendance earned on various Webelos Activity Badges while also having the opportunity to participate in Boy Scout Activities such as Canoeing and Kayaking, Climbing Wall, First Aid, and Geocaching - just to name a few.
Seabrook Independence Day Celebration, July 4th: Once again, at the request of the City of Seabrook, out Cub Scout led the Kids Parade and our Unit provided Water Balloons for the Independence Day Celebration. Our Unit provide 8 coolers of water balloons, as well as the launchers and personnel, to launch water balloons at ‘targets of opportunity’ – like the Seabrook Fire Trucks. In addition, the all in attendance participated in face painting, bounce houses, and other games.
Bayshore District Twilight Camp, June 17th to 21st: Approximately 30 Scouts, Siblings, and Adults in the Annual Bayshore Twilight Camp at the Pasadena Fairgrounds. Scouts and siblings in attendance were able to practice shooting sports (Archery and BB Guns), earn Sports Belt Loops, and work on Crafts and Skills as part of their rank advancements for the 2013-14 year. In addition, they were able to participate in the Egg Drop Competition, which finished up with the firemen dropping water melons from the top of the ladder truck.