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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!

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 kback120@yahoo.com 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. http://www.wnyscouting.org/event/1719438

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: https://trooptrack.com/plan/events/229111

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: https://www.facebook.com/Pack529

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 (https://www.facebook.com/Pack529)

Beth
(718) 635-4351

April Newsletter

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The weather is finally warming up and we hope that everyone is getting some much needed fresh air. Time to pack away the winter coats and head outdoors. We have plenty of activities planned for the following months to get you moving and out into the sunshine.

This Saturday April 18, 2015 between 9:30am-1:00pm the collection for St. Paul’s food drive will be going on. Good Turn for America at Tips on Sheridian. Be sure and sign up at tonight’s pack meeting to participate.

Now that the snow is melted all the debris that it covered needs to be cleaned up. We have organized a Kenmore Cleanup day for Saturday April 25, 2015. Details on this will be at the packing meeting tonight.

Both of those events will count towards the Webelos service hours. So bring in the canned goods and grab a bag to help clean up the community.

Memorial Day is right around the corner and that means it’s a great time for a parade. We are all invited to march in the parade on May 25, 2015

Batter up! We have the Bison’s game and campout coming up also. May 29, 2015.

Family Campout will be on June 12-14, 2015. This year it will be at Letchworth State Park.

Anyone needing gear for the campouts including tents the pack has some available.

 

Let’s end this scouting year with as much fun and excitement as we can! Have a great time!

Pack Meeting 6:30pm

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Tonight we will be starting the pack meeting early. It will start at 6:30pm We will be having a demonstration on liquid nitrogen. There may even be a special treat. So show up promptly and grab a seat. This will be a really fun night!