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Cub ScoutsCub Scouting is a year-round family program designed for boys in the 1st through 5th grades, or 7 to 10 years of age. The program emphasizes shared leadership, learning about the community, family understanding, character development, citizenship training, and personal fitness.

Young boys grow up fast. Give your son a valuable gift by encouraging him to join Cub Scouting today. The time you invest in him today will make a difference in the person he becomes tomorrow.

Call Cubmaster Jonathan at 716-226-8725
to learn how to join Pack 529 in Kenmore!

July – Cave of the Winds

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Hey Parents and Scouters! Summer is totally awesome! I hope that everyone is enjoying it as much as I am, and that your Scouts are getting lots of fresh air and a little bit too much Ice Cream for their own good.

First and foremost, our planning meeting is coming up this Sunday, July 13, at 6:30pm. We’ll meet at the Panera Bread company at the corner of Delaware Road and Sheridan Drive. The main thing for this meeting is to go over the suggestions from the brainstorming session at our Summer Campout, figure out what we want to do and get it planned into the upcoming year’s schedule. If you can’t make any other sessions, please make this one.

Next Saturday, July 19th, we’re going to be checking out the Cave of the Winds:

  • Meet at 9:30 at the entrance to the Cave of the Winds.
  • The fee is $8/person, which is a special group rate extended to Scouts. The normal fee for this is $12/person, so this is an awesome deal!
  • I’m going to be honest. Plan on getting wet. So if you have sandals, wear ‘em. Bring dry clothes to change into after, especially if you’re going to check out the hurricane deck.
  • Quick quote from Captain Obvious: “Check out the hurricane deck!”
  • Once we are done with the Cave of the Winds, we’ll have a picnic lunch at the other end of Goad Island. Bring a lunch, snacks to share and an outdoor game. We’ll plan on having fun for the day.

April/May Update

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April and May – What’s coming up

April started out warm, and while it got a little cold it’s warming up again, and Scouting is warming up again for the year with our outdoor program getting a little more exciting. Outing is an important part of Scouting, and the warm weather makes it possible to get outside more often.

April Pack Meeting

This month’s Pack Meeting is on April 23rd, but will not be at St. Paul’s, as they are using both the Gym and the Ephesians room. We’re trying to coordinate facilities and will let everyone know with an update.

Pack Hike

April’s activity is a hike along the Niagara Gorge, We’ll be meeting at 11:00am at the Devil’s Hole parking lot (here is the location on Google Maps),  We’ll walk down along the Gorge for a mile or so, and come back up to the rim near Whirlpool State Park. We can stop for a snack at Whirlpool Park, then walk back along the rim to our cars. This is an amazing trail, with a great view of Ontario over the river, a cave (no bears, I hope), and lots of trees and sunlight. After we hike the trail we’ll stop for a picnic lunch and some quality time with our Pack Family. Bring outdoor games, like frisbee’s or a soccer ball. This is an event that is included in our regular program, so please be sure to come.

Bison’s Game

Friday, May 2nd is the annual Boy Scout Appreciation Night & Campout at the Bison’s field. This is a lot of fun – seats at the Bison’s ball game, then fireworks. For those who choose to, Scouts set up their tents in the outfield and watch a movie on the jumbotron, then go to sleep for a night on the field.

We’ll be doing a signup for anyone who wants to go and buy the seats in the same section at the same time. The price is $9.75 for a seat for the game, and $17.75 for the seat and campout package. More information on the campout can be found here.

Model Rocket Launch

On May 7th at our den meeting, we’ll be building model rockets this year as our recruiting activity for the spring roundup. Every boy gets a model rocket, including guests. We’ll be encouraging our scouts to invite a friend who might be interested in scouting to come to the Wednesday Meeting to do a build, then Saturday the 10th at 11:00 we’ll be doing our launch.

Boys who RSVP with the pack will be able to launch their own rockets, so the sooner they let us know the better. This is also an event that is part of our annual program and so is covered in regular dues.

Other news

  • Parents and Leaders meeting on April 21 at Tim Hortons at Delaware Road/Sheridan in Tonawanda. We will meet at 6:30 and spend time planning for the next several months of activities. We’re always done by 8pm.
  • We have a new system called Troop Track, as we have been disappointed with the way the Scout Manage software worked. We’ll be following up with everyone in May to make sure that everyone is up to date on their scout’s status and knows what’s going on for the year.
  • Be sure to like us on Facebook. We often use this as an informal means of communicating about fun things coming up. You can also sign up for our email newsletter list via our website home page, www.stpaulspack529.com.

Happy New Year – News for January

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Happy 2014 – Welcome back!

We had a long holiday season, and it was great. We got a couple of weeks off from school, lots of snow for Christmas, and an awesome time at SkyZone! This Wednesday is our first Den Meeting since the holiday, and we’ll see you at 6:30.

It’s time to start thinking about scouting in the New Year, and it’s going to be a busy winter and spring. We have a lot of activities coming up and I’m grateful that we have such a great group of scouters with us at Pack 529.

Winter Campout

Our next Pack activity, of course, is the Winter Campout. Every several years we go to the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center, in Java, NY (http://www.buffaloaudubon.org/beavermeadow.php) . This is indeed one of those years, and it’s always a huge hit, since there are so many things to see and do in the facility. We typically have several docents available to teach the scouts about the outdoors; we’ve seen firebuilding classes, basic survival preparedness, animal prints, and an awesome introduction to the reptiles that stay downstairs in the reptile room. I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with this year.

The Winter Campout is this month, from Friday January 24 (in the evening) until Sunday January 26 (after breakfast). We’ll have the signup sheet out this Wednesday for everyone – this is an event that all of the Scouts love to attend and is always a HUGE hit.

Additionally, since this is a Winter activity, we’ll have a special training session to prepare the scouts for dealing with all of their outdoor time, and will have a gear list to make sure that everyone brings what they need for the event.
Scout Sunday/Pinewood Derby

Scout Sunday falls on the Sunday that falls before February 8th, which this year is on February 2nd, so we’re going to be pretty busy in just a couple of weeks. Scout Sunday is our opportunity to recognize the “Duty to God” part of Scouting, and to acknowledge that contribution that St. Paul’s has given us in sharing their space with both the Pack and the Troop.

Scout Sunday starts with attending 10:00 services at St. Paul’s. We then invite members of the parish to coffee and doughnuts downstairs in the Gym, and use that time to get ourselves ready for the second part of the day – the Pinewood Derby!

Everyone who was a Cub Scout remembers their cars that they built for their Pinewood Derby as a kid, and we’ve handed out most of the cars to our scouts. We’ll use the Pack meeting on January 22 to have our Pinewood Derby Workshop for anyone who doesn’t have a basement full of power tools. At 12:00 on Sunday January 2 we’ll start weighing in cars and getting them in line for our first fully electronic Pinewood Derby – actually made and donated by one of our Scouting Dads, Mike Pengally! Races start around 12:30 and we’ll have Pizza and snacks for everyone – families are definitely invited, and there will be plenty available for all.

Halloween and Youth Campout

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We’ve got a couple of more updates to you this month, so let’s get right to it.

First (and foremost), Wednesday is our Halloween party and Pack Meeting. A number of you signed up to bring treats for the scouts, please remember to bring them (of course), because no one likes a sad, snack-free scout. We’ll be doing awards, and have some cool games and activities for everyone to do, including crafts, games, snacks, and stuff for siblings to do too! If the kids want to wear their costumes (instead of Class A’s), they may do so, but we won’t be having a costume competition or anything like that.

Pack/Troop Youth Campout

This weekend, November 1-3, we are doing a weekend with St. Paul’s Troop (Troop 529). It’s going to be at the Niagara Bible and Conference Center and Campgrounds. The Campgrounds are located at 6419 East Lake Road, in Olcott, NY. Click here for directions in Google Maps. I’d like to share with you more details about the weekend and what to expect. The cost is $25/person for anyone staying overnight and $15/person for Saturday only. We’ll have the signup sheet out on Wednesday, so that we can get a final head count for the weekend.

Firstly, Webelos are invited to stay for the entire weekend, arriving and departing with the Boy Scouts. Friday night, everyone will be arriving after 6pm and settling into the campgrounds and cabins. The cabins are heated, so you’ll only need to bring a lightweight sleeping bag, toiletries, and a change of clothes. As usual, bring warm clothes for layering up and keeping warm outside and in the evening. Departure will be on Sunday morning immediately after breakfast.

Webelos, Tigers, Bears, and Wolves can also all come on Saturday morning. Come before 8am and catch breakfast as well – that’s all 3 meals on Saturday included! Saturday’s itinerary will include learn-and-do stations (such as firebuilding, knots, etc..), along with plenty of free time to enjoy the facilities. They have lots of cool stuff to do, including a game room, a gym, a climbing wall, and an adventure course. I hear that there will be raptors too! This is a great opportunity to have some fun, learn a few things, and see how the Boy Scouts work.

Fall Popcorn Fundraising – Final Update

We’re finally done with our popcorn fundraising effort, and everyone did great. Remember, if you have collected any money please be sure to bring it in this week, along with any remaining popcorn that you might not have sold this fall. You’re responsible for the popcorn that you and your son signed out, so we’ll need to square up with you this week during the Halloween Party – this is our absolute deadline to return any popcorn that you took out, as we must return popcorn to council this weekend, and anything that we don’t return belongs to us.

So, on Wednesday here is what you need to know:

  1. Bring in any popcorn that you haven’t sold and payment for all popcorn that you signed out.
  2. Please don’t bring in all of your order forms. What we need is ONE order form from you, that includes any orders that we need to submit to council to fill, along with payment for these orders.
  3. We’ll need to know what your scout wants to get for his prize. There is an automatic prize for any scout that reached the $600 prize level (a crossbow!), and they will have to choose 1 or more prizes that match the sales that they reached. If they sold $1000 in popcorn, they can get 1 prize at the $1000 level or a pair of $500 prizes, or similar combinations.
  4. We can’t take any additional orders after Wednesday, as Council needs to submit their orders to National and get them distributed to us by Thanksgiving.
  5. Once we have everything settled this week with fundraising, we’ll work hard to figure out where your scout stands and get you up to date on your scout’s scout account.

Other news

  • Parents and Leaders meeting on November 10 at Panera Bread Company at 6:30, at their 1747 Sheridan Drive location (Near Delaware Road).
  • Jim Mohr made up some videos for everyone on how to use the new Scout Manage system that we are using to track pack awards, finances, etc… Be sure to watch the videos, as Jim will be sending invitations to everyone. This will let everyone see their kids’ scout accounts and check on their progress through the ranks. If you haven’t gotten an invitation, be sure to catch up with Mr. Mohr as soon as possible.
  • Be sure to like us on Facebook. We often use this as an informal means of communicating about fun things coming up. You can also sign up for our email newsletter list via our website home page, www.stpaulspack529.com.

October Update

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October Pack Update

It’s been about a month since we started up our fall activities again, and our pack is growing again. We now have 11 bears! Wow! It was great seeing each of the dens working on new projects and activities, and making progress towards their ranks. The bears, for instance, were working on their Whittling Chip, for instance. No one went home with 9 fingers this year!

Eden Kazoo Factory

This Saturday, October 12, we’re meeting at 11:00 at the Eden Kazoo Factory . Established in 1916, this factory is the only place left in North America still manufacturing metal kazoo’s, and they are still made the same way as almost 100 years ago! This is a family event, so parents, siblings, and friends are welcome to come. Scouts should be in their Class B’s for this event. Bring a bag lunch for after.

The Kazoo Factory is located at 8703 South Main Street in Eden, NY – you should budget about 45 minutes to get there from Kenmore. Once we have everyone together we’ll head in, as they are expecting us at around 11:00 for the free tour. Once the tour is complete, everyone who wants to will have a turn making a kazoo. Scout accounts will cover this activity if possible, siblings and friends will need to pay $3 per person to make their own Kazoo. Surely, money well spent!

Once we finish up with the event, we’ll head over to Chestnut Ridge Park for a picnic and a walk along a trail in the cool fall air. There are a number of great trails to choose from, including the Eternal Flame falls, which we visited last spring and would be wonderful this time of year. There are several other very nice trails to let us breathe in the fresh woods scents, look for animals, and enjoy the outdoors. Wear comfortable shoes for walking, and bring along plenty of water for the afternoon.

Fall Popcorn Sale

We’re over halfway through our popcorn fundraising effort, and everyone is doing great. For anyone who wants to get in a good walk and make some extra sales, we’re doing a neighborhood blitz on Sunday (October 13), from 1pm – 4pm. Mr. Jim and Mr. Jonathan will be meeting everyone Behind St. Joe’s on Wilton Parkway, near Deumant Terrace. We’ll park there, and then hit the streets in this neighborhood for a few hours and sell as much inventory as we have, as well as take orders for anything else that we can’t immediately deliver.

Remember, if you have collected any money please be sure to bring it in. If you are done selling, certainly bring in any additional popcorn that you might have so that we can return it to council as well. Final orders as well as excess popcorn should be turned in by October 30th at our Haloween party.

Other news

  • Jim Mohr made up some videos for everyone on how to use the new Scout Manage system that we are using to track pack awards, finances, etc... Be sure to watch the videos, as Jim will be sending invitations to everyone. This will let everyone see their kids' scout accounts and check on their progress through the ranks. If you haven't gotten an invitation, be sure to catch up with Mr. Mohr as soon as possible.
  • Parents and Leaders meeting on October 13 at Panera Bread Company at 6:30, at their 1747 Sheridan Drive location (Near Delaware Road). This time bring your mukluks and mufflers in case they kick us out again!
  • Be sure to like us on Facebook. We often use this as an informal means of communicating about fun things coming up. You can also sign up for our email newsletter list via our website home page, www.stpaulspack529.com.

September Pack Update

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** September Pack Update!
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First of all, just a reminder that this Wednesday is a Pack night, so encourage your boys to wear their Class A uniforms to school to show their spirit, and we’ll be looking forward to seeing them at our Pack meeting for awards and a scouting presentation.
** Fall Popcorn Sale
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Hoping that everyone is doing a great job selling popcorn! There are great prizes, and the $600 level is an awesome crossbow, sure to be a great hit! Bring in any cash or checks that you have already collected and get them to our Popcorn Colonel (Jim Mohr) so that we can start applying the credit to your boy’s scout account. Remember, popcorn sales only go until the end of October, because we need to get our order in to council and get popcorn shipped to us by Thanksgiving.

If you are having a hard time making the sales, Mr. Jim suggested that we might consider doing a couple of neighborhood blitzes. If you’re interested (I know that I am) in this, let’s discuss after our Pack meeting this week and see if we can work up an additional schedule for this.
** Cub Overnight
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I’ve got information on the Cub Overnight, so if your son is a Tiger, Wolf, or Bear and you’re coming this weekend, here are the details for you:
* Show up at the gym after dinner, like at 6:30 or so.
* If you’re not sure what to bring, there is a gear list that you can pick up at the Pack meeting this week.
* Besides your personal gear, bring a pad and a tent – this makes for an even better campout!
* We’ll have games and activities in the evening, turn in for the night, and get up bright and early in the morning for breakfast.
* You can expect to be home by 9:00 Saturday morning.
* Adults, please be sure to take the BSA Youth Protection (if you haven’t already): you can access it here. (http://www.scouting.org/Training/youthprotection.aspx)
** Power Vista Visit
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And it’s a busy September, we’re going to be going to the Niagara Power Vista for their Wildlife Festival on Saturday the 28th. We’ll be meeting at the entrance to the Power Vista at 11:00. Details for you:
* Here’s a link to the brochure that the Power Vista published for the event (http://www.nypa.gov/vc/NiagaraPowerVista/PowerVista-WildlifeFest2013-Brochure.pdf) .
* Activities will include birds of prey, reptiles, an archery range, and Iroquois dancers.
* There’s going to be a rock climbing wall and even an air rifle range.
* Scouts can earn a free Wildlife Festival Patch.

Other news
* Parents and Leaders meeting on October 13 at Panera Bread Company at 6:30, at their 1747 Sheridan Drive location (Near Delaware Road). This time bring your mukluks and mufflers in case they kick us out again!
* Jim Mohr made up some videos for everyone on how to use the new Scout Manage system that we are using to track pack awards, finances, etc… Be sure to watch the videos, as Jim will be sending invitations to everyone. This will let everyone see their kids’ scout accounts and check on their progress through the ranks. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeSHQpCUycA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUrlScMpbVOpDidSC7orJ8nw)
* Be sure to like us on Facebook. We often use this as an informal means of communicating about fun things coming up. You can also sign up for our email newsletter list via our website home page, www.stpaulspack529.com.