Cub Master Corner

Fall 2017 Kick off Letter


Dear Pack 3604 Family, congrats on a terrific kick off to our new scout year! Thank you to all our hardworking parents and volunteers for their continued efforts in making us the largest cub scout pack in the city. I hope everyone had a great summer! I would like to extend a special welcome to the new parents joining Pack 3604 this year, as well as the parents whose boys are continuing their Scouting Adventure in our Pack! I am honored to be serving as Cubmaster for Pack 3604 for the 2017-2018 Scouting year and looking forward to As we start looking forward to the coming year, there are several changes coming and I wanted to make sure that you are all aware of these as we go through the year. Our Pack continues to grow, and with that growth, we may need to do some things a bit differently, while doing our best to keep our Pack family atmosphere, to help ensure the best experiences possible for our Scouts. The first thing is this note, which Im going to commit (try?) to getting out once a month to help keep you informed on the monthly Scouting themes that well be focused on and other key Pack activities. This will be in addition to the weekly reminders that well continue to send out as well. Leadership committee meetings will be held on the first Monday of each month, in room #6 of the M.P.C. All parents are welcome to attend these meetings, to discuss and review the plans, activities, and ideas for each month. Our next leadership committee meeting will be on Monday, November 6th at 7:00 PM.


Re-Registration & Dues


For our returning Scouts, you do not need to fill out the registration forms to continue with the Pack. However, the annual dues of $99 should be paid before our November Pack Meeting. to ensure all can participate.


Volunteers


As a Pack, we rely on your help to ensure that the Packs activities run smoothly and to help give the Scouts the best experiences we can provide. While most of our named positions have volunteers identified, there are some key positions that we would like to fill to complete our Pack Leadership and help continue our growth as a Pack. We understand that these are time commitments, and if youre not able to assist with one of these positions, we appreciate any help you can provide during the year in planning and executing the various activities. This year, were looking for a new treasuer. The Pack treasuer will help ensure the checks & balances of our pack account and health of the Pack's finances. If you are interested, please contact Heidi Schatz. Also, in January we lose Jeremy and Connor Hules to Boy scouts & we will also need an Assistant Cubmaster to assist myself, and the Den Leaders, with the Pack programs throughout the year, and to be ready to step in if Im not able to attend an activity or a meeting. No prior scouting experience is required, though there is a bit of training (which can be completed online or in person). If youre interested in this position, please let me know!


October's Theme: - Thrifty


A Scout works to pay his way. He uses time, property, and natural resources wisely.


Cyber Chip


Being safe online is just as important (if not more so), than being nice. With all of our children getting more and more access online (from school as well as from home), its important that we make sure they are aware of the potential issues that can arise and that they learn to be safe while online. To that end, I am asking you, as well as all of the Den Leaders, to focus in November on completing the requirements for the Cyber Chip award. The Cyber Chip program was started a few years ago by the Boy Scouts of America to help teach scouts, at all levels of scouting, about being safe online. There are different requirements for each of the age groups, which you can find below: Cyber Chip Requirements (click link) Grades 1-3 http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades1-3.aspx Grades 4-5 http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades4-5.aspx Grades 6-8 http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades6-8.aspx Grades 9-12 http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection/CyberChip/Grades9-12.aspx Please spend some time over the next several weeks reviewing the materials and completing the requirements with your son(s). I would like to see us have 100% of our cub scouts receive the award, and I hope to be able to hand these out at our first pack meeting in October.


Key Dates to Remember


We have a lot planned for this year  both fun activities, camping trips, and service projects. As we get ready to kick off the year, please remember to check the Packs website for information and activities. In the meantime, here are the key upcoming dates heading into the holiday season. Monday, October 16: Pack Meeting and Holiday Carnival. Saturday, October 21: Jamboree Over the Air (9:00 am St. Rose of Lima, Simi Valley) Saturday, November 18: Pack Rummage Sale Monday, December 11: Pack Holiday Party