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.”