The new scout year is just around the corner. Please join us for our August Pack meeting as we kick off the scouting year where we will welcome back our existing scouts. We also welcome all boys and girls in Kindergarten through 5th grade, interested in learning more about how scouting helps kids develop self-confidence, ethics, leadership, academic and citizenship skills parents want them to have and kids have the fun they want.
Author: Scott Reichling
Pinewood and Lego Derby
Derby Day is this Saturday, March 21 @ 9am at The Bridge Fellowship located at 802 Brooks Street in Sugar Land. The doors will open at 8:30 am so come early to get your car checked in and ready to race. Remember that we have the rules and tips posted under the handouts area of pack631.com.
Promptly following the Pinewood Derby, we will be running the Lego Derby. If you raced last year bring your Axles and Legos and race again. If this is your first year to race Legos we will be selling the axles. They are $6. If you need Legos we will have a pick a part area for $6 each racer.
Lastly, we will be testing the track Friday night, March 20 from 6 to 7 pm. We will be using this time to test the track and fine tune it for race day. You can bring your car and run it down the track for some final adjustments. We will be promptly shutting down the track at 7pm.
January and February Events
Scouting for Food – January 31 @ 9am Join us at Colony Bend Elementary as we pick up, sort and count food donations from houses around the school. All food will be donated to a local pantry to serve those in need. Scouts should wear their full uniform.
Kylie’s Prayer – January 31 @ 5:45pm This is a great chance for our boys to serve the homeless. We will meet at the CVS at 4700 Kirby Dr., Houston (Kirby and the Southwest Freeway). From there we will caravan to one or two spots depending on the amount of people that show up. Items you are welcome to bring include: hygiene supplies (toothbrush/deodorant/soap/etc.), socks, shoes (especially men’s shoes), clothing, jackets, blankets, bibles, snack items, fruit, etc. Really anything you can think that someone might need on the street. I have been told that people have brought hot chocolate on cold nights, chili, sandwiches, pizzas, fried chicken, etc. Since we will be near Star of Hope there could be mothers and children. You could also bring small toys, stuffed animals, or children’s clothing. You should NOT give out money. You are not required to bring anything, just do so if you would like.
Pinewood Derby Build Day – February 21 @ 9am – Get your cars ready for Pinewood Derby. We will have all of the tools and advice you will need to get your car prepared to race. This will be hosted at the Reichling’s house. 315 Dukes Bend, Stafford
Pinewood Derby – March 21 @ 9am – Race your Pinewood and Lego cars. Awards for speed, design and sportsmanship. The Bridge Fellowship will be graciously hosting us again. 802 Brooks Street, Sugar Land.
You can find the Pinewood Derby Car Rules here: Pinewood Derby Rules
If you are attending the camping trip below is some important information for you. If you are unable to attend the camping trip, but would like to join us for the day on Saturday, November 15th, you are welcome to do so. An itinerary is attached. We will be working on our service project at 9:30 am on Saturday morning. Below is a menu for lunch and dinner. If you would like to eat with us, the cost will be $5 per family per meal (this is only for those that have not paid for the camping trip). We will need to know no later than Monday, November 10th if you will be joining us and plan to eat with us. You are welcome to bring your own food as well.
Medical Forms are needed for ALL attending, even if you are only attending for the day.
Adults need to complete YPT. Both are under Handouts and Forms.
Camping November 14-16th at Stephen F. Austin in Sealy
Breakfast Saturday: bacon, eggs, sausage (we will cook before and heat up at the campsite), prepackaged pancakes, syrup, salsa, flour tortillas
Lunch: sandwiches – bread, ham, turkey, cheese, mayo, mustard, lettuce, pickles, tomatoes, peanut butter, jelly, individual bags of chips
Dinner: taco meat (we will cook before and heat up at campsite), individual bags of Fritos & Doritos, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, jalapenos, sour cream, salsa, pinto beans, black beans (if anyone would like avocado, you will need to bring your own)
Breakfast Sunday: honey buns, donuts, prepackaged pastry items
Drinks: bottled water, lemonade powder, orange juice
You are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks.
Suggested items to bring: tent, sleeping bags, camping pad/air mattress, chairs, flashlights or headlamp, pillows, sunblock, bug spray, toiletries, towels, medicines, scout shirts, rain gear, NO open toed shoes, NO electronics
Scouts and uniformed leaders MUST wear their official class A uniforms to & from the camp out.
September Pack Meeting Announcements
We are collecting dues for the 2014-15 scout year. The dues for new scouts are $85 and returning scouts are $75. These dues cover mandatory fees from the BSA, the Boys Life subscription and cover awards and advancement purchases.
We will have a family camp out at Stephen F Austin State Park, November 14-16 and will be participating in a service project on the 15th. The event will cost $25 per family and covers the campsites and 4 meals. The whole family is invited and encouraged to attend. All signups, the $25 fee, medical forms and YPT needs to be turned in by the October 28 pack meeting.
Popcorn Kickoff night is October 7 at 7:30pm behind Colony Bend Elementary. It is our big fundraiser of the year and allows us offset or reduce the cost of many activities, like the November camp out.
Starting this year, we are strongly encouraging all parents and adults to take the BSA Youth Protection Training (YPT). Also, any adult that attends a pack camp out will be required to take the training before the camp out. For more information go to the Youth Protection page.
Everyone that attends a scout camp out, whether they are a scout, leader, sibling, other adult or parent, has to have a medical form turned in to the Pack. This is a Boy Scout policy that we must follow. Please fill out a medical form with a copy of your insurance card for your scout and every member of the family that will be camping. BSA Medical Form Parts A & B
If you have any uniform bits and pieces that you are not using email Dawn Reichling firstname.lastname@example.org
All uniforms should have the proper patches and placement on them. Patches that you receive from scout activities should only be hung from the right pocket or placed on a red brag vest. For more information on patch placement use the Cub Scout Patch Placement Guide. You may also order a brag vest for $5 from the pack. See the treasurer, David Doan, to purchase a vest.
All scout advancements, pins and belt loops earned need to be given to your den leader by October 19th so your son may be recognized at the next Pack Meeting.
We need volunteers for several job and events. Take a look at the Pack 631 Job Descriptions sheet and contact the Committee Chair, Dawn Reichling, at email@example.com to sign-up for a position.
Pack t-shirts and brag vests are being sold. The t-shirts are $11 and the vests are $5. Contact the treasurer, David Doan, to get your t-shirt or vest.
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