I put this out a few months ago but in case everyone forgot I wanted to remind you that the BSA approved a unification measure for all levels of scouting that will eliminate the Cub Scout Promise and Law of the Pack by early 2015 (This mainly effects Dens 1,2, and 3 as the rest of the Dens will have moved up to Boy Scouts). All scouting programs will now use the Scout Oath and Scout Law and you may begin teaching the boys these to prepare them.
On my honor I will do my best
to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
to help other people at all times;
to keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight
A Scout is;
Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful
Friendly, Courteous, Kind
Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty
Brave, Clean, Reverent
There is quite a bit of info in this so be sure to hit the links for the full post.
Pack Meeting Awards Deadline
Please have Scout Track updated by April 25 to make sure your scout gets awards at the Pack Meeting on April 30th.
April 27 from 10am-8pm
“Take to the Skies Airfest”
Pack 618 will be helping out with the Durant “Take to the Skies” Airfest on Saturday, April 27. We will be helping out by keeping the grounds litter free and for this, all scouts in uniform will be allowed into the event for free. Regular admission price of $5 will be needed for all others and children under 6 get in for free. For some of our older scouts, they can help out more by checking wristbands for the upgraded seating area and directing those that do not have a wrist band to the event booth to get one.
We will be setting up a recruiting booth for this event and will need leader and parents help to man it by answering general questions and handing out flyers and/or applications. by doing this you will be able to get a seat in the shade while your scouts patrol the grounds for trash.
I don’t expect everyone to remain there the entire day but if we can get everyone there at 10am we will work out a schedule based on the number of volunteers. I hope we can have some great participation for this event and look forward to seeing you there at 10am.
April 30 @ 6:30pm
Our April Pack Meeting is April 30th at 6:30pm. This is our last regular pack meeting for this scouting year and we will be handing out Raingutter Regatta kits so I hope to see everyone there.
Our spring campout will be May 3-5 at Camp Victory. As always you can arrive at the campsite on Friday after school to set up and fix your own dinner and we will show a movie Friday night. Breakfast and Lunch will be provided by the Pack on Saturday and Dinner will be a dutch oven cook-off. Planned activities include bb gun shooting, archery, fishing, kickball, a scavenger hunt, flag retirements, and a campfire. We will hold a Sunday Service and everyone can go home. Since the Pack will be providing most meals the costs will be free for 6 and under,$5 a scout or leader, and $10 everyone else. You may make payments to your Den Leader, Cubmaster, or the Pack Treasurer. Please click on the link below to register so we know how much food to purchase.
May 9 @ 7pm
District Program Preview
The Texoma Valley District program preview will be held May 9th at 7pm at Grayson College, Center for Workplace Learning. Primarily for Scout Leaders but open to all this is a great meeting to attend as it will let you know what will be happening over the next scouting year. Hope to see many of you there.
May 13 @ 5:30pm
Pack Leaders Meeting/Summer Program Planning
Open to all leaders and parents, this is when we get together as a pack to plan upcoming events. This meeting will focus on the Crossover/Raingutter Regata and the summer program.
May 18 @ (TBD)
Raingutter Regatta/Den Crossovers
A little more casual than previous years we will be holding a Raingutter Regatta before we promote the dens to the next cub scout ranks. This will be held at Carl Albert Park. We will not hold a special check-in for your boats this time so bring your boats to race and invite your friends to come see some cub scout fun. After winners are announced we will bridge over dens to the next level.
I couldn’t find any other leaders/parents to stay overnight with the boys for the Lock-In so that event has been canceled. Maybe we can do a movie or a skate night for the $300 Club on a later date?
March Pack Meeting is on the 26th at 6:30 p.m. so get your awards in by the 20th so they can be purchased.
I want to emphasize the importance of attending pack meetings. Pack events like the pinewood derby, camp outs, and the parade are always optional but each scout and his family should try to make EVERY pack meeting. Every scout in the pack knows the Law of the Pack and needs to follow it by helping the pack “go”. Part of helping the pack go is being an example, motivating other scouts by showing what you have accomplished, and congratulating other scouts for what they have accomplished.
One of the biggest things that scouts can learn are leadership skills, and Cub Scouts are introduced to the concept by using the denner system in their dens, performing in front of others, and working with other scouts that they may be able to teach new things to.
Their are some scouts I have not seen at any pack meetings or pack events in months so how are these boys growing? Maybe they are growing, I don’t know I can’t answer and I really think it is sad that I have to ask others if someone is actually still in scouts.
If anyone wants to test their dutch oven cooking skills, Texoma Valley District is holding its annual Dutch Oven Cook-off at 5:30 p.m. on April 4th at Grayson College. No meetings, no making of any crafts, just a time to meet other people and cook and eat some good food.
That is all for now. Please feel free to leave your opinions in the comments below.
In order for your scout to get his Scout Sunday patch we need to know if he participated. Please let your den leader know what church you participated in and what kind of service you provided for them.
Den Leaders- Please compile a list of your participating scouts and include the church attended and service(s) provided in a report you can email me. You can also go ahead and enter this award by going to “Special Badges and Badges for Previous Years” under your den leader role in Scout Track.
So….since participation for Scouting for Food Part 1 was abysmal at best, I chose not to have the 8 dutiful scouts that did show up make the hike up and down the streets of Durant to deliver bags. Instead we asked them to take some bags to their local neighborhoods, friends, and families to request food donations.
What does this mean to you? It means you can still help by working with your scouts to teach them about service by having them ask your friends, family, coworkers, and neighbors to donate a few food items that will be given to our local Families Feeding Families food pantry.
Collect what you can this week and bring what you have to the Scout Hut Saturday, 16 February at 10am. Can’t make this? Give me a call anytime before to schedule a drop-off.
To those scouts and parents that did make the time to come out this last Saturday morning, thank you for your service.
There will not be a pack meeting this Tuesday as regularly scheduled. Den 6, we will go ahead and hold a regular den meeting at 6.
Next Sunday, Febuary 3, is Scout Sunday. I would like to have as many uniformed boys as possible attend first service at First Baptist Church in order to say thank you to our charted organization. If your beliefs prevent you from attending FBC then please have your boys attend your religious institutions services in uniform and see how you can help.
Scouting For Food
Saturday, February 9, we will meet at the Scout Hut to begin distributing the yellow bags to area residents, we will meet again the following Saturday to pick them up. Locations and times are TBD from the District. I requested last year that our location be changed due to the amount of vacant and dilapidated houses in our assigned zone but we will see.
Interest seems to be growing for new pack tshirts so I will be putting an order form together here in the next few days.
I hope your boys had a goof time at the Pinewood Derby this Saturday, I know we did. I want to thank the following individuals for putting in the time to make sure things worked out.
Trophy Construction and Track Set Up
Billy Cloud Jr.
Mr. Baranek and son
Race Day Pit Crew
If you helped out with one of these operations and I missed you I’m sorry. If you see the listed people please take to time to show them some appreciation.
Now is the time to consider attending Webelos Resident Camp and/or Webelos Woods. Both camps are held at Beautiful Camp James Ray on Lake Texoma.
Webelos Resident Camp is Circle Ten Councils 4 day camping experience to show you what Boy Scout camping is like and costs $135 to attend and includes all meals, tents, and program items. There are 6 sessions to choose from and it occurs in June. This is something to decide on early so your den can decide to sell camp cards or hold its own fundraiser(s) to raise the funds.
Webelos Woods is Texoma Valley Districts 2 day campout in November and is similar to Webelos Resident Camp on a much smaller scale. Cost of this is $10.