Family Campout 2013

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Our family campout is coming up in 2 days, on June 21!

If ¬†you haven’t signed up to go to this weekend’s family campout, it’s not too late! Let Mr. Jonathan know that you’re coming, either for the weekend (Friday night until Sunday morning), or just for the Dinner and Campfire on Saturday evening.

If you have signed up, here’s all the information that we can think of that you might need for this weekend.

About 9 Mile Island Youth Camp
* 9 Mile Island Youth Camp (http://www.ninemileisland.org/Home/) is located in Amherst at 40 Orbit Drive, 14228 (for your GPS). To get there, take the 990N to North French, turn left then right on Campbell. Go 2.3 miles then right on Tonawanda Creek Rd. After 1.8 miles turn left onto Orbit Dr. 9 Mile is immediately on your left. A map is available on the website if you want to print it out or get turn-by-turn directions from your house. We’ll have a covered picnic shelter with an outdoor kitchen set up, and there are flush toilets and running water in the heated bathrooms at the camp. It’s a great facility.

Our schedule for the weekend
* Arrive any time after 5pm on Friday night, after dinner. Friday night we’ll be having fun playing board games or using the playground, and will have a snack later on in the evening.
* Saturday will start with breakfast at around 8:00, and then we’ll be having games and activities through the day. After dinner at 5pm, we will have our moving up ceremony for the boys – this recognizes that they are advancing to their next age group and acknowledge all of the work that they did. Certainly the cubs will still advance with the other boys their age next fall, but everyone loves the recognition, and it’s an important memory for the boys. Bring your son’s new neckerchief that he will use for next year.
* In the evening, at dusk, we’ll have a campfire program, including songs, skits, and a flag retirement ceremony. If you want to retire an old flag in memory of a fallen relative, please bring it so that they can participate. Bring a folding chair. We’d also like your son to know the first verse of this song: Scout Vespers (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I7NjLAi5Alw) .
* Sunday morning we’ll get up and have breakfast, then break camp.

What you should bring
* Here is a link with full details about the weekend, including what to bring, and just as importantly what not to bring.(https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B_OT55H4w3M9NDZBTTUxUlp2Q1U/edit?usp=sharing)
** Feedback
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If there’s something you’d like to see in this newsletter, please let me know! E-mail jonathan@stpaulspack529.com (mailto:jonathan@stpaulspack529.com) . If you want to follow some of the activities of our Scouts on a day-to-day basis, here’s a link to our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Pack529 or our web site: http://www.stpaulspack529.com
** Calendar
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Our calendar is always available at our website,
www.stpaulspack529.com (http://www.stpaulspack529.com/pack-529-calendar/)
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Upcoming Meetings
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Off for the summer!
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Looking Ahead…
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June 21 – Family Campout
** Contact Us
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www.StPaulsPack529.com
www.facebook.com/Pack529
Mr. Jonathan: 226-8725
** Helpful links
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Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program (http://meritbadge.org/wiki/index.php/Cub_Scout_Academics_and_Sports_Program)
Youth Protection Training (http://olc.scouting.org/info/ypt.html)
Greater Niagara Frontier Council (http://www.wnyscouting.org/)
Scout Shop (http://www.scoutstuff.org/)

Summer’s Here! June 2013 Update from Cubmaster Jonathan

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With the onset of summer and the warm, free, summer months, it’s great to know that we have activities planned for our pack over the next few months. In fact, our Pack has successfully run a 12-month program for years!

This month, June, is going to be warm but will be great for our scouts. We finish up the school year on June 12th with our annual Ice Cream outing for the Pack. We’re going to try something new this year and try out ice cream at Condrell’s this year. Family members are welcome to come along – the pack will pay for all of the boys’ ice cream, of course.

The next two weeks we’ll have the signup out at the Pack meeting for the Family Campout, this year it is from Friday June 21 through Sunday June 23. All members of the family are welcome, including parents and siblings. Information for you about the activity:
* We start by meeting after dinner on Friday at 9 Mile Youth Camp, in Amherst, NY. In the evening, we’ll set up tents and get settled in.
* Saturday morning starts with Reveille and breakfast. Then we have a great day of activities for the cubs and their siblings.
* Saturday evening, we’ll have dinner. Then we have a crossing-over ceremony for the boys. Parents – you’ll want to pick up next year’s neckerchief so that we can present it at this time.
* Saturday night includes a campfire. Woo hoo!
* Sunday morning is up and at ’em with breakfast, then we break camp and head home.

We hope to see most of you there. It’s a great experience tenting outdoors at the camp with your family, and 9 Mile Island is a great facility.

We have plans for the summer months, too. In July, we’re planning on going to Anderson’s for a tour and ice cream (Yum!) and August will be awesome with a trip for the Pack to Martin’s Fantasy Island! We’ll also have a bunch of boys at Summer Camp from August 8 – 11. Summer Camp is a great experience for the cubs, allowing them to learn a lot of outdoors skills, and meet some of the requirements for some special belt loops and pins, such as the Archery and BB Gun; they can’t get those pins anywhere else.