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.

January 2015 Update

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Happy New Year Scouts!  After a great 2014 we are getting ready to get the new year going! We had a busy 2014 with an aquarium sleepover, apple picking, a UB football game sleepover and so much more! This year will be just as fun, exciting, and educational!

Chestnut Ridge Sledding

January 17th, will be the day we head out to Chestnut Ridge for some sledding. There will be snow this time! Arrive around 10am and be sure to bring your bicycle helmets and pack your own lunch. Bundle up for some fun!

Winter Camp Out

The winter camp out will be January 23-25 at Stonehaven, at the Niagara Cabin. All tigers, wolves, and bears attending need to bring their Akela with them. Be sure to pick up a supplies list for all of the things you will need for the trip. You can pick one up at a cub scout meeting. Also, have the trip paid for no later than January 21st to be sure you don’t lose your spot for the trip. While on the campout we will be snowshoeing, having outdoor campfires, and camping foods. Bring along some games to play while you’re hanging out in your cabins and prepare to have a lot of fun.

Camping List

  1. 2 pairs of waterproof boots
  2. Snow pants, not jeans, for outside play.
  3. Snow jacket
  4. 3-5 pairs of gloves
  5. 2 knit hats
  6. scarf or turtleneck
  7. Long underwear
  8. 2 long sleeved shirts
  9. 2 pairs of wool socks
  10. Inside shoes (crocs, slippers, sneakers)
  11. 3 pairs of underwear
  12. 2 pairs of regular socks
  13. A sweater or sweatshirt
  14. 3 tee shirts
  15. Pants for inside, jeans are ok.
  16. Sleeping bag
  17. Pillow
  18. Pajamas
  19. Towel and washcloth
  20. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  21. Comb or hairbrush
  22. Lip balm
  23. Flashlight
  24. Garbage bag for wet clothes
  25. Travel mug with lid
  26. Water bottle
  27. Books
  28. Boardgames

Pinewood Derby

For the January 21 Pack meeting we will be working on our pinewood derby cars, so be sure to bring it with you. If you have any tools to donate for the night for the scouts to use, please bring them along too. We are needing band saws, Dremels, wood carving tools, sandpaper, paintbrushes, and anything else that would help the boys get their cars built. We have paints that are available to use also. The race is scheduled for February 8 12pm-3pm.

September’s Coming! Yikes!

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** August 28 – the Pack is Back!
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This week, August 28th, we start back into our fall activities fast and hard with our first meeting of the year. And this meeting is one of the most important ones of the year – the start of our popcorn fundraising season. Unlike many other organizations, our pack keeps to only one fundraising activity a year to provide for the financing to fund all of the activities we have planned. And this year we have lots of fun activities planned, including:
* Pack overnight, including the Webelos overnight in the battleship U.S.S. Little Rock.
* Visit to the Kazoo Factory
* Archery at Gander Mountain
* Sky Zone
* Pinewood Derby
* Hiking at the Niagara Gorge and elsewhere
* Bison’s Game
* Model Rockets
* Cave of the Winds
* Something every month!

This Wednesday we’ll be handing out popcorn to the boys, so that they can start selling right away. We’ll have details on how to sell, what they’re going to be able to sell, and how much they need to sell to avoid any out of pocket expenses. It’s important that you and your son show up so that we can give you all of the necessary details for the popcorn sale.

** September 18 – Mandatory Parents Meeting/Fall Roundup
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September 4th is an “off” day, since it’s the first week of school and everyone is very busy recovering from Labor Day weekend. But we’ll be having our first Den Activity night on September 11, and then the week following we will be having a mandatory meeting for all Parents or Guardians of our scouts. This will allow us to go over upcoming activities for the year and work through administrative details with everyone in the same place. Please mark this on your calendar.

The 18th is also the day for your son to bring a friend to their den meeting. Remember, the more kids we have in the Pack, the better things go, and the more fun everyone has. This is especially true if a scout brings a friend to the pack. We’ll remind the boys about it at our pack meeting, but be sure to prompt your son as well.

September Activities
* On September 27, the cubs (Tigers, Wolves, Bears) will be staying overnight in the Gym at St. Paul’s. This is a boy/parent activity.
* On September 28, everyone will be meeting at the Power Vista for tours and activities, All are welcome!
* On September 29, the Webelos (I & II) will be staying overnight in the U.S.S. Little Rock. Certainly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Other news
* Parents and Leaders meeting on September 8th at Panera Bread Company at 6:30, at their 1747 Sheridan Drive location (Near Delaware Road). We’ll be planning out our program for September and October, and will be needing volunteers for these activities. Remember, things get a lot more complicated as the year progresses, so volunteer for something early in the year before you get volunteered for something big!
* Be sure to like us on Facebook. We often use this as an informal means of communicating about fun things coming up. You can also sign up for our email newsletter list via our website home page, www.stpaulspack529.com.

** 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: http://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, http://www.stpaulspack529.com/pack-529-calendar/

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Upcoming Meetings
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August 28 – Popcorn Kickoff
September 4 – Off
September 11 – Den Meeting
September 18 – Fall Roundup

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Looking Ahead…
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September 8 – Parents and Leaders Meeting
September 27 – Cubs Overnight
September 28 – Power Vista Pack Meetup
September 28 – Webelos Overnight

 

Pack 529 Blue & Gold Dinner – March 16

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The purpose of the blue and gold banquet is to celebrate the pack’s anniversary, thank pack leaders and other adults who have helped the pack, and inspire our leaders, Scouts, and parents. This year will be on Saturday, March 16th, starting at 4:00 in the afternoon. Volunteers, please be sure to arrive to help get started by 3:30 or so. If you’re coming this year, please be sure to arrive at around 4:00 or so, as we’re going to begin promptly at 4:15 with our opening ceremony. Since this is our most formal activity of the year, please be sure that your boy comes dressed in his Class A uniform.

This year the B&G banquet will include a number of activities. We’re bringing in professional entertainment (can you say reptiles?) to keep the kids (and the parents) amused. This is also the day for the Webelos II to Cross Over into Boy Scouts, and the Boy Scouts in Troop 529 will be welcoming several of our boys into the Troop. This is an important event for these boys, as it means a big change from an Adult-led cub scout pack to Scout-led activities and organization.

An important note is that the Blue & Gold dinner is not the final event for the Pack this year – only the last time that we’ll have our Webelos II Dens. Next Wednesday will be a normal Den meeting for the Tigers through to the Webelos I’s, and we have plenty of activities planned for the remainder of the year.

January – Sunday February 3 Newsletter

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February 3 – Scout Sunday and Pinewood Derby

As you know, this coming Sunday is a very big event. Yes, although many people are committing the entire day to the pre-pre-pre game shows and youtubing sneak previews of this year’s Superbowl Ads, we’re going to be celebrating two time-honored events in the annals of Scouting: Scout Sunday and the Pine Wood Derby.

Scout Sunday

Scout Sunday is always celebrated on the first Sunday before February 8 and celebrates the anniversary of the Scouting Movement, and is an opportunity for Pack 529 to recognize the contribution that our chartered organization has made to us, as well as the contribution that Pack 529 has made to the community. Although many of our boys are not Catholic, all are invited to attend the Mass and express our reverence to God in the church. While Scouting does not espouse any religion, as Scouts we share a reverence for the Creator and a wonder in the universe that he has placed us in. We have been invited to participate in St. Paul’s Liturgy on Sunday.

The basic details for the morning are as follows:

  • Arrive in the gym by 9:40 so that we can get ourselves settled, lined up, and coordinated.
  • We’ll go over to the church together at 9:50 and will assemble in the back. Several pairs of boys will go to each door to hand out flyers at the doors to parishoners as they come in.
  • We will have several scouts participate in the Mass, including the readings and the presentation of the gifts at the altar.
  • Mass will be from 10:00 until about 11:00. At the end of Mass, we’ll assemble back in the gym, where we’ll have coffee and donuts for any member of St. Pauls who might want to share in our activity.

Pinewood Derby

Just like last year, we’ll be having the Pinewood Derby in the gym. This year the pack has two tracks of our own, one that we used last year and another one that Mr. Dean resurrected from a gentle slide into oblivion. We have a few rules for the Pinewood Derby, but the most important rule is, as ever, to have fun building, decorating, and racing our cars! We will sponsor the winners to go to the Council-wide event later in the spring.
  • At 11:30 we’ll start weighing in cars and marking them for the Pinewood Derby.
  • At 12:00 or so (once we have all of the cars logged and weighed in) we will start with the Derby.
  • We have 2 tracks (8 lanes total) and we make sure that every car runs every lane to ensure fairness.
  • Running all of the heats takes several hours, so we will be bringing in pizza and snacks for everyone.
  • Families are welcome!
  • We’ll have everyone home for the Superbowl, not to worry.

Feedback

If there’s something you’d like to see in this newsletter, please let me know! E-mail 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

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