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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!

January 2015 Update

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Happy New Year Scouts!  After a great 2014 we are getting ready to get the new year going! We had a busy 2014 with an aquarium sleepover, apple picking, a UB football game sleepover and so much more! This year will be just as fun, exciting, and educational!

Chestnut Ridge Sledding

January 17th, will be the day we head out to Chestnut Ridge for some sledding. There will be snow this time! Arrive around 10am and be sure to bring your bicycle helmets and pack your own lunch. Bundle up for some fun!

Winter Camp Out

The winter camp out will be January 23-25 at Stonehaven, at the Niagara Cabin. All tigers, wolves, and bears attending need to bring their Akela with them. Be sure to pick up a supplies list for all of the things you will need for the trip. You can pick one up at a cub scout meeting. Also, have the trip paid for no later than January 21st to be sure you don’t lose your spot for the trip. While on the campout we will be snowshoeing, having outdoor campfires, and camping foods. Bring along some games to play while you’re hanging out in your cabins and prepare to have a lot of fun.

Camping List

  1. 2 pairs of waterproof boots
  2. Snow pants, not jeans, for outside play.
  3. Snow jacket
  4. 3-5 pairs of gloves
  5. 2 knit hats
  6. scarf or turtleneck
  7. Long underwear
  8. 2 long sleeved shirts
  9. 2 pairs of wool socks
  10. Inside shoes (crocs, slippers, sneakers)
  11. 3 pairs of underwear
  12. 2 pairs of regular socks
  13. A sweater or sweatshirt
  14. 3 tee shirts
  15. Pants for inside, jeans are ok.
  16. Sleeping bag
  17. Pillow
  18. Pajamas
  19. Towel and washcloth
  20. Toothbrush and toothpaste
  21. Comb or hairbrush
  22. Lip balm
  23. Flashlight
  24. Garbage bag for wet clothes
  25. Travel mug with lid
  26. Water bottle
  27. Books
  28. Boardgames

Pinewood Derby

For the January 21 Pack meeting we will be working on our pinewood derby cars, so be sure to bring it with you. If you have any tools to donate for the night for the scouts to use, please bring them along too. We are needing band saws, Dremels, wood carving tools, sandpaper, paintbrushes, and anything else that would help the boys get their cars built. We have paints that are available to use also. The race is scheduled for February 8 12pm-3pm.

Winter Campout – January 23 – 25

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Cub Scout Pack 529 is having their Winter Campout this year at Stonehaven, at the Niagara Cabin from Friday, January 23 at 5pm through Sunday, January 25th after breakfast. You can get to Stonehaven by following these directions in Google Maps.

The Winter Campout is our annual opportunity for Akela’s and their Scouts to get some binding time, and for the Scouts to play and experience a little bit of the cold by camping out in a cabin at BSA’s Camp Stonehaven. There will be plenty of activities, including (hopefully) an outdoor campfire, camping food, and lots of fun for everyone.

We’ll have an update for you in the next several days with additional details , but in the meantime here is a packing list and directions to the camp that you can print out: Winter 2015 Packing List

October 2014 Update

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Hello Scouters! Welcome to October and the start of the true fall, I think. We have a very busy month, and we’re going to have a great Scouting year with all of our new Scouts and Scouters.

NF Air Base Visit

First, we have been invited to visit as guests to the Niagara Falls Air Force Base on October 13, Columbus Day. I have a few details for you, so that you can have a great time and be as informed as possible. Here’s what you need to know:

You should enter at the main gate on Lockport Road. Try to arrive between 1:00 and 1:15 so we can start promptly at 1:30. It will be difficult if you arrive late, and will most likely be turned away at the gate. Ensure that your vehicle has proof of insurance, current registration and a current Inspection sticker.

There are over 150 people signed up so we will spilt up into 3 groups. We will be touring the Fire Department, Army Reserve Center and a C-130 cargo plane. We are planning approximately 45 minutes at each so our tour may run closer to 4:00-4:30. Bring a full water bottle, no soft drinks or food, only water.

With reference to the Army Reserve Center: there is a shooting simulator that visitors may try. This means that your scout may have the opportunity to hold and fire what will feel like a real weapon. It is designed to work with an air hose to provide the feeling of recoil, but these are simulacra and cannot fire real ammunition. If you feel uncomfortable with this, certainly you may choose to not participate in this part of the tour.

Blackman’s Farms – Apple Picking

The following weekend, October 19, we’ll also be going apple picking – we will provide doughnuts and cider for the Scouts, so please sign up so that we have a head count and can get enough for everyone. We will meet at 2pm at Blackman farms.

Going apple picking, for those of you who might not be familiar with it, includes a little bit of tourism (there is sometimes farm animals, etc… that the kids can pet) but also includes the opportunity to go out into the orchard and actually pick yourself some apples for your family, and even eat a couple directly off of the tree. Certainly this is a tradition for my family, and I hope that it might become one for yours. As a side note, you’ll see roadside stands along your drive into Niagara County with giant pumpkins, squash, and other fall produce from local growers. Pick up a few pumpkins for halloween and try a new type of squash with Sunday dinner!

Aquarium Overnight

Next Month, in November, we will be our second fall sleepover at the Niagara Aquarium. We haven’t done this in a long time, and we’re really looking forward to this one, as it’s a cool opportunity to check out all of the fish and other water creatures in the aquarium, and “sleep with the fishes” so to speak. Here are the details that you’re going to need:

Arrive at 7:45pm Friday, November 7 and the program goes until 9am the following morning. The fee for adults is $20. Scouts are covered by the Pack dues. This is a sleepover, which includes full access to all of the aquarium exhibits, crafts, the touch tank, a pizza snack, and donuts & milk for breakfast.

Packing list for the sleepover:

  • Sleeping Bag
  • Pillow
  • Pad or Air Mattress
  • Pajamas
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Clothes for the following day
  • Flashlight (important)

Finally, a big thanks to our new Pack Archivist, who is already beefing up our Facebook presence by adding awesome quality photo albums for our Pack activities!

Fall Scouting is Fun for Outings!

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September is almost done, and we’re looking forward to a long month – that means 5 Wednesdays (including our Halloween Party) and TWO outings this month, one on Columbus Day and another one the following weekend. And of course, almost all of our outings are family-friendly, meaning that we welcome siblings for the events. That
Niagara Falls AFB Visit


 

As I am sure that most residents of the region know, Niagara Falls has an Air Force base, home of several Air Force Units, including the 107th and the 914th. Of special note are the C-130 Hercules huge cargo aircraft that fly into and out of the AFB. We’ll be enjoying a tour of one of these awesome airplanes, along with the possibility of checking out another plane and maybe (if we’re lucky) an airport fire truck. Family members, including siblings, are invited; we’ll just need to know that they’re coming so that we can plan for it.

The tour will begin at 1:30pm at the Air Force base, which means that we’ll be meeting there at 1:15 so that we are all on time for the tour. Please note that we will need the name, drivers license #, and D/O/B for anyone who wants to go on this tour by no later than September 30.
Apple Picking


 

Nom, nom, nom. There’s nothing that says “fall” to our Upstate New York families than freshly picked apples from a local orchard, hand picked from local trees. We’re going to go apple picking as a group to Blackman Farms on Sunday, October 19 at 2:00pm. Here is a link to find directions on Google Maps.

Apple picking is a fun family activity – not only are apples a healthy snack, but it’s important for kids to learn where their food comes from. There is nothing more special than eating an apple freshly picked right off of the tree. It’s a great outdoor thing to do in the fall on a Sunday afternoon, and on your way home, pick up a giant halloween pumpkin and some squash for dinner from a roadside stand.

OMG Summer’s Over?

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Fall means Scouting – Woo Hoo!

It’s the last week of summer before the start of school, and we’re ready to get started again. Tonight, August 27, we hand out popcorn and go over our upcoming schedule. This gives everyone a head start with popcorn over the next couple of weeks. Next week is off and then September 10th is our first official day of scouting. It’s also a great day to bring a friend to scouting! We’ll be making kites to bring home and fly outside on the 17th (wind permitting).

2013-2014 Pack Activities

I know that everyone is looking forward to knowing what we’re doing this year, here’s a rundown of our outings for the year:

September: UB Football Game and Infield Overnight (bring a tent and the family)
October: Apple Picking at Blackman Farms, and our Annual Halloween party
November: Overnight at Niagara Aquarium, Veteran’s Day flag placement
December: Sky Zone (!!) and Christmas Party
January: Winter Campout at Stonehaven, Sledding at Chestnut Ridge
February: Scout Sunday/Pinewood Derby, Roller Skating
March: Blue & Gold, Photography at Microsoft
April: Lighthouse Tour, Good Turn for America
May: Memorial Day Parade, Biking the Canal Path
June: Family Campout – perhaps at Camp Merz
July: Panama Rocks
August: Fantasy Island

 

It’s going to be a great year of Scouting.

Cubmaster Jonathan

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.