Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Welcome to a New Year of Scouting!

Pack 65 Leaders, Scouts and Families,

Greetings! We hope you have had a great summer – restful, enjoyable and productive. As the summer draws to a close, we have been busy planning for the coming scout year. We have some fun and interesting events planned. A separate schedule of events will be forthcoming when finalized. There is a Pack Leader Meeting on Sunday, August 17 at 7:00 pm in the second floor library of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. All parents are welcome. In addition, we will be having our Pack Ice Cream Social at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 27 in the first floor social hall of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. Please plan on attending and invite/bring along anyone interested in finding out more about our Pack.

Our Pack remains strong and vibrant. We currently have a total of 43 cub scouts registered with the Pack - 14 Webelos II, 12 Webelos I, 8 Bears, and 9 Wolves. We are now forming our Tiger den. If you, or other families you know, have a son entering first grade who wants to join Cub Scouts as a Tiger Cub, let us know. In addition, if any parents are interested in assisting the Pack as our Tiger Den Leader or Assistant Leader, please let us know as soon as possible. In years past, we have been fortunate in having Tiger Leaders lined up months in advance. However, this year we are still in need of a Tiger Leader.

As we have done for the past several years, our Pack will be participating in Keystone Area Council’s popcorn sale. Last year, our Pack was one of the top five Packs in popcorn sales in the Council. Our great popcorn sales efforts have enabled the Pack to be adequately funded and to avoid other fund raising activities. Kim Day will be coordinating our efforts. Keep up the great work!

We were fortunate last year to have some great speakers at our Pack Meetings. If you, or someone else you know, would like to show and tell about some hobby, vocation, special interest, or other, please contact us.

If adequate assistance is available, the Pack will coordinate special events through the course of the scout year – Halloween Parade, Pinewood Derby, Winter Camp, Blue & Gold Banquet, Family Camp, and Pack Picnic. These events take a lot of time and work to plan, coordinate and carry out. Anyone interested in helping out with one or more of these events, please let us know so we can add you to the committee list.

Finally, our Pack has been prospered in large part because of our leadership consistency and experience. However, as the Leader’s sons grow and move on to Boy Scouts, our experienced leaders leave us. Next year we will have gaping holes in our leadership. The following leaders will be moving on or intend to play a reduced role:
  • Greg Richards - Cubmaster
  • Betsy Han – Assistant Cubmaster
  • Deirdre Starner – Pack Treasurer
  • Kathy Frick – Pack Trainer
  • Kim D’Amico – Awards Chair
In order for the Pack to remain strong, it is critical that parents of younger scouts step up and assume leadership duties. The best way to ensure continuity is for new leaders to shadow the leaders moving on. Please contact us as soon as possible to get more information and/or to sign up for leadership positions.

Please contact one or both of us with any suggestions, recommendations, and\or concerns. We look forward to a great scouting year!

Greg Richards, Cubmaster
533-3102
gkr@jsdc.com

Don Sickler, Committee Chair
583-2606
dsdjmsickler@verizon.net

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