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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!

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.

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.