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Akela's Update - January 2012

posted Jan 10, 2012, 7:19 PM by Pack39 Pack39   [ updated Jan 10, 2012, 7:25 PM ]

Akela’s Newsletter  January 9, 2012

Welcome to pack meeting Number 5 of the 2011-2012 year. Here is some important information on upcoming activities and other pack happenings:

      At this meeting we will do our yearly Pack Olympics. There will be five stations that will last for 12 minutes. We will operate as a “round Robin” with dens moving in a clockwise rotation to each event.  Also at this meeting, you will receive the pinewood derby cars, so if you did not get one contact your den leader. 

·      Next Pack Meeting: The next pack meeting, the Blue and Gold, will be held on February 12 at 4:00 to 7:00 in the school Cafeteria.  At this pack meeting, the scouts will be receiving their rank advancement. (Tiger, Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Arrow of light)

o         This is considered our formal event for the year, it is important that the scouts wear their full Class A uniforms.

o        Dens are asked to bring the following items.

§         Dessert for their tables (bring extra plates and napkins for dessert)

§         Table decorations… the theme is resourcefulness… good luck! Use your imagination.  Suggestions include tablecloths, placemats, centerpieces

§         I would like each den to have a den cheer.  It should be based on the den name.

§         Plates and utensils for dinner will be provided.

·      Pack swim – January 29th from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Glastonbury Healthtrax fitness club (Exit 8 off Route 2 west- take a right off exit, then right at light, then right into first driveway. Healthtrax will be in the building all the way to the right.)

o        We have reserved the pool for 2 hours. We are allowed up to 30 boys in the pool at a time. Siblings are welcome.

o        We will have a Boy Scout Life Guard available to teach the swimming Belt Loop and to sign off on the Aquanaut activity badge for any WEBELOS that do not have it.

o        There are changing rooms and showers available

o        Parents are welcome and encouraged to swim and to help watch the scouts.


·      Parent/ Leaders meeting scheduled for February 2nd at 7:00 in the school cafeteria. This is our planned leader’s meeting, but I want to open it up for any parent that would like to attend and take part in planning Pack activities.

·      Pine Wood Derby Car Workshop in the school Cafeteria on Friday Night February 3rd from 6:00 to 8:00. We will have saws, sanders, templates, good ideas, and specialty tools for your use. We will offer secrets from past winners as well.

·      Can Drive at the Congregational Church – Saturday February 11th from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. We need every scout to volunteer to work at least one hour during this event.

·      Movie Night February 17th in school Cafeteria from 6:30 to the end of the movie. Scouts and siblings are welcome to come in their Pajamas. Bring a sleeping bag or blankets and pillows to spread out on the floor and enjoy a family friendly movie. The Pack will provide freshly popped popcorn. Families are welcome to bring drinks and other snacks to enjoy during the movie as well.

·      Pinewood Derby- Sunday, March 4, more details to follow.

·      www.pack39.com - The Pack webpage is UPDATED…. Tom Paquette has taken over as the Web Master for the Pack. He has updated the page and it is full of all types of valuable information. Den leaders please forward copies of your den schedule to him and he will update the pack calendars with the information. (webmaster@pack39.com).

·      Facebook: “Like” Cub Scout Pack 39 for Facebook updates.

·      Volunteers needed – The following positions are open and volunteers are needed to fill them. Please consider helping the pack to provide your son with a valuable Scout Program. I would be happy to discuss any of these positions/ jobs with you. (see additional sign-up sheet to be circulated)

o        Assistant Pack Leader

o        Pine Wood Derby Volunteers  - Speak to Jarrett McClurg for positions

o        Popcorn Kernel to take over next year – Speak to John Arruda for position details
o        Summer Camp/ Camping Chair – must attend summer camp with boys and be willing to plan additional Pack/ Family camping trip