Here’s a cool video a few scouts put together that highlights some of the activities you will find at Camp Parsons. For our Spring Campout the scouts will have the opportunity to be involved in many of theses activities as well as a few not shown.
Deyette Swegle has asked that a note be sent out to Pack 793 asking for help during the masses on Sunday May 12th. Many of you are already planning on attending one of the masses with your mother for their special day. Deyette has asked if the scouts can help out handing out flowers to the mothers attending mass. The flowers will be available at the doors. All you have to do is show-up and hand-out flowers at the mass you are already planning on attending. If you have any questions, please feel free to send an email to Deyette (just click on her name above.)
This is a great way to continue to show support for our Church.
This is just a reminder that our family campout will be May 17th, 18th and 19th – that is Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The general plan is to kick-off the weekend with a campfire ceremony on Friday night (7:00 PM at the Awesome fire ring at Camp Parsons. I am thinking skits, stories etc. This will be the only time we will have access to the fire ring for the weekend. Saturday night we will have a campfire but it will be less formal around or cabins.
For those of you who are able to swing it on Friday we will be having a cool ceremony at the campfire bowl. Jon, Mark and I will be receiving our wood badge beads. Wood badge is a 2 week long training for adult scout leaders to learn how to work with youth and run packs and troops. It has been a year in the works and we all 3 have completed the requirements which started at Camp Parsons. We will have various folks from the district level attending this ceremony and it would be really cool to show them what a great pack we have.
Saturday will be filled with activities including BB-guns and Archery. Sunday will be a simple morning prayer service and then head home.
Feel free to come when you can as I know Baseball, Soccer and various other activities take up our precious time. If you could please let your Den leader know your plans so we can get a rough headcount for food that would be great!
I will update with more specifics as the date draws closer.
In case we have not met, I am the Assistant Cubmaster of Pack 793. As part of my Wood Badge training and commitment to the Cubs, I wanted to help our scouts earn the Leave No Trace Award. To that end, I just completed the training course offered by Leave No Trace (www.lnt.org). The requirements for Cub Scouting’s Leave No Trace Award are set forth here http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/cubscouts/resources/leavenotrace.aspx.
In connection with Scouts earning the Award, I will be teaching some of the components on Sunday, May 5, 2013 at Camp Long from 1:00-3:00pm. My plan is to also invite the other nearby Packs. We will finish the remaining components either at the campout or during the summer.
The first part of the program will be a brief classroom session in the downstairs meeting room (the Wonderlab!!) at the Camp Long Lodge. The session will last 15-20 minutes. I plan on 3-4 sessions that day. After the classroom, the boys will then walk to a nearby demonstration site for the second part where they can look at some “good” and “bad” campsites, ask questions and then go play in the park (if you would like). I am guessing it will take about 30-40 minutes for a boy to go through both parts.
The first Pinewood Derby® was held in 1953 by Cub Scout Pack 280C of Manhattan Beach, California, operated by the North American Aviation Management Club. It was the brainchild of Cubmaster Donald Murphy. The derby, publicized in Boys’ Life in October 1954, was an instant and enduring hit. The magazine offered plans for the track and car, which featured “four wheels, four nails, and three blocks of wood.”
The rules of the very first race stated: “The Derby is run in heats – two to four cars starting by gravity from a standstill on a track and run down a ramp to a finish line unaided. The track is an inclined ramp with wood strips down the center to guide the cars.” The cars still roll that way today.
The Wolves received a treat at their den meeting on 3/12 with a visit by former US Forest Service Ranger and Charles Bendzaks’ ‘Poppa’, Fred Harnisch. Fred has a personal passion for Wolverines. At the den meeting Fred shared excerpts from the PBS Nature film Wolverine: Chasing the Phantom. Fred also brought out a full pelt and skull from one. In this photo Fred is demonstrating the powerful jaws on Charles with Heny Ament and Jack Christenson looking on.
We have a Beltloop clinic set for March 16th from 9~12 in the Holy Rosary school hall. We will have about 4 stations that last about 30 minutes each. We will be sharing this event with neighboring packs. All earned belt loops will be presented by the pack at their next Pack meeting.
If you do not have time for all the stations, please feel free to attend what you can. This is a great way to get working on those belt loops!
One in six people go hungry every day, but you can help. Get your Scouts prepared to participate in the annual ‘Scouting for Food’ drive, so we can all provide more wholesome meals for families and children.What Hunger Looks Like in Western Washington
The following information is from the 2010 Hunger in America study. To view the full report, click here. Hunger can affect anyone.
More than 45% of the individuals using a food bank, meal program or shelter in Western Washington have some form of post-secondary education. Only 9% are actually homeless.
37% of the people Food Lifeline serves are children.
The Consequences of Hunger:
Children who are hungry may be less attentive, independent, and curious. Many hungry children have difficulty concentrating; therefore their reading ability and verbal and motor skills suffer. Children who are hungry also often experience headaches, fatigue, frequent colds, and other illnesses that may cause them to be less physically active.
Hunger can have a devastating emotional impact; it may diminish self-confidence and self-esteem. In a culture that encourages self-reliance, individuals who need food assistance may hesitate to seek help. They may experience.
March 23rd – door hangers go out to neighborhoods
March 30th – food collection and sorting day
We hope that Phil Smart had as much of an influence in your lives as he did in ours. The Smart family has arranged a memorial for Phil at McCaw Hall on March 2nd, beginning at 1pm. They welcome all Scouters.
A memorial pagehas been set up on the Seattle BSA website for those interested to read a little bit about this great man, and to leave a comment in memory of him. Click here to visit the memorial, read the entries of others, and share your own story.
“The three words I concentrated on more than any others were ‘On my honor’, and then seven words that come later: ‘to help other people at all times’.” – Phil Smart, Sr.