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Cub ScoutsCub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys in the 1st through 5th grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

Call Mr. Jonathan at 716-226-8725
to learn how to join Pack 529 in Ken-Ton!

Summer 2016 Newsletter

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July / August Newsletter


We hope you are enjoying your summer and time with family and friends.  We have some great activities planned for the rest of the summer.


But first a few big announcements and thank you’s that need go out. Tom Johnson is stepping down from the position of Committee Chair and will be continuing to help us as an Assistant Cubmaster. We thank Tom for all of his years of service to Pack 529 and look forward to continuing to work with him.
Filling the position of Committee Chair will be Ashley Cadenhead who has given so much of his time as Cubmaster.
Finally the torch of Cubmaster has been passed down to Dan Tobin. Dan brings a wealth of experience in working with children to our Pack. Welcome Dan!


Parental involvement is what keeps our program strong. We have a number of leadership & commitee postitions that need to be filled.  Please talk to Ashley if you have any interest in the available positions.


Current Committee & Leadership list:


  • Charter Rep: Buffalo Bob 
  • Committe Chair: Ashley C
  • Secretary: Beth C (Will need replacement Spring 2017)
  • Treasurer: Tom D
  • Advancement Chair: Marc L
  • Public Relations Chair: empty
  • Social Media: Beth C (Will need replacement Spring 2017)
  • Popcorn Kernal: Kelly M
    • Assistant: empty
  • Membership & reregistration chair: Jonathan C
    • Assistant: empty
  • Outdoor Activities: Dan T
    • Assistant: Dan T
  • Religious Emblems chair: empty (currently covered by Beth C and Marc L)


  • Cubmaster: Dan T
  • Assistant Cubmasters: Kelly M, Tom J
  • Webelos 2/ Arrow of Light: Beth & Ashley C
  • Webelos 1: Kelly M
    • Assistant: Dawn D
  • Bears: Doug P
    • Assistant: John S
    • Wolves: Michael K
  • Tigers: empty (Being covered by Tom Johnson until new parent can be trained)
  • Lions: Heather Gianni


The Family Campout was a huge success in June.  We had a great turn at Letchworth State Park.  We had a scavenger hunt, kick ball game, time to explore the park, camp fires and the boys even did skits!  Thank you for joining us and sharing a weekend with your Pack 529 family.


This week on Saturday, July 16:  Salamanca Pow Wow at Veterans Park, Broad Street, Salamanca, NY.  We will meet inside the main entrance at 10:30 Saturday morning. 

Admission Information:
Free Admission for all Veterans & Active Military (must show ID)
Free Children 4 and under
Adults $10
Adult Two-Day Pass $15
Students (5-17) & Seniors (60+) $5 


July 18th: Leader & Parents meeting.  We will be organizing the new program year into a calendar.  Kelly Mayback is hosting it at her home at 7pm.  If you want to attend please call her or send a Facebook message for her address.


July 28, 29, 30, 31 – Summer Camp is taking place at Camp Scouthaven.  This year the theme is “Ahoy Mate” a pirate theme. The cost is $265 per scout, $165 per adult.  It’s not too late to sign up!    Contact Mr. Ash for more information.. If you signed up but do not yet have the parents information package that was given out please contact Mr Ash ASAP.


August 20 – Old Fort Niagara.  10:00 AM, Cost is $9 per person & parking is $6 per car. We will need to know (via Troop Track event)  if you are coming by July 18th.


August 31– Popcorn Pickup 6:30pm St Amelia Lighthouse- contact Kelly Mayback for more information.

You will be able to pick up popcorn to sell to your family, friends, neighborhoods, parents place of employment, online sales for out of towners and much more..Selling popcorn is an easy way for our boys to cover program costs, fees and summer camp.  It also shows the boys how to work to pay for their program.  Please start brainstorming a list of people you can sell to. There will be information given out with ideas/methods to sell your popcorn and how to cover the program costs, how much to aim for and how your boys can set sales goals with incentive prizes (new prizes this year!).  


Please keep in mind we are always welcoming new Scouts.  Encourage your son to invite their neighborhood friend, school/religious ed classmate, a older or younger sibling/cousin.  There’s always room for more boys in our pack.  Bring a friend to a summer activity.  If they do have someone register with our pack, your son will earn his recruiter badge.  The number one reason boys do not join Scouting, is that “we were not invited.”   


Family Campout 2016

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The family campout is tomorrow!
If you have not yet texted or e-mailed Beth your license plate information please do that ASAP. It is Letchworth Policy that we have the license plates of everyone camping out.

The information packet is below:
family campout 2016 information

We will have a schedule of events and rules upon your arrival. We will be watching Saturday’s weather reports and may need to change the activity schedule around.

As a reminder- there is no alcohol or illegal drugs allowed at any Scout event. We ask that any adults who smoke to do so out of range (visual & scent) of any boys. We will be sharing the space with another Scout group so any smoking area will need to be out of range of them as well.


End of May/June Newsletter:

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I think it’s safe to say that summer is finally here! We hope that you are getting outside and are able to enjoy those warm weather activities we have all been waiting to do.

Boy did we have fun…

April 30th was the bike ride/walk at Niawanda Park. Although the attendance was low, the boys and their families had a good time. We enjoyed the beautiful weather and being near the river. Some families brought their bikes and others walked. Some rode a mile while others did 6 miles. It was a nice afternoon to be together and be outside. The boys skipped rocks in the river and played imaginative games after the bike ride/walk. Thank you to Mike Caso for chairing this event.

May 14th was a pack outing to the Lockport Caves. This well attended event offered a lot of different things. The boys and their families took a walking tour of the surrounding grounds and learned about the history of Lockport, the caves and enjoyed a boat ride through the caves. I’m pretty sure we were all “kissed by the cave.”

May 18th was the Carnival: created, built and run by the Bears. The 6 boys of the Bear den, picked a game to build and then brought their game to share with the pack. We saw everyone having a great time. The Carnival is a rank requirement in earning the Grin and Bear it Adventure. Thanks to the Bears for our first ever Pack 529 Carnival!

We wrapped up our weekly scout meetings on May 25th with our final pack meeting. It was so wonderful seeing the boys receive their final awards and rank badges. For any boy who wasn’t able to attend, they will receive their awards at the family campout. Where did the time go?! This year flew by. “Time flies when you’re having fun!”

Coming soon……
June 3rd is the annual Buffalo Bison Boy Scout Night and Sleepover (say that five times fast). For those who signed up and paid, you will receive a call from Kelly when tickets arrive. She will make arrangements for ticket and info drop off the week of the game. This is a great event. The boys march in a parade on the field, attend the game, watch a movie on the score board and sleepover in the outfield. The boys will receive an event patch and a gift certificate for a Bisons game in June.

FAMILY CAMP-OUT and CROSSING OVER CEREMONY is fast approaching on June 10, 11 & 12 at Letchworth State Park. We will be in the group camping area. Our area is at the end of the group camping loop (away from the road). We are the second site in that section. We will have a sign for Pack 529. You can arrive anytime after 7pm Friday night. Please have dinner or bring your own. Saturday is a fun filled day & evening with activities and much more. Sunday we will break camp and leave after breakfast. If you are not able to attend the whole weekend, please do your best to come for the day on Saturday. Stay for dinner and the crossing over ceremony. Parents please be sure to purchase the next rank neckerchief and slide. And be sure to bring their uniforms to the campgrounds. It is important that everyone join us. We will be discussing ideas for 2016 – 2017 Scout year and voting on activities. We want to make sure that everyone has the opportunity to voice their ideas. If you can not attend, please email your ideas to Cubmaster Ash prior to the campout. The cost is as follows: $20 per adult staying the weekend, $15 per kid staying the weekend, $10 each adult or kid Saturday only. 5 and under are free. Please make arrangements to pay Cubmaster Ash by contacting him thru email, call or text 716-539-9529 by Monday, June 6th.

July 16 – Seneca Pow-Wow in Salamanca, NY – Cost and time TBA in the July newsletter.

July 28, 29, 30, 31 – Summer Camp is taking place at Camp Scouthaven. This year the theme is “Ahoy Mate.” It’s not too late to sign up. The cost is now increased to $265 per scout, $165 per adult. Contact Cubmaster Ash to sign up and pay.

August 20 – Old Fort Niagara. 10am, $9 per person. Please let us know by July 20th if you will be able to attend.

A heartfelt thank you to all the boys for working so hard to earn their rank and to the families for getting the boys to weekly meetings and events. Thank you for all the helping hands with chairing events, volunteering your time to plan and run the Scout program. Pack 529 is a very active pack. We look forward to seeing you all at our summer events.

Finally, please remember that we are always welcoming new Scouts. Encourage your son to invite their neighborhood friend, school/religious ed classmate, a older or younger sibling/cousin. There’s always room for more boys in our pack. Bring a friend to a summer activity. If they do have someone register with our pack, your son will earn his recruiter badge. The number one reason boys do not join Scouting, is that “we were not invited.”

February/ March newsletter

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February Newsletter:

This month started out with wonderful news from Punxsutawney Phil, announcing an early spring. But this month has been very cold and snowy. We hope you have been enjoying your early winter break and getting out into the snow.

As a pack, we celebrated Scout Sunday on February 7th, which marked the 106th Anniversary of Scouting. Mass was followed by the Pinewood Derby. This event was a lot of fun and well attended. Webelos 2 scout Tomias Ramsey took the trophy for overall fastest car. Way to go Tomias! Thank you to all of the parents and leaders who helped make this event a success! We couldn’t do it without.

This months pack meeting was lead by Linda Harle-Mould. She took us into the lives of the Native Americans. We learned a dance and much of their culture. Thank you Linda for such a great evening!

Wednesday, February 17th was one of two pack outings this months. Nearly half of the boys came out to the Tonawanda Aquatic Center for a couple hours of swimming. The boys swam with flippers and noodles while others played pool basketball. Saturday, February 20th we met up at the sledding hill inside Beaver Island State Park. We were not able to sled but we still had a great time on our breezy nature walk. The boys also enjoyed the hot cocoa.

Sunday, March 6th is our next parent meeting. It will be at Panera Bread on Sheridan Drive starting at 6:30pm. All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is a good opportunity to talk about upcoming events.

Next months on Sunday, March 13th is the annual Blue & Gold dinner. This is a night the entire pack and their families are invited to come, have dinner, enjoy some entertainment and witness our Webelos 2 den bridge over to Boy Scouts. Arrow of Light Awards will be given out as well. A representative from council will be there to talk about Friends of Scouting- a group that helps to support scouting in WNY. Kelly Mayback is the chair for this event. She is looking for helping hands with set up, volunteers for bringing side dishes, serving food and clean up. Kelly will have sign up sheets for this event at each meeting. You email if you have questions or can help.

Upcoming events:

  • March 23rd- visit to the Ferguson Planetarium
  • April 13th- Carrousel Museum
  • April 30th- Bike Path
  • May 14th- Lockport Caves
  • June 10-12 Family Campout (location TBA)

Lastly, Pack 529 is need of more Parents Volunteers to fill various committee positions which assist with running the pack. Cub Scouting is a family event. It is run by volunteers, and we need every family to participate in order to make it successful. If you can please help lighten the load, please see Cubmaster Ashley for details. More hands make lighter work and helps our pack flourish.

Scout Sunday

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Scout Sunday is Feb. 7, 2016. This is the anniversary of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America in the United States, 106 years ago.

The Scouts will gather in the school gym between 10:15 and 10:30.
Some boys will be given a task, others will be seated prior to mass.

Just before Mass starts the boys will meet in the back of the church to process in front of the priest.

After mass we go to the gym for coffee/juice and doughnuts.

Then we’ll take a group picture; and then start the Pinewood Derby!

April 22, 2015 Announcements

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A few announcements and big events over the next few weeks.

First- a reminder the meeting tonight will be held at the Paddock Gold Dome (175 Brompton Rd, Tonawanda, NY 14150). There will be a small cost of $3.00 per person for miniature golf.

This Saturday is the Big Kenmore Cleanup:

Our Pack will meet at the Village Green (area in front of the Municipal Building) at 9 am. If you can, please bring a broom and/or rake, gardening tools and gloves if you have them. KVIS will have have trash bags and disposable gloves available. We’ll be picking up trash, sweeping up grit, weeding and trimming all the gardens. This event takes place rain or shine.
Everyone is welcome! See you on Saturday!
For Webelos- this will count as a service activity for the Arrow of Light or as part of the naturalist badge (also counts for the Arrow of Light).
Bears, Wolves & Tigers- you all also have needed achievements & electives that this will count towards. Check with your den leaders this Wednesday night.

May 11th is the next parent meeting.

Our activity for May 16th has changed. We were invited by the Tatonka District to participate in “Mission Possible”. The cost will be $10 for boys and activities include Rope/ Knots, a Nature Station, Tent Pitching, Fire Making, 3 Legged Race, Obstacle Course, Archery, Compass Station & Finger Printing. A patch for the boys & lunch is included. Did I mention there may be the opportunity to meet a former Buffalo Bill player (and current Scout leader)- there is. Please let us know as soon as possible if you & your son are planning to attend.

May 25 is the Memorial Day Parade. We will be marching in it this year. Time & Location to meet is TBA.

March 29th is the Buffalo Bisons Scout night- more information is available at Troop Track:

June 12-14 is the annual family campout & crossing over ceremonies. This year we will be at Letchworth State Park. If you are in need of camping equipment please contact a leader since the Pack has equipment available. We will be posting photos of where Troop 529 camped at Letchworth on our Facebook page:

It is not too late to register for Summer camp! We will be at Scouthaven from July 30-August 2nd. A reminder to parents who have already registered- we still need bunk deposits and payment is due by May 22nd.

As always any last minute updates (and general fun stuff) is found at our Facebook page (

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